Sunday, January 22, 2012


I love this bouquet- it makes me want to put on a fur coat and go to the opera with a red flower in my hair. The thing is, I'd have to first go get a haircut, buy new heals and remember how to walk in them, get my nails done, find something to wear that doesn't involve yoga pants and a's nice to dream.

I made this today and both of my girls want it. Sara is playing the flute and Julia is playing the clarinet, so they both have a new love for things with musical notes on them. They both play in the school handbell club, too.

I'm a bit of a music geek myself. I played the piano and mallet percussion during my school years, and continued on to play in community theatres in the pit orchestra. I also played in my church handbell choir, and went on to direct that choir for several years. When I moved out on my own, I found a local church where I was living, and joined their handbell choir. Before Mark and I got married, he came along and joined the handbell choir, too- that's commitment! One of the last times we played with that handbell choir was the Sunday morning of Julia's Christening, back in 2000.

I was thrilled to find out that our elementary school here has a small handbell club. The girls both joined, and I've been going in to help out and play when I'm needed. I was thrilled this week when the music teacher asked me to help out his church handbell choir a few towns over as a substitute/alternate player. It's an advanced group, and I'm looking forward to playing again!

Maybe I'll have to make myself a musical flower for my hair! :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A whole new year of crafting!

I love a new, fresh year. I especially love that 2012 will have an extra day because it's a leap year! I've decided that the best crafting goal I can have this year is to destash my abundant stash of fabric, buttons, embellishments, flowers, appliques, etc. that took up half of our moving space last year. (Sssh...don't tell my husband.) It's still taking up half of our basement. I've decided to destash slowly but surely, by making one-of-a-kind or limited items for my Etsy shop. You'll see them throughout the year. Here are a few below- but fair warning, if you love them, get them quickly. These won't be regular items, and they will be offered at great, low prices.