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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

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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

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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 !!

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Apron for my Sis

I finished my sister’s birthday gift. I made an apron for her. She loves to cook and when I saw this fabric and apron pattern I thought she would like it.

It all went smooth with one exception…the bias tape. The pattern calls for 2 packs. Wrong!! I had to run out and get another pack to finish it. Whether it was a shortage in the pack or miscalculation in the pattern, I’m not sure.

Anyway…it’s done and lesson learned. Buy extra no matter what!


Also, my daughter-in-law loved her gifts. She sent a picture of her recipe book displayed on her kitchen counter. I’m so glad she liked it.

I sure hope this post inspired you to get creative whether you sew, knit, quilt or draw.

I enjoy reading your comments, so let me know what your working on today. 


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Fabric Stash Under Control

Hello again!

Well, I’ve finally got my fabric and yarn stash under control. Whew! I had accumulated so much over the years that I had several totes full. Yep. Not those pretty little clear totes either. Those big industrialized-looking gray totes! They were all stacked and lined up against my wall covered with a large tablecloth. (ugh!) I had to dig and hunt for my fabric or yarn whenever I wanted to do a project!

My yarn is now stored in smaller totes and neatly stacked in the area between my desk and the wall. (I’m holding a rolling tote filled with yarn to give to my sister on her next visit)

After I went through my fabric, I narrowed it down to keep three totes. I happily gave the rest to family and friends. I also gave a huge bag to donation. I sorted the remainder of my fabric and put it on mini-bolts, and finally into the book-case where I actually could see it. (yay!)

I rolled 1/2 yd or less fabrics into tight bundles and stored them in small clear plastic totes in my drawers. I also ended up with one medium tote size bag of scraps that I couldn’t part with.

Honestly, I thought it would be so hard to part with my fabrics, trims, and craft supplies. Instead, I felt a sense of relief in knowing my room is organized and that I’m able to work in an uncluttered space. I still have a few pieces of apparel fabric to organize as well as finding a spot for my  batting, wonder-under, trims, ribbons etc.

I’ll be back with more updates.

What ideas or tips do you have for storing your craft or sewing items?

I’d love to hear them!

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It’s that time…

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Today I’ve decided to discuss organization in the craft room. For weeks I’ve poured over ideas and pinned pages of tips and tricks.

Organizing is not an easy task for me. I have too many interests that I try to shove into a 10’x 12’room!

Can anyone out there relate to this?

I set specific areas for each of my hobbies. A section of my room is for sewing, a section for knitting and one for painting. Trouble is, after one of my  creative marathons…well, ugh. Last year I made six quilts, knitted scarves and boot cuffs and paintings for Christmas gifts. When the whirlwind of December passed I was left looking at a mound of mess in January. In addition to that, those precious items that I  would buy here and there began to accumulate and before I knew it I was completely out of room.

So yeah, it’s time.

How do I purge? Very carefully! I’m cautious and take one drawer or shelf at a time. I make a decision as to whether or not I’ll use it or part with it. If I decide to part with it, I’ll think of my family or friends first. What doesn’t go to them, I’ll donate. For example, I’ve put together a large stash of yarn and crochet needles neatly in a rolling tote for my sister. She’s just learning to crochet. The fabric that no one else wanted, I’ve already donated. Senior centers, thrift stores, knitting or quilting groups are some great options.

Now I’m left with the things I do want, and it’s time to organize. My fabric was stored in totes ( many totes ) and so I’ve decided to wrap them on to mini bolts and store them in a book-case. The wrapping took quite a while, but was worth it. Now my fabric is visible to me. Same goes for my thread. I purchased a few spool holders for my wall.thumbnail_20140522_132220_resized

To control the clutter on my desk I purchased a spinning caddie. I still have more to do, but I’m making progress. I’ll keep you updated as I go. Do you have a storage idea? How do you keep your craft room organized?

I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to post your comments.

I’ve framed these precious paintings done by my little artist granddaughter.




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You’ve just stumbled on to my first post. I’m struggling to create because the truth is… it’s been so sticky hot the last few days. I’ve taken a little break from crafting the past two days. But, I guess that gives me time to show you all what I’m working on. 12548886_1544987362484003_4906689020289566029_n10584081_1544987379150668_5748473681278921754_n I hope to have this sweater done by Fall. Um, this Fall…lol.

I love the color and  I found my yarn at

It’s Paton’s Classic Wool yarn in Natural Mix.


Also, I’m organizing my fabric on to small bolts, so I can store them in a book case instead of totes. I’m cutting panels out of the large sized Priority boxes. I can get 12 panels from each box! Plus, I have wrapped up to 5 yards on a bolt with no problem. For fat quarters and less I cut the panels in half.


Let’s see, I think the last art piece I completed was in May 2016. It’s a portrait of my granddaughter in charcoal. I made it as a gift for my son and daughter-in-law.20160513_163839_resized

My next portrait of will be of my youngest grandson. I’ll post when it’s complete.

I’d like to say thanks for stopping and viewing my site. See you next time!