Sunday, April 14, 2019

Spring wreath

Hey friends!  Is it Spring yet? That's all I'm needing right now.  Ugh, 40 degrees one day and 70 the next. This has been a rough winter, so I'm ready for Spring to be here to stay!
I thought that making a Springy wreath for my door might help.  I found this light wood wreath shape at Hobby Lobby( super inexpensive).  I painted it and cut out some felt flowers out with Tammy Tutterows beautiful dies. It came together in just a couple hours.  (I love projects like this that I can do while I'm watching tv). Super relaxing.   I added the wood "Home" that I had picked up at HL on a previous trip months ago. Then looked thru my ribbon stash to find some wide ribbon to make a bow with.
It's great with you can just find things in your craft stash to use, isn't it?!

So now, whether is 40 or 70 degrees, my door screams SPRING!

You can see all Tammy's dies from The Crafters Edge HERE
Tammy also has tons of super creative ideas on her blog HERE

It's so great  that she has a variety of shapes and sizes in each set.  I used one of the small dies to create this fun it's flower bunch with felt, buttons and wire.
And have you seen her adorable charms?  Oh the first time she shared them online, I'm pretty sure I squealed out loud.  LOVE THEM!  You can see them HERE

I am doing everything I can around here to encourage SPRING.   I cant get out to the bins in the garage to get in all my Spring and Easter decor in  because I'm still in a case, but I still have plenty out.  Dan would be happy to bring it in, but this year, I am keeping it simple. ( well, saying he'd " be happy to", might be pushing it lol, but he'd do it).

I don't like to post things that are depressing here on my blog,but it's hard to act like nothings going on here.  The flood devastated so much and effected so many.
As bummed as we are about the cabins, the loss is nothing compared to what many others are dealing with.  Loss of their homes, farms, live stock ect.
I have lived here all my life and have never seen anything even close to this. It's just surreal.

The photo below is how we get to our cabin.  The arrow I placed on the photo, shows where the turn off is to the cabin road.

Our cabin is nothing fancy, but it holds a lot of memories of our kids growing up and of many get togethers with family and friends. We bought this back in 1993 when the kids were little. 
As we have gotten older and moved to the country, we just didn't have the time or energy to keep up both places, so Wes and Amy have taken over keeping it up, and now are buying it from us.
There are a number of cabins out here.  Jarad and Kate bought a cabin of there own just down the road years ago and have been working to make it a beautiful little getaway.
Below is a photo of the cabin with Wes and Amy's garden a couple of years ago.
They had put in new flooring, redone the bathroom and bought all new furniture last year.

Never, in all these years, has it had water in it.  Now... everything has to be tossed and it has to be gutted.

Dan has been working out there with the kids. Until I'm out of this cast and walking again, I'm not much help.

Jarad a Kate have put so much hard work into their cabin over the years. The top photo is how it looked when the bought it.  I have to admit I thought "what are these kids getting into", lol, but I know them and how they work together.  They can do this!
The bottom photo is after they finished the main parts.

And here is after they built the deck on.  Since then they have landscaped and had a beautiful yard of grass.

Now they are starting over.

All I can say it, when your younger you just jump in an get started.  I just looked at it and thought, "no way, I cant deal with that".  :(

I could deal with the loss of the cabins.. .but seeing my kids feel bad and have to start over, hurts this momma heart. A LOT


In the photo below, Amy is point at were the water came up to.

I am just so glad the boys have girls who are willing to work side by side with them.They are lucky to have each other.  Things are always easier when you have someone by your side who supports you and works towards the same goals.
I give the girls so much credit. They aren't afraid to jump in and work right next to the guys.

Like I said, we are lucky compared to many. I'm so thankful all of our homes were spared!
Please keep all of those effected by this flooding in our prayers.

Tomorrow I'm back to the surgeon for my last cast!  Fingers crossed the xrays show that things are healing well.  This last cast is another 3-4 weeks.

We will be having Easter with the big family, so it will be great to be together.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Easter!


Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Hello friends! Hand stitched eggs and what's going on here.

Hello friends!
It's been such a crazy and chaotic time that blogging has just been at the top of the list.  With me still recovering and the flooding taking place, this has  just been a hard few weeks.
We had to leave for a couple of days as we weren't sure what the water was going to do.  We were so blessed to come home to a dry home!  So many others suffered such great losses.  We are keeping everyone effected in our prayers.

I always start off my posts with the crafty project I planned to share, so this post will be the same.  Down below I will share some photos from the flood. I will also be sharing more in another post.
But first........ something happy!
Who doesn't love flowers and beautiful flowers anyway. You can go wrong with these adorable flower dies from Tammy Tutterow and Crafters Edge
I am in love with her sweet little flowers, and the quality of these dies is amazing!
these little flowers are from the die sets she has that have a variety of sizes of smaller flowers.
If you click on the link above you will be able to see them all.

