Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Help Save Handmade! PLEASE READ!!

From the Save Handmade Website:

We're all for strengthening the safety standards of mass-produced toys, clothes, and accessories made in China, and banning toxins like phthalates and lead. But this year, congress passed the ill-conceived Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act, a law which goes into effect in two months and will absolutely decimate the small toy manufacturers, independent artisans, and crafters who have already earned the public trust. The very same ones that we often feature here and in our yearly special edition gift guides.
With this act going into effect February 10 2009 so many people we love will be affected: Moms who sew beautiful handmade waldorf dolls out of home, artists who have spent decades hand-carving trucks and cars out of natural woods, that guy at the craft show who sold you the cute handmade puzzle--even larger US companies who employ local workers and have not once had any sort of safety issue will no longer be able to sell their goods. Not without investing tens of thousands of dollars into third-party testing and labeling, just to prove that toys that never had a single toxic chemical in them still don't have a single toxic chemical in them.
Please go check out the Save Handmade website and add their button to your blog or website.
Until Next Time...

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Snowflake Annie is ready

I am so pleased with how she turned out. I've never done a full head of hair before and think she is so adorable.
Snowflake Annie has been added to my site and is hoping for a new home.
You can read more about Snowflake Annie here.

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Monday, December 1, 2008

It's Beginning To Look Alot Like Christmas!

Well my girls decorated our tree after dinner Thanksgiving day. They did a great job! I just thought I would share some of my handmade/handpained ornies I've done over the years. I have lots going on today, I'm making some stocking ornies & some Annie ornies. Then heading into the kitchen to mix up a batch of salt dough. I have lots of cookies cutters gifted to me from my friend Sherry and I just have to play! Until Next Time...

Saturday, November 29, 2008


I had a package from Sherry (Anniescupboard) in the mail today!!! I couldnt wait see what was inside. Sherry sent me a box of cookie cutters!!! Exactly what I had on my Christmas list! I had been eyeing them at Wally World just the other day. She also has 3 other packages wrapped up with specific instrustions not to open until Christmas day, I wonder if Sherry knows how this is going to kill me until then! LOL!! I cant wait to get to work with these cookie cutters. Oh I am going to have so much fun tonight!!

Sherry you are such a wonderful lady and am so glad to call you my friend.


Until Next Time...

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.
I have so many things to be thankful for.
Until Next Time...

Monday, November 24, 2008

A Great Giveaway!

Marie from Spun by Me is having a 100th post giveaway. An adorable prim Annie, a snowman candlelight & a framed prim welcome. She has a wonderful blog, you can find Marie here.
Until Next Time...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

My Baby's First Dance

Tori (my youngest) is on the Franklin Jr High dance team. They had their first dance yesterday and she did an awesome job! WTG Girls!!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A Little Crafter after my own Heart!

My youngest daughter Tori (who is 12) is taking "Today's Teen" in Jr. high. Well today she brought me home a gift! She made me a pillow case! It is soo cute. She was so proud of it, she then wanted to make a pillow. I found her some scrap fabric and she made a pillow in no time. She brought home an apron the other day she made for the class. After sewing, they will be learning some cooking skills and will be using their aprons. She forgot to bring that home today for pics, but I will post pics of her apron & pillow in the next day or so. She is my "mini me" and maybe even will follow in Mom's creative footsteps.

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Here is Tori wearing her apron & her pillow. She did an awesome job!

Monday, November 17, 2008

More Ornies!

I'm really having fun making these dough ornies! I have some more gingers that I need to get sanded and painted and they should be ready tomorrow evening. Back to makin dough ;)!

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sorry I've been away...

But I had the worst cold last week. It made its round through all of us and I was the last to get hit. I am feeling so much better now. I've been busy making cinnamon dough ornies, they are so fun and fill the whole house with cinnamon. MMmm. I've added 2 sets of these cute ginger ornies to my site and I'm starting some salt dough snowman ornies today. I will post pics of the snowmen when they are done.
I hope you've all had a great week.

Until Next Time...

Friday, October 31, 2008

Another Great Giveaway!!

Dee from Bowls n' Annies is having a great giveaway, click here to visit her site!

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Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Wonderful Giveaway!!

Cathy Jean from Home Sweet Home, Noble is having a fantastic giveaway in honor of her 100th post! Wow! Her pincushions are just the cutest! Click here to enter her giveaway.

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Happy Birthday Angie!!!

In honor of Angie's birthday, she is celebrating by having a great giveaway. Stop by her blog to wish her a Happy Birthday and enter her giveaway. Click here.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

It's Fall here in Michigan

And I just love watching the leaves change colors. I spent yesterday gathering some beautiful red leaves and will venture out today for some orange/yellow leaves. Im trying to find some info on how to protect the leaves so that I can "keep" them, for display/photo purposes. Maybe even make a wreath. If anyone has any ideas, I'd love to hear from you. I did spend some time this morning giving the leaves a coat of mod podge, hoping it will keep them from drying out and crumbling.

Until Next Time...

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Christmas Annie now available

My Christmas Annie is waiting for a new home in time for the holidays. See her on my site here.

