Saturday, November 16, 2019

Inspiration to Execution!

Introducing . . .

The inspiration . . . 

     An appliqué square made from fabric scraps in my stash.  Somehow I loved the color combination of the vibrant orange with the blues and greens, the cheerful stripes and polka dots and the swirly "starry night" background - it just evoked a feeling of whimsy and joy in me so I took a picture of it.
     When I showed the pic to a colleague at work the next day she said "You should make that into a card - I'd buy some!"
     Well, being square it wouldn't work with my program, so I decided to take it to a printer and have some made!

Proof sheets . . .
     Cards are 5 1/2" square and blank on the back except for a small logo at the center bottom.  The card stock is a nice heavy weight with an easy-write surface.
     While I was at it, I had some 2 3/4" gift tag size ones made.  They're perfect for so many things ...

And . . . the cards!
     The proceeds from the cards are going to help fund my 19-year-old's ambition to go on a mission trip - either to El Salvador over Spring Break or Africa next summer, depending on how her fundraising progresses.
     If you would like to order some of these delightful cards, select the Contact Us button at the top and tell me what you would like.

The minis . . .

~ Package backing on tag-sized cards ~

Cards are packaged in groups of 10 with envelopes and 10 gift tags thrown in for $15.

Gift tags are packed in groups of 25 for $5.

Custom-sized orders available with price breaks for larger quantities.

Tied with twine or inserted in a sheer drawstring organza bag - your choice.  Both with tag label.

Lovely for gift-giving . . .

Shipping for out-of-town orders will be at cost.

If you would simply like to make a donation toward the cost of her service mission adventure, all donations of $50 or more will receive a gift pack of 10 cards with 10 gift tags.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

June 2019

Summer is emerging but it's hot pad season in my little creative studio space!  These are the perfect size for experimenting and improving my free motion quilting.  So far I've only been making them for gifts but if they catch your fancy and you'd like one, let me know.  They're approximately 8" square and no two are the same.  $21 ea.

 Notice the wonderful 'crinkling' effect of the quilting after being washed and dried.

Blessed . . .
 This one hasn't been washed yet so the fabrics are still smooth.

Vintage Paris
Only the word Vintage has been quilted to stand out.

Hand painted coaster
I took a class from Joanne Sharpe a few years ago and made some 16" samplers.  This was one of them.  I didn't want to make a pillow from it as the colors don't complement my home decor so I decided to cut it up and make a hot pad and coaster set as a gift for my daughter who just moved into a college rental house with a bunch of girlfriends!


Hot pad

Gift set

Sunday, October 30, 2016

'Tis the Season (almost . . .)!

One more day before we can get our Christmas tree out!  My favorite season of the year is well under way -- Canadian Thanksgiving has been celebrated, the rain and cooler temps are delightful and ushering in sweater weather and now . . . it's finally time to start thinking about Christmas in earnest!  I'm so thankful I'm not taking a class this fall so I can actually spend my evenings crafting and sewing :).  What is your favorite thing about Fall?  What brings you the most joy during the Christmas season?  What keeps you grounded from getting caught up in rampant consumerism?

I can hardly wait to have my college student workers over for dinner and our 3rd Annual Gingerbread Bake to make gingerbread men to hang with red ribbons on our Christmas tree in the office. Candles and Christmas music . . . the fragrance of ginger and cinnamon . . . laughter and stories . . .

It's time to get the master calendar out and start plotting menus, events and my annual Christmas blog post!

If there is anything we can do at Kittywonkus to ease your holiday stress, please let us know - stocking stuffers, teacher gifts, potluck contributions, concert refreshments . . . we can even send out your Christmas cards for you!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Summer days . . .

Baking is something I've shared with my girls since they were big enough to stand on a chair or sit on the counter and help stir things!

When Abby wanted to take horseback riding lessons at age 8, she started her own baking business to earn the money to pay for them. As time went on, she developed some regular customers, including a doctor's office who had a standing order for sticky buns twice a month.

As Sarah grew and saw the success of her sister's business, she wanted to have a business of her own, so she started making vegetarian "gluten steaks".

Then we moved, spent 7 months living in a vintage Airstream travel trailer, I started working full time and life got in the way for a couple of years!

At last . . .we have a kitchen again!

Riding lessons have given way to music tours, more expensive instruments and studying abroad opportunities. So, out with the mixing bowls and wooden spoons!

We specialize in mouth-watering, fresh-from-the-oven sticky buns, artisan bread and veggie gluten steaks, but we love to make all sorts of things that make you close your eyes, sigh and exclaim Mmm . . . that's heavenly!

Click the Sharing the Kitchen tab to see how you can set your tastebuds tingling with delight! 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Visit my Etsy storefront at for my mannequin pin cushion/jewelry stands!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Loyalty Cards Wallet - $8.00
Inside Loyalty/Gift Cards Wallet - $8.00
Tissue Cosy - $4.50
Tissue Cosy - $4.50
Tissue Cosy - $4.50 - SOLD!
Tissue Cosy - $4.50
Tissue Cosy - $4.50
Tissue Cosy - $4.50
Tissue Cosy - $4.50
Tissue Cosy - $4.50 - SOLD!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Retro Tissue Holder
Backside - on the desgn board
Pretty contemporary tissue holder lined with coordinating fabric
Paris motif fabric tissue holder with red burlap lining.

12" Manequin pin cushion.
(Pins not included)

Manequin pin cushion or jewelry stand or simply art!
(Jewelry not included)
Paris motif manequin - pin cushion, jewlry stand or art!
(Jewelry not included)