I have admired Tammy's talent for years and I'm so happy to call her a friend.  If you aren't familiar with her blog, be sure to check it out. Her work is amazing!

Tammy's blog

This flooding has effected so many :(
We have lived here all our lives and never ever have we seen anything like this.  It is just devastating!
Below is a aerial photo of our little town and surrounding area.

We are so thankful that our home is high enough that we didn't have water inside, but it was all around us.  Once we left, there was no way to get home.

No matter what road we took, they all had water over them.  That's Dan out there assessing things. I'm in the car with the dogs.. and wheelchair in tow.  It was a scary time.  Not only were we worried about the house and the cabin, but most of all..... our kids.   Jarad was working rescues, as he is a volunteer firefighter/EMT ,and Wes is a police officer, and was stuck in this town with no way to get out even if he wanted to.  Both boys were unable to get back to their homes for days.  Luckily, Jarad's wife Kate was out of town on a trip and Wes's girlfriend Amy was at home in Omaha at their house. 

Our house was basically an island.  The water reached about half way up the front yard.  Our house is in the bunch of trees on the right, in the photo above.
Below is a photo Jarad send us, as he got this close with a 4x4.

I am SO thankful our home is dry.  Our families cabins did not fair well at all.
That is for another blog post. :(

Please keep everyone dealing with this flooding in your prayers.  It was just been surreal to us to see what's gone on.  Never did a ever think I would see anything like this.
So much loss for so many.

Prayers to all

Not just Nebraska, but EVERYONE effected.

Hugs, Vicki

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

No sew felt flower Spring banner using Tammy Tutterows Dies from The Crafters Edge

Hey Everyone! Just popping in to share a quick post with a new project I just finished.   This is a "no sew" Project that I'm sharing today.
So many of us are REALLY ready for winter to be over and Spring to arrive.  I know I am!  I worked on this piece for our front door.
Something a little bright and cheery, to offset this grey gloom. lol
I had found these canvas banner pieces at Hobby Lobby a while back and snatched up all they had. I've been watching, but haven't seen any more. They are available on amazon and a few other places online if you don't see them at HL.  ( actually they would be easy to make also).
When I found these at HL, it was around Christmas time and  they were 50% off... so that made it even better.  Gotta love a good bargain!
The thin wood letters are also from HL. There are two letters in a pack for 99 cents. They are unfinished wood, so I just gave them a quick coat of paint with a foam brush.
All of the felt flowers are Tammy Tutterows dies from The Crafters Edge. I didn't sew or stitch any of them... just put them together with hot glue. 
Of course you can use as many layers as you want to, to add more dimension.
I make a little tassel for the bottom with embroidery floss.

Here is a closer shot of the flowers.

The Crafters Edge

and for great inspiration for ways to use Tammy's dies... check out her blog.  Tammy Tutterow

Dan as been taking good care of me in surgery, and the dogs have been keeping me good company.  I'm getting a little spoiled, getting breakfast in bed.  I'm going to ride this out while I can. lol  He will have to go back to work next week.
I think the dogs are kind of enjoying it also. lol

Like me, they are patiently waiting for Spring.

Thanks for stopping by friends!  I'll be back soon with more to share.  I'm pumping out projects, just trying to keep my hands busy.

Hugs, Vicki

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Hand Stitched Decorative Mats

Hey everyone! Hello there!
All I can say is I'm so glad to have stitching to occupy my time while I'm laid up.  I really do love doing it, and it's something I can easily do without having to get upstairs to my studio for a bunch of supplies.
I have been using Tammy Tutterow's beautiful Dies so much, it's just crazy!
For this piece I used the slightly stiffer and larger felt sheets. (found at Hobby Lobby).
I wanted to use my accucut 12x12 die for the background piece so I need to use a larger piece of felt.
I get spoiled stitching on this stiffer felt, because it's a dream to work with.  It holds in place so well with no stretching or pulling.

I will be posting finished hand stitched projects for sale here, on my blog and on instagram.... so if there is something you are interested in please let me know.

Spring is just around the corner, and then before you know it, it will be Summer.  These would be pretty on a table with a Spring or Easter arrangement.  They are approximately 12x12 and all hand stitched on firm felt. Each one is backed so that no stitching shows on the back side.

They are $25 each 
Plus Shipping



If you are just getting into stitching or need to practice up a bit, I totally suggest you try a couple of projects on this stiffer felt.  It's very forgiving.

