Stored Up/ Sunday Sampler

In my boxes and multitude of photo albums, I have quite a few gems. Sharing my wedding picture takes it back 30 years as of last Monday. We had recently lost my father to cancer 6 months prior, so the event took on a bittersweet spirit. At least in my mind. Mother took the bull by the horn so to speak to insure I had a beautiful wedding day. With a simple budget, we managed to pull it off. I understood the sacrifice this was to her and I am deeply grateful. And this year she joined FaceBook. Thanks to my aunt’s generous gift to her of a laptop, my mother can finally read my blogs first-hand, my sister’s posts, and those of all her grandchildren, and keep up with the huge family we come from. There are a ton of us!


So Happy Mothers Day and have a wonderful day!

As a mother, I have been blessed with two beautiful daughters. So now it’s my turn to turn the table this Mother’s Day 2017.


Sunday Sampler is a weekly challenge to showcase handmade items. This week I’ve chosen to reuse an old photo that I plan to have framed. Old photos of real moments in my life are the most cherished. Take hold of those stored up photos and Create!

Not a Space Blanket/Sunday Sampler

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Nope. It’s not a space blanket.

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It’s the Mother’s Day surprise from my daughter. We’d been to our town’s new Hobby Lobby recently and I’d pointed to the metal contraption you see here and said in passing that I could use one of those. It is a pair of pliers for plastic snaps. The ones in the store didn’t have the rainbow of colorful snaps you see here included. They were separate. Her economics degree came in handy since she found this All-in-one set with an awl and all those snaps.

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And I just happened to have a bib hanging around that needed a fastener. This will be so much quicker that sewing on Velcro or a sew-on snap. Thank you Rachel!

Happy Mother’s Day!

A Little Latino/ Sunday Sampler

I’m back from the A to Z Challenge and with that I’ll begin the Sunday Sampler again. To start I’m showcasing Momma’s Set of 2 Flour Sack Towels with this picture.


Mother hand cuts, hems and then hand embroiders these. A true exhibit of her talent.

These were just listed today on Etsy. Click here to take a shop stroll.

Aunt Glenda Inspired/ Letter A

First off, welcome to the 2016 A to Z April Blog Challenge, my version. You will hopefully find a little inspiration for yourself among my posts this month. This will be my 3rd year in a row, 2nd time on this blog, to participate.  My theme for this round is Creativity. Be sure to say hello and let me know you dropped by. I’d love to hear from you!  I hope you’ll take time to visit some of the other bloggers out there.

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When my husband and I got married, one of my favorite wedding gifts came from Aunt Glenda. She appliqued a set of 4 flour sack towels for us and I still love having them out on display. They serve double duty here as they make great covers for my appliances. I could put those gadgets all away like the picturesque kitchens in magazines. But my kitchen is a ‘working’ kitchen. We make 3 meals a day most of the time. I am a licensed home childcare provider and we feed home cooked meals here. My little applique towels keep my kitchen cheerful.

So recently I made a version of my own.

Here’s a before and after of the applique piece. The embroidery is hand stitched. I hadn’t hand embroidered for a long time so I needed to brush up a bit before I started. This little project has a lot of promise for future gift giving. Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, house warmings, Mother’s Day (don’t forget your Mom, Sunday,May 8) or just for myself.

And, by the way Aunt Glenda, You’re pretty awesome!





Some Butterflies

Recycling got me through a Butterfly theme last week.


Cereal Boxes became lacing shapes.


Old tagboard Butterflies helped us find ‘our number’


Expired posters from a Mom’s workplace were donated to let us practice counting sets. More about what’s on the reverse side later.


Scrap paper from cuttings became a part of our Mother’s Day gift.


Ta Da!!!! A Butterfly Magnet for Mom’s refrigerator!

Happy Mother’s Day!!