Maker Moments

Plotting, planning, matching.
Wondering if the abstract print is a little too “80’s” for me since I grew up in that era.
Hoping that this really beautiful book can accommodate my American frame (36 inch bust? Not since jr. high!). I love the simple design and clean lines. My plan is to adjust the patterns and see what happens.
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Mint Syrup tutorial


I made this the other day and just remembered I wrote this tutorial in 2012, when we lived in a different home, with loads of mint! I can’t seem to get a good herb garden growing here but I’ll keep trying! One thing I did differently this time was I let the syrup sit, unstrained for a few hours, making it more “minty”. Feels like summer is slipping through my fingers, get it while you can friends!

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One thing about mint in the garden is that it kind of takes over.  The bad thing about this is that it can crowd your other plants, in a small garden like ours this can be a problem. The good thing is that mint is very tasty!

I make a nice Simple Syrup with the mint which you can use in Mojitos, Iced Tea, and slush (great with raspberries!).

Gather your mint and rinse if necessary.

Chop the mint.

The ratio to make syrup is like this,

1 1/2 cup chopped mint

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

Boil together for 5 minutes.

Strain solids and place into clean jars.  Mint syrup is good in the fridge for about 2 weeks.  You can also freeze it and use for drinks!

I had about 12 cups chopped mint which resulted in about six jars of syrup.

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Junior Craft Wizard

Isn’t it nice when you teach your child something – and they really run with it and enjoy it?

This is a brag post – look at what my eight year old daughter made, all by herself!  Millie threaded every needle herself, I’m truly impressed.  Most importantly?  She is enjoying herself!


Credit to my friend Meg for the Junior Craft Wizard title – it was so appropriate!  Thank you Meg!

Crafting up a storm!

We’ve been inspired over here by the snow storm. My daughter Millie made some clothes for her Mimi Kirchner dolls, she did a lot of the work herself and picked out the fabric, which at times is the hardest part! So many choices….



Just look at that happy face, so proud!

I made some cookies from felt for my youngest, Eloise. She needed a little something for her kitchen, it’s been a while. Must of her play food
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Gifts of a different kind

My daughter has a gift.  That gift is called dyslexia.  Now some of you might think that’s crazy to call a learning disability a gift and I would be inclined to agree with you at times.  But I believe Annabelle is a gift and part of being Annabelle is being dyslexic.  The constant need to really understand things comes from her not being able to understand it the first time around.  She needs to get the finer complexities of things.  That takes time.  That takes a LOT of time.  And you know what?  That makes her understand whatever she is trying to wrap her head around better than most.  She gets it.  She remembers details and empathizes.  She feels a lot for people and animals and struggles.  And that is part of Annabelle’s gift, which is tied up in her being dyslexic.

I had an inner debate whether to blog about this or not.  On the one hand, I don’t blog much anymore.  I feel I don’t have the time and I’m tired at the end of the day.  There isn’t as much free time to photograph the fun things I do with my girls and often I get overwhelmed just thinking of how to write a tutorial on how to recreate what we’ve made.  And also – did Annabelle even want me to talk about it?  This is a sensitive subject for her right now.  I’d need her to read this before I published it.  What would she think?

On the other hand, one of the main reasons I stopped blogging so frequently was because my oldest daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia.  She wasn’t absorbing my time so much as was the schools, the fights with the schools, the worry, worry, worry over her not “fitting in” and the anxiety that produced – for both of us. This came to a head this year and we hired a tutor rather than fight the school.   And I see some of her struggles to understand as being part of her gift.  Her struggle makes her kinder, more understanding and sensitive to the injustice of others. And that’s a gift!

And it’s worked.  She’s doing better.  We also bought her a kindle and that helped too.  But she still struggles, it can be lonely for her at times as she feels like no one else has dyslexia.  I know there are other kids with dyslexia in her class, but they don’t talk about it.  Annabelle is a girl who NEEDS to talk.  She has always been a chitter-chatter kind of kid and she needs that outlet.  So she started a blog.  So she can talk about being her, being dyslexic, and find her peers who are willing to share their struggle or just stop by and read her story.

I hope you will read my daughters blog, follow it, comment and share it.  Annabelle is a bright, loving girl with a lot to say, a big heart and a strong moral compass and sense of justice.  She wants to help other kids and share her story.  I think this is a good start.  You can read her blog at

Thank you friends!



ps. And maybe if she writes her own blog I’ll have the time to do more of my own!

Open Shop!!!

Friends, I’ve opened a shop!

You can find it through this link or on my “shop” tab.  I’m making vintage necklaces again along with beautiful statement necklaces that double as a great teething necklace for mothers.  Kindly pass the word on, I do appreciate it!





Gifts for little ones, made by (not quite as) little ones.

My sister had a baby boy recently, so I finally have a nephew!  Yippee!!!  In our family, there is me and my two sisters.  I have three girls, my middle sister has three girls and now my youngest sister, bucking the trend, gave us a little boy.  How lucky are we???

My girls wanted to make this wee little one some nautical themed gifts.  My sister is very cool, has a great sense of style and might work for one of the most amazing fashion companies ever.  She puts me to shame she’s so fancy.  Needless to say, she can buy anything for that baby boy, but we all know here she would love handmade over anything bought.

Here is what the girls made:

Annabelle made a pot of lobsters. The lobsters are made from Michael Miller fabric, backed with red twill.  The pot is made from heavy duty canvas and it’s lined with fusible fleece which made it sturdy and very pot-like.  Annabelle did a great job, the whole idea was hers and I think the execution is great.

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Millie made a Mama fish, fashioned from her favorite pink sweater, and some babies from my sisters sweater.  How sweetly sentimental is that?  Millie made her own pattern for the fish and they are part machine an d part hand-sewn.   Millie is a sweetheart and she worked hard on those fishy eyes!

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The thing I like about this best is the pride the girls have in making something unique, that’s from the heart.  They love their Auntie and now they love that baby!!!

What did I make?  A baby quilt of course!  How cool is that orange and blue lobster fabric?  I did a really easy strip quilt, though to be honest it took me forever!  And I can’t figure out why since really, shouldn’t this have been super easy?  I mean, it’s all straight lines!

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And because I wanted my sister to have something sort of  “girly” for her, I made her a matching necklace from the quilt fabric.  She loves it and it can double as a teether.  I’ll post a tutorial on how to make the necklace soon, it was easy and I got to use my fabric scraps.

Congratulations to my beautiful sister and brother inlaw on their beautiful baby boy!

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