Sewing Days

A couple of days ago I made my dear granddaughter two wet bags, a doll dress with a matching diaper, and got it mailed off to her and Tiny Tot.  Kara had asked for another bag because having only one, that I had made her when Jovy was born, meant she couldn’t keep up with laundry since they go out almost every day now.  These bags can be used for other things after the diapers are gone, like swimsuits, caught in the rain, whatever is necessary to keep the wet off the floor of the vehicle.

Leia has wanted me to make her doll a Mulan dress.  Without a pattern for it, I will have to improvise.  But before I draft a pattern I want to see how the pattern I have fits her doll.  I do have some pretty brocade scraps I can make her something out of, when I know it will fit.

Next Sunday my church is having a drive for the local Genesis House, a place for homeless pregnant teenagers.  There was a list in the bulletin for “Baby Shower” items.  I don’t have any spare diapers lying around but material to make a quilt I sure do.  I just finished this quilt today.


It measures 34 x 31.

So this is my 3rd day without paper crafting, but I’ve enjoyed sewing.  I was digging and found a nice large piece of flannel (2 yds aprox.) and will make two receiving blankets before the weekend also.

It is hard for my DD to get up early in the mornings, so we attended The Feast of the Assumption of Mary last evening, the vigil at 7 pm.  This is a very important day in the Catholic religion. It is the principal feast of the Blessed Virgin, the mother of Jesus Christ. (taken right off the Internet).  We had a great homily that renewed my appreciation and furthered my understanding of why we believe this and why she should be respected – other than the fact she is the mother of God.  Some facts I learned is about what is not found in Holy Scripture.  There are no references to people taking any of her remains like so many other saints were.  Nothing.  And when you think about her, she was a warrior Queen!  Just think about what you know of this young, unmarried, virgin girl and what task was set before her!

Blessings to all of you who stopped by.  Have a crafty day and shine with your beautiful smile for all whom you see.


Joyce Ann


Craft it and Hit the Treadmill

November 05 draws near.  I have two more little bags cut out (Suzy Sacks) that I need to sew.  I can think of a couple more things I need to finish up in the paper crafting area too.  Then I want to spread out what I have created for the craft sale and view what I have so far.  Do still have a little bit of time to make something else but will need to get a move on it.  Here are two pics to share, a kitchen towel with topper and an owl pillow.


My DD took these pics to show to someone so thought I’d share them here too.

I’ve gone back to the site “My Fat Secret” to log what I eat.  I tend to eat too much, especially nuts, if I don’t log everything.  Even though I eating healthier foods I still need to watch how much I eat.  Can’t loose weight if I don’t.  Also, since I am eating more on target of what works for me, which is no wheat or any grain whatsoever, I need to exercise more too.  We went back to Planet Fitness this morning – yea!  I was determined to stay on the treadmill for 30 minutes and I did.img_1598Don’t judge me!  I know it isn’t much compared to some gym goers, but I haven’t been in months and I reached my goal for the day.  Now, to see what other exercises I can do too.

Looking forward to the time where I can get back to playing with my crafty stuff for me.  Having scrapbook withdrawals.  The Thursday card classes at the library aren’t totally fun, it requires lots of prep first so not all “my time” there.

Sometime in Nov. I am going with Kris to Orlando for the Be Amazing Tour with Richard Garay.  Spending Friday night there and driving back after the event on Saturday.  Should be a lot of happy times – Richard is such a treat, always fun!  It’s the first such event I get to go to with Kristy since it in here in the area.

Just felt like doing a post today, so thanks for joining me here.  Have a marvelous experience in doing what works for you.  Remember to be happy in the moment, after all, this moment moment is all we have.  Taking my own advise now and not going to worry about how many craft items I have done, just going to go sew for a while.

If you have the time I’d love to read a comment from you.  It’s always a welcome addition to our blogs, don’t you think?




“Olaf” Sweet Crafty Toys

These are for my great grands – the ball for Jovi and the little bag for Tiny Tot.olaf-toys01

The pattern for the ball came from “Patchwork Puzzle Balls” by Jinny Beyer. With the template I fussy cut the characters and used French terry for the squares to add some texture for the little man.  This book is totally intriguing and I love doing these balls.

