Purple Skirts All Around

I whipped up a couple of matching skirts for 
munchkin & me. 

Purple is after all, THE it 
elementary school color...
plus it's 'twirly'.

 It doesn't get much better than that.

Mom can do no wrong 

Enjoy your weekend,



Sometimes Things Don't Go as Planned.

{the second batch of floss was noticeably off}
I hit a roadblock on the RSVP 
car embroidery project and have been...
well, avoiding it as of late.
Sometimes things just don't seem to go the way you'd like & you just have to start over.
snip. snip. snip.

When we were kids & needed a second chance,
we "called a Do Over".
No shame in our game.
Do over it is!


Valentine's Day Quick Craft Tutorial

Crafty mommy whipped up some all felt barrettes about a week ago
but I was disappointed in the stretching & 
loose threads that happened relatively quickly. 
After all, we may be on the girlie side among the guys at the RF house---
 but we still play hard.


ric rac + hearts

We're playing in hearts 
{because you're never too old for a fun mobile}!

Craft on, Retro-Fabulous Readers...
Craft on.


Fabric Bits

Maybe it's the wish for spring or preparations for St. Patrick's day 
that has me thinking of Judie Rothermel prints....it all started 
with a blogger friend's plea for help finding the green one 
(you knew I had some bit of it somewhere, right?). 

Sadly, it's only a teensy tiny piece but seeing it has certainly helped me...
I had to dig through the Dear Jane fabrics to find it 
and found myself feeling a little nostalgic 
for the project of a lifetime along the way. 
I guess we just needed some time apart.

Happy Quilting,


Baby Quilt two

Another quick finish. 
Gotta love Eric Carle prints!



Baby Quilt

Here's what I love most about stash....
pull out a bin, cut a few strips 
& voila instant baby quilt.



Winter Bird Treats

Finally, a bit of snow arrived
& the kiddos couldn't have been happier about it. 
Our birds could use a little sweet boost while we
wait for official spring, so we found a cold weather 
crafty bird feeder to make with the munchkins here.

Since we're in a suburb of the "windy city", I decided to make 
ours a bit more stable (and cuter, too!) by using ribbon & four holes.

Looping double length pieces of ribbon placed from the outside of the fruit, 
they gently rock on the windiest of days.

We chose not to place them in the backyard
since we wanted to add raisins for our feathered friends
 and we have a precious dog. 

*If you have a dog, please eliminate raisins
in your feeders or hang them away from your pets' space.
Raisins (grapes) are toxic to doggies.*

Happy Crafting
{and bird watching}