Friday, December 23, 2011

Thrifty finds

For a quick $3 thrifting fix, I got some more retro patterns and a heavy duty toastmaster iron for my sewing room. It will be so nice for pressing seams. I promised myself I would make myself a dress this year, and I think I can use one of these patterns. So excited!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

New Traditions- Snowglobes

Materials: Glycerine, glitter, jar, E6000 glue, figurines and distilled water.

Glue your figurines down on your jar lid with the E6000 and let sit over night.  I used a plastic bottle cap and and painted it silver and glued that down first before I put my bunny on it to raise it up so you could see it better.  Put glitter in and fill with distilled water up to the top, pour a cap full of glycerin in and screw on top. Another tip: Make sure you make sure you glass jar will fit over what your figurines before you glue them down.  Then shake away and wait for the real snow to fall.  None in Missouri yet for us.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wood burned Chevron Bracelet

Mark you pattern in pencil

Fill in every other space with even strokes with your wood burning tool.

I added thin strips to the last couple for an an accent

This was my first wood burning project. I really enjoyed it. I loved the smell of burning wood.  Although I would recommend  wearing eye protection from the smoke.  I got these wooden bracelets from Michael's for 25 cents a piece and I love these small ones because I have small wrists and most bracelets just fall off. I can't wait to do more. Try it out yourself.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Twisted Leather Braclet

I got this from Martha Stewart's show last week. I love the wrapped effect. We made it from the softest leather and it is so comfortable. I made mine very basic so I can wear it with lots of different outfits. It's so boho chic. I love it. Check out the tutorial here

My sister's leather stash

The needed materials

Monday, December 19, 2011

A Hunters Widow Weekend

Crestwood Food Truck  Smorgasboard

Sarah's Cupcakes

Log cabin dolls house at the mall shop.

Since my man was off in the wilderness for the weekend. I took the opportunity to spend some quality time with my sister. I am trying to play catch up on my blog since I've stared homeschooling my oldest daughter mid school year, I've been overwhelmed trying to get a routine going to all of us but we are settling in just fine now.  We had a fun weekend of crafting. I have some fun projects I will be showing you. We made yummy pasta carbonara, and worked on our projects. In the morning we watching Breakfast at Tiffany's while we ate a big breakfast my sister prepared for us. It's so much fun getting together like this. It doesn't happen enough.

This years Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival

This years apple butter festival was so fun. I went with my sister and nephew Skyler.  We got all your fall favorites, kettle corn, funnel cakes, pies from the Blue Owl.  They are notorious for their baked good. Skyler was so funny with the little oriental top craftsman. He was to nice and he showed him how to be a professional top spinner. Lot's of fall fun that day.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Beautiful Day at the Downtown Farmers Market

Our walk thru the city

Grabbing breakfast burritos before our shopping trip

Natures Beauty

Who knew Brussel Sprouts were so pretty.

Orange Cauliflower?

This vendor was so proud of his mushrooms

I was in heaven that day. It was awe inspiring to see all the food craftsmanship that surrounded.  The produce was pristine.  The air was filled with freshly baked bread and spices and the weather was fabulous. Some of the best cheese I've ever had in my life. We can't wait to go back in the spring.

Visiting the Madison Capitol

What a beautiful building. It was so ornate. Marble floors and gilding everywhere. The girls didn't want to bother with the tour so we explored on our own and wound up mistakenly in front of the mayors office. I have to say his male secretary was very cordial.  It was a nice way to escape the blistery weather outside.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Trip to Cheese Town

Our trip to cheese town aka Madison Wisconsin was fun. Lot' of good food and time with friends. And the cheese curds, oh the cheese curds. They will be part if my sweet cheesy dreams for a while. The capitol building was beautiful inside and we went to the farmers market on Sat. which had vendors with the awesome produce and of course more cheeeese!


Monday, October 17, 2011

My new schnazzie suitcase

I was so impressed with this tutorial for covering hard case suitcases that I knew this was the project for me since I have had 3 of these suitcases that have been waiting for a transformation. They were my husbands grandmothers  and she never went anywhere so its time for these babies to head out and see the world. I am currently using this one on my trip to Wisconsin with my sister. It was relatively easy although I would suggest getting s new blade for your rotary cutter to make it go smoother. I can't wait to do the other ones. You can see this wonderful tutorial at

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I love Mad Men


Lately I've been obsessed with this show. I've been having a mad men marathon for the past couple of week. I got thru all 52 episodes on netflix and I'm ready to start the new season. Although it will be hard waiting between episodes. I definately think I'm a Joan. I absolutely love her style. I'm ready to incorporate her style into my own work look. Since I also manage an office. If only I could do it with her class and style. Sigh.......

I was window shopping a couple of weeks ago and noticed that Banana Republic had come out with a whole mad men inspired collection and I only had time to run in for a quick drool. It has inspired me to check out vogue's vintage patterns to make a dress myself. Well I'm off to dream of Don until I see him next. The guys a real jerk but I just can't help myself.

Monday, October 10, 2011

This cup is a hoot.

My sister is so sweet. She got this cup for me after I told her I wanted to paint one at the pottery shop. It will be perfect for sipping cocoa out if this fall.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

St Louis octoberfest

What a fun night. The weather was perfect and the people watching was the best ever. There were so many people there and not just beer. I was able to get a red bull and monster in my stein that was enough to last the whole evening easy. They had live music including polca music of cource cause who can't get down to a good polca everyone once in awhile. Good drinks and good fun.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Teddy Bear Head Phones

I saw these teddy bear head phone covers here I didn't have a pattern to follow. I just fitted it to the pair of head phones as I went. If you have basic crochet skills, you can figure this out and they are super adorable and can double as ear muffs for your kids while they are waiting for the bus, and they can rock out at the same time. Try it out.