And.... Tammy's flower dies from Crafters Edge are so great for stitching. There are so many to choose from.  You can see them all HERE

You can find lot of inspiration, tutorials, and patterns here on Tammys blog also 

as well as HERE on the Crafters Edge Blog




I'm so thankful to enjoy stitching so much , because it's really helped to keep my mind and hands busy since surgery.   Surgery went fine.  Really glad to have that part behind me.  Now... to manage to stay off my feet and not go stir crazy for the next 10 weeks.
We were able to leave the hospital Saturday morning to beat the snow storm that was quickly approaching.  We were so thankful to the Doctor and staff at Midwest Surgical Hospital for helping us get going.  I just can't say enough good things about that place. Superb care!

Speaking of care, .... my nurse here are home has done pretty well also. lol  Some days are defiantly better than others when it comes to pain. He's tolerates me even when I'm a smidge grouchy. lol
They harvested bone from my pelvis, so lifting that heavy cast around is not fun.
He keeps my diet coke cup full, so what more can I ask for. lol

Happier news!  Wes and Amy got moved into their new home!  We are so excited for them.   

(Jep too).  He is pretty excited about his new big back yard!

Hope things are well with all of you! As always, thanks for taking time to stop by.  If there is any items I post that you are interested in you can email me at or message me on Facebook or instagram.


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Cheery felt flower banner

Happy Day everyone! 
We may have had a lot of snow here the past week, but today the sun is shining! Yippee!
It's amazing what a difference that can make.
I decided to squeeze in one more post.  Tomorrow is my surgery to repair my foot.  I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous.  Not as much about the actually surgery, but more about dealing with being laid up the next 3 months. I cant have any weight baring at all for that entire time. (cringe).
All I can say is .. "let the stitching begin".  lol No pun intended.  I'm referring to stitching projects to keep me busy. I've been pre cutting so I'll have that part done, and I'll be ready to go. Since they will have to harvest bone from my pelvis, I wasn't sure how much cranking of the die cutting machine I'll be wanting to do. No worries... it's done!
I hadn't had a chance to use the adorable set of borders set, so I couldn't wait.  Since I took down my string of hearts I had hanging on this chalkboard, I needed something else quick. (It being blank was driving me crazy). 
Although it is felt, not paper, I didn't do a lot of stitching on this. I did stitch the flowers and petals on this banner, but that's about it.  It was a quick project that I put together in just a couple of hours.
SO... if your needed a little something to brighten up a dreary February day.. a cheery banner might just do the trick!

You can find Tammy's beautiful dies here at
The Crafters Edge

and for great inspiration for ways to use Tammy's dies... check out her blog.  Tammy Tutterow

 Yesterday us girls got together at the Corner Cafe here in my little town. (Yes, it's on the corner and yes, it's name is actually the "Corner Cafe". lol  We love meeting here. It's super cozy and quaint ... Oh, and the food is great!

It was a perfect time to celebrate Birthdays for these two kind hearts. Karen and Julie.

We celebrated and chatted a couple of hours away. (easy).   I'm so blessed to have these sweet friends.

We always include our gem of a waitress, Monica, in our group photos.

There was a table of about 6 elderly farmers at a table behind us, but I'm beginning to wonder if all our cackling may have had something to do with them wrapping up their card game early. lol

Any way you look at it, it was a great time.  I always feel so uplifted after spending time with these gals.  We just "get" eachother.   Trust me, there is never much of a lull in the conversation.

We seem to have so much in common. Family is so important to all of us. We often share about our children and Grandchildren, and about our parents who have passed. We all care deeply about preserving memories.  Which seems quite fitting since scrapbooking is how most of us met in the first place.
We often group next with eachother between our get togethers. Just silly things, recipes, memes, you name it. This past week Karen shared photos of her Granddaughters learning to hand stitch. Karen was teaching them. I remember my Aunt and my mom teaching me to embroider, and it is such a precious memory for me. 
Writing about  this made me think a embroidery piece I did as a kid. I wondered if I still had it, so I went to look in my keepsake bin.  Sure enough.. there is was

I have many doilies, embroidered pillow cases, and quilts that my mom and Grandma made, that mean so much to me.
Karen was telling me about a project she is putting together for all of her Grandchildren. I thought it was an awesome idea and asked her if it was okay to share.  It's Karen..and she's the sweetest, so of course she said yes. lol

Her mother in law has colored many of these designs ( similar to adult coloring books), while she sits with her husband at the nursing home.   She literally has a stack of them.
Karen is working on framing groupings of them together as a keepsake for each child.
What a cool way to preserve this memory of their great grandmother.

 I'd love to hear about a memory you have of  a time in your childhood when someone took time to teach you something you enjoy.  Cooking? sewing? gardening? fishing? Whatever it is. Leave a comment and share.

   I will be back sharing as soon as I'm feeling up to it. Until then.....  here's a hug