Hip & hipper- Sort of!

After the sheets have been changed and the house cleaned, a run to the grocery to replenish I find myself puttering. Deciding what new projects are calling, organizing my space, even catching up on some ironing. In the middle of the putter I pull out a length of faux leather—- not because I’m vegan but because I liked it and liked the challenge of creating a bag of faux-ness that looked great and was fun to get to that point!

Starting with a faux leather piece in a cognac like tone—- a brown not too dark and not too light, with some interesting grain texture, I assembled paints and brushes to experiment. You can see the “normal” faux leather around the edges of the paint experiment above.

I’m intrigued and fascinated by the handpainted bags from Burberry— they’re great! In need of a new bag for fall and not carrying a bag at all like I used to I can fiddle and play with something fun that meets my needs. After all, I don’t travel to an office anymore and arrive most places by bicycle. When I do venture out it’s someplace decidedly casual but I do want to exercise a little personal style!

   Whatcha Think?

I am not kidding you when I tell you that these bags range from $2.200 to over 30K. Not likely to happen in my life for any number of reasons! But I like the thought of it– a handmade bag…. handpainted, not to mention priced well. Like under $25.00.

I selected a range of paints, regular acrylics in a mustard gold, a deep eggplant, black in gloss and matte, cardinal red and a more subdued ‘barn’ red. I painted swatches, let the paint sit and rubbed it off in varying degrees. Let the paint sit and just dry.

The first photo in the post shows rubbed pieces—- this photo above are how the paints look dried. I like the rubbed with paint and wiped look, it takes away the fauxness to a degree and makes the texture pop. In the barn red wash I like the color of the faux, red but not too red, definitely seasonal. The next experiment is how they look with and without a clearcoat. The bag won’t get hard use but I don’t want the paint to rub off on clothing when worn, especially cross body!


I’m currently deciding on bag patterns having whittled the list down to my current bag favorite shape, last made (and in use) from a teal polka dotted burlap.

And the last contender is the Metro Hipster Bag from talented Betz White:

Metro Hipster Bag

I love the shape of my traditional satchel… but the Metro Hipster Bag has a great place in that outer bellows pocket to rock some handpainting (plus it’s a GREAT bag!)

While I mull that, I’m still puttering/reading/baking/ napping. Soon it will be time to circle the wagons after a couple days ‘off’ and get back to the business of bride wrangling. Thanks again to Creativebug, I’m loving lesson 2 from Wilton and can’t wait to make those amazing cupcakes! Click the button up on the sidebar and make cake with me! I’m also enchanted this week with making my own repurposed journal from a cereal box and found paper and goodies!

Yes, I’m still knitting away on the afghan and am about halfway through on the next to last block. No knitting to speak of while my daughter was here will have me coming in late to the finish line for the last Creativebug class and joining the blocks then adding a border. It’s okay, I’ll have it done well in time to block and add to the gift bin!

The chair that needs a slip cover is still hollering at me……. and about a dozen other projects I’m anxious to take on. As always, I need more time!!! Until then I think maybe I’ll bake a Buttermilk Pie!



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Too Pooped

I’m TIRED. Loving having my youngest home for a long visit—– but dang. I’m tired. My Foundation for Friday is that I need to remember I need less miles and more naps! :)

There have been tears, and laughter….. smiles and jokes old and new. Miles (and miles) on the bike, trips to the beach and BBQ. And sunsets, after a week of sporadic rain the sunsets have been gorgeous!


Photo: Mother Nature offered up a fabbo pink sky tonight as a backdrop for the lighthouse!!  #goldenisles #stsimonsisland #georgiacoast #lighthouse #pinksunset Golden Isles St.Simons Island Lighthouse Love this time of year on the island!!!

Have a great weekend!

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Fall Banner & Front Porch

As much as I loved the flag printed burlap banners for the front porch (and never got tired of them) it was time for something new when Labor Day was over. I chose the same style of banner and used burlap in a medium brown and a light natural. The brown banners were unadorned but the light burlap was painted using ordinary craft acrylic paint in bright school bus yellow and orange to give the look of candy corn. The paint dried quickly but for any spots that needed a bit of a nudge I used my heat gun.

Then the banners were doubled up with the paint side out on one side…. then the tops folded down together and zig zagged by machine to secure.

My porch has open sections that each require 6 banners, I added 1 ‘candy corn’ banner in random order across and strung using a bodkin onto thick jute twine from the craft store. Each section was swagged across.

The center section of the porch is not filled with 3 banners but a piece of fall leaf swag doubled onto itself to be somewhat full and secured at each side.


