"Never get so busy about making a living, that you forget about having a life."

Saturday, May 4, 2013

How others see you
 is not important.  
How you see yourself means everything.

Artist: Ana von Rebeur

The image from along with the quote is very powerful.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

 Did you purchase a pork roast when they were on sale in March?  Here's a delicious recipe for you to try!  The recipe is called, Pork Roast with Apples and Onions from The Pioneer Woman.


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Cutting Table Using Pre-Made Cubes

Cutting Table Using Pre-Made Cubes

As I was searching the web for fabric storage ideas, I came across this post on the Georgia Peachez Blog. The DYI island provides lots of storage for fabric and a great cutting space!!!  To create this cutting table, Suzy Spence connected four storage cubes.  Link to March 9, 2012 post on Suzy's blog for more information on the DYI project. 

I couldn't help thinking about the large amount of fabric that could be stored in the cubes, if comic backer boards were used to fold the fabric. Click here to link to a post describing the fabric folding technique.

For more storage ideas, enjoy the following link:  Click here for more ideas. After you are on the post, scroll down for room ideas.


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Organzing Fabric..What Fun!!!

Today's post is going to be short, because I can't wait to go out into the cottage and start organizing my fabrics.  My goal is to tackle the totes, which contain fabric not delegated to a project!!!  It is a lovely winter day (spring is right around the corner) in Wisconsin.  The temperature is 78'. Who would think we had 17" of snow fall, on the ground, only a couple of weeks ago?  Wonder if today will be another record breaking day for temps?  I digress...back to organizing fabric.

I would like to share a link to The Smashed Peas and Carrots Blog, where Maggie posted wonderful pictures of her fabric stash. 

Maggie's picture of how she stores fabric using comic backer boards.
Storing fabric on backer boards sounded like a wonderful idea.  So, off I went to Duluth, MN to see if Collector's Connection in the Village Square Mall (If you crave some delicious ice cream... Bridgemans is also located in the mall)...

Doesn't this sundae look good?
 I digress again...back to organizing fabric and looking for backer boards.  Sure enough, Collector's Connection sells two types of backer boards.  I purchased a pack of 100 Comic Care, 7" x 10-1/2", backer boards for $10.99. (The other package had boards that were a 1/2" wider.)  Had to chuckle when the owner asked if I was going to need 100 boards...I told him not to worry, because I can always come back to the shop if I need more. Then I realized he was wondering if I needed the 100 count package. Guess he doesn't quilt and have a fabric stash.

So I am off to organize my fabrics!  I will let you know if this technique works for me....it has to be better than storing fabric in totes and  forgetting what fabric has been purchased.

Time to open up the windows and enjoy the fresh air,


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Crocheting with Heidi Bears

African Flower Crochet Hexagon Pattern
Heidi Bears' African Flower Crochet Hexagon

As I was searching the web today, I came across a crochet tutorial from Heidi Bears.  Her colorful yarns, creative crochet patterns and easy-to-follow directions enticed me to further explore the post on African Flower Crochet Hexagons.  Since my experience in crocheting is limited, I am anxious to learn how to make hexagons.

I first started crocheting in 1972 during a seven hour bus trip to college.  As I boarded the bus, I had a pattern with instructions on how to crochet a Granny Square, a crochet hook, and yarn.  I was determined to complete at least one Granny Square before arriving at my destination.  Trust me...it took the whole seven hours to figure out the instructions!!!  I was so proud of my master piece.  

Now I am excited to try Heidi's hexagon design! 

On Heidi's blog there is also a tutorial on joining the hexagons together. Follow this link for the tutorial...click here.

Joining the hexagon crochet pieces together.


Saturday, December 31, 2011

More New Year's Eve Decorating Sites

Searching for New Year's Eve decorating ideas was so much fun yesterday, that I decided to continue with my quest.  I definitely need to go shopping for clearance Christmas ornaments!

Texture is the design principle, 
which makes this decoration work.

Your Home Based Mom


New Year's Eve Goodie Bags.

Hoosier Homemade
I really like the New Year's Eve Goodie Bags, but...they are too casual for the theme. So, instead of brown paper bags, use metallic bags.  The clock background can be cut out of pearlescent card stock paper and the numbers can be created by using ready made stick-on numbers. Fold over the top edge of the bag, punch a couple of holes, and tie a classy, satin ribbon.  Taadaa!!!

Vintage record bowls...what a great idea for New Year's Eve decorating!

 The black, shiny bowls would be perfect for holding party supplies: strands of beads, noise makers, and blowouts.  For instructions on making the bowls, check out the two blogs linked below:


 Black, White, Silver, and Gold is the Theme.

Multiply Delicious

Multiply Delicious

Sparkling Crystal with the Clean Look of White.
Corbis Images
 An inexpensive way to copy this New Year's Eve look is to shop at a thrift shop.  There are so many missed-matched stemmed glasses available...for under $1.00!

Hope you have a Happy New Year!


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