Scaredy Cat Fabric Week with Therm O Web

Hello, crafty friends! This week is a fun week on the Therm O Web blog, as we have joined up with our friend Amanda Niederhauser to create fall and Halloween projects with her Scaredy Cat fabric line. Amanda used to design with us at Therm O Web, and has since gone on to create her own product line. We are all so proud of her wonderful accomplishments, and couldn’t wait to get our hands on her adorable fabric.

As many of you know, I took up cross-stitch again at the beginning of the year, and I’ve noticed that most of the stitchers who share on social media use zippered project bags to hold their supplies. These pouches are perfect for holding everything you need for a work in progress, including the cross-stitch fabric, charts, embroidery floss, needle, and scissors. And of course, zipper bags are useful for many other things, too.

So for my Scaredy Cat project, I made a pair of zipper pouch project bags. Both a large one for holding fabric and charts, and a smaller notion bag. These pouches are fully lined, and padded with Therm O Web fusible fleece for structure and durability.

I’ve just recently learned how to install a zipper, and just want to say to all you other beginning sewers out there… if I can do it, you can do it, too! These pouches are fun and quite easy to make. I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful day!

The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Gina K. Designs Gingham Fancy Ribbon 5/8" x 10 yd - Black & WhiteHeatnBond Fusible Fleece Package (White 20. x 1 yd. pack)

Christmas Joy with Sizzix & Tim Holtz Chapter 3

Happy Monday, crafty friends! I’m excited to kick off the week with a little holiday card project that I made for the Sizzix blog The Making Journal featuring some fabulous new Tim Holtz dies from the Chapter 3 release. I am a sucker for Santa Claus images, and this guy right here from the Papercut Christmas #1 die set has truly stolen my heart with his retro look. Isn’t he quite the jolly fellow?

I think Santa’s mid-century modern 50’s vibe works perfectly with the geometric shapes of the Triangles Stacked Tiles set. There are so many fun things you can do with simple shapes like these. Right away, I saw Christmas trees, and a banner is always a great idea for triangle shapes, as well.

I used Tiny Type alpha dies to add lettering to the banner, and the older Snowman Scene set to create the snowy border across the bottom of the card. Another new die set from chapter 3, Falling Stars, was used to add a topper to the largest stacked tree. Then layers of Distress Kraft Stock cardstock and Distress stamped watercolor paper finish the design.

I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial for this card up on the Sizzix Making Journal Blog, if you’d like to learn more.

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Idea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackSizzix - Christmas - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Papercut Christmas No. 1 ColorizeSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Stacked Tiles TrianglesSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Falling StarsTim Holtz Sizzix SNOWMAN SCENE Dies 662422Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric Tiny Type UpperStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Christmas - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Sparkles and ChristmasTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Tattered RoseTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Worn LipstickRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Barn DoorRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Candied AppleTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique LinenTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Spray Stain - Tarnished Brass



The September Dining Room

Hello, friends, and happy Saturday to you! I’m back today to share the new dining room makeover that I mentioned in my last post. With September well underway, and all the kids back in school, it felt like it was time for a touch of fall.

With all the extra time we are spending in our homes these days, it seems that I am re-arranging the decor much more than usual. I’m finding it adds a touch of brightness in this otherwise rather gloomy period of time, and it’s giving me the perfect excuse to utilize pieces that don’t get out much.

For September, I decided to put together a fall theme with my favorite transferware dishes in brown and multi-color polychrome. These patterns, filled with flowers and fruits, make me think of  harvest and thanksgiving and all the beauty that fall brings.

I added in a few fall leaf picks and rustic baskets stacked with linens and dishes.

I think my idea to change out the sideboard is what finally spurred me to finish these fall prim pumpkins that have been on my worktable for the longest time. And I love how they look piled up in a basket.

I’ve added these prim fabric pumpkins to my AudOnes Shop. If you are interested, you can find them HERE

Brown-Eyed Sue is still here, taking center stage on my table.

I hope you enjoyed the new fall look. And if you haven’t had the chance yet, check out my shop for some newly listed items, including a few surprises from my own collection….

Have a great weekend, everybody! And thanks so much for stopping by!

Worktable Wednesday- Prim Fabric Pumpkins & an AudOnes Prims Update!

Happy Wednesday, friends! Hope those of you who celebrated had a lovely long holiday weekend. It was quiet at my house, but I had my Pete here with me which makes everything so much better. Took advantage of the extra time to start taking down some of the summer decor and putting up a few fall things. The dining room has now gotten a new makeover. And I’m excited to say that was the push I needed to finish up a project for my AudOnes Prims shop. Finally!

