Friday, May 11, 2018


Not having worked with faux fur before, I found this project quite messy. There was fur flying through the air, landing in my hair and all over the carpet. 😛
 I had picked up some fur at a yard sale a while back and after making the fabric bears, thought I'd give this a try.  I need practice, that's for sure!  This was a free 2 piece pattern that you can find HERE.  Scroll down the page to locate the pattern and directions.

 My Finished Bear

I goofed on the ears a bit, but still think it turned out pretty cute.


Wednesday, May 09, 2018


This top bear I made for my 8 year old grand daughter Bella.  She chose her own fabric and loves the way it turned out.

This flannel bear is a Memory Bear I made for a friend from my Bunco group.  Her brother passed away in November and his grandson was born a couple months later.  She wanted something to give to her nephew as a remembrance.  This was one of her brother's favorite shirts.


Sunday, April 22, 2018


I received an order for an item I made several years back.  It's a fake loaf of bread made from fabric in a fake rusty loaf pan and the words printed on the top of the loaf reads : GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD.
I'd forgotten all about that item so decided to make a few more to add to my Etsy Store.

This one is a little bit different, it has German glass glitter sprinkled on top to look like sugar, and I attached dried rose hips to resemble raisins.

I hope to make more, but am waiting to see if these are good sellers for me.  

I really need to get started on my middle grand daughter's bear.  The pattern is all cut out, just need to start sewing.

Enjoy your Sunday!


Saturday, April 14, 2018


This is the bear I made for my 4 year old grandson Rami.  He picked out the fabric.
I'm also making Rami a bow tie to coordinate with his bear's.  I ran out of elastic, but once I get some more I want to take a photo of Rami & his bear together.

It took me 17 days to get over the flu.  Finally feeling good again.  Still don't have much of an appetite.  I lost 8lbs, not exactly how I wanted to lose it, but it's a jump start! 👍

We had such a great time on our first cruise, we are now planning our second.  We will be in Long Beach, CA in Oct. so we are looking at cruises to Mexico.  Sometime next year we want to do another family cruise to the Bahamas and Cuba.

My younger sister Diane has been visiting me from Michigan.  She goes home tomorrow.  It's been a really fast week, but lots of laughs and food and drinks with the family.

I've currently got 2 orders I have to work on, and then make another bear for 8 year old grand daughter Bella. 

Have a great weekend!


Friday, April 13, 2018


UGH.   I got sick on our last full day of our cruise.  The dreaded FLU.  While everyone else was enjoying a lovely dinner, watching a show and going into a jacuzzi on the top deck, I was in bed.   The next day we got to Miami and got off the ship at 8:30.  We couldn't get into our hotel until 4:00 that afternoon, so everyone ( but me) wanted to walk in South Beach.  I literally had to walk around with a plastic bag full of kleenex.  I had a fever, was existing on cough drops and TheraFlu and a cough supressant.  Not much of an appetite.  The family decided to drive to Key Largo and Key West to have a look see and have lunch.  I took the time in the rental van to close my eyes and get some semblance of a rest.  We stopped at a nice place for lunch and I ordered a conch chowder.  Soup was the only thing I wanted.  When we were able to get into our hotel room, I went straight to bed.  Tom stayed with me and the rest of the family drove to downtown Miami for a late dinner.  The following morning we had to check out and drove to Fort Louderdale for the afternoon.  All I wanted to do was go to bed.  Had no bed, had no room.😭 Nothing worse than being sick on a trip.  Our rental van had to be back by 5pm and we took a shuttle to the airport.  Our plane was delayed an hour.  So I'm sitting in the airport, runny nose, coughing up my lungs.  People avoided sitting near me, can't blame that for that.  The whole time I'm thinking, what if the plane is full....SOMEONE is going to have to sit with us since there are 3 seats.  As it turned out, the plane WAS full.....but someone must have missed the flight because I sat near the window and Tom sat in the middle, which left the aisle seat.  No one ever sat there!!😄 Tom moved over to the aisle seat so the middle seat was vacant, allowing us both more room.  I heard a lot of coughing on that plane, so I wasn't the only one sick.  All I could think about was getting home in my own bed.  We had to take a shuttle to the parking lot where our daughter's Suburban was parked.  It is now a little after midnight.  When my son-in-law got in the van, he noticed the left rear tire was at 3 lbs.  He freaked out that the workers there were driving on a flat tire.  It's a really LONG story, so I won't get into it, but we never got home til 4 am.  and we only live 15 minutes from the airport.

ON with the photos

We are in the port at Nassau

We are in port at Great Stirrup Cay

These 4 went snorkeling and took along some fruit loops cereal.  Someone my daughter Deana works with told her to take them underwater with her and to let them out of the bag and that dozens of colorful fish would just 'show up'.  So she tried it and said IT REALLY WORKS!!


Thursday, March 29, 2018


This is my very first trip to Florida.  Husband Tom has been there many times as a kid and my daughter and her family have been there a couple times, to visit Disney World.

