Saturday, November 21, 2009

Boutique Hair Bows

For the last few days I have been working on some hair bows that will be available at my upcoming craft show.

I was able to get these great Grinch bottlecaps to use on one set of hairbows. I added some lime green maraboo feathers to give a hint of the Grinch's fur. I think they came out really cute and I will be a little sad if they go because I love them so much.

I also made these snowflake hairbows that would be great all winter long. The center snowflake is glittered up and shines so neat in the light. I have never used such an array of colors in a hairbow but I think it worked out great.

Anyway, I better get off here because I have so much more to do. Remember that the craft show is December 5th and we will be giving away a door prize so stop by. I hope everyone is having a nice weekend.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Primitive Snowman Ornie

This is a handmade snowman ornie I have been working on for my upcoming craft show. He is made with stained fleece fabric, gingham scarf, and twig arms. He is completely hand stitched by me using my own pattern.

I hope everyone has a good week!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Mitten Ornies

Today I made some handmade mitten ornies. They are made with stained star fabric, terry cloth, jute, and a handmade tag.

This is just one of the many items that will be available at the craft show I am participating in on December 5th at the Bill Heddles Rec Center. I hope to see you there.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Christmas Tree Ornies

Today I decided to try my hand at making some Christmas inspired ornies for my upcoming craft show. Ornies are something that you hang as an ornament or use in a bowl as a filler. I have made some hearts and chickies before but this was my first try at making a tree.

I started my project with some stained gingham green fabric, cinnamon sticks, stained cheese cloth, and some rusted hardware. I used my own pattern. The fabric used to make the tree is stained with my own recipe of coffee, vanilla, and cinnamon. I took some cinnamon sticks my mom had and cut them in half and used them as the tree trunk. I made some stamped tags and added some holly and a rusted bell and heart.

I think they came out really cute. They will be available at my craft show at the first of December.

I hope everyone is having a great afternoon.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Angel Christmas Ornaments

I tried my hand at vintage inspired angel ornaments tonight and I think they came out pretty nice. I really like them and the vintage angel clip art printed out great. I used glass ornamentes, Mod Podge, angel clipart, pink glitter, faux snow, and ribbon.

I am going to sell them at the craft show this December. I am pricing them at 2 for $5.00.

I hope everyone has had a good start to their week.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Angel Art

The idea for this project came to me after looking at the Earth Angels website. They have the most interesting, extraordinary items there. The ladies who participate on that site are so unbelievably talented.

Anyway, they do this cute 3-D art work that I just love. I wanted to try something like it but aim it more towards my target audience, (ladies like my mom.)

I started my project with a 4x6 shadow box frame, a vintage angel cutout from one of my favorite sites, and many ideas coming from my overactive brain.

The background is the sheet music for "Angels We Have Heard on High," one of my favorite Christmas songs and a sprinkle of glitter. I used those scrapbook photo sticky things, (the actual name of these escapes me) to make the angel image stand out.


Overall I think she turned out great. I am really happy with the final result and she is one of the items that I will be selling at the craft fair in December.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Changing of the Seasons

I have been working on this prim all week and I think she turned out great. I just love her and she smells so sweet.

Her name is Opal and she arrived just in time for the season change. She is made with stained,(coffee, vanilla, and cinnamon) muslin fabric and harvest fabric. Her hair is in kooky pigtails and made with chenille yarn. Her face is completely hand stitched.


Monday, June 15, 2009

How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?

Well it's that time. Tessa's puppies are almost ready to find new homes. They are so cute and it's going to be hard to see them go but they must.

If you are interested at all just shoot me an email. They are all girls, pure bred, papered, and very sweet. Their eyes have already been tacked and they are ready to go.

This is Ming-Ming. She is so gentle and when the light hits her just right she looks like she has lavender highlights.

Sweet little Zen. Pure white with blue eyes. Her name fits her perfectly.

China is one of the twins. She is so sweet and loves toes.

Last but not least is the littlest one of the bunch, Karma.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Miss Madi's Emporium

Miss Madi's Emporium is open for business. Please feel free to stop by and see what we have in store. Just remember to keep coming back because we will keep adding more and more great treasures.