You can tell by these few peeks that I’ve gone with a fall harvest theme for the dining room sideboard this month. I’ll share more pictures in another post soon, but for today, I am so happy to share these sweet prim fabric pumpkins that I’ve been working on for Worktable Wednesday. It’s been quite some time since I’ve been able to craft for my shop, so I’m pleased to finally have some new goodies listed. These prim pumpkins are made from some of my favorite Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric, that has been coffee/tea dyed and paint splattered into the perfectly shabby aged finish. The neutral colors work so well for fall, from now straight through until Christmas. And if you are interested, you can find these available now in my
AudOnes Prims Fall Shop

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a very wonderful day!

Teacher’s Rock with PhotoPlay Paper

Happy Monday, crafty friends, and happy Labor Day! It may be a holiday, but today we’re heading back to school here on the blog with this sweet teacher card made with the new Recess collection by PhotoPlay Paper.

I absolutely adore this rainbow stripe paper and had fun mixing several prints from the 12×12 paper kit for the base of this petite 3.5″ x 5″ card. The panda is from one of two cut-apart journaling card sheets from the kit, which I layered with a border paper strip and stickers on a white tag.

I guess school is back in session for most everybody now. Sure is challenging this year due to Covid. Now more than ever, we need to thank our teachers. So to all my educator friends out there, you rock! This one’s for you! ❤

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White CardstockPhoto Play Paper - Recess Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Ladybug

2020 Summer Home Tour- The Late Summer Dining Room

Hello, friends, happy Saturday! Hope your September is off to a great start! Today I have another home tour to share with you. I don’t usually change out my decor between the patriotic red, white, and blue of summer to the fall Halloween extravaganza. But this year I tried something new, and created a late summer arrangement in my dining room.

As most of you know by now, I love my vintage ironstone and transferware dishes. Although I rotate my pieces out, most of them get at least a little bit of attention throughout the year. My brown and polychrome dishes are my favorite, followed by the red and blue. But it hit me that I have just a couple of green transferware pieces that never get used. And that’s what spurred this late summer display.

I think I’ve mentioned that my parents both grew up on farms, so I have a definite soft spot for country scenes. Here I’ve mixed my polychrome “happy place” dishes with green and yellow nature elements that make me think of the end of summer…. golden flowers, bumblebees buzzing, and sweet corn growing.

I’ve had that Shawnee vintage corn sugar bowl forever, but have never used it in display. Works so perfectly with the corn cob bowl fillers I made for my shop, and the happy birds and bees I tried to work in here and there. My aunt’s family raised hogs and grew corn, and I fondly remember driving past miles and miles of cornfields when we’d visit their place. That old saying about corn being “knee high by the 4th of July” always sticks in my head. So surely it’s a late summer thing.

I filled the antique tray on my table with more golden things. Flowers and pottery and stacks of linens.

Of course I like to mix in some handmade, too. The silly dolly was one I made for my shop several years ago. Maybe some of you remember little Brown-Eyed Sue? And the mushroom stitching in the round embroidery hoop is embroidery that my wee Missy Nik (who’s not so wee anymore) made this summer. Her very first stitched piece ever. She drew the pattern herself. How cool is that?

I’m so glad I tried something new this year.

But as much as I’ve enjoyed it…. it’s time for fall. I’m ready for it. How about you?

He’s Checking His List with PhotoPlay Paper

Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! I’m back today with another card to share that I made with PhotoPlay Paper’s adorable holiday collection, Not a Creature Was Stirring. This time, I mixed 6×6 paper and ephemera die cuts with the coordinating stamps and dies.

PhotoPlay has come out with pre-cut and scored white A2 card bases, and I love how eliminating that one simple step really speeds up the card making process. I layered the card base with patterned paper from the 6×6 paper pad and then wrapped the center with twine. The tag, present, white circle (flipped to the back side), and banner flag are from the ephemera die cut pack. The cute mouse and sentiment are from the matching stamp set, which were colored and die cut with the coordinating dies.

It’s a big day at my house. My son’s 25th birthday! Wishing him, and all of you, a super wonderful day!!

The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Color Play - Card Bases - A2 - 20 PackPhoto Play Paper - Not A Creature Was Stirring Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadPhoto Play Paper - Not A Creature Was Stirring Collection - Clear Photopolymer StampsPhoto Play Paper - Not A Creature Was Stirring Collection - Etched Die SetPhoto Play Paper - Not A Creature Was Stirring Collection - EphemeraTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

Copic Markers

It’s Your Day with CardMaps

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Happy Monday, crafty friends! Here we are on the last day of August already, can you believe that? The months are just zipping by, and right about now it feels like the years are flying by, too. My boy, Pete, is turning 25 in just two short days. How on earth can that even be possible?

At the beginning of July, a new set of card sketches was released on the PageMaps website, and I was very excited to be able to make some project samples using the new designs. Today I have one last July CardMaps card to share. Here is the fun sketch that I used, and my take on it featuring some adorable stamps from Hello Bluebird.

This is the seriously cute Party On the Farm stamp and die set from Hello Bluebird. I know I often mention what a sucker I am for sweet critters, but these little farm animals in particular melt my heart. Both of my parents grew up on farms, and I have very happy memories of childhood days spent on my aunt’s farm in Minnesota. So I just couldn’t resist.

