Moving on Up…



In an effort to bring you more “crafty goodness” as Sister Diane would say, I’ve joined forces with my friend, Erin Debri over at Lucky Star Lane.  My hope is that through collaboration, Erin and I can bring you so much more than what each of us could do separately!  Erin and I both enjoy different crafts, so we’ll have a much more varied blog.  Please come over and check us out…and add us to your reader so you can keep coming back!

Thanks, Heather

PS-My etsy shop will still be open, but will soon feature other listings from crafters who live on LuckyStarLane!  Check back often for new items!

October 14, 2009 at 8:19 pm Leave a comment

Kanzashi in Progress

D for Daphne

D for Daphne

So Sister Diane has inspired me in all things kanzashi…I swear I’ve been seeing them in my sleep. My good friend Erin Debri makes covered buttons with monograms and I thought they would look great in the center of some kanzashi blooms. I had a baby shower coming up for my cousin who is having a baby girl and they’re naming her Daphne…I’ll show you the finished project later this weekend, but here’s the beginning. I think I’m going to add a little fringe to the “D.” My mind’s eye sees the flowers on some sort of “stem” woven into the back of a basket…which will hold the rest of the gift. Much as I love paper, I don’t like using gift wrap…throwing paper away makes me sad 😦 Anyway, I’d better get back to my kanzashi dreams…I’ve got an early morning ahead of me. Do you think she’ll like the flowers?

Goodnight, HB

P.S. Get Diane’s book Kanzashi in Bloom…it’s awesome!

October 2, 2009 at 3:05 am 4 comments

Getting to know you

My Sweet Boy

My Sweet Boy

I saw this on Luv In The Mommyhood and thought it would be fun to try.  Also, I’ve been on a time crunch because I’ve been working on the upcoming Michigan Breastfeeding Walk through my local La Leche League group…so I have neglected my blog!  I have a ton to say, just not enough time to say it.  After September 20th I will be back and I’ll share our event with you!  But, for today, here’s my little get to know me (and get to know you) post!

 Making : a fabric basket (for the first time!)
Cooking :up ideas for where to order takeout (I’m a baker, not a cook – and it’s been too hot to run the oven!)
Drinking : chocolate milk
Reading: Sewing Green (I just got this yesterday in the mail and I’m LOVING it!  I can’t wait to make some of these projects, which I’m hoping I’ll be able to try tonight!!!)
Wanting: our walk to be successful in two ways: breastfeeding awareness and to make a profit so we can reach more people who need help breastfeeding!
Looking: at pictures on my desk: the hubs and I when we were young(er) and unmarried and my sweet baby boy in overalls, too cute!
Playing: hooky from what I should be doing!
Wasting: energy and time – and hopefully nothing else!
Sewing: a few things: a quilt I started about 4 years ago, the binding on a quilt I finished about 2 years ago…and after tonight a few other projects!
Wishing: I could be in two places at once
Enjoying: knowing my house is clean (not very common for me!)
Waiting: for the end of the workday
Liking: the plans I’ve made for the future
Wondering: what Holden will be like this time next year
Loving: that I have Mondays off and I got a close parking spot today!
Hoping: that lots of walkers come next weekend
Marvelling: at my family and friends and the life I have built
Needing: to eat lunch soon
Smelling: office smells
Wearing: jeans and a sweater
Following: new people on Twitter
Noticing: how many cool people are on the internet
Knowing: if it comes down to it, I wouldn’t change a thing – okay, so I might give myself a better metabolism and an unlimited trust fund, but mostly I wouldn’t change a thing!
Thinking: of what I haven’t done for the walk
Bookmarking: tutorials for projects I want to try
Opening: e-mails with good news
Giggling: that I ever let people at work bother me or make me mad
Feeling: hungry

Okay, now post this on your blog, with your own answers.  Make sure to leave a comment here so I can come read yours and get to know you.  Can’t wait to meet you!

September 11, 2009 at 3:13 pm 2 comments

FINALLY; a project come to fruition

I feel like I’ve been posting a lot of “updates” and “stay tuned for something new” with nothing really of substance. I apologize for that. I feel like I’m doing a small part of so many things that I’m not doing any of them all that well! I’m sure those of you with attention spans as short as mine can relate! Anyway, this is a VERY small victory, but a victory none the less. I had an idea for an embellished shoe for little girls. I don’t have a little girl, but I have a lot of friends and family who have little girls and who doesn’t want to work on something with frills or ruffles? I always do.

