***10% of all proceeds are donated to The National Institute of Mental Health and Kansas City Public Television through my Jack of All Trades Crafter Etsy Shop.

***Donations made to Birth Without Borders and Little Dresses for Africa through my Baby And Bloomers Etsy Shop.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Muslin Lining

I've cut out my Burda blouse pattern pieces and have pinned them to my muslin for class. Today we will be creating our lining.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Apparel Sewing!

imgres.jpgI'm currently taking a class on apparel sewing and have picked out a simple pattern to make myself a shirt. My goal is to become a better sewer so that I can make my twins clothes. There's no better way than making myself my own clothes! I'm using a Burda pattern and my instructor has dutifully sized all the women in the class and we will be altering patterns to our unique shapes. What a task! I'm so excited for our homework assignment- just to pin our pattern pieces to our muslin. You will continue to see progress on this project in future posts.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Table Runner

Anna Maria Horner Fabric Border

Mixture of contemporary and Civil War era fabrics.

I've been taking a quilting class and am in the process of attaching the border. I love the way the zig zag pattern turned out. 

Monday, February 13, 2012


I'm currently attaching my Kanzashi flowers to headbands. I think these make adorable accessories for little girls. I just found a local vendor that makes handmade headbands, so I will be using hers. I'm so excited- everything will be handmade from local businesses.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Craft Fair

I'm doing my first craft fair in Lawrence on March 10th and my tent is 10' x 10' but my space is only 8' x8'. I don't know if anyone else has had this problem. I've already planned out part of my display and any missing items I still need.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Oatmeal Cookies

I made a modified version of Oatmeal Cookies from the oatmeal canister. My twins and I loved them.


1 cup of butter (2 sticks)
2 cups of brown sugar
2 eggs
2 Tbs milk
1.5 tsp of vanilla
cinammon (to desired taste)
1.5 cups of flour
1 tsp baking soda
4 cups of oatmeal (these were the one minute kind)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix butter with sugar (I melted butter in the microwave), add milk, then add the eggs. Make sure it's not too hot for the eggs. Then mix in the milk, vanilla, cinammon.

Mix the rest of the dry ingredients together (flour, oats, baking soda)

Mix wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, being sure all parts are coated and there are no dry chunks. 

Use a spoon to dish out cookies onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

Drink with a glass of milk. YUMMY!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

New Necklace

Hand-folded, hand-sewn. If you haven't tried making these Kanzashi flowers it's a meditative and calming process.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


I had a blast going through Diane Gilleland's "Kanzashi in Bloom," book and made my own necklace. Very simple easy to read instructions- if you love flowers and crafting you should try this book out.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Big Stitches

I took a big stitches hand quilting class and used the quilt I'm making for my daughter. It's a casual comfy quilt and she has already rolled herself up in it. Now all I have to do is bind it.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Kansas Etsy Team

Check out my Kansas Etsy Team (I'm a member, not a leader). We promote eachother's HANDMADE products.  We also participate in markets in Lawrence and Topeka. I'll keep you updated. Checkout some of their products on Etsy.
Kansas Etsy Team

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Valentine's Day Card!

I decided to make my own Valentine's Day card using images from The Graphics Fairy.

Materials needed:
Cardstock or Cards w/ envelopes (if you prefer)
color ink

Directions: Visit The Graphics Fairy and type in "Valentine's Day," into the search bar. Pick an image you like and click on it, then click print. Cut out as desired, glue around the edges of the image, then place in desired location on the card. Easy peasy, you didn't even need directions. :)