As you can see, I very closely followed the sketch. The images were stamped and colored with Copic markers. I used a pierced circle to die cut the farm image, and then popped the animals up with foam dots to add some depth to the scene.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a very wonderful week!

The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below: - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - 50 PackFancy Pants Designs - Home For Christmas Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

Reverse Confetti Under the Umbrella 6×6 Paper Pad
Hello Bluebird Party on the Farm Stamps and Dies
Sizzix Framelits Circles, Dotted Die Set
Copic Markers


2020 Summer Home Tour- Part IV The Entryway

Happy Friday, friends, and welcome to the last stop on my 2020 Summer Home Tour. August is quickly winding to a close, and with that, the end of summer is near. Shortly, I’ll be switching out the beachy and Americana decor for autumn and Halloween. But not before sharing with you this last summer spot…… my front entryway done up in an ocean nautical theme.

My front entryway table has a definite red, white, and blue vibe, and in my head, I’ve been thinking of it as an east coast meets west coast design. The table top is all east coast, with red geraniums that are the epitome of summer here in the southeast and a beach house reminiscent of some of my favorite local coastal homes.

The house is one of those light-up cottages from Dept. 56, and I really love having that little bit of nightlight in the evening hours. I stacked the house on some vintage books, which always make me happy. I have loved books my whole life, and always try to work them into my decor.

The tall Longaberger basket is filled with a few vintage dishes and antique wooden spools, and I filled in the nooks with shells and branches that I gathered on a trip to Key West several years ago.

More Key West shells, antique glass insulators, wood-carved sailors, and a wee wooden boat finish the east coast design.

Anyone who’s ever made a trip to San Francisco will recognize the west coast feel of the bottom half of my entryway table, with the buoys, shells, and crab so indicative of Fisherman’s Wharf… old stomping grounds.

I love stuffing this basket that I keep on the bottom shelf slap full, and my summer scene is no different. Besides the wooden buoys and crab, I’ve added another pair of wooden sailors, vintage linens and enamelware lids, a wooden starfish, and lots of shells, sand dollars, and bits of coral collected over the years.

Down from the entryway table is my vintage credenza, and there I’ve added just a few more nautical things. This wooden tray is actually a vintage cabbage slicer, and it’s got a massive cutting blade in the middle to prove it. I layered the slicer with more shells and star fish, a pair of tall wooden boxes, another wooden sailor, and a super cool whale figurine by Jim Shore.

At the other end of the credenza is a small scene with another wooden sailor, a fish carved from stone, and a beach picture I made with my friends during one of our crafty play days. It was my first attempt at wood-burning….. and so far, my last.

The final spot in my entryway is this black wooden bench nestled against the stairs. This area is filled with enamelware buckets and metal shopping baskets. Perfect containers to cram full of stuff.

This side holds a jumbo wooden fish and one of my vintage hammered aluminum pieces. The divided box is a papercraft project that I made many years ago. And the painted fish rock and ceramic octopus are some of my daughter’s hand crafts. Absolute treasures to me.

The other side holds more fish, both wooden and ceramic, large and small, and more hammered aluminum. The mermaid dollies are my own silly creations, and to date are probably some of my absolute favorites. I don’t keep a lot of the things I make…. but these I love.

I don’t let any decorating space go to waste, so even the underside of the bench gets some beachy things.

That wraps up my summer home tour for 2020! I hope you enjoyed! I’ll be back with more decorating soon, as I’ve got a new late-summer/early-fall dining room display to share before all the spooks of Halloween begin.

Thanks so much for stopping by!



So Fly with PhotoPlay Paper’s Camp Happy Bear

Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! It’s the last week of August already and starting to feel like the final days of summer are slipping us by. But before that happens, I wanted to share one last summery project with you. This cute card was made way back in January for the Creativation 2020 trade show featuring PhotoPlay Paper’s adorable Camp Happy Bear collection.

Now I don’t do much camping now, but in my younger days that was one of my favorite things to do. I loved to fish (of the catch and release variety), lounge at the water’s edge, and sit around the campfire…. so this fun collection, which reminds me of all those happy times, definitely warms my heart. I used a mixture of stickers and die cut ephemera to build this sweet scene. The background was inked in a gradient of pale green to yellow Distress inks to match the papers I chose. I pulled out my old Fiskars cloud and scalloped border punch to add details to the design.

Labor Day weekend is right around the corner, and you know what that means…..

It’s almost time for the spooks to begin!

The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Color Play - Card Bases - A2 - 20 - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - 50 PackPhoto Play Paper - Camp Happy Bear Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackPhoto Play Paper - Camp Happy Bear Collection - Die Cut Cardstock Pieces - EphemeraHeffy Doodle - Cutting Dies - Stitched Slopey Joes BorderRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Cracked PistachioRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Wild HoneyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

Fiskars Cloud Punch