I'm a 30-something mother to Arden and Hadley, my adorable little girls whom I love more than my arms can hold.  My husband Dave and I have been married for 5 years.  We have two black labs named Laser and Sophie, and three cats named Erwin, Otto, and Poe.  We didn't start out intending to have a menagerie, but between his cats (Erwin and Otto), my cats (Bailey and Frank), losing two cats (Frank and later diabetic Bailey) fostering a PAWS With a Cause dog (Laser), the PAWS dog getting "career changed" and we decided to keep the frustrating but loveable lug, adopting a friend for said lug (Sophie), and finding a discarded black cat (Poe) just before Halloween one year, stuff happens.  I'm a sometimes runner and former (and hopefully future) marathoner.  I spent over ten years training and teaching Muay Thai and while I miss how empowered and fit that made me feel, I really don't miss the time investment or all the bruises!

I've been crafting as long as I can remember.  I made doll's clothes while staying with my grandma on her antique Singer.  My mom taught me how to cross-stitch when I was little, and we sewed a whole bedding ensemble for my cabbage patch doll Krissy Lynn.  Later Mom taught me how to crochet (which I've since forgotten and recently re-learned), and let me go with her to her monthly craft group, and occasionally sit in on her weekly stitch gathering.  As an adult, I learned how to quilt, and tried to start my own craft group where a friend taught me how to knit.  During my pregnancy, my nesting instinct took the form of sewing and knitting, and I made burp cloths out of cloth diapers, quilts for expecting friends, and knitted like a woman posessed.  After Arden was born, I made my husband and my brother-in-law "man slings" after Dave kept poaching my pink one.  Now, I have a small business selling "simply sweet designs for tiny people" on Etsy.

My Dad was a home builder and instilled in me a can-do attitude.  I'm not afraid of power tools, and am willing to try anything once.  I've tiled my own bathroom, re-fashioned an antique window into a shadow box/shelf, made a rolling ottoman out of a drawer, and re-screened a sliding door to name a few.

I hope you find something I write here interesting, funny, helpful, or inspirational.

Gotta run,



  1. Jenn, I am a new blogger and a new follower of yours! I found you through Creation Corner. I love the tree skirt and table runner! Great job. I'll be looking for more fun things from you! Blessings!

  2. I used to cross stitch as a kid too! I get my craftiness from my Grandma, and wished she taught me how to knit/crochet :( My dad is a total DIYer too and that's also where I get my mindset from :)I love getting him involved in my projects haha

  3. Hello,

    I just found your blog, you have made a lot of cute stuff.
    I see you have a Janome 9700, I am considering getting one. Any info you have about it would be great.

    Do you use a digitizing software? I know nothing about embroidery--yet!


  4. Hi...I was really enjoying the camera topic but it seems to be gone. Bummer, I thought it was really helpful.

  5. I found Too Cool T-Shirts thanks to you.... I'm going to place an order, well in a few months...I noticed they have a savings program and wanted to find out if you were saving for a quilt before I placed my order. If you are please let me know what name to put down as my referral. :) Aimee.Kuelling (at) gmail.

  6. You were robbed on Project Run & Play. Yours was way the most creative and artistic.


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