Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Grounding By Craft

Needed some grounding so I've been detoxing, did a little chakra realignment yoga, cleansed with a lovely magical sage soap, smudged with a little sage bundle and made a few new bags.    Being gentle with myself.  It feels good.

New Halloween tote

I'm obsessed with the super chunky zipper!

I added an inside zip, a larger pocket and a key finder.

Finally got around to making a padded camera bag insert and lens cover.
Don't know why on earth I waited so long to do this.

Everything fits nice and snug in my 'makeshift' camera bag.  One of these days I will have an actual camera bag!   This works for now!

Have a few bags, totes and accessories ready for the shop.  Everything will be up by Oct 1st.  Maybe a little sooner ;)  Waiting anxiously for my issue of Haute Handbags to arrive!

Thursday, September 11, 2014


It's been a while.  Headed out for a vacation a few weeks ago and it ended up being anything but that.  My sisters husband got sick and passed away.  Way too sudden.  Way too young.  It's been a tumultuous past few weeks.  It will be a tumultuous next year for her and her children.  My heart is broken for her.  Between the tears though there are a few moments like these.  Moments of remembering.  I remember taking this photo of him and his daughter dancing.   Moments of appreciating.  I'm so glad I did.  Moments of peace.  At home on my balcony.  May peace be with you today.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Yummy Goodness!

Yum yum yum!!  Here are a few recipes, drinks etc that I have tried and are totally worth sharing here!  I've posted some of this over on my Shelly Jack Handmade Facebook page and am sharing here too!

First off......3 ingredient peanut butter cookies!  Snagged the link from fb.  Here's where it came from 365 Days of baking and more.   I made them into organic deliciousness using these ingredients:

What?  How did that happen ;)

O.M.G.!!! Seriously?  I may never make another peanut butter cookie with gluten free flour again.  Delish!!!

Getting rid of the evidence!

Next is the 20-Minute BLT Salad snagged off fb as well!  Recipe from Baker by Nature.  My awesome, organic, gluten free version is posted over here at Shelly Jack Handmade fb page.

Sorry for the blurry pic.  I was hungry!

I used Ancient Harvest gluten free, organic super grain pasta, Garden Pagodas. AppleGate organic, uncured turkey bacon; microwaved 1 minute per slice plus 2 extra minutes for crispy. Organic onion. Orgain tomatoes. Organic baby spring mix. 365 organic ranch dressing and 365 organic italian dressing. No salt, just a little pepper. I did not mix the dressing in with the salad as Dave is getting home later and I didn't want everything to get soggy.  Pretty darn tasty! I will make it again for sure. Perfect for this 100+ degree day!

Then of course there are the cocktails!   This pic was taken at Puckett's.   Yum!

And this very, very dangerous, delish martini is a "Raztini"!  Tastes just like Kool Aid!!  Makes me want to do the David Vendable "Happy Dance"!!!  Everyone should just do the happy dance!  It makes you Happy!  =D  Love it!

There's more!  Found these at Target.  Reminds me of Starbursts, only way better for you =) 

Of course, all these treats are only in moderation.  The majority of our diet these days is this:

And for exercise, a lot of this:  That is me below trying to figure out how to do yoga on my board!

Dave's a pro =)

See you next time!  And don't forget to do your Happy Dance!!!

Friday, August 15, 2014

New Crush

I originally titled this "Skull Crush" and then started cracking up after I looked at it and read it out loud.  After I made my sister a couple of totes out of skull fabric, I made myself a bag.  I love how it turned out!  A little hipster I think :)  A few of these should be popping up in my Etsy shop over the next few weeks or so.

I also found some time to paddle board here in TN!  We hit up the Cumberland on Wednesday and then my lovely neighbor introduced me to an incredible lake nearby!  Stunning!  I got fried because I didn't bring my hat and spent much longer out there than anticipated, three hours!  Actually, I could have stayed even longer.  Fun!

I was trying to attach my leash here.  I forgot to do this before launching.  When I looked up there's my friend taking my picture lol!  Just pretend I'm getting ready to do SUP yoga!  Someday =)

Here she is looking all cute and proud!  First time on her new board!

Can't believe the kids already headed back to school here.  Hope you are enjoying some summer shine and weather still.  Where ever you may be.   =)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Shelly Jack Handmade Pinterest Board

Here is great way to check out Shelly Jack Handmade goodies!  Shelly Jack Handmade Pinterest Board  I've added the button over on the side bar here also.  This page is still a work in progress!  Updates over on my Shelly Jack Handmade Facebook Page.

Read about it over here.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hi Friends!

Helloooo!  We have moved.  We have vacationed.  We have traveled extensively.  Here is the view from my balcony this evening.  Oh how I wish I could fly =)  Missed being here.  Will pick up momentum again soon!  Getting settled.  Enjoying the summer.  Hope you are too!

Monday, June 16, 2014

PJ's made from "vintage" sewing pattern and denial

I'm in denial.  First, I can't believe that my trusty little boy pj pattern that I used so many times for my boys is now considered "vintage"!  What?  I know.  Well, my oldest is twenty three.  But vintage!  Lol.  Where the heck does time go?  Second, I should absolutely be packing and purging right now but I have "analysis paralysis".  We are moving.  Again.  In two weeks.  Denial.  This makes our fourth move in the three years that we have been here.  Ugh.  I made Dave promise me that this is it.  Next move is final.  We need roots.  Until then, I am proof that "home is where the heart is".  

Here are the little jammies I made for our adorable nephew who is turning one this month.  I also made him a 'little guy' back pack.  No pattern for that, just winged it.  Inspiration from pics on the internet and a ladies back pack pattern that I already had.  Simplicity1823.  PJ's are from my "vintage" pattern See & Sew 3297.

Hope you are enjoying your summer so far.  I'm off to pack now....or maybe a quick paddle board ;)