Monday, June 25, 2018


Once in a while I let the crafty girl inside me out.
She enjoys crafty mediums other than FABRIC!

Small white grapevine wreath found at a
thrift store for a couple bucks with a bit of fish net.   
The various seashells are from NC and SC beaches.
Simple but looks great hanging in my "beachy" bathroom.

I volunteer at Inniswood Metro Gardens 
in Westerville, OH  

Each month the "design interest group" members volunteer
to make a door decoration for the main house.
I asked for July so I could incorporate a beachy
feel with a little Red-White-Blue

There is a little red FREEDOM sign hanging below the ribbon.
 All the mussel shells are from Ocean Isle Beach, NC
(gotta love a hot glue gun)

This will hang on a white door at the house
 and will greet the visitors!

Enjoy your summer!
I am dreaming of the beach....again!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018


I can never resist a fun blog hop...
especially when FLOWERS are involved.

Carol, of Comment #21, is the WINNER
(random generator seltor)
of my fabric scraps giveaway!
The contest is now closed.  

When Carla over at Creatin in the Sticks 
asked me to join the fun with flowers..
I jumped into the dirt
and found these beautiful flowers in my stash.

I decided to make a special friend a retirement gift
as my project for this hop!
The flowery fabric seemed perfect for the
Noodlehead Poolside Tote.

I used the larger print for the exterior of the bag.
I was out of soft and stable, which makes the bag very firm...
So I used a layer of SF101 and Cotton Batting.

Worked pretty well.
The lining had to be the big polka-dots!
I just used SF101 on the lining and pockets.

The interfacing piece can seem intimidating.
 Read the instructions carefully and follow the basting steps!
Yes it is a couple extra steps to add a basting line where
the pattern indicates, but sew worth it.

I like to add a key fob to my totes
and if you use your zipper foot to sew it
you can get really close to the key fob metal
without hitting it.

Turned out great!
and since she just moved into apartments...
I am pretty sure she will have a pool.
Maybe I will go visit and take a dip!

Thanks for stopping by today! Leave me a comment 
and tell me if you prefer the pool or a beach...
you can enter to win my larges pieces of leftover scraps.
(Sorry, US only)

For a complete list of hop participants
head on over to Creatin in the Sticks.

Now for the bad news...something is going on with
 bloggers NOT receiving notification of your comments.
 Up until a short time ago...I always got your comment
in my email inbox.   Not happening right now.
Sad for bloggers sad for followers.

I will return here to draw the winner of 
the fabric bundle on June 20th.
And if I can reach you by an email I will.  

If you don't hear back from me specifically to your comment,
please know I will be reading them here in the comments below.
I won't have time to actually look up emails to respond.