Monday, December 19, 2011


This is the out fit I made for our grand daughter. It is a pattern from The Pink Fig. I am having problems getting my link to work. If anyone likes to help with this kind of thing I sure would appreciate it. I want to give designer credit.

We get to see them this Thursday night and I am real excited. This was my first attempt at Shirring. I can tell you my fingers are crossed that this will fit.
I re-did the shirring a couple of times, just to make sure I was doing it right.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Snow Man Pom Pom Ornament

This was shared on a blog I follow and it is just precious.
This would be darling to make with children, or if my age with grand children.
Please go visit her site, she has great tutorials. Wild Card

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Razorbacks Cotton Bowl

We are getting fired up around here for the Holiday Season! Including watching the Razorback's at Cotton Bowl!

Today I made a Pink Fig Pattern Top and Pants that I will be posting later. I am so excited about it. It was my first time to do shirring. I have to admit it too a few try's to get it done right.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Birth of a New Tradition - Christmas 2011


Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that

has been produced at the expense of American labor.

This year will be different.

This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans.

There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes
there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamins on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or
driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a gazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift
certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town.

Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for Mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip.

And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn,
leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city.

Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow
their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.

THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

Monday, October 31, 2011


Here are some samples of costumes I made when my children were little. They were so much fun to make. I handed them down to my nieces to wear and I did not receive them back, therefore I can not pass them down. Thank goodness for scanners so I have my pictures saved to digital format. The pumpkin in the first picture with the pumpkin doll is my daughter. Her baby had to have a costume too!

Skeleton Cake

I made this Red Velvet Cake and put cream cheese in the middle. I sprinkled powdered sugar on it afterwards. My Step-daughter's birthday is today and they are coming for dinner tonight after our grand baby goes trick-or-treating. It is my blood cake for Halloween birthday! By the way, there is no secret to how it is made. I bought the Milton mold and because of price I will be making skeletons for the rest of my life. If you live near, you are welcome to borrow it for your children or grandchildren! : ) Buttons

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Costume

This is my oldest daughter 20 years ago in a costume my mother made me, 48 years ago. My next daughter also wore it. But the really special thing about this costume is my brother also wore it AND a nurse at my father's clinic three children wore it. I am saving it for my two daughters to pass down to their children.

Painted Pumpkin

This IS NOT my idea, I painted it from memory from seeing on line. I love the look because you can carry it on into November. If any one knows the link to this please let me know. I want the person to get credit for the original idea. I am not so good at free hand drawing, but I gave it my best shot. Probably, I should stick to textiles, but you gotta try a little of a lot! Here's another side.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Razorback Pumpkin

I got to thinking with these craft pumpkins, I could turn one on its side and make a Razorback pumpkin by adding the hog nose. I purchased a hog nose $3.00 (a little expensive) and pumpkins were half price at Michael's and spray painted the pumpkin red. I hot glue gunned the nose on and painted some black on it to give it some character. I then took a pipe cleaner I use on my sewing machine for lint. I bent it in half and twisted around a pencil. I then cut a small hole in the back side and stuck it in and hot glued it to stay. The rest of the pumpkin I painted horns and teeth, front legs and hooves, then black shadow stripes kinda like hog hair. The pumpkin is now in my daughters apartment at the University of Arkansas. Lookin' Good! They can display it all year round. Thanks for looking! Woooo Pig Sooie :o) JodieT

Friday, October 14, 2011

Witch Pumpkin

I got this idea browsing an advertisement in a magazine in the grocery store. Last week I was at Michaels and purchased a couple of pumpkins and thought I would try this out. Our three grandchildren will be here for Halloween weekend so I thought I better get started decorating. I haven't decorated much since my girls were much younger. They are now 23 and the other will be 20 in December. My Step-children are 35 and 33. They are the ones with the little ones.
This is a craft pumpkin I painted so it will have to remain inside. If weather permits I will put it out front. I think it is kinda fun and crafty. Are you painting pumpkins for Halloween? JodieT

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tutu from a year ago

At it again, not for me sewing but for our soon to be born step grand daughter.  
I can not take credit for the cap.  I ordered the pink and brown crocheted cap to go with it at barparsell's shop on 

Halloween Shirt

A little something cute for our grandson Henry!  
I got the iron ons from Hobby Lobby in the craft section.
You pick out the face you want to make.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Ruffle Dress

I made this cute little Ruffle dress for grand daughter this month.
It was so easy to sew.  You don't even have to hem it.  
The bottom ruffle covers up the cut knit.

Are you wondering why I made it so long?
Well, it is a little late in the summer and I want her to be able to wear it next summer.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Casserole Carrier

My daughter asked me to make a casserole carrier for her for potlucks.  
I finally got around to it several months later. 

You are looking at it from the top.  I used quilted fabric from Hancocks.
I bound handles and border with bought bias tape to save time.  
There two bias ties on each end and yellow ribbon in middle to bring out color in fabric.

I have already given it to her or I would show you the opposite side print.
Easy Peasy!


