About Me

My name is Staci.  No one can ever spell it, but I like it and have always felt like it suits me. I met my husband, Joel, on a blind date over 25 years ago.  We dated for two years and we were still barely old enough to get married without parental permission when we did.  We had a true DIY wedding, long before Pinterest.  Everything, including all the dresses, tuxedos, cake and flowers, was made by a family member.

Yes, red was my favorite color, even back then.  Before too long, we had two little kidlets running around.  The girl came first, followed by the boy almost exactly two years later.  They are the most amazing kids, both thoughtful, smart and funny.

When my youngest was about two, my husband got a job as a police officer, the line of work he’s still in today, and I quit my job as a loan officer to become a stay-at-home mom.  That term has always cracked me up.  I’d like to meet a mom, any mom, who stays at home.

As far as my crafty history goes, it’s as old as I am.  I made stuff with family when I was a kid, was in a 4-H sewing club and actually took a sewing class in high school.  Yep, back when they actually offered sewing class.  Now they’re lucky they get math.

I made a few things for the kids and the house over the years, but it all took a back seat to raising a family.  I didn’t really have much space to work on anything, so it was a chore to drag it out and have to put it away again. Eventually, the kids got old enough they didn’t need so much of my time and we moved to a house where I could have a dedicated craft room.  I started sewing again, and discovered how much I enjoy creating my own patterns.  I also love to write, so starting a blog to share my crafting adventures just felt right.  It’s been a good fit into my life so far, and sharing what I know about crafting and sewing with creative people of all experience levels has been rewarding.  I hope to keep doing it for a long time to come.

I also have a shop on Etsy, full of colorful accessories for people who love cameras and coffee. Now that I’ve told you everything you could possibly want to know about me, let’s go make something!

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82 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Staci,
    My name is Chrystie and Im Ely’s mom.
    I wanted to thank you for helping our Merry Men with there Robin Hood Caps and for shooting that great video! I was wondering if you would be able to make me a copy and put it on a disk. I would be able to provide the disk and pay you for your time and trouble. I hope your surgery went well and that you recover quickly. I read your blog.
    You can reach me at 503-658-4422


  2. I ran across your blog because I was searching for info about Officer Kellogs fundraisers. I am local. Live in Troutdale. I am sharing your Officer Kellog post on FB for others in our area that know of his family and their plight. Have a great week!

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    • Thank you so much Jenn. Officer Kellogg and his family need and deserve all the support we can give them. I love the fact that I’m hearing from bloggers in Troutdale!


  3. Staci – LOVE your creativity! I was just wondering if you would be interested in creating 2 CF card holders like your SD card holder product. Love this fabric and colors. I am a wedding and family photographer looking for something different but can hold 8 – 10 CF cards which are of course, larger in size. I will buy 2 of them and share with our local photography group and others out here in Northern California. Please let me know if you are interested. Kevallyn 925.766.3121 or

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  4. Surfing the waves of the web I am pleasantly stranded in this beautiful blog.

    I write under the pseudonym of Josè Pascal (a descendant of the great Colonel Aureliano Buendía).

    I invite you to visit my italian writing blog http://parolesemplici.wordpress.com/mytinbox/. I define this blog “In parole Semplici” as a “virtuacultural tin” box where they are guarded thoughts, memories, images, sounds, and simple stories. ”

    If you want to participate and to have more informations send me a letter to inparolesempli@gmail.com

    Good life and I hope to soon


  5. ME GUSTA MUCHO SU BLOG .Pero usted ha puesto ARMAS DE FUEGO como juguetes y NO LO SON,lo siento pero el dolor que causan las armas esta muy lejos de ser un juego.que el AMOR de DIOS del que todos somos hijos me deje acercarle esta pequeña idea.


  6. Hi Staci,

    I love your blog, and when I have a moment to spare, I try and flit around in blogland to see what everyone is up to…..I have a question….do you give permission for people to make things for sale from your tutorials or not? I am interested in making the expanding bags for sale, not necessarily online, but more likely to friends and at market/craft stalls/booths here in country South Australia.

    Keep up the great work, and please visit my blog sometime if you have a moment free!


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  8. Hi Stacy – Found my way to your blog after you won the Pillows A La Mode Good Neighbor award. First of all, Congratulations! Second, love your blog and can totally see why you were nominated. Third, I signed up for your RSS feed and am excited to see your future posts. Finally, I, too, have a name no one can spell 😀 Thanks, Deidre

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  9. Good morning, Staci! I’m stopping by to let you know that I featured the Mickey and Minnie Caramel Apple Ornaments that you shared at the Undercover Tourist blog, on my blog today: http://www.chattingoverchocolate.com/2013/12/diy-disney-christmas-ornaments.html … You’re welcome to grab a featured button from my button tab {located near the top of my blog}, if you’d like. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your super cute idea!! Wishes for the merriest of Christmases to you and yours!!

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  10. Hello Staci,
    I tried copying the stethoscope pattern and it would mot let me print it. It is really wonderful that I found this website.I was looking for stethoscope patterns an you website came up.

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  11. Hi Staci,
    I live in Sweden and found your tutorial for lens cap cover, I was so happy, The perfect gift for my husband. But I can´t print out the pattern. Please can you sent it to me via e-mail? I already picked out the fabric, with mooses.
    E-mail: tinapersson@ymail.com
    Best regards,
    Tina Persson

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  12. Hi Staci,
    I just used your Robin Hood hat pattern for my son’s Halloween costume. Thanks so much for posting it! I know you made your “set” several years ago, but I wanted you to know that your pattern is still being used and very much appreciated! Keep up the “craftiness”!!

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  13. Dear Staci!

    I would do anything if you could post instructions on making that huge macrame rope angel featured on your blog. We had one and adored it but it fell apart from age….Couldnt think of a better gift for my parents then presented them with another.

    Many thanks,
    Andrea Hunt

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  14. First, love your name.
    Second, I too have the same problem with everyone spelling it wrong.
    Three, MY two kids were born almost exactly two years apart, too. Little Miss was first, and then The Boy.
    However, I like blue….and have come to enjoy wearing red over the years.

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    • Do you ever wish you had a simple, common last name to go with it? Just to cut down on spelling time? It sounds like we have quite a bit in common – and I like all the colors, just red a little bit more! 😉


  15. Hi, Staci. I just made the homemade cookbooks from your blog…they are so cute! I wondered if you had trouble keeping the vinyl letters on the spine? I haven’t filled them yet and am thinking there may be a way to protect them from peeling. Any direction would be appreciated!


    • Hello Linda! I haven’t had any trouble at all with the vinyl staying put. I store these on a bottom shelf and use them regularly. I haven’t had a single letter peel yet, and I have nothing on top of them to cover them. I think the key is using permanent vinyl. I hope yours work out just as well!


  16. Hi Staci! My name is Staci too!! I know what you mean when you say no one ever spells it right! LOL! I stumbled upon your site looking for some coffee cozies to make – I, too, am crafty! Thanks for posting such great things to create! 🙂


  17. Hey Staci! It’s me again, Demi 🙂 I finally found a bit of time to snoop around your blog a bit more! I loved your story and I can relate on many levels. We, crafters, are always craving more time and space to do our crafts! We will continue our quest!!! All the best 🙂


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