Archive for the ‘sewing’ Category

My friend Dawn and I have both decided to step off the edge start a new business….separately.  This past weekend we rented a booth at a craft fair in Stillwater, OK to show the world our talents and try to make a buck or two….

Here’s our booth…..

Dawn has become a self-published author of the most darling children’s books featuring Benjamin Boo.  Here’s her Author page….Dawn Cawthron Behren.

She takes her own photos and writes her own stories.  The books are available in full color soft-cover and Kindle e -books (and you can down load a free Kindle app for your iPhone, iPad or android phone).  They are adorable and kids LOVE them.  If you need some little kid gifts or just have a love of children’s books…you’ll want to purchase these for sure!

I have ventured into recycling thrift store sweaters….into designer pillows.  I’ve opened a 2nd Etsy store called Aunt J’s Knit Knacks.  I’ve also included some of my hand knit items.  I’ve saturated my gift market with hand knits…so I’ve decided to try and sell them!

Here are some of my favorites….

Elroy is always hanging around trying to help….but sometimes….it’s just exhausting….

or hot….(and yes….the fan is on…and he is blocking me from getting any of the cool air!)

Dawn has her books on consignment at a few stores in Stillwater and has sold a few.  I’ve sold a few pillows and hats in the Etsy store.  The craft show wasn’t as successful as we had hoped.  Discouraged?….midly…..heartbroken?….no way!

New adventures are good.  2011/2012 has been stressful and heartbreaking for both Dawn and I.  We have often commented that God never allows both of us to be in the depths of despair at the same time…..and we are thankful for that.  We are both happy for the solace that creativity brings us….and feeds our souls.


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I almost forgot that I started this post.  You won’t see one for July because I haven’t done NEARLY as much as I did in June…..does baking count?  LOL


Each summer, I challenge myself to do at least one project around the house per day.  It doesn’t have to be big….just has to accomplish SOMETHING.  I’m also a list person but have discovered that if I make a list of the things that NEED to be done in the summer….I find myself resisting and actually do less.  Weird, I know, but that’s me!  So I have decided to make a list of the things I’ve accomplished AFTER I do them.  It’s much  more rewarding that way!  Here’s a running tally of my lists since I was out of school, May 25 to the last day of June.

1.  Painted Bedroom walls, ceiling and trim (still need to paint doors)

2.  Purchased new bedroom furniture, including mattress (this took a LOT of shopping)

3.  Purchased new linens for new bed

4.  cleaned, painted and purged bedroom closet

5.  cleaned and purged the dresser and chest in the guest room and moved into my new furniture.

6.  cleaned and purged bathroom cabinet in preparation for new counter top

7.  purged tv cabinet, music case and book case in the living room

8.  assembled new tv cabinet

9.  installed new area rug in living room

10.  Helped disassemble the old Mr. Elm and cleaned up the mess after he was carted away.

11.  Balanced check book (had not been done since December…..used cancer as excuse…)

12.  knitted 1 scarf, 3 hats and finished a pair of mittens

13.  started cleaning garage

14.  walked/rode stationary bike 423.5 miles

15.  took a road trip to Iowa

16.  Took Parents to Dr. Appt.

17.  4 dr. appts of my own

18.  laid sod on new sewer line in the back yard.

19.  Did a bit of gardening

20.  Blogged

21.  washed all the winter scarves and hats

22.  Attempted to de-flea the animals (many baths, treatments and brushing….sigh…)

23.  Kept up the Etsy store.

24.  took lots of naps…

25.  Read a book

26.  Helped interview one of my new bosses.

27.  Watched and cheered for Thunder Basketball

28.  played with Kaylore and Karver and J. W.

29.  Ironed a basket of shirts (at least a dozen)

30.  Hemmed a dozen fabric napkins

31.  Stupidly agreed to serve on another choral directors board….sigh…when will I ever learn?!?!?!?!

32.  Spent a little time in the garden.

33. carted many bags of crap to the thrift store (and didn’t even go in to shop!)

34.  made breakfast for the nephews

35.  cleaned and purged linen closet

36.  Shredded 10 years of tax records.

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I went to visit my parents last weekend and Mom had one of her newer projects laid out on the dining room table.   This woman truly amazes me…over and over.   She also has a fetish for beads.  She collects them, plays in them and can’t keep her hands out of them or resist buying them when given any opportunity!

Soooo….Here it is…..(a brief description)  This fabric in on the bed in the “Red Room” (aka guest room) of their house.  She must have had some left because she took a piece about the size of a generous throw blanket and quilted around the flowers bouquets…..quite pretty…..but she couldn’t stop there…..

NOW….she’s embellishing the flowers with beads!!!!  And I have to say… IT’S GORGEOUS!!!!!  I’m afraid my pictures aren’t going to show how beautiful it is in person…but hopefully you’ll get the idea…..enjoy!

(on a side note, our Etsy store is a success! In the first 3 weeks, we have already hit the $100 mark and the most expensive item we’ve sold has been $18!  We are SO happy!)









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My good friends, Jeff and Wendy, just added a new baby to their family…and the tradition I started was to make each one a quilt.  This is the 7th one I’ve made for their family!!!!

Since I’m out of school for the holidays, I invited Mom down to help me make the quilt….and  yes it was a QUILT IN A DAY kind of day.

We started with this pattern and using some fabric from my stash and buying ONLY 2 1/8 yards….we were able to get it done!  We had quite a factory going in my sewing room.

Goldie and I did the cutting and ironing..

While Mom and Elroy took care of the sewing…

He was VERY interested in the sewing machine!

But soon tired of the whole business…

Quilt top finished!

I started with the solid color from my stash so I had to find something that matched it and came across the fish…and it was perfect!

The fun began again when we were layering the quilt together….

Goldie was holding down her side…so nice of her to help!

and now…one very cute quilt (this pic shows the actual colors much better!)

Don’t you wish you were a going under the sea with little baby Malachi?

Welcome to the world, Baby!

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