Saturday, September 19, 2009


When I first started blogging I had intended it to be a means of communication for a number of reasons. My reasons have changed.
Over the past few months I've struggled with some health issues none of which I could ever imagined. I've been stopped in my tracks. Daily chores, running a house hold, and even painting have become difficult tasks. Most days require a fighting spirit and some days I just don't have much of one.
Amazingly God is still in control. He knows each day before I rise, he knows every breathe, every tear and joy He carries us through each struggle.
My husband and I are watching a series of videos (can't remember the name)
The speaker talks about these difficult times that life brings us basically warning us that these struggles will come and we need to be prepared and cling to the cross of Jesus.
Life isn't about us, it is simple about God. He gets the glory.

Are you prepared? Trouble is coming...maybe not today or even tomorrow, but you have the faith?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Tonight I humbly asked for prayer from the elders of our church. This has been a rough road over the last few months, I hope one day to share the details. As we called on God and cried out to Him I felt so humbled. I felt like a little child clinging to hope. After our time of prayer someone said you should feel "flattered" that God has chosen you to go through this experience. Honestly I never thought of it like that....."chosen". He knew I was going to experience this, He planned it perfectly, not to say that He wants us to suffer, but in suffering we are made stronger.
I love this verse.

Consider it pure joy my brothers when you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4

Wow.....I'm still working on the "joy" part.

May you too, find a deep joy in all your trials.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Our pastor has a daily blog that walks through the Bible.
This mornings passage really spoke to me so I thought I'd post it.


Why does God love us so much? Why does our Lord put up with all of our shenanigans? Why? Why? Why? God is merciful and full of grace—praise His name!
Joel 2:12-13 (MSG)
12 But there's also this, it's not too late— God's personal Message!— "Come back to me and really mean it! Come fasting and weeping, sorry for your sins!"
13 Change your life, not just your clothes. Come back to God, your God. And here's why: God is kind and merciful. He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot, This most patient God, extravagant in love, always ready to cancel catastrophe.
It is not too late. Here we are in the bottom of the ninth, two outs and a full count, but God says come on home. Come back to your maker and savior. The noose is around our necks and the trap door is about to open and God says just change and turn to me and I will catch you. Maybe someone is reading this today and they need to believe that God is still full of mercy and grace. Maybe, just maybe, you need to stop trusting yourself and put your faith and trust in the God who really loves you with an extravagant love. What is your soul craving? It is God who has made you and it is He who can fill you, and it is only Him who can fill you!! Come on home.

Paul was placed in the barracks for his own safety, Just as the Jewish leaders had killed Jesus, they wanted to kill the apostle Paul.
Acts 23:11 (MSG)
11 That night the Master appeared to Paul: "It's going to be all right. Everything is going to turn out for the best. You've been a good witness for me here in Jerusalem. Now you're going to be my witness in Rome!"
Jesus was not through with His servant Paul. There was a day that Paul was done, but today was not that day. God used Paul’s nephew to help Paul get out safely. Sometimes God uses angels and sometimes he uses our sister’s son who happened to be in the right place at the right time. If you are alive and I assume you are since you are reading this, then God is not finished with you either. Let God speak to your heart. Let God use you in your remaining time on this earth.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Free Paint

This is a fantastic offer totally free!
Check it out here is the link.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Down & Out

That's me, or at least the way I've been feeling! A couple of weeks ago I had fairly minor surgery, needless to say I've experience a bunch of complications along the way. Such fun! I now have developed a lovely infection so I still may be "out" for a couple more days, hopefully not weeks.

So if you're wondering when my shop will reopen, I can only hope to say soon!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Recently one of my customers contacted me to make a frame for a friend of hers. She was about to have baby #4. She proceeded to tell me the baby's daddy was serving along side her husband in Iraq. Kinda took my breath away as I thought about how difficult it must be to bring a new little one into the world with a husband/daddy so far away.
I decided to make two frames one for the new mom and another for my customer as she has a little daughter as well.

Here is the message I received this morning from this little girl's mom:

"We absolutely LOVE the frame. I put a picture of Maggie and her dad in it, and it sits on her nightstand. She kisses it before she goes to bed at night. It goes perfectly with her room. Thank you again for thinking of us!"

As I choked back the tears and thanked the Lord for allowing me to touch this little life, even in a very small way. These are the kind of emails that make me so grateful for the gift of painting. And, how fitting to receive this email on Memorial Day.
God Bless!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Memorial Day

As I sit here recovering from surgery I've had some time to think. Why I schedule my surgery for the long weekend, I'll never know!
Being from Canada and moving to the United States 7 years ago I've had my eyes opened. One thing that struck me was the deep gratitude and appreciation that Americans have for those who have chosen to serve this country. The fact that ordinary citizens step up to the call of service is beyond comprehension to me. Thank you to those who have chosen to keep this country safe and have gone beyond the call of duty. God Bless America!

