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Creating Art When You Have Zero Drawing Ability

I’m such a cheater.

But I feel pretty good about it.

I saw this little flower in a field and loved it’s shape and beauty.  Took the shot and started to wonder it if would be possible to paint it on canvas.  But what do you do when you want to paint something but have no drawing ability?  You tap into your other strengths and figure out a way to cheat.

projector flower

First, I loaded the picture onto my tablet.  Then, taped tracing paper to the tablet and traced the flower with a marker.  I did it this way because I’m really not skilled at drawing with a mouse.

projector tracing

Then, I photocopied the image onto a transparency and made a projector using my cell phone flashlight, glass door and canvas.  It reminds me of the old overhead projectors my teachers used in class.  This is best done in dim light.


After painting my gray background, I traced the image of the flower onto the canvas and filled it in.  I could only be happier if I actually knew how to properly paint, but I haven’t figured out how to fake that yet!


projector art


This weed is apparently called a Smallflower Dessert-Chickory or Texas Dandelion.  So purty.

Rosalie Quilt

I made this quilt for my friend Jessie “no-pink” girl.  This pattern, the Rosaile Quilt from Valorie Wells, is nice and easy, but like any quilt, takes a good deal of time.  I’ve been working on this one for months.

Rosalie 1

I pulled deep from my stash.  I see some old Amy Butler in there, some Joel Dewberry, some Heather Bailey and even some Hobby Lobby fabric.  Some fabric I’ve had so long I don’t remember who designed it.  A few years ago the “oldness” of the fabric might have bothered me, but I’ve learned that unlike my high school clothing trends, as long as I like a fabric print, it is timeless.
Rosalie 2I’ve made hexagon quilts before, but this pattern is much easier than how I’d done it in the past.  The pattern comes with 2 hexagon sizes.  I made a twin-sized quilt using the smaller hexagons.  I love how it turned out and love it’s soft wrinkley-ness.  I’ll see Jessie in a couple of weeks bearing this as a gift.  I truly hope she likes it.



Bag for Imogen

Little Imogen was dedicated at church this morning.  As her godparents, we got her a children’s Bible and a lamb.  The lamb beat out the bear because a lamb is a much more biblical animal.  :)
Bag for Imogen
She hasn’t even had her first birthday so she doesn’t need a bag, but a personalized gift bag was a must.

Imogen bag 1
I started yesterday afternoon and gifted it this morning.  Whew!  Unfortunately as I was handing it to my friend, I realized I hadn’t hand-stitched the opening in the side seam.  Oops.

Type 1


1 year ago today we were in the hospital with my 11 year old learning how to do the job of a pancreas that had stopped producing insulin. Today we marked the day with doughnuts for breakfast.

Before you judge, remember that Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease. It is not caused by or made worse by eating sugar as long as treated properly with insulin. :)

We are grateful for insulin and grateful for the wonderful doctors and nurses at our children’s hospital that helped us on this new journey.  Overnight my son went from feeling incredibly sick to returning to his happy, bouncy self.  

When I think about how much brain power it takes for us to keep track of his insulin needs, I see how incredible God is for making organs that can do so much work without us having to think about it.  Diabetes has made me more grateful.  It has robbed me of much sleep and taken away some of my “me” time.  Diabetes has made me a better mom.


Spectacular Softies Contest: Pinky the Pom Pom Turtle

Leave it to Sew Mama Sew to throw a contest that I really want to enter.  I can’t remember the last time I entered an online contest. The Spectacular Softies Contest sounded so fun and I’m not even normally a softie maker.  I think I’ve sewn three total.  Maybe.  Here is entry #1:  Pinky, the Pom Pom Turtle.
Pom Pom Turtle
Pink linen, wool felt and lots of hand-stitched pompoms.  Pinky deserved a name full of alliteration and fun.

Here’s her belly.  Poor girl was only on her shell for a moment.

Turtle Under

And now, to her great relief, she’s right side up again.  Here’s an aerial view.

Turtle aerial

The rules say I can enter more more than one softie.  Bet you can’t guess what my next post will be!

Spectacular Softies Contest: Coffee the Pompom Sheep

My second entry to the Spectacular Softies Contest from Sew Mama Sew:  Coffee the Pompom Sheep.
Pom Pom Sheep

Are you seeing a theme here?  I went a little pompom crazy for this softie contest.  But they are just so fun.  And soft!  They are really soft.  Perfect for softies.  This baby was sewn and stuffed, then covered with hand-stitched pompoms.
sheep feet

You’re probably wondering why a creamy white sheep would be named Coffee, aren’t you?  Well, there is a good reason.  When I was ready to sew her little feet on, I realized that I didn’t have any brown pompoms.  So I mixed up some super strong coffee, soaked some oversized creamy pompoms in it overnight and out came my brown feet.  They turned out perfectly – still soft enough to stitch, but sturdy enough to hold her weight.

Sewing these softies was super fun.  Thanks to Sew Mama Sew and her #6weeksofsofties for the inspiration!


Custom Rubber Stamps

I love the internet!  Just a generation ago there would have been no way to easily do half of the crafty things I like to do.  Case in point: a custom rubber stamp.  This is my handwriting – sort of.  My handwriting isn’t actually this nice.  I stretched, refined and beautified it in Photoshop, then sent it off  and a few days later I had a couple of cute stamps.

Hello stamp

I know handwritten cards aren’t as common as they used to be but I still like to send one out every once in a while. You just can’t hold a cute email in your hands!


Craft Apple

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, crafting is my apple. It's what I do to maintain my sanity while taking care of my family. I homeschool my three boys, ages 11, 12, and 13), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and a pattern designer.
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