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A TuTu Cue Purse

I found this cute pattern by SnappyTots and immediately made the purchase.  After showing the picture to my niece, she gave me the colors desired and I went to work.

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I found a bright pink corduroy fabric remnant on clearance for a lining.

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I didn’t add the belt as the pattern suggested, next time I think I will.

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My Mom’s Cup

After several failed attempts with a pinterest suggestion, I finally achieved success.

There are thousands and thousands of posts of using a Sharpie to decorate cups and plates. I tried 4 times, none of them worked!!  What’s the problem!?!?

I saw a post pass by suggesting oil based Sharpie or other interpretations.  Great, except I couldn’t find any.

I went into Michaels hoping to find what I needed. Nothing was found in the Sharpie aisle.  Finally, in a whole separate section I found these Craft Paint Pens.


I could have purchased a package of 6 pens in various colors for $10, but since I was fearful this wouldn’t work, I purchased this 2 pack of black paint pens for $3.  (I will be going back for the colorful set.)

After writing my message on the cup, I placed it in the oven 350 degrees for 20 minutes. I let it sit for several hours on the counter.  I then tried to wash it by hand, and the print stayed!!!  (I wish I could find the website where I got the details of how to heat set the paint and the warning to not put it in the dishwasher)

Here is what I gave my mom.


I am so excited it finally worked!  I will be making more.



Break Time is Over

I didn’t realize how long it had been since I posted.  Life has invaded and I did set down my yarn for a bit.  However, I had been productive. (don’t panic – the yarn is getting active again)

I organized my craft room!!  Too bad it doesn’t look like that anymore :(

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HotPinkHorseI made this awesome horse scarf for my great-niece who loves horses.

It is a paid pattern available on Ravelry.

It was fun to make in a bright pink which my niece requested.




I made several bears and small blanket.



More items posted soon.




Now THAT is Embearassing

I was looking over my websites and found something very emBEARasssing – I haven’t posted here in 10 months!!! No way, how did that happen?!?!

Well……….. I wish I knew.

As I prepare to get some fresh material up here, how about a blast from the past and enjoy the 7 part series I created to knit a teddy bear?

The Introduction

Part 1 – The Body

Part 2 – The Head

Part 3 – The Muzzle and Ears

Part 4 – The Legs

Part 5 – The Arms

Final – Putting The Bear Together

I would love to see pictures of your completed bear.

Now, I will go back through my projects and prepare some more posts.



You Will Survive

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourself.  Rom 12:10 NIV      

It is easy to proclaim your love for Christ when life is good.  But it is in the hard times that you find the strength of His love.

One of the hardest battles is cancer in any of its many forms. In my own life I lost a sister as a child to cancer that formed in the brain; a very dear friend battled breast cancer and won, then it returned 2 more times before she went to her home in heaven; and my father joined them after fighting lung cancer and its return in other parts of the body.

Maybe that is one reason I love and appreciate this free pattern I found online.  This shawl makes a wonderful gift for man, woman or child. It is a quiet expression of your love and concern for the recipient. The pattern is called the “Survivor’s Ribbon Shawl” and offers 2 options: with or without crosses.   SurvivorShawl-leukemia
















The pattern also includes a list of the various colors and the diseases linked to each color, a prayer, and care instructions.

It is difficult to struggle through the cancer in your body. It is also difficult to  watch someone you love as they struggle through. I found this article from CancerCenter on talking with someone with cancer that might be helpful.

And above all else, pray.  Accept the strength and peace that is beyond all understanding. You are not alone.


Preparing for Etsy Craft Party 2014

Logo I am again hosting the annual Etsy Craft Party for the metro Kansas City area.  I have hosted for the past 2 years and enjoyed it so much. I am excited for this this year’s theme “Making Memories”.

We will look at different ways to preserve precious photos.

This year we will meet in the classroom of the Bass Pro HOBBY LOBBY on Friday, June 6, 6-7:30pm.

I am looking for craft items to use as giveaways.  If you have new items in your stash you would like to donate, please contact me.

The event is FREE but registration is required to ensure sufficient supplies for the participants. 

This is a fun and creative evening.  I look forward to seeing you there.  Please pass the word to your friends and reserve your place at the crafty table.

To sign up, CLICK HERE.

If you would like to see pictures from previous Etsy Craft Party events

CLICK HERE for Etsy Craft Party 2013 

CLICK HERE FOR Etsy Craft Party 2012


Exciting New Projects (?) coming

A couple of years ago I was at Michaels teaching a knit/crochet class when I looked across the aisle and saw 1 Cricut machine left over at the ‘Day After Thanksgiving’ price. 

