Monday, September 24, 2018

It's Fall!

Well, we made it to Fall.  I think.  It's still in the high 80's here where I am.  We actually put our little pool back up for the next few weeks!  My son and his fiance got married last month and it was beautiful!  Now it's time to get back to business.  PS:  Full moon alert!  Now is a great time to do a little ritual with the full moon this Tuesday!  Crafty season is upon us!

Here's the link to where I get most of my Magical Tools Enjoy!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Two Years Later!!


Well, I'm here to say Hi two years after my last post!  Still creating, painting, traveling and enjoying life.  I'm also incorporating Holistic Healing and Reiki into my repertoire and daily living!  Not long after I started this blog I began working with crystals and sage on a regular basis.  We moved every year for seven years straight so there were lots of energies and places to clear!  Because this ritual of smudging and clearing became a huge part of my life I began to explore further.  Where it has taken me is amazing.  I am so grateful for all that I have learned spiritually, emotionally and even physically and how it has changed my life for the better.  I'm learning and practicing Reiki and now am sharing and empowering others.  I want to share with you my go to place for everything from sage and crystals to oils and herbs and full moon rituals.  I have a few teachers and resources, but this was my first place to shop and learn.  If you purchase anything from my link I will get a small commission.  I hope you find what you are looking for and more here.  I can't recommend her enough.  Sage Goddess 

Saturday, April 9, 2016


Good Morning!

I've been wanting to get the  message out about plastic ever since I saw Jeff Bridges FB video for the Plastic Pollution Coalition.  It's a real eye opener.  So much so that I have posted the video on my personal and Shelly Jack Handade FB pages.  I've even removed my Peek A Boo travel pouch pattern, which called for clear plastic vinyl,  that I offered for sale from my on line stores.  It's a start.  Now that I live just five minutes from the ocean, it hits even closer to home.  Ultimately though, this is about human kind, this stuff ends up in our bodies causing all kinds of health problems.

Make no mistake, this is going to be a real challenge.  As I look around my personal environment, plastic is everywhere.  I can't even type this message without looking through the plastic lenses of my glasses or type it here without the plastic keys on my keyboard.  Right now as I write this my husband is installing "environmental friendly, low carbon footprint flooring" in our home.  While he is carrying in the boxes I see that they are wrapped in plastic.

My mom recently bought this wood sign for me.  I thought it was kind of funny but weird at the same time. Today I make it my mantra to do my very best, in doing my part, to help combat the very serious plastic crisis.  I hope that you will join me in my effort and start by at least watching the video.  Also, check out my free Reusable Reversible Tote Bag pattern to start making and carrying your own market bags.

Once again, as always, thank you for reading and watching.

Monday, March 28, 2016


I'm back!  What a whirl wind life has been!  New move to Florida, new home and a new sewing studio/room!  Which means sewing and a little painting, along with house renovations, mostly a lot of house stuff.  I'm so glad to be back into a normal routine and doing all the things I love.  It feels good.  It is good.  Thanks for reading!  Here's a small sample of what's been going on creatively lately!  =)

I met Amy Butler!!  Such a sweet soul and an amazingly creative lady.  This was back in September at the SHINE conference.  

A little Flora Bowley  Bloom True E-Course Painting going on (I am an affiliate, check it out!).  Only first layers here.   This was something I had been waiting a long while to be able to do.  I have about six or seven canvases going on right now!  The whole process is amazing.  Very therapeutic.  I love it.  You will see more of the progress here in the coming months.

My first attempt at FPP (Foundation Paper Piecing)

 Second attempt at FPP.  Took a Craftsy class this time.

Birthday presents for my Gators fan nephew! 

Baby gifts.  Divided Basket pattern by Noodlehead.

Moo moo on mannequin.  I wanted a night gown, and that's pretty much what I made.  I wear it when I get out of the shower.  Pattern is below, New Look 6889 View D.

Pajama Eater for my niece.  Had fun with that one!

Bunny obsession.  Pattern by Jennifer Jangles, Little Love Bunnies.

Monsters and Bunnies go together right?  Pajama Eater pattern by Sew Fearless.  

Something for me, Zip and Go Bag.  I'm once again obsessed.  Pattern by Dog Under My Desk.

Found a 'Sewing' lady in the window smack in the middle of Bike Week!!  How cool is that!

Took some time to get grounded and energized under the last full moon.  Spectacular show as usual.   Out of a hundred photo shots that I took, this is the best one.  Really need to learn how to use my camera.   Until next time....Good Night =)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Purse Palooza 2015 Entry

October 21already, wow.  It's been three months since I last blogged.  Three months plus since we've moved to Florida.  And three months of absolute craziness.  All that aside, here is my one and only Purse Palooza 2015 entry this year.  

Picked up the leather from a warehouse in NC.  The hardware is from my stash.  Bag design my own.  

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Gypsy Life...

Ahh, the joys of traveling.  Well, we have moved, again, even further south from Tennessee to Florida.  We have been living out of our suitcases for the past month and a half.  Getting lots and lots and LOTS of travel in.  Some work, some vacation.  Zero sewing accomplished but I've got the best natural tan that I have had in decades!  I'm sure we will settle in soon enough, until then, we are enjoying this the best we can.  Hope your summer is going well!

This is just my pile lol.  I am getting much better at it though!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Peek A Boo......Traveler Bag with Super Cute Bling!

Made up a few of my Peek A Boo Traveler bags with super cute bling.  These are great for tossing into a beach/pool bag.  Happy Friday and hope you enjoy a long weekend sewing! =)  If you are interested you can find the pattern over here:

Peek A Boo Traveler Bag Pattern

Peek A Boo Traveler Bag Pattern

Here's what they look like!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!