"Miss Madi's Emporium"

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Faux Cupcake

For the last week I have been attempting to make faux cupcakes. I have seen them all over the web and fell in love with them. After searching forever on how to make them I came across some instructions that I thought were pretty good. Seemed easy enough, just use plaster of paris. Soooo wrong.

I have been trying to get these damn things "iced" for a week. I just could not find a spackle that worked right and didn't just slip off before it could dry. So, after asking my hubby, who was a professional painter, he suggested a drier spackle.

After my trip to the local hardware store I think I found the right stuff. Anyway, I attempted again tonight and all I can say is at least the "icing" stayed on this time. I think it's going to be a work in progress but I thought I would show you all my first finished one.

Well, I am going to call it a night but I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Rooster Mailbox

A couple of weeks ago my older sister commented that she hated her drab mailbox. It was beaten up, faded, and just blah. So, my mom and I decided to make her a new one.

We started our project at Walmart to get a basic mailbox. The color didn't matter because we were going to paint it anyway. We decided on a pretty pastel green paint and got some rooster rub on transfers.

First we painted the mailbox which was quite the task considering the wind we get out here. Then we put on our transfers and numbers. Finally we applied a sealant to make sure none of our decal came off and Ta-da! A new custom mailbox.

Tara really likes it and had her husband put it out right away. They used a cedar post to hold it and it looks great.

I hope everyone is having a great afternoon.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Ta-Da! I'm On Facebook

I just wanted to let you all know I am now on Facebook. I didn't want to do it, I resisted...but Myspace is pretty much dunzo. Anyway, check me out there because I will seriously be promoting my new shop and new creations. Don't worry I will still be talking about my projects, sales, and promotions here.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Handmade Surgical Hat

As some of you may know my mom works at the Surgical Center in Montrose. She is the person who sterilizes all the surgical equipment and makes sure the trays are together for the surg techs. Anyway, she has to be in total sterile gear and she also has to have her head covered. She and the other employees there get these handmade hats to wear that way they don't have to wear those ugly disposable green ones all the time.

Last night she asked me to make her a few of them. I had an idea of how they were made but not having ever made one I thought it would be a great project. So, I picked out some fabric out of my container and got to work this morning. It took about an hour to complete and I think it looks pretty awesome. When my mom gets home tonight I will have her try it on and see if there needs to be any adjustments.


FYI: Just so you know these hats are sterilized before they are allowed into the clean room.

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a great week. Only two more days until our store is open for business, (cross your fingers).

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Long Time Gone

I'm back! Sorry for the lull in posts but I have been crazy busy. With the move, working on my new store (yay, I am so excited), and my family drama I have had no time. So let's get on with it shall we?

So, my nephew Zac is the source of the family shake up here. He had a seizure last Tuesday and his dad and I had to rush him to the ER. Talk about scary. I have never drove so fast in my life. He is ok so far but they are taking him to the Denver Children's Hospital to find out what happened. The doctors are predicting that he will have another seizure in the next 6 months so we are all on watch. It's just terrifying. This little boy went through such an ordeal and he's only six. So any good thoughts or prayers you have please send them my sister's way.

I am still sifting through the rubble that was our move. I keep having to make a trips to the storage shed. I can tell you that our little shack at my mom's is filling up fast. I keep having to move stuff around to accommodate our growing pile. The bright side is that I have a roof over my head and I am here by my family, which during this time really is good for my sister. She is just a wreck and I need to be here to help keep her smiling and taking the load from her every now and then.

My mom and I officially opened our new store last night. It will take a week for the host to get all of it together and our person that we bought our layout from to get it on there but I am so stinking excited. We changed the name to "Miss Madi's Emporium." I love it. Anyway, I am working hard to make my things to put in it so I will have more info for you when that comes to pass, hopefully this next weekend.

Madi's birthday is approaching fast and I finally settled on a theme. She is digging Tinkerbell right now so we are going to go with that. I really think she will like it and there is so much Tinkerbell stuff out there that it should be one heck of a good party.

