16 Sep

Freaky Finds

My friend and I like to visit estate sales.  You never know what treasures you will uncover.  Like this:


A framed, needlepoint Falstaff.  Something about him was irresistible.  Fortunately, we found him on half-off day.  He came home with me.

15 Sep

Ship of Dreams

Look what I found to go with my anchor dresser:

Viking Ship Watercolor Painting

Viking Ship Watercolor Painting

A watercolor painting of a ship.  The blues were captivating.  The frame, however was not.  No problem, within a few weeks, I found another frame at the thrift store.

Thrifted Watercolor Ship

Thrifted Watercolor Ship

Perfect!  Total expenditure – $4 for painting, $4 for frame.  $8 original art?  Yes, please!

14 Sep

Anchors Away!

My screen porch has a beach theme. Imagine my delight when I found a wooden dresser at the thrift store with nautical details. It was scratched and beat up – perfect for painting. I used Sherwin Williams Inkwell and mixed in some plaster of paris to get a chalk paint finish. The anchor and other details were screaming to me to be left natural so I didn’t touch them. Afterwards, I lightly distressed the dresser (with the help of a windy day and my precarious balancing of it — it fell over onto my concrete porch!). My plan was to wax it but I think I like it just the way it is.

13 Sep

Little Dog

Little dog is melting our hearts.  We still haven’t settled on a name for him though we are getting close.  He’s super smart and has already figured out the dog door to get inside from the backyard.  He’s little, the door is kind of high.  He’ll take a running leap toward it and tumble through.  House training is more like training us to keep our eyes on him always.  If we’re not actively watching him, he goes in the crate.  I have rolled up carpets in the main areas to reduce my stress, too.


We’re off to the vet today to check on his health.  He’s stopped eating and seems less perky.  Maybe its just the transition and all the stress on him?  Maybe that last dose of de-wormer?  Hopefully, it’s nothing big and he’ll be back to his waggy little self soon.

12 Sep

Busy as a Bee

Bee Tray

Bee Tray

My daughter bought a Silhouette Cameo last summer for her crafting use. I’ve been slowly getting to know how to use it. So far, I can only do simple projects like one-color vinyl. What fun I am having with it! I found the white tray at a thrift store and the tin pot was trash picked. Both got decorated with a vinyl cut out bee. The project took under 10 minutes and enhanced my hive immensely!
Bee Pot

Bee Pot

11 Sep

Hot Dog!

When my son left for college a few weeks ago, we joked that we were going to replace him with a dog.  No joke.  Yesterday, we got another dog.


His breed is what we call “deluxe-mutt” and he came from a local puppy rescue group — the same woman who brought us our beloved Cindy.  It will be an adjustment, for sure, having a puppy around.  Already, I think I need to roll up all the carpets until housebreaking is complete since I feel neurotic if I see him set foot on them.  Today, the puppy-proofing will begin in earnest.

10 Sep

Happy Poppies





It’s no surprise that I do a lot of thrifting.  What is surprising to me, lately, is that I’ve  been going crazy over dishes.  I’m amazed by the cute and mismatched china I find.  There is modern stuff and, my favorite, vintage.  Like these sweet dessert bowls.  They are Sears and Roebuck and Co and lovingly aged with some crazing.  I couldn’t resist them.  Alas, I can not keep them as my home tends more toward blue so I’ve put them in my Etsy shop.  Take a look!

9 Sep

Free Pumpkin Pattern

I love this time of year! Living in the Midwest, our summers are hot and humid and l-o-n-g! At the first whiff of crisp, fall air, I breathe a sigh of relief and my urge to knit returns. One of my favorite fall knits is my pumpkin hat pattern. I wanted to repost the pattern for anyone else who may be feeling the leaning toward some fall knitting.

Click here for the free pattern.

I had every intention of starting a pumpkin hat this week for a friend’s brand new baby girl. Alas, my stash of orange yarn is too skimpy to produce a hat. My goal this weekend is to buy some more yarn and cast on.

Yarn along with Ginny Sheller here.

9 Sep

Freaky Finds

Found at an estate sale — in the FREE bin. Go figure.
My family won’t let me hang baby on the wall. In fact, they don’t even want it in the house. I have big plans for him? her? for Halloween.

8 Sep

Life, lately.

In the last few years, as my children have gotten older, I’ve been moving toward the next phase of my life. A phase with work outside the home and less focus on being mom. My oldest left for college. My middle is deep in high school and all the activities surrounding it. My baby is now finishing middle school. So, I got a job. After being a stay-at-home mom for so long, it was kind of weird to figure out what to do. My before-kids job was in the software industry and I lived in the Northeast at the time. Now, I’m living in the Midwest and have been out of that industry for so long that it wasn’t really an option. I lucked out in finding an entry-level job at a local hospital emergency room which has led to my current job working for a university in a research department. So far, so good.

I intend to blog more since I’m still doing crazy projects to fill my crafty “bucket” and I love to look back and see what I’ve made. I try to bring a bit of “crafty Jill” to every aspect of my life. While working in the ER, I felt the need to spice up the work shoe options available to me. Here’s a quick way to enhance boring white work clogs:

These were some clogs that I bought for $5 at a going-out-of-business sale. In St Louis, we are crazy about baseball. Five minutes with a red sharpie and I was ready to cheer on the home team while working:


With a little more time and some acrylic paints, an even bigger shoe transformation is possible. I’m crazy about the Union Jack. I’ve painted it on a table. I’ve painted it on a tea cart (coming soon!). I’ve even painted it on some plain, white Dansko clogs:


So, working Jill is still crafty Jill. Stay tuned for more!

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