Saturday, November 28, 2015

Give Cash as a Gift!

Courtesy of 
"A crafty (and delicious) way to give cash money as a gift! 
Put an empty toilet paper roll inside a mason jar. Fill around the roll with their favorite candy. "

Saturday, November 7, 2015

These look like fun!!

Perfect craft for a Sunday in November. Perhaps add some glitter? 

Find the tutorial at Homemade Gifts Made Easy.

Friday, October 16, 2015

One More Day!!

After months of work, we are almost there! 

Scratch Made Market is tomorrow and it's going to be outstanding!!  I'm so excited I could cough up a hairball!

I sure hope everyone will stop by! We have some WONDERFUL Artists, and we are so proud that they have chosen to spend their day with us supporting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation !!

See you tomorrow!!

Here's the list of Artists: 

Here's the menu of the days' activities:


Friday, August 7, 2015

Little Scratch Pads

Last week I ordered a case of Topps 3 inch x 5 inch scratch pads. They got here yesterday, and tonight I cut out scrapbook paper to make covers for them. Then I added a little pretty something. And, Viola! I have gifts for the vendors at the Scratch Made Market!

Made 25 in two hours!  Fun!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Festive Independence Day Pennants!!

I feel that Pennants are always a festive decoration for any occasion, so I decided to make some for Independence Day. 

In the past I have made pennants with paper, and I've sewn them double sided, but this time I decided to use my Christmas present to make them, my pinking shears. 

Here's what I did: 

1. I happened to have some festive fabric left from when I made my daughter a holiday skirt years ago (no comments on the fabric hoarding. It has been seriously reduced in the last year).  

2. I measured out my desired size, in this case 12"x6", made a pattern out of cardstock,  and got to work pinning and cutting. 

3. I cut enough triangles out to make two 12' pennants, and one 15' pennant.  I determined my need with a simple calculation - 12' string of pennants = 12 1' triangles.  

I lined the pieces out on the living room floor so that I could put a critical eye to the arrangement of the patterns. 

4. Once I had the order figured out I set to making my bias tape for stringing. 
I like making my own bias tape to string pennants. I can match fabrics better than I can with packaged tape (and the packages are super expensive), and in my opinion ribbon doesn't offer enough strength against the elements. 

5. I purchased 2 yards of starred fabric. I then measured out 3" strips, and tore along the entire yardage to create a 3"x72" "ribbon". 

6. I'm fond of tearing fabric. 

7. I stitched two stands together to make a 12 foot section, then stitched on another 3' to create an allowance of 1 1/2' on either side of the pennants for hanging. 

8. Next I folded the ribbon over and created a crease down the middle of the strip. I then folded each edge in, lining both sides up to the middle crease, then pressed with a hot iron. 

9. Then I started pinning the triangles. I lined the tops up to the middle crease then folded and pressed down over each triangle and pinned. 

10. A simple topstitch along the edge and viola!, festive Independence Day pennants!

Monday, June 15, 2015

New Name!! Scratch Made Market!!

Because another Portland craft show had a name similar to ours, we renamed ours "Scratch Made Market".

The Scratch Made Market is Saturday, October 17, 2015 10am - 4pm at the Beaverton Merchant Hall, 12775 SW Beaverdam Rd, Beaverton, OR 97005. 

Scratch Made Market is brought to you by Jenn Barker of Curiosities Vintage and Betsy Miller of Orange Cat Craft. 

 If you would like to participate as a vendor, please visit the the application HERE, print and fill out the application, and mail it to us at the address listed on the application. 

For great booth merchandising ideas, visit our Pinterest idea board!

 See you soon!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Pincushion Planning

I bought some little "containers" that are just waiting for walnut shells to fill them and cover them with beautiful fabric. I'll be staying cool in the craft room this weekend thank you very much!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Children's Activity Reignites a Creative Fire

In February half of my department, including me, was outsourced. It was an extremely difficult time, and I went through all kinds of emotions. Rage, feelings of betrayal, sadness, sorrow, frustration, anger. I started calling my old company the "old boyfriend who cheated on me". A reference they really didn't deserve, because despite ripping my stock options out of my hands and leaving my 401k matchless for a year, they negotiated some equitable compensations.

Because of my age and my status as the person responsible for the majority of our benefits in my household, I accepted the offer from the new company. After that decision, I tried my best to be positive, only to get to the new office and find chaos, poor planning and disorganization. So..... that's been frustrating. **sigh**.

Meanwhile, I've been sick a couple of times, and as a result of both of the aforementioned situations I have behaved uncharacteristically morose, stressed, and completely lacking in creativity. 

I have worked in the yard a bit and got my veggies and fruits going, but my journal pages are empty, my sketchbook is blank, cards are unmade, sewing projects are incomplete, and my will to create has been in danger of being crushed by a gigantic boulder full of pity for myself.

Anyhoo, a friend posted on my Facebook wall an idea for a Girls Night. Coloring Books!  I had thought of this a few years back when I absconded with one of my daughter's princess coloring books and used Crayolas while drinking two glasses of wine, but this mention made me realize that I needed some kind of tool to help me get back in touch with a side of me that is deeply important. 

I already had two coloring books - Matt Wayne of Be Good Monster recently published a "Book O' Monsters" and someone gave me "She Found Herself in a Cup of Coffee" (I have stopped drinking coffee, but that's a story for another day). 

I checked Amazon and picked out three pretty books (Jenean Morrison's Flower Designs , 
Detailed Designs and Beautiful Patterns by Lilt Kids, and   Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Patterns by Adult Coloring Book Artists.) that I thought would help coax me out of my pity party of one and drive me home to rekindle my relationship with my creative self. 

