Just wanted to drop in and share that a couple of my projects were included in a scrapbook.com article about crafters’ most meaningful projects.  I filled out a survey at scrapbook.com quite some time ago, and they asked me to elaborate on my answer so that they could share it in the article.  I’m flattered to be included!  I am #7 on the list, and there are many other wonderful projects shared by quite a few other crafters.

Read the article HERE!

P.S. The projects I shared are this quilt and this layout.

Lots of babies being celebrated!  I made some more baby shoes and cards recently…

for Jeremy and Jena

for Jeremy and Jena

for Jeremy and Jena

for Candace and Keith

for Candace and Keith

for Candace and Keith

Dress shirt apron

Even though there are lots of cute clothing “hacks” floating around on the internet, I rarely act on them (however good my intentions may–or may not– be!)  But when my friend P sent me a link to this one, I truly couldn’t resist.

Men's dress-shirt apron made from an old button-up shirt of Joel's

Husband had a dress shirt that we both loved that inexplicably got a grease stain right on the front of it.  It was a sad day, but instead of throwing it away, I stashed it away (it’s a bad habit, I know) for a later project.  Turns out, it was perfect for this one!

Men's dress-shirt apron made from an old button-up shirt of Joel's

I used part of the shirt for another project (coming soon!), but not until I had made sure that I would have enough to make this apron!  The main “body” of the apron is the front of the shirt, and I used most of the back of the shirt to make the ties and the ruffle at the bottom of the apron.  I used one of the cuffs to make a little pocket on the front (I’ve got to have somewhere to stash my phone so that I can listen to podcasts while I cook!).

Men's dress-shirt apron made from an old button-up shirt of Joel's

The project was seriously quick, and I love the result!  Now I want to make more!  I just need to get my hands on some shirts……..

Men's dress-shirt apron made from an old button-up shirt of Joel's

This layout is the third in the scrapbook-a-layout-each-(week)day challenge I gave myself for the last week of September.  I have to say, having the deadline of “finish this today!” really helped me to just make some decisions that otherwise might have stalled me.

I already had the photos printed for this layout (another one from before my daughter was born), and my only notes for them was a title: “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.”  There really wasn’t a lot to say about them, since they really are just about our Christmas decor that year.  I have a “before” and “after” photo of the living room of our condo, as well as three detail shots of our Nativities.


In some senses, one might say that the set of photos wasn’t worth scrapbooking, because there isn’t much of a story.  However, I’d begun to forget what our condo looked like at Christmas– it was two homes ago now!  In fact, when Husband looked at this layout, he confessed that when he looked at the photos, his first reaction was, “where was that again?”  Haha!  I’m glad to have this little snippet of our grad-student lives documented.


After a ton of hemming-and-hawwing (almost as much as can be fit into a naptime when your goal is to actually *finish* a layout that day!) I came up with this banner-under-the-main-photos configuration.  I’ve already forgotten if there was anything to inspire it!  I pulled out bits and pieces from my dwindling Christmas supply to embellish the banner.



The word “Christmas” is cut with my Silhouette using the “Bruselo Script” font from The Hungry JPEG (Crafter’s Bundle).  Again, I used the layering trick, cutting two more layers from kraft cardstock and gluding them together to give dimensionality to the main title word.


Last but not least, I added a teeny cluster at the top of the page, and then it finally looked finished to me!


patterned paper: Echo Park “Times & Seasons 2” Numbers; Lily Bee “Christmas Town” Sleigh Ride; Lily Bee “Audrey”  (don’t know the name!)
kraft cardstock, creamy white textured cardstock
alphas: Glitz Designs “Uncharted Waters” aqua stripe teeny alphas
embellishments: Lily Bee “Christmas Town” cardstock stickers; Making Memories fabric labels; Making Memories ribbon; Lily Bee “Christmas Town” rubons; crochet thread; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Silhouette SD: Bruselo Script with slight offset; tiny tag of my own design; print-and-cut labels modified from a Silhouette store design
other: tiny heart punch; Glossy Accents; Project Life 0.3 black journaling pen; Scotch ATG, Therm-O-Web foam adhesive

On Tuesday this week, I dismantled our garden.

