Monday, November 7, 2011

I Tried...

I tried and tried for the past two hours to figure out how to add a badge to this blog. I give up for now and will try again later. Way later. As you can see my blog looks naked compared to other blogs. I've wasted enough time on the computer and need to get things done before heading off to bed. Me and computers don't go hand in hand at times. Oh well.

Have a nice night everyone!

I Took the Handmade Holiday Pledge


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Crocheting the Nights Away

I'm working on a crochet blanket for my son. The plan is to work on it before heading to bed every night.

I was going thru my things not so long ago and came across a shopping bag and wondering what I had stashed away in it. I couldn't believe it was a blanket I started on about two years ago. I had run out of yarn and somehow forgot about getting more to finish it.

Now I have more yarn and my nightly crocheting project is a go.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Finn the Human Hat

A few weeks ago was spirit week at my son's school. One of the days was Super Hero Day! Jacob asked if I could make him a Finn the Human hat, a character from the cartoon Adventure Time.

We found a pattern and how to video:

This site said to download a program for printing out the pattern to the right size. I didn't do that since it wasn't my computer I was using. I just clicked on the pattern and printed it. Then folded the pattern in fours so I had a top left, top right, bottom left and bottom right. After that I printed each section at 200% enlarged, cut the pieces out and taped them together.

I made a practice hat to see if any adjustments were needed. Just had to make it a tiny bit larger so there was a little more room around his head. I used a knit velvety fabric and cotton fabric for the lining. The velvety fabric was hard to keep in place when I was sewing. In the how to video they used felt and lined it with felt. I thought maybe that would be to hot to wear in school all day long.

The bottom picture shows the shape of the hat and the top picture shows how nicely it lays. Jacob was very pleased with the hat.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Buying Nothing in October

I just found out about this Buy Nothing New in the month of October (except for necessities).
This started out in Australia and according to the site they say to:
"Pledge to Buy Nothing New this October, then with the exception of essentials (food, drink, medications, hygiene products) you can beg, borrow, barter, swap or buy secondhand whatever you need. You just buy nothing new."

I think this sounds like a good idea to try out and maybe save a few bucks here and there since this week I felt like I have been broker than broke. Thank goodness tomorrow is payday.

My son needs to decide soon what he wants to be for Halloween and Youmacon this year so I can make sure I have everything I need before October gets here. But then I can always buy secondhand supplies. It's been a while since I've gone thrift store shopping.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

September Art From The Heart

September's Art From The Heart may have been my last craft show for the year. It was fun and great to see everyone again. I didn't really make anything knew except for some shrink art necklaces that I ended up putting together there at the show. It was nice being recognized by people who saw me at past craft shows, like Craft City and the Flintcity Spring Craft Market. There will be a special October Halloween themed one next month but not sure if I can make it. It's the same day as Jacob's school's homecoming parade and football game. His band class will be marching in the parade and preforming during the game. Really won't know until that day this is happening. I do have some great fabric cut out for aprons for the October show. If I can't make it the aprons will end up on etsy. As for future shows, I don't really know. They will have to fit around my unpredictable work schedule and so far I haven't found any holiday ones that will work out.

People's Art Festival 2011

I know it's a little late with the posting of this. Better late than never. The People's Art Festival was the last weekend of August. We had a great time and were so happy to be a part of it. This was my very first Detroit show and it was a blast. This took place at the Russell Industrial Center.
Here is my set up. Bags/purses to the left and aprons to the right. Everything else is on the tables. I make a little bit of everything and have fun making it all. Everyone told me I had my items reasonably price. I try to make them affordable for everyone. The aprons were well liked by everyone. Left over aprons I added to my etsy shop and soon I will add the bags.
My shrink art necklaces were a big hit. Pretty much sold them all. I have ideas for new ones in the future.
My paintings set up. I'm a little sad I sold the sloth painting but I can always paint another.
My bags I made just days before this show.
In the morning setting up.
Same alley just a view looking to the west.
Their famous Russell Center water tower.
Wish I could have taken more pictures. Unfortunately I can't figure out how to download my pictures from my regular camera and took the pictures you see here with my phone camera. I wasn't able to walk around with my phone because I have that handy dandy Square app for taking credit card sales, which by the way came in handy.
We even had a cute visitor that hung out with us for a while.
Really wish I would have gotten more pictures, especially of the crowd that came out. Lots of interesting people. Everyone was so friendly and nice. I enjoyed chatting with everyone I met. I would love to be a part of this again next year. Did I mention I had a pulled pork sandwich? Oh and it was delicious. The weather was even great. We couldn't have asked for a better weekend.
And that was our fun and exciting weekend in Detroit. Can't wait till next year.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Upholstery Fabric

I have been sewing bags everyday this week. I now have a new love for upholstery fabric. A simple bag can look amazing with upholstery fabric.

