Father’s Day Wrapping Paper DIY


Although Father’s Day has come and gone I thought I’d share the wrapping paper the boys and I made for Tom. While you can of course create your own roll of amazing wrapping paper from Spoonflower, some times you just need a small sheet or two and you’d like to have it right away.
On school mornings when we had extra time B and I would make silly little drawings on post-it notes, and I try to save them all. One morning I drew a silly drawing of Tom and then B did one too. His has Tom wearing his brown sweatshirt pull over with the little hood drawstrings. I was looking at the drawings again before Father’s Day and thought they would be great turned into wrapping paper. I asked Kurt to draw his own version of Tom and then I used a light box to trace the post-it note drawings (so they wouldn’t have the striped lines and yellow paper) After scanning them in and coloring them in photoshop I added some common words for Dad, and then sent it over to Staples. I had them print it on their 11×14 paper and it was about $1 a sheet. If you don’t have a program like photoshop you could use a light box or window to trace the drawings all over a large piece of paper. Then color them or have the kids color them in. Then you could save the original and have color copies made for the paper.
It’s a fun way to customize wrapping paper & have your kid’s draw photos of the people the gift is for. It would be kind of fun to do it every year to see how the kid’s drawings change.
We cut out some the extra paper to make little gift tags for the top, but you could also use some on a card, or cut them out and save them in your scrapbook.

Studio Revamp





I’ve been working for the past couple of weeks on revamping the entire studio. I’m still not 100% finished but when I am I will take better photos with my real camera, but I thought I’d share some in progress phone photos with you.

Another Purse


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I’ve been trying to create all sorts of things out of the fabric I have been designing, but I always seem to want a new purse. When I was trying to decide if I wanted to find a pattern to use or not, nothing really stood out to me. So I decided to just wing it and make up a purse pattern of my own. My ideal purse always has at least one front pocket for tossing in my keys and cell phone. Otherwise I am forever rooting around in the big pocket trying to find them.
You can see all the coordinating fabrics in this collection here.

Garden Report

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I am super proud of this year’s garden & the back yard really. Our previous dog Muffin would dig up anything and everything you tried to plant in the yard and run around with it like it was great fun. He even did it with rose bushes. Before he passed away we ended up putting in a little metal fenced garden to keep him out of the fruits and veggies at least, but didn’t plant much in the back besides a magnolia tree.
Sirius on the other hand could care less about plants, so this year I decided to take down the fenced garden and start something new.
One Thursday Tom and I went to Lowes so we could get a ceiling fan for him to install and lumber for me to build my raised garden beds. I already knew in my mind what I wanted to do, and it seemed like it would be quick but it took me the same amount of time to make a box as it did for him to install the fan. Now you’ll have to picture this but originally I built the box so it was “two boxes high”. Just invasion the boxes you see above stacked on top of one another. Once I started going out and getting garden soil to fill the thing (and thinking about how much nicer two big garden boxes might be) I took our handy Christmas tree saw out into the yard and sawed the whole thing in half. I was really just sawing those little pieces of wood in the four corners, but oh my gosh it was quite the workout. Now that I had two boxes I could spread out the soil between them, and I was very happy that I wasn’t going to need to make yet another trip out to get more. Besides the garden beds I moved some cement blocks we already had again the wall and filled them with a mix of herbs and sunflowers. I am hoping these being up against the wall will help cut down on weeds growing in there. I still need to get a few more cement blocks to go the whole way across.
I had been super eager to get all of our seedlings into the ground. We had so many pumpkins so I planted a few along each edge and the rest went into the yard along the fence line.
One day when I was picking up mulch to go around the garden I noticed Lowes had all these sad looking perennials on the discount cart for $3 each. The same ones that they were selling for $12.99. Some of them didn’t even look so bad! I bought nine of them and planted them along an ugly cement wall. Most of our yard is fence we had installed, but one portion of the back/side area meets up with a neighbors building. They’ve only been planted for a week or so, but they are doing wonderfully! Also I realized you can see my pathetic bruised toe that I knocked over a plastic shelf onto last winter. Who needs nail polish?
Besides the garden we have also planted this year wisteria along the back fence, two lilac bushes, a butterfly bush, and a little maple tree that we relocated as it was growing up by the fence. I’ll do a garden update in a few weeks to let you know how very over crowded the boxes are becoming and a check in on the sad-cart flowers.

Spinning Yarn

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I finally spun up some yarn a few weeks ago. I used to spin all the time, but its been so very long since I made the time to sit down at the spinning wheel and mess around with fibers. It felt great, though I would say I am pretty rusty! I spun the blue & pink yarns and the next day once the blue was dry I turned it into a yarn cake and started knitting with it. Sheesh, I forgot just how much fun knitting with handspun is!! I am already plotting a spooky Halloween themed yarn that I want to spin and then turn into some arm warmers for this fall.
Meanwhile in case you are new to my blog, here is a trip down memory lane to some of the kooky yarns I have spun in the past…