ZK's grandma and Aunt Tina came for a visit this weekend and it was nice to see them. We haven't seen them since ZK's dad passed last year. They were so excited to see Madi and they spoiled her rotten. About half way through the visit Mad warmed up to them and I got some great pics.

Well, I guess that is all for now. I will be posting my new creations throughout the week so keep an eye out. Also, look for my post about our new store. Hope everyone had a great Memorial day and have a wonderful week.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Beautiful Butterfly

I took this picture yesterday afternoon. I saw all these butterflies and bees flocking around my mom's lilac bush and I ran to get my camera. Even though I paid for it the end, I got the shot. I am severely allergic to lilacs but with my zoom I was able to get close enough without succumbing to a fit of sneezes. I had to take 15 shots in a row until I got one with the butterfly's wings down. I thought everyone might enjoy it.

Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

New Additions

On Monday, my little sister's Shar-Pei, Asia, gave birth to her first batch of puppies. I am not a big fan of animals (I only like a certain few)but I have to say these are some dang cute puppies. There are four of them and they are all girls. There are black twins, a brown one with some stripes on her back, and a pure white one which is very rare. They are full blooded Shar-Pei. So cute.

Anyway, I just thought this was a little exciting because Tessa has been waiting patiently for these pups to arrive. Well, I hope everyone has a great evening.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Vintage Inspired Handbag

Yesterday was craft day at my mom's so we all gathered at her house to work on some new items. I picked up this awesome western style toile fabric at the local craft store and thought it would make a great handbag for my older sister.

It only took a few hours to complete and I have to say I love the finished result. I used a basic handbag style and lined the inside. I used these great wooden handles that I picked up at Joann's and I finished it off with a vintage broach that my mom had that is a horseshoe with a rose in it.

Tara really liked it and my mom tried to steal it from her so I think it's a hit over here. I also started work on a vintage inspired clutch but I lost momentum and gave it a rest for the day. I hope to get it finished and crank out another one before the weekend is out.

Well, I have to get my rear moving so I can help my little sister get ready for my niece's birthday party. I hope everyone is having a great afternoon!




Sunday, April 12, 2009

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Easter Dress

Today I finally finished Madi's Easter dress. It is so cute and I love it. I purchased my fabric at Hobby Lobby. I got a yard and half of it and I'm glad I did because I used all of it.

We went out this afternoon to get some pics of her in it. The weather finally perked up and it is a lovely 70 degrees out. Madi enjoyed going out and running off some of her never ending energy and I got my money shot.


You know at $5 a yard making Madi clothes has really saved me money. Plus,her dress is one of a kind and made just for her so it fits perfectly. When you have a child who is almost 3 and wearing a size 4 already that comes in handy. Madi is really tall so it's hard to find dresses and pants that are long enough.

I started sewing almost 2 years ago and I have come a long way. At first I had no idea how to gather, sew a button hole, attach a zipper, or put on an applique. Thanks to You Tube and a few magazines I think I do pretty good work. Plus, it's fun and relaxing.

Well, I'm going to get off here and figure out what to make for dinner. I hope everyone is having a good week so far.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Littlest Pet Shop Dress

All day today I have been working on a birthday present for my niece, Reese. She is such an insightful little girl who is going to be five tomorrow. When I realized she was going to be five it kind of hit me like a ton of bricks. I can't believe how big all my little babies are getting. One minute they are spitting up on you and the next they want to wear makeup. Where does the time go?

Ok, back to Reese. She is very hard to shop for because she only likes Hello Kitty and the Littlest Pet Shop toys.

I purchased my fabric at Wal-Mart because they were the only ones who had it if you can believe it. I decided to do a twirl skirt and attach that to a t-shirt. Ta-da...a t-shirt dress. I did the kitty cat applique on the front of the dress myself. It is made with a character that I cut out from the fabric.

Overall I think it came out really cute. My mom loved it and assured me that it will be a hit at the party tomorrow.

(Please excuse my pics, the lighting was awful)


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Primitive Easter Bunny

Here is my newest prim. Her name is Jilly Bean and she is making her debut just in time for Easter.

