Tuesday, December 22, 2015


                                                 On the inside: Glory to the newborn King!
                                             I used a silver gift bag to punch out the stars, :)

Thursday, October 22, 2015


                           Not the cutest Halloween card I've ever done, but here is this year's.

Friday, October 9, 2015


I bought this baby doll clothes pattern and I did not pay the $13.95, I got it half off. It has 3 sizes of baby doll clothes. I mixed pieces of patterns to get different looks, and used mostly cloth remnants I had on hand. Instead of doing facings, I cut double bodice tops and sewed them together inside out so I didn't have ragged edges or facing curling up. It works so much better.

Thursday, October 8, 2015


I saw a crochet case on Pinterest and decided I wanted to make one. It is similar to this, but not exact. I made some changes. Also, I am brave (stupid?) to post this, because I made about a bazillion mistakes on it (ha-ha, you think I am kidding), but I am keeping it, mistakes and all, as it will serve my purpose. The weird thing is that I don't really crochet, but I have kinda/sorta stumbled through a few things, like an afghan once, and crocheting around burp cloths a couple of times. However, I do have learning to crochet on my bucket list, and I do want to save the few crochet hooks I do have.'This material is just cotton with a heavy pellon filler. I wasn't prepared for the sewing of the hook places to pucker the material like it did here, but I am not sure how to prevent it either.  Most of the materials were left over from other projects, and this went together fairly quickly, so I am happy with it and will have these together now where I can find them easily.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


My daughter works in the Young Women program for the LDS church. There is a beginning class called Beehives, and she wanted to make some door decorations to welcome the 12 year old girls into the organization. I came up with these 2 masters, both typing paper size. She will run the bees off on yellow paper. She is also going to add hearts to the door and words of welcome. I thought I would add these here, just in case anyone has a use for them.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


I decided to make a Doc McStuffins clipboard to go along with the Big Book of Boo Boos. I bought a small clipboard and made a master for the pages, 4 to a page. Just run off some copies and cut them apart, then watch your little one have fun.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


The little girl who lives here just loves to change her baby's diaper over and over and over again. The trouble is, if her wipes are in reach, she uses several of them on her baby. We have tried to remember to keep them out of reach. I gave her a couple of squares of white fleece for wipes, but then I saw this idea on Pinterest. It is double felt to make it sturdy. I cut a circle on the center of one half and sewed the edges with a blanket stitch, using embroidery floss. I then sewed the velcro on the flap and the "case". I sewed a decorative button on the flap and then sewed the edges closed. The wipes are squares cut from white fleece. The little one hasn't seen it yet, but I think she is going to be happy.

Monday, August 31, 2015


I decided to make bandaids for my little 2 year old granddaughter's "Doc McStuffin's" kit. I cut out 2 pieces of material for each bandaid, whatever size you want. I slightly rounded the corners and sewed around them, right sides together and leaving about an inch or so open to turn and then blind stitch closed. Before sewing closed, however, I slipped in a square of felt to give body to the center, like a real bandaid has. I then sewed a small heart button in the center of each one, then sewed another white piece of felt on the other side for the bandaid part. I sewed small pieces of velcro on each end to fasten the bandaid. These bandaids work for dolls legs and arms, and note that Lambie has a smaller one on her wrist.
My little granddaughter has had fun doctoring her dolls today with them.

Friday, August 21, 2015


I have several items that need special laundering, such as line dry shirts. I am always afraid I will throw one into the dryer one day and decided I needed a reminder board. I had seen boards with tin on them at the second hand store quite often, so went there looking for something. What I found instead was this wood frame ( never used nor painted) and a piece of tin that fits the back of it. I have a whole bag of little wood pieces that my youngest daughter found at a yard sale for me, so used some of that to make the magnets. (The magnets were also in that bag my daughter found me.) I made 3 magnets to fir my laundering needs : Lay flat, Line dry, and Dry with tennis balls. When I have an item that needs one of those instructions, I will put the magnet on the washer as a reminder. I haven't attached the tin piece yet, but when I do, I will be excited to put this in my laundry room.
I painted this with acrylic paints, and spray coated it with a clear acrylic finish.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


Sometimes I get these little bees in my bonnet and make things like this. :) I had the idea to make the Big Book of Boo Boos for an almost  2 year old granddaughter who is crazy about Doc McStuffins right now, and this is what I came up with:
This is a little purple notebook I bought at WalMart for 97 cents. I had some glittery hearts from last year's valentine project, which came in a package from the Dollar Tree.
Here are the pages:
I copied these on cardstock, cut them into pieces for the pages and glued them in. I did not glue anything on the backs of the pages. Also, the cardstock does not fill the page, so if you want it to, run off the pictures, cut them out and position them onto typing paper for your master. You can also just use paper, but I wanted the pages a little stiffer since my granddaughter is young.
I did some pictures at the end that don't have a diagnosis on them, but the others are actually Doc's names for the condition. I had fun with this and decided to share with anyone else who might be interested in doing this.

Saturday, August 1, 2015


I went yard-saling today and found a yard of pink and white checked material for $1. I decided to make aprons from it to match the little kitchen play set my granddaughter inherited from her cousins who have outgrown it.
I don't know how to make a pattern to download for this, but you can pretty much see how it is done by the picture. I did double the cloth when I cut it out and sewed around the edges, leaving the hem to turn it all right side out. Then I hemmed it. I sewed the straps and pocket afterwards, and added flower buttons at the top and a ladybug button on the pocket for fun. The straps at the waist and the strap around the neck are the same length.

Monday, February 16, 2015


I got the main idea from a Pinterest post and then I made a few changes. The XOXO is cut out (I have punches) and the back of it is silver paper. I buy sparkly dollar store gift bags to cut up for my cards, and that is heart and small hearts.

Friday, January 23, 2015


Years ago I was at a friend's during the Christmas season, and saw a scrapbook she had made. She had covered a 3-ring binder with cloth (slightly padded) and made pages of family photos and the Christmas card photos for each Christmas for many years,
I loved it so much I made my  own, scrounging past pictures and cards the best I could. I also make my own Christmas cards and include one of those. I have filled 2 books now, and just finished making a 3rd for next year's Christmas (although I couldn't find Christmas material anywhere so opted for this dark blue with stars) and I thought I'd enjoy the idea. I used a yard of material, which allowed me to make a cover that sips over the ends like a book jacket. Leave enough seam allowance and sew in your padding, such as a heavy pellon, as you go. Scrapbook the pages any way you wish,but I always do mine with the aim to fit as much on a page as I can, and if I have 2-sided photo cards, I put them into clear page protectors just like that. 
I do use clear page protectors on every page, though. I also cut up other Christmas cards and use pieces of them here and there in the little empty spaces that won't hold anything else.
We love these books that hold so many wonderful memories of friends and family.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Someone came to me quite a few years ago and told me she wanted a wood calendar. Her dad had offered to make 3 of them and if I would paint his and hers, I could have the 3rd one for me, so I made them a deal that I would, and this is the result. The numbers and special squares all side in and you change the month and days each month. I pretty much quit using this when my kids left home, so we had a family drawing for those who wanted it. There may be a day in the future when I add patterns, but I free handed these and don't have any right now. But I thought I'd let people take a look at it.

Monday, January 5, 2015


These are on the order of paper dolls, only they are made of felt. If you want to stiffen them up, cut out a body pattern from a plastic lid, such as what you find on a shortening can, but you cut it enough smaller that you can stitch the outsides together. I have drawn basic patterns and you can embellish them as you wish. These are "sister dolls". The baby's bottle is from a package of tiny bottles I found in the baby shower section at the dollar store.