Wine Barrel Candle Holder

Living in Wine country sure does have its perks sometimes, besides the great views and amazing wines, sometimes you get lucky and a winery is getting rid of a barrel.  We made two versions, the one above and a single wine stave version.

Mr. & Mrs. Pillows

Aren't these pillows funny! I made them for my sister and her husband to put on their bed. He has sported a beard for as long as I have known him and I saw these pillows and immediately thought of them.

Bouncy Pony-Upcycle

For Christmas my inlaws gave my daughter a bouncy horse, problem was it didn't look like this when I got it.......

Felt mistletoe

Pistachio Tree Cookies

A Christmas goodie, I love making these and they are so pretty to give as gifts wrapped in cellophane and a pretty brown bow. 

Peppermint Cupcakes

I had a work potluck a few days ago and of course brought dessert. To me it is what everyone looks forward to and it is the prettiest thing on the table usually. 
I made Peppermint buttercream chocolate cupcakes, Karsyn helped bake them (picked out the flavor, added the ingredients to the bowl I measured out and stirred the ingredients together once I made sure they were all wet so no powder would fly, she also put the cupcake liners in the baking tins and added the sprinkles to the top) my workforce is well on its way to being fully trained, LOL. 

Quiet Book-Tool Box

I have been making a couple of quiet books slowing since before my daughter was born after I saw one my friend Brie was making for her nephew, I love all of the different pages you can make. There are a ton of ideas out there including patterns you can purchase.

Cocktail Napkins

Since it is the holiday season and cocktail parties abound I decided to make some cloth cocktail napkins, all are ~4" square made out of white cotton material. To make I

Woodland Mobile

I made this mobile for my sisters baby wren and never posted it. This mobile was made with a small 2" piece of wood with wooden stars glued on two sides and then my husband drilled holes for 1/2" dowels to slide through. I sanded all of the edges and left the wood natural.

Camera Case/Coupon Caddy

I used the tutorial over at A Lemon Squeeze Home to make this cute little camera case, she used it as a rewards card holder, but it could also be used to hold coupons or as a cute little wallet for a night out. The magnetic clasp makes sure the flap stays closed.


 We just got back from a much needed week long vacation in Maui. Being from Oregon the winters can become long and tedious with lots of grey skies so it was nice to get away to a warm sunny place.

Quiet Book Cover

I followed the tutorial over at Serving Pink Lemonade which has great quiet book pages and a tutorial on making the cover  although I did alter the cover instructions by using fabric instead of flannel, added a thin layer of batting inbetween the inside and outside of the cover.

Beach Tote Bags

There are some great tutorials out there, I used this tutorial and adjusted a few things on it but Tip Nut has some great beach tote turorials including one for a totable towel which I may break down and make as well. 

Wet Bags

Wet bags could be one of the best inventions ever, especially for anyone who has kids. They hold wet cloth diapers, wet swim suits, soiled clothes etc and don't let any of the "liquid" seap out to other items in a diaper bag or car etc., but boy can they get pricey! I purchase one when my daughter was born for ~$20 and it was a medium one!

Shoe Bags

I whipped up these shoe bags for our upcoming trip to Hawaii so our shoes won't get our clothes dirty. My goal on this trip is to only take a carry on....Fingers crossed. I found this great website called ONE BAG and I love everything about it. We don't travel alot, but I would like to travel more, do it more efficiently and with as minimal amount of stress as possible.

Family Binder-Organizing My Life

I was inspired by a couple of great blogs recently to revamp my life and organize and purge unwanted/unneeded items from my house. I fell in love with a new blog -- I heart organizing  and money saving mom  they both have great ideas to save you time, money and organize your life. I decided to take a que from the blogs and started a family binder with all of the essential information to try to streamline things I do and keep them on paper.

No Wrinkle Beach Cover UP

Back in October we took a family trip to LA to go to Disneyland and and visit some friends and relatives. One of my best friends is ubber crafty too and took me to the mecca of the LA Fabric Market and we had a ton of fun looking for cheap fabric. I did have to limit myself since I either had to ship it back (which adds to the expense of extra cheap fabric) or lug it back on the plane.

I Left my Heart in.......


Camera Straps-w/ Lens Cap Holder

I have made several camera straps recently, including this one here , but I really love this new one I just finished which includes a small pocket to hold that darn camera lense.

Custom Boppy Pillow Cover

I am super proud of this boppy pillow cover, probably more than I should admit, but I think it turned out awesome and I am getting much better at my sewing techniques-the ones I used here are sewing on a curve, adding piping, pocket making and zipper installation!

Mustache Baby Onsie

One of my best friends is pregnant and is due soon. I couldn't make it to the shower since she lives in LA and I was just there not too long ago. I already took her a shower gift when I went, but just had to make her a few more things for her little guy!.

I've Been featured!!!

