Monday, September 1

Our family is EXPANDING!!!

I've been so busy the last few weeks.  Not only we were busy with regular summer stuff but early in August we started the process to become a host family for an exchange student.

Hosting a student meant re-establishing our guest room... The guest room I took over with my sewing stuff...  You can't imagine how hard I have worked the last few weeks to make this happen.  

In the end, we consolidated three very full rooms to two.  We cleared out all the big toys from playroom loft area, repainted from pink and purple to the neutral color for the rest of house.  Then dismantled Micaela's baby room which had become the paper craft room and then emptied the guest room that was my sewing room.   Hours and hours of work... 

Room pics will be forthcoming but for now the arrival of our exchange student from Spain...  

Here she is with Micaela during the car ride home.  Sadly, she spent more than two hours getting through customs so we forgot to take a pic at the airport.  

She arrived on Wednesday and we are all getting settled in our new roles.  

Relocated Sewing Room

Spending Labor Day "laboring" in my relocated sewing room.  This is the first corner set up in my new space.  One corner done, rest of room to go.  I think my stuff multiplied when we swapped and consolidated rooms.  (This room was Micaela's baby room once upon a time).

I bought a second thread rack for 120 spools since the single 120 and 60 was not enough in previous room.   I've got a long way to go, more pics to come.  

Sunday, August 10

Summer Gardening

Here are a few pictures taken around our garden this morning.

All of these plants are mostly drought tolerant and require very little water.  About 95% of the time I water them with water collected with our rain barrels. I can't believe everything has stayed so green during the summer.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 9

Captain America

Sometimes I get requests that I never could have dreamed up.  A friend asked me if I could make a zipper pouch for her grown son with Capitain America fabric... 

Well here it is....  I've since discovered this Capitain America guy is pretty popular and I am seeing comic stuff at many different stores.  Who would have thought?
This pouch like all of the others are available in my Etsy store.   Thanks for stopping by. 

Friday, August 8

American Girl Trip

Our dear friends from Arkansas visited this week.  One of the things we did was take the daughters to the American Girl store in the Dallas Galleria.  Micaela and Madeline has a wonderful time (and so did us Mommies).
Our girls are growing up and days like this one when we put them in matching outfits are very numbered.  Here is a collage with pictures we have taken over the last 9 years--- they are growing up too fast.  

We had a wonderful time.  Hope you are having a great week. 

Leadership McKinney

I am so excited.  I have been chosen to be part of the Leadership McKinney Class of 2015.  We just had our orientation and took our first class picture.  I am truly honored to be a part of this group.

Wednesday, July 30

Menopause The Musical

Last week I went to see Menopause The Musical at the Eisemann Center in Richardson.  It was so much fun!

It was hilarious and I highly recommend it.  This is a picture of ladies getting ready to do a "kick line". 

 If it comes to your city, you should go with friends.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 19

Summer Flip Flop Set

These are a few of the things I made for Miranda in addition to the mini quilt for the swap.
This is a water bottle holder, a plastic canvas bag with a monogram, a zipper pouch (like all of the ones I make) and a beach towel.

Here is a close up of the plastic canvas bag.  I lovew how this turned out, I plan to make more of these for sure.   Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 18

Mini Quilt I sent

Here is the mini quilt I sent to Miranda in Iowa.  Tomorrow I will post the other items I sent.  This is a modified version of the Stacked Square pattern at Moda Bake Shop.

I tried to use bright colors since Miranda said she liked rainbow.  This was a little out of my comfort zone but I am pleased with how it turned out.   Hope you are having a great weekend. 

Thursday, July 10

Swap Received from Iowa

This is the fabulous swap I received from Miranda in Iowa for the Mini Quilt Swap!

The mini quilt is so awesome, she used one of my favorite lines from Sweetwater and of course my favorite "sewing room colors" red and black.

Here is a closeup of just the quilt.

And of course the box zipper pouch. 

Thank you so much Miranda, I love everything. 

Sunday, June 22

Wine Cork Zipper Pouches

Here is a set of 9 wine cork zipper pouches I made for one of my customers in California.  These are for a bride and her bridesmaids.  I believe the couple is getting married in Napa Valley. 

This is the same customer that ordered 9 weenie dog zipper pouches last spring.  I love when customers come back!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 11

Graduation Zipper Pouches

Every custom order has a story. A church youth leader in Houston wrote me recently and was looking for graduation gifts for a group of girls she has mentored for several years. All 7 girls are headed to college and she wanted zipper pouches.  I didn't have pouches designed for 3 of the 7 schools so we came up with some deisgns.  The schools were Texas A&M. Baylor, NYU, U of H, MSU, UT and UHD.