Fancy Feet

Fancy Feet

So, I dreamed about this particular embellishment project for a few days and last night/today at lunch, it produced an actual shoe. I’m not sure it’s complete. I think I may add some polka dot fabric to the tongue. The fabrics are Moda from a few years back (about 4, I think). They’re leftover from a quilt I made for my first niece, Ava. (Her brother is my new nephew, Mason, and is pictured here with their Mom, my bff and cousin Alicia. She lets me be their auntie even though I’m technically their second cousin once removed, or something.) So, I LOVED the fabrics so much that I went back and bought more thinking I might have a little girl of my own some day and I loved her quilt so much I thought I might make it similar. My little girl turned out to be a boy and I never got much further than a few quilt blocks. So, I have lots of this fabric and I still love it just as much as I did 4 ½ years ago. But, back to the real point of this post…

Inside of Shoe

Inside of Shoe

These are a bit Punky Brewster-ish, but in a modern way, I think. I love how they turned out. I think the ruffle is just the thing to make it fun and girl-up the more athletic tom-boy type shoe. I feel like I would want a bunch of these if I had a little girl. What do you think?

(Pardon the files, taken on break at work)

(Pardon the files, taken on break at work)

Do you have a little girl? Do you just want these shoes? I have no idea how much it costs to make them yet, but I think I might put a few pair in my Etsy shop. They’re certainly going to be little girl gifts for this coming year! Would you like to know how to make them? I’ve never really done a tutorial, but I thought I might try…Interested? They’re not hard, but they are a little detailed and a little sticky in some places. I still have to spray them with some sealant to make them more outdoor friendly. I was inspired by these shoes (at Make It and Love It) for big girls! Honestly, I may make myself a pair in the next week or two…or maybe when the walk is over!

I’m swamped with walk planning! If you want to support me, or breastfeeding in general, please ask me for more information about our upcoming walk at Hawk Island Park in Lansing, Michigan on Sunday, September 20, 2009! Well, my break is nearly over, so I’m going to get back to work…I would LOVE your feedback about the Fancy Feet! (What do you think of the name?)

September 2, 2009 at 6:43 pm 5 comments

Updates…and a few projects

My new nephew with his mommy

My new nephew with his mommy

So, I’ve been pretty busy.  I didn’t mean to stay away so long, but a new nephew, a training and a sweet baby boy can do that to you…and that doesn’t even cover the projects I’ve been working on.  I have about a million things on my mind lately.  Here’s a few of them:

  • Our La Leche League group is having a fundraiser/walk/family fun event and I’m one of the main planners.  I’ve never had an event like this or even helped with one, so this is unchartered, but very exciting territory.  Check out our website or e-mail me for more information.  We’re still looking for vendors and we would love for you to walk too!  It’s at Hawk Island Park in Lansing, Michigan.  If you have never been there, it is definitely a must see!  That park is REALLY COOL!
  • My new nephew Mason was born on 7/23.  He was in MI with his mama and his older sister Ava for a few days.  He is GORGEOUS!  I really wish I had known they were coming so I could’ve taken more time off work.  Boo for real jobs!
  • I had a training from the Michigan Breastfeeding Network called the Business Case for Breastfeeding.  It was designed to train us to approach businesses and encourage them to start lactation support programs for their employees.  I’ll do a separate post about why this is a GREAT idea for the business!
  • I’ve been working on an idea for a debit card wallet.  I’m trying to scale down what I carry in my purse and this is an integral part of it.  I’ve seen some out there, but none of them are quite what I’m looking for.  So, I am coming up with my own.  But, it still needs a bit of tweaking.
  • I’m thinking of getting an iPhone.  The old 3G one since they’re pretty cheap now.  What do you think?  Do you have one?  Do you love it?
  • My etsy shop name.  I haven’t gotten many ideas from readers, but I came up with this one on my own: Holden out for Handmade.  Holden is my son’s name.  You’d say the name, like “holdin.”  I had the idea that my categories could be Holden Parties (for invitations), Holden up your image (clothes and accessories) and Holden up the home (home decor items).  Corny?  My little tagline would be “A Craftee Gyrl’s quest for embellishments to a beautiful life.”
  • I’ve been dreaming up a car seat accessory…don’t want to give away more than that.  Check back for more after the weekend!
  • I’m going to try some t-shirt refashions.  They’re out there everywhere and they look like so much fun!  Plus, I’m always scared to try clothes, but I think I can totally do this.  Look for fun tutorials here, here, and here.
  • A friend and I tried making a cake shaped like a purse.  We always do a test cake first to see what we can do initially.  It really helps because then you get a lot of ideas as to what you can improve.  Very stimulating for your creativity!  It turned out pretty well, but I have LOTS of ideas on where we can improve!
  • We went to a place called Tree House in Chelsea, Michigan.  Very Cool Place!  Check it out here.
  • I just read Jane Green’s Dune Road.  Not her best, but pretty good!

Honestly, I could go on all day…but I won’t bore you (or give you reason to suggest some sort of institution)!  Hope you’re having a great Friday and that you enjoy your weekend!  I should have some more to show you on Monday, if not before!

