Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Upcoming Event - Handmade Chic Artisan Market

I am excited to announce that I will be a vendor at the Handmade Chic Holiday Artisan Market in Sheboygan, WI.  If you would like to shop for local, handmade items for the holidays stop by the Glas Coffeehouse between 4:30 to 8 p.m. on November 13th!  Angie, from Gathered & Sown is organizing the event.  Please check out her shop as well, her work is amazing!

I am looking forward to testing out the Etsy card reader.  This will be very helpful with coordinating my online and offline sales!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Cozy Home - Introducing My New Scented Trivets

A few years ago I was making scented trivets.  The design was simple, and they were full of an aromatic spicy blend.  The scent has lasted a long time in the few I kept for myself, these are over 5 years!  I enjoy them so much, I decided to start making them again.  But I wanted to create something a little different, with textile designs.  I came up with the covers.  Not only does this make them washable,  but I can decorate each one with a unique textile art design.

I have created several designs over the past month, but this one is my favorite.  It reminds me of childhood, both whimsical and fun.  I think of playing outside during the cooler months, then running into my cozy home to get warm.  These little homes certainly look cozy!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Studio Tour

It was about a year ago that we put our house up for sale, in hopes of finding something just for our family.  I realized since our move I had not taken the time to organize my craft space.  It needed to be personalized to make it my little creative space.  This little corner is in our living room.  Of course I dream of an entire attic space where I can fill all of my craft supplies and tools, but this will do.  So here is a tour.  Enjoy!
 The corner of our living room.

 This is my son's old dresser, it is now fabric storage!

 One of my old watercolors to display, bright colors to inspire.
The vintage blue ball jars are great for storing my button collection.

The small shelf is used for my works in progress.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My Montessori Inspired Home

Recently I purchased the Montessori at Home! ebook.  I purchased this book for the activities, but it appears to be a lifestyle change.  I now have both of my boys doing practical life exercises, with Damon cracking eggs and peeling carrots and Evan pouring his own water and setting the table.  I also made a few changes to our home in order to accommodate my little guys.

The kitchen before...

 And after...

I am working on hanging more artwork at their height.

A place to hang their coats.

Our creative area.  Sometimes they like to eat here as well, especially Evan.

A few bins I put together from the book.  One is filled with rice and lavender, the other with spices, seeds, and rice.

Monday, April 14, 2014

More Sewing

Here are just a few more completed sewing projects.  I had to make another of the Esme Top.  And with some fabric to spare, I was able to make another variation of Colette's Sorbetto Top.

 Damon's Easy Linen Shirt from Sewing for Boys was handed down to his brother, so he requested a new shirt.  He chose the fabric.  Once again, plenty of room to grow!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Our Favorite Pancakes

I woke up to a light dusting of snow this morning, but the morning sun in our kitchen is always pleasant.  This happened to be the perfect morning for pancakes!  I make these routinely.  It is by far our favorite pancake recipe and I am always guaranteed leftovers.

I set a goal to make a handmade wardrobe over a year ago, and I decided to do some sewing before spring arrives and I run out of time!  The shirt I am working on right now is from Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing.  I am using the Keyhole Blouse instructions, minus the keyhole.  The fabric is one of my lucky thrift store finds, making this an authentic vintage shirt!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

A Fresh Start

Finally, in our new home.  This has been a long journey and I am so happy we are made it.

My first priority is setting up play areas for our boys.  It is so important to have their art and craft supplies in an organized space, and as I was working out a little corner in our dining room I decided it needed a fresh coat of paint, something welcoming and warm, but most importantly, kid friendly.

To give you an idea with what I am working with...

There are many busy days ahead, full of home repairs, and fresh coats of paint, of course!