Me and my grand daughter Jordyn waiting for our rental van in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  It's about 8 am and we are driving to Miami to do some sightseeing and spend the night.  Can't get into our hotel room until 4 pm.
Spent a few hours in Little Havana

SIL Bob, Me, Jordyn, daughters Nicki and Deana and SIL Chris

husband Tom


Time to check in. That sure is a lot of bags for 7 people.
10 am the morning of our cruise.  We still have 2 1/2 hrs. to kill before boarding our ship so we are in South Beach Florida enjoying a morning Mojito and doing some window shopping.

The weather in Florida was just perfect.  When we got off the airplane it was a bit chilly at 59 degrees, but it warmed up really fast and was in the mid 70's by late morning.
The palm trees and landscapes are so much prettier than they are in California due to the draught out there.  And of course the palm trees in CA do not have coconuts.  The ocean is also much prettier in Florida, bluer/greener.

More photos in the Bahamas to follow.


Saturday, March 17, 2018


A friend from my Bunco group recently asked if I'd ever made Memory Bears.  I have not, but I do sew for my Etsy shop....and I've made bunnies, dolls, goats, sheep, crows, among other things.  As long as I have a pattern, I can make it.  (Most of the time, lol)

So I went and purchased a cute easy looking pattern and made my first bear for my 11 year old grand daughter Ayden.  We weren't doing a 'memory' bear, so she chose some fabric out of my fabric stash and this is the result.

Ayden loves her bear but asked if I could sew 2 buttons down the front, so I bought a pink button and a blue button.  I'll do that this weekend.
Now of course, 8 yr. old Bella and 4 year old Rami want a bear too  💕
Bella chose a pretty paisley fabric ( which is dark colors)  and I didn't have anything boyish for Rami, but he chose a colorful Patriotic fabric with stars.  

My friend's brother passed away in November and since then a new grandson has been born and I will be making that bear from his flannel shirt.

Another friend ( more my daughter's friend, but she's also in our Bunco group and always at parties hosted by my daughter) said she had a proposition for me.  She used to sew, but her machine has been broken for several years and never bought a new one.  She wanted me to go in with her and make 2 sided table runners/cloths/mats and sell them at craft shows.  I told her I'd need a few days to think it over and I had to decline.  The #1 reason is because it would take me away from doing what I love to do and that's making my primitive/folkart crafts and #2 since my husband retired 7 years ago, we've been doing some traveling and I never know when we are are going to be away, so craft shows are not a good option for me.  I felt bad turning her down, but it is the best thing for me.


My dad was 100% Irish.   My mother was what she referred to as 'Mongrel'...She had some Welsh from both her father and mother,  English from her father & German, Pennsylvania Dutch from her mother's side of the family.


Thursday, March 15, 2018


My goodness, I didn't realize I'd stopped blogging here for a full year!  It's been a very busy time with family and trips.

In April of 2017 Tom and I went out to California for 10 days staying at a relative's home in Long Beach.  Had a wonderful time visiting movie studios, going on tours, to the beach, being in studio audiences for a few of our favorite sitcoms.  Went to flea markets that they refer to as swap meets, a few times a week.  Here in West. PA flea markets are only open during the weekends.  Out there they are open daily.

In July Tom contracted either poison oak or poison sumac ( never did know which one it was) and on his birthday, which was the 11th, he was admitted to the hospital as bacteria set in and it was diagnosed as cellulitis.  This was on his lower leg a few inches up from his ankle.  Ankle and leg were badly swollen.
He was in the hospital for nearly 2 weeks.  He also developed an infection called streptococcus.
When he got out of the hospital, this is what his leg looked like.
Moving on....our youngest daughter Nicki and her boyfriend of 10 years finally got married.  They had a destination wedding in Jamaica and the whole immediate family went.  Her sisters Deana and Carey were bridesmaids and Deana's daughter Jordyn (17)  was maid of honor.  Deana's 9 year old daughter Ayden and Carey's 7 year old daughter Bella were flower girls and Carey's 3 year old son Rami was ring bearer.

Tom and me with our grandson Jonah who was 14 at the time.

Jordyn, Carey & Deana 

Ayden & Bella


The bride and groom

We were in Jamaica for 8 days.  It was just wonderful, had a grand time.

We had a bride and groom wedding shower for Nicki and Bob in May on Memorial weekend at Deana's home.

My niece made the cookies

A bunco friend has her own home based baking business and made the cupcakes for us.

maid of honor and bride to be

Grand daughter Jordyn will be graduating HS in June and instead of a graduation party she wants to go on a cruise.  She even wants her gramma and poppy to go along!  Isn't she a sweetheart? 

This will also be Tom's and my first cruise.  We are flying to Miami and spending the day and night and then board our ship Norwegian Sky for a 3 day cruise to the Bahamas.  We leave next week.
We're all very excited!


Wednesday, January 25, 2017


 This is my second try on the Valentine heart.  For me, the most difficult thing was fitting the muslin ruffle.  Instead of gluing it on, I hand sewed it. 
 My fabric hearts / envelopes are selling for me, so I made another one in shabby chic style.
I may make a couple more before moving on to something new.