My Grandma's Chalkboard

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
I chose the name for my blog several months after my Grandma Mickelson passed away last November. She would have turned 101 today. Her birthday is one I know I'll never forget since she and I would have shared birthdays if I wouldn't have been born early. (And really, I know for a fact that babies rarely come on their due date...mine both came LATE!)
My grandma was a wonderful lady and I only wish she could have lived a little longer so my little ones could have known her a little better. She left us with many wonderful memories! Love you Grandma.


It's Christmas Time

Thursday, December 6, 2012
It's Christmas time and people want their skirts! I've had special orders coming in for skirts and now that I have almost come up with the perfect way to make these, I love them even more. There is one step though that I'm not totally happy with, but the more I make, the more I learn.
The one with the argyle band on the bottom was meant to be...I was looking for two coordinating fabrics and found these two, on complete opposite sides of the store, made by different companies, and yet the greens were an exact match...and I do love the argyle.

The second is from fabrics I had in my stash and are both Riley Blake fabrics. Two green skirts, I like them both.
And how do they look on? Pretty cute, if I may say so myself! They are made for the bow to be worn on the front, but I absolutely love the bow worn on the back. That big bow atop a skirt covered diaper is too cute!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012
For the past few weeks, I've really enjoyed being super busy at my sewing machine. I actually had to oil it (for the first time machine works great for being almost 15 years old!). I should probably change the needle too. I had no idea you are supposed to change those things so often! (After every eight hours of sewing time! Yeah right!) Who knows, maybe the lady at the quilt store who told me that just wanted me to stock up on needles. Well, I didn't!
Sorry, rambling.
I've been busy sewing pillow covers. I learned, that it is as easy to sit down and sew one pillow cover as it is to sit down and sew ten pillow covers. Maybe I should have learned this a long time ago?!
Oh well, it has been fun!
I have several Christmas Countdowns available at Country Heart Crafts in Bountiful but had to make just one more after seeing a great idea somewhere on the internet. The scalloped edge circle is chalkboard vinyl so you can write how many more days 'til Christmas right there. I love the aqua and red together!

Have a great week!

New Daily Deal Site!

Thursday, November 8, 2012
For those of you (us) who love a great deal, you need to check out this great new daily deal site called P.S. I Adore You! You'll find awesome prices on some of the most trendy items. I just clicked over to their Facebook page, and there's a little surprise there for you if you like them. (Okay, no secrets just go get your coupon code from Facebook and save even more!) Really, stop hanging around here and click on over to check it out!

What's that you say? You heard I'm going to be featured there? Oh yeah, that too! (But really, go there! If not today, maybe right around November 21st-ish!)
Sorry about using seven exclamation points,
P.S. I Adore You

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
I'll admit it. I don't really like Halloween.  I don't like dressing up. I don't like pretending I'm something I'm not. I don't like talking to strangers. (As a kid, knocking on someone's door and saying "Trick or Treat" was difficult. Not impossible, but difficult. It helped that there was some immediate positive reinforcement.) Anyway, putting aside all of that, I really do love sewing Halloween costumes for my kids. And, even though those costumes aren't ready yet, here are two Halloween related items I just took down to the boutique.

I really like hand-dying the onesies. Such cute results! I kind of wish I had put a bat on both onesies, but really like when things are plain and simple too. I kept the skirt plain black so it can be used on other occasions. I can't help but be incredibly practical. (Thanks mom!) The flower on the skirt is removable too so it can be worn on the shirt, or on a headband, or, not at all if you're not into that sort of thing. (Yeah, I'm not really into that sort of thing, but I'm trying to please the people!)

I do love the felt bat and even my little sweeties now want orange shirts with bats. They loved it. I had no idea they liked those horrible creatures. I suppose they've never been stormed by a real bat before. That would surely cure them. (As I shudder. I think, if my memory serves me right, I've had that experience. If not, I've surely dreamed it because it feels real.)...

New Ideas

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Just a quick post. My shelves at the boutique are FULL! I'm talking packed with as many items as I can fill it without it all falling off. It's scary. Also scary is the fact that I can't wait to fill it up with Christmas items that for now are just ideas pouring in to my brain. So, for the next few weeks, so many items are being marked way down so I can make room for all the goodness to come. I can't wait!  Kristin

Putting an end to Plastic Pumpkins

Monday, September 17, 2012
Here's my latest project: Trick or Treat bags. Because I really dislike the plastic pumpkins. The plastic pumpkin pails that everyone has because some company spends all year making just plastic pumpkins to sell to people like me who spend an equally long time planning, preparing, and constructing an over the top Halloween costume only to accessorize it with that cheap plastic pumpkin that doesn't even match the costume. (Wow, that was a long sentence!)
So, I put together a cute alternative! One that you can fold up and keep until next year. (You can't fold up a plastic pumpkin. Trust me.) Even better, these bags can be made to match your child's costume! Cinderella really shouldn't carry around a plastic pumpkin or an old pillowcase to gather her treats. I'm thinking something ruffly and blue and glittery would be much more fitting for a princess.
Have a great...Fall is almost here...week!