Later tonight will work on a few more cotton bags.

Trying not to stress out. Maybe next week I'll start stressing.

Have a great rest of the week everybody!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Fabric hair clips.

Busy Busy

I'm still busy. These last couple weeks have been crazy trying to keep up with everything around me. Sometimes it's hard to fit in sewing and crafting.

Over the last couple weeks I did some paintings. The paintings above are tiny little 3"x3" that were fun to paint. My other paintings are 6"x6" and are of narwhals, sloths, owls, and skulls.

Made some fabric flowers with button centers for hair clips. Some were sewn onto those hair snap clips and some were glued onto the bobby pin style.

Also made more bottle cap magnets.

This evening was able to sew up some more coin purses.

Just hope I have enough of everything for the Detroit show I'm in that is a little less than two weeks away.

This weeks plan will be sewing up some bags and aprons. Sometimes I wonder if I'm trying to fit in crafting or if I'm trying to fit in everyday life. I know...silly thought. Oh yeah, and I gotta figure out when we will go to the Genesee County Fair this week so I can ride some rides, really I just want to go down the giant slide.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Lazy Past Week

Last week was a pretty lazy week. I love the summer but hate to admit this weather had gotten the best of me. My projects have gone to a stand still. The beginning of the week I finished a project and even started two. But that was it.

This weekend was busy for me but not with projects. So I at least ended the weekend in a self motivated ready to get back in gear mind set. At least that's what I'm telling myself.

The picture above is of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Church in Royal Oak, Michigan. My son and I attended mass today at this church before heading to a birthday party near by.

Now I'm heading off to bed with lots of crafty ideas running through my mind.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fabric Flowers

This is my vacation week off of work. So far I have done a craft show, driven to Ohio for a funeral, visited relatives, visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, done laundry, cut out lots of fabric for three projects and sat around being lazy but thinking of what I could create next. I was also brave and left the house a few times times on errands and eating out with my son. They say its so very hot out with the heat index but I thought it felt wonderful outside. I'll take the hot summer days over the cold winter anytime.

One of my projects I cut fabric out for are a couple headbands for two sweet little girls. Today I made headbands for the first time as well as fabric flowers for the first time. The internet tutorials make it look easier that what it is. I'm glad I got them to turn out.

I was given a couple pics of some headbands and was asked if I could make them. The headbands were seen at a gift shop in a tourist town so I'm sure they cost a pretty penny. Not to toot my own horn but I think mine turned out way better than the ones in the gift shop. Mine have no raw edges, which makes no sense for a child headband.

Time to go figure out what we can munch on now. Had a late lunch/early dinner. I'm ready for dessert.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


I made a few painting for that last show I was in and plan to make a few more for possibly my last show of the year at the end of August. I put way to much time and effort in creating things for shows and need to slow down at some point and start making things for me. Plus I need to work on that 365 day of creating challenge that I think will end up being a two year challenge. Which brings me to painting a skull. Even though it is finish I don't think it is but don't think anything else should be added at the same time.

Here is a Narwhal painting that now has a new home with my friend Danielle.

This last one here is a painting I did after looking at my etsy/blogger friend's blog. Yes Donna, you inspired me to paint a Sacred Heart. I hope it makes you smile.

As you can see I have no set painting style. I just paint in the style of the moment. We'll see what kind of paintings I come up with later.

Craft City

This past Saturday, July 16, 2011 was the first ever Craft City at the Buckham Alley Fest in downtown Flint, Mi.

It started off at 6pm and went on thru to midnight.

It was amazing to see all of the people that came out to see this. There was Craft City set up along the side of the Rutherford parking structure and two stages set up at booth ends of the alley for live bands. I really enjoyed listening to the live music.

This was an exciting night that I got to be part of. Met lots of nice people and enjoyed answering questions about what I had made.

Can't wait until this happens again next year.

Here is a link to the Flint Handmade blog about the Craft City evnet.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Atomic Swan Zine Fest at the 625

Tonight my son will be at the Atomic Swan Zine Fest at the 625, which is 625 Saginaw St, Flint, Mi. This is during the Downtown Flint Art Walk tonight form 6-9pm. Lots of other things to check out like Art From The Heart, Buckham Alley, Greater Flint Art Council and more.

Jacob will have his SiD Stories Episode 3 available for everyone along with Episode 1 & 2 of course.

Well, gotta go. We have some printing to get done this morning.

Sunday, June 5, 2011


I always sew with this picture of my Grandma Adelia. She is 15 years old in this picture and it's one of my favorites of her. She passed away in 2006 and I miss her so much everyday.

