My Sanity

I’ve mentioned this numerous times before or at least something similiar, if I didn’t do crafts, I’d probably drive myself crazy. You know the saying idle hands is the devil’s work? Did I get that right? That goes along with an idle brain too. Not that crafting is rocket science but if my mind wasn’t thinking about crafts or making something, it would be focusing too much on analyzing all my daughter’s moves or any other such nonsense. People always marvel about all the things I make and I say, well I MUST! It’s my sanity! With that, here are some of the latest things I’ve done!

There’s a meetup group I belong to where Heather sells Stampin Up products. I haven’t really been much into stamping lately but I stay in the group because I like that the meetings are in Bay Ridge. She had a recent class at the Storefront making jewelry and I was super excited about that! The projects were making a bracelet using Build A Brads and a pendant using game pieces. Another project was making a pin stamping and painting on thin wood.

Here are some of the custom brads I made. You can then attach this to a bracelet. I haven’t commited to that yet.

Here’s the butterfly pin (wood) and the game piece pendant (the game piece is on the bottom right, I didn’t put my stamped piece in yet)

And of course, lots of swap projects too! I mentioned that I was in a lot of Christmas ornament swaps. They are fun as I get to try making lots of different ornaments and get some fun ones in return!
This partridge pattern is from Retro Mama.
This mouse is from Pimp Stitch.
I got this penguin template from the Crafts & Things magazine archives. It was actually intended for a card.
This house is from Orange Flower Patterns.
Snowman courtesy of Lion Brand Yarns

And other swaps besides ornaments:
Owl swap in the Felt and Stuff group. Pattern from Wee folk art. It’s actually a doorstop but I opted not to put any pellets in it. My partner was in the UK after all.
Crochet Christmas Light potholder. For the I Made This swap! LOL! (I downloaded this pattern last year and can’t find the link. If you want the pattern, please let me know.)
For an embroidery swap. My partner loves Doxie’s so I googled it and found this image to embroider.
This is the 2nd time I’ve made this recipe cozy. This time I used the recipe cards she created for this and included my favorite banana bread recipe. This was for the I Made This swap (same partner as the potholder above)


  1. Carol Menou a.k.a. Grandma
    November 21st, 2009 | 10:22 pm

    I definitely like the recipe pouch and the Christmas ornaments. They are so original. Can’t believe its almost that time of the year again !!

  2. Jungy
    November 23rd, 2009 | 1:51 pm

    You are a crafting machine! They all look great. : )

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