Apr 272015

My mom has the neatest ideas. I just love these denim placemats! The pockets for the silverware… genius! They’re all different but still in sets which makes them that much more interesting.

And I thought her denim storage boxes were amazing!

Another fantastic and creative way to put old jeans to use. I can’t wait to see what she does next! Actually, still have several of Mom’s projects to post. It has been difficult to space them out instead of posting them all at once.

Click on the pictures and take a closer look. The thumbnails fail to show all the detail and character.

Mar 302015

My mother has been particularly industrious recently and she gave me permission to post a few of her projects!

I’m always amazed at what my mother can do with sewing (and everything else for that matter), but I just LOVE these storage boxes she made out of old jeans. What a fantastic way to get rid of clutter and make things look neat and organized without using a bunch of boring plastic storage boxes.

The pockets are not only cute, but also functional! The wallet wear adds so much character. It makes me want to snoop to see what’s in that particular pocket.

This almost makes me want to break out my sewing machine… almost. I’d have a lot to learn before attempting something like this. I think I’ll stick to crochet for now.

May 292013

Just like having an expert on call 24 hours a day–here are the answers to any beading questions or dilemmas you might have.

Whether stringing, wiring, or beadweaving, step-by-step photographs, diagrams, and clear instructions will guide you through each stage of your work. The techniques are organized in the order you need them when making a project, from using the right tools and materials to finishing tips for neat, professional results–or you can dip in for help with a particular problem.

Learn about creative knotwork, quick and easy stringing, and how to work with wire. Mix vintage and modern beads, incorporate charms and findings in your work, and rescale and design your own patterns.

Whether you’re using large glass beads, crystal, or seed beads, using wirework techniques or stitches, making jewelry as gifts or to sell, this book has all the answers.

Book description from Amazon.com

This is a pretty good book for beginners. It has many of the basics for wire wrapping, beading, stitches, and loom work. Lots of valuable information about beads, vintage beads, cords, wire, thread, and the tools of the trade. I’m sure I’ll be referring to this book for years to come.

Feb 272012

twilight-zone[1]It’s been three months and I feel like I just stepped out of The Twilight Zone. Looking back, all I can think is, “What in the hell just happened?” Did I step into someone else’s life? Who are these strangers I once thought I knew? It’s surreal. Sometimes people can change or reveal things about themselves that throw you for such a loop that you’re left reeling for some time. It’s amazing really. It’s amazing how little we know about the people we surround ourselves with. It’s amazing how quickly perceptions can change. But most of all, it’s amazing how often we trick ourselves into believing what we want to believe instead of seeing the truth.

So now that I’m back from my trip to The Twilight Zone, it’s time to get back to work. I’ve started writing daily again. It’s only small bits at the moment, but it’s something. I still have more ideas and more things I’d like to get down on “paper” than I can possibly manage. I often mourn those brilliant ideas that get lost while the not so brilliant ones get stuck in my head. That’s my most recent excuse for the lack of quality anyway.

The cookbook will begin posting again on March 1st. I’ll be starting the food holidays again even though I agree with everyone else, I’m insane for doing so. It’s a lot of work and distracts me from other things that I would like to get accomplished. I enjoy it though, so I’m going to continue. I still have tons of recipes to post and a few already there waiting on editing and approval. If you’ve been missing the food, it’s coming back!

I’ll be getting back to CafePress and Zazzle projects soon. It’s more time-consuming than I ever imagined when I started all this, but I’m hoping the work will be worth it. I have hundreds of pictures, some art, and some graphic work to get up on both sites. Hopefully something will excite someone.

I have a ton of crafty projects to complete. I still have a few jewelry pieces to make and I’m going to be learning how to do more with it. I’m going to teach myself to crochet again. It’s been so long that I’ve completely forgotten everything, but I’m hoping that I pick it back up again quickly. I have several pieces I’d like to finish for Christmas presents. I need to make more candles, too. Oh, and I have a project I’m planning on doing with crayons!

I haven’t forgotten this blog either. I don’t have any concrete plans at the moment, but I’ll make sure to give it some love from time to time. After all, with all these projects I’m going to be doing I’ll have something to post!

So for now, I’ve hung a “Do NOT Enter” sign on the door to The Twilight Zone and I’m working on getting things back to normal.

More stuff coming soon!

Books I’ve recently finished…

Yes, I’m a huge nerd/geek and I read the WarCraft novels. I love World of Warcraft and how extensive the lore is, but I always find myself wanting more.

This archive contains three books and one novella. I think it’s long enough to be a novella anyway.

I especially enjoyed Lord of the Clans. I always wanted to know more about Thrall during his slave period, but I found myself loving the writer, Christie Golden. I’m looking forwarding to reading some of her other WarCraft novels, but sadly, I don’t own any others at the moment. That will have to be remedied soon.

The Last Guardian was another treat. It features one of my favorite dungeons in World of Warcraft and one of my favorite mysterious characters, Medivh.

I enjoyed the entire archive and had a hard time putting it down. I’ll certainly be looking for more very soon. I think I need to do something about the huge pile of books waiting on me… calling to me… first.

Maybe Vampire Academy was a little young for me, being a young adult book and all, but I didn’t really enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I liked a few of the concepts and the snarky main character was right up my alley, but I felt like the story didn’t really take me anywhere. I’m told the series gets better as you go along and I liked the main character enough to give it another chance in the future.

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