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

New generation of T-shirt quilts

New generation of T-shirt quilts

Don't you think this quilt is awesome. I have a lot of T-shirts I am planning to make a T-shirt quilt for my daughter and do not want to do it in blocks.
This is the way I am going to do her T-shirt. I think this one is gorgeous the way the prints and colors all go together.

My daughters is going to be her competitive and school cheer from third through twelfth grade. She is in a sorority in college now, and she has way too many new T-shirts.
That quilt will be coming after college.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

My Craft Channel: Our 9th Hosts Revealed: House of Smiths (bonus vid...

My Craft Channel: Our 9th Hosts Revealed: House of Smiths (bonus vid...: "'s day nine of our 20 Cricuts in 20 Days and our new Hosts reveal, isn't it exciting. We're having so much fun giving away these..."

Friends this is going to be a great show. I can't wait, you have to check it out and have fun on the way....

My First Quilt sorta

Yea! I have finished my first quilted (sorta) project.
It is a Amy Butler (free pattern) and of course I used the same fabric.
I have two more of these to make with different fabric.
I am giving them away a wedding presents.

 I am showing my binded edges and mitered corners because they have been intimidating me the most!

I was so excited when I finished last night.  I didn't even roll the fabric with my sticky tape to clean
from being in sewing room.  The cotton/poly thread made so much fuzz.
I suppose this is normal.  Would love to know if it is not.

I've made napkins and making holder which I will photo for next post.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

{my grandmother name}

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A little before and soon after

I am beginning to work on some before and after projects.  
Obsessing over different things does keep me busy!
I have chosen to sand and paint my "Honey's" luggage stand.
My grandmother (I'm 50) that might give you an idea how old she would be now.
She had my mother is her early 30's.  Mom was her only child.  
So the stand has been around awhile.

I have sanded and begun to prime.  I haven't decided yet what color I will paint.

I have bought two ribbons which I will post as soon as I get pictures.  
I have to decide which to use.  I would love for you all to help me.

This next picture is an old wooden table in my daughters back yard.
 I am sanding and filling in cracks with wood filler.  I will be lucky if this one turns out good.
I want her to be able to use it on her front porch.

The house is white with black shutters and a red door.  I recently bought her a chair
that is yellow for her front porch and a yellow pot.  I am not sure what color of this table will be.
You could help me there too.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Wool Felt Pin Cushion

Wool Felt Pin Cushion by buttonscreates
Wool Felt Pin Cushion, a photo by buttonscreates on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
made for swap

My picture did not appear in previous blog post.


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Untitled, a photo by netamir on Flickr.

This reminds me of dachshunds. They are my favorite dog. This is incredible original work.

Via Flickr:

Friday, April 29, 2011

Pin Cushion

Pin Cushion by buttonscreates
Pin Cushion, a photo by buttonscreates on Flickr.

I just finished this pincushion yesterday for a pincushion swap. I sure hope she likes it. I had to make two because my first wasn't perfect enough. Since I am a seamstress more than a crafter, it takes me a little time to get technique down. I made it out of 100% wool felt.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Pillowcase Dress

This is a pillowcase dress I made out of Gypsy Bandana Fabric
Liz will probably be able to wear it for several years!

It really seemed big after making it.
  But, by pulling ribbon tighter you make it smaller.
Her mother loved it.  I wish I had taken a picture, but forgot to try it on her.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sewing | Pattern | Tutorial | Hand Applique | Free Pattern & Tutorial at

Sewing | Pattern | Tutorial | Hand Applique | Free Pattern & Tutorial at

This would be cute in embroidery hoops for wall too.


I've been making a few things for grand daughter that turned one in March.  
This little coral color out fit orginally with out applique I bought from Martha Pullem ready to wear.  
I simply cut out bunnies from fabric and appliqued them on.


You can see I had to put something on backside as well.

 And here she is wearing the outfit.

This is Madame Alexander play doll she got from my daughter.
Her brother is in background.

Little ones are just so precious don't you think?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sewing Room

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Sewing Room, a set on Flickr.

This is a mess I have been working on and will post new pictures very soon!

Via Flickr:
Always in progress and cleaning.
I make a messy sewing room!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Knit Scarves, Bows

I watch the DIY Dish network through my iTunes and they 
showed these easy to make scarves out of T-Shirts. 

I went ahead and just bought jersey knit and made these up.
 I made the blue bow out wired ribbon and backed on felt with pin to attach on and off.

This T-Shirt, per their direction, was cut with two inch strips and stretched
which makes the knit curl.  It was very simple.  Because I chose to buy 
the jersey by the yard, they turned out rather long.  This picture is 5 strips
looped around the neck twice. 
I sewed up the selvage like it was already the bottom of a t-shirt.

Here I am showing how long it actually turned out with out looping.
So, be aware just how long 60" is, if you use knit from the bolt like I did.

I apologize for the size of the second picture.  It will not let me shrink it.
I need lot more training.  The black satin bow pin I made by using gathering
stitched down one side and gathering before sewing on felt.

I also went ahead and made the ruffle scarf shown here on a razorback red shirt.  
By the way, it also looks good with one of the pins on it.  I cut my circles out at 10 inches instead of the 9 suggested.

Searching around the blog world.  There are so many creative people.
Thank you all for sharing your creations with me.