I have been working on her since last Friday and I am glad it's done. Her face took me five tries before I got it just right, kind of a pain in the rump. She is completely coffee stained and smells to sweet. Jilly comes complete with a chick-a-dee ornie that I think is so adorable.

She is my Easter gift to my mom. I really hope she likes her.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sweet Italian Pasta Bake

I came across this new recipe on a child nutrition website. It was a big hit with my family. Very delicious and a new twist on a old favorite around here, (baked ziti).

1 pound of Barilla Rotini Pasta
3/4 pound of Sweet Italian Sausage (We used Johnsonville)
1 Sweet Red Peppers
1 Zucchini
1 Large Onion Diced
1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
1 jar of marinara sauce
2 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook pasta according to directions on the box
While pasta is cooking slice sausage into 1/2 inch slices. Saute sausage in olive oil over medium heat. Slice peppers, onions, and zucchini. When the sausage is near done throw in your veggies. Cook for another ten minutes until sausage is crispy and veggies are tender.

When pasta is done, drain and return back to boiling pot. Add sausage/veggie mixture, jar of sauce, and a cup of cheese. Mix together.

Move mixture to a casserole dish. Spread remaining cheese over the dish and place in your oven. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.

Enjoy with bread sticks. Feeds about 5 people with some leftovers.

This meal is great and takes about 30 minutes to complete. The original recipe called for only the peppers and onions but by throwing in the zucchini you add more I think.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Bathroom Renovation

The shower curtain that I won on eBay finally arrived today (it took 3 weeks!) so I redecorated Madi's bathroom today.

I didn't want to put a lot of money into the project so I looked around my craft room for some items that I could use. I found some frames that I put Dora pics in and tied with a pink ribbon and I already had a faux plant in there that I really liked so I just added some fake pink and white gerber daisies to it. Also, I put a purple curtain over my built in shelving unit in there. It hides the clutter and stuff that guests don't really need to see.

Overall it was very low cost to do and the whole thing went pretty fast. I love the final result. When I showed it to Madi she gave me a high five and said cool, so I know it's a hit with her.



Monday, February 2, 2009

Punxsutawney Phil Says 6 More Weeks of Winter!

Punxsutawney Phil the official ground hog who lives in Pennsylvania has seen his shadow. So according to him we will have six more weeks of winter.

This is such malarkey. I am so sick of the cold. I am sick of my heating bill, wearing sweatpants, and eating soup. I want sunshine and above 60 degree temps.

I started to wonder if ole Phil was ever right then my senses came back to me. Of course he's right. It's February 2nd. There will definitely be six more weeks of winter. But I'm hoping that those six weeks will have no snow, above 40 degrees temps, and a lower heating bill.

On a side note, my boyfriend, (wishful thinking), won the Superbowl last night. But man, was that a boooring game. Is it just me or did it just seem to drag on until the last quarter. That's when things got exciting. I can't believe they didn't review that last play. It was hard to see if it was a fumble or pass interference on the replay. I can't believe that the refs called it from the field. Plus, coaches can't challenge because it was in the last 2 minutes.

All in all I'm glad the Steelers won. You know what's cool? In my "Playoffs Baby" post that I wrote on January 4, I predicted a Steelers/Cardinals Superbowl. I really need to start placing bets on these games because I am right a hell of a lot more than I am wrong.

Well, I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Now that's it's February it's tax time so my life will be just a little more stressful than normal. Ahh, what can you do? What's that old saying? Something like, " Only two things in life are certain. Death and paying taxes."

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Tweet Tweet Tote

Here's my newest tote. I'm not sure if I'm going to sell it yet because I just love it. Decisions, decisions.

Anyway, it is made with a chocolate brown corduroy and vintage bird fabric. I hand stitched the bird and added a pocket to the inside.


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Ghost Adventures

I have gotten hooked on this newish show that is on the Travel Channel. It's called Ghost Adventures. You can check out their show link here.

Anyway, these 3 guys, Zak, Nick, and Aaron, go to the most haunted places in the world,just the three of them, get locked in for the night, and try to get proof of ghosts.