I pulled out my sharpies, my colored pencils, my Stampin' Up Markers, and my old Creative Memories pens. I carefully picked a black and white page that was just waiting for me to apply my wand of color, and I went to work. I outlined and filled for two hours, and I didn't need any wine to assist me! 

I highly recommend these books to rekindle your creative fire, and possibly even reconnect you with your six year old self. Or, you can use them as a drinking game. Color out of the lines, and take another sip!

Color On! 

My End Result

Monday, April 20, 2015

Bloomin' Creativity

I had big plans to spend the day in the craft room yesterday,  but because it was a magnificent day outside I opted instead to work in the yard a wee bit.  Watched a neighbor's bees enjoy some buds on my shrubs, checked out my radish sprouts,  tamed my raspberries with two pretty red trellis', then sat on my stoop to watch my columbine grow.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Cleaning Up the Craft Room

I did some post-holidays clean up today. I hung the Edison Lights that were originally meant for my Glamping kit. We found out at Easter how fragile they are, so I decided to hang them in a permanent home.

It looks fun!

Sunday, March 15, 2015


Such a bummer. It seems that several posts from the last few weeks never appeared on my blog.  I published via my phone which is apparently  not a good idea. If this one works it means that the process I followed for a fix worked. Posts to come this week.

Monday, February 16, 2015

A Day Full Of Possibility, and a few Responsibilities

Every once in a while I have one of those days where I just want to get back in bed and spend the whole day there - facebook'ing, reading, dozing in and out, pinterest'ing, or watching "my shows" online. (I couldn't come up with a verb for that, sorry.) I'm having one of those mornings today. 

Maybe it's because it's so warm in the house and cold outside. Maybe it's because we had a tough weekend - a touch of stomach issues. Maybe it's because my work life is a little unbalanced lately. Maybe it's because Spring is coming and I've go to get outside and clean the yard up but the thought of it is exhausting.

Maybe it's because I have animals on me.....
But maybe it's just because I don't have to get out of bed....... yet.

On days when I don't have anything scheduled, I wake up making a list in my head on how I can make this day count.  I say this as I glance at the clock and it's already 9:30.  However! I have made the following progress:  Made my "To Do" list, watched last nights Downton Abbey (then became horrendously depressed because the season is already almost over), watched the trending video of  Adam Sandler and Andy Samburg's SNL 40 Short, and finally, realized I hadn't written here in a while. 

Making a day count when your days sole purpose isn't work. Hmm. What a daunting task. What a heavy weight to bear. By 12:15 if I haven't done anything that produced something of meaning, I feel incredibly guilty. 

So, let's review my "To Do" List - or better known as "My Things I Could Do Today So That at 9:30 I can go to sleep feeling good and guilt free list."

  1. Write a blog post to rid myself of the guilt I have for not writing a blog post.     Done!
  2. Shower - This is a great achievement on a day off.    Done!
  3. Get Dressed - Another great achievement.    Done!
  4. Eat something besides Baby Bel cheese and Oyster Crackers.    Done!
  5. Feed my Daughter something besides Baby Bel cheese and Oyster Crackers. .    Done!
  6. Buy some vegetables.  I took my bra off and had a glass of wine. No driving for me.
  7. Eat some vegetables. uh.....
  8. Make a friend a card. 
  9. Do a long overdue project that I promised someone a month ago that is giving me ridiculously awful pangs of guilt when all I have to do is spend a few hours learning my new serger - something that not only I REALLY want to do but is also necessary - and that one thing will put me that much closer to finishing the project and make someone happy and why the hell am I procrastinating doing something creative anyway?
  10. Do 20 minutes of Yoga. 
  11. Go for a 30 minute walk. 
  12. Eat frozen ravioli for dinner because I want to spend a day doing something more meaningful that making dinner - like watching Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg shorts.    Done!
  13. Fold the Laundry. Opted to organize my closet.
  14. Get my daughter a new phone because 35 days after having her brand new Motorola Mini she dropped it in the toilet. The Daughter wants to wait until Saturday morning to run this errand.
  15. Sweep the floor.  Done!
  16. Squeeze the husbands Mat. No, "mat" is not a code word. Get yer mind out.   Done!
  17. Begrudgingly do two pieces of work to save myself from feeling guilty even though I feel it serves the person who needs it the right that they gave it to me a week late and rude coworker behavior is one thing that drives me toward another level of burnout .Decided that I wanted to keep the day "work free", and took pictures of the craft room instead. (Future Post)
  18. Find time to read the self help book I bought when I decided to see the positive in being laid off or the other book I bought but this one is to help my body and soul, or the book club book that I'm actually enjoying, or most importantly the book I bought to make my own kombucha because it's so damn expensive and I'm worried that my scoby might go bad
  19. Talk to the husband about money. Yawn. 
  20. But most importantly, spend some quality time with my family.  Daughter wants to watch BIG. 

Wake each morning and give yourself One Thing. One thing that will bring you joy. Even if it's lying around in your PJ's and watching the first season of  a show a friend recommended you watch while you wait for the next season of House of Cards. Bringing yourself joy each day will lead to contentment and peace, which will ultimately lead to opportunities for bringing creativity in to your life. 

Even if I only get to know my new serger for one hour today, at least it's something that sets me on the path to creating something tangible and gives me satisfaction and joy. 

Can you wake tomorrow and give yourself a promise to do one thing?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Valentine Pinterest Hack

I found these hearts on Pinterest. They were linked to a blog called  Vintage Fairy Tales.

Of course I immediately wanted to make my own. I made this one out of scrapbook paper, and used a vintage pick (cut off the stem) for an adornment. 

This Saturday we're having a girls Crafternoon and I will make some out of old sheet music and/or pages from a dictionary.  

More to come afterwards.