Back to Myself – probably to your relief! – and sharing DIMS!

Though I do think my previous reflection is very worth pursuing, at this time, Hubby and I are content to just do some belt tightening.  Much, much easier now that we have over 500 lbs. of our own farm-raised beef in the freezer.

So, I’ve been back in the craft room and being my creative and goofy self. It’s been so fun to do little things again.  I’m knitting up a flurry, but those are all Christmas gifts; so, no sharing just now.

I’m sure that many other people have those little, plastic, 3-drawer, rolling bins floating around their house. I had one that was re-purposed from Kristen’s room to the sewing room. Unfortunately, it came from her former purple life. What’s a Mom to do when the purple box just doesn’t go? Spray paint!! I still had the LEGO color paint that we are no longer using in Kurt’s bedroom redo, so I shot that purple puppy a nice happy, shiny, GREEN!  I transferred my patterns into the drawers (freeing up old pattern boxes for another makeover) and slapped on some chalkboard stickers for labeling. Voila!


It turned out much better than I was expecting it would.  The white one beside it is holding lots of different glues and miscellaneous craft supplies. I haven’t decided if I’ll paint it or not. My other spray paint options right now are yellow and blue.  Maybe I’ll chalk paint it. Hmmm?

On to those empty pattern boxes. I had 6 all together and Kristen swiped 3 of them for putting her kitchen supplies in – stored in the schoolroom of course because it’s closer to the kitchen. At least her things are out of my hutch.  That left me with 3 boxes, one ugly, really old, blue one, and two, newer, black and white boxes.

I started by gluing the box sides together.


I totally messed up on the lids, and they were too wide, so I had to break it apart and try again. The seam was really, REALLY well done the first time. The second time not so good, so I covered it with a couple layers of washi tape.  I had a coloring page from a box of Krispy Kreme donuts that I had kept because it had one little bee on it. I thought it would make a really nice front for the new box.


I had way more fun than expected coloring that thing. I had to trim the border and then re-apply it to make it fit the box, but I think it turned out really well. It now houses all of my soap making supplies in two convenient spaces! (Sorry, I didn’t take an inside picture – I’m bad).

That last box needed a big makeover. It was faded and sad. So, I painted it a nice, bright, happy, yellow.


The bottom still needs its makeover, but it is, after all, the bottom of the box.


You can see around the edges of the box and inside the lid, what the old blue color looked like.  I had a sudden burst of inspiration for this little box and gathered some supplies together.





Aren’t those papers pretty? They were in an old package of origami papers that Karra gave me when she cleaned out all of her craft things to move on with her adult life. The papers are in three different colors and I can’t wait for inspiration to hit with the green ones!.

This project is still in progress, so you’ll have to wait for the finish.

I also have one more crafty thing going on.


I found this cute idea on pinterest. It’s a ring of canning jar rings. Instead of spray painting, I found a bottle of acrylic paint in a pretty orange and I’m painting it on in thin coats. When I have it just right, I’ll lightly spray the pumpkin with gold spray paint. I haven’t quite decided how to finish it off, stem and leaf wise.  I did glue the rings in place so that they don’t slide all over every time I pick it up. I started with hot glue, but have ended up finishing with tacky glue. It’s turning out really cute.

In other news, we found happy homes for all of the terror kittens in my basement. Mozart, of course, moved upstairs and has taught Catnip that having a buddy isn’t such a bad thing.

Boston, Pepper and Zoe Grace are all out in our barn. The boys are getting their thick, fluffy hair quite dusty. All three are as lovable as ever and Uncle Sage is so chill with them. Old Man Johnny doesn’t like Sage, but he seems fine with the kittens.

Timmy and Tommy went to the horse barn last Monday. By Friday they had been re-named Wrangler and Cinch. I guess I’ll adjust. Wrangler Tommy is everyone’s favorite little love bug. Timmy Cinch is much shyer. He does NOT like it when the horses whinny!

And That’s What I Did by Myself Successfully!


I’m Hanging Up My DIY Hammer

It is now firmly established that I am NOT the real DIYer around here. I don’t know if I’ve claimed to be or not, but it is now fact that I’m not the Queen or even the Princess. The title belongs, hands down, to my daughter, Kristen.

She tore apart the old pallets that I wanted to make into animal feeders. And guess what she did. She ROCKED.THE.BOAT. Or should I say, BED.

