Vintage and Vino Event – Queencreek, AZ



I am so excited to be participating in this event next month!  There will be vintage, antique good, handmade, lots of wine, mimosas, good food and live music!

Stay tuned for some pictures of new table runners, pillows, towels and other goodies that I will be getting ready to take to the show, and posting available in the shop!




Handmade Christmas – Gifts for Men

I thought that I would start with gift ideas for men.  I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to find unique gift ideas to make for the men in my life. So better start now!  LOL!

Here is what I have come up with so far (and I will add more as I come across some good ideas).  I hope that you find something that you will like to make, or get inspiration from one of these projects:

Applique Baseball Pillow from BHG.  Perfect for that Sports fan! Put his favorite team name on it!

How about some handmade soap scented with his favorite scent?  Here is a tutorial from Rachel over at Small Notebook that is for beginners.  The perfect thing to learn while there is still plenty of time!  And you may decide to make plenty for others on your list as well! (I can’t wait to make some!)

Personalized Towels.  This is a nice way to take a towel in his favorite color and personalize it as a one of a kind gift.  A great idea to make if you have several men and boys that you need gifts for!  Also works as a last minute gift idea!

How about a Blue Jeans Quilt? Over at there is a pattern that tells you step by step and has diagrams that are very helpful.  A great way to recycle those old jeans!

Here’s a peanut brittle that is sure to please!  From the Food Network, Alton Brown shares a yummy recipe!

Here is a how-to from Martha Stewart for no-sew slipper socks.  Boy these look great!  Easy to make for all of the men on your list!

Or how about this easy belt rack to help him keep organized in the closet? (OK, I know, boring….but it could be appreciated!) Maybe add a couple of new belts?

Here is a how-to to knit a scarf for your favorite guy!  You can customize it by selecting his favorite color, or using a yarn of your choice.  Sure to be appreciated by men of all ages!

I hope that you will find some ideas here that help you get a start on your Christmas gifts.

Take care, and thanks for stopping by!


Handmade Shop Introduction – Junie’s Trinkets by Junie Duncan

I would like you to meet Junie Duncan.  She is the owner and designer of  Junie’s Trinkets.  Today Junie is going to tell us a little about her shop, what inspires her to create, and some about her creative process.

Hi Junie, can you please tell us what you make and sell, how long have you been doing this, and what made you decide to open a shop?

I am a widowed mother of 2 boys- also disabled. In March, I decided to make jewelry to pass the time, possibly as gifts for family & friends. I shared a couple photos, & had a friend order from me! After talking to some other long time friends & shop owners I decided to try it out. Now, I do this full time. My page has grown to over 1150 fans in less than 4 months… I think of that as a sign I am doing what I SHOULD be. I keep my prices low, I know what it is like to see something I want, but it be out of my reach financially. I firmly believe EVERYONE has the right to have something special made, just for them. If I can do that for them, that makes me happy.

I am very pleased to say my work is now in 4 countries, & I also won a wire wrapping contest recently @   It was my 4th wire wrapped cabochon, so I was extremely surprised & thrilled to win! :)

Tell us a little more about you.  What other interests do you have?

I love FB, lol I spend most of my time there. I also enjoy reading, movies, spending time with my kids. I also teach Sunday school.

And here is where you can find Junie:

Please stop by and check out Junie’s shop on facebook and give her a ‘like’! Make sure that you also check out her new website!

And just a reminder:

I have added a new page called ‘Handmade Shops’ where you will be able to access this information easily. Please visit these people and their shops and show them your support for handmade!  Thank you!

Handmade Shop Introduction – Kypress Designs by Amber Hirschfelt

I would like you to meet Amber Hirschfelt.  She is the owner/designer of the handmade shop – Kypress Designs.   Today Amber will tell us a little about her shop, what inspires her to create, and give us some  insight to her creative process.

Hi Amber, can you please tell us what you make and sell, how long have you been doing this, and what made you decide to open a shop?

