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Repurposed CD Holder

I’ve mentioned a few times that I work in radio. One tool of the trade is CDs.. and lots of them. Because of this, I have a few of these things hanging out in my office.

Every time I empty the CDs from one I think there must be something I can do with this. Last week during lunch, while I was winding my yarn, it came to me…

comic of Nataliedee

A yarn caddy. Yes!! Duh!

So, I took it down to the office of one of the few “manly” men that I work with and had him cut the rod out of it with his pocket knife.

Then I took it home, because the cut left the hole jagged.

A few days later, when I remembered, I headed out to the garage to pilfer thru my husbands tools until I found this file..

I filed for a minute or two until everything was smooth. Then I threw in my ball of yarn, threaded it thru the now smooth hole and tada…

My new yarn caddy!

Love it! It works perfectly.. and the cat can’t get to it, which is always a plus.



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After a bit of a crafty dry spell I finally have something to show you! My niece is graduating high school this month and I wanted to make her a little something special to take with her to college.. a gift to represent the start of something new, something happy and full of cheer! Halen is an awesome girl and I love her very much, but she hasn’t always had it easy. She has had to figure out much of what life has thrown at her on her own. I’m sure she’s stumbled more than I know, but as a whole, she’s made good choices and has turned out to be a very mature and responsible young lady. I’m proud of her, to say the least.

So after much thought, I decided to make her a bright and happy quilt…It had to be “cool”.. what an 18 year old would consider “cool”. I spotted a little inspiration in this brocher’s tablecloth and thought it was just the thing I was looking for…

Bright and cheery with a slight modification…

My niece’s H.S. Graduation gift.. A bandana quilt.

Talk about quick and easy…sew the squares together, layer it to batting and a back panel, and quilt it with simple straight lines. Two nights and it was done!! Love it! The outcome was just what I was going for..

I can’t wait to give it to her!!


Filed under Family, quilting, Sewing

Teacher’s Gift

Yes, it’s that time of year… And I’m happy to say my end-of-the-year gifts are done! Can I get a woo-hoo? Trust me, I’ve been trying to decide on gifts since school started back in August. Goose doesn’t have a close relationship with this year’s teacher like she did last year. So every time I asked her what her teacher might like, she drew a blank, deer in the headlights type stare. Duuuuhhh.

Finally I decided on body wash with crochet washclothes for her teachers and aid. I mean, who doesn’t like that stuff? So I let Goose pick out the washes and then matched my yarn colors to them. Simple and easy with a very homemade feel. Perfect.

Pattern: Bark Sedge Stitch Washcloth from LionBrand.com

Chain 33.

Row 1: Skip 2 chains (counts as single crochet), work 2 double crochet in next chain, *skip 2 chains, work (single crochet, 2 double crochet) in next chain; repeat from * to last 3 chains, skip 2 chains, single crochet in last chain – 10 (single crochet, 2 double crochet) pattern repeats.

Row 2: Chain 1 (counts as single crochet), turn, 2 double crochet in first single crochet, *skip 2 double crochet, (single crochet, 2 double crochet) in next single crochet; repeat from * across, single crochet in turning chain.

Repeat Row 2 until piece measures 10 1/2 in. (26.5 cm) from beginning. Fasten off, and weave in ends.


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Uncorking My Creativity

The girls from work got together the other night and went to one of those painting party studios..nine of us showed up. We had a great time..laughing and telling jokes, talking about crazy life experiences. Normally we don’t ALL interact in such a way. The age groups ranged from early 20s to mid 50s, the 20s & 30s get together and go clubbing.. the 40s and 50s do lunch. 🙂 And though there was no Picasso among the nine of us, it was the perfect activity for us all to do and get to know each other better. I think they call it “team building”.

About half the group had painting on canvas before.. it was my first time. I really enjoyed the simplicity of it.. but I have no idea what I’ll do with my masterpiece.. probably hang it in the outbuilding.

I’m thinking that this would be a lot of fun for a B-day party for Goose. She would enjoy slapping a little paint down with her friends as well. Lots of giggles to be had.


