Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tag!! I’m it!


Adrienne from Happy Hour Projects tagged me! I love these bloggy “games” :) Get ready to learn some random things about me :)


  • You must post the rules.  
  • Answer the 11 questions that the tagger posted for you & then create 11 questions to ask the people you've tagged. 
  • Tag 11 people and link them in your post. 
  • Let them know you have tagged them. 

If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?

This is tough! I’d say blonde, my bff Jac says Inspiring, my friend Amber says funny and Jen says fun. (yes I took a

What's your guilty pleasure?

Coffee with whipped cream and caramel sauce on top!Its so baaaaddd! But I love it :)

Socks or barefoot?

I used to be a barefoot kinda girl, but with knee issues, icky carpet (its going soon! I hope) and a puppy that has a foot fetish, I’ve become a socks and shoes girl.

What's the fastest way to make you mad?

The thing that makes me mad the fastest is when I see someone being picked on. I can’t stand injustice and I’ve always been one to cheer for the underdog.

What's your favorite time of day? 

My favorite part of the day is the hour or 2 I spend curled up with my laptop (and/or a good book) and a cup of coffee. Its usually first thing in the morning. I love just relaxing, getting caught up on blogs that I follow and planning my day.

What's your most embarrassing moment you dare to share?

When I was about 10 years old, my family lived on a chicken farm. One day we had friends over and decided to play hide and seek. I was running along the cement wall that edged the manure pit, when I slipped and fell! I was chest deep in chicken poop! Since the other kids were incapacitated with laughter, I had to wade/crawl my way out! I still get teased about it to this very day.

Sweet or Salty?

Yes! Winking smile

What's the story about whichever you prefer to share: either your first car, or your first kiss?

First car… I was 16 and since my Dad is a mechanic, I had a beater of a blue station wagon! I think it lasted 6 months before it bit the dust for good.

If you could only have one box of craft supplies, what would be in it?

Definitely would have to have pencil crayons, a note pad, fabric, needles, thread, yarn and crochet hooks. Ok… so it would have to be a BIG box :)

What's something you're proud of?

A little over a year ago I was diagnosed with Severe Ulcerative Colitis, since then I have made some pretty significant lifestyle changes. I also moved to a new country, started a blog and online shop and got married! I’d have to say I am pretty proud of everything that I’ve done in the past year.

What is the best gift someone could give you?

Other than diamonds,a big box of Lindor chocolates, or yards and yards of fabric? I’d have to say the best gift some could give me would be their time. I’m a quality time kinda person. There is nothing I love more than chatting for hours over a cup of hot coffee.


Now, 11 bloggers to tag... Its cool if you don’t play along, but I’d love to read your answers to my questions :)

Jac from babEblessings

Jewel from The Intrepid Thread

Steph from the Silly Pearl

Cyn from Misadventures of a Chunky Goddess

Rachel from Maybe Matilda

Lisa from Lisa’s Craft Blog

Brandi and Meig from Crafty Girls Squared

Rachel from Imagine Gnats

Cassie from Live Laugh L0ve

Kristine from The Foley Fam {Unedited}

Michelle from the Momma Bird


11 Questions for you to Answer :)

  1. What are your thoughts on the color purple?
  2. Worst or most disastrous project ever?
  3. Household chore you hate the most?
  4. What is your secret talent?
  5. If a movie was made of your life, what actress would you want to play you?
  6. French Toast or Pancakes?
  7. What was your favorite childhood toy?
  8. If you could go onto any game show on TV which one would it be and why?
  9. Would you rather vacation in a fancy pants urban hotel, a cabin in the woods or a cottage by the sea?
  10. Who was your first crush on?
  11. Glass half full or half empty? (I won’t judge if you’re a Debbie downer Winking smile)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pinned it, Made it! Features :)

I’m a little bit late getting these posted today… don’t you just love when life intrudes on your well planned out day?
Thanks to everyone who linked up this week! I love seeing what you’ve been pinspired to create… and I even pinned a few things of my own to try :)

This weeks top viewed link is:
Kate from My Very Own Happy Ending’s version of the June Bug Dress

My top 3 picks this week are:
Super yummy looking Cheesy Bread from Thrifty Crafty Girl

Cameron from Cameron Homemade came up with a clever way to make Fabric Tape!

Love this old window turned Photo Display from Julie at Crafty Imaginings :)

Be sure to grab your Featured button!

