Friday, April 15, 2016

Adding Fabric to Converse

Just thought I'd share a pair of "Converse"Jessie finished awhile ago.
Okay...Okay...there knock offs but...
Aren't they cute?

You can find the how to's here;

That's it for today I'm off to work in the garden.  :)


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Ranunculus Love and Finding Your Happy Place

The other morning I came to work with a weary attitude...the weekend had been a wild rush of last minute orders for boutonnieres and corsages (the High School Tolo was on Saturday). 
We made 70 and over half of them were ordered the day before and the morning of the dance...
YIKES...I had not scheduled for that!
Thank goodness I have a positive crew and some good friends that jumped in to help!!

During the craziness of it all, we got in the most beautiful ranunculus and I just wanted to play with them...
but there was no time...

So when I walked into work early Monday morning I was pleased to see there were still a few left...  

 Even though I had a long list of "to dos" I gave myself permission to do one little arrangement first.

Nothing cures the back to work blues like making an arrangement!!

I could feel my heart lighten as I carefully sniped stems and placed them into the sweet little vase I had picked out.  First the ranunculus, then the rice flower...not quite there...yes wax flower is what it was asking for...

I had found my happy place.

I priced it, placed it on the shelf  and gave it a little smile, as I happily started my to do list.

After a conference call I zipped up the stairs looking forward to visiting my happy little arrangement...but alas...
It was already gone...I don't even know who bought it.  :( 


I made another.
This time adding some statice and using a bit larger vase....
and it sold...

So I made one adding tulips and dusty miller around the base...I love it's soft gray color.
Well that one disappeared too...

Apparently I wasn't the only one in need of a sweet little arrangement.


Till next time...

Here's to you finding your happy place in a world full of to-dos and commitments!


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Easy Sew Pillowcases

Remember last February when I kept making Hot pads?
Well this year it seems to be pillow cases...What is it about February and sewing???

It must be the rainy northwest days with that hint of spring yet to seems to turn my attention to colorful fabric in cheery shades of warmth.

It really all started when my daughter promised her brother a pillowcase ...For Christmas!?!
And she still hadn't gotten around to doing it.

With a friend sleeping over and a Saturday with no plans, we decided it was time to 
"Get ur done."

Because I'm not about to be left out Ki and I went to the fabric store to get our material..
(And I must say I was very happy to find a deer fabric for my husband that wasn't too camouflagey, red neckish!)
Of course Auto had already picked out the beer fabric for her 21 year old brother...

This was KI's first sewing project.  :)  Ever!
I so feel bad this is the only picture I got of her...but her case was darling!

There are so many great pillow case tutorials on Pinterest,
I don't think you need another one form me....

 BUT... because this is a DIY blog I will give it to you in a nut shell..

At the fabric store have them cut 3/4 a yard for the main fabric
1/4 for the trim

                         Simply pin the trim and main fabric together going the long way, (see top picture)

After that's sewn fold the trim in 1/2 and pin to the seam you just sewed.  Folding the raw edge under 1/4 inch and sew again.

Fold the fabric in 1/2 right sides together and zip around it...
Ta-Da your done.

 Two weeks later I whipped these up for my nieces kids...
I tell ya once ya get going it's hard to stop!

If you want to get a bit fancier check out these tutorials...

Anyway that's it for today and Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Vintage Bike Floral Display

I survived Valentines as a florist... well barely, I've been sick for the last 4 days...
But other than that it was a fun and wild ride!!

Speaking of rides...

I pulled my vintage bike out of the garden, cleaned it up and brought in as a display piece.
What do you think?

We Zipped tied the basket and the flower cans on.

Set it atop some floral crates covered in moss 

And then filled it full of flowers...
To be honest I had imagined it a bit different....
I had planed on making the perfect arrangement...just for the basket...full of flowers and trailing jasmine but we plain and simple ran out of time. 

For the window we keep it simple, using pink and white chalk markers we drew a 
tree for the bike to sit under....It looked it's best at night when it was dark out.

We also decorated a mannequin...buts that's another day.

For today, well....I'm out of time.


I will hopefully be linking up to some of the parties in my side check them out!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Hello Friends

Good morning friends, I have missed you all!!  My last blog post was July 2015....YIKES

A lot has happened since then that has kept me away form my blog and much crafting...
it's all good of course...except for the part about not blogging and crafting...I had know idea how much I would miss this little blog and my handful of friends.

So whats going on you might ask?

It's not that I have exciting news or that it's any kind of a big of a deal but I am now managing a little floral shop (I'm not allowed to say where) but between working full time, my daughters senior year in high school and her club volleyball travels, well there just isn't much time left in the day....


So there it commitment to you ...well mostly to me...

Put out one post a week even if it's just a lovely bouquet or flowers..

Like this one for Molly (love that girl)...Purple and Gold for NK Senior Night.... 


So hopefully you all will join me on my new adventure as a fledgling florist and an almost empty nester.

There will be more flowers post than ever before...but who doesn't like flowers?

I plan on finishing my 1960's trailer this summer so you might want to stayed tuned for that...Here's a sneak peek...

And of course I will continue to share my hand stitching...

And Jewelry making...

And lets not forget farm life...

 So there it is...I guess I have more to blog about than I thought...

Looking forward to reconnecting with all of you!!

God Bless and thanks for stopping by,


Thursday, July 23, 2015

How to Customize Converse

I've been loving the Converse tennis shoes I keep seeing on Etsy...the ones with the fabric tongues...but they're out of my price range 

So I decided to do it myself (what a surprise).  :)

I picked up several fat quarters at the fabric store near work and then went on a quest to find cheap Converse.  Guess what there is no such thing...even T J Max wants $30.00 for a pair.  

Ahhh...but Target had these for just $19.99...a price I can live with.  :)
I had planned on making more than one pair so course I didn't take any pictures of the process but it's pretty simple and I think I can walk you through.

The first thing I did was cut the fabric in a rectangle a bit bigger than the tongue.  I also had to cut some stitching by the toe of the shoe for the fabric to fit tight to the rubber.  I then pinned the fabric on, wrapping it around to the back side of the tongue.   Easy enough!

Next step is to had stitch it with a nice sturdy needle.  

After the stitching was done I cut the excess fabric on the back side and then glued it down with E-600 (my all time favorite glue).

Lastly I re-stitched what I had to cut to fit fabric next to the toe.

That's all there is to it....pretty Tweet huh?

As usual I will be linking up tp many of the parties on my side bar...Do check them out!

PS:  I just took them out of the wash and they held up great!!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

More Vintage Remix Necklaces...

Spring is such a busy time of year...between work and gardening I haven't had much time for crafting.
Although I did, somehow managed to get a few pieces of jewelry finished for my Esty shop..

I love this first one, it's a vintage button that I glued an old earring to the front.
The wire loop that I have the other buttons hanging on, I found on a walk.  It loops through the shank on the back of the button.  I also added a sewing machine charm. 

This little owl charm took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do with it....

When I came across this ceramic bead I made a long time ago...I thought what a perfect backdrop and it was!!!  :)

The spoon handle was a quickie...Loving the floral design in front, I didn't think it needed much...
Just a bird and a crystal from an old chandelier and it was done...

I almost forgot...

I finished a stocking too.

Well heck...maybe I got more done than I thought.

Thanks for visiting and stop by again soon...I'm working on some more up-styled shoes and...well I guess you'll just have to wait and see.  ;)
Thanks for visiting!!

I will be linking to many of the parties on my side check them out.


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Autumn modeling a hat I knit for my etsy shop...What energy!!