Monday, September 3, 2012
August has come and gone and I had a great month at Country Heart Crafts thanks to some great customers! I was busy the whole month with special orders and keeping the window display organized and full. It was great. These chevron pillows were a hit and the great thing is that the fabric comes in so many colors. The chevron lives on Charlie Brown.
More pictures of even more items will be up soon. Have a great Labor Day!
Chevron pillows available in aqua, black, green, red, navy, yellow, orange, lavender, brown, pink, and grey. Other colors are available in smaller chevrons, tone on tone chevron, 'boy' and 'girl' multi-colored chevron, and even jumbo chevron. I love it!



Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Starting today, until the end of August, all of my items at Country Heart Crafts are on sale! At least 10% off everything, with many items marked down even further. Many of my items are currently on display at the front of the store. I've included pictures below. To anyone wondering, I know, I am not a professional photographer. Apparently, taking a photo through glass is a bad idea. Waiting to take photos of my items after they are on display at the boutique is also a bad idea. But I promise, you won't be disappointed if you see the display in real life!
I've added some new products. Included are:
Burlap wreaths
Days Until Chalkboard Sign (such a fun way to count down to any special day)
Burlap pillows
Toddler Neck Pillows
Plastic bag dispensers
Unpaper towels
The unpaper towels are great little towels that mimic a paper towel in almost every way. Except you don't throw them away. They are absorbent but thin and dry in a hurry. I've used one for a whole day for all my wiping up needs, rinsing well between uses, and have not been disappointed. To make them easy to use, even for kids, throw the clean and dry towels in one of my plastic bag dispensers and pull one from the bottom whenever needed. My kids love doing this and the convenience can't be beat. Not even by conventional paper towels.

Take a look around and be sure to stop by Country Heart Crafts in Bountiful!

Yes, this almost doesn't even count as a photo. Neither does the next one, but check out that little dress. I think it would look so cute with a little black sweater on top. A two year old can never wear too many ruffles, right?


This week

Thursday, June 14, 2012
I realized the other day that if I put the pane of glass from the frame in front of the fabric covered magnet board, the glass serves as a dry erase surface or a wet erase surface! So, I guess my magnet boards have multiple uses in one! (But not at the same time.) Now, I should take a picture of said dry erase board in action...Another day, another day.
Enjoy the pictures of what's been made at the kitchen table this week.

Parade Day

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I love parades. Or at least the beginning of parades. Where the veterans in uniform, riding on horses, carrying the flag of our United States of America, are followed by a high school band playing out some patriotic tune accompanied by the roar of F-16's flying overhead. Ahh, can't wait.
Let's remember this Memorial Day all those who have given up their lives so we can enjoy the freedom that allows us to say God Bless America.
And don't forget to break out some red, white, and blue, go to a parade, eat a snow cone, and have a happy 4th of July!


Saturday, May 19, 2012
Here are a few of the ruffle fabric skirts I've made up for the shop. They are light, airy, and perfect for summer. (And don't need to be ironed like cottons!) Coming up next week, red, white, and blue, all in one ruffly skirt, just in time for the summer festivities. See you soon!

What? A picture would be worth a thousand words

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
I liked the items that I made this past week so much, I forgot to take pictures of them before I rushed them down to Country Heart Crafts.
So, paint a picture in your head of a throw pillow made out of this aqua chevron fabric. The pillow is super simple, letting the chevron do the hard work of being beautiful all by itself. (It definitely can pull it off.) I really wanted to keep the pillow for myself, but aqua doesn't match my current decor. So sad, but so happy someone else can buy it!

I also made some more nightlights, checkbook covers, and baby outfits.  I'll have to post more photos soon.

Have a great day!

This and That

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Here are just a few more things I have finished that will be at Country Heart Crafts soon. Aren't the hangers adorable?

The gingerbread kids up there make me happy.

Thursday, April 12, 2012
Wow, two posts in one day! Yes, I am putting off doing other, more important things, like scrubbing the bathroom. I'll get to it, I promise.

Anyway, I just finished this burlap earring holder and am excited with how it turned out. I found the awesome tutorial here. I like it for an earring holder, although I don't have enough earrings to cover it. I like it as wall art, without the earrings.

Having Fun

We are loving this warm weather, never mind the fact that it is raining at this very moment! Here are some pics of the clipboard chalkboards I've made that will be in the boutique soon. They are quite unimpressive from the front, but I spruced up the back and really like how they turned out. Now I just need to attach the chalk and they are ready to go!

My favorite one is the girly one on the right! The paper is just right for Spring.

More chevrons

Sunday, April 1, 2012
So here are some magnets boards I finished up recently. I waited, and tried to be patient, for the red and white fabric to come in the mail, and within a half hour of its arrival at the doorstep, I'd whipped up this magnet board.

I've also been having fun making chalkboards out of random items. My littlest one loved his chalkboard clipboard and drew on it for a whole 20 minutes! (That's a long time if you're only two.) I'll have to snap a photo of it soon.

A sampling

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
A few of the items I am selling at Country Heart Crafts. I LOVE the baby hangers.

When I saw this fabric, I knew there were many projects in the works. This little magnet board is perfect for a princess to hang her artwork on.

Fabric covered Book of Mormon. I hope a little girl will love it as much as I do.

I love chevrons!

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