December 17, 2012

Out of Order

Due to a computer virus, I am out of order in blogging for a while.
I will be getting our new computer over the Christmas holiday, so please be sure to check back after the holiday.  In the meantime please be sure to check out some other fun blogs and links:

Have a VERY Merry Christmas and blog at you later,

PS Lots to catch up on with all of you so please come back after the holidays to check my latest creations.

December 5, 2012

My Nights and Weekend Job...

We are coming to the end of Holiday Shows for the season.  One more this weekend and then I am hanging up my Dakota Maid apron to work on some "special" projects to be hopefully finished by Christmas.

If you need any one of a kind, handmade gifts, please go check us out on Etsy: Dakota Maid.  Not all of our things are listed, so be sure to contact us with any questions.

I have really enjoyed our (mom and me) new adventure and look forward to learning more and taking new paths for our shop.  Any and all ideas, suggestions, etc or greatly wanted and appreciated!

Thank you to all of our 2012 customers and we look forward to what the new year has in store.

Doing things the Dakota Maid way,
aka DDM (Daughter Dakota Maid)

November 9, 2012

The good times just keep coming....

Im back!!  :)

I have a lot to report on and play catch up on but I have to share today's good tidings first!
My mom and I have been having fun sewing (mainly her) and selling at local craft shows and fall festivals.  More will come on those later.  Everytime I get that text from mom stating "package mailed," my heart races with anticipation; my office ladies have come to look forward to it also.  Anywho....

Today was one of those fun days!! My mom is so creative and talented, I just never know what I will be getting.  Today, I received baby sweaters, baby blankets, baby hats and some purses.  I was admiring one, set it down to pick up the next one and I was so excited to find this:

This bag has so much meaning and being made by my mom makes it even more special to me.

My hubby and I went to San Franciso in July. We visited a local coffee shop frequently and the last morning there I asked if they sold their coffee bean bags. He said no and then went and grabbed me two for free! I was very excited. Of course, this bag is made from one of them. The funky fabric I got on Haight Street, if you do not know the history, be sure to Google it. You can imagine hubby's face when I asked to go fabric shopping! Priceless.  But being the perfect man he is, in I went! I also picked up the fun patch on Haight Street. The blue jean is an old pair of my jeans from high school that I finally wore out. The inside is full of the funky fabric and my jean pockets. 

Adorable!! I LOVE it.  Can you tell by my ramblings on it?! 
This is a one of kind bag that will never be for sale!
(But be sure to check out our other one of a kind bags at Dakota Maid.)

Thank you so much mom for your work, time and so much talant!!! I absolutely love it!!
Now what to fill it with?? My latest project....make it my purse....oh wait I can do both!!

Oh and I have to put a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to my brother for his great week at his job!!!

Happy Day!

October 22, 2012

Tag your it....

One of the MANY cute things that Dakota Maid will be selling this weekend in Bisbee, ND.
See you there!!!

October 15, 2012

Facing the Odds....

My little pup, Lucy, had a tough weekend. 
She was the only female amongst five males!!  I knew better than to face those odds, so stayed home.

She ran, chased pheasants, ran some more and all while keeping an eye on the men and their guns!  She came home with six pheasants and a proud papa!  A little rest this week and she will be ready to go again.

Lucy is a rescue, mixed breed puppy we adopted from the local Uffda fund, which is pretty much the same thing as the Humane Society.  She has had very little training and can run with the best of them.  So those of you wanting hunting dogs, don't be afraid to look at your nearest rescue facility!  Lucy can hunt, fetch and love like any expensive pure breed can!

Great job Lucy-Loo!!

October 11, 2012

One of "those" days!

We all have them.....right?

Today has been of the THOSE days for me where for every positive happening, there are two negative ones in tow.  My calendar quote today:
I am patient, tolerant, and diplomatic.
Others appreciate me for these qualities. 
Makes me giggle because I am hoping and trying to keep this true.

On the inside, I am

but hopefully on the outside, I am

I am a firm believer in this quote:
"Your attitude can take you forward or
your attitude can take you down.
The choice is always yours!"
JimmyCatherine Pulsifer
My choice today is to turn this
into this
What is your choice??

September 18, 2012

Mind in one place. Body in another.

My body is stuck in a cold office, staring at a computer screen today
(actually blogging and shopping on Etsy, but dont tell my supervisors!)

As I look outside to see the trees blowing in that lovely ND wind and I hear the dreaded "bbbrrrrrrr" coming out of all of the people that enter, my mind goes to here....

Sunny California, wine country!

Everyone needs an annual vacation so that you have a place to escape to and dream of!!
Where was or will be your vacation this year?


September 10, 2012


Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday, dear MOM,
Happy birthday to you!!!

Charlie's version:
Happy birthday to you,
you live in a zoo,
you look like a.....he decided he better stop there!!!
Happy Birthday MIL!!

Lots of love from ND,

August 30, 2012

For the love of animals

What makes you smile every day, no matter what your mood?

Myself, I have so much right now that makes me happy I could fill the page and more.
Regardless of last week, this week or next week, these four legged kiddos (oh, and the two legged) make me smile and forget all my worries.

Let me introduce my family to you:

Lucy is the puppy of the crew. CEO and I adopted her from a local vet that takes in strays. She is so full of energy and love. She wakes up CEO every morning by pushing and nudging him in bed (they are not allowed on the funiture or I think it would be a full dog pile!) 

Lei-a (in white) and Ani-kin (in brown)
Ani-kin was my first puppy and has been through a lot with me. I adopted him from the local Humane Soceity.  He gets into his fair share of trouble, but overall is the best dog I have ever had.  Such a lover, wanting to be a lap dog.

Lei-a was not planned. What do they call them "oopses?" I was donating food and blankets to the local Humane Society one day and she went running by the door.  It was love at first sight and I just had to have her.  She is spoiled rotten and our little diva.

This is Maggie.  I adopted her from the local Humane Society (see a theme here?) to keep Ani-kin company and out of trouble when I took a job out of town.  She is a complete momma's girl!
Maggie recently went missing and after a couple week's of much heartache from me, she thankfully was found.  She is a bit traumatized and then came home to this little man....explains the look of "Really, mom? Really??"

We adopted Norris from an organization our sister helps with.  It was meant to be. It took some time to get him healed up from being neutered (the best words from Bob Barker "Please have your pets spayed or neutered) and declawed, but he is so much fun and so sweet.  He was chasing Maggie around this morning (refer to the picture above for her response).

Its a crazy family, but its mine.
What made you smile today?


August 22, 2012

Wednesday already???!!!

Can you believe that I started this post last Wednesday???  I got as far as the title and apparently was overwhelmