‘Tis the Season

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In the past, to count down the days until Christmas I had a small wall hanging that looked like Santa with a long beard. It had a little wooden star that moved from pocket to pocket. Cute, but boring. This year, thanks to Pinterest, I made an advent calendar with small bags that held a little goody or activity card inside for each day. I found a free printable for the number stickers on Pinterest and the little bags were made with a Stampin’ Up trick I learned from my sister more than 15 years ago when she was a demonstrator. Why buy small paper bags when you can make them from envelopes you already have? Here’s what I came up with:

Envelopes in the red & green bushel basket that once held pine cones from Milwaukee with love.

Small paper bags in the red & green bushel basket that once held pine cones from Milwaukee…with love.

The 1st bag contained a card that said “Hug Mom and Dad.” Audrey was good and did what the card said and then exclaimed that it was the “worse card ever!” I think I would have to disagree with her!


End Table Redo


I bought this end table for $7 at Goodwill:

Then I got out the $5 paint sample I bought at Lowe’s for my footstool project, some leftover scrapbook paper, Mod Podge and spray polyurethane and turned it into this:
table-afterI love it!

As the Crow Flies

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I really wanted to put a Halloween wreath on our front door this year. Not a fall wreath, a Halloween one. I wasn’t sure when I was going to make it, though and I’m way too cheap to purchase one. At Jo-Ann’s on Saturday (to pick up drapery lining for a custom valance sewing job I thought I could handle) I thought I’d look and see if they had a plain grapevine wreath to make the wreath pictured below that I had pinned to my “Boo!” board on Pinterest. I was able to find one the perfect size and purchased it with my 50% off coupon! The plastic chain was from the temporary Spirit Halloween store in Iowa City – and probably the most expensive item on the wreath. Last but not least, a fake crow purchased several years ago when I was Tippie Hedron’s character from “The Birds.” Add in a little floral wire and I was done! A Halloween wreath in about 5 minutes! I love it!


3 years, 70 hexagons and paint!

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This Tuesday it will be 3 years since my first trip to the What Cheer Flea Market in What Cheer, Iowa. I purchased the footstool pictured below for $10 with plans on making it MUCH cuter. Little did I realize that it was going to take me 3 years to do it!

stool before

Here’s the finished product! For the top, I sewed 70+ little 1 1/2″ fabric hexagons using the English Paper Piecing method with scraps from my fabric stash. I started sewing the little guys during our trip to northern Wisconsin this summer. For the base, I sanded, primed, painted with not-quite-white paint, and sealed with a nice coat of polyurethane. Those little color samples from the hardware store are my new favorite thing for craft projects!

stool after

I’m pretty happy with how this turned out and can’t wait to show the girls at the quilt shop! More hexagon projects coming. Stay tuned!

Oh Baby…It’s A Shower!


Last June was my turn to host my monthly Cooking Club group dinner. My fellow member and BFF, Jayne, is due to have a baby in September so I knew June’s dinner would be the perfect time to have a shower for her. After telling her I was going to host a shower for her and that she had no choice, the pinning on Pinterest began! Of course I had to keep the board secret (and it still it is because there are a few gift ideas on there now) so she couldn’t see all the cute things I had been pinning! Below are the pics of what I found on Pinterest and the actual finished project!

paper fans

Paper fan medallions from scrapbook paper

Tissue paper flowers - my favorite!

Tissue paper flowers – my favorite!

Mod podge'd clothespins on a line with notes for the baby

Mod podge’d clothespins on a line with notes for the baby

Bookmarks with wishes for the baby

Bookmarks with wishes for the baby


Hershey Kiss favors

Pee pee tee pees!

Pee pee tee pees!

Baby quilt with orange and grey: the colors of the nursery...and the baby shower!

Baby quilt with orange and grey: the colors of the nursery…and the baby shower!






No Apples Here!

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Here’s what Audrey (I) made for the end-of-year gift for Audrey’s teachers this year. I actually got the idea for it in a weekly email from the blog How Does She. I think it turned out pretty cute!


Car Seat Makeover


Audrey’s been on a baby doll kick for a while. Probably since July but it seems much longer than that. All she wants for Christmas is this realistic baby doll and all kinds of baby stuff. Real-sized baby stuff: a Pack ‘n Play, a stroller, a play gym, diapers, bottles, pacifiers, clothes, you name it. If they make it for a human baby, she wants it for this baby doll she thinks Santa is getting her. During a complaint about all of this to my hair dresser (Brooke) just over a week ago she offered up a car seat to me…for free! It was a hand-me-down to her and she offered to hand it down to me! I was going to give it to Audrey for Christmas but Mike said I couldn’t give her a hand-me-down as a present. So I just told her about it, which I immediately regretted since I didn’t know how long it would be until Brooke would be able to dig it out of her basement and give it a quick clean-up.

Well, ladies & gentlemen, yesterday was the big day. Audrey was super excited about it but about 3 minutes after we picked it up asked if we could get a new cover for it. We went to Jo-Ann’s to see if a pattern to make it was available (and on sale). We found a pattern but it was NOT on sale. I then turned to Pinterest where I found a custom made one available for $98. No thank you. However, I also found a blog that had instructions on how to tackle this project. Her’s was much more elaborate than mine but hey…this is for a doll for crying out loud. So after a trip to the quilt shoppe for some fabric and about 10 hours of ripping out seams, cutting fabric & sewing pieces back together, Audrey now has a cute car seat anxiously awaiting her new baby doll. And I still have more Christmas cookies to bake.

Before: blue & green plaid. Okay, but not cute.

Before: blue & green plaid car seat. Okay, but not cute.

carseat 2

After: cute little bunnies and stars!

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