I found these oversize stiff thick felt balloon shapes for under $3 each at Walmart, since it's felt I knew it would embroider well... so I grabbed two of them

Then I added "Happy" and "Birthday" to them in a thick oversize font.

I floated them in the the hoop, attached with spray adhesive and watched them pretty closely.

Then for the streamers I used Aleene's Tacky Glue and oversize ric-rac.

Of course since I'm all about the multipurpose. I printed Andrew's name in a similar font on colored paper and then cut it out in a banner shape.

It makes for a great effect.

Andrew had a great birthday and loved his new Mario Shirt!
My Oma is a knitter, so when I found this adorable redwork embroidery pattern for FREE (No longer free, but get it here from Trina Walker Designs) I had to make it just for her! This lovely pillow features my first attempt at mitered corners and piping!

The sheep says " I Wool Always Love Ewe"

A LONG time ago when I had one of the first tablet PCs I turned my handwriting into a font, with this font I was able to add my name to the back in my own handwriting!

Oma was very impressed with my construction, of course once she got it she had to inspect her Grand Daughter's work.

Do you have a crafty Grandmother who does the same?

Easy tailors ham storage, with some left over bias tape!  I added fabric loops to the my two hams and I hook them to my ironing board using a shower hook, a metal S hooks works well too!

Works great and I finally remember to utilize them.



The vanity in our master bathroom when we moved in was short, oak, and featured a floral frosted glass door. See my full first budget bathroom update here.

I knew I wanted to replace it with something taller but with 2 drawers still, since this bathroom is tiny I couldn’t upgrade from a 24” wide to a 28” wide vanity. I quickly learned the 24” wide options were slim and all the options were white laminate. We had white laminate cabinets in our townhouse and had issues with the thermoplast panels pulling off the backer, no thank you. So I measured the vanity in our guest suite, 24” wide, two drawers, and GASP actual wood!

Once we completed our Guest Suite bathroom update we started on ‘upcycling’ that  vanity for our master bath.Guest Suite

First we removed the sink top, since it was marbled and covered in paint droplets, we replaced it.

Then I sanded the whole vanity down, including the laminate over plywood sides.

Two coats of Zissner Stain Blocker Oil Based Primer

3 coats of the Behr satin off white paint we used on our kitchen cabinets.

Then we raised the vanity up 5” to be counter height. To do this we added 6” wide boards, ripped down to 5” to the bottom of the vanity using corner brackets and straps, like so. We also Liquid Nailed everything as well. The key to doing it this way is to find a board the same width as the bottom of the vanity, in our case this was 1/2 inch.

Then cut a hole in the bottom of the vanity since our shut off valves in this bathroom sit on the floor.

For the vanity top I originally wanted to do marble to go with our ‘'marble floor” but the $300 price point vs. the $54 white top just wasn’t justifiable. It looks great! 

Then we placed the vanity in the bathroom, installed our new Pfister Selia faucet in the vanity top, got the plumbing in place and quickly learned that the “Glacier Bay Newport Vanity Top” doesn’t have a overflow which caused our push and seal drain from Pfister not to work. One $20 overflow less drain later, our $54 sink top was saved.


With the plumbing figured out we focused on the trim.

We cut bead board to fit the new taller kick plate and side of the vanity. The vanity front extends past the side so the breadboard edge was not visible. For the seam with the wall we added left over cap molding from our wainscoting project.


On the other side we added pvc outside corner molding to fill the gap against the wall, we also used this for the corner of the kick plate. This worked out great since our corner wasn’t a perfect cut.

To finish the inside of the cabinet, I cut cardboard to fit around the supplies, then I taped it down with some blue tape, then covered the whole bottom with contact paper. In the event we need to turn the water off we’ll quickly tear it out and replace the contact paper. This worked out well since we made the access hole oversize to make it easier, with the ‘cover’ I can still use the entire cabinet.


To finish off the project we tacked our corner round back down and caulked everything with Alex Plus.

It was a lot of work to ‘save’ our ‘free’ vanity but I think it was worth it, especially since there weren’t any out of the box options I loved, and some of the issues we had were tied to our bathroom and couldn’t have been avoided.

Supplies & Cost

Total $191.38

Are you reading Colette Pattern's new online sewing magazine Seamwork yet?

