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!


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.