Tuesday, March 31, 2009


I woke up last Saturday with the idea in my head that I would spend the whole day in my pj's crafting! I was thrilled and as soon as I got up I finished a sweater pillow and listed it on etsy. Then the phone rang. It was my husband saying something didn't get delivered on the truck shipment at work. (we both work for the same company) The customer needed these boxes by Sunday and they were at least 4hrs away in Michigan. He was going to have to get in his car and go the 8hr round trip to get them. Then he asked me to join him ASAP and head to Michigan with him. We live in southern Ohio just north of Cincinnati.

Being a mommy of two great kids spontaneous trips to nowhere are very few and far between. Leaving to go to the grocery is hard enough. I thought to myself "why not?" and called my mother in law. She agreed to take the kids and within an hour I was packed and ready to take a road trip with my husband.

Along the way we decided to stop wherever and whenever we saw something interesting. We made it fun and the best part was we enjoyed each others company so much we didn't even turn the radio on the first half of the trip.

These are just a few of the fun things that two parents, who never get away, got a chance to see......

This is the courthouse in Findlay Ohio.

A Bride was getting her pictures taken out front.

Driving down main street there were some beautiful old homes. (these are all taken from the car so bare with me)




We also saw this gorgeous old church.



Then we say a big white ball off the highway and stopped at the exit.

It was the space museum and we got inside a space ship outside.

inside the capsule

Dan isn't so good at getting me and the capsule in the same shot, but that's ok. lol

We also saw an orange airplane that John Glen flew before his space flight

Then there was the old shiny silver Denny's. I didn't even know there were any Denny's left.

At the end of the day we stopped at the Outback Steakhouse and had the yummiest rib dinner! It wasn't all that thrilling, but for me "a home body" it was exciting to get out there and just hit the road for a little American road trip. Next time Dan asks me to go with the flow I just might take him up on it.

Monday, March 30, 2009

100 Sales

100th Etsy Sale

I am happy to say that I achieved a goal for my etsy shop. Today I made my 100th sale and within my 1yr mark! This is minor I know for some of the big wigs out there, but for little ole me it feels very good. Thanks to everyone who has purchased items and for those who have come back for more. I hope that within the next year I can come back and have my 200th sale.

This Eco Branch n Berries Sweater Pillow was my 100th sale!!!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

A Pair of Pears

I was grocery shopping and saw some juicy pears last Friday. That gave me an idea for a pillow to add to my Cherry Lane Jane etsy shop! Then on Saturday I saw the treasury was opening in a few minutes. With my Pear Pillow cut out in front of me I knew just what kind of treasury it would be... a Pair of Pears! Here are the treasury and my recycled sweater pillow. How do they look?

a Pair of Pears plus 1 Sweater Pillow


A Pair of Pears Treasury

Exciting News....
My Pear pillow made it into a treasury this morning. A Big thanks to Eleanor over at eleanors.

Earth friendly


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Prairie Dawn - A new day is dawning

With spring almost here the fields around here remind me of the American Prairie. Nothing is green just yet. It is all just overgrown and brown. The sun is peeking out of the clouds this morning making an orange glow shine on everything. That inspired me to make this fun treasury about the Prairie at Day Break......

Prairie Dawn


I managed to make one thing this week. Sad yes, but at least I made it. I went with a purple sweater this time. I did manage to clean out my closet and get rid of a few garbage bags of old clothes. I also organized and cleaned my craft room, which is an amazing feet in itself. lol

Purple Sweater Pillow recycled


Thursday, March 12, 2009

T is for

T is for a bunch of things today. First it's for Thursday. That is great because I don't work tomorrow! It's also for Tissues because my cold isn't gone and I am on my second box of them.

T is for spring Time which is swiftly approaching here in Ohio. I know this because the robins that took home in my yard last year and had babies a few feet from my door are back and looking for a place to nest. The Morning Doves are too. I sure hope they stay all spring! If you missed them last year here they are....

The Robin family

The Morning Dove family

T is for Treasury which I made two of yesterday. All those birdies inspired me to make another treasury. I hadn't made on in months due partly to screen grab not working. grrrrr Alas screen grab is working and I am inspired so here are my two very different Treasuries. One from Etsy Treasury and the other from Treasury West.

Robin Egg


My Vintage Quilt Coasters are in a treasury too, so T is for Thanks to PaisleyKitty for featuring me!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Pocket Pillow

I came down with another cold this morning. I guess it's the season for it. I drank some airborne and took some cold meds. Now I am just pondering my next craft project. I am thinking about making something purple. I never do purple so it will be a nice change of pace for me.

