Archive for the 'handmade stuff' Category



No-sew Home canvas

Published on February 29, 2012

Today I’ve written a guest post over at Sew WE Quilt and I wanted to write a companion post to include a project for those who don’t sew. I used fabric for this, but you could also use scrapbook paper or any kind of paper that you had on hand. You will need: – 8×10 […]


Another Christy Tomlinson workshop – this time it’s a mini one!

Published on November 29, 2011

I wrote in a previous post that I had found Christy Tomlinson through Scraptime, a blog with videos about what’s new and exciting in the crafting market. Anyway I loved her workshop and got so much out of it that I signed up for this mini one. It’s all about ornaments and Christmas! With her […]


Workshop with Christy Tomlinson

Published on May 24, 2011

I was on the Scraptime blog (which I love) and Christine talked about a workshop she had taken, something called “She Art”. What caught my attention was the use of color and free form shapes – without being abstract (I don’t do well with abstract, I need to know what I’m looking at). I signed […]


Annual tea date

Published on January 20, 2010

In January I have an annual tea date with a group of wonderful gals. We go to Lisa’s Tea Treasures, have tea and fancy little sandwiches (without the crust) and of course dessert (yum). We usually walk around afterward, going to our favorite little shops, all the while chatting away. This year we stopped in […]


Learning to crochet

Published on January 9, 2010

Am I crazy or what. A couple of my friends are die-hard knitters. I for one tried knitting but good grief it took so much concentration I might as well be in a science class learning the periodic table of elements. But I’ve loved going with them to yarn shops. All those skeins in those […]


Filmore bear comes to life (thank you Anne)

Published on December 18, 2009

Awhile back I got a little package in the mail. There was a lovely handmade card with one of my stamps – Filmore bear. There was also a tissue wrapped surprise. When I pulled it open there was an ACTUAL Filmore bear! I was so surprised! Long time customer, Anne Frazer created him out of […]


Doggie bead adoptions

Published on November 20, 2008

There is a wonderful woman named Kim (aka Miss Juju) who owns an online shop called Juju Beadz. It’s here she sells the most incredible little whimsical animal beads a person could ever wish for. I was actually reading my friend Jenn’s blog and saw she had a little doggie bead. I immediately had to […]


A wonderful whimsical artist!

Published on August 30, 2008

I was at the bookstore and found the latest edition of Somerset Studio (Sept/Oct 08) – the Halloween edition. There’s something about Halloween, maybe it means fall is here or the black and white with pops of orange or maybe it’s just the hope that I still have time to get everything done for Christmas…whatever […]


Soldering class

Published on June 28, 2008

Today was the second of my little summer courses – soldering (taught by Steven James). It wasn’t the kind of soldering done with a soldering iron, we actually used a butane micro-torch. We were given some silver circles, along with wire and some bits of copper and let loose! I used three circles – large, […]


Resin class

Published on June 14, 2008

Awhile back I got a class listing of courses being offered this summer at a local junior college. I was looking through and there was a resin class (taught by Steven James). I had actually gotten a book, The Art of Resin Jewelry, because I love the idea of incorporating photos into wearable projects. Well […]


Fun tote!

Published on May 21, 2008

Awhile back I took this tote class at the Granary (in Sunnyvale, CA). It was so much fun! The tote is 12w x 10h x 6d, so it’s a nice size. The pattern is by Lazy Girl Designs. They did an GREAT job with their instructions – each step has a full color photo so […]


Puppy pendant

Published on May 7, 2008

I had lunch with my friend Jenn today – it’s been AGES since we’ve seen each other even though we live in the same town. It was wonderful to catch up over yummy salads from a local eatery. I’ve known Jenn for awhile, we met through quilting, but she’s actually the most incredible bead and […]


A little yellow peep surprise

Published on April 4, 2008

A little surprise arrived in the mail from my mom. Yahoo! A Chinese take-out container with a pretty pink ribbon was inside the box. I pulled off the ribbon and cellophane and there was a little yellow peep with a purple party hat! Too cute! My mom is incredibly talented. When I was in high […]


Fabric kitties don’t shed

Published on January 4, 2008

I’ve read so many blogs and seen so many photos of people creating critters in fabric. It’s all so inspiring. I love the fact that handmade items are hip. I remember when I was young making all sorts of little things out of felt – it was cheap, there were lots of colors and all […]