Monday, May 18, 2009

I Heart Coffee

Morning, noon and night, I love a great cup of java. I guess my addition started back in high school where it was love at first sight. I was hooked, as the passion grew I started working in a cute little coffee shop where I learned the tricks of the trade.
So why the talk about java? Well, I can't stand the thought of paying over $4.00 for a latte or a yummy mocha frappuccino, my fav! So I'm going to tell you how to make them at home for a dollar or less.
Here is the secret....go buy one of these! An espresso maker.
They really are an investment that will save a ton of dough.
I believe they retail for around sixty dollars, so do the math....
Let's say you stop at your favorite coffee shop 3x a week at $4-5 a cup, you've spent $12-15. You'll have your handy dandy espresso maker payed off in a month!
These are fabulous , cheap too!

Battery Operated Hand Held Milk Frother

To make a iced mocha or blended drink you can make them one of two ways.
Make a couple cups of espresso pour into a measuring cup, add 3-4 tablespoons of coco powder, add sugar couple of tablespoons depends on how sweet you like it. Mix very well until all ingredients dissolve. Pour into ice cube trays, like so...

When the urge hits, pop a couple cubes into a blender along with a cup or so of milk. Now you have a delicious blended coffee.
Did you know you can buy flavor syrups at Starbucks for around $5.00 a bottle? Crazy, the same price as one cup of coffee and they even have the sugar free available. One time I was in Starbucks and a lady behind me was in awe of my purchase. She said, what are you going to do with that bottle of syrup? Me: Gonna go home and make my own..... You could tell the wheels were turning in her head as she replied: I'm going to get a bottle too.
Well I'm off to get some work done as I drink one of these......

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Spring Tea Party

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of decorating our church for a little tea party. My mom was here for a visit and lent her creative hand. Of course I forgot my camera and don't have any photos of the actual party but a couple of before shots.
These princess' were absolutely adorable in their beautiful gowns. They feasted on a variety of dainty treats; tea sandwiches, dip sparkly pretzel rods, yummy cookiesWe made the cookies from a fabulous sugar cookie receipe, ordered the tiara cut out from ebay. We also made cute little tea pots and cups.
We made these cute little topiary trees that I found at Joanne Fabrics for $.98. Painted little flower pots added some glitter and my floral designer mom added the flowers and ribbon.
The tea pot was from goodwill for $1.99, dollar store flowers.

And when I came home I was surprised by yet another kid milestone....first lost tooth!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Etsy Unite for The Freeman Family

Last night I posted a bit on this wonderful family. As I continued to think and pray for them I felt that I needed to do more for them.
Cyrena from Simply Chic Bebe & I are in the process of organizing Etsy sellers interested in joining together to support this family. If you feel lead, please let me know as I'm compiling a list of sellers interested. I'll let you know how we can support them more specifically through our shops.
More info on their blog:

Monday, April 27, 2009

Kayleigh' s Story

Recently I came across this blog about a one pound miracle named Kayleigh.
You can read more about this sweet blessing here at
Unfortunately this adorable baby has taken a unexpected turn and her family is facing life without her. My heart truly aches for them, I can't even begin to imagine what they are going through. I am moved by their constant, unshakable faith. If you have a moment please read today's post.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hippity Hop

I finally made the bunny cake, I was determined after seeing a photo in a old Martha Stewart's magazine to tackle this cute little cake. Although it looks a bit less professional than the photo it was fun to make and fairly easy. The kids loved it, so as long as it passes their approval I'm happy too!
Welcome Spring! If you can believe it as I look out my window the snow is falling! Not exactly spring around here!
Check back soon for posts from my "Princess Tea Party"

Sunday, April 19, 2009

American Girl Sweetness

This was such a special memorable weekend for me! My parents are here for a visit from Canada. I planned a special little outing for the girls, we went down to Chicago for a memorable visit to the American girl cafe/store. The girls had some fun shopping and checking out the fantastic shops drooling over designer handbags and jewelry that I will never buy, even if I had the extra cash!!
The boys went to a crazy little sandwich shop featured on the food network while the girls dinned out a American girl for tea.

The cafe is decorated in fushia ,black & white zebra type prints.

Each little girl can dine with their very own doll decked out with a chair that attaches to the table. Along with their mini tea cup and saucer. ADORABLE

Sweet Desserts
This was such a delightful day spent with two of my very favorite people!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Decorating with Glass Domes/Cloches

My new obsession, well actually I've always loved these timeless domes just never owned one!

better homes & gachristmas cloche jarsrden

They are a fabulous addition to your decor. The uses are endless, create a floral or plant arrangement underneath. Create a seasonal display by placing something that represents the current season.

This would be adorable for Christmas!

I purchased mine from Pier One for $ 20 which I thought was a great deal. You can also find them on ebay, garage sales online shops. I'll post my decorated cloche in the next few days. Check back soon for a series of kids room decorating ideas!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Wishing you a very Happy Easter. May you experience the true joy of what Christ has done for you.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Frilly Ballerina Bed Skirt

I've been through the train, superhero, sports onto the ballerina phase. My little princess in completely in love with anything related to this subject.
I found her bedding at PBK and decided I'd try my hand at coordinating a matching tutu bed skirt. I saw one online for an astronomical price and opted not to break the bank!