My porch and yard are very heavily treed with giant trees and Spanish moss so nothing very colorful blooms for long— if at all. To add a bit of color I added silk picks into pots of greenery to give a fall pop. I hope this does not move me into the category I said I’d never be— someone who uses silk flowers in the landscape!! :)

Temps around here are most un-fall like…… but I feel it in the air! Maybe!

Now, if I could just continue to resist the siren call of Pumpkin Spice everything!!!

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Rain Rain Go Away

Photo: Last shot of the day... A fave location for wedding & families!! Good thing we all get along!! #jekylislandweddings #goldenisles  #georgiacoast

It’s tough to have family in town when we’re stuck in a rainy loop. There has been sun, enough to get out a bit, enough for a beach day, enough for bike rides here and there. AND…. when you go out in the crazy weather you’re often rewarded with a shot like this from Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island just as the storm starts to roll in.

Happy Monday!

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Foundation Friday (and every day) is For Family!

My daughter arrived on Thursday—– big fun happening here to include beaching, touring and hanging out. I hope to have some biscuit making lessons as I’ve made her a ‘biscuit makin’ kit’ like her sibs, and I would really like to have her hand in slipcovering a chair. I think that might just be way too much fun!  ;)

I know for a fact we’ll be making the chocolate cake with buttercream recipe from the Week 1 Wilton Method of Cake Decorating on Creativebug! I love love loved the first video, great advice for whatever stage of cake dec you’re at. Next week my personal favorite, cupcakes!! Go on, hit the button on the top of the sidebar—- let’s make cake together!

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Thinking Fall: Failing/HOT!

There for the span of a few days the evenings were cooler…….. you could just about feel a change in seasons. Just about. Then this week the weather is back to hot, hot and more hot. So it goes. And for the most part it really is okay—- I know when it’s February and the rest of the country is freezing and miserable I’ll be far less so.

I’m still thinking fall. Something about the passing of Labor Day, kids going back to school—- and seeing all of the Fall Dec postings on blogs and Instagram make me want to do something ‘fall-y’.

I’ve been working on the fall wreath and having such a good time playing with the gourds, pumpkins, vines, leaves and other elements housed in the tub marked “FALL” up in the attic.  Just getting the tub out of the attic was a chore, man it’s stinkin’ hot up there!

  • I started with an 18″ straw wreath
  • 3″ strips of dark natural burlap
  • assorted silk leaves, twigs, fall elements
  • hot glue
  • long pearl head pins in gold and natural color

First the wreath was wrapped  to cover the wreath form using pins and hot glue to secure. Then I used more of the 3″ strips of burlap to free form pleats and texture in a couple of places securing with pins and hot glue.

Next I separated the elements into individual flowers, leaves, twigs, berries, etc. and roughly laid them out and played with the design. I wanted to leave a little ‘negative space’ which is always the hardest part for me.

Finally it all came together with lots and lots of hot glue until it was hung on the front door to welcome fall. Which will be here soon someday!

Photo: All things Pumpkin coupons in the mail, Sec football flags flying & fall decor going up in time for this weeks guest. Temp is 100.. Yes its fall in the south!!!

Creativebug started the Wilton Cake Decorating Class this week—- with Emily Tatak.

4 weeks of classes, recipes— and need I say anything further than BUTTERCREAM????  Please! Hit the link up on top of the sidebar—- let them eat cake!  “In this 4-week foundation course, learn baking and cake decorating techniques straight from the pros at the Wilton Test Kitchen. The course begins with a class on how to bake the perfect chocolate cake as well as proper techniques for torting and icing layer cakes. After that, we move on to easy cake decorating techniques, such as making your own buttercream and applying it with a decorating bag, creating a beautiful two tiered fondant cake and making gorgeous drop flowers from royal icing. This information-rich course is perfect for both beginner and seasoned bakers, and by the end of the four weeks, you will have learned everything you need to know to bake and decorate professional-looking cakes with confidence.

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Happy Labor Day Weekend!

It’s the unofficial end of summer, Labor Day Weekend! How did that happen anyway?

Hope your weekend is long and happy

with plenty of time to enjoy family, friends & love!

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Favorite Cable Blocks & Cinderella

I’m blocking away after taking time watching the Emmy’s weaving in all of the ends on the finished blocks of the cabled afghan. Feels GREAT that the most hated of tasks is done. Why is it hated? I mean, not like it’s hard or anything. Must be like ironing— you know how to do it you just don’t want to!

Two of my favorite blocks so far:

As planned I actually DID clean and organize the studio! That spurred on a trip to stock up on new ‘toys’, errrr, projects.