Here is my last recycled sweater project....

Mudd Sweater Pocket Pillow

It's big and soft and cozy. Plus the pockets from the sweater I recycled it from are still usable so you can tuck something in them like a remote or some tissues if you have a cold like I do today ;)~


Measurements: 19" x 9" x 5"
This is available in my etsy shop, CherryLaneJane.

I also made this striped bird pillow last week.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Super Simple- Muffin Pan Meatloaf Recipe

Muffin Pan Meatloaf


My mother always made this yummy simple and moist recipe for us when we were kids. It was something we looked forward to and still do to this day. I had my mother over for birthday dinner last week and made her some Muffin Pan Meatloaf. I am sure it was nice to have someone else cook these for her instead of doing it herself. Because all 7 of us kids still have her make it for us whenever we can.

Most meatloaf is dry and dense, but this is almost fluffy and oh so moist! The meatloaf itself has only 4 ingredients. The sauce has 3 ingredients. Plus it only takes 25 minutes to cook and everyone gets there own individual portions. What could be easier? I thought you might like a newer updated meatloaf recipe so here it is...... enjoy!

I always double the recipe for leftovers and drown it in ketchup after cooking it. :)~

Muffin Pan Meatloaf

1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 egg
1- 8oz. can tomato sauce
1 cup Stove Top Stuffing

Sauce Ingredients:
1/4 cup ketchup
2T. brown sugar
1T. Vinegar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl combine the ground beef, egg, tomato sauce, and stove top. (you can add salt and pepper also) Roll into even balls and place into muffin pans. In a small bowl combine ketchup, brown sugar, and vinegar. Spoon the sauce over the meatloaf. Place in oven and cook for 25min at 350F. Feeds a family of 4.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Phone Book Crafts


I wanted to share with you a New Etsy seller, Phone Book Crafts. Karisse is the wonderful creator behind this Eco friendly shop. She recycles things out of phone books and does it in such a classy and fun way.

She makes cards that say things like Smile, Thinking of you, and Cheer up.

You will also find handmade beads and scrapbook embellishments.

I wanted to know more about Karisse and Phone Book Crafts so here is some more fun info in her own words....

How it all began...

I have been selling online since 2000. Primarly on e-bay in the beginning. I have gone though a lot of different phases, or business niches.
I found etsy in 2008 and this is primarily where I sell now.

I have a fascination with paper crafts. I have stacks and stacks of papers that I just had to have. I have a whole bedroom dedicated to my paper crafting. It's a sickness. Sometimes I'd rather be in my room playing with my paper than at a dinner party, at the movies with friends, or spending time with my husband!

Phone book crafts is something that is new to me, but the techniques that I use are ones that I have been doing for awhile. (I have actually started a paper bead - 3-tier- topiary ... painstakingly rolling each bead and pinning it onto the base! - at the rate that I am going however, I estimate 3 .75 years until completion)

We just moved into a new condo, and there was a phone book here. We got a delivery letter to pick up something at the post office, and low and behold, it was another phone book. Then 2009 came around, and the new phone books came out.
Now I am sitting on 3 huge phone books.

I am very resourceful, and yes, I know that I can just recycle it and it will be broken down and made into other little phone books (or toilet paper!)
however, there was just something about "phone book crafts" that really appealed to me.

I am a very eco-friendly person, I was just brought up that way (props to my mother!)
I would prefer to re-use something and extend it's life before it's sent off to be melted down, smushed, pulped and made into little off-sets

Make sure you stop in her shop and take a peek! Phonebookcrafts

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Too legit to Quit

I haven't posted much about my life in recent posting, but this is just to hard to pass up. I just ran across my elementary music teacher on facebook. This guy was awesome! Mr. Dendler. He wrote music for the school and our concerts. I loved his class! He even wrote our school song "Let Freedom Ring" which I still have the sheet music for in my piano bench. On his facebook are lots videos and pictures from back then. Everything from concerts, the morning news, science fairs, field days, interviews with the staff, and a work out video some of the kids did with the gym teacher. I think my favorite so far is the video of the dance team doing the too legit to quit song from MC Hammer. I remember doing that in gym class and loving it! Wow were we cool back then. hahaha

Just in case you need a little laugh here is the too legit to quit video from MC Hammer.......

I was having a rough week and then I wake up and see all these videos. It was just the happy thing I needed to cheer me up. I laughed out loud so much that my side hurts. I think I spent an hour watching videos. Now I am going to add some of my own pictures of back then to my album. I hope I give someone else the same giggle that Mr. Dendler's pictures gave me!