Thursday, November 20, 2014

Crossbody Owl Purse Pattern & Tutorial

We've been invaded. A flock of owls has come to roost at our home...

A few months ago my six-year-old granddaughter and I were browsing Pinterest, when she asked if I could make her an owl purse. I love it when I get requests from my children or grandchildren for something specific. As we sat looking through pages of little purses, my eyes fell on this one, and I knew that would be my inspiration. The creator was kind enough to give some good tips for making the bag, but there was no way to purchase a pattern, so I whipped up a pattern last week and got busy...

Normally, when I make a pattern I need to tweak it after the first go around, but this time the pattern worked from the get go! That was awesome, because I knew I wouldn't be making just one. I would be making a flock.

Four of our little granddaughters will be receiving these -- along with matching coin purse -- for Christmas. I asked each momma to measure across the body of each little recipient, to make the strap length perfect for each one. The two, three and four-year olds are getting one size bag and the six-year-old is getting a slightly larger version (blue in above photo).

I must admit... I'm in love.

I am making this pattern and a very simplified tutorial available to all free of charge.
It's my gift to you -- 'tis the season after all!

My request to you is simply to leave a comment below and then email me with
"Owl Purse"
  in the subject line of the email.
(My email address is on the side-bar of my blog.)

Both the small and larger version of the bag are
included in the pattern.

These little owls will be flying to destinations all over the U.S. in time for Christmas.
I'm pretty sure they will love the little humans that will take them in!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday's Fabulous Finds...

I spy with my Etsy eye a...
woodland scene.

Clockwise, starting top left:
Wolf Mask
Felted Deer
Dandelion Necklace
Owl Brooch
Woodland Fine Art

Wishing you a fabulous weekend.

Monday, November 10, 2014

"Give Thanks" Plaque Attack...

 Tutorial and Link to Vinyl

It's been a couple of years since I've published a Plaque Attack on my blog. This one is going to be an all time favorite of mine. It's no secret that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love everything about it -- being surrounded by family, a fabulous dinner, the smell of autumn, a time to count blessings and express gratitude -- it reaches all my senses and sensibilities. This plaque symbolizes all of that to me.


  • For 5 plaques: One 1"x12"x6' length of pine board ::: For 1 plaque: One 1"x12"x13" pine board
  • Dark walnut wood stain
  • Vinyl wreath & quote
  • Sander & sanding paper

1.) I made five plaques at the same time so I purchased a 1"x12"x6' length of pine board and had it cut into five 1"x12"x13" pieces -- with a little remaining. {Take that remaining piece home in case you want to practice beveling the edges of it, before you bevel the edges of the plaques.} Home Depot will make these cuts free of charge, so I always have my wood cut before I leave the store.

2.) I wanted the edges of the plaques rounded (beveled), so I put the hubs to work on his router. This step isn't necessary, but it makes for a more finished look. If you like a rustic look, there's no need for beveling the edges.

3.) Next I used my orbital sander to whip the plaques into shape. It took me less than a minute a plaque to get them ready to stain...

4.) Stain both the front and back sides of the plaques...

It always amazes me how wood takes stain so unevenly, but that rustic, imperfect quality is what I love most about working with wood...

5.) When the stain is dry, apply the vinyl "leaf wreath" -- centering it on the plaque horizontally, and placing the tops of the leaves about one inch from the top of the plaque. After the leaf wreath has been affixed to the plaque, center the quote inside the wreath and add it to the wood plaque.

My friend Sharon has this vinyl wreath and quote available at her online store, Vinyl Wall Expressions. Follow this link to purchase this beautiful golden and white custom vinyl to make a plaque of your own.The vinyl measures 9 inches wide x 10 3/4 inches long.

6.) I put a light coat of Rust-oleum Clear Matte Spray Finish on the top of the plaques once the vinyl was affixed to the wood. This will protect the wood and keep the wood from fading. Done!

These plaques were such a fun project, and I now have five beautiful gifts to give away this month. I think one of these plaques would make a beautiful hostess gift.

The vinyl for the wreath is a beautiful metallic gold color, and I love the simple phrase that sums up Thanksgiving to me.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Friday's Fabulous Finds...

I spy with my Etsy eye ...
a brilliant autumn.

Hoping you enjoy a colorful weekend!

Monday, November 03, 2014

Fabric Flower Headband for BIG & little Girls

It's been a couple of years since I created this pattern for a flower headband...

One thing I love about this simple headband is its versatility. It can be worn by women, teens, or little girls. Here's a picture of my friend and her 6 year old daughter wearing one. I make the flowers a little smaller these days...

In August my 10 year old granddaughter asked if I could make her few more, and I finally got around to it last week.

These take minutes to make and very little fabric!

If you would like to purchase the pattern, you can do so for $5 in my Etsy store.  
Click here for the pattern.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday's Fa-boo-lous Finds...

I spy with my Etsy eye something...

Clockwise, starting top left:

Wishing you a fun-filled Halloween! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

My Superheros...

You might remember last week I worked at break-neck speed to make some Little Girl Princess Superhero Capes and Little Boy Lightening Bolt Superhero Capes for my granddaughter's birthday party. Saturday I received this photo of the birthday girl and her big brother. Was it worth it putting in the effort to make those capes? A thousand times "yes!"

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Quilt Display

This last weekend my husband and I took a quick trip to Omaha. Our grandchildren were in a special program at their church, and we wanted to be able to take in the performance. While we were there we went to the "Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters", which is run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This visitor's center teaches about the early migrations of Mormon Pioneers and about their temporary settlements in the Omaha area. My ancestors were part of that migration, so I feel a special connection with this area.

In the visitor's center they occasionally have a display of one type of another. This month they featured a quilt display. I've never particularly enjoyed quilting -- it's too tedious for me -- but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate the time, effort and talent that goes into quilt making. Here is a selection of some of the beautiful quilts that we saw. I can hardly imagine how many hours went into each one of these beauties...

These gorgeous quilts make me want to whip out my rotary cutter and mat and throw together a quilt. Of course, my quilt would have 10" blocks instead of 2" blocks, but still...