Here are all 7 completed pouches

My Etsy store offerings grow because of requests like this.  Here is the pouch for the University of Houston

University of Houston Downtown (mascot is gators)

And, New York University.
Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you are having a great week.

Monday, June 9


I received a wonderful award a few weeks ago, Top 25 Women in Business in our city.  This award is from the Chamber of Commerce.  This is for my work at the City of McKinney and the volunteer work I do in the community.  I am truly humbled to have been chosen. 
Here is a nice article a a picture of all of the other ladies honored. 

Thursday, June 5

Midwestern State Univ Zipper Pouch

With graduation season upon us, I am getting lots of requests for zipper pouches for graduating seniors.  Only the big schools have licensed fabric so I have started designing pouches for some of the other schools.

Here is the pouch I made for a friend's daughter going to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.  Katie is graduating tomorrow and I am so excited for her.  The school colors are maroon & gold and the mascot is a mustang so I didn't have to go on a wild chase for a charm that was out of the ordinary.   This is actually a school I considered when I was in high school. 

This pouch and others are all available in my Etsy store.  Thanks for stopping by. 

Sunday, June 1

Love to Dance Zipper Pouches

I had a request from one of my Mom friends for 5 zipper pouches with a dance theme for her daughter's dance instructors.  Right away I started looking for fabric and found one that matched the colors used throughout the dance studio.

Here are the five zipper pouches.   I could not find a "dance" charm so we opted for name initial. 

I used a hot pink dot fabric for the lining. 
I used the "Love to Dance" fabric for the back. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, May 29

Wedding Pillows

'Tis the season for spring weddings.  Here are two pillows I made and shipped to Arkansas earlier this week.

The first one is what I call "Stamped Suede", this is going to a couple who had a country themed wedding last month.

The second pillow is what I call "Cream on Cream", it is a cotton printed to look like taffeta. The Ampersand is a taupe colored suede.  This is for a wedding THIS weekend. 

These are available in my Etsy store.

Tuesday, May 27

Baylor University Zipper Pouches

The Baylor University Zipper Pouch is now the top seller in my Etsy store.  All the ladies that order tell me they are happy to find something girly promoting Baylor.

These are a few of the pouches I have made in the last few weeks.
These and all the pouches in my blog are available in my Etsy store.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, May 25

Flat Makayla on the road again...

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

As the school year comes to an end, it's time to wrap up Flat Makayla's visit with us.  As we looked at the pictures we have taken all over the state, we realized we had not taken her to many places in our backyard, so this weekend we headed south to Dallas.

Here's some of the snapshots around our "backyard" Dallas.

Our first stop was one of the BIG signs... This one is located at Klyde Warren Park and is sponsored by Southwest Airlines.

Klyde Warren park is a park built on a bridge.

Our next stop as the clouds started to move in, was the Guadalupe Cathedral in the Arts District.  This cathedral is more than 100 years old, we got to attend Spanish mass while we were there.
Our next stop was Pioneer Plaza located near the Dallas Convention Center and Dallas City Hall.    The sculptures commemorates nineteenth century longhorn cattle drives
It was about to start raining, but we took at quick picture by Reunion Tower

And another by the JFK Memorial at Dealey Plaza.
All in all it was a fun day.  Micaela got to see some places we've only talked about and now we want to go back when we have more time and hopefully no rain in the forecast.

You can see more of the pictures on Instagram and Flickr by searching hashtag #micaelamakaylacousinbonding.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 24

Texas Woman's University Zipper Pouch

Here is a zipper pouch I made for my own alma mater, Texas Woman's University.  The school colors are maroon and white and the mascot is a pioneer woman. 

This is what I came up with for the first version.

I have had my eye on this scrolly maroon fabric for a while, I think it looks good as the topper and lining in the pouch.

I got some feedback from some sister alumns on what I should change for the next one, hopefully I will get around to making another one very soon.  Available in my Etsy store.  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, May 23

Orca Whale Zipper Pouch

When I first got my embroidery machine, I said I would make "every gift we gave as a family".  Sometimes making the making of these gifts drives me a little nuts but all in all, I enjoy it.

