Crafty Update

WOW! I have some catching up to do on my blog. Time just seems to get away from me between work, home and projects. So here’s a quick post with a couple of my projects.

I finished the preemie doll for my grandson’s birthday. It’s his exact size and weight when he was born. 1 lb 14 oz and was 13.5 inches long.

The pattern was good if you know what you’re doing when it comes to doll making.

Me? Totally clueless. I got stuck and had to email the pattern designer…lol! She graciously helped me move along to the next step.

I don’t think I would make it again. I had to hand sew the majority of it, and I’m not really a doll maker. But, my daughter in law wanted it as a keepsake to show him one day how little he was when he was born. But, she and my granddaughter loved it, so I’m happy.

My son’s birthday was this month, and so I made a portrait of my little grandson for his gift. I really had fun making this!

I used Rembrandt pastels on Canson Mi-Tientes paper.

I’m currently working on cushion covers for my old wicker patio set. I also need to finish knitting a pair of finger-less mitts for a birthday gift in June.

How about you? Drop a comment and tell me what are you working on. Thanks for taking time to view my post.

Happy crafting!



Happy New Year!

Well, another year has gone by. I’ve been so busy the last few months! Since October my mother has had to undergo two surgeries. She’s still recovering from the one in November. Hopefully she can come home next week. Christmas seemed to just fly by for me, and now here I am facing a new year.

I’ve got some sewing plans in January. My DIL asked me to make a preemie doll she saw online, and so the pattern has been ordered along with the supplies. My preemie grandson is doing wonderful, and is growing! So, that will be my first project this year.

The last few weeks I’ve dabbled in watercolors. I’m still practicing, but I think I’m starting to get the hang of it.

I also have a couple of knitting projects I can’t wait to get on the needles.

Garter Squish


So, what are your plans for this year? Is there something new you would like to learn? Any UFO’s hanging around that you would like to complete? Leave a comment below. You know I’d love to hear from you.

Happy crafting!


crochet · Knitting · Preemie · Sewing

Preemie makes

My little grandson was born at 26 weeks and weighed just 1 lb 14 oz. I sewed a mini flannel quilt and knitted a preemie hat for him. Today, he weighs just about 6 lbs. He’s still in the NICU, but should be able to come home in about 3 weeks.

One day, when he’s six feet tall and full grown we can look back at these keepsakes and be amazed at how tiny he was.

I’m so proud of my strong little fighter!jaysonhatandblanket.jpg

quilting · Sewing

Artist tote and pencil case

Happy 6th birthday to my granddaughter!

So….of course I knew I was going to make her something, because that’s what I do…lol.

I just didn’t know what.

She loves Sea Turtles, and I found some cute fabric at JoAnn’s.  I skimmed through my quilt and sewing books, but nothing seemed right. Next I searched online for patterns and ideas. Nothing caught my eye! I know, weird huh?

Finally, I saw the perfect idea on youtube!  I followed two tutorials by Melanie Ham, and I really liked the way they turned out. I’ll leave the links below, in case you’re inspired to make your own.

Here’s how mine turned out.




Here they are all finished! She loves to draw and paint, and so I thought this would be a nice way to store the colored pencils and sketch book I sent with them.


Happy sewing!


Crayon Tote Bag Tutorial Video      Easy Pencil Pouch Tutorial

chalk paint · farmhouse · handmade · kitchen

D.I.Y. Farmhouse Wooden Spoons

Hello Everyone!

So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. We’ve had a fairly mild summer here, and I’ve been busy with all sorts of projects. The latest is my kitchen remodel.  I’ve painted the walls a pretty soft buttercup, and now I’m ready to decorate the kitchen with some farmhouse style decor.kitchen wall july2017

I’ve purchased some items that are ready-made, but I’m inspired by some of the DIY projects I’ve seen online. The project I’m sharing today is not actually up on the wall yet, but I couldn’t wait to post what I’ve done so far. Here are some before and after pics of my spoons and grater.