I make jewelry and crochet baby items, hats, scarves, blankets, and occasionally purses.  I have been crocheting for 15 years. When I would take items with me to school, people asking me to make some for them made me decide to start selling.  I took a jewelry class in high school and have been in love with the craft ever since.  Again, people would see me making things for me or as gifts and place orders.  At the moment, business isn’t enough for me to not work, but I would like to one day be able to stay home with my daughter again and work from home full time.

Tell us a little more about you.  What other interests do you have?

I am 23, mom to a very beautiful three year old who likes to be my model, and wife to a wonderful gamer who has a book addiction as big as mine.  I also like to write fantasy novels and poetry–and I’ve been published! (However, the book was the wrong manuscript, so I wouldn’t buy that one… So many problems and a frustrating story that I’m not going to bog you down with.)  “Kypress” was a character that I rp’ed back in school; my friends and I would work out worlds and background stories.  Then to keep ourselves occupied, we’d rp them until we got bored and made a new world.  I’m actually working on writing a book about Kypress’ world right now.

And here is where you can find Amber:

My Blog:

My Facebook Page:

My Shop:

My Twitter:


Please stop by and check out Amber’s shop, ‘like’ her facebook page, follow her on twitter, and visit her blog! Also, contact her if you have any questions about her creations!

And just a reminder:

I have added a new page called ‘Handmade Shops’ where you will be able to access this information easily. Please visit these people and their shops and show them your support!  Thank you!

Handmade Shop Introduction – LiquidAssets by Claudia Coryell

I would like you to meet Claudia Coryell.  She has two handmade shops – LiquidAssets and Unique Gifts and Decor.  Today Claudia is going to tell us a little about her shops, what inspires her to create, and some about her creative process.

Hi Claudia, can you please tell us what you make and sell, how long have you been doing this, and what made you decide to open a shop?

I make sculptured wall décor of marine life, whales, fish, and stingrays to name a few. All the materials I use our earth friendly to help protect our environment. I have been doing sculptures since as long as I can remember but have just started taking it seriously since 2007. I started back in 2008 selling on E-bay but have dropped that for more serious venues since.

I have been an artist for many years . I love sculpture and sea life has become one of my favorite subjects. I was an avid scuba diver for 14+ years and grew to love and respect our oceans and all the life it holds within. I am a Sea Shepherd supporter and my wish is that my art would bring awareness to the importance of clean water for all mankind and the creatures that reside beneath the waves. We as a people are comprised of nearly 90% water. All life forms require hydration; water is a life giving force. Our oceans and waterways are becoming increasingly more contaminated by trash and unscrupulous practices by the very people who depend on them for life. Think of the food sources that our oceans and lakes provide us. The old adage goes Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, but teach a man to fish and you feed him for a life time. What if one day there were no more fish? What happens to that proverbial man? This is a question we can all ask ourselves. What if all our water sources one day became depleted due to simple negligence?  For example, dumping our trash, oil, and etcetera, down the storm drains as opposed to disposing of these products the correct way?

We all have seen so many of the oceans creatures with plastic bags around their necks and six-pack rings, not to mention fishing line tied and wrapped around their bodies. We pay money to go on boats to see whales and dolphins because of their beauty and grace. What if our children or our children or grandchildren no longer had that option? What if the only way you could experience what we all take for granted was by holding this sculpture in your hand?

I do not at this time support myself with my art but I am hoping one day to. However my main goal is to bring awareness to the plight of these animals. If I accomplish that, then that would be reward enough for me.

Tell us a little more about you.  What other interests do you have?

I am a self taught artist. I learned my technique with a lot of work, and trial and error!

If it has anything to do with water I am interested! Yoga is a good runner up! And then there’s the casino and riding motorcycles to! I guess I am interested in just about everything I can think of! I love life!

Thanks so much Claudia for taking the time to tell us about your shop and the person behind the creations!  I love your work, and I love the message you are sending!

And here is where you can find Claudia:

And just a reminder:

I have added a new page called ‘Handmade Shops’ where you will be able to access this information easily. Please visit these people and their shops and show them your support!  Thank you!

