Monday, June 30, 2008

More Hair Clippy Caddies to come... all sorts of fun, novelty prints! So while I am sewing up a storm to get ready for fall shows, I’m still adding items to my Etsy store. I love these ditties! The Hair Clippy Caddy has so many functions, and in these fun fabrics, they are such an adorable display. In my listings I’ve come up with different uses. If you have one of my Hair Clippy Caddies, how do you use it? I’m sure there are other great uses out there!

Some of my uses for the Hair Clippy Caddy:

*In your bedroom or bathroom – holds your hair clips, barrettes, bobby pins and ponytail holders – almost any hair accessory you use!

*In your office - holds binder clips, paper clips, rubber bands, and extra staples

*In your laundry room - holds clothes pins and small stain sticks or wipes

*In your pantry - holds coupons, memo pads, small pencils

*In your craft room - holds quilt clips and small sewing supplies, even use it to thread your needle and pins into

Best of all, the Hair Clippy Caddy is one of my Adoption Support products!

Have a great week! Amy

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Georgia Rules!

Have you ever just been wracked with fear over whether or not you should get on a plane with a 2 and a 5 year old? Well we just returned from the most amazing time over the last 5 days hanging out with my cousin, Jen, and her husband, Jim, near Savannah. The trip held a bunch of firsts for the whole family. This was Sam’s first flight ever, and Caleb’s first that he’ll remember. The boys did wonderfully, and we were so happy we decided to fly instead of drive 10 hours! It was the first time we’d been to Jen and Jim’s horse farm – Silverthorne Run Stables and Riding Academy, and Sam’s first horse ride (which lasted all of about 1 minute). Caleb’s first time doing farm work (which included mucking out a stall, spreading hay, helping drive the tractor to move a manure pile, and we all fed the horses their fair share of grass and carrots). We all got to witness horseshoeing , which is incredibly neat, especially when you’ve never seen it done before. And this was all on Wednesday, our first day at the farm! Caleb was quite the little farm hand. He just wanted to be involved in everything Jen was doing!

We spent a few hours on Thursday in downtown Savannah, where we ate lunch at Leopold’s, walked through the city a bit, and went down to the river to watch the boats go by. Most of all Caleb was anxious to get back to the farm to see the horses, play with their 4 dogs, and chase whichever of the 5 cats the boys could find at any moment.

Friday we all jumped in the trucks to head to my uncle’s lakehouse. Jen and I had the pleasure of spending time, just the two of us, in one truck with the dogs. And even more fabulous, I had a doggie in my lap the whole way up and back – pure heaven! The lake experience was a first for all of us to swim in a lake, and ride jet skis. We left the wakeboarding to the experts in the family! We got to spend a few days with Jen’s brother, Scott, and his wife, Erin. Caleb really enjoyed playing with Maddie and Kate, their two little girls. Sam is very much a two-year-old, and spent most of the time bouncing off the walls, or changing his mind back and forth about going in the lake. I think he finally felt okay about it about a half hour before we got out to get ready to drive back to the farm!

It was great catching up with my cousins and their families, and enjoying a vacation that was actually relaxing! Now we’re back to reality, and I’ve got to get sewing in between our other summer activities to get ready for the fall craft show season, and keep my Etsy shop full of interesting items.

Thanks to Jen and Jim for their fabulous hospitality, and for showing us a great time in such a relaxing setting. We can’t wait to see you again!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A New State and New Experiences

Tomorrow marks the first flight for my 2 year old son, Sam, and the first flight my 5 year old son, Caleb, will remember. We are all very excited about getting away for a small vacation. The boys are both enamored with airplanes (and cars, and trains, and trucks, and motorcycles, and fire engines, and ambulances, and lawn mowers - you catch my drift!), but I'm a little nervous about how they'll respond to the revving engines as we begin our flight. They could totally surprise me, as they do every single day, and really not be affected by it, and I'm praying that's the case.

So, we're off to Georgia tomorrow, to visit my cousin at her horse farm. I expect 5 days of wonderment as my little men also experience horses and farm life firsthand. It should be fun! I hope to have plenty of fun photos to show of on our return. As for now, it's all laundry, packing, and getting the dog and fish squared away for our departure :o) Once I get back it will be back to work, and time to buckle down to get ready for craft show season this fall with SewArtsy!

Blessings, Amy

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Fathers' Day

What's better than spoiling your husband on fathers' day? Knowing that your mom and dad are coming, and bringing dinner with them!
I don't like to cook much, but my mom has some pretty good recipes, one of which she brought today. It's a chicken casserole that just always seems to hit the spot. It's made with: chicken (of course), cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soups, she adds celery and onion, sprinkle with seasoned bread crumbs or stuffing mix and dried cranberries - so yummy!!
And I didn't slack too much. I did cook a spaghetti squash and some other sides to go along with the casserole.
We had a fabulous time celebrating Josh and my dad, Jack. The boys just adore Josh, and my dad, who is pretty much up for anything when it comes to my little men - what a trooper!
I hope the dads in your life had a blessed fathers' day! Amy
Here's a special portrait of Daddy that Caleb drew :o)

Friday, June 13, 2008

Me, A Blogger?

"I know now, only one thing matters in these day. One thing, true love, love and love alone, true love." James Taylor, Jump Up Behind Me

June 13, 2008

Hi! I’m Amy, and last night I decided I’d really like to have a place to share my thoughts. So here they are, deep or shallow as they may be!

A little bit about myself: I’m 35, wife to Josh, and mom to Caleb and Samuel at this point. I love to sew and do crafts. I’m addicted to fabric—a condition I inherited from my mom, Bobbi. I swore I’d never have that sickness, but I found myself falling under its spell at about age 29, when my mom bought me my first sewing machine. I knew immediately how to use it after watching her sew my entire life, and the freedom it gave me to create my own ditties was incredible. Now I own my own little business, SewArtsy, and get to share my creative ditties with others. You can check out my stuff at

I’m also deeply passionate about adoption! Josh and I have been blessed with our two little boys through adoption, and we are once again in the waiting process for another little blessing. I use my business as a way to inform others and support adoption by donating 10% of the sales from my baby items and Hair Clippy Caddies to Bethany Christian Services. Josh and I have been involved with them since 2002 when we started our first adoption process. Bethany treats birthparents with great care and dignity whether or not they decide to make an adoption plan for their child, as well as providing counsel and adoption services to those childless couples who face infertility or those families who want to add to their existing family through adoption. You can read more about their wonderful services at

Other things I like: the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Skyline Drive and the Shenandoahs, our doggie, Hannah, James Taylor, my ipod, browsing sites like Etsy,, Keepsake Quilting, and, sharing our adoption experience with others contemplating the decision to adopt, reading other blogs, and getting together with my girlfriends for our reading-is-optional book club!

Hope you’ll be back if you’re interested in keeping up with my musings! Blessings to you! Amy