The Guest Room

Back in June, I decided to redecorate our spare bedroom and make it my studio space for crafting. It's a 100 square foot room that served as a guest room one or twice a year and was a dumping ground the other 355 days. The queen size bed basically took up the entire room. To top it off, guests thought the bed was too firm. I absolutely hated walking by the room and usually kept the door closed so I didn't have to look at it.

After 13 years in our home I finally made it my mission to change this eyesore into a useable crafting studio space that could be converted into a guest room when necessary. Here's a quick recap of the finished product. Now I have more storage, a comfy chair, a craft table that is always available for use, a place to iron, and an area to dry fabric and screens for making t-shirts. This tiny room was finally a haven instead of a headache.



Last week was the first test to see if my studio space really could be transformed into a cozy guest room. The chairs got moved to the kitchen and living room for more seating, the ironing board, table and drying rack folded up and were stored under beds and in closets, the two wicker cubes were moved to the corner to hold a suitcase, and the inflatable mattress came out of the closet. Shazam!


Everyone was comfortable and enjoyed their stay and I had my work space back in a flash after they departed. Who knew 100 square feet could make up such a happy place?


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Fun Find Friday

'Good things come in small packages !' by jakesleutel

Tiny Groovy Things

Rudolph needle felted miniature - HandmadeByNovember
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Tiny Om Necklace - Sterling Silver . Yoga Jewelry . Ohm - sevgicharms
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Handmade & painted miniature house No.110 - SylviaInDaHouse
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10 Sets READY NOW Bright Colors Orange Lime Red Aqua Miniature Art Pottery PlayScale Bowl Set Stocking Stuffer - potterybyAnita
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3/4 inch Christmas gray sock monkey -  - Tiny amigurumi crochet animal - LamLinh
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Avocados - Sterling Silver Post Earrings - Miniature Food - JewelleryLandMM
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Reserved Listing - Mommy And Baby Polar Bear Set - Hand Sculpted Miniature Polymer Clay Animal - MadeWithClayAndLove
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Hawthorn Berries in Color Pencil: Tiny Art Print With Miniature Easel, - joyart
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SALE Tiny Sliced Lemon Post Earrings - cheapandchicland
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100 Miniature Envelopes from vintage paper and ephemera - packaged in bulk - newnanc
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Deer origami, miniature deer, miniature antelopes, mini reindeer, tiny reindeer - TheStitchAndFold
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Miniature Origami Cranes Necklace - 2 tiny cranes in glass - GIRLFRIENDnBOYFRIEND
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Miniature Light Bulb Strand - 6 feet - TheLittleHedgerow
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Mid Century Modern Miniature  Coffee Table  in walnut 1:12 scale - minisx2
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Miniature Broom (1 inch dollhouse scale) - MarquisMiniatures
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Micro Grey Kiwi With Egg -  Tiny  Crochet Miniature Kiwi Bird  - Made To Order - suami
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Miniature Museum is Maximum Merriment

This week I got to enjoy some holiday magic at one of Tucson's hidden gems, The Mini Time Machine Museum. The museum opened in 2009 and is home to an amazing assortment of collectibles, miniature houses, room boxes and more. It is like nothing I have ever experienced before.

We visited The Mini Time Machine for the first time last spring. I was so mesmerized by all the details in each scene that I couldn't look away long enough to take pictures. The museum is completely magical. When you visit you are transported to different parts of the world, different time periods and even to some fantastic mythical places.




This time I got to experience the museum with my mother-in-law. I thought of her immediately during my first visit when I saw the museum's Snow Village Under Glass and knew I wanted to share this experience with her.







The museum has a breathtaking collection of Studio 56 Christmas houses, which my mother-in-law also collects. Part of their collection is displayed on terraced shelves, and part is under a glass section of the floor so you get a Santa's-eye view of the village.






My favorite display in the museum is The Yellow Rose of Texas. It's an exquisite house that is decorated to capture a wedding day. It's the essence of any little girl's dream wedding.







During the holidays, The Yellow Rose of Texas even has some gorgeous Christmas decorations on display. There are tiny stockings hung by the fireplace, a Christmas tree, carefully wrapped little presents, and other holiday adornments.


Quite a few of the other displays were decked out in their holiday finest as well. This room is ready for entertaining the family.








You can almost smell the turkey roasting when you walk by this festive dining room.

Each scene draws you in so much it's hard not to bump into the glass as you try to get a closer peek. It is absolutely amazing. So, if you are ever in Tucson, looking for a "little" something to do, The Mini Time Machine is sure to put a big smile on your face.





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Seasons Greetings



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Let it Snow!

It's kind of ironic that I dislike cold and snowy weather since my ancestors come from Finland. Even though I prefer heat and sunshine, the idea of a white Christmas is still romantic. Maybe that's why I like to create my own flavor of a white, snowy Christmas here in the middle of the desert.

This year I used my favorite new tool, my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine to cut snowflakes out of a textured, frosty Contact paper. Then I stuck my snowflakes to our sliding glass door. When the sun hits them just right they sparkle, almost like real snow.





Once the holidays are over these snowflakes can easily be removed from the glass. No shoveling or waiting for the snow to melt.

While it may not be as festive as a true white Christmas, I am happy to stick to my snowflakes on the window instead of braving the cold winds, slippery streets and bulky winter clothing to experience the real thing.

Whether it is a white one or not, have a very Merry Christmas!





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Fun Find Friday

'I love cranberry sauce...' by Chinchillas1957


Pure cultivated silk top, 1 oz  "Cranberry" - TheCopperCorgi
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Elysian DK Weight  Yarn: Sleeping Beauty - HeavenlyFiber
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Light Rose Rhinestone Brooch - BeigeGems
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Inara on Gold Sparkle SW Merino Nylon Stellina Hand dyed fingering weight sock yarn - YourMomKnits
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Secret Love - Drumcarded Batts 4.3 oz - ShootingYarn
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Mulberry Silk 1 oz SUGARPLUMS Purple, Plum   Super Quality Silk Sliver - MaineCottageCreation
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Year-end SALE finn sheep locks hand painted red pink 3.9oz (F3) - lanitiumexmachina
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Wool Roving, Merino Hand Painted Combed Top for Spinning or Felting Fiber - 4.1 oz - ON FIRE - beesybee
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Retro Apron - Sweetheart  - Full - Womens - Sassy Scarlet Chic Apron - Andalucia Mod Blooms - sassyapron
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Hand Dyed MCN Sock Yarn - Phat Fiber - Merino / Cashmere / Nylon Fingering Weight in Cranberry Bog Colorway - WanderingWool
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Wool Roving: Rambouillet Top in miniature sizes for mix-and-match Spinning and Felting,  "Mixies" 2 oz. semi-solid, deep pink Title--Jen - inspirationfibers
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Hand Dyed Felted Wool, 8in.x 8in. - Rich Red - for Applique, Penny Rugs, Sewing Projects - W1216 - ThreeSheepStudio
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BFL Locks 2 oz hand dyed Sangria - Feederbrook
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ROLANDA, Knitting capelet pattern, PDF - BernioliesDesigns
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Merino Bamboo Yarn Hand Dyed (AGW641) - tayloredfibers
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Organic merino, hand dyed, 'Million Bells', 4 oz. - HamptonArtisticYarns
Organic merino, hand dy...
$16.00

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

I only make it twice a year, at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but it isn't a holiday without tangy, fresh cranberry sauce. Four simple ingredients put store bought canned cranberry sauce to shame. Not only does it taste delicious, but it fills the kitchen with a festive aroma all afternoon while it cooks in the crockpot.

I like to first serve my cranberry sauce warm with a holiday meal. Then, I store the leftovers in the fridge. The next day for breakfast I use it to smother a hot, crispy waffle. Yum! My mouth is already watering and I still have a few days before Christmas.