I can't decide if they are really stupid or really brave. Being a believer in ghosts myself I would never mess with some of the stuff they do. They try to antagonize the ghost that have harmed people. They went to the place called Bobby Mackey's in Kentucky. The locals said that the "well to hell" was there. Well Zak being the idiot that he is went to the well and said, "If this is the gate to hell, why don't you come on out and get us." Anyway later that night he pissed off some spirit and had three long scratches appear down his back. He felt this burning sensation and felt sick to his stomach and he told his friends it was on his back. They put the camera on his back and you could see three long scratches by his spine that went like 8 inches down.

They go armed with infrared cameras, static cameras, EVP's, and a digital recorder that can pick up noises that human ears can't hear. They have these ghost voices on tape laughing, crying, singing, and telling them to get out.

My favorite guy is their camera/tech guy Aaron. He is so funny. The other two wanted him to stay in a room by himself and try to make contact with spirit. Aaron was like, "Screw you, I am not doing that." He's just funny.

If you don't believe in ghosts, you will after watching this show. Definitely spooky.

Check out parts of my favorite episode, "Bobby Mackey's".

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Nothing Exciting....

My title says it all. I haven't done anything too exciting this week. Unless scrubbing the shower for 30 minutes is exciting. Seriously, 30 minutes!! I think I may invest in that Scrubbing Bubbles automatic shower cleaner.

I have been on a cleaning kick all week. I even cleaned out our hall closet that holds our coats and shoes. I'm just sick of all the crap that's just laying around. I ended up taking two bags of trash to the dumpster just from that little closet. I am a hoarder and I married a hoarder so there is literally crap that we don't need and don't use just laying around. We still had our Guitar Hero boxes from last Christmas. I even threw out shoes. My shoes. I had to be cut throat. It killed me but I have to say that I love the fact that I can now open the door and shit doesn't fall out on top of me.

I also did our bedroom. Man, do I have a lot of clothes. Man, I threw out a lot of clothes. OK, I didn't throw them out...I gave them to the thrift store. I got rid of almost all of my pre-Madi clothes. They just make me bummed because I can't fit into them anymore. I am on the road to feeling better about me.

I lost 2 pounds this week by sticking to my resolution. I have been exercising every morning and eating only fresh fruits and veggies for breakfast and lunch. I also traded in my tea and one Pepsi a day habit for just water. Plain old water. It takes some getting used to when I all I want is a Pepsi with three maraschino cherries in it. Oh, that sounds good. OK, I'm done dreaming. I saw this tip that you should drink a full glass of water before dinner to help fill you up so you eat less. It backfired on me a couple of times this week. I eat less at dinner but by 9:00 p.m. I am freaking starving. So I drink more water and have a piece of fruit. Nobody says change is easy.

So that's my week. Today I am heading to my mom's to get a bookcase to hold all of my fabric so I can get my craft room organized. I hate not being able to find my fabric and supplies. Pretty exciting.....

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Vintage Inspired Toile Tote

My project for today was to make a tote handbag. I had no idea what I was doing so I did a google search to see "how to make a tote?"

There were a million instruction but I opted to look around on eBay and see what other people had done. I do that. I just look at something I like and attempt to imitate it. I never use patterns, unless they are ones that I have made myself, and just go to work. Sometimes it works and others it doesn't. I'm told that my Grandma S. used to do that. Isn't it crazy what gets passed on through genetics?

OK, so I started my project at Joann's. I love it there, they were having so many sales. Anyway, I went to get my fabric. I picked 2 coordinating ones that I thought would work and I got them in 100% cotton canvas so that it would be a little heavier and I wouldn't have to do a lining.

When I got home, I got to work. While the Steelers whooped the Chargers(YAY!), I worked on my tote. The whole project took about 2 hours total. I'm pretty happy with the overall finished product.

I think it's cute. Also, I don't plan on selling it. Tomorrow I'm going to ship it off to my mom. She adores toile fabric and I know that she would love this bag to take to work. So, here you go mom!

I hope everyone had a great weekend and GO STEELERS!