Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Versatile Blogger Award

A big thank you to Patty at Fabric Sticks and Strings - for awarding me the "Versatile Blogger Award!" Patty loves to create beautiful one of a kind things to brighten your home!
She uses only the highest quality cotton fabrics, threads and yarns in her pillows, table runners, quilts and other home decor items.
Check out her etsy shop

My job now is to tell you 7 things you might not know about me.

1. I have two boston terriers, one is a "Bugg" (Pug + Boston Terrier = Bugg) 10 & 6 years old.
2. I have ran 1 full marothon (26.2 miles) and 2 half marathons (13.1 miles), and various other smaller races. I will run more races someday soon to raise money for leukemia & breast cancer.
3. I love cheese.
4. I used to be in a book club. I wish I still was because I have loved to read since I was a little girl.
5. Before my current property managing position I was a toddler teacher at a local child care center. 6. I wish I could play an instrument.
7. I want to have my second baby in the next year or so.

Now for the list of 15 blogs to pass the torch to...The list of amazing, creative, pasionate bloggers you must check out !!

A.A Van Hoof
Art by Julia Skerry
Be More with Less
Cute and Creepy's Cannibalized Cuties!
Greenie Marie
Jillian Rene Decor
Just Kutz
Run 2 the Wild
Simon and Ruby
The Beauty of Life
Winter Sinking Strokes
Tranifer's Wonky Critters
Bliss Works Studio

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hoot Hoot

Hello fellow OWL LOVERS! "My table Monday - Mini Owl post" was reblogged on this Hoot Hoot "collection of owls" Blog! Check out some of these amazing owls that this blog is "sharing - to enjoy," & go here to enjoy more:

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Work in Progress - "Hop Hop" the Bunny Rabbit

I sketched the bunny first.
I then made the sketch into pattern pieces.
I pin the pattern pieces to the felt so I can hand cut all the shapes.
Using embroidery thread I hand stitch all the details like eyelashes and whiskers before I pin all the pieces together to be stitched together. The last step not shown here is to stuff the bunny with polyfil.
"Hop Hop," the Bunny arrived just in time for Spring!! "Hop Hop," would make a perfect gift for a new baby, or for Easter as it is just around the corner! He will be listed in my etsy shop in a few short days. I can make him in any color combination you can dream up. xox

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Shop Feature: Ruff House Art

I'm sure you are aware there are so many amazing shops on Etsy! I really want to take a stand to get to know who is behind some of these wonderful shops. I found Ruff House Art the other day while browsing for love birds. I found her love bird coasters to be clean, simple, and affordable - featured a few days ago on my Love Bird Friday Five post.  

From affordable wedding invitations, and personalized stationery, to party invites, and paper coasters...

"Everything we do is from the heart. We mix hip new designs with old-fashioned printing techniques. Our love of letterpress is matched only by our joy of bringing to life your ideas. All design, pressing, and production is done in our Lawrence, KS studio, ensuring that every piece is done with precision and passion. A small shop, with big heart, and endless ideas." ~Ruff House Art

Ladies and Gents I would like to introduce to you "Jill" from Lawrence, KS, of "Ruff House Art - a Letterpress & Custom Design Studio."

Name 3 random things about yourself:
1. Hugs and kisses from my 2 year old daughter, Mila, are my bliss.
2. I love old VW's. I drive a bug and someday hope to own a VW bus.
3. I regularly have a collection of at least 3 coffee cups on my desk.

Tell me about your craft: Ruff House Art began in 2009 with one designer, one Chandler & Price Letterpress and a whole lot of creativity and ambition. Today, Ruff House Art is proud to offer a superbly creative line of wedding stationery and home & office retail products. We aim to be as Eco-conscience as possible. All of the paper products contain at least a little recycled content with most containing 100% recycled content. Even the coasters are 100% biodegradable. The Seeded Line of greeting cards is the most eco-friendly with a beautiful flower bed embedded into every card.

What's your favorite part of running an Etsy shop? Definitely the people. People that shop Etsy, do so because they want a personal experience. They want a one-of-a-kind product and experience.

What made you fall in love with Etsy? The versatility of the artist. You can literally find everything - food, furniture, gifts, decor, it!

Are you super neat and organized in your craft room? HA! I wish! I would like to say that I am organized in my own way. This is definitely something that I work on and maybe I am just too critical of myself as our recently hired intern was impressed by our organization.

What is your favorite material to work with? Paper, of course.

What is your favorite listing in your shop? This is a tough question and the answer changes daily. I love all our coasters and am probably most proud of that product line. But I am super excited about our most recently line of wall clocks.

What are your favorite flowers to receive? Daisy's, without a doubt.

What is your favorite sweet snack? Brownies....cookies, iced coffee. I have a soft spot for sweets! Name the first word or image that comes to mind: Brownies - I hadn't quite moved on from the previous thought. Wondering if I have enough ingredients to go make some, hmm...

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years with your business? I started the company three years ago and never would have guessed I would be this far along already. I have big plans and endless ideas. Right now I am focused on the retail line and taking it to the National Stationery Show in May. I hope to gain a solid client list. I would ideally like to have a few more letterpresses, a couple of employees and one amazing office/retail space.

You can find Jill at her website or on etsy:

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Friday, February 10, 2012

Work in Progress - Custom Order Owl Friends

Are you interested in a custom order? I happily welome custom orders at my etsy shop - to match your bedding, themes, or color schemes. For custom ordering go to:

Today i Hart - My Son's Art Wall

My Table Monday - Mini Owl Edition

All cut out, pinned together, ready to be stitched. Are you in love with these cuties? Do you want to see others? Check out my other listings at What does your table look like today?

DIY - Business Cards

Friday Five - Love Birds

Project Mommyhood

Wife and mama to three, Lindsay Stone McGowan, has a feature of my owl giveaway on her blog, Check out her awesome blog about parenting!

The Beauty of Life

Michelle Stiles’"The Beauty of Life," blog has a feature on my Etsy shop. Check out my feature and see all the amazing things she is up to from baking and recipes to yoga and crafts at: You are an inspiration Michelle!!