“Suzy’s Sack” is from a pattern by This and That Patterns.  Leia has always enjoyed purses so I’m confident she will like having this one too.  Instead if a “D” ring I added a ribbon loop.  She doesn’t need a metal ring since she isn’t carrying keys yet.  This was my first time with this pattern but I can say the instructions were good.

These will be added to their Christmas gifts when we send a box out to them.

Tangerine Wristlet with Bows

While waiting for my daughter yesterday I took my crocheting with me.  Using some Lily Sugar and Cream I began a little clutch.  There was a photo on Pinterest of a yellow bag I liked but I created my own version.


Last night while sitting around watching folks play darts I nearly finished it.  This morning I figured out how I wanted to make the lining.

The little clutch bag is finished off with a frilly fold over top flap, bows tied into the open areas of the stitch, a double strand of chain stitches for the wristlet, and a zippered lining with a pocket for a card or cash.

The main skein is variegated intermingled with a solid. I do enjoy working with this yarn, works up well and being a natural fiber is always a plus.

I think tomorrow I will add another photo to show the actual size in a person’s hand, it’s really a nice size.

Here is a view of me holding the purse:

tangerinebowsfullview_e1I like the size. Large enough to hold the necessities and yet small enough to carry around without being a burden.

Quilted Wristlet

The pattern for this little bag, wristlet, is in the “Fresh Quilts” Magazine spring/summer 2014 issue.  Mine is made with cotton scraps, including and featuring, Tim Holtz fabrics.Wristlet9861wristlet9860


I started selecting fabrics and cutting them in the little tumbler shapes last night and pretty much spent my day piecing, quilting, and sewing today.  I’m quite happy with it.

Oh, Snap! It’s a Photo Op

I took advantage of an opportunity to take pictures of Kris posing by the fabric display. DSCN9455_ohsnapKris

She is wearing the pants I made from the Tim Holtz fabric, and her bag is visible near her feet in the photo.THpantsDSCF0420

The fabric has a nice feel, it’s quilt shop quality.  Unfortunately Joann’s has it priced too high, which is where I picked mine up, but one can use a coupon of course.  I’ve seen it on line with a wider selection.  Obviously it is for sale at Whim So Doodle shop in St. Petersburg.

My scrap page is 6 x 6 for the shop hop album.  The base paper is Pink Paislee. All the stamping is done with Unity stamps.  I started working on the bg with a stamp called “Splatter it”, heat embossed it with powder I bought on the hop, called “Aged Ivory” from Stampendous.  That fabulous swirl is from the “Now & Always” set, colored with markers.  I used some word stamps from various sets and the “oh, snap” set with the delightful camera.  The camera was colored with markers. I liked the bit of bling the sequined arrow from Heidi Swapp brought to the page.

I followed the scrapbook layout sketch from the Unity {be inspired} challenge.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you like my page and maybe you will feel inspired to play with this sketch too!


I am also linking this up for Unity’s Friends with Flair!

A Cute Little Bag

While going on a Shop Hop with folks last weekend I happened to meet Ann Butler.  I was so impressed with her line of stamps and inks.  I love fabric and I love stamping – now a whole new world has opened up for me to express myself.


I created this little bag for the Unity challenge using these colors.

Three of the colors – top 3 – are matches to the Color Box fabric ink I bought when I met her: Sunshine, Aquamarine, Limelight.

Instructions – – –      On a square of bleached muslin I stamped 3 of each stamps from the set “2 inch Leaves all Over” ANN-1029A-LEAVES-ALL-OVER

The girl is from the “Angie Girl: Dream with your Heart set.Angie Girl Dream with your Heart - IPK 165

She is stamped in SU’s Wisteria Wonder. I highlighted the flower on the doll with a Copic marker and stitched on a button.  She is very simple. I stitched around the stamped image loosely with another piece of muslin behind, cut it out, cut a little slit in the back piece so I would have an opening, stuffed, and stitched it back together.

For the bag its self turn under and stitch the front and the back at what will be the top to make a clean edge.  With the wrong sides together stitch tAnn and mehe two sides and bottom edges, trim, turn. I added these handles that are recycled from a discarded gift bag. The little trinket Kristy made and is attached with a claw.

I have to share this photo of Ann and me from Saturday!

I’m entering my bag in the Unity {be inspired} challenge Color 13. Thanks for stopping by!

I am also linking this project up to Unity’s Friends with Flair!