Wednesday, February 13, 2013



Over the weekend I finished this wool felt candle mat. I had purchased the kit a few years ago – using the birthday money I received from you Mary :) . While cleaning and sorting I came across it again and wondered “why didn’t I ever finish this”? I had cut out all the pieces and just never sewn it up. I soon realized why – I had cut the mat smaller than it should have been. I vaguely remember copying the pattern with my printer and not realizing it was on “reduce” and being frustrated. But – it is a time to use what I have and boy am I glad I did! I love how this turned out! Now I’ll pack it into the Christmas box and be surprised all over again next Christmas lol!


During the Super Bowl (that I watch for the commercials) I sorted out my beads into this suitcase. (I pulled this awesome suitcase out of a DUMPSTER!)


Everything fits in there really well! Because I have a hard time getting rid of anything I even kept my “ugly beads” – you never know when they can be used for something else…or covered with polymer clay…

I love those clear plastic boxes for sorting things. In “my jury-rigged life” I even use the broken ones…


This will sit in my drawer and keep my costume jewelry all nice and sorted. They stack nicely too. Look at these beauties – the first three pictures were rescued from a dumpster…so sad!




And these pins were given to me by my Great Grandmother Bestemor -


Back in the eighties we would button our shirts all the way up and wear a pin at the neck…so she gave me the purple one and the roadrunner to my sister…I wonder if she knows I’ve “kept it safe” for her these past 25 years…

Happy Crafting!!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Crochet iPod case…


Well, my crochet skills are getting better. I was messing around and made this iPod case, then stitched a needle felted heart onto it. This is not good enough for resale, but good enough for me. :) No pattern used – just made it up as I went along. I have quite a bit of crochet thread to use up (gifted to me from Grannie) but not much yarn and I’m having a REALLY hard time not BUYING yarn! But I won’t…I want to use what I have in my stash. I’ve been spending time cleaning. I’ve spent about 8 hours cleaning in the basement and I’ve probably cleaned about 5 square feet. Not. Even. Kidding. I’m going through everything and putting it in it’s proper place. I had boxes of misc stuff and nothing made sense. It makes me not want to buy anything for a while. lol. During the Super Bowl yesterday I organized my beads. It took the whole game to get through the mess and I was thoroughly sick of beads by the end. But I’ve seen some good ideas lately and really needed to see what I have. Julie and I haven’t started on our shirts yet…kind of a bummer. I hope we can start this week!

In other news if you follow the Monster’s of Rock Cruise Facebook page you probably saw our picture. If you don’t here it is -


They post pictures of “days left until cruise” – we were at the ice-fishing contest on our local lake and came across these characters and had our picture taken with them lol. Grant and I are holding the sign. The caption was “Do you have enough ice on the ship or should we bring our own?” ha ha. I really can’t wait!!! Well, it’s back to dishes, laundry, and cleaning and organizing for me now…until this evening when I can sit down and CRAFT!!!

Happy Crafting!!