threekidsavatar.jpg I'm a stay-at-home mother to my three (sometimes) wonderful children. They are usually with me, since I homeschool them. We enjoy going into the GSMNP, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and playing in nature. Occasionally, you can catch the hubby and kids fishing in the river. • 100 Things about ME
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My Latest Hobby…

I have fell in love with hand embroidery. I already did cross-stitch and to be honest with you, I can’t see those little squares anymore.

After reading this gal’s blog over at ‘My Country Home’, I had to give it a try. She is wonderful at this craft (and others). You must go check her out! I can’t remember how I got started reading her blog, but I can’t wait to see what she is working on next. She has all sorts of links for free BOM (Block of the Month) patterns. They’re all wonderful. I’ve got most of them downloaded and even finished one set.

My daughter has even tried her hand at it. She spent the greater part of the night sewing up a little stitchery that we designed together. It was her idea and we worked on the drawing together. She stitched it totally alone. She didn’t want to trace the pattern, so we did the print right on the fabric. I might have to start doing that for myself…so much easier! I had to trace…UGH.

Here is her stitchery…. She is giving it to someone special to both of us. (I don’t think she reads my blog, so maybe she won’t see it until I get around to mailing it!)

Here is the picture if anyone else wants to stitch it up…go right ahead and steal the picture. (I’m not sure how to host it otherwise.) ~~I’m not sure if you guys can see it or not, since it’s not showing up on my page…but when I click it it goes to the picture~~

Here is the Autumn hanging I did for my office. I plan on doing one for each of the seasons and just switching them out. I love the stick idea (again this was from Leslie over at  “My Country Home”) This one is from HomeBerries.

Here are a couple of apple hangings that I made for the classroom, but they look so good hanging in my office. I don’t want to move them! LOL I even made the little wire hangers. These are both from HomeBerries.

Here is the BOM that I finished. It is the Christmas Wish-List BOM from Gail Pan Designs.


One ‘Sweet’ Purse

I made this for a contest….and I fell in love with it, and I don’t even like candy corn. Only problem, DD wants one now and this one took me about four hours to make. Maybe I can skimp and use felt for hers.

—side view—

It feels sooo good to be able to sew something. I’ve been working on a quilt now for about three months (or more). It seems every time I get started on one thing with it, something happens. The top looked perfect when I got it finished. After putting four (yes I said four) layers of batting behind it and a layer of flannel, it looks wonky. I broke countless needles trying to bind the stupid thing. (I only call it stupid because it was such a problem).


This was a project for the kids great-great-grandmother. She did the embroidery years ago. The kids great-great-aunt was going thru her mother’s stuff and happened upon them. This will be a present for her. Shhh…don’t tell her, she doesn’t know yet. The reason for the four layers of batting, she is bedridden and is always complaining of freezing. This heavy thing is definitely going to keep her warm.

—close up of her embroidery—

I just have to say that I don’t usually quilt. This will be my second completed large quilt that was machine quilted. I did make the boys a quilt each that I tie-quilted. Those were made after the first sewn one. I only have a regular machine and those big rolls just don’t want to go through the middle. ….pause while I dream of a bigger machine…

Well, I’m off to make about six school buses. That’s a fleet!

Book Cover/Carrier

Just wanted to share my latest creation….

It’s a book carrier. It has its own bookmark and 2 pockets plus a zippered pocket.

I’ll show you the pics now…


Front of bag…snap for closing…full sized pocket





Back of bag…zippered pocket..behind it is the half pocket





Inside of bag with book…bookmark built right in






Inside of bag empty.

PacMan Purse, etc….

I have had this purse bouncing around in my head for sometime now. I bought the fabric awhile back and just now am getting to it. I don’t like sewing circles all that well. That must have been the hold up.

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Anyways, I put it in my Etsy store with two other purses I just finished. I’m off to make some more. Plus, I need to make some more ear rings.

Watch Dog

My DD wanted to be a doggie for halloween this year.  I’m so glad I finished this one in time and she is happy with it.  She is going to wear it for her brother’s halloween birthday party.  Plus, she will wear it to church halloween night.  They have a costume contest every year.  This will be the first time she has entered.  I don’t know why, I love the witch costume I made a couple of years ago.  That one took some time and effort.

Here is a full picture:


A picture of her doggie bag, in the shape of a bone:


Her ears:


Her tail:


Crafty Goodness

I have so many crafting projects in the works for the week.  Here are a couple pics of what I finished yesterday.

 purse-4-friend.JPGThis is a purse for a friend.  I made one for myself also, different fabric.


This is a repurposed hoodie.  My MIL wanted it made into a jacket for her sister.  I gotta say that it was easier than what I expected.

Now, I’m working on a bone purse for DD to carry with the doggie outfit I’m making her for halloween.

Little Dresses for Little Girls

I had two panels of fabric given to me earlier this summer that NEEDED to be sewn SOON. I couldn’t talk my DD into waiting until next year, so it had to be done today.

The fabric was already elasticized on top and finished on the bottom, so it all seemed pretty easy. LOL The first one I had sewn needed some repair to the top. The next one came out okay. We do learn from our mistakes….don’t stretch the fabric while sewing it.

Since I’m not one to waste the leftovers, dresses had to be made for little Leila. That would be my daughters e-bay-be. That’s what she calls her because that is “where she was born.” Cute, huh. She is a CPK, just a little worn around the edges.

Here’s what the results are……she picked out the little cutie buttons that are in the center front of each dress, even Leila’s.

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The strangest thing….when I got on the computer to blog these little cuties, I checked the blogs I read all the time. I click on one of my faves to check out her newest posts. This one happened to be a few days old, but it was new to me. Her little 6yo had sewn her own one of these dresses. Then, her Mama made her dolly one. That’s talent.