Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Going to the dogs

 Can you believe there are only a few days left in 2010??
December was very busy with lots of custom orders for Christmas.

I looked up and it was Christmas week-
time for focusing on my Savior's birth, family, food, and carols.

Today I worked on a project that had been on my list for 
a few months-dog collars!
Three dogs live in my house.  
One of them is a roamer who needs better identification. 
The other two really don't leave the yard and don't even wear collars. 
Well, they do now.
I made three sizes: extra small, small, and medium.

The extra small dog, Mini, was not cooperating 
with the photo session.  Mini routinely does not cooperate.

I kept trying to move her, but she kept getting in the way.

I shouldn't be surprised since she pretty much 
follows me everywhere I go.  I like to joke that she lives for me. 

This is our blue tick hound.  Can you guess her name?
She is the head of homeland security in these parts.
She takes her job seriously and will spend
 hours keeping the critters away.
Since she roams, I added our phone number 
to the inside of her collar.

The collars are machine washable- 
a great feature if you have a smelly dog or three.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bag tags

 I've shared the bag tags here and here, but these are great little gifts for Christmas.
They can be used on diaper bags, luggage, and school backpacks.

One way to use them at Christmas time is as
 a gift card holder!

Or how about as a gift tag?  
One side could be monogrammed
with the recipient's name with a note from the thoughtful giver 
 slipped into the clear vinyl side.
I have some tags listed in my Etsy store.
Please email me if you want a custom color 
(something Christmas-y perhaps) or a personalized tag .
Regular tags are $8 and personalized tags are $12.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Market totes

It's been awhile.
I've been busy with all sorts of projects, 
some near home and some far away.

I cannot believe that tomorrow is 
 I have so much for which I am truly thankful.
God has been so good to me and my family this year 
just as He has been in years past!

Are you a Black Friday shopper?
While I would like to take advantage of the good deals,
I prefer to spend the day after Thanksgiving in a more leisurely manner.
I'm more of a sleep-in-and-hang-out-with-family-kind-of-day-after-Thanksgiving person.

If you need gift ideas, I'll be posting some things make great gifts in the next week.
Today's idea is my newest item,  the market tote.
Just to make sure that it would work, I decided to take one for a test drive  :)
When I head into town I try to make the most of each trip.
This means that I typically load up my car with all sorts of errand running supplies.
The market tote is so handy for errand day.  
Since I wanted to get the full effect in my test drive, I monogrammed my tote.
I know, I know... how I suffer for my customers!

The market totes come in two sizes.  Can you find mine?
Here's a nice little benefit-
when not in use, they collapse for easy storage.
Mine will always be in use, but it's still a nifty concept.

Here's what they look like all stacked inside of one. 
I could have easily fit three more but didn't want to run back into the house just to prove it. 
I have lots of colors available, so just ask if you're looking for a specific color.
The mini totes are $21 and the larger totes are $28.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Good help is hard to find

I mentioned the fact that I was doing a craft fair not long ago.  I wavered on committing to it for so long that I'm pretty sure I drove my family crazy.  One day I was in, the next day I was out.  About a week before the actual date, I decided to do it.  My daughter, Becca, helped me scour local thrift stores for display items, provided her opinion on colors, held my hand and told me I could do this, shuttled her brother to his different activities, and kept the house going so that I could play upstairs with my ribbons, flowers and embroidery machine.

On the morning of the craft fair, Becca and my son, Scott, volunteered to get out of their warm beds to help me set up.  Scott set up the tent, carried all of the heavy things, secured anything that needed securing, and did all sorts of other essential things for me.  For the record, I would never have thought to secure most of that stuff; it would have occurred to me right after the wind blew it down.

Here he is surveying his work.  

Becca helped me decide where to put everything so that it looked good and then documented the whole thing.  Here's her account of it.  I'll have to talk her into being my official photographer!  For the record, she asked to have the hair flower.  It's an honor to have her wear something that I made. 

Since she was behind the camera, 
here she is with the rest of us at the state fair the night before the craft fair:

I'm pretty sure that you won't be seeing Carolina Ribbons at all the local craft fairs.  It's too large scale for my life right now.  I love working with my hands and sharing that with people on a smaller scale where it doesn't take away from time with my family and my ministry in my local church.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Lil sis is on the way!

There is a new addition on the way.  She'll be here very soon.
When baby number five arrives she'll be greeted by her big brother and sisters.
In case she doesn't recognize them, they'll be wearing these shirts when they come to meet her.
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Friday, October 22, 2010

Weekend forecast: Fair!

What's ahead for your weekend?
We're headed to the state fair this afternoon. 
My favorite part of the fair is checking out all of the exhibits.
In the evening we'll take in a concert of one of my favorite groups.

Tomorrow I'm participating in a craft fair at the 
I've been working steadily to fill my booth with lots of goodies.
Come by and say hello if you're in the area.  

Here's the sign I made for my booth.  
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


I'm prepping for a craft fair this weekend.  
This was my table right before supper.  
Normally I try to have at least a small area of table
cleaned off for my family to eat supper,
but today I worked while supper was cooking 
and completely forgot that we'd have to eat somewhere.
Thankfully we have a bar on the other side of this mess which was actually clean.

This, by the way, is only a small portion of my ribbon collection.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


What I've been up to lately.....

goodies in a local high school's colors

and competition bows for the cheerleaders.

My hands are sore from sewing bows!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Wild Thing

 After we moved into our home my husband and I decided to convert a closet under the stairs into a powder room.  The person who helped me with paint colors suggested that I make this super tiny room really special for impact.  My idea of special was to pick out a super busy damask wallpaper in black and white.  I figured that since black and white are both neutral I could add color with hand towels.  Well, until today the hand towels have stayed boring white.  About a week ago I noticed that they weren't only boring and white, but also dingy. 