My Santa Belly Ornaments have been featured over at Craft Gossip! Go on over there and check it out. Thanks Amanda!

They are talking about me at

Leaf cookies

I made these leaf cookies as place settings for our Thanksgiving Table. I used Cookie Crazie's Chocolate Cut out cookie recipe which uses BLACK COCOA POWDER!

Once a Month Meal Prep

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!!

Car organization

I purchase a car kick mat to prevent the back of my car from getting destroyed by little feet kicking at it but after using it for a while realized what I really needed was a back of the seat car organizer.

Covered Button Earrings/Pins

Aren't these adorable?!!
I made some fabric covered push pins with a kit I purchased over a store on Etsy called Everythingribbon I have also purchased suspender clips there for the bib clips I made and pacifier clips.

A word of warning: double check what size of button you are making and make sure you purchase the correct assembly tool.

Flower chandelier

This is the "mobile"/chandelier that hangs above Karsyn's bed.

It is a wicker wreath wrapped lightly in tulle. I then poked fake cherry blossems into it. The butterflys are  fabric butterfly shapes (2 pieces of fabric and fusable interfacing) then pinch in the center of the butterfly and wrap fishing line around tightly about 10 times and tie it off, leave a long trailing piece to tie onto the wreath.

Tooth Pillows

I made a bunch of these cute tooth pillows a while back and never got around to bloging about them. I used a soft plush felt and cut out a tooth shape then hand appliqued a bird and flower on the front (the tooth goes in the small pouch at the top of the pillow) and a cute mushroom on the back,
the one above was for Karsyn.

Large Pinwheel Favors

Aren't these the cutest Pinwheels? I gave these out at Karsyn's party. I used 1/8" dowels and the sticks you use to make rock candy (no I didn't eat a bunch of rock candy) I purchased them at a candy making wholesaler.

Pullstring Pinata

Back in October for Karsyn's birthday party, I made a pullstring pinata for the kids as an activity. I first saw this fabulous tutorial over at Young House Love on how to make a pullstring pinata which is great for little kids that can't control a bat let alone swing it and not hit everything/everyone in sight. And this tutorial on making crape paper roses over at House of Smith

Pinwheel Door Wreath

I reused the door wreath from my sisters shower (seen here) and added some of the little pinwheels I made for the favor bags by tacking them on with a few stitches. I reused the yellow flowers to make Karsyn a hair band (and I wear it too)


My daughter loves her blankie (AKA: her woobie) she is a little Linus for sure some days. My husband committed an boo-boo and forgot it at the daycare person's house and boy did we have a melt down. Lesson learned, but from that experience I decided to make her a few more woobies out of the same material (a soft minkie type material) I also made a second one for a baby shower gift.


This is Karsyn's Dollhouse.

This is her dollhouse on her new table! Isn't it cute?!
My dad built the dollhouse for Karsyn before he died and had started to build the furniture but didn't finish so John and I have been slowly putting the pieces together and gathering items to put in her dollhouse. Now she has discovered it and is so imaginative with it. I found a line of dolls (Calico Critters) that were really adorable and she choose the kitty family. She feeds them dinner and has them go swimming and puts them to bed and gives them kisses, adorable.

Lemon Cookies

I made these cute little lemon, orange and lime cookies for a friend's daughter's birthday. She wanted lemon cookies but didn't have a shape in mind so I figured why not make lemon cookies that look like lemons?!!  They aren't perfect but this was a bit of a rush job.  I used the royal icing recipe I have used in the past and colored them yellow, green, orange and white.

Goldfish costume

Karsyn's Halloween Costume was homemade this year, and she was the only Koi fish/goldfish on the block. I first saw this costume in a magazine (can't remember which one) and thought it was adorable as well as comfy and warm.

Chocolate Chili Cupcakes

I tried out a new recipe, kind of scary but actually really good. They weren't too spicy but gave you a little heat at the end on your tongue/throat (I did warn people they were chili cupcakes before hand)

Crab Cookies

These cookies were so yummy, I used Sugarbakers Roll Out Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe  It works wonderfully and you can cut out any shape you want (although stainless steel/metal cookie cutters work much better than plastic at getting through the chocolate chips)

Baby snowboard hat

My friend Brie is expecting in January and although she lives in California I figured her bambino could use a cute little snowboard hat for the chill winter evenings. I made this a knitting circle loom like this
Created a brim and then sewed the top closed with a flat seem. I made the little tassels and tied them onto the corners. 

Wine Tags

A few years ago my friend told me about when she was born her dad (who is in the wine industry) purchased 3 very nice bottles of wine and saved them to drink when she
1) Graduated from High School
2) Graduated from College
3) Got Married

Decorative Pillows

I went through my linen closet and found about 4 extra decorative pillows that weren't being used and so I recovered them with some fabric to go with the bedding I am currently using on 2 different beds.
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