One of Micaela's buddies is a girl named Raven (cute name), Micaela and her have known each other since preschool.  Raven is facinated by sea life and loves Orca Whales.  When Micaela got invited to Raven's birthday party TOMORROW, she quickly told me we had to make her something with orca whales.  You know what I was thinking-- Yes, darling I have orca whale fabric in my stash--- Not!

Well, I went on a hunt and found some online and had it quickly shipped in so I could make our standard zipper bag gift. 


Needless to say, this is unique and Raven loved it.  I got it done right before midnight, she's headed to the party in the afternoon

I embroidered Raven in purple because it is her favorite color.

Here is the back of the zipper bag.

I used a black and white dot for the lining.  I really think it turned out cute!  I love how you can find fabric with just about anything printed on it.  This and all my zipper pouches are available in my Etsy store.

Thursday, May 15

An order of 9

A total of 9 zipper pouches is what a friend ordered last month.  I remember my first order of more than one zipper pouch just over a year ago, I was so excited.  Now 5, 8, or even sometimes 12 has become the norm. 

Wow, I never dreamed I would sell these little zipper pouches the way I do.  I simply started making unique gifts for family, friends, teachers and even acquaintances.  Fabric is really endless and when you find a perfect fabric for someone, you just want to make them something.  A simple little zipper pouch seemed just like the perfect thing and before I knew it, a fun hobby turned into a side business.   I've truly lost count of just how many zipper pouches I have made, but I am confident it's more than 500 in the last 18-20 months.  Who would have thought!

I've had a lot of people ask me about why I do this and how I manage.  I do it because I love the creative process and I secretly and openly LOVE fabric.  I simply love making useful unique things for people.  More than 85% of the items in my store were a gift I made for someone initially.  The reward comes later when someone I don't even know thinks it's the perfect gift for a loved one and makes a purchase with their hard earned money.   If you really look at all my bags, they are the same, I am not reinventing the wheel for each pouch, only the fabric and charms are different.  It's amazing how a little simple but unique zipper bag in the 'perfect' fabric with name personalization can become a treasured item for the recipient.

I have a demanding fulltime job that requires me to work way beyond 8 to 5.  I mostly do my sewing at night as a way to wind down, it's kinda like therapy.  Yup, I am crazy that way.

I've just finished a busy season of Mother's Day, Teacher Appreciation and Graduation orders.  Yes, I lost some sleep getting orders out the door and some of the requests were a little out of the ordinary and hard to fulfill but at the end of the day I really feel touched that customers picked ME to make a little zippered pouch for their mother, grandmother, teacher or graduate.

Here's the order of 9 I just made for a friend.  These are all for graduating seniors girls going off to the following colleges: New York University, University of Kansas, University of North Texas, University of Texas, Texas Tech University, Stephen F Austin State University and the University of Tulsa.  I wish all these girls well and I hope the little simple pouch I made reminds them that someone opted for a thoughtful handmade item to celebrate the beginning of the college chapter of their lives. 

Sunday, May 11

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms in Blog Land,  I am so proud to be Mom to this chickadee.  Here we are when she was 2, 5 and 9!  Hope you have a great day!

Saturday, May 10

Texas Ranger Game

My parents just spent a week with us.  One of the things we did was go to a Texas Ranger Game.  My Mom & Dad had not been to the new stadium so it was a special treat for them.  The Rangers beat the Boston Red Socks 8 to 0, so it was a fabulous game.
We had not been to a game since Micaela was a toddler.  Here are pictures from 2006 and of course yesterday.  She is such a Daddy's girl. 
Hope you are having a great weekend. 

Thursday, May 8

Front Flower Bed Progress

Here is my front flower bed five weeks after this post and the original picture at the bottom.  The daffodils are done blooming and I am patiently waiting for the leaves to turn brown. 

I think it's coming along nicely...  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, May 5


My Dad turns 84 today.  I can't believe it.  Most girls my age have much younger fathers and grandfathers my Dad's age. 

Here are two of my favorite pictures of my Dad and my Aunt Bettye. My Aunt B is two years younger than my Dad so she just turned 86.  (I hope I look that good when I am 86).

The top picture was taken in Kauai back in July when 30 plus family members met in Kauai for a destination family reunion to celebrate anniversaries and the bottom one was taken about 1933 when my Dad was about 3 and Aunt B about 5.... As you can see, it was really humble beginnings for them.  My Dad always tells the stories of segregated schools and very few opportunities for young Mexican American children.  He has always instilled a good work ethic and giving back to the community.  I feel so blessed and grateful that they are both in great health.  

Here's to 80 years of Sibling Love!