Saturday, April 12, 2014

In Bloom


This is one of the few cacti on my porch that is NOT being gobbled up by some awful creature (my guess is a packrat) :-(

Sunday, April 6, 2014


Remember this find from last week? It's been upgraded (read-on)!


First I pulled off the ugly pink vinyl fabric. Underneath it was more pink. This time a pink velour type fabric, which I am assuming to be the original. I also found some labels.


From what little I could find online. My piece is a reproduction piece from the mid 1950's. It hails from Michigan (like most of my family!).


I don't know what this label is from. Maybe the people who ordered it? Reupholstered it? Anyway, I'm guessing this chair was in Illinois at some point in it's life. I couldn't seem to find an information on the name.

I purchased my very first "power tool" and got to work. I didn't want to deal with taking the original fabric off and replacing the pad, since both were in great condition... and I wanted this to be a quick project. So I put my fabric over it. Luckily it was fabric I had in hand (remember this project?).



It is not perfect, but it works for now. The chair itself has some scratches and dings that I want to take care of later....

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Designed & Stitched by ErikaJean

I have always used patterns done by others.... this time I decided to switch it up. I designed this beet with the mad beats and stitched it up on a tea towel.

My music notes suck, but other than that... I love this little guy! There is a saying next to him that I found online. It's trademarked so I didn't post it. It is the vegetable version of "Let-us turn-up the beat."

I wonder what the beet has on his iPod?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Gossip Bench / Phone Table

My mom and I had the day off work today (Thanks Caesar Chavez!) So we did a little shopping and stopped by the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. We came across this cute phone table / gossip bench and I just HAD to have it! It was a good deal and in pretty good condition, so we purchased it and squeezed it into the car.


I am going to have to get a few more babysitting jobs before I can afford the fixing up materials I need (and I have to research what I need). But I can't wait to get my hands on it. I might go-ahead and do the reupholstering first so I can live with it ;-)

Sunday, March 23, 2014


Fluffy sugar coated marshmallow deliciousness. Is there anything better?

I decided to make some bunny shaped peep garland. with a quick Google search I was able to find a template. I used felt that I had on hand, which will make my stash a bit smaller (thank-goodness!). I did have to buy some beads for the eyes and noses though. 

These will probably get hung up at work.


Update: Okay so I made some more and just used puffy paint for the eyes and nose. SO much easier. Why do I always try to make things more complicated than they have to be?? Here they are drying...


Do you like Peeps?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Seven Falls

I've been wearing a Fitbit for the last couple of months.... it is basically a high-tech pedometer. It calculates my steps, miles and calories burned (you can see more if you get a higher priced model).  It syncs to the Fitbit site when you are near your computer and various programs like Pretty neat stuff. Helps me realize how LITTLE walking I do at work and motivates me to get up and take a lap every once and a while!

I usually average about 6-7,000 steps a day.... but on Sunday I had 28,000+ steps! Crazy!!

Why so many steps?

I hiked up to Seven Falls! Officially it is a 9 mile hike, however my Fitbit had me down for a total of 11.91 for the day. That total includes the whole day's activities though (running around the house getting ready, walking to/from various places). It was a fairly easy hike, but the distance was crazy. I have blisters on the bottoms of both feet to prove it!


The destination was worth it though. WATERFALLS!

I know my video sucks, so here are a few snap shots...


7 Falls

The pools were FREEZING, but there were a few brave people (kids) in the water. I couldn't resist sticking my feet it for a few minutes, bbrrrr.


Saw this road runner on the hike back.

I was with non-geocachers but I might have to tackle this one again if there are caches up there!