I’m laundering, dusting, straightening, vacuuming, everything, the whole house today, when inspiration strikes. The majority of the knotted rag rug tutorials I’ve seen require some kind of grid to knot the scraps to.  I’ve seen the braided rag rugs that … Continue reading

Just Do It Already!

I wanted to post more on this blog…but…I look at other blogs and their pictures are so pretty and I just feel inadequate.  Enough of that already!  Who cares?  You tell your kids practice makes perfect.  So practice already!

Wasn’t that a nice trip through my brain?

I have been waiting for lightning to strike my brain for a creative way to post pics of all the fun things I made for my kitchen, but I’ve had nothing for months.  What can I say?  I love the little homey and birdy touches I’ve added to my kitchen and I hope you like them too.




My reversible seat covers. I made my own pattern, which is probably why they aren’t long enough. They are pretty and bright and do a great job of covering the majority of the stained seat cushion. The best part is that they are easy to remove and wash.


I added this banner to the top of my patio door curtain. When I washed the curtain it shrank and the neighborhood kitties that were visiting my back porch were upsetting my kitties.



This is my grocery bag holder. Wasn’t it nice of Milo to pose for me? I had to hang this higher because the kitties and my four year old couldn’t leave it alone. I used this tutorial (link below) from Make It & Love It. I love her blog!


I also made a birdy apron to match.  I posted it here: https://dontworrysewhappy.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/overwhelmed-by-the-possibilities/.  I also made hanging towels, but mine is dirty and I gave the rest away, so I’m waiting on pics from those people.  Then I’ll do a post about making hanging towels.

Remember, creativity takes courage.




All Day Son! All Day!

If you have never watched the television show The New Girl, I highly recommend that you do.  I love Zooey Deschanel and the rest of the cast.  I love that Zooey’ s character, Jess, randomly breaks out in song, is clumsy and ditzy and I love her wardrobe most of all.  I also randomly break out in song, am clumsy and ditzy and I really wish I could dress like Jess every day.  Although I love Jess, I have a special little place in my heart for Max Greenfield’ s character, Schmidt.  I love the hilarity that ensues whenever he is disgusted by something his roommates do.  The episode with the towel that he and Nick have been unknowingly sharing (you have to watch it to truly appreciate it) is one of my favorites.  My most favorite is the Thanksgiving episode where Jess is trying to parent trap her parents, played by Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner.  My favorite part is when Schmidt’s cousin, played by Rob Riggle, and Schmidt are in a competition to see who is the Real Schmidt.  During their competition, they start saying, “I could do this all day son!  All day!  All day son!” and they keep saying it.  Now, anytime my hubby and I hear anyone say “all day”, we have to start repeating the lines.

I was starting to work on some aprons I’m making out of jeans.  As I’m sewing, along with the feelings of elation that the sewing is going so well, I immediately hear in my head, “All day son!  All day!”  I had to stop and post because this idea wouldn’t go away.  What is in your head when you are creating?  I suffer from anxiety and depression and so I have to be careful that I’m staying positive and not letting self-doubt dictate my day.  I love all types of music, but I don’t listen to country music because often the themes discussed are heavy and will bring me down fast.  I love reading, but stick to romance novels or books about sewing because anything that has darker issues can affect my mood.  I don’t like scary movies because it is hard for me to come down from the extra anxiety produced by the film and I hate when I finally return to my normal state only to wake up in the middle of the night with my heart pumping from a movie induced nightmare.

When I am sewing, I listen to upbeat music and I keep my thoughts positive.  I have learned to love my seam ripper, instead of dreading when I have to use it.  If my sewing goes wonky, instead of immediately ripping out the weird stitches, I take a step back, breathe and try to find a solution that doesn’t involve starting over.  Sometimes the answer to uneven stitching is to think of your sewing as an algebra problem.  Do the same thing on the other side, and it doesn’t look so weird.  Sewing has been so good for me because I force myself to see the positives and I do my best to ignore the negatives.  Sometimes there is no other answer than to start over.  But that is okay too.  Just because you aren’t where you thought you’d be, doesn’t mean you’re not where you should be.  Every stitch ripped out is a lesson learned.  Breathe deep and keep sewing.  ‘Cause you can do this all day.  All day son!  All day!