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The Ice Cream Quilt Free Pattern

So, as I said, I’m not an expert quilter.. no where near.. and I don’t like to measure ANYTHING. My quilt was really made as if each block was its own project.. and then as an end result pieced together. I don’t like things too symmetrical or extremely well planned. This is my way.. I’m aware that most of you are the exact opposite 🙂 and that is why I’ve attempted to
put some type of order to this quilt (though I encourage you to “wing it” and break a few rules.. you’ll love the freedom). As a result of my madness, the free pattern pieces will not provide you with a quilt that measures exactly mine. I’ll leave the size of your quilt to your discretion.. The measurements given are roughly a queen size, which is what mine turned out to be. Your blocks should end up a little more symmetrical, and hopefully the whole process will take you less time. The binding is simply leftover scraps sewn together.. Some of you might have just gasped at that.. Yes, I know it won’t hold up as well as if it were just one solid piece of fabric.. but that fact doesn’t bother me in the least. If I have to go in a different direction down the road I will. A scrap binding is the look I wanted so I went for it. YOU choose the look that YOU love. That’s the beauty of handmade!

And here’s my disclaimer: I reserve the right to say that this quilt pattern will not be perfect (it’s just not in my nature :))

Good luck.. and if you make this quilt or anything made from my pattern I’d love, love, love it if you’d send me a link so that I can see what you’ve done with it. Happy quilting!




icecream block 1

“block 1”

icecream block 2

“block 2”

icecream block 3

block 3

icecream block 4

block 4

icecream block 5

block 5

icecream block 6

block 6

icecream block 7

block 7

icecream block 8

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icecream block 9

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icecream block 10

block 10

icecream block 11

block 11

icecream block 12

block 12


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Part I: Shrug Story

A few weeks back a friend and I took a walk on our lunch break.. just to get out of the office and warm up a bit. It was a pretty day, not too warm, not too cold. We decided the yarn store a couple blocks away would be the perfect destination. I took some money, you know, just in case. We browsed a few minutes and that’s when I spotted it.. the prettiest shrug, knitted with the perfect yarn.
Terri, the owner of the shop, took it down from its hanger and let me try it on. That’s all it took. One millisecond.. I could not resist. I bought the yarn and pattern right then and there.
The pattern is by Plymouth Yarn, NO26, Baby Alpaca Grande: Shrug/Vest.

The yarn? Yes, Baby Alpaca.. and No, we will NOT discuss its price. Not now, not ever. NO. NO! But I will say, It is worth every cent.. the softest yarn you’ll ever feel.

I’m half afraid to use it though.. in fear that it will unravel, or that I’ll mess up the pattern. So, it’s been sitting in the bag I brought it home in. I won’t touch it, and I’ve already yelled at both hubby and Goose for messing with it.

And that brings me to present time.. I’ve finally decided it would be safest to do a dry run with some left over yarn from another project. Oh, and did I mention, this is my first time working in the round.. you know, with a circular needle?  Well, it is.

I know, I’ve lost my mind!

The pattern begins with K2-P2… Remember?? the same stitches that I omitted from my socks because I was sure that I wasn’t talented enough to keep my cast-on-stitches straight.

So, here I go.. and guess what? A circular needle makes this step much simpler.. I dodged a bullet. 🙂

And then guess what else? I dodged another, because I know how to do all the stitches that the pattern calls for – something you would have thought I would have check out BEFORE buying all the supplies..but no.

Knit 2 together and purl 2 together.. Easy peasy.
Knit in the front and the back of each stitch.. I got this!!!

So I’m feeling pretty confident, and I think I’m about ready to pull out the good stuff and dive in to the real deal. Let’s hope my dodging reflex holds up. If I mess up this yarn I may never knit again (okay, not really.. just me being a little dramatic).


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Freezer Paper Stenciling

I’ve been meaning to give freezer paper stenciling a try for over two years now. It wasn’t until I got a good look at Goose’s current “go-to” sweatshirt that I decided I couldn’t put it off any longer. Just look at it.

Goose has had this poor sweatshirt for almost a year. YUK! From the looks of it you’d think she’s be wearing it all her life. She adores it, so I used it as my color inspiration.

And this is what I came up with.

(stencil image from gymnastdecals.com)

I was really surprised at how sharp it turned out… and the response from Goose’s gym friends was a lot of fun too. I totally recommend giving this a shot. It was super easy to do. The outcome far outweighs the effort


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