Marked down items

I am trying to clear out some of my inventory so I've marked down LOTS of items on my website, from hang tags to handmade dollies. Just click here.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Winter Penguins Fabric Bowl Available

I've decided to offer this fabric bowl. It's my first so it does have flaws, but is so cute none the less. You can purchase this bowl from my site here


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Monday, October 20, 2008

First attempt at vintage hang tags

Well I've decided to attempt some vintage halloween tags. I think they turned out pretty good but I think they may be missing something. I stained the tags with walnut ink and I found a cd I purchased some time ago with vintage photos on it and they had holiday images. I think I will add them to my Etsy store. I may try to do some Christmas tags next. Maybe add some glitter and colored ribbon.
I hope you all are having a great Monday!

Until Next Time...

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Yummy Contest!!

My friend Sherry is having a YUMMY giveaway. You have to see the goodies she is giving away. Stop by her blog for all the details.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Dish Soap Aprons Anyone?

I've been on a apron making frenzy. These are so fun and easy to make, I couldnt resist making lots more aprons from all my scraps. I have some listed on my website and some listed on my Esty. I still have 17 more cut out waiting for the bias to be added. Im hoping to have them done and listed by Sunday night. Well back to it!

Until Next Time...

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Im Etsy bound!

I've decided to attempt to start selling on Etsy. I've made purchases there before but I've never sold anything...until now. I only have 1 Annie listed but hope to add some more items this week. You can peek at my Etsy listings here

Until Next Time...

Monday, October 6, 2008

A Giveaway!!!

Tammy is having a "100th post" giveway. She is giving away a generous set of fall items. I'm crossing my fingers that I'm the lucky winner. Stop by her blog for details. Click here to go to her blog.

I also would like to share that I've added some more cute dish bottle aprons to my site. I have lots more to get pics of and add. I just love making these, they are so fun. I will post pics of them all soon. You can peek at them here and click on the "what's new" tab or under the "dish soap aprons" tab.

Until Next Time...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thought I would share

That Terri from Thistle House Primtives is having a give away for an adorable fall candle mat. Click here to visit Terri's blog.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sneak Peek at my Andy & Annie...

I purchased a new pattern from Sweet Meadow Farms and am excited about this pair. The pattern has realistic eyes which I've never tried before. Stay tuned for more updates on this pair of raggedies.

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When you ask a child about monsters LOL

This is the cutest and funniest ever. She is adorable!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Fabric Basket

I found another great blog by "Pink Penguin" who had a great tut for a fabric basket. Well I just had to make one, even though I have some other projects that really need my attention. This tut is so cute, I will be making more of these.

Until Next Time...

Friday, September 5, 2008

Finished my fabric bowl

I finally finished my fabric bowl, isn's just the neatest? I will probably keep this one for myself, since it's the first and it's just not as perfect as I would like. You know the saying, "Practice makes perfect!"

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Another Sneak Peek at Fabric Bowl

I am just loving these bowls!! I think I will have to make lots more.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Sneak Peek at Trapunto Fabric Bowl

These are going to be so neat. I'm making fabric bowls for the holidays. These are great for filling with ornies, candy or cookies. More pics to come.

Until Next Time...

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Halloween Annie...

My "halloween Annie"
is finally finished and is waiting for a new home.
You can peek at her here.

Until Next Time...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

More Dish Soap Aprons

I just love these! They are so quick and easy to make. I have one more to finish and then I will be adding these to my site. I am also finishing my Cupcake Cutie "Hallo-Annie" and hope to have her added this evening.

Until Next Time...

I LOVE Pickles

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Yankee Air Museum Air Show

There was an airshow in our area Sunday and fortunately for us, they fly right over our house. We must have caught the end because we only kept seeing the same bomber plane passing over. My girls thought it was so awesome that they fly right over. It was a beautiful day so I had to include the American Flag that stand at our community entrance.

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Yo-Yo Maker

I found a yo-yo maker at JoAnn's that lets you make yo-yo's in the shape of a flower or heart.

I got started making yo-yo's from Sherry of AnniesCupboards and have made a few candle mats with these yo-yo's. These yo-yo makers are so easy to use.
I bought the small ones but realized they are too small for what I would use them for,
so I will go back today and get the large size makers
and have a yo-yo making day!

Sherry has a great tut here for making circle yo-yo's.

Until Next Time...

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

I'm Gifting Someone Today....

I couldn't resist making another of these dish soap aprons. I thought I would gift it to someone I think is a great person and wonderful designer. Who could it be??? I hope they like it!

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Dish Soap Bottle Apron

This is my first and I just love it. I've never used or had really heard of "bias" until I stumbled across
Whip Up's blog here. This pattern is so easy and fun. I think I will make more of these cuties to gift. Well I'm heading back to the sewing machine.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

My First Etsy Purchase...

After a long day at work, I came home and checked the mail. There was a large enevelope in there from Sunnie, Fl. YIPPEE!!! My wool doll hair from Sherry arrived!! Sherry is such an awesome girl! She sent me the awesome doll hair PLUS some vintage buttons and the cutest mini sweater. I cant wait to use the doll hair but I hated to open the bag it was in so I cut the bottom hehe. Be sure to check out Sherry's blog for links to her shops. You can read her blog here.

Until Next Time...