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Christmas Crafts

I was inspired to make Christmas stockings this year as one of my Christmas crafts. After much debate over which fabrics and style I was going for, I settled on a simple red felt. Very classic, almost vintage Christmas in my opinion.

Obviously Tucker has his own stocking. I just did simple hand stitch embroidery and looking at it now I wish I had used white thread. Oh well. Here’s the finished product.

Merry Christmas!




While I’m here I might as well share my front porch decor. With the parade craziness, all my Christmas slowly goes up or up real early. I went to downtown McKinney yesterday and found an awesome pair of red skis for like $20 and I knew it was love at first site. So I hustled on up to the register and went on my way with my sweet skis. Now you must know that it was about 70 degrees yesterday so you can imagine the looks and comments I got as I walked through Downtown McKinney in Uggs and skis in hand.


After tons of fun looks, I trotted on home and threw up some lights, moved the Norfolk Pines (which I’m allergic to but that’s another story) to the porch and propped up my skis and my cute sled in the porch. I was and am very pleased. It’s much better than Christmas yard art. Sorry that’s not my thing.



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I have a bad habit of buying fabric and then never using it. I am not proud of this habit. I just fear that I will use the fabric on the wrong thing. I guess I am just waiting for inspiration? But either way, I have too much fabric for one who doesn’t sew on a daily basis. (I am dramatizing the situation; I have some fabric but not tons and tons. I am imaging that you think I have over 100 fabrics folded neatly in stacks when really it’s more like 25 – not so bad, right?!)

This past weekend I woke up early on Saturday after a wonderful night of watching the opening Olympic ceremonies …or falling asleep half way through them. Apparently my coffee was extremely energizing on Saturday, because I got all kinds of things done. I made some red beaded necklaces, green necklaces, sewed 5 onesies with my friend Maggie, made a blue maxi skirt and painted an exciting sample color on my dining room table (stay tuned for that post. I. Can’t. Wait.) Like I said the coffee was strong.

I had some left over fabric from a Rangers t-shirt dress that I made a few years ago and it has just been sitting in my fabric drawer waiting to be used to its full potential. I also had just the right amount of elastic and a large bag of red and green beads. So instead of spending money, I decided to make do with what I had.

Here is my Ranger dress:


I didn’t have a pattern for the skirt; I just looked at other elastic skirts I owned and just played it by ear. It’s not the best skirt in the whole world, but I think it will do just fine.

So here is my skirt with two of the red necklaces I made. It felt great to use things that have just been waiting to be used instead of spend more money and I feel like I am supporting Team USA with these colors. Such a win win!


Of course Tucker had to be a part of it.


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For the month of February I decided to surprise a few close college friends with these fun calendar cards. I made some for myself last year and thought they were so enjoyable that I wanted to share.

I am a HUGE fan of getting mail and think writing notes is a lost art. I try my best to send cards, notes and anything fun in the mail as often as possible. It is always such a nice surprise to find a postcard or handwritten note between bills and junk mail.

I think this photo from Pinterest really sums up mail and technology…

Here are calendar cards. My plan is to keep sending them a new one each month…let’s hope I don’t forget one month!

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I am a pack rat. They say the first step to getting over a problem is admitting it.

The only thing is I admit it quite frequently but still haven’t gotten over it. I blame my mom (love you mom!). I remember when I was a kid and my dad would come in my room with a bunch of large trash bags and would say, “Listen Lo, today we are cleaning out your room and we are going to think trash.” Think trash is a very common phrase that gets said to me (and my mom) by my dad and sister from time to time.

The only problem is when I think of trash I think of all the things I could do with that trash. And the ideas keep coming but I don’t settle on something for quite some time.

But I am moving in a few months so I am trying to think productively and get some projects done so that I can clean up and out. It’s a little too rainy and cold and dark to do any projects that require me being outside so I have been trying to clean out my ‘create’ room (aka my second room).

Back in college a few friends and I owned a small jewelry and accessories shop/booth in Stillwater and I ALWAYS kept the broken necklaces and earring thinking one day I would give those pieces another chance at life. Well, we closed the shop down over three years ago and finally last night I found all those old beads and made some necklaces. I have only been talking about that for years, so it felt really good to get that done.

This morning I walked into work with a few of my new necklaces on and I immediately got a compliment on them (highlight of my day!!). I decided to make them with individual clasps because there are so many times I want to just wear one necklace and not three.

I have more beads to use so stay tuned!

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Show and Tell

I put together a ‘Show and Tell’ Page the other day for a quick view of some before and afters as well as other stuff I’ve done. Check it out here or you can click on ‘Show and Tell’ underneath pages.

Happy Friday Friends!!

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Painting With a Twist

I went to Painting with a Twist out in Grapevine last night with my sweet friend, Leia. Painting with a Twist is a shop the selects different paintings to create each night with ‘students.’ They provide the canvas, paints and paint brushes along with a ‘teacher’ who shows you how to paint the piece, mix colors, etc. If you haven’t tried painting since you were in Pre-K that is totally fine – it is meant for beginners to advanced artists. Once the night is over, you get to take you masterpiece home. The twist is it is BYOB. 

It would be the perfect group function, date night or night out with the girls. There are other ‘stores’ likes this such as Corks and Canvas, Let’s Art Party and so on across the countru- so if you want to attend a painting with a twist ‘class’ but Painting with a Twist is not in your home town try googling those other store names – or you could start a franchise. 🙂

We chose to go to the Van Gogh painting ‘class’ and it was a blast! It was a small class but fun nonetheless. If you are looking for a fun night out I 100% recommend it. Just don’t dip your brush in your wine glass! 🙂

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Fourth Of July Project

I felt like showin’ my love to America by making a red, white and blue pennant.


God Bless America!

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