Category Archives: Handmade

You Create – Making a Wreath

I’m a day behind in posting this for Gitzen Girl’s You Create. But better late than never right?

I made two of these wreaths for my sister to use on the doors of the church at her wedding. I’m not a floral type decorator and I’m being a bit of a perfectionist with these so I wish they were a bit better. But she likes them so I’m leaving it at that.

Wedding Guest Book

So my sister. She is anything but traditional. So I’m not sure why it surprises me that I have somehow ended up making the guest book for her wedding. She didn’t want the traditional guest book.

I used flat 12×12 canvases for the front and back cover. Painted them then used Making Memories foam alphabet stamps to stamp the names and date. I designed the inside pages in photoshop. There are also pages inside for her showers and parties with a place for the guest to sign and for the gift they give. I worry that it’s a bit on the big side for this, but the 8×10 size was just too small.


Knitting: A Shawl

I never thought I’d be able to learn to knit. My mom crochets, but I never wanted to learn growing up. I should have in hindsight. When my best friend called me and asked if I wanted to join with a few friends for her mother-in-law to teach us to knit I said sure. Not that I really needed another hobby or another thing to do, but I did. I never imagined how relaxing knitting could be either. So once I learned I made a couple of dishcloths that I shared here and here.

I started knitting an easy shawl last spring sometime around April I think. It was either my sister or Squirt that asked if I was an old lady since I was knitting a shawl. They think they’re funny. I do get cold at church sometimes though so I thought this would be perfect.

I’ve worked on it off and on since then and finally finished it last week. Thought I would share it here. Here’s a link to the pattern. This site has a number of free patterns. You have to register and log-in, but that’s worth the free patterns.

I used the yarn it called for in the pattern which is Lion Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton. I chose the Pistachio color. The pattern was very simple to follow although it took a while since it used 5 balls of the yarn. Now I’m starting a scarf. Hoping it won’t take near as long and that I’ll have it ready once December rolls around.

Craftiness with Dollar Items


If you're stopping by from the CSI blog thank you! My things today are very simple, but that's what I like. Quick and simple to make is the rule for me when I'm carting my Squirt to and from activities.

So this first thing I altered I used a little basket from the dollar spot at Target. I love these little baskets. This one I embellished with some ribbon and a vinyl initial I cut with my Making Memories Slice. It's a basket full of items to keep in my van. This would be such a great idea for a 16th birthday gift also and add a gas card as well. I know a couple of teens about to be 16 and I'm definitely going to be giving them one of these. You could also embellish one of these baskets with note cards and stamps and pens as a stationary basket for a bride to be or a mom to be.


This next item I can't take credit for the idea. My friend Virginia posted one of these on her blog back before Christmas I think. These trays are $1 at The Dollar Tree. I used painter's tape and chalkboard paint and voila. I used my Making Memories Slice again to cut vinyl letters.

This last project is made from those flexible cutting mats. They are 2 for $1 at The Dollar Tree. I taped it off with painters tape and used the chalkboard paint again. Another vinyl letter and a couple of paint pens and a nice little chalkboard for a child. I wish I'd thought about these when I was teaching at a mother's morning out program. Would have made great Christmas gifts for my kiddos.

Sewing an Owl Bag

Sharing a canvas bag I altered using some cute fabric. The owl fabric is Robert Kaufman’s On a Whim fabrics.