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Friday, December 30, 2016


This Christmas I gifted two canvas tote bags.  They're a nice large size and can be used for just about anything.  Each one I make is one-of-a-kind, so I have a great time playing with fabrics and trims to make them extra special.
This one I made for my daughter to replace the very first one I made for her back in 2014.  I noticed how worn it was and decided it was time for a new one.  I'll have to tell you she's suffering from separation anxiety switching over to this new one, but in time I think she'll be able to let go. 
The totes I make for her I use heat transfer vinyl to add her business logo to it.   I cut it out using my silhouette machine and use an iron to adhere it to the canvas.   I also added a second interior pocket this year; the perfect size for her cell phone.  She loves using them for her client meetings, and when she's not heading to a meeting, she uses it to transport her laptop everywhere she goes!

The second tote I made for a special friend of ours.  I love finding fabrics that work well together, and add some personality to the piece as well!
 Here's a view of the interior pockets......I already received a thank you telling me how much she loves it!
Once I get them cut out, I usually can't stop sewing them since I'm so anxious to see them come together!  I'm thinking it's about time I made one for myself!!

Sunday, December 25, 2016


This was a fun project for gifting.  Bath salts are fairly easy to make, fun to package all pretty and best of all they put a smile on the face of the woman (women) you gift them to.......
I made two different versions for this holiday season.  The type in the picture above, were for a couple of very dear friends.   These are lavender bath salts with lavender essential oils and actual dried lavender flowers in the mix.

I found cute little jars at the Container Store and made the tags on my silhouette machine. 

The other version I made for my daughter.  I ordered the test tubes on Amazon and made five different versions.
On the inside of the lid cover, I made a label about how to use them as well as the different varieties included in the box.  To finish off the packaging, I added crinkle gift wrap and dried rose buds.  Both the lavender flowers and rose buds I got at Natural Grocer.  
To make bath salts it's just epsom salts and kosher salt.  A 2:1 ratio of epsom salts to the kosher salt. Then add essential oils and food coloring to your liking.   

Monday, December 19, 2016


In honor of my daughter's photography business, I decided to make her an "established" Christmas ornament.....and of course, I had to gift it to her already so she could enjoy it during the season!
 I'm so proud of how she has grown her business and mastered her craft becoming a creative and successful entrepreneur at such a young age.  I know her business will continue to prosper over time and for that I am so thrilled.

I used the aspen circles that my husband cut from the trees we had to have removed from our old house.   I traced her logo onto the circle and then went to town using the wood burning tools.

After I had finished the burning process.  I used Mod Podge to finish the front and back.

I purchased a holiday "pick" at Hobby Lobby (on sale of course) and cut off some of the pieces to make a one-of-a-kind "topper".

I thought being rustic, it called for a leather strap to finish it off.  So, after I had my husband add a couple of finishing hooks, I tied the strap on and voila', a handcrafted ornament that she can enjoy for years to come!, after opening it last night, she teared up.  That my friends, made my day!  Gift giving is the BEST!!