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I have been keeping a little secret! MY sweet dear friend Charity and I have began a new blog collaboration. It is going to be full of tutorials, and other fun stuff! We just launched this week and here is today's post...

Ruffly Key Fob...oh yeah!

IMG_5161.jpg picture by kara-tootie

Come back on tomorrow for some fun She said She said and Thursday for another TUT ;)DON'T miss Friday...we have a special surprise!

Hugs and Blessings,


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Scardy Cat

I ran past some old Disney pictures last night and I thought they were pretty funny. We are avid lovers of Disney and whenever I can talk my husband into taking me, we load up and take off for the happiest place on earth......

or is it?

there is a quite terrified spectator that may disagree...

dad and brother notice nothing. by that matter the person taking the picture (me) doesn't seem too concerned either...

let's try eeyore, he's so sweet...right?

not happening!

I also remember when piglett goes to hug this sweet sweet girl and she punches him. He ran back and told his friends at the hundred acre wood, and I think they stayed away from our table the rest of the meal. :)

Now my kids both love to hug, kiss, high five and even dance with all the characters. It was funny to see either of them scared.


Today is a ballerina slipper kind of day...

take a deep breath...take in your week.


tomorrow's a new saturday.

have fun. play with your kids. or your friends.

delight in the little things.

beautiful pics

Don't adjust your screen....

I decided to change things up a little and take my music off of my home page.

If you want to hear my faves then you can click on the button on the top menu bar and it will take you to what I am listening to.

Grimace and the Hamburglar

On Saturday mornings I would get up very early and watch cartoons with my brother. I have plenty of fond memories of 80's commercials. Like the old McDonalds ones with Grimace and the Hamburglar.

This was kind of like that...

Except when Hamburglar came out from the back he was a little sloppy and I believe he was stalling, since he kept bending over to tie his big shoes (which I don't even think had laces on them). Even through the costume he looked so uncomfortable.

Was he getting a massage?


Grimace on the other hand kept those childhood memories alive and danced with the kids.....



Wait! Is he trying to smother her?


Sizing your Images for Blogs :)

Amanda from have so many great tutorials, recipes, and FONTS...oh the FONTS!! If you have never checked out their site...not only is visually striking, but there are so many goodies on there...well, just go and check it out!! ;)

**click on the pic to get over there!!**

THIS post shows you how to successfully adjust the sizing for your pictures. This is truly going to save me a huge headache. I was doing it by my tried and not so true method called "winging it", sometimes ending up with my pictures looking a bit wonky.

Charity of TheVinesBranches

My dear friend, and sista from another motha, Charity of The Vines Branches has some super easy and very cute patterns over at Etsy. On her blog, she is giving tutorials for the patterns as well as ideas on how to use the patterns in a way you may not have thought ;)

If you've ever been scared of knit neckbands, Charity gives a great tut below that will have you saying "Oh, I can do that!" ;)

Drum roll please.........(imagine Doris Roberts in Christmas vacation)

So for those of you who have purchased the Seriously ? Easy tank top pattern.... is'nt it crazy how easy and quick it is to create?? I am going to give you an easy tutorial here to use with your pattern, and with just a couple simple changes you can make a ummmm... Normal? tank top instead! :-) Follow all pattern instructions except your raw strips! follow this in the place of that portion of the pattern...

Cut strips of stretchy knit fabric (like jersey or rib knit) 4" long. I usually cut the strips as wide as I can using the entire width of the fabric.

Fold your 4" strips in half, making them 2". Match the raw edges of the strips with the raw edge of one of the the arm openings in your tank top front piece. Pin down all the way accross the arm opening. Once all the way accross trim off what is left to use on the next arm opening!

Go to your machine and stitch in place. I then serge the raw edges, if you do not have access to a serger no problem... just either zigzag or overcast stitch the raw edges with your sewing machine. NOTE... knit fabrics normally do not fray... so if you choose you can leave your edges raw as well! :-)

Now off to the sewing machine again... now you will need to top stitch your seam down... this makes for a much neater and more professional finished look!

Follow these steps with all arm and both neck and bottom openings. Now you will follow all instructions that came in your pattern to construct your top. I have decided to show you another option also... I am going to simply hem the bottom of this tank top instead of using our red band of fabric on the bottom...

I serged the bottom first, all the way around. Next, I folded up 1/2" all the way around. Now Press, and go to the sewing machine! Sew with either a zigzag or a straight stitch (its all in what you like the look of better) And your finshed!

The flower on this tank top was a lot of fun too... I just used strips of a t-shirt that I was using when making a matching skirt! Runched the strips up and stitched on! If you have any quetions OR would like to see a flower tutorial just comment and let me know! :-)

FAIRYTALES...they'll make you want to soar!

I just listed this enchanting little number on Ebay. It has a .99 start bid, and is truly magical! It has tons of hand applique, some hand embroidery, beads....and the best part.....


((caution.....they'll make you want to soar with the butterflies!!))

Click here to see it!

My own day...

If I had my very own day, I would do all things girly....

day dreaming of sweet little doe in the mist and fairies afar...

eating tiny desserts all day....dressed up in a beautiful gown and tiara

sipping tea from cute little cups adorned with roses

I would look up to see star filled skies....

....and dance underneath them