It was long overdue, because as I mentioned before, I’d given up on the garden for this year.  I’d basically stopped caring for it, since I got almost no produce from it– and the produce I did harvest wasn’t always edible (disappointingly bitter cucumbers).  It was in quite a state when I went out on Tuesday morning to deal with it.

the garden, just before I tore it all out for the fall

the garden, just before I tore it all out for the fall

My kids had a blast running around the yard while I hacked away at the dead and nearly dead plants.

overflowing compost heap after I cleared the garden for the fall

overflowing compost heap after I cleared the garden for the fall

I collected the green tomatoes that were left– perhaps some of them will eventually ripen and we’ll have one last hurrah.  I’m not holding my breath, though!

green tomato harvest

green tomato harvest

At the end, I was left with a clean slate.

the garden plot after clearing the dead plants for fall

the garden plot after clearing the dead plants for fall

I’m not sure whether I’m going to plant a garden next year.  This year was demoralizing– so much effort went into so little gain (until I stopped putting in the effort all together– with no noticeable change!).  On top of the fact that I was feeding the local wildlife instead of my family, the cucumbers ended up with a blight, and the tomato plants (leaves) were looking sickly, too.  I only got one zucchini from two plants!  I am wondering if I need to give the soil a year of rest, and I might even need to treat it somehow to prevent future blight (I noticed it in previous years, too, just not as severe).  Any suggestions to this end would be helpful!!

I mentioned in my goals recap that I’d challenged myself to scrapbook every (week)day of the last week of September.  I started with my Wookie layout, and even though I considered doing more Disney layout, my recent tidying/reorganization of my stuff-to-scrapbook had brought the events of Christmas 2009 back to mind.


Long ago, before my daughter (who is almost 5!) was born, I had written journaling and printed photos for my (much easier to manage at that time) list of stuff-to-scrapbook.  This page was among that stuff, and I’d even chosen an inspiration layout!


This layout is one that I’ve always loved, and it was among one of my first “Scrap” pins on Pinterest, which also sadly means that the original creator of the page is lost to me– I pinned this layout from the departed Two Peas in a Bucket before I was more assiduous about detailing the artist’s name in my Pinterest caption.

I followed the “sketch” of the original layout very closely to make mine. I got out my scrapbook album to see what layouts would be around this one to inspire the color scheme, and saw THIS one and THIS one, both of which were made from the same kit.  I didn’t want to pull that kit out, but instead I turned to my Christmas papers (which are running low after completing my December Daily for 2015!). The colors of the Crate Paper “Peppermint” collection were perfect.


Inspired by the teeny-tiny snowflake circles from the “Peppermint” collection kit die cut sheet (which I popped up on foam adhesive), I cut some more snowflakes out of textured white cardstock and sprinkled them around the page for embellishment.


The title is Hefalo Script, from The Crafter’s Bundle released by The Hungry JPEG.  I added a slight offset to thicken the lines for cutting, and I also cut it twice more with craft cardstock.  I glued together the three layers to give the whole thing some dimension, which helps it to stand out on the page (literally and figuratively!)



patterned paper: Crate Paper “Peppermint” 
cardstock: the Paper Studio kraft 
embellishments: Crate Paper “Peppermint” cardstock die cuts and cardstock stickers; Fiskars “Threading Water” border punch; machine stitching; Uniball Signo white gel pen
Silhouette SD: font= Hefalo Script, snowflake from Echo Park’s “Season’s Greetings” collection.  

A quick post to share a few more card creations and a pair of fabric baby shoes!

Die cut butterflies layered on silver thread clusters….and some rhinestones for extra sparkle!



I enjoyed adding lots of texture and layers to this baby girl card. I think I was inspired by watching Suse Fish layer on one of her gorgeous scrapbook pages…




I made the baby card to coordinate with these cloth baby shoes!