Oct, 12

Happy Halloween!

Have a Happy Halloween and be very safe, my deers… hahaahha  get it?!

Oct, 12

{inspired} woodlands

This week I’ve been gathering inspiration from all over to prep for my Halloween Costume.  I’m really excited to see how it all comes together.  Last year I was a red fox and this year I seem to be continuing the “woodland animal” theme… can you guess what it is?  I’ve never made a costume like this before, so I really hope that it turns out the way I picture it in my head… heeheehee.  I’ll start making it this Sunday, and I’ll post more next week so that you can see my progress.  Until then, guess!

Oct, 12

{inspired} a craft day

October truly is one of my favorite months of the whole year.  It starts off strong with the first day being my birthday and ends with one of the best Holidays, ever!  Everything in-between is just the cherry on top.  October is also a very busy month for me because I have a couple of craft shows to prepare for and then the Holidays come so fast.  I love it though.  This week I’ve been filling my days with sewing some new totes, scarves and quilts, that will all be in the shop next week (after Saturday’s craft show).  I can’t wait to show you everything in their entirety.  I’ve also been poking around and designing a new product and I can’t wait to share.  I still need to finalize a few things, but I’m hoping to have it complete for the Holiday Season.

Work work work, huh?!  Well, I do manage to squeeze in some me time, of course.  I actually just had a wonderful craft day with my sweet friend Meghan of Pleasantly Plump Knits!  She came over and we had some Fall-inspired coffee and some yummy lunch, which included this pizza, before we started our project.  We had to fuel up first.  We decided to try this one hour skirt (which took us about 4 hours, because we like to chit-chat), and it was so easy and super fun!  I’ve made skirts before, but nothing this easy, seriously. 

This was Meghan’s very first wearable item that she’s made for herself and she nailed it!  I’m so impressed and proud that we did it on the first try.  We’ve both been super inspired to make more of these skirts to wear year-round.  In fact, Meghan has already ordered and received some cute fabric for her next one.  I inherited a huge bundle of vintage fabric from my late grandmother and another bundle from my aunt, so I’ll be putting all of that to good use – I promise.  We’ve actually already set up our next craft day theme – Halloween Costumes!  Are you sooo excited?!  I know we are.

Although I have a lot left to do, I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot, both professionally and personally.  I had an amazing Birthday weekend, with the help of my amazing family and friends.  And that has left me inspired and ready to take on the busy week that lays ahead.  The house is clean, my mind is buzzing and my heart is happy.  I couldn’t ask for more right now. ♥R

P.S. || My momma, cousin and I will be at the Fall Craft Show at the Adams County Fairgrounds tomorrow, Oct. 6th from 9am-4pm.  $2 admission (12 + under are FREE), with FREE parking and food for sale by the 4-H kids.  Hope to see you there!

Sep, 12

September Favorites

Wow!  I can’t believe that September came and went.  What better way to start off a new month than with a birthday… mine to be exact (Oct.1)!  October is my favorite month for so many reasons and I have a lot in store for you.  There will be more {studio sunday} features, a giveaway, DIYs, and more… just you wait and see.

But first, lets look back on a few of my favorite posts from September, shall we.

Here’s an easy and healthy snack 3 ways!

A super fun {studio sunday} with Becky at Sketch.inc

A bright {studio sunday} with the one and only Twinkie Chan!

A sweet {studio sunday} with Miss Kate Gabrielle!

An easy Pirate Eye Patch {diy} just in time for Halloween

And a super simple way to dress up and tank

I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did and I look forward to sharing more with you in October! ♥R

Sep, 12

{diy} pirate eye patch

Pirate costumes are always a hit for Halloween and today I’m going to show you how to make an easy pirate eye patch!  It’s so simple that all you’ll need is a thin black stretch headband, black and white felt scraps, black thread, thin cardboard (from a cereal box) and a hot glue gun.

If you’re making this for an adult, the headband should fit nicely, but if your making it for a kiddo, either buy the smaller headbands, or you can snip a bit off and re-sew with a zig-zag stitch until you get the perfect fit. 

First draw an eye patch shape onto your cardboard and cut it out.  Then use that as a template, but be sure to trace it onto the felt a little larger than the cardboard.  Cut out two black felt patches and hot glue the cardboard to the inside of one of these pieces (this is to keep it sturdy and not cave in).  Next, cut out a mini skull and hot glue it to the other black piece and embroider the face.  Finally, glue the inside of the blank black felt piece (the one with the cardboard attached) to the headband, then layer and glue the piece with the skull.  So the headband should be sandwiched in between the two black felt pieces.  That’s it! Happy making. ♥R

Sep, 12

The Leaves are Changing

This Saturday will mark the official first day of Fall (even though Starbucks and I have been celebrating since September 1st), haha.  This past weekend Ron and I drove up through Kenosha Pass on our way to a fundraiser in Como, Colorado.  The drive was breathtaking, as usual.  If you’ve never been to the mountains in Colorado while the leaves are changing, you should definitely add it to you Bucket List.  The Aspens change from a bright green to a shimmery-golden color that seems to engulf the hills and mountains.  Lovely.

You have to love the photo that Ron took of me (above)… what a face, huh?!  I’m sharing this photo because I started out smiling, all cute-like, of course (wink), when just as he snapped it, I spotted a hawk!  I was trying to figure out if it was a red-tailed hawk or a brown hawk.  So, I guess that’s what my thinking face looks like… and I think it was a brown hawk.

The little town of Como is so quiet and sweet.  There couldn’t have been more than 20 homes – most are empty.  They did get the road re-paved and they do have a cute little Mountain Man Gallery, so maybe they are growing?  I could see Ron and I with a little cabin there, just for mini vacations. heeheehee

The fundraiser was a lot of fun, too, and we ate way too much!  The strawberry cheesecake was may favorite part… other than all of the money raised of course!  Hahaha

For just being a mini road trip, it turned out to be a great one!  I just love Colorado and all that it has to offer.  Do you have any mini Fall trips scheduled? ♥R


Jul, 12

Thinking About Fall

Fall is my absolute favorite season (and not just because it’s my Birthday Season – but it helps!) and lately it seems like that’s all I can think about.  I love Summer too, but since our boat has been in the shop for so long, I think that’s why I’m thinking so much about what to make and do this Fall.  It’s been sad that we haven’t spent almost every weekend at the lake like we used to, but the shop can’t seem to figure out the issue.  So we are left to find other ways to occupy our time, hahaha.

Fall is beautiful here in Colorado, and if you’ve never seen the trees change here, add it to your bucket list, because it’s breathtaking.  People come from all over to the mountains to see the spectacle, and I think it’s just as beautiful in our own neighborhood.  I love the cool chill in the air paired with gloomy days where I can bundle up in one of my many pea coats and a cup of hot coco.  Bliss.  Another favorite part of Fall is Halloween!  One of my absolute favorite holidays!  This is where my sketchbook is bursting at the seams, because I have filled it with many fun DIY projects to share.  I can’t wait!  Since I won’t be doing any craft shows this August and September, I’ll be working on those and I’m pretty excited!

This past Saturday night, Meghan, from Pleasantly Plump Knits, and I had a craft night together.  We had such a great time each making a tote out of scrap fabric.  We ended up chatting more than sewing, and we are finding out that we have a lot in common.  I “met” Meghan back in December of last year on Instagram and found out that she was moving to Colorado with her hubby and two puggies.  Once she moved and got settled we met up for coffee + tea (at Starbucks of course) and immediately hit it off!  It was like I had known her for a long time and we just chatted about everything.  Since then, we’ve found out that our husbands have a lot in common, too, which makes it even better!  In fact, the fellas had a game night together while we crafted on Saturday.  So cute.

Meghan and I chatted about Fall and some projects that we’d like to work on, which inspired me even more.  I can’t wait for her to see the trees change, it’s truly beautiful.  But until then, I’ll soak up as much sun as I can and hope that our boat is fixed in time to go out at least once on the lake before Fall. ♥rl

Dec, 09

Humpday Tutorial {Hallowig by Megan Reardon}

Is this not the cutest wig/beenie ever?!  I would totoally wear this, especially in that bright pink!  Megan Reardon at knitty.com created this funky piece and shows you how here!  Enjoy!

Nov, 09

Boo Bash 2009…

I just wanted to share a few photos of our Boo Bash this year.  We had creepy treats and ghuolish drinks mixed with great people! Can’t wait for next year!


Oct, 09

trick-or-treats on a limb

I saw this in the Women’s Day mag last year and wanted to share it, but couldn’t cuz it was in a magazine.  Well, I was super excited to find it today online!  It’s a mini tree with mini treat bags!  The complete how-to can be found here and it look s super easy!  You just need a variety of scrap fabric, a needle and thread and/or a sewing machine, twine and treat to go inside!  They don’t give the how-to on the tree, but it looks pretty straight forward… get a dead branch, spray paint it black, and stick it in a pot or vase… be creative!  I always love when you find a new way to use those leftover scraps… no wasting here.  Enjoy!