See you Friday for another Pinned it, Made it!  :D

Monday, February 27, 2012

I learned some Life Lessons…

While making this Quilt!
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Yep its true… quilting can teach you things. Well it taught me a few things anyways…
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#1. Ironing is not a suggestion, it’s a Commandment when it comes to quilting and highly recommended for the rest of life too.
#2 Measure, Calculate, Measure, Calculate and Measure some more BEFORE you cut!
#3 After all that measuring and calculating, make sure that your squares are straight! (Ok that is mostly a sewing related lesson… but I am sure there is something practical in there for the rest of life too!)
#4 Before running off with wild ideas, check with friends (and maybe even, oh say, the INTERNET) to see if someone has “been there, done that” and might have some tips to make it easier.
#5 Make sure that your dog doesn’t chew your whiteout bottle, causing, unbeknownst to you, whiteout to get all over your hand. What happens if you then go to, oh I don’t know, put the binding on your quilt and you get whiteout all over the quilt you slaved over for hours? (true freaking story!)
#6 If your Father-in-law is nice enough to fix a squeaky piece of machinery for you, thank him profusely, BUT make sure you check it for oil spots and wipe the heck out of it when you get it home!!

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Please don’t look too closely at these pictures… you might just catch some of the many (millions) of errors and mishaps involved in bringing this bit of ghastliness to life! Good thing it was always intended to be mine!
Happy Flipping Monday! :p

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Linky Love Blog Hop

I just got Linky Tools! Yay I’m one of the cool kids now ;) To celebrate I’m participating in the Linky Love Blog Hop! Check it out, and LINK UP!

What you NEED to know...

1. you MUST have the LINKY FOLLOWERS tool on your site to participate.
If you see that your link has been deleted you need to add the LINKY FOLLOWER tool to your site and then come back over and re-enter your link
{You can have both the LINKY FOLLOWERS & GFC on your site but you must have the LINKY FOLLOWERS toolto participate in this party hop.}
2. You MUST follow the person who has the party on their site as a thank you.
3. Just add your blog button to the LINKY PARTY below.
4.Then grab the BLOG HOP code

5. Then you follow other bloggers–(as many as you want)

You will find the code right under the Linky Party where it says CLICK HERE TO ENTER–just under that it says: WHAT IS A BLOG HOP? GET THE CODE HERE. Click on GET THE CODE HERE and enter it into a post on your site. You can grab info from my post if it helps you with your post.

A little late…

But better than totally forgetting!

I participated in 2 giveaways for valentines day and met 2 Fabulous bloggers!
I was matched up with Sarah from adventuresofourfamily by Homemaker in Heels and Sabrina from Superfluous by Happy Hour Projects
I, of course, forgot to take pictures before I sent off my swap presents… yes I know… I’m blonde! But I got some wonderful art from these lovely ladies!
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Sarah made me this and she HAND STITCHED IT! I love, Love, LOVE it :)
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Sabrina made me this map art!!! With Texas and Ontario :) I’ve wanted something like this for ages. I was so excited when I opened the package! She also included some chocolate (gone in seconds of course), and a little pouch/purse with a few more goodies in it.

Thanks a million ladies! It was thrilling to meet you both and get to know you :)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Jumping on the Monogram Bandwagon!


Lately there have been tons of monogram’s popping up all over the place, and I LOVE them all! Since I’ve been married a little less than a month, its only fitting :)

Of course… not every project works out the way you imagine it…

I used masking tape and grey paint to make stripes… and this happened…

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Nasty, fuzzy, icky lines!

I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and seconds before I was ready to through this canvas in the trash I had a moment of pure inspiration! Cover it with fabric :)

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I remembered that I had almost a yard of this black and white chevron fabric in my stash, just waiting for the perfect project :)

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To make sure that the already painted stripes wouldn’t show through, I added a layer of white in between the canvas and the chevron fabric.

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Using a glue gun I attached the fabrics to the back of the frame, making sure to pull it nice and tight.

I had pained the “s” solid black… which would have worked well with the grey stripes. So I sprayed it with a light coat of white to give it a grey look… and then ran to grab some Sparkles!

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I covered the sparkle layer with a clear coat to help them stick (no one wants sparkles where sparkles don’t belong!)


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I absolutely adore the way it turned out and it looks fabulous on the “mantel” :)

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(Yes I know I need a better window treatment)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Pinned it, Made it! #7

So glad to have you join us this week at our Pinterest inspired party! Can’t wait to see what you’ve been inspired to create!