I get my sewing bug from my grandma. Whenever I had a question about sewing she always had the answer. Whenever I needed one more little thing for a sewing project and my mom didn't have what was needed, my grandma had something that would get the job done.

Even now it's funny how if I need something or can't figure something out, I ask myself-what would grandma do? Minutes later out of nowhere I spot exactly what I need or an idea will come to mind.

Thank you Grandma :)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Flea Market Frenzy

The Flea Market Frenzy show didn't turn out as expected. The weather that day was great and there was a beer fest in Frankenmuth that was about ten minutes away. The weather during the weeks before this had been cold. I think everyone was ready for the sun.

Most of the shoppers walking around were the vendors themselves. You win some you lose some.

Besides that, I did have a nice corner space. I was able to spread my handmade goods out for all to see. I even purchased a fold up 6' table for this show (and any future show that will allow a tent). The left half of my long table had my flea market type of things, like sewing patterns, yarn, crochet books, unused craft supplies, scrapbook paper, scrapbook stickers and supplies. The crafty type of things. Everything else was all handmade by me.

I got lots of complements about my handmade things from the other vendors. Most of what others were selling were antiques along with lots of handmade jewelry.

The day ended with a $17 profit which was all spent the following day at the movie theatre with my son. We saw the new Pirates of the Carribean movie along with my good friend.

I will have two shows in June. My next show is the next Art From The Heart on the second Friday of June of course. Then there is Fiesta Mexicana 2011 at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Flint, Mi, on June 25 & 26.

I took a rest from crafting but kept busy organizing my craft supplies. Well, some of them. Starting tomorrow the crafting will start once more. Still trying to decide what's first on the list. Hmmm.....

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Art From The Heart (May '11)

Jacob and I participated in Art From The Heart that took place on Friday, May 13, 2011. We both had a fantastic time. I really enjoy being a part of this event. I think I had a conversation with just about everyone that came up to my table.

Jacob had a table next to me with his SiD Stories comic. This time he also had episode 2 and of course it ended with ~to be continued... Jacob had some returning fans that had to know what was in store for SiD next.

Here is my table set up. I can never figure out how to set the table up. I had a few small paintings this time that was added to my handmade goods. I really enjoyed watching how excited my little items where making people, especially the Shrinky Dink sugar skull necklaces and bottle cap magnets.

The night before I painted a sloth and some narwhals. Soon after I placed the paintings on my table at the craft show the sloth was sold to someone who said they were going to put it in her little girls room. The little girl was so cute, she kept giving the sloth painting kisses.

Now I can't wait until next months Art From The Heart that Jacob and myself will be a part of again.

Spring Craft Show

Flint Handmade Spring Craft Show was a big hit. The event was on Saturday, May 7, 2011. We had a very beautiful day. Lots of great vendors with lots of great handmade goods.

I had a chance to walk around and check out everyone else' goodies. Talked to a few of the vendors. Everyone was so nice. You could tell everyone was having a nice time.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Crochet Flower Pins

Here are the crochet flower pins I made a couple days ago. Instead of using your everyday average buttons I went with some cute monster buttons along with some sewing theme buttons. In the past I have used cup cake and snack buttons. Might as well change it up a bit.

Finishing Up Last Minute Sewing

Coin purses are all done and ready to go. The aprons are all ironed. Crochet flower pins are done, or at least what's done is done. Cotton tote bags are finished.

For some reason my to do list keeps getting longer. Getting excited! Just trying to make use of my sewing/crafting time.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Today is my only day off for this week. Getting ready for the Flint Handmade Spring Craft Market on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Will be finishing up projects, making a few more things, and a lot of ironing. But first I have something to do in the kitchen.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Still Sewing

Still sewing and getting ready for craft shows in May. This week I will sew aprons every chance I get and try not to stay up to late. The week will be over before I know it.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

What's Better Than Sewing?

What's better than sewing? Being a mom of course :)
I can't help it, I'm just so proud of my son. He's the best.

Atomic Zine Fest 2011

April 8, 2011 was the first Atomic Swan Zine Fest that took place in Downtown Flint. This was very exciting night for everyone who participated and everyone who attended. Such a great turn out. Flint's local artist where here selling their zines.

Among them was the youngest artist/writer, my son, Jacob, who is 14 years old. He was honored to be a part of this fantastic group of artist/writers.

Here at his table on the left, in the above photo, is the debut of "SiD Stories, Episode 1," Jacob's comic about a character named SiD, who has some very comical adventures. This is a must read.

At the center of his table set up are his self promotional stickers/business cards.

On the right is his notebook with the original draft of "SiD Stories."I am so very proud of my son. He is so AWESOME!