It's a scrappy stitching kind of day...

This style isn't for everyone.
It's random, outside the lines, and my style.

 I'm not perfect, and neither is my stitching.

I love adding beads....

lace scraps and mother of pearl buttons.

A little bright for me,
but I'm getting tired of gray winter days.

Thanks for looking!


Creating a shabby chic bag with scraps

Chores done, a snowy weekend, and time on my hands.
I gathered some linen and denim scraps,
and decided to have a little fun.

I decided to make a rectangle bag,
with squared off corners.

I cut up this thin white linen 
which probably was used as a tablecloth, or bedspread.

I lined the bag with blue denim,
and added one simple white denim pocket.

I save my paint stained muslin
used to mop up spills from other projects,
I chose some blues and greens to
 applique this whimsical flower,
which I placed off center on the front
of the bag,

A denim patch pocket is sewn on the back, 
also sewn off center,

A close up of the focal point.

The back pocket needed a little embellishing.

This is a closeup of the bead work
to add dimension to the flower.

This tote has been added to my etsy shop


Rainbows in January...

A quick rain shower while fishing....

It's been a couple weeks since returning from vacation.
We have received over 4 feet of snow since being home,
and 18 more inches are predicted this weekend.

I can still feel the warmth of the sun,
and see the beautiful rainbows.

An early morning shower....

Taking the ferry from St. Thomas to St. John,
I happened to look out the window just in time
to see the rainbow.

I remember the anticipation of seeing my son,
only minutes away as we are on the
last stint of our journey to St. John.

I will post more pictures in the days to come.
For now I need to inspect new damage sprouting
around the house from the incredible amount of snow 
in the past 2 weeks.

Early signs of trouble ahead I am afraid.
The joys of New England weather.


Oh, the memories....

I'm back in New England 
after a couple incredible weeks in the Caribbean.

These are spectacular views
from the Peace Hill Ruins.

Trunk Bay
A typical tourist beach.
Luckily, my son was our tour guide,
and brought us to his favorite spots,
that were more secluded 
and frequented by the natives.

Every viewpoint was breathtaking.

My first day back from vacation
I came down with some kind of stomach bug.
Followed by a hacking cough,
and then a reaction to the codeine cough syrup.

Since being home,
we received over 4 feet of snow,
and paid for 7 snow removals.

This morning, pinch me I'm dreaming!
Can it possibly be snowing again?
Absolutely not dreaming.

Well, there are always 
the memories to reflect on.

I will eventually share more photos
of my trip in the days to come.
For now, I need to
prepare to do a little more shoveling.  :>(


Cheeseburger in paradise...countdown.

Happy New Year!
Looking forward to seeing my son soon.
Days away....countdown.....





Seize the opportunities.

Have no regrets.

My cheeseburger is waiting,
along with a Pina Colada....or two.

Pass the sunscreen.


The best of all gifts

Missing my son 
and looking forward to seeing him soon.
One of my favorite gifts.
A photo of him, with the 
word "MOM" on his snowboard. 

My little Santa collection.

 A gift from Michele.

Polly and Amy contributed to my nutcracker collection.

Our first nutcrackers.

Back in the day when I was painting.


Love at first sight when I spotted 
this little paper mache elves.

Whimsical snowmen shelf sitters.

Remembering our first Christmas by candlelight.

The dynamics of the holidays do change year-to-year.
This year I am not having a tree,
and decided to simplify my decorating.

I only brought out my favorites;
snowmen, Santas and Nutcrackers.

It feels right.
and feeling totally blessed.


Punch Needle Ornies with Bling

 Red Punch Needle Beaded Ornament

I love beads!
Can't resist adding a little zest
to punch needle ornaments!
Traditional red snowflake.

 Kelley Green Punch Needle Beaded Ornament

The snowflakes were a little tricky.
Green & purple together; a little funky!

 Cream Punch Needle Beaded Ornament

I love the natural soft tones on this one.

Merry Holidays!
Did I really just say that?

Scrappy Chic

 Scrappy Chic Applique Pillow

I decided to create something with my HUGE stash
of painted fabric used to clean up paint spills.

I cut out shapes without a pattern,
and without an idea.
I love flowers, and decided to go with flower shapes.

I am a huge fan of Rebecca Sower,
and the artistic/poetic compositions 
she creates with thread, buttons, and lace etc....

She was my inspiration for this pillow.
I didn't fret about the composition.
I just let it all fall into place.

When I was done, I decided to sew it to a pillow.
It's very scrappy, but it's speaks to me.
I like to think of it as "scrappy chic".

Today is a rather chilly fall day,
and I am playing with a new camera lens,
after my primary lens has become quite blurry 
and sadly requires repair.
I panic when I don't have a camera handy,
so yesterday I purchased a new basic lens.
This pillow was a perfect subject for that project.
I think I'm happy for now.

I have some new fresh ideas
to use up some of that painted fabric.
Stay tuned, as I think my muse is back!

Thanks for looking.