Sneak Peak

I have been hard at work in my craft room. Organizing, cleaning, purging. I can finally see the end of it. I’m so proud of myself it has been something that needed to be done for an embarrassing amount of time!

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Simple Dress

I have joined Autum’s challenge to Sew Something in November so I thought it was time to get busy since HELLO!  November is almost over!

First of all I LOVE wrap dresses.  And the sad thing with that is I didn’t own a single one.  They seem like the easiest type of dress to make so I thought I would give it a shot.  I didn’t follow a pattern making this and frankly I didn’t sew much on it either.  The material is a “sweatpants” type so I thought it woudl be cute to leave the edges raw so they would roll up after washing.  And they did exactly that!

The dress I made.

I was very pleased with my results.

The dress I made.

I’m already planning my next wrap dress. I think I might put some fluffy short sleeves on the next one and wear a long sleeve shirt underneath like this for the winter. I have had a fear of sewing clothes and I’m not sure why actually I’m glad I jumped in and tried it because I was actually a little impressed with myself. Another thing with the wrap dress is it is very forgiving in sizing to fit you. Just tie it tighter if you need or let it loose.

P.S.  It felt so good to jump back into sewing it had been entirely too long since I turned my machine on.  I guess my mind has just been set on other things.

The $15 dollar chandelier.

This weekend I went to yard sales with one of my friends.   When we got to one sale I saw this chandelier and knew it would work perfectly in my parents lodge style house they are redoing.   So I bought it and thought if they can’t use it well then it was only $15 anyways. It just needs to be cleaned up a little.


So I took a picture of it and sent it to flickr from my phone then called my mom at work to tell her to get on there to look at it and call me back to tell me if she likes it.


When she called me back she said that was the exact same chandelier that she bought brand new at Lowe’s for her house. She paid $150+ for it new. Well now she has two!

Some before and afters.

I recently made a trip to Hobby Lobby and found these decorative items on clearance.  Originally the big ones were $29.99 which I got them for $3.00 and the small one was originally $14.99 and I got it for $1.90.  Sorry my pictures aren’t that great they are from my Blackberry because I still can’t find my digital camera!
Here is the before:
Dodads before
And the after:
Dodads after
Front door before:
Before door
And after:
Door after
This last picture I only have an after:
Scary stuff! This pretty much sums up my last month.  Nothing but bad luck!  On the bright side my insurance will cover it all but my deductible and my car wasn’t totaled.

Owl Canisters

New Hair!

I need to get on the ball with keeping up with my blog! Not much is new around here. Although I finally got around to painting some canisters that I have had for a few months.

Here is what they looked like when I bought them.
Owl Canisters Before

And here is what they look like now!
Owl Canisters After

I also got my hair did! I went really really blonde! What do you think?
New Hair
Hmmm…I’m thinking blonde’s do have more fun!

What’s next?

My tights mean business.

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.

I’ve been struggling with where I am in life and where I want to be lately. The two are light years away from each other. The thing is I don’t really know the path to take to get to where I want to be. I guess I will just take it one day at a time and surround myself with what makes me happy.

What a year!!!

They say the older you get the faster time goes.  Quite true.
January was full of great times with friends!
February we celebrated an 85th Birthday with Clay’s granddad!
Happy Birthday Grandad Ritter!
Clay had an actual Birthday this year since he is a leap year baby!
He celebrated the big 6!!! (24)
Clay's Birthday Cake
March mom and I made French Rose quilts! Here’s hers.
French Roses
In April I painted a birdbath and my front door!
painted birdbath
Front Door with Wreath
And had my wisdom teeth taken out. Fun fun.
I'm loved!
May I rode a mean horse named Fred.
Up high.
June we built a privacy fence and I got a new patio set for my birthday.
Birthday Present
July brought a new addition to the family…
August was a hard month.   Friends and family helped me get through an ectopic pregnancy, laparoscopy surgery, methotrexate and plenty of disappointment.
September I was thankful for 3 wonderful years of marriage and best friends to act crazy with!
Holly and I
October was a fun month with Halloween and popcorn balls!
November we were goofs and enjoyed crazy company.
Beth and Lacey
And December was jam packed with last minute Holiday sewing and great food, friends, and family!
Multimedia message
Denyse Schmidt Quilt
Hope you have a Happy New Year!!! See in the 2009!!!