I could not resist.  I picked it up, purchased it and took it home.

….where it sat in the closet.  Until today!

I had cleaned up my office/craft/guestroom space since family was coming over for Easter dinner yesterday. When I walked in to the clean room today I got inspired and pulled the Cricut out of the closet and set it up.

Now I am reading the instructions and practicing various designs to learn how to use this.


I look forward to sharing new project with you using the Cricut. Stay tuned.



More Bears in my Chair

I posted several items I made over the past couple of months. As I was picking up around the house I noticed a chair in the corner with more items I haven’t shared with you yet.

I started out with this pretty crochet braclelet by



I tested a pattern for a baby blanket.  Designer Alicia Hill calls it the “Almost Reversible Blanket”  I like the way the colors work on either side. 

I tested some new teddy bear patterns.

First I tried Berroco’s Barrison teddy bear using Lion Brand Chenille:


Then Leisure Arts came though with a Winter White Bear I simply had to try:



I used Red Heart Super Saver white.  The eyes I did with a piece of black felt.  I think sometimes the eyes should be smaller.







I made a couple pair of fingerless for some friends of mine. 

You can find the free pattern for the hearts gloves here.  I am unsure which pattern I used for the camo gloves.

I made another ruffled scarf.  This one will be perfect to wear to a Kansas City Chiefs football game I think.

I may wear this appropriately color themed bracelet with it that I made some time ago.


As you can see, my hands have been busy. You would think my stash was getting smaller, but like the Tardis, it is bigger on the inside Smile



Off the Hooks and Needles

I looked back and realized I hadn’t posted in a while.  I may not have been typing, but I have been crafting! Here are some of the items I have finished recently.

Over Christmas I had some custom orders. 

A friend sent me a couple of pictures and asked if I could make these scarves. One had a pattern link, the other was from  a department store. The design looked uncomplicated so I ordered the pattern for the other and got started. Here are the 2 scarves:


The one on the left is called the Braided Inifinity Scarf but at the moment I cannot find the pattern to tell you who designed it. I will keep looking.

The one on the right is another inifinity scarf, this onw without a pattern. Just sc and dc rows alternating colors.


I made a couple of converse style slippers from a pattern by Sharon Elizabeth designs:


At the beginning of the year I decided I wanted to work with just my stash for a while and TRY not to purchase yarn.  I then saw a pattern for a pretty baby blanket I liked. I found a couple skeins in the drawers and got started.

The pattern can be found on Ravelry. It is called “Tiramisu Baby Blanket”.

I intended to use a pretty braided ribbon I found. The spool read 16’ but when I got home I found someone had cut it down to 2 1/2 Sad smile   BUMMER!!!   

So……. in the meantime I tested a pattern for a newborn dress.  It is on Ravelry by Kari Philpott and is called “Lacy Shell Dress”. 


I put the unusable ribbon around the bodice and added a small bow in the color of the blanket to the dress.  I then used the same color as the dress to make a ribbon and bow on the blanket.  I added a bear I had made several months ago in a similar color and my Liz Middleton looked happy.

I then checked my pattern stash and added a diaper cover using the 2 colors. The diaper cover is called “Double Crochet Diaper Cover” by Studio412 Boutique.  The Booties are from the website and are called “Ruth’s Crochet Set: Booties”

Voile!  A complete newborn set ready for a baby shower.



Right now I am working a on knit baby sweater and a crochet baby sweater to use in a stitch along.  Stay tuned for details on that.

Back to the yarn stash!



Teddy Bear Knit Along–final

Sorry for the delay in this post. I honestly thought I had it posted.  We wiped out the website and reloaded it and I neglected to upload this one.  My apologies.  I hope it did not delay your completing your own bear.

All parts of the bear are now knitted. 

It is time to stitch and fill each part with fiberfill.  ***NOTE – If you wish to use plastic pieces for the nose and or eyes, be sure to anchor them before filling.***


Do not overstuff but do not understuff either.  Be sure to spread the fiberfill through the piece and do not ‘clot’ it as pieces.  Roll the pieces in your hands to evenly distribute the filler after each addition.

Now, stitch the head and body together.

Add the arms and legs.

You are almost finished!  Can you see the personality of your bear begin to shine through? 

I used black felt for the nose and eyes.  I glued mine on with Liquid Stitch.    You could also use embroidery floss and embroider the features. As noted above, if done before stuffing you could use plastic pieces.

You have now completed your teddy bear!!!  

I would love to hear about your bear and see pictures.   Please use the comment feature with this blog OR go to my face book page and post a picture there

Until the next stitch,


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