Purse Cake

Purse Cake

August 28, 2009 at 12:50 pm 1 comment

New Item on Etsy – Fabric Necklace

My newest item

My newest item

I promised myself I would do whatever I could to post at least one new item to Etsy at least every other day. So far, so good. Tonight I whipped up a fabric necklace and with a little help from the hubs, it was finished quite nicely. I took some pictures of it with my FAVORITE vase (from one of my besties, Kathryn) and got it up in the store. Tell me what you think. Do you like the necklace and hate the pictures/description/price? Would you wear a necklace like this? I think I’m going to whip up another one so I can wear it to work tomorrow…FUN! You gotta love jewelry that you can make in under an hour that is still fit to be worn!


August 14, 2009 at 3:43 am Leave a comment

Seuss Shower

Shower Invitation

Shower Invitation

Need a theme for a baby shower?  Have a Bedtime Story Baby Shower…

I got the idea from The Hostess With the Mostess…If you don’t subscribe to their blog, you should!  It’s SO fun!

Anyway, a friend and I made a cake shaped like a bed, with pillows and teddy graham animals and even a kit kat headboard!  It turned out really well and we aren’t any kind of professional cake decorators!  All in all, the shower was a blast and I hope the mommy has fond memories of it like I do.  Now, if you want to have a Seuss-esque baby shower of your own, head on over to my etsy shop so I can get started on your invitations!

August 12, 2009 at 3:16 am Leave a comment

Orders…and something new to come!

My first orders for Etsy

My first orders for Etsy

Well, I’ve got my first etsy orders ready and will drop them off at the post office in the morning. Phew! I hope they love them! I also took quite a few trips to Volunteers of America as they had the best deals on used jeans. It was still hit or miss as to pricing and sizing of the pockets. Luckily though, I remembered that my very best friend’s dad is the manager at the St. Vincent de Paul store a very short way from my house (well, 40 minutes). Anyway, I called him and I will now be the very lucky recipient of the rear pockets of all of their too-dirty-or-holey-to-sell jeans for a VERY reasonable price! So, my dears – the lesson is once you find a product that someone is looking for, keep tossing over ideas in your mind until you have the process and the supplies fine-tuned and efficient. My techy-engineer-project manager-efficiency-king husband should be very proud of me for mentioning that in my post 🙂

Anyway, I know I’ve been promising a little something new…so in an effort not to disappoint, I’d better get offline and into my studio…Hope to be back soon with a finished product! Wish me luck 🙂

August 9, 2009 at 12:20 am Leave a comment

Filling Orders

Will be posting some other creative projects I’ve been working on soon…but today I’m working on a couple of the custom orders I’ve received for the cowboy invitations…this is SO fun! Check back soon for some new items I’ve been working on 🙂

August 2, 2009 at 10:21 pm Leave a comment

Mary Higgins Clark: Just Take My Heart

MHC: Just Take My Heart

MHC: Just Take My Heart

Just FYI before you start reading this, I am completely biased. I LOVE Mary Higgins Clark! I have read all of her books and I read them as soon as they are available at the library. Sorry, I’m too frugal to buy books! Anyway, usually I devour MHC’s books in a day or so. Since this was the first one I’d gotten my hands on after the birth of my son, I wasn’t sure how long it was going to take me. Let me tell you that this one was no exception! It was awesome and I snuck it into every spare minute I had, and some that probably shouldn’t have been spared! Aah, laundry can wait, right! Anyway, I finished it in two days!

Most of the time, I am COMPLETELY clueless as to who the murderer will be, nearly to the end. This time, I had a few of the plot twists figured out ahead of time. I still loved it. There is one thing that occurred to me in this book that hadn’t previously: the characters have NO money problems – even the main crook Jimmy Easton seems to float by without any real money problems in between heists…how do these people do it? Aren’t there TONS of people in this world who can’t just go get a mani-pedi whenever they want? Besides that I loved the book!

The basic plot is that Natalie Raines, a prominent actress, is killed while separated from her husband. Natalie has a traumatic past, with her college roomate having been killed while jogging in the park. Natalie is nearly sure it was her married boyfriend, who she never met, but did see a picture of. For Natalie’s murder, the police are convinced it’s the husband in some jealous rage! There’s not enough evidence to convict, so the murder goes unsolved. Until two years later when a career criminal, Jimmy Easton, shows up with a story about being hired by said husband to kill his wife. Now, some people may have believed the story for a little while. Perhaps I just don’t have a lot of faith in criminals, but I NEVER did. Even when good ole Gregg (the husband) was a little unsure of where he was during the murder, I didn’t waiver. I just didn’t see it. If he really wanted to get back together, why kill her? That aspect always made me go back to the roommate’s killer. There’s a few twists and I just won’t spoil it…but it’s a good one!

For those of you who haven’t read it, get out to your local library and check it out. It will make you realize that even in a fictional world of multiple murderers, life can end well! And, in this time in the world, I think we all need a little reminder of that!

For more information about the book, look here.

July 28, 2009 at 3:32 pm Leave a comment

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