2011 Calendar Patterns


Here are the close-ups of my 2011 Calendar Patterns. I'm thinking of turning some of the patterns into fabrics. I thought about putting them into coordinating sets. I can imagine making some ruffly aprons or place mats. Ohh, that would be fun!


I know what you're thinking, that was a long post.... well there was a lot to see. Enjoy! But please remember, all images are copyrighted! Thank! And if you want to post about these patterns, please contact me first. Thank you!

Owl Eye Mask Tutorial

I'm an Insomniac. There, I admitted it. Well, to help me sleep I've decided to make one of these adorable owl eye masks. I lined it with flannel and it took me less than an hour to make. You are welcome to download the printable pdf directions here {right click to download}.

First, cut out 2 of every piece, except the beak. I used flannel for the inside and it is nice and soft. You will also need a piece of elastic long enough to stretch around the back of your head (10-14inches).

After cutting out the pieces, using Heat 'n Bond . It's a now sew interfacing that sticks things together. Cut out each piece and follow the directions to apply the Heat 'n Bond to each Eye piece and beak.

Then Iron them on. After ironing them on, you will need to zig zag around each piece.

Put right sides together and sew front to back, leaving opening on ends to sew in elastic. Put in elastic, hold with pins and sew a topstitch around the top of the eye mask.

Viola! As simple as that!

2011 Calendar


My 2011 Calendar is now in my etsy store .

Each month features an original floral pattern on the back, ready to frame at the month’s end. Share them with friends or give them away as framed artwork. All of the patterns coordinate so that you can even frame them all and hang them on your barest of walls.

Size: 9.5in x 3.5in (24cm x 9cm).

Purchase it once and print it as many times as you want! Enjoy!

a new deck and kitchen


This summer has been a long one! Tearing out our driveway and ugly back porch and putting in a beautiful deck, driveway and wood fence. It took all summer long, but we finally finished. I'm so happy and seriously couldn't be happier with the outcome. But we couldn't have done any of it without our amazing neighbor, Tom. He is the most amazing talented man. I give him the best neighbor award! He's so great! Thanks Tom!

Here is the before picture of the back porch.

This is during... 

And this is after! Isn't it amazing!!!
We also put pavers in. Which I absolutely love!

This is one of my favorite small details. These adorable lights! I got them for my birthday and have just been waiting to put them up.

This is another before and after. Dave, my father-in-law found this at a garage sale for $10 in Colorado. He knew I was looking for one, so he drove this over just so I could fix it up. He put on some new tops, sanded it down, and then I painted it! Whad'ya think?

We cut out the vinyl stove tops at my sister, Rose's, house using her Silhouette vinyl cutting machine. It took some time to figure out, but we did it! Thanks Rose! I made the curtains out a piece of scrap material from JoAnne's.

The pots are from IKEA. Thanks again IKEA!