This project probably costs about 5.00 maybe a bit more or less once you determine the amount of fabric you need. I just guessed! I used 4 yards and 1 roll of ribbon, oh and some glue...yep no sewing for me.

Ribbon Satin
Glue sticks
Tulle double the amount of fabric
pick a lighter color or darker color to contrast with your fabric

Now, before I begin let me just say that I should have used a different color of tulle. My tulle blends in too much. I plan to pick up a contrast color to brighten things up a bit.
Grab your handy dandy glue gun and lets get started.

Here is the fabric & tulle that I used

terrible photo...I know!

All I did was measure the fabric and the length I wanted it to hang from top to bottom and cut. I hemmed my middles and glued them together. Add my tulle along the top with glue, it should flow down pass the bottom which will give a "puffy" look

Simply added ribbon along the bottom, the satin looks really pretty. Then its ready to go between the mattress and box spring. I played around with it to get the look I wanted, then pulled down the tulle.

I really wish they had a lighter green tulle, but this was all Wally world had. I'll try to find something lighter and take a photo. Either way at least it gets the job done and at least the metal bar is covered now!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Have you stopped by, Etsy lately? There is such talent and wonderful things, not to mention you will support handmade instead of mass produced items.
I thought I'd spend a couple moments showing you some of my favorite finds!
Do you have an upcoming wedding? These designs would be absolutely gorgeous...all from

I love this seller she makes the most beautiful personalized pillows
I have one sitting on my daughter's bed in a beautiful minky green & pink!

Dennis Anderson soap company makes the most fabulous natural soaps...I'm completely in love with his stuff.
Check out the shop

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Ultimate PARTY

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

Join in on what is suppose to be a huge blogger party! I'm excited to be a part of it!
The prizes are spectacular, here are just a few I would dig! These would be my top 3 picks...
$100 gift card to HomeGoods
Provided by: HG Openhouse
Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer
Provided by: Moms Who Think
$50 gift certificate to Target Stores
Provided by: Beginner Baby Blog

The Ultimate Blog Party is about building online friendships.

I hope you will come join with me!

Take a moment to check out my shop on Etsy and take 20% off your order when checking out!

Thursday, March 19, 2009


It is finally feeling like spring around here. Spring usually isn't here until May in this freezing state yes, I'm talking about Wisconsin!!
So I thought I'd take a moment to update my blog, since its been feeling quite neglected lately!
We are in need of a little spring fluffing! I'm late to chime in over at Rhoda's Party, but I figure better late then never, right! Thanks Rhoda for inspiring me to fluff things up a bit!
You can join in here or be ever inspired by many other fellow bloggers!
Here are a couple little updates around my house more to come after the sick princess is feeling better.

This last photo is something I'm in the middle of working on.....thought I'd post it anyways in hopes it might motivate me to finish it! It it will have a springy feeling once its done. I'll be posting a tutorial soon.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A Wonderful Life

Thought I lost this post......

I actually came across this women a couple of months ago and was reminded of her on the Nester's blog.
What a story she tells, what a life she has had. A beautiful reminder of who is really in control of our lives. I can't help but reflect on my own life and the many blessings God has given me. I hope though if ever I face similar trials I will be able to respond as humbly as Heather.
Not sure if you are familiar with a song called "Blessed Be Your Name" One of my favorites.
Love these words:

Blessed be your name
In the land that is plentiful
Where the streams of abundance flow
Blessed be your name

Blessed be your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed be your name

Every blessing you pour out,
I turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say...
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your glorious name

Blessed be your name
When the sun's shining down on me
When the world's all as it should be
Blessed be your name

Blessed be your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be your name

Every blessing you pour out,
I turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say...
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, Blessed be your name

Have a blessed weekend

Monday, February 23, 2009

Organizer For Ribbon

So you want to make your packages all pretty tied up in elegant ribbon, but you can't find the ribbon. When you finally dig deep into that box and find your pretty ribbon its all tangled and full of creases. I'm a wee bit obsessed with ribbon and have quite a stash so I came up with a quick cheap way to organize my rolls.(actually borrowed the idea from my mom who was a wedding designer and had a ton more than me) In the photo you'll see that I'm a bit lazy and often don't tape up my ends. My little organizer is set up in the basement so please ignore the lovely background!
Supplies Needed:
Dowels (usually less than a dollar)
Hangers I used the sticky type
Side your ribbon on the dowels and hang! Easy

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A wonderful Blog

This "Nester" is full of wonderful, frugal home decorating ideas. She has totally got me motivated to update our house! Right now she has a "10 minutes to a room you will love" party going on. I probably spent 2 hours reading through all her fabulous posts.
Check it out.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Oh Where, Oh Where can He Be???

Have you seen him? Is he at your house too?

We seem to have a sock monster eating all our socks. This photo shows all the socks with missing buddies. If you find a pair please let me know!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

200 Sales

Sorry for the neglect!
Well, tonight I hit my 200th sale in just a little over a year. I'm taking a bit of a break I'm totally exhausted. I have enjoyed every moment and have been blessed to have this creative outlet in my day.
Here are some newly created designs. Over the next few weeks I'll be adding some wedding and quote frames.