1 - 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries
4 Granny Smith apples
8 Clementines
2 cups sugar

Wash the cranberries and remove any stems, leaves, and soft, overripe berries. Put the cranberries in the crockpot.

Wash and core the apples, leaving the skin on. Dice the apples into small cubes and add them to the crockpot.

Wash the Clementines. You can leave the peels on. Take a thin slice off the top and bottom of each Clementine to remove the stems. Dice the Clementines into small cubes, removing any seeds, and add them to the crockpot.

Add sugar to the fruit in the crockpot. Stir to combine all of the ingredients. Cover and cook on high for two hours. Remove the cover and mash all the ingredients with a potato masher. Cook uncovered on low for two more hours, stirring occasionally.

Let the cranberry sauce cool for about an hour before serving.

Mmmmerry Christmas!




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Gentleman's Christmas Stocking

Last Wednesday I shared my pattern for a Lady's Christmas Stocking. Today I'll share my pattern for an elegant Gentleman's Christmas Stocking.

When I made these a few year's ago for our extended family, I used a deep red satiny fabric for the men's stockings and dark green for the boy's. For embellishing I used 1 1/4 inch wide gold, wire edged ribbon and gold bells.


Materials


  • 2/3 yd fabric
  • scissors
  • thread
  • 5 inches of cord or 1/2 - 1 inch wide ribbon
  • gold ribbon, gold bells (optional)

Directions


Print the pattern and directions for the Gentelman's Christmas Stocking. (When you print, make sure you print the pages actual size and do not fit to page.)

Cut and assemble the stocking according to the directions.

If desired, embellish your stocking.

Hang your stocking and don't forget to leave some cookies and milk for Santa!


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Fun Find Friday

'Father Christmas We've Been Very Good This Year We Promise!' by vintage531

Hopefully there is something here that we would all be pleased to see filled on Christmas Day - but only if you've all been very good this year!!

Christmas Carols/Words Christmas Stocking - WonderfulLifeFarm
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Large Nordic Linen Christmas Stocking - CherieWheeler
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Personalized Christmas Stocking Red Ticking Santa NAME tag red green Burlap Christmas Stocking red white stripe FULL - SeeSpotStamp
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Joyeux Noel French Burlap Christmas stocking - PetiteFrenchMarket
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Vintage Quilt Christmas Stocking with Decorative Linen Napkin Cuff, Doily and Crocheted Flower Detail by Dreamy Vintage Sheets on ETSY - DreamyVintageSheets
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Nautical Christmas Stocking tea towel Christmas stocking shabby chic retro linen stocking country farmhouse muslin lands end handmade - SeeSpotStamp
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Red & Off-White Stocking - Set of 2 - Petite Christmas stocking, holiday decor, holiday for the home - adairya2
Red & Off-White Stockin...
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Red and White Floral Christmas Stocking - virginiadees
Red and White Floral Ch...
$15.00
Dog or Dog Lover Christmas Stocking - heartfeltstockings
Dog or Dog Lover Christ...
$80.00
Burlap Dog Stocking FREE SHIPPING- Burlap Pet Christmas Stockings- Christmas Stockings- - FannyElizabethDesign
Burlap Dog Stocking FRE...
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Victorian Christmas Stocking - artsyEVE
Victorian Christmas Sto...
$25.00
Primitive Country Christmas Stocking 16" - RewindTymePrimitives
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$9.95
Mistleholly Felt Christmas Stocking PDF pattern - mmmcrafts
Mistleholly Felt Christ...
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Christmas stocking - elf stocking - PRETTY BIRD -  with personalized name tag - sugarplumfaire
Christmas stocking - el...
$59.00
Blue Christmas Stockings with White and Green Snowflakes - stockingsaso
Blue Christmas Stocking...
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Mr. & Mrs. Retro Couple Secret Note  Christmas Stocking with a fake mustache and tie. - LIVbylouise
Mr. & Mrs. Retro Couple...
$130.00

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