WINQ – Workstation Wall Collage


Ah, ergonomics.  It’s amazing how important that concept has become to my life as I age.

pittsburgh-crank-sit-stand-desk-oWe recently got rid of the computer armoire I’d had for 10+ years.  Craning my neck to see the monitor had just become too painful over time.

So we upgraded to the Pittsburgh standing desk from Pottery Barn… my leg muscles and knees are still adapting, but it has helped my neck and back.

Without the armoire, though, there was a lot less space for the little things that accumulate around your desk.  However, I now had a LOT of wall space available that I didn’t have before.

Solution?  A workstation wall collage.  I had so much fun with this project, from the beginning to the end.  First came planning what each individual section would be – some were must haves and some just fit in naturally as I designed.

Then we went to the coolest specialty wood store and found out specialty wood is extremely expensive.😀  In the end, we purchased some nicely grained cherry and pine plywood at a fairly reasonable price.

Then came the best part – distressing the wood!  Distressing wood is an awesome way to get out any frustrations you may have.  We sanded and hammered and smacked the boards with a sock full of screws.  We scratched it with a pike and stabbed at it for wormholes and and even dented it with giant bolts.  I’m sure the noise drove the neighbors crazy, but, man, was that fun!  And the stain really brings out all that great definition.

Adding the hooks, clips, files and cork finished everything up…  if you are interested in doing something similar yourself, our sources included Wayfair for the hooks, Container Store for the metal magazine pocket, wood pushpins and rustic bulldog clips, Pistol Pete’s Etsy store for the clipboard clips and CraftCuts for the metal initial.  Oh, and the wood pencil caddy came from Pier 1 (we didn’t make that, but doesn’t it go nicely with everything we did make?)

Love my new, more ergonomic workstation – fingers crossed, it not only helps my back, but makes me more productive, too!


Let’s Be Mermaids

Sandra C. contacted me through my Etsy site wanting a custom checkers game board for her and her two daughters.  She chose an absolutely adorable mermaid fabric –


When it came time to make the playing pieces, I couldn’t decide on which colors, so I sent three sets – pink, purple and green – so each of them could pick a favorite.

The mermaid idea got my creative juices flowing, and, just for fun, I used those three fabrics to create mermaid pillows for the three of them, also –


I sent the game and pillows off, hoping for at most a nice review on Etsy.  Instead, I got these hand-drawn thank yous from each of her girls –


I’ve gotten thank yous before, and I always, always appreciate them, but this was one of the sweetest gestures ever.  It really made me remember why I do what I do – and made me want to do even more!😀

A Little Encourage “mint”

A friend of ours is about to start chemo, so we’re sending him a little encourage”mint” –


mintflapThe pillow inside is about 10″ x 10″, but not quite square – I trimmed the corners of the sham to give it that more rounded peppermint candy look.  The clear wrapper really brings the idea home, though.

I was thinking these might be great, not only for health care issues, but for people training for marathons or even starting new adventures like school or jobs.  Everyone can use a little encourage”mint” sometimes, right?

What do you think?  Should I offer these for sale in my Etsy shop?

Watch Love Grow

Today is our niece’s wedding day!

Not surprisingly, we gave her a quilt. (Ah, the joy of having an aunt who is a quilter.   All life’s milestones are celebrated with fabric.😀 )

While I traditionally create a version of Buggy Barn’s “Heart Crazy” for wedding gifts, I do try to do personalize each one.  So for her wedding quilt, I chose navy and yellow (her wedding colors) and, if you look closely, quilted it all over with sunflowers (her wedding flower).

Given the theme, I named this quilt “Watch Love Grow” in honor of the happy couple.

Congratulations Kaitlin & Ben!


It’s Almost Here! (and a Discount :D)

Normally, I design my own quilts.  But every once in a while, I see a pattern on the market that I just fall in❤❤❤ with – like “Counting on Christmas” by Crazy Old Ladies Quilts.


The picture hardly does this quilt justice.  It’s bright and cheery and fun – and I backed it with Minkee so it’s unbelievably soft and snuggly, too.  I can’t wait to count down all 25 days to Christmas happily and warmly curled up under it.

I had so much fun making this quilt, that I really, really, really want to do it again!  So I’m offering a deal… you can order your own version of this regularly $550 nearly twin-sized quilt for only $375 with delivery by Dec 15.  That’s a savings of $175!

I’ve found some  2016 fabric lines that would work fabulously with this happy, scrappy quilt.  If you see something you like, let me know at and I’ll start a custom quilt order for you today.

Or feel free ask me to find the perfect fabric to match your holiday decor (’cause you know how much I hate fabric shopping)

You know you can’t wait for Christmas to get here, too😉

WINQ ~ Let the Games Begin

I’m so ready for the 2016-2017 football season!

No really, I’m READY.  I’ve even created this wooden countdown calendar to track all the Chiefs wins this season.  (I did make “L” plaques, but I can’t imagine needing them. :D )

Calendar2 copy

Calendar1This was a fun project, though it took a long time to create. The jersey, letters and plaques were pre-made items, but the paint job was all me. I aimed to get as close to the style of our home jerseys as possible, so there were lots of layers (and touch ups.)

It’s designed to hang on our pantry door so I can track our record all season long.  Week 1 can’t get here fast enough… I can’t wait to place that first “W”!

Go Chiefs!

Today’s Quilt is Brought to You by the Letters W and Q

My early education was powered by the Electric Company and my Schoolhouse rocked. I had a neighbor named Rogers. And I grew up on the street… Sesame Street, that is.

So when my inner 6-yr old decided she wanted something to curl up with, I knew exactly what quilt to create –


When I was buying fabric for this quilt back in April, the shop owner asked if I’d share the pattern so she could make quilts for 4-8 yr old kids with cancer. I said of course, but didn’t have the heart to tell her I was making the original for 45+ yr old me!

The idea for this quilt came from a t-shirt design contest.  The original artist chose a more traditional Piet Mondrian look, but when I laid it out in fabric there was too much white space.  The simplest solution?  Add more color!  (I also removed an Elmo block and added the sign logo.  Elmo came along years after my Sesame Street experience and I’ve never understood the adoration of that squeaky little character.)

streetfabricI lucked into a sale for the backing fabric, finding yards and yards of Quilting Treasures’ Welcome to Sesame Street street sign fabric in green for more than half off!  I needed a lot, too, as the quilt itself is twin-sized at 66.5″ x 87.5″.

What quilting to do on this one left me struggling for a while, until I realized that all-over pebble quilting would contrast beautifully with the straight lines the blocks.  It was the perfect choice – fresh and fun – and it gives the finished quilt so much texture.

Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Bert & Ernie, the Count, Cookie Monster and my favorite, Oscar the Grouch ( he and I have so much in common😀 ) – I have so many wonderfully warm memories of these childhood friends.  Now I can stay warm, too, under this fabulous quilt and relive all those fun times.