Happy Birthday to me!

Yes, this the year of the big “3-0”. Strangely, I’m embracing it. It doesn’t seem the least bit scary to me and I feel strongly that my 30s will be even better than my 20s were. I had the opportunity to celebrate my birthday with my family last weekend – even my brother was home visiting from New York City. My mom baked my all-time …

Fun at the flea market

Some quick snaps of flea market “junk” that I happen to love. For some reason, I never tire of looking at all these things and imagining the possibilities. My mom, sister, brother, a family friend and I headed down to the Kane County Flea Market last Saturday and spent a dusty day searching for treasures. And what did I end up buying, you ask? I …

Another new blanket – and a sale!

Since the other stroller blanket sold so quickly (six hours!) I was motivated to finish this one up in a hurry and get it up on my Etsy site. I’m hoping I have as good of luck with this one as the last. This one was even easier to make than the first, which wasn’t too difficult either. I’m finding it’s just a matter of …

Stroller blanket

Hopefully the first of many. Check it out in my Etsy shop! (*Actually, it sold 6 hours after listing!) This is a generously sized baby blanket – approximately 24×30 inches. There is a 100 percent cotton print on the front and 100 percent polyester minky solid on the reverse. These blankets are super soft and cuddly … perfect for newborns through toddlers. They are top …

Mmm … Pie!

Rhubarb pie to be exact. This is the first summer in a long time that I haven’t had rhubarb growing in my backyard, and all summer I’ve been missing the taste of fresh rhubarb pie. I’ve never been a fan of the strawberry/rhubarb pie, as I prefer the sour taste of straight rhubarb. This pie is actually made with the rhubarb substituted for apples in …

Thanks Mom…

For instilling in me a love of baking! Check out these treats I whipped up this afternoon – a dozen banana/walnut muffins and a dozen plain banana muffins (for you-know-who who doesn’t like the “male” version of muffins). The nut ones were so delicious I had to devour two while still warm from the oven. This recipe is actually a banana bread recipe turned muffin …

Fun with Photoshop brushes

I’ve been wanting to make some screens for silk screen printing, but have been at a total loss as to where to find designs (though I’m still debating coming up with some myself, from scratch). So, I spent tonight doing some research online and have found a ton of beautiful Photoshop brushes that will fit the bill perfectly. It has been so much fun finding …

New scraps!

This was my mailbox present on Friday: 2 pounds (about 2 full yards) of fabric scraps, some of which are quite big. Seeing as how I actually made my first Etsy sale, I used the money in my Paypal account to purchase these from another Etsy seller, Fabricsupplies. They offer three different scrap packs: fresh, cool and warm colors. I chose the fresh colors. Now, …

Books I’d like to read

Just in case anyone is looking for some birthday suggestions! Here’s three that I’ve been keeping my eye on for quite a while, but haven’t so much as cracked the cover (what can I say, I don’t live near any bookshops!). The Creative Family by Amanda Blake Soule is one of the books at the top of my list. I’ve been looking for this book …

Summer vacation fun

Spent plenty of time this summer at the beach. This is the little guy when we were up north. Lake Superior is a tad bit colder than Lake Michigan, even during the height of summer. So, while we didn’t do much swimming, we did get some hiking in.This sight was the reward at the end of a 1.5-mile hike (yes, one direction! Which was an …