  • Two new pieces of knit for tops
  • A piece of super warm and fuzzy microfleece for a lap throw  (not that you need it this week!!!)
  • Three new patterns (3 for $5, how can you refuse?)
  • An eyelet kit and metal zips for that cute little wallet style organizer I shared with you a few weeks ago
  • and I’m plotting a new wreath for fall using burlap, rosettes, tulle and gourds, berries, mini pumpkins and other fall things

The wreath is in progress waiting the hot glue phase before the major embellishments, can’t wait to show it to you finished!!

What’s this about Cinderella? Last week I had the chance not to hang out with a bride getting ready to ride in a Cinderella Carriage but actually RIDE in one myself. It was glorious fun! No glass slippers were harmed in the outing!

Hot day, Big Fun—-

and I just fell in love with the sweet carriage horse Dixie!


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Dear Monday

Dear Monday,

I have caught up (that is no more cabled afghan knitting) with the second afghan gift to be. And…… it has been sooooooo hot. Minimum bike riding ocean running just flat out HOT!

The weather has broken so it is not 497 degrees out in the studio but only 180. Manageable by turning on the a/c unit out there for a bit. My plan is to get out there and organize.

I’m one of those people that derives immense satisfaction from an orderly work space and the studio has suffered with the head down fervent afghan knitting and the heat that kept me from the studio.

These are my plans.

Once cleaned there shall commence a cutting party of a couple things—- the first is my joy at ordering St. Louis Blues fabric to make some jammie bottoms. Giddy I tell you that hockey season is soon to be here. I’ll be ready too!


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Foundation Friday & Keepin’ On

As I approach the pulling my hair out phase with the latest afghan from the Cabled Afghan Knit Along on Creativebug—– I always wonder how can you keep ANY project that takes awhile to complete fresh, interesting—– pleasurable???  Instead of being bored, tossing aside the project or moving on with a UFO to your credit? It really doesn’t matter to me whether it is KNITTING, CROCHETING, QUILTING, or something from the SEWIST category, you need to plan the end game before you get to the boring and/or frustrating part!

  • Keep the Goal in sight. I like to have a beautiful photo of the project in it’s finished state to spur me on!
  • Use sites such as Ravelry (for knitters) to keep you on track and accountable! I LOVE LOVE LOVE to post even another 2% completed!
  • Set interim treats at specified times. I do NOT like to add another project into the mix— but prefer to be project monogamous. Some knitters/quilters/sewists have many projects in the works and switch between them when they get bored. For me it’s a personal choice—- if I have too many projects going I love faith in myself to finish even one of them! I may buy something for a future project at a certain point. For example, when I finished the last block in the Cabled Afghan I bought a piece of yummy knit fabric to make a new top. I sketched out the top using my personal sloper from Cal Patch’s class when I finished the LAST block. What can I say, I know myself!  :)  I had so much fun designing a top I wanted to make knowing that it would fit perfectly—- thanks Cal! Now, I can’t wait to sew it!
  • I have a chalkboard with projects listed in the studio. That way I can see what creative things I’d like to do next…… future thrills as it were. This keeps me moving on the current project. Because I don’t cheat on one project with another I know the only way to get to fresh unbroken ground is to finish what I have going on!

Mostly I press on. Sometimes I give myself the treat of a fresh unbroken bag of M&M’s. HA! Doesn’t the latest cabled square look crazy in it’s unblocked state? All wiggly and windy!

The last two blocks in bias garter along with the finished XO Panels & Ensigns Braid Square. This intrticately cabled square reminded me that vigilance in knitting is always key—– and to keep an eye on the pattern as well as to ‘read’ the knitting.  It’s a cool block. I’ve just begun this weeks block, Honeycomb Trellis. When this block is complete there will be three more cable blocks and then the assembly. That’s 17 blocks completed and it leads me to the biggest foundation of all:


Which leads me to another FOUNDATION I have ignored and am now hating myself for. I have not woven in the ends. Not one. Some blocks have 4-8 ends loose as a couple of the balls of yarn had a lot of knots/joins that had to be cut. Because this is an acrylic there was no wet/spit splicing so the ends have to start at the edges and need to be woven in well. Lots and Lots of ends to weave in. The plain blocks are all done so I’ll use the time in between weeks when the new cable blocks are released for the knit along to weave in ends.

It’s been 108 with the heat index….. I don’t run the a/c out in the studio when it gets that hot so I’ve been inside doing more knitting and less sewing. However, the fall sewing plans are almost made, swatches are being assembled and the plan is coming together. I’ve even been perfecting the fashion sketch with methods to use for sketching for kids, even men. Coming soon!

Have a fantastic weekend!




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