DIY Blue Jay Costume

DIY Blue Jay Costume

Our oldest son started asking for a blue jay costume back in early 2017. At first I was excited, and thought I would make simple wings  he could fly around the yard with! But as most best intentions go, I didn’t even begin...

Sewing Simple Baby Gifts

Sewing Simple Baby Gifts

These lovely giraffe rattles were inspired by Lotta Jansdotter, in her book, Simple Sewing For Baby. The baby can hear the gentle rattle of jingle bells inside, easily hold onto it's trunk, and will LOVE to munch on its ribboned ears. They are sooo easy.. I made a...

A Simple Birthday Theme

A Simple Birthday Theme

Our oldest turned 8 back in January. I have been so busy sewing that it has taken me awhile to share pictures from the party! It has been a wild 8 years! As my husband and I were celebrating 6 years of marriage, we  were into our careers  and pretty sure we weren’t...

Beginnings

Beginnings

A blog about all things sewing, crafting, motherhood, health, fitness, house projects, and encouragement to never give up on your dreams!

The Simplest Way to Repair a Hole in Your Jeans

The Simplest Way to Repair a Hole in Your Jeans

Do  your kids get constant holes in the knees of their jeans?  It happens so often with my kids’ jeans!  Thankfully,  I have found a super easy technique to repair knee holes in jeans. Visible mending provides lasting wear with a trendy look! ...

Hi, I'm Joy. I"m so glad your here!

After years of fighting embracing joy, I’ve discovered sharing joy is one of the greatest gifts I was made to share with the world, aside from just sewing and crafting! I just turned 40, have two young amazing boys, and have been married to my now retired Army man for 15years. I love to craft every single day and I feel lost when I don’t. I’m a self taught sewist and designer, and I love to teach little kids and pass on my craft. I love coffee, chocolate, cheese, ikea & the Magnolia Journal. I love hikes in the woods when I’m protected by bugs, really dislike running, and turn over when I read poor grammar in the books I read to my kids. And yes, I’ve found that pursuing my best health has brought me to my best life, and so I help others get to those same levels. What are your top 3 favs that make you, YOU? Thanks for being here!