Sunday, December 27, 2009


This is the cookbook we made for my parents for Christmas. I had to put it on here because: A. I think the title is funny (we borrowed it from a family cooking blog) and B. I think the cover is cute.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Love Birds

I made this cute pair to give to my friends daughter for Christmas. I didn't use a pattern or anything, just some felt and a little bit of patterned fabric stitched together with fat messy stitches. Doesn't the expression on their faces and the placement of their little wings make you feel like they're on an awkward first date! Hee hee.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Guest Book

Admittedly, these photos are QUITE old, but I wanted to post them anyways. I made this guest book for my cousin several months ago, but just recently got the photos. I really liked the colors I got to work with!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

About Me Books

I made these little hardbound books for my nieces for Christmas. I got these cute books at a local bookstore. They are just, plain, unmarked, hardbound books. I decorated them with scrapbook paper, and then covered them with contact paper to protect them. I typed up a bunch of "about me" phrases on envelope labels. I stuck one on each page for my nieces to write about/ draw a picture.

Here's a couple detail shots. I bet you remember those hedgehogs huh?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Golden Book Journal

I am so excited about this project! I have a whole stack of vintage children's books that I've collected from DI and garage sales. I turned this one into a cute little journal. I just took the book apart (they're only stapled together), and mixed the pages inside with my own paper. I actually kept most of the existing pages. This one's pretty simple, but you can embellish as much or as little as you like. I had it spiral bound at a local copy center. I think this could be a really cute gift idea. Especially for baby showers and such.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

As Promised

These are the flowers I made for my nieces to wear in their hair. I'm so excited to give these to them for Christmas.

These ones are my favorite! I think they turned out so cute! I just kind of sculpted these out of fabric squares using an iron and hot glue.

Yet Another Rose Neclace

I purchased the chain from Target, and embellished it with pearls. I also attached some cute little charms beneath the flower: a bird, a leaf, and a key. I sculpted the flower and just glued it to the chain.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Isn't Autumn Just Lovely?

Flower Hairpin

This flower hairpin was super easy to make. I just downloaded a six petaled flower template off the Internet. Then, I cut it out five times. I folded four of those flowers in fourths. I laid the four folded pieces on top of the unfolded one. I stuck the whole thing together with hot glue and used a covered button for the center. That's it! I'm going to make several more for my cute nieces, so I will post them here when they're finished.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

New Wall Art

I had this 12x12 frame just itching to be filled with something lovely. This collage is some of my favorite things! My cute husband, Eiffel Tower, key... I love keys, especially old ones. Now if I can just find a place in my itsy bitsy apartment to display it.

What to do with 1,500 clear buttons:

Make a cute bracelet! Why did I purchase so many buttons you may ask? Well, they were only a dollar a pack, and you can never have too many clear buttons if you ask me. I just backed them with my favorite Sassafras paper and laced them with elastic. I wish I could photograph it cuter. I admit my bony writs looks a little creepy, but there wasn't any way to lay it flat. Hopefully, you get the general idea.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Neighbors Step In

I saw this story on the news, and it made me quite sad. I felt bad for George who seemed so lonely and forlorn. I was pleased that KSL did a follow up story on George just one week later (here). His neighbors saw a need, and quickly stepped in to fill it. Many people see a problem, and pause to think, "that's too bad," before going on with life. Others see a problem, and pause to think, "what can I do," and then they do it.

Here Comes...

I FINALLY got some pictures developed from my wedding and have been so excited to scrapbook some of them! It's quite refreshing to scrapbook for myself every once in a while.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Some of my latest creations. Lately I have been making tons of rose necklaces in dozens of pretty colors. They will be coming soon to a boutique near you!

See the Good: Pass it on

On my way to work I pass a couple of billboards that always make my day. This is one of them:

Sometimes, I will be driving to work wound up in my own schedule, or maybe even a little weary from the day-to-day of life when I will look up and see one of these billboards. They instantly remind me how many opportunities we have each day to make a contribution to the lives of those around us. I love that The Foundation for a Better Life sends messages of hope and optimism out into a world that so often focuses on the negative. There is good in this world, and lots of it. We just have to look to find it. You should check out their website here to see more of their awesome billboards. Be sure to check out the "good news" link. It's filled with inspirational stories from around the world that are happening every day.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Talk About Courage

Whenever I feel overwhelmed by life's struggles, it helps to remember this courageous lady: Stephanie Nielson. This sweet woman was in a near fatal plane crash, the aftermath of which she struggles with daily. Yet, every time I read her blog (here) I am touched by her relish for life, her bravery, her optimism, her perspective, and her insights. It is beautiful to see people who share hope in the face of adversity.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

What does your closet say about you?

I have a very particular way of organizing my closet. First of all, all of my hangers have to be white; I really dislike mismatching hangers. I think this means that I enjoy predictability in life. I don't particularly enjoy change, I'm always most comfortable in familiar circumstances. Second, I organize my shirts in rainbow color order, which I think means that I may be a little obsessive about organization. Third, all but four of my shirts are solid colors. Perhaps this means that I am just a solid person. I know who I am and what I want from life. Or maybe this means that I'm just kind of a boring person who doesn't prefer to stand out in a crowd. But, then again, there are some pretty bright and vibrant colors in there. Maybe these represent my happy-seeking personality. On the other hand, you may have noticed that about 30% of my wardrobe is black. Maybe this is an allusion to about 30% of my personality. Perhaps I have a darker, undiscovered, more melancholy side. Or maybe I am sitting at home on a random Thursday evening, waiting for Spencer to get home so we can play, and analyzing my closet because I'm avoiding actually folding and putting away the dang laundry.

A Happy Story

I love this video. How inspiring to see someone who has a gift for finding happiness in life. The best part about the story is that right after this feature aired, a viewer called KSL to ask them how to reach David Matson. This man, a dentist by profession, had been touched by David's story, and desired to offer him free dental work as a personal gift. How wonderful that there are good people in this world that will offer aid to a fellow human being in need.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


I bet you thought these were hamburgers didn't you? Didn't you? Just admit it. I had you fooled. Hee hee.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Special Occasions

There once was a lady who saved everything for a special occasion. Any gift she received or item she purchased was carefully tucked away in the back of her closet. She had a beautiful china cabinet full of pretty dishes, which never left their shelf. She didn't want them to get broken or worn from day-to-day use, and no ordinary dinner at home seemed fancy or special enough to merit their presence at the dining table. She had a vanity table lined with lotions and perfumes in pretty bottles. None of these were open. This lady didn't want to waste her expensive fragrances, so she saved them for a nice event. her closet was lined with blouses and dresses all still bearing price tags. She didn't ever dress up because she didn't see the value in looking her best if she wasn't going anywhere she considered to be of memorable importance.
Well, eventually the lady grew old and passed away. As her children were cleaning out her house, they marveled at how many of their mothers possessions had never even been used. She spent her whole life waiting for that, "special occasion."
I have always loved to save things. I loved picking out a new outfit and saving it for the first day of school, saving half of a candy bar to enjoy at a later time, or saving a good book for a long car ride. But, if you go through life waiting and saving for special occasions, you might forget to relish the present time. Looking back on my own life, I have found that some of the most special occasions I ever enjoyed were in the everyday moments. Eating dinner with my family, running errands with my mom, enjoying a walk outside, or any number of ordinary activities have been sealed into my memory as treasured times. How wonderful an opportunity to create within each day a special occasion.

Friday, June 12, 2009


You can't keep doing this to me. You disappear for months and then decide to grace me with your presence for a few blessed weeks. Just when I get attached again, just when I think that you might actually be here to stay, you vanish again. Can't you see what this does to me? Can't you see how gloomy I am when you're absent and how much I miss you while you're away. Perhaps you could settle down for a while. Maybe you could actually make a commitment to stop being so fickle. Come back. Even though I'm angry with you for leaving, I don't want you to be gone forever.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


When I see clouds like this, I just feel so inspired. So grateful to be alive. So happy for the sunshine.

Guest Book

I made this guest book for one of my sister's dearest friends, Melissa. It has been my biggest project as of late.

This is the entire album, I wish I had a way to showcase it better, or at least prettier carpet to display it on, but hopefully you can get the gist.

Some detail shots:

I am quite proud of the paper roses. I have an obsession with roses can you tell?

My favorite page.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Flower

Lately, I have taken to making cute flower headbands. I like wearing them when I don't really have time to do my hair. If you just add a flower you instantly look like you took more time to get ready for the day than you actually did. I made this one this morning. I also made one for Shari which she wore today as well. Too bad I don't have any pictures of it yet. There's nothing like wearing a flower in your hair to make you feel like spring is actually here! Now if only the sun would decide to stick around for a while then maybe I could finally start wearing flip flops again.


I made this cupcake pincushion the other day with my friend, Katie. I must admit that we had to go through a few practice rounds to get a correctly proportioned cupcake. I think it turned out really cute though. I made some paper cupcakes at work the other day, and they turned out so cute I wanted to make a cupcake for me to keep. Maybe one that could have a practical purpose as well as being cute.

When Inspiration Strikes

I decided that I needed a cute notebook to write down all of my random creative ideas. I guess it's a sketchbook of sorts. So I decorated this mini spiral that was just lying neglected in the bottom of a drawer with some cute scraps of paper, then I laminated the cover with clear tape so it hopefully won't get too trashed bouncing around in my purse. I carry it everywhere with me so that I can remember the good ideas that come to me out of the blue, like when I'm sitting in the parking lot waiting to pick up Spencer or when I'm grocery shopping.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

There's No Place Like Home

My new favorite thing: little houses! Especially if they have cute scalloped roofs. I can't wait to live in a house someday. Hopefully one with a porch swing and a window seat.