 I purchased a cheap cheese grater and a wooden spoon set, some paint and antique wax. I wanted to tone down the shiny silver of the grater and make the wooden spoons colorful, but aged.



How I made it: I added the white paint to the grater and after it dried I sprayed it with vinegar a few times and let it dry. It rusted in a few spots and dulled the shine of the silver finish. Next, I added some dark brown wax and wiped it off to create an antique look.



How I made it: I added paint to the wooden spoons, and let them dry. I sanded them and added the white paint and sanded again. Then I used the dark brown wax and wiped it off.

I’ll hang the grater upside down and hang a piece of linen from the handle. I may stand the  spoons up inside from the top, but I’ll need to add a barrier inside the grater to keep them from falling out. Then again, I might just add the spoons to another project I have in mind.

So, this it all for now, but I’ll be back to share more of my finished farmhouse projects. If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear from you.

Happy DIY-ing!



Spring Dress Simplicity 8063

Hello everyone!

It’s been a while since my last post, and so I thought I would share my latest handmade creation. I made this cute dress for my granddaughter. It’s pink polka dot print in 100% cotton. The birds, branch and leaves are machine applique and the swirls off the branches are hand embroidered. I added a sheer pink bow with a tiny pearl. camlynsdresseaster2017a



I enjoyed making this little dress, and would recommend this pattern. Just remember to take measurements instead of going by the ready to wear sizes in the stores. The size my granddaughter needed was smaller than her regular store bought clothing.

I would love to hear from you. If you have questions or comments let me know.

Happy creating!




Baking · Uncategorized

Kolache recipe

kolachesbyc12-6-2016Hey everyone!

Today I made Kolache for the very first time!

I loved them as a kid. I remember when my Grandma in NE made hers…mm-mm! They were amazing.

I followed a video with  Kristyna Montano, if your interested in making this yummy treat for yourself.

I made some with the farmers cheese mixture, poppy-seed mixture, strawberry and triple berry jam and orange marmalade.

Happy baking!



Knitting · Uncategorized

Sleep knitting

Hello everyone!

Hey! Have you ever been excited to start a new project, whether it be knitting, crafting, sewing or writing? This just happened to me. I couldn’t wait to start my next project. It had been a full day and it was late. I was tired, but really wanted to knit anyway. I had just finished my boots and hat knitting project.20161113_161541-1.jpg



I decided that I would knit a matching bunny rattle. I looked for my ball of gray yarn, but couldn’t find it in my knitting bag. I checked under and around the recliner. I glanced over at my cat Pumpkin. He looked up at me, his eyes full of innocence.  I scratched my head and thought Oh well, I’ll just use the blue yarn instead. I still had two strands of the gray yarn leftover for the eyes and nose.

I followed the pattern and kept track of my rows on a post it note pad. Things were going well, and I was cozy and warm with my throw across my lap. Before I knew it I was nodding off in between stitches. When I had finally decided it was time to head to bed, I looked down at my work and saw that I had purled where I shouldn’t in my knit rows!20161113_155525-1.jpg











Well, it’s kind of funny so I thought I would share my mistakes.

How about you? Have you ever sleep knitted?

Today I’m starting over in the missing gray yarn. Yep, I found it in the bottom of my  knitting bag. It was there all along!

I’ll post pics of the baby blanket and rattle when I’m done.

Happy Crafting!





handmade · Knitting · Sewing

Gifts ideas for baby.

My niece is going to have her first baby!

She’s going to have a boy and she has decided on navy and gray instead of the traditional pastel blues or greens.

So I found these flannel prints at Jo-Ann fabrics, and I ‘ll make baby a cozy blanket. I’m also going to knit the hat and boots pictured in Erika Knight’s Natural Nursery Knits book. I’m using Wool-ease yarn.

I’ll post more photos when I finish them.

So how about you? What are you currently working on? I would love know!

Happy crafting !!