Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!  
I wish you all a beautiful day!

Friday, November 12, 2010

I know...I's been a long while...

Hello out there!  I know it been a while since I last posted on my blog.  While I won't make excuses for myself,  but geee... I felt like I had some sort of writer's block!    I still do....  even though there a lot of ideas in my head that I would like to blog about...but where do I start??   Anyways, I truly enjoy surfing through blog world!   So much inspiration out there!  It's amazing!  It sure is easy to lose track of time!  

Anyways, I hope this finds you all well.  Hard to believe its November already!  I thought I would share with you some photos from Three Cedar Farms in Northville, Michigan.  They had the place so nicely
decorated.  They are now closed until the day after Thanksgiving as they are getting the place ready for Christmas.  
Three Cedar Farms
Is this a pumpkin or what???
Remember the story... The 3 little Pigs??
Mary had a little lamb its fleece was white as snow.....
By the way, where is the white lamb?  These lambs are  black!
I used to love this story!  So who gets to eat the bread??
OMG !   Remember these phones???
Antique Gas Pump!  Really cool! 
Junk Scraps put together = Cool Art! 
Love this wheel! 

YAY!  I finally did it!  A very overdue blog post!

Til next time ~Jan

Monday, May 17, 2010

Handpicked by Etsy for front page today!

OMG! I was on the front page of Etsy today! I did not know it at the time, but found out 5 hours later.  I  had noticed my Etsy hearts had jumped and wondered why.  Sure enough, after some researching, I had found that I was on the front page earlier this afternoon!  Thank you so much Etsy!!  You made my day! :) I am honored to be part of this collection of beautiful products!  Yippee!  Thank youuu!!!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Quilt Show!

Can you believe these are all quilts?  Its remarkable what these talented quilters could accomplish with fabric and thread.  It was a privilege to be able to view these beautiful quilts!

til next time ~Jan

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter Everyone!  I wish you all a  BEAUTIFUL Easter!  Enjoy the day! :)
~Jan xo

Sunshine Award

I am so honored to receive this Sunshine Award from Michelle!  Thank you so much for thinking of me!  She has a wonderful blog at  By Your Side   

I truly enjoy reading her blog!  You should check it out.  She has such a positive, bubbly attitude!  Much thanks to you, Michelle for sending me this award.

To accept this award, I was to choose 12 other bloggers that I enjoy.  That was hard to do, as there are so many great blogs out there!  But here goes my 12... in no particular order.

1.  Alisa from 
2.  Melynda from

3. Kelly Rae from 

4. Karyn from
5. Clair from PepperPi 

7.  Elaine from
8.  Sally from 
11.  Lupen from
12.  Liz from

Thank you all for all of your inspirational blogs!

Here are the rules, so please pass this award along....
The rules for accepting the Sunshine Award are:
- Put the logo on your blog or within your post.
- Pass the award onto 12 bloggers.
- Link the nominees within your post.
- Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
- Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

                           Til next time ...~Jan

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Circle of Friends Award

How excited I was to receive this 'Circle of Friends Award' from Pepperpi !  I love her shop and blog! She creates unique stuffed characters that have a personality of their own!  They are so cute!!  PepperPi has been a joy to tweet with on twitter.  I have also enjoyed reading her blog.

The conditions of accepting this wonderful blog award was for me to list 5 things that I like to do.  After creating that list,  I was to pass on this blog award to 5 more bloggers that I would like to learn more about...

Five things I love to do...

 1. I love to spend time with my family.  Time is so precious, and it has it's way of escaping us.   The years have gone by so fast, I do wish it would slow down.  The times that I am the happiest is when we are all together.  My oldest two are away at college, with the youngest in high school.

2. I love to CREATE!!! I live to create! It is my passion!  I always have a few things juggling in my mind about what I want to create next.  It brings such joy to my creative self.  There are so many new things that I want to try.  If only we had more hours to the day!

