Friday, December 12, 2014


Use coupon code FB100 to get FREE U.S. SHIPPING on a purchase of $35 or more!

And new in my gift shop, Bon Bons and More - Cat Angels!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What I've been doing.....

I have a lot going on!
On the homefront, I'm trying to get my dining room chair seats recovered, which is not quite as quick as I thought it would be.  It's a little difficult to get the new fabric nice and tight, and looking OK.
The new fabric is the one on the left....

And I finally finished painting the frame around the new sliding door, and the valances are up...
(They look crooked in the picture, but they're not!)

On the creative front...I have been making time to get into my sewing room to make a few things for my gift shop.
I started making napkins!  I have a few sets listed now, with more to come.

I also made the decision to open another web site for my fabrics! Want a sneak peek?
Please's under construction...I have LOTS of fabric to add, and lots of other additions coming.  Keep an eye on it!

One more pretty picture...

Lucky Lizzy's is a boutique childs clothing shop on Etsy, and if you need a special dress, you have to shop there!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Before & After

We purchased our present home in May of this year.  The day we first saw it, we didn't think we were really ready to buy.  But when John and I walked out of the open house, we both looked at each other and said "I could live in this house."  We made an offer that evening, and it became ours!

Even though the layout was perfect for us, we knew right off the bat we wanted to make "a few" updates.  As you know, if you have ever done updates to a house, the word few does not apply.

So far, we have only worked in the kitchen (pretty much).  We got rid of almost everything in there - appliances, counter tops, sink, floor, and ceiling light fixtures.  I'll try to show you just a few before and after pictures....
 Original appliances, counter, and paint

New granite counter top and sink being installed

New backsplash

This shows the new appliances, but in the process of getting rid of the ugly recessed flourescent ceiling light.  We did keep the original cabinets.

The after shot of the new lighting.  I got this idea from Pinterest!

The new flooring (I guess I don't have a before pic of the original floor)

It's been a lot of hard work, but a lot of fun seeing it come together.  I don't know how many nights I spent browsing Pinterest for ideas....and I used a lot of the ideas I found there. I still have a few last touch ups to do, and hope to finish this week-end.  Then....on to the guest bathroom (see below...this was the previous owners deco job...not mine!  I couldn't believe the lava lamp! )

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Do you like to Repurpose?

 REPURPOSE - to change (something) so that it can be used for a different purpose
RECYCLE - to make something new from (something that has been used before; to use (something) again

I have always loved to repurpose and recycle...anything and everything.  I think I have a huge amount of pioneer DNA still flowing through my veins and heart, because I am always trying to find ways to "use it up & wear it out".

This spirit really shows in my attitude to creating my little fabric projects.  It absolutely kills me to throw scraps of fabric away.  In my process of cutting squares and tumblers to sell in my fabric shop, Fabric ala Carte, I save any bit that I "might be able to use someday"!

I have been rescuing nice cotton mens shirts from thrift stores, and die-cutting them into 5" squares for my shop.  But the whole time I was cutting them up, I was thinking of ways I could repurpose them.  Yesterday, I just jumped in and started sewing.

I had a whole bin full of the shirt scraps from cutting the squares, and I had saved 2 shirt fronts with the pockets.  This is what I came up with...

I'd love to know if you are a repurposer!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


I want you all to know, I truly am working on my "new" blog, even though it's not apparent.

I'm working up a plan, seeking answers to some questions, and thinking about what would be fun for me, and you!

Some of the categories I'm hoping to present are:
  • Quilting & crafting projects
  • Easy recipes (for when you're too busy being creative!)
  • Beautiful fabrics from my shop
  • Endearing pet posts
  • Some of my own creations
  • My home redecoration projects
  • And of course....much more
Soon you'll see some results of my brain storming!

Thursday, October 30, 2014


So I'm thinking about and planning a re-start here on my blog!
Keep an eye on me!

Thursday, July 10, 2014


I'm having a Christmas in July Sale in my gift shop, Bon Bons and More!
FREE SHIPPING to U.S. addresses with a minimum $30 purchase
You must use this coupon code as you check out - EtsyCIJ14

For instance, get free shipping on this pretty quilt!

Lucky Lizzy's is also having a Christmas in July Sale

Picture you little princess in this yummy dress!
For a limited time use coupon code CIJ2014 for 25% off everything in the store!
And please check out WE HIVE Personalized Story Books
These little books are so grandson loves his!  There are many different subjects to choose from!
$5.00 Off all Personalized story books
Coupon code: CIJ5OFF 

There are 1000's of other shops on Etsy having a CHRISTMAS IN JULY SALE!
Go to Etsy and search CHRISTMAS IN JULY, and you will be amazed!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Think Pink




Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Please visit my shop on Zibbet! 
I still have listings to add, but that is an ongoing process constantly!

 I'm adding more pre-cut 5" squares, 
and can do a custom order for you if you want a color group that is not listed yet.

My shop specialty is having fat quarters of all fabrics!
If you don't see the one you want, just ask!

And be sure to check out the CLEARANCE section!!