Monthly Archives: August 2011

Favorite Things: Tom’s Shoes


Tom’s Shoes

Pink Women's Glitters Bridal White Women's Glitters

Red Canvas Women's WedgesRed Nautical Stripe Women's Wedges

Red Canvas Women's ClassicsBlack Canvas Women's Classics

These are my favorites! They are an amazing company and  here’s the story behind why:

In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers.

I LOVE it! Their website also has lots of amazing stuff in the Get Involved Section that you can do to help. Don’t forget to check out their blog,too.


DIY Mod Podge


I Love This Stuff!

But I don’t love the price! Well, now you can make your own!  Sunny shows you how on her blog.  Now that you can make your own, check out some interesting projects you can make:

Mod Podge Fabric Shoe Makeover 

Mod Podge Paper CoastersDIY Mod Podge Tile Coaster Tutorial

Damask Picture Frame

Happy Crafting!



It’s been a busy week around here and I’m tired.  We started our new homeschool year on Monday and I’m still adjusting to the new schedule. I can’t seem to get as much done as I would like, now that homeschooling takes a 3 hour chunk of my day. I’m still trying to figure out how to run my errands, write my blog, network, run my etsy shop, create products for my etsy shop, keep the house clean, make treats, and teach. But, at least I’m not this bad off…

My real problem is I want to do too much. I have all these grandiose ideas of what I can get done in a day and then reality sets in and I’m depressed. I wish I could be like Samantha on Bewitched when she speeds herself up to get the chores done in half the time.

Oh wouldn’t that be wonderful? I’m probably wasting too much time dreaming about that, though. I guess I need to just do one thing a day in each area. Bake 1 things, Craft 1 thing, 1 Errand ect. and maybe I’ll feel more accomplished.

Advice, anyone?

W.i.P. Wednesday #3


It’s been a busy week around here. We celebrated Mr. Penguin’s birthday, recovered from a sugar coma, went to a quilt sale, viewed a quilt show, took a walk along the Erie Canal and started our first week of homeschooling. Did I mention we were busy? I did manage to get some sewing/crafting done, though.  I got a new magazine full of amazing ideas that motivated me. I haven’t had a chance to take many photos. Sorry. So here’s my week:

Completed Projects:

White Yarn Wreath with Removable Flowers
Fabric Coasters
Christmas tree fabric Art


Ongoing Projects:

$6 Quilt BOM – August-no progress

Farmer’s Wife QAL- ( weeks behind) Got 1 done

Quilted Bookmarks (for my Etsy Shop)-0

Felt Bookmarks (for my Etsy Shop)- 2

Flurry Christmas Quilt- no progress

Completed tops awaiting quilting:
Neon Mug Rug
Pink decorator’s Fabric Sample Table Runner

No progress:
Carter the Crab Softie for Lil Penguin’s Birthday
Houndstooth Pillow w/Rosettes using this method (for my Etsy Shop)
Cat and the Hat quilt for Little Penguin
Super Hero Cape for Lil Penguin’s Birthday

This week’s stats:
New projects -3
Completed projects -3
Currently in progress -7

Food for Thought: Homeschooling


Happy First Day of School

I tried to teach my child with books;
He gave me only puzzled looks.
I tried to teach my child with words;
They passed him by often unheard.
Despairingly, I turned aside;
“How shall I teach this child,” I cried?
Into my hand he put the key,
“Come,” he said, “Play with me.”

~Author Unknown~
Poem from The Perpetual Preschool