I hit the clearance section of my favorite store for linens, TJ Maxx.  Since there's only one towel hanger, I don't have to worry about matching; I can just find single colors I like and change them out.  For some reason on the day I was in TJ Maxx, the only color on clearance that I liked was black.  Ever since I did the applique frame onesie, I've been looking for another opportunity to use the design again.   Here's the bathroom.  

Here's another photo.

 Here's a closeup.

The little powder room hasn't looked this good since it was graced by my daughter!

I'm still stalking the clearance section for other colors like jade green and tomato red, but this will do for now. 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fall is in the air

Thanks to a tropical storm cooler weather in my little part of the world,
 the doors are open and we're enjoying the fresh air.
It feels like fall.
Now this may not be a big deal to those of you who
live in a part of the country that has a real fall,
but I live in the hot and humid South.
Here we just might be wearing shorts for
Halloween, Thanksgiving,or Christmas.
OR we could have temperatures cool enough to wear a
sweater and have hot cider.

Hot cider and shorts just don't go together.
When it's the season of pumpkins, I prefer to wear sweaters to shorts.

With this adorable little clippie, you can wear pumpkins with your sweaters or your shorts.
If your name starts with another letter, don't worry.
I happen to have the whole alphabet,
so I can take care of Alexandra as well as Zoe.

If you prefer to have your pumpkin plain I can take care of that too.
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Saturday, September 25, 2010

And the winner is.....

Shiloh, who commented on Thursday, September 23rd: "I love sweaters, school starting, leaves falling and football games!"

Thanks to all who commented.  I'll try to do giveaways more often. 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Whooo's ready for fall?

Happy Autumnal Equinox (first day of fall)!!  
In honor of fall I thought I would do a first....a GIVEAWAY of this adorable owl clippie.
In order to enter please leave a comment telling me what you love about this time of the year.  
I love the cooler weather.  And college football.  And pumpkins.  

I'll pick a winner through random drawing on Saturday.
If you don't have a blogger account,
just email me and I'll throw your name in the hat for the giveaway.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Monogrammed luggage tag

This luggage tag is the first project that I've made for my daughter with her married initials.
Looks pretty good!

When her husband came to our little town for the first time,
he laughed when he saw the local Piggly Wiggly.
Apparently The Pig is found only in the south.
He HAD to take a trip to The Pig and
HAD to buy a shirt.
I'm thinking of giving him his very own Pig card
for Christmas.
I'll present it in a monogrammed luggage tag, of course.
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Friday, September 17, 2010


It's a luggage tag!

It's a gift tag!

It's a diaper bag tag!

It's a gift card holder!

It's a birthday card.
It's adorable!

When  you contact me you can just call it a tag or luggage tag....
I'll know what you're talking about.
(Gasp!  Did she really end a sentence with a preposition?!)
There's more to come....

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

More for Ivy

Ivy also received a bow with headband and burp cloth set.
I have always been fond of navy and green together, but it's really cute with the pink.
The pinks match in real life. I guess I should have taken the photo in better light.
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Monday, September 6, 2010

For Ivy

Here is a sweet little onesie and paci clip gift set that I did recently

The close up.  
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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

For Amanda

Dear Amanda,
Happy 15th birthday!! I'm sure you will
never guess what I'm giving you for your
birthday this year.

Even though I have no imagination and always
give you and your sisters the exact same gift for Christmas
only in different colors, just know that I do love you.

For your birthday this year I broke out of the mold!
While you are getting the exact same birthday gift
as your sisters, this time it's a new color.
I have never given you anything purple before.
How's that for original?
Aunt Michele
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

For Hailey

One of the August birthday girls in our family is
Hailey, my 17 year old niece.

Seventeen???  Why just the other day she was toddling
to my pots and pans cabinet to make cymbals out of the lids.

Sigh...the years just seem to fly by.
Now she needs a key fob to hold those car keys.
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

For Becca

August is birthday month for our family.
So is March, but that was months ago.
I wanted to make something special for my daughter's birthday.  
I knew it would be tricky because she's home a lot
and her bedroom is next to my sewing room.  
Becca has been talking about how awesome linen is
so I made her a linen-covered keyfob.

I saw the pattern for this travel duffel bag on etsy and thought it would be nice to have something like this for a trip.
Becca isn't a big traveler, but now she's prepared for a short trip.
Sewing this bag was fun since it called for quilting the fabric which I'd never done before.  

Monday, August 23, 2010


Need a way to keep that hair out of your face?
These headbands will do the job.
Has your daughter become too old for bows,
but you still need a tidy look?
These headbands will do the job.
These particular headbands are two and a half inches wide,
but I have many smaller widths as well.
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Saturday, August 21, 2010

E is for Eve

And Emma.  And Emily.  And Eliza.  And Elizabeth.  And Ella. 

Here's a closer look.  The onesie is done in a reverse applique.  

Since paci's are a precious commodity in certain households, 
here are two paci clips to keep them close at hand.

E is also for Evan.  And Ethan.  And Elliott.  And Elijah.  And Ezra.  

Friday, August 13, 2010

For Sydney

Here is another tooth fairy pillow that Aunt Kelly ordered.
This pillow is unique in that the tooth pocket is on the front.
I've been wanting to use the turquoise fabric for
just the right project and this was it.
Isn't it cute?
Now Aunt Kelly needs to do something special
for her nephews!
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