If not you are seriously missing out! The magazine is free, then you want the 2 included quick sew stylish patterns you can have them for just $6 for BOTH! As if it's not fabulous enough, they just added the Seamwork Radio podcast! You can learn and sew at the same time!

Ok on to the Oslo Cardigan.

My fellow sewist Mary Lou Who and I wanted to sew together so this "2-hour" pattern was the perfect project since we've both made clothes before.


Fit: I am currently the top end of the L size so that's what I cut, it worked well especially since this heavy waffle knit drags.


At the first trying on the shoulders were hanging really low. Luckily my 'too short' cowl caused me to add a small box pleat to the center neck. I also inserted elastic in the seam like at the shoulders to keep it from stretching out.



For the cuffs and cowl I used the the wrong side of the waffle knit for extra contrast.

Overall the Olso was a fun pretty easy project even if it took longer than "2 hours" =)

Get the carriage look for less without having to put holes in your garage door.


So they sell these magnets that are just vinyl silhouettes of garage door hardware, which go me thinking… of course.

Garage-Door-Hardware-MagneticI took a standard garage door hardware kit (that I scored on clearance to boot) and modified them to be magnetic for ease, and since I didn’t want to put holes in my door.


Garage Door Decorative Hardware Kit
Small Bolt Cutters (Harbor Freight's worked fine)
E6000 glue
Neodymium magnets (the extra strong kind, you can also find those at Harbor Freight)
Hammered Spray Paint
Safety Glasses



First we need to  paint the top of the screws and the hardware pieces. Spray the screws by sticking them upright on a piece or cardboard or Styrofoam.Garage-Door-Hardware-Magnetic-002

Then it time to cut off the back side of the screws using your bolt cutters. The head of the screw can bounce off very far, so please wear full safety goggles and cut into a box to trying catch the flying pieces.Garage-Door-Hardware-Magnetic-017  Garage-Door-Hardware-Magnetic-023

Next glue the screw ‘muffin tops’ into the holes of the hardware using the E6000 glue, if you have too much glue, acetone works well for clean up. Working on wax paper was also helpful.

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Then glue the magnets to the back of the hardware, off set these from the filled screw holes, the number of magnets you need will vary based on the size of your magnets.IMG_4527

Pop them on to the door, and ta dah instant upgrade.


You might have to push them back into place every once in a while, but it’s easy. Make sure you ‘pull’ them off, if you slide them you’ll scratch your garage door.


Note: I put these up 7/13 I’m finally blogging these 3/15 and they still look fabulous, and I haven’t even had to readjust some of them!

Here’s the simple way I organize some of my crafting tools.

I used tomato paste and sauce cans spiffed up with ribbon scraps and little galvanized buckets from Logan’s desserts.

All on tray that I can slide out from under this little shelf.craft-room-tool-caddy (1)craft-room-tool-caddy (2)craft-room-tool-caddy (3)

It’s great to have lots of little containers for all those notions and tools you acquire for sewing!


We recently got a Publix close to our house which is WONDERFUL, and there is no cake better than a Publix cake. We worked with our Publix Apron’s consultant Rita, which make the process so painless. We even still got a cake tasting!

Publix was fabulous we did a small 8” Raspberry Elegance as our cutting cake on our “12 Drummers Drumming” cake stand I got on sale from Pottery Barn.


Then we got a half sheet cake which we did half in white and half chocolate with strawberries and custard in the middle.DSC_0006
We used our rehearsal time to set up the day before the wedding.  We picked our cakes up the before we headed to set up and stowed them safely in the fridge along with the drinks. So glad we did this, it was nice not to have to worry about the cakes!



I FINALLY made myself some pattern weights, I do not know why I’ve been suffering so long.easy-pattern-weights
I used jean scraps from shortening my jeans and metal BBs. The jean scrap is perfect for holding up to the heavy BBs. A perfect fast whip up to make your next project so much easier.

front-door-monogram (1)When I got our giant 36” over the bed monogram I also ordered this smaller monogram to use on our front door from League of Letters on Etsy.

The retro styling is perfect for our 1950s ranch home.

This was way easier to do than painting too!

All I did was lightly sand the whole thing, then I stained it with a cherry stain using an old sock. I did two layers and it was perfect.

I hammered a D ring to the back and hung it with a ribbon onto our door knocker.

Looks great with our new storm door.