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Saturday, March 26, 2011


I found these fishing lures at a flea market and loved the bright colors...thought they would make cute necklaces.

This is my first attempt at making a shoe. Missy had seen some adorable ones on etsy. But $42 seems just a little high. Ok. Or so I thought until I attempted this one. I did inform Missy mine would be $50 a pair. I will of course keep trying until I get a pair that we would actually put on Maryn. Plus, somehow, what I thought started out as the right size ended up being like a newborn size. Back to the sewing machine. I am determined to get this right.

I made these two bracelets last night. I love a simple bracelet. Ask my daughter.....she hates it when I start piling them on. This does not really show the detail. They are swarovski crystal chain that I wire wrapped onto leather cord. The top one is turquoise and the bottom one is olivine crystal. I plan to do more using pearl chain and crystal.

I love anything turquoise. So, I will be keeping this one. The the other bracelet was a birthday gift from my sister in law and brother . What a surprise. It is a Pandora with a heart charm! I did not ever consider myself a pandora kinda girl......but love the simplicity of this one! Sharon you are the best!!!!!

working on several of these for the sale. Last year I did only one and it did not make it through the first hour! Making several versions of this for the May sale.

Just finished reading this book! LOVED IT! I am not great at keeping a journal other then the one that I am keeping for Maryn. But, I have a little mini journal that I have started my 1000 gift list in. Forget the bucket lists about once-in-a-lifetime experiences. I want to be about finding joy today, right now in the everyday things. I want to be found guilty of having radical gratitude!

I find myself looking at life differently. I truely do want to find joy in the bad times as well the good. It is a book that dares you to live fully.

And of course, right at the top of my list is this sweet little one! Her momma is in the process of beginning a new job. So, I am staying with Maryn 3 days a week for the next three weeks. And of course loving every single second. It has been very easy to add to my joy list each day!

I just knew you would be disappointed if I did not slip into gramma mode...... Hope you are having a great week!
Almost forgot.....this is one of our 'grand-dogs'. Peaut. He belongs to Maryn. He is 175 lbs of lovable. He may look intimidating....but, is such a good boy!

Saturday, March 19, 2011


No post.....but, I love daisies! These were part of my birthday bouquet. What a happy face!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


What can always make a gramma smile for her birthday????

Maryn definitely made the day complete! Turning the big 60 was actually perfect! I always
try to celebrate "birthday week". I say milk it for all you can!!! Sara came for the weekend and we had a great time of junking. She is treating me to a little trip first of May! Can't wait. Missy and Tyler came on my actual birthday. I have an amazing daughter-in-law....she made a fabulous dinner....bruschetta chicken, green beans, wild rice....pumpkind /chocolate chip cookies! This is the kind of take out delivery I love!! And the birthday goes on.....our entire family is meeting in FT Wayne for dinner this Saturday. Sometimes it is not so bad getting older....
The dates for my spring sale have been set for May 20-21. I have been asked if I am giving up the furniture line......NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. But, due to the cold weather I have not been able to paint very much. So, trying to work on other things.
For example this necklace........

bebe burp cloths........

rings using vintage earrings

also using vintage buttons that are layered

another little mirror

necklace made using vintage earring

oops....think you have seen this one............

a wreath with rosettes

little ruffled pillow made using a blouse that I had planned to send to the mission..

"H" stands for Harrison......our newest addition due in late June.

ruffled journals

MY BIRTHDAY GIFT FROM HUBBY!!! I have always had re-built sewing machines....which is fine...but, my old one bit the dust last Saturday....right in the middle of a project I was working on for a customer. Rich surprise me with this beauty!!!! I have been having so much fun! It even has an automatic threader....ok, haven't figured that one out yet....but I am content just to

keep threading the old way. It is a dream to sew with!

How cute is the print? I loooovvvvee cute little monkeys! This was burp cloth I did for Maryn.

My first attempt at a Bible cover......I see alllllll the things that could have been done better.

This mornings completed Bible cover. Much, much better. This is going to a new friend at our church. She is actually the one that first asked me about doing a cover. I plan to drop it off this afternoon...hope that she likes it...flaws and all! The wonderful thing is though, as many flaws that can be found on this fortunate for us that what it contains is give to us without any flaws

Want to do some more.....keep improving on my technique!