Infinity Scarf and stuff

It has been quite the year.  Only 8 days ago did I walk across the stage at MSUM earning my Master of Science degree in Education.  The first in my immediate family to obtain a Bachelor’s degree and now the first in my extended family to earn a Master’s degree has me thinking of how proud I am of myself.  My husband says that he only gives me a couple of years before he believes I will get the itch to go back and start my Doctorate degree.  Hmm…maybe we want to start a family first considering we have been together for over 8 years and only a few months ago did we get married.  I have put his baby obsession on the back burner for too long now…


Here it is, only 3 days after Christmas and am wishing for those Christmas memories back!  I work all year long shopping and finding the perfect present for each individual and am anxious to start sale shopping this weekend in preparation for next year; however, I feel that next year is going to be different.  My goal is to create ALL handmade gifts in some way or another…let the challenge begin.



Make-up is my best friend!

Another week, no school, still on “summer vacation” until my final 3 classes of my graduate degree!!  In the meantime, I found a very cute pattern from Sew4Home to create a make-up brush set organizer.   Now, why did I choose to make a brush-set organizer?  Ever since I was little it has been instilled in me that women just wear make-up.  My mother, an avid Mary Kay wearer and seller has insured a never ending supply of make-up, why not?  There I am every morning dutifully putting on 5 shades of color followed up with liner, mascara, blush and a hint of lip stick.  Although this sounds like a lot, it has also been instilled that there is a right and wrong way of wearing make-up.  It must appear that you aren’t wearing any.


Basket full of fun!


I have successfully finished my mom’s birthday gift, previous post, and now it was time to attempt what I could make my soon to be 25 year old sister.  She is of a spunky sort as her paint in her kitchen is out of a tropical scene…very 5 o’clock somewhere ideas!  Very fun and welcoming.  Even though she now has her own home, it seems she is so difficult to shop for even though we are only 13 months apart, we are complete opposites.  I decided to make a beautiful table basket.  Her favorite color is orange, but felt that it was important to incorporate more colors than just orange.  I found the fun fabrics at JoAnn fabric.  The bias tape needed for the project, I made myself, pretty impressed with myself!!  The original design did not have any handle, but thought it would be pretty to add since I also had extra fabric left over.  More


After about a month on hiatus from my sewing machine, I was getting the itch to create something.  Since my mom and sister’s birthday are coming up and just so happen to land on the same day of each other, I found for my mom a super cool Marine pattern, sparkley star and sandstone patterns to create the most adorable apron, ever!  My little brother is a Marine so I felt that this pattern would be fitting for my mom!


Fun, Vintage Apron

I have at this point of my projects, mastered straight stitching and wanted to attempt something that was most likely out of my league at the moment, but wanted to give it a whirl.  I am an early Christmas shopper.  I am the one that starts finding Christmas gifts during the day after Christmas day sales!  I had 3/4 of my shopping completed back March of this year!  I wanted to try a more difficult pattern so I used the Vintage Apron pattern created by Sew4Home.  After 1 hour at JoAnn fabrics picking the perfect fabric that I would be using to create this Christmas gift for my soon to be sister-in-law, and 6 hours of reading and actually doing the project, it was a success!


Reusable Napkins

As my wedding is approaching, I realized that I needed to create gifts for my bridesmaids.  I am not one to just go out and buy something random, I like things to come from my heart.  After browsing gifts online,  I decided that I would take up sewing.  I decided to make reusable napkins and a matching table runner.  Table runner to follow.  More


Wedding DaySeptember 1st, 2012
Our Wedding Day!