3. I love to read and browse through  crafty magazines and blogs!  I definitely lose track of time but it is well worth it!  I can't get enough of it! I love being inspired!

4.  I love to get together with my dear friends.  We have such wonderful times together.  I am very blessed to have a few friends that have been a part of me since I was 3 years old!!  What would we do without our girlfriends?
5.  I love my little pooch, Dakota.  She is such a sweet dog.  She is part Shih Tzu and part Brussel Griffon. She is so lovable!  So sweet!  and always by my side! 

This is going to be difficult for me to narrow down to five people that I would like to send this award to, as there are so many wonderful bloggers! 

1. Michelle from ByYourSide2009 
2. Laura from Bright, Bold & Beautiful
3.  Amy from Priddy Creations 
4. Suzannah from  Adventures in dressmaking
5. Leilani from  Studio Gypsy

Please pass the award along, and keep the Circle of Friends going!

Thank you so much, PepperPi, for sending this me 'Circle of Friends Award!  That was so sweet of you!

til next time...Jan 

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Mittens out of Old Sweaters!

As I sat down to lunch with a dear childhood friend, Theresa, she couldn't wait to show me her newest creation.  Mittens out of old sweaters!  As I looked at her beautiful 'new' mittens, I knew I wanted to try this myself.  A trip to salvation army was made right after our lunch.  I felt like a little kid again, as I used to spend hours with Theresa, creating whatever held our passion at that moment.  From quilting, knitting, crocheting, making doll clothes, creating doll houses out of cardboard and wall paper, decoupaging with Holly Hobby (remember those? )....the list goes on...  There was never a dull moment!

I bought three wool sweaters from Salvation Army that were suitable for felting.  As soon as I got home, I washed the sweaters in a hot washing machine, and dried it on the hottest cycle in the dryer.  Unfortunately, I have a front load washing machine, so it's not as effective as a top loading machine for machine felting.  Nevertheless, doing the washing and drying process twice was sufficient.

I downloaded the mittens pattern instructions from Studio5 .  This is the pattern I used.  I used gold fleece for the inner lining. 

The mittens are really nice and warm, but they are a little small for me.  It's an ideal size if you have small hands.  I would recommend enlarging the pattern slightly for adult sized mittens.

If you any old sweaters that are no longer being used, why not recycle them into mittens?  You  could even make scarves, hats, or whatever you want! :)

til next time   ~Jan

Sunday, February 14, 2010


 I wish you all a beautiful Valentine's Day!!!
Til next time....~Jan

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Won a Giveaway!

How surprised I was when I received a convo from Remaking Memories indicating that I had won a pendant from the 'Taking Remaking Memories Abroad' giveaway.  To enter the giveaway, Remaking Memories only asked that you  post a comment with the farthest destination you’ve ever traveled.   I mentioned that we had gone to Europe last year, which was a beautiful trip!!!  The winner of the giveaway was chosen randomly, and that lucky person happened to be me!! :-)

 I was to choose between these two pendants.  Boy, did I  have a hard time making up my mind!  I finally chose the black one.  Well, it just came in the mail!!  It's even more beautiful in person!   I love it!  In fact I am going to wear it today!

Remaking Memories has a shop on Etsy.  She has a lovely collection of pendants.  She can take a drawing of your child and place it in pendant for you! What a clever idea!
 Also, she can make a magnet for you out of one of your favorite photos.  Isn't that adorable?

Many thanks to you, Remaking Memories,  for this lovely pendant.  It is so pretty!  I wish you much success with your business!

Til next time ...~Jan

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


My son was so happy that we finally had a snow day.  We got about 10 inches of snow.  He spent the day with his friends sledding and then back to our house to chill.  In the meantime, I took a walk to the park which is a couple of blocks away and took these pictures. I thought I would share them with you.
Sledding hill....
They thought they were in paradise...
Norman Rockwell's grandson did these stone carvings

Too cold for bench warmers...

You see that heart ??? 
Anyone home?
Til next time......Jan