Handmade Christmas – Links to Gift Tutorials

If you ‘re like me, you have a long list of gifts that you would like to make for family, friends, and neighbors for Christmas.  Now is the time to get started! I have assembled a list of tutorials and instructions for some handmade gift ideas to get you going.  I will be adding to this list as I find other projects throughout the next couple of months, so check back frequently.

Of course I have to add my link for my fabric bucket/basket tutorial.  This would make a wonderful gift with other items added to make a gift basket for the recipient.

I also have included my tutorial for a needle keeper/holder.  A nice stocking stuffer on it’s own, or make a sewing basket for someone just learning to sew or doing other needlework.  Make the fabric bucket and add a needle keeper along with other sewing goodies to make a sewing basket.

Here are some quilted coasters from Martha Stewart‘s website.  A great stocking stuffer or gift for a friend or co-worker.



Here is a potholder/oven mitt that would be great for yourself or added to a set with towels etc.  Make it in holiday fabrics and add to a batch of cookies for a friend.


Here is a pattern to download for free for a set of teen matching pj bottoms and top.


Here is a ‘Everything Pocket Bag’ from Chickpea Sewing Studio. She has a downloadable PDF or Word document.



Over at Sew Mama Sew, here are links for 2009, 2008, and 2007 for some great gift ideas that they linked up to.  I am sure that there will be another collection this November, so watch for it!  Well worth it!

Here is an adorable backpack over at the Moda Bakeshop.  Contributed by Tiffany – Tiny Seamstress.  So cute!


Over at Purl Bee, there are tons of wonderful gift ideas.  Here is a link to some blankets, mostly for baby, but thinkd outside the box and make them larger for teens, moms, dads, friends and neighbors!


Have people on your list that you would like to make an apron for?  Here is a list from Tipnut of 40+ free apron patterns and tutorials.  Sew, sew, sew!



Here is a cute ‘Sewing Companion Case’ that would be a wonderful gift for a sewing friend.



Here is a ‘Jigsaw Puzzle’ quilt pattern for a baby quilt, although I am sure you can enlarge it to whatever size you would like it to be without a problem.  I like the jigsaw pattern and bright colors in this one!


I will be adding more links as time goes by, but this should give you a good start on some projects and places to look.

Have fun!


Handmade Ornaments Links


Vintage Felt Stocking Ornament

Only 17 weeks until Christmas!!!  OK, don’t panic, but there is ONLY 17 WEEKS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!

It’s time to start getting some of those handmade presents and Christmas ornaments and home decorations made, if you haven’t started yet.  I know that every year I think that I will get everything done and I am always working on something at the last minute.  I thought I would put together links to some ideas to get you started (ok, to get me started too!)

The Better Homes and Gardens website has some beautiful ornaments to make.

Martha Stewart’s website always has some wonderful and creative ornaments.

Here is a recipe to use with kids to make dough ornaments.

Ideas for taking things around the house and making them into ornaments.

Here is a link of fun ornaments that can be made with the kids, inexpensively.

There are several links here, for the TLC channel, of various themes of Christmas ornaments for you to choose from. They have western, victorian, country, kid themes and more.

Here is a link that has a lot of ornaments that would be great to do with kids.

Link for a quilted ball ornament.

Link for a beaded crochet snowflake.

Link for some cute ornaments that are pet related, for baby, breast cancer awareness ribbon and a peace sign.

Cute crochet snowman ornament.

Here is a cute mitten ornament from oliver + S.

Some cute primitive country ornaments.

Homemade Angel Christmas Tree Ornament.

Several more sewn ornaments (a variety).

Fabric star ornament.

Here is a fabric scrap ball, a great way to use up those little scraps from your quilting projects.

For some fun and interesting reading, here is a link to some History of the Christmas Ornament.

This should get you (I mean us) going for now!  I will be adding more links as I find them, so check back for more!

Next week I will post some tutorials for items that would make wonderful gifts!

Thanks for stopping by!


Edit:  I will be posting the new links down here:

Crochet Christmas Ornaments from CraftStylish.