Pinned It, Made It! Party is hosted by Myself here on Finding my way, and my Bloggy BFF's Meig and Brandi, of Crafty Girl Squared! On Tuesdays, both blogs will post our top picks!! So that is double to chance to get featured :)
The "RULES":
Please, Please, Please follow both Finding My Way in Texas AND Crafty Girl Squared
Give Credit where Credit is due! Please include the ORIGINAL link from your inspiration, in your post. Life is more fun when we all play nice :)
Add our Button to your post so that others can discover this party and join in on all the fun!
Feel free to link up any project, be it food, craft or DIY, that you’ve been inspired to create because of something you pinned!
Can't wait to see what you create!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Random bits of things…




This is what a pile of 40 headbands looks like! Crazy! So glad to have these packaged and sent off to Shealynn for Creative Estate’s swag bags :)


Scoot sleeps in the weirdest positions. And yes he is half under an arm chair!


I picked this up at the grocery store… just in time for Old Faithful to pretty much bite the big one… Hopefully my Father-in-law will be able to fix him up so I can make some of the great projects in this magazine!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

(almost) Wordless Wednesday



Old Faithful is visiting the sewing machine doctor (aka my Father-in-law). I miss him!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pinned it, Made it #6 Features!

Thanks to everyone who linked up! I’m thrilled to see the numbers continue to climb a little higher every week :)

This weeks most viewed link is….
The Quiet Book from suburbiamomma !

My Top Picks this week are….

DIY Faux Mercury Glass from mrscraftypants

Looking yummy over at MooreBabies

Love this sign from Spruce Your Nest!

Be sure to grab your buttons!

Monday, February 20, 2012

A Quilt Fit for a Princess!


I mentioned last week that I was in the midst of a mad dash to get a quilt made for a little princesses birthday. Well, I finished 2 hours before I was to be picked up leaving me just enough time to wash and dry it and snap a few indoor (boo! hiss! stupid rain!!) pics before wrapping :)

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Yes it is taped over one of our doorways… there really wasn’t anyplace to take pics inside :s And the lighting is crap. I know :(

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I used the basics from In Color Orders Patchwork Chevron Quilt tutorial, but changed the size to match the squares of pink fabric I had and the size I wanted. Completed it was 44 inches square, the perfect size for a 4 year old.

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Before we could get to the presents we had to do some sliding and some cupcake eating!

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Then the little Princess F. got to open her presents :) She was so excited about the quilt. Much more excited that I anticipated. When I whispered to her that I’d MADE it just for her, she gave me the biggest grin, turned to her mom and said “Mom!!! She MADE this for ME!”

On the 40 minute drive home she HAD to snuggle under her new quilt.

Makes every stich, needle pricked finger, and ironed seam worth it!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Pinned it, Made it! #6

Thanks for joining us this week! I can’t wait to see what you’ve been “Pinspired” to create!
Pinned It, Made It! Party is hosted by Myself here on Finding my way, and my Bloggy BFF's Meig and Brandi, of Crafty Girl Squared! On Tuesdays, both blogs will post our top picks!! So that is double to chance to get featured :)
The "RULES":
Please, Please, Please follow both Finding My Way in Texas AND Crafty Girl Squared
Give Credit where Credit is due! Please include the ORIGINAL link from your inspiration, in your post. Life is more fun when we all play nice :)
Add our Button to your post so that others can discover this party and join in on all the fun!
Feel free to link up any project, be it food, craft or DIY, that you’ve been inspired to create because of something you pinned!
Can't wait to see what you create!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Today I am…


Today I am…

… barely awake! and its already noon! Mule and I are trying to adjust to his new jobs and a new work schedule. Both are great! but will take some getting used to.

…going to try and finish the squares for the princesses birthday quilt (the princess being a friends daughter). Her party is on Saturday and I’ve got a lot to do!

…thankful for my incredible Mom! Even though there are a couple thousand miles between us, she still inspires me with her strength and resilience.


…I’m part of a giveaway over at The Lovely Poppy! There is $450 worth of prizes up for grabs including a $25 shop credit to my store :)

… adding new items to my etsy shop! Woot Woot! Its only been a couple months since I’ve added anything new :s


These are crocheted camera strap covers. I was inspired by Maybe Matilda. But I used different yarns and added removable fabric rosettes for some added detail :) They’re $18 and ready to go! I’m also adding in some of the infant afghans I’ve created recently, including the wool eater baby blanket!


…I’m going on a picnic date with my hubs… but he doesn’t know it yet :) Should be fun!