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You can get them now!

I’m so excited to tell you that you can now purchase any of my 4 sampler designs over at Amazon! Outlines of the designs, including the grid and the border, are printed directly onto the fabric. All you have to do is stitch over them! Easy peasy! Floss and extras are included in the kit.

Click any of the images to purchase. Choose from:

Wedding (You can personalize the center square with the lucky couple’s names and date)



Home (This one is also available at Hobby Lobby)



Crafty (My personal favorite!)


Baby (You can personalize the center square with the baby’s name and info)



Also available is a blank grid and frame printed on fabric for you to fill with your own designs!


crafty sampler


I think this craft sampler is my favorite of all the samplers I designed for Dimensions. It won’t be long before these are available…so excited! They are due in stores and online in May.

baby sampler peek


I’m so excited about the grid samplers I designed for Dimensions! They were presented at CHA last month and created a little buzz. We’ll find out soon where you can find these in the market. Here is the adorable baby sampler. My favorite part? The fluffy yellow duck pull toy stitched with yarn with button wheels…


Stay tuned to find out more where you can find these samplers. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they’ll be in lots of places, big and small. We’ll see…


Here’s a snapshot Leslie Blatt over at Dimensions shot of the Dimensions booth at CHA and of my samplers on display! Yay!

i’m back!


I learned a lot in 2013. Mostly, I learned what overextending myself looks like. I learned a lot about that. It was a hard lesson to learn the hard way. My big takeaway from it is this…When you say “yes” to everything, you say “no” to other things. And maybe those things you said “no” to are pretty big things. One thing I said “no” to a lot is you, my lovely readers, and to this blog. Deadlines overlapped and I went from one major project to another without so much as a check-in here. I’m sorry about that.

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craft fair

I’m getting ready for the craft fair at Alfredo’s school this weekend. At the urging of some friends, I signed up for table . My father made rosaries to sell…and I asked sweet Kristen Robinson to make necklaces like the beautiful one she made me. I’m always, always getting compliments on it and people always want to know where I got it. I knew it would be a good thing to offer. She made 10 beautiful necklaces for me to sell. 

So inspired by these two very religious items to sell, I decided to run with it and offer other items with a religious theme.

I set up a table in my family room so I could plan out the displays. Want to see?

I used kraft wrapping paper with gold stars stamped on it (Dollar Store!) to skirt the table. I’ll just use packing tape to tape it along the table top’s edge. I had these table runners from my shop years ago. I just cut them in half and hung them along the table front, again using packing tape to secure. I topped the table with some kraft paper printed with scrolls. The nice thing about it is that everything is really sturdy. Sometimes using a cloth, especially a thick one, can make things wobbly.

I put my father’s rosaries in this flat drawer cabinet. I sorted them by color to make them easy to find. Can you believe these are only $15? And he gives all the money, not just the profit, to his church. Isn’t he a sweetie? He’s going to be there with me on Saturday, with all of his supplies to make rosaries on the spot.

And how about that sign?

When I saw these chalkboard sandwich signs at Michael’s, I knew they’d make great signs! I used white Saral transfer paper to transfer a printout of the sign to the chalkboard. Then I used a white chalk pencil to fill it in. Didn’t it turn out great? And it was quick…I did all of these signs in less than an hour!

For the necklace display, I spray painted an old dress mirror frame antique gold. I added a flat board to the bottom for stability. I covered some foam core with osnaburg fabric using spray mount and I just used pins to hold the necklaces.
I put the extra necklaces on a velvet lined tray above. As the necklaces sell, I can consolidate the display to go in the mirror frame.

Aren’t these necklaces breathtaking? Kristen did such a lovely job…I don’t know which is my favorite!

These prayer journals were a fun project. I used those cheap plastic photo albums ($1 from Walmart and the dollar store) and filled them with prayers and scripture readings that I machine-stitched to scrapbook paper cut to 4″ x 6″.

I have a few more things to make but I think I’m ready! We’re going to pick up my parents this afternoon (my sister is meeting us halfway with them).

If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll stop by St. Timothy Catholic School in Chantilly, Virginia on Saturday. I’ll see you there!