Category Archives: homemade

Inexpensive Craft Project Washer Pendant Necklaces


How cute are these necklaces?? I found them on one of my favorite sites, Money Saving Mom. She posted three ideas for inexpensive Mothers Day projects. My favorite is the this pendant made from washers, which I am betting I can find in our garage. Scott will laugh if I start digging through his hardware stash – he knows I have a rather large supply of craft supplies of my own! You can find Christy’s great detailed set of instructions at Thrifty and Thriving.

Baking bread at the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon

My husband took this photograph at the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon.  Many of the handmade crafts and homemade cooking at the gathering made me think of my childhood, but none of them touched my heart as much as this bread dough.  I remember my mother making homemade rolls. Sometimes she let me brush sweetened milk on top of the hot bread when she took it out of the oven.  I also remember my grandmother rolling out pie dough, then helping me make “rolly doughs” with the leftover dough scraps that she trimmed from her hand fluted pie shells.

Most of my time at the feast was thought provoking in a nostalgic sort of way.  Even the smell of rabbit stew and cobs of corn grilled over open fires made me daydream of years long gone.  It was encouraging to be reminded of simpler more difficult times.  Of course, in those childhood memories I was NOT the one doing the work.

I enjoyed the day. It was also nice to come home to modern conveniences.  Unlike the women of the past that had no easier way to make bread, I can take a trip down memory lane and then put my feet up while the dough boy does the work.

Old Book Hearts Make Lovely Notes

I have friends that use their imaginations to turn recycling into an art.  Today I got the chance to scan a few of Carol’s newly made “book hearts” to share with you.  She was on her way to the Kokomo show (see events on our home page) so I didn’t have time for more than a few photographs.  She plans to insert sprigs of rosemary and other herbs to add another touch of charm to these notes made from the end pages of damaged books. Each heart is creased to fold in the middle. The other side is blank for writing a few lines.

I am a Fixin’ To

A recent episode of Hoarders – my one real TV show addiction – put the finger on a hoarder’s personality trait that I am convinced I share. The expert, in the midst of cleaning out a house, garage, barn and other areas, said that the man had a case of the “Fixin’ To’s”…meaning that he was collecting items for projects that he was “fixin” to”   finish.

It is funny now extreme situations on a television episode can prompt personal changes. I am now in the process of organizing my craft area. Note that it is a small space. I do not qualify for the Hoarders show!

In the past I have jokingly said that I don’t make things, I just gather supplies. Well, there is truth in the humor.  It is time to get focused! I am making decisions regarding what I really have time to accomplish and what projects are truly enjoyable AND realistic.  Luckily, I have many creative friends that will be happy to take extra items off my hands.

Pumpkin Cookie Mix Recipe

Those of us that work from home have to eat, so I plan to post a few fun recipes once in awhile.

This mix is a wonderful gift for someone that likes to bake but doesn’t have much time. It is also good to make ahead of the holiday time crunch. You can make homemade cookies later when you are short on time. I recently shared this on a group blog that I belong to at  It was appreciated, so I am sharing it here, too. 


Pumpkin Cookie Mix

Makes approximately 12 cups dry mix

  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 TBSP ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp allspice
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 ½ cups uncooked rolled oats
  • 1 cup nugget cereal
  • 1 cup raisins or craisins
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

In large bowl, combine flour, sugars, cinnamon, allspice, and baking soda. Using pastry blender or knives, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in oats, cereal, raisins, and chips. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

4 dozen cookies:

6 cups Cookie Mix

1 cup solid pack pumpkin

1 egg, beaten

1 TBSP vanilla extract

Blend cookie mix, pumpkin, egg and vanilla, mixing well. Drop rounded tsp onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in preheated 350 oven for 12-15 minutes. Cool slightly. Remove from pans to cool on wire racks.

What do you do with old game pieces?

I enjoy children’s books, old and new toys, puzzles and board games. 

I look for sealed games to sell on eBay, but I have learned to look beyond the new items. I know some people that make things from pieces and parts. They see value in spare buttons, game pieces, scraps of fabric, buckles, etc.  Now when I find an open game I check the contents.  I have a shelf full of small treasures and plans for some fun projects, like shadow boxes and greeting cards.  I am amazed by some of the fabulous artwork put into some of the older board games.

One of the women that sells her handmade jewelry in our shop used large colorful puzzle pieces as earring display cards. It added a fun touch and made use of a puzzle that would have otherwise ended up in the recycle bin.

I always think twice before I pass by used games and toys – and I don’t discard things from home until I have checked for parts to share with my creative friends!

Have you made creative use of pieces and parts?  Please share!
game box