Kristen's phenomenal rustic pallet bed.
Kristen’s phenomenal rustic pallet bed.

Yeah, she’s 16. Yeah, she did this off the top of her head. She took careful measurements of her day bed and then went to town. I did suggest the 2×4’s on the edges of the head and foot boards to stabilize them and the 2×6’s for the side rails. That’s all the input I had. My only financial contribution was buying the varnish to seal it with.  For just under $45 she got a brand new bed.

The bed unscrewed into 3 pieces and we took them from the workshop to the basement for sealing. The basement is slightly less messy and dirty than the workshop.

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She wanted a clear finish so that the wood grain and grease marks, etc. would all show through. We were both impressed with how well the pallet wood sanded to a smooth finish.

This morning it was finally time for the big move. She put half of her room into Karra’s room then texted her a picture that said she was moving in! Karra’s response was, “I so hate you right now.” Such loving sisters.


The before bedroom. She took the back off the daybed ages ago, so it’s been one wobbly twin-like bed for a while. She had already taken down her ribbons and medals from above the bed, but they covered the wall.


Almost done.


Lexi was very confused. “Hey, where did Kristen’s bed go?”


Oh, my gosh, it looks so good in her room!


Finished product. The quilt she made last year looks so perfect on the rustic bed and all of those pillows are perfect. Even Lexi wasn’t quite as confused anymore. She does have to put some spring into her jump now to get to the bed.

I’m hanging up my hammer and crowning her the resident Queen of DIY. I’ll stick to the sewing machine and glue gun!

And That is Kristen’s DIMS Day Success Story.


Two cute things to share today.  Both ideas came from

Kristen needed a Buddy Basket to take to Regionals to give to one of her team mates. Being the creative (and penny pinching) girl that I am, I thought, “Ah ha! I’ll make a container!”  So, out came the empty hamburger box, the roll of jute and the glue gun.  Oh, boy, oh, boy!  Hours of gluing later and a countless number of glue sticks consumed (and fingers burned) I had succeeded.


Kristen’s friend likes zebra print, so we bought some fabric to make the liner – I’m TERRIBLE at making a good box liner.  All of the tutorials make it seem so easy, but it was HARD! We filled the box with L’s favorite things like food and Dr. Pepper and a cute flowered headband I found on clearance at the fabric store and away we went.  She loved it!  My fingers took a week to recover.


I thought this idea was so cute when I saw it and it goes with the floral/romantic theme I’m trying to put together in my half bath.

Bathroom Organization Using Repurposed Items:

So, I pulled together my supplies:


Empty oatmeal canister, roll of shelf liner and vase from the dollar store and the colored pencils Karra gave me for Christmas.  And I colored the flowers.


Kristen said it looked like it was meant for the roses to be pink.  And then I had to put it all together – oh, boy.


I have since added black washi tape around the top and bottom, but didn’t take another picture.  I think the tape finishes it nicely.  Now, to paint the bathroom and do something with that floor……

And That’s What I Did Myself Successfully! on the Hobby Farm.

Finally a DIM to Share!

I’m not sure I’m going to call it a success – it was a royal pain in the rear end!!!

It all started with my cute little sewing bag that is really being used to corral my knitting projects.



Isn’t it the cutest?  If your observant you’ll notice that it matches the cover on my ironing board.  Of course now that the new sewing room is up, the ironing board is in the laundry room and we’re using a pressing mat for sewing.  Of course the knitting bag is in the living room, so even though they match, they’re not in the same room where you can see it.

After this darling (but difficult to put together) bag was done, Kristen wanted one for a show bag – except with the pockets inside.  Okay, that shouldn’t be too difficult, we’ll just make it and turn it inside out.  WRONG!!!  She wanted a contrasting bottom, so we couldn’t use the lining as the outside.  OK, we’ll just make two outsides and leave the pockets off of one.  WRONG!!!  First I ironed the super thick interfacing onto the pieces that were supposed to be the outside instead of the pieces that would be the inside.  Pulled that off, but stretched the fabric a bit.  We were cutting it super close on the fabric as it was, so I didn’t have margin for ANY errors.  Got that mess straightened out.  Put the inside together with the pockets and it looked beautiful.  Where we had to use brown fabric for the inside pockets, the green and brown went really well together.


The green is actually a very dark green, but the lighting in the laundry room and the flash make it look very bright.

Then I made the outside and put it all together.  Except the sides didn’t meet at the bottom.  So, I added another piece of fabric.  And then it was 4″ too tall!!!!  Well, good grief.  And the super stiff interfacing makes it very difficult to line up corners and edges.  Ugh!!  So, I decided that I would just fold over the excess at the top and maybe it would have a cute little cuff to fold down.  Nope, that won’t work, it would be sown together right through the velcro (that I had already had to move).  So, after folding down 3″ I had to jiggle it all down so that the tops lined up.  I was in a hair’s breadth of running out of brown thread, but made it by the skin of my teeth!

Now it was all put together.  And after breaking my arms to get it ironed and a top stitching put on – I had to make a tuck in the outside down by the bottom to take up the excess fabric that was still there!  I have officially retired this pattern.  I’m glad that I have my knitting bag and I’m glad that Kristen has her show bag, but I am so sorely disappointed in my workmanship.  I do however understand perfectly why they made the pattern exactly the way they did!  Amazing the things you learn when you try to re-do someone else’s idea.


The completed brown bag with a barely visible contrasting bottom.  (Notice my black and white ironing board cover?!)


And filled to the brim (and heavy) with all of her hair stuff and jewelry and make-up and extra spurs and boots and whatever else it is that she carries.  And no, the brown thing with the eyeball is NOT a fish head – which is exactly what I thought when I first saw the picture.  It’s actually a spur strap.  But gosh, it looks like a fish head.

And That’s What I Did Myself on the Hobby Farm.


Here it is – my finished bumble bees.  I saw the decorated letter B in a JoAnn’s flyer over the summer and just HAD to make it for my kitchen.  Going to the extreme, I decided to do the word bee and not just the letter.  I bought the supplies and then they sat in the sewing room waiting for me to decide that I had time to craft.  Well, after Christmas I decided I had time and while I was waiting for the paint to dry on the filing cabinet project, I got to work on the bees.  And wouldn’t you know, I no longer had the flyer to look at and had to figure out the assembly all by myself – a legit Did it Myself Success!

Here’s what I started with:


Cardboard letters, wooden hearts, pipe cleaners, googly eyes and paint (that’s not in the picture), just typical acrylic craft paint in yellow, white and black.

Here are the wings after painting:


And a painted letter:


Ready for assembly:


All together (minus the antennae):

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And the finished product:


Of course, the little ribbons I glued on the back to hang them ended up crooked on the E’s.  Once we hung the letters I kind of liked the crooked hang; it makes them look like they want to fly away!  I’m really happy with how this little project turned out and it adds just the right touch to my whimsical bee wall.

And I Did It Myself – Successfully!


Merry Christmas!!!

I realize I’m a couple of days late, but we go out of state to visit family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and then we need to recover and reclaim the house (and this year Karra and I did some day after Christmas shopping to pick up the super good prices on ribbon, cookie tins, bows and tissue paper.  I found a birthday present for my BFF in the process – double score!).

Well, the house is clean, the floor is mopped (nobody faint) and I’m at least thinking about what to feed the family.  So, it’s time to post all of those pictures I promised before Christmas.  I’ll start with the Christmas cards since they were the first project I finished.


Aren’t these guys adorable?  I fell in love with the stamp and just had to make them.  They are going on my etsy shop sometime this summer  – I’ll talk about the etsy shop later; how much later I can’t promise 🙂

Next was the reindeer stamp that I think I’d like to be the logo for my etsy shop – after I learn how to draw it myself since I’m sure the stamp I bought is copyrighted.


Isn’t he totally cute?  I just love the simple elegance of him.

The next ones came from an article in a magazine about a billion years ago – at 12 I’m sure.  I haven’t subscribed to Country Woman since Hector was a pup.  Not that I know who Hector is, but is sounds slightly less hick than “in a coon’s age” (which would give away my Daddy’s hill billy background!).  Anyway, I kept the magazine just for this idea and this year I played with it.





The bottom three cards were the ideas from the magazine, but the little snowmen were my own creation.  I really do love snowmen.  I used pre-made bows on the candy canes that I had lef tover from projects several years ago and I found starfish jewelry beads for the star on the tree and just added a gold stripe on each “leg”.  Inside of the cards, I printed a text from the Christmas Story in Luke 2 and signed our names.  No writer’s cramp from signing 40+ Christmas cards!!  I do still hand address the envelopes.  I had so much fun with this project and intend to work on next year’s cards over the summer so there is no crunch time rush to finish them in early December!

After the cards were done I had to move on to Kurt’s stocking because the house was already decorated (courtesy of Kristen) and I needed to hang stockings on the makeshift mantle.  Here they are – all three of the kids’ cross-stitched stockings!


I almost immediately started stitching my sewing room stocking, but I have the feeling it’s not going to be something that gets done in a year or two, but we’ll see what happens.  Karra is working out the design for Joel’s “Bah Humbug!” stocking and that one will be a much quicker stitch!

I moved on from the stocking to Karra’s Spiderman sleep pants.  I had bought the two fabrics that she had picked out at JoAnn’s in early November and when I went to work on them in December discovered that I hadn’t bought enough fabric!!!!  ARGH!  So, off I ran to JoAnn’s while Karra was at work and I found the cotton fabric but not the flannel one.  I decided I would just put deep red cuffs on the flannel ones and bought some red flannel.  And after the cotton Christmas pants were done, I discovered that I hadn’t bought enough red flannel for TWO legs of the flannel pants.  Good grief, did this project get expensive!  Off to the store AGAIN and made the decision to buy all new flannel for her.  I found wall climber Spiderman flannel and bought 3 yards just to be sure.  The previous flannel will make a nice pair of sleep pants for Kurt (whose ankles are showing already).  Here is a picture of the cotton Christmas pants displayed on Karra’s leg because she didn’t want her picture taken.


The highlight of this fabric??  The Christmas balls have the silhouette of a spider on them!  She went crazy over this fabric.  How did I end up with a daughter that likes comic book super heroes?  She’s also decided that owning her own comic book shop would be the coolest thing ever.  I haven’t told her she would have to deal with people all of the time.

I don’t have a good close up of Kristen’s shepherdess doll  or a picture of the pillows I made for Karra and for the couch, so I’ll save those for another post.  Here is a picture of my Mom’s nutcracker (that she LOVED) that I had to take at my Mom’s because I wrapped it up as soon as it was dry and forgot to get a picture to share with ya’ll.


I got the idea for this from a magazine that had a Christmas vignette in a cloche.  I knew right away that I wanted to do a nutcracker for my Mom and ended up using a flower vase and glass plate instead of a cloche.  I even managed to get a nutcracker that was different from any my Mom already has – and she has got a LOT of nutcrackers!

By the time I was done in the Christmas Shoppe this year I was completely burned out on sewing and crafting.  I did however clean up and put things away and discovered that I have about 12 projects ready and waiting for the burn out to be gone.  A couple of them are even for next Christmas!  I’m sure that there will be more DIMS days in 2015.

I hope that all of you wonderful friends in the blogosphere had a Merry Christmas and have a safe and blessed New Year!

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm!

DIMS Day! – Coasters

So, Karra’s BFF got married in July and a sweet couple in our Life Group got married last week. I wanted to make something special for them that wouldn’t take until Christmas or their 1st Anniversary (shhh, that’s in the works). I’ve had this coaster idea piling up in my sewing room so I decided to give it a try.



First, I started with some basic supplies, yep that’s the lid from a can of baked beans!  Some craft cork and utility fabric. Also, brown felt that I forgot to put in the picture.  I used craft glue to glue the cork circles to the inside of the lid – which is actually the outside when the lid is attached to the can, make sense?  Hope so!


Then I cut circles of fabric 3″ across and centered the lid cork side down on the fabric.  Using my glue gun I glued the 4 corners down pulling the fabric tight.  Then I ran a bead of hot glue along the inner rim of the lid and pressed the fabric down tight.  It’s not pretty, but I’m not done!!

IMG_0750   I cut the felt in circles the same size as the cork and then used craft glue to attach them over the back to hide the folds of fabric.  Voila – coasters!


The last step was to stamp a pretty pattern onto the coasters and then pressed them with a hot iron using a press cloth to heat set the ink.  I used browns because it goes with Karra’s BFF’s color scheme, but I liked it so well that I used the same colors for our Life Group couple just a different stamp.  These are for the BFF.  I can’t wait to give them to her at her party.  And I am so happy with how they turned out.  I can’t wait to add some color and excitement to Christmas coasters.  I’m thinking for my mother-in-law who uses lots of coasters!

And That’s What I’ve Been Successfully Doing All By Myself!