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Well I’ve made three items already, and yes I know that’s not really going to get me into a craft show.  But it’s a start!.

Soon we’ll be able to sit outside and drink a strawberry soda. This is a fake one, but I’ve always wanted to make one like this.

ice cream soda

The very first time I saw this,  many years ago, it was made with carnation flowers for the top, now people are making it with taffy candy.  This idea is on Pinterest and so very easy to make.

Owls are also a favorite of mine to make.  I made my own pattern pieces and is so easy  and fun to sew.

heart owl


Easy is what I do because I just don’t like hard or complicated.

My whimsical cat is from my own pattern, it might need a little tweaking,  but I’m just not sure yet what to tweak.  I’m open for suggestions.

whimsical cat

I have to get back to my sewing. Have a fun Valentine’s Day.❤️💜❤️💜


I think I’ll give it another try.  I’ve always wanted to do the craft shows, which I did try about 2 years ago.  I just wasn’t prepared the way I should have been.

My lack of inventory was a problem, which I still don’t have, but I plan on doing some sewing , except, life always gets in the way.  So I need to organize my time and get myself  to sit down at my sewing machine.

me sewing

I need to start creating again, using my imagination and getting motivated.  The need to do research on what the new trends are and what’s selling at the craft shows is an important step to success .

Okay, I think I know what needs to be done.  Tomorrow is a good day to start.  Right now I need to go read my book.



I have a dear friend whose mother is in her nineties and still going strong.  Her family keeps her busy with different activities.


This particular activity is fun for young and old alike and is something I’ve always wanted to do.

Gathering all the supplies that were needed they let their imagination do the work and created some lovely bonnets. 



And it looks like the little ones had lots of fun designing their very own.



The one thing to remember is to enjoy the process and not stress about competing  with all the others, unless you choose to make it a contest.


IMG_0575And here is the whole clan showing off their bonnets.♥♥♥♥

This activity would be great for Mother’s Day as well.

It’s always fun to decorate for Easter, but I do it especially for my grandkids.

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My oldest daughter also decorates her mantel for just about every season, and I always  look forward to seeing what she does.


And it’s always a Mexican tradition for cascarones, which are egg shells filled with confetti that you break over your relatives heads, gently.  Although the kids always get carried away and we have to try and avoid them in order not to get a concussion.DSCN3487 One year I made an Easter tree out of a tree branch.


More ideas to come. Thanks for visiting.♥♥♥♥



It’s almost time for the most romantic day of the year.

  Valentine’s Day is just around  the corner, so I made myself a little floral gift.

This is very simple and easy to make.

You will just need a few items along with a glue gun and ribbon.


               You might even have a Mason jar in your kitchen just waiting for a make over.

I put some of the wire garland inside the container to add more color and to hide the stems.


Cutting the flower stems is a good idea, then you can arrange them into a little nosegay to fit in the jar. And don’t forget to make a bow for the front of the jar.


It looks great on my shelf in the bedroom.




We have a family tradition of carving pumpkins just a few days before Halloween.  We don’t know how much longer we will be doing this because the grandkids are all growing up so fast. We treasure these gatherings as we do all our family time spent together.

Even our daughter and son-in-law wanted to show off their Jack-O-Lanterns.


Have fun and be safe tonight.♥♥♥♥




wilted begonia

Lately the weather has been torture.  The heat is frying all of us and my poor little flowers have crispy edges and so does my creativity.  It’s hard to do much of anything when outside is a scorching 102 or 103 degrees,

Last saturday when I visited Walmart, which was nice and cool, I noticed they had flip flops for .99,  and my little brain started working.  I’ve been wanting to decorate and embellish flip flops for myself.  By the way, when I was growing up we called flip flops “zoris” or is it “zories” and I’m not sure when the name changed.  Does anybody remember that?

This is a great craft for kids.  I used washi tape and rhinestones, but you can use whatever you think will work, such as beads, ribbons, permanent markers, along with your favorite glue that works on rubber.

I will be ready for the 4th of July in my patriotic flip flops.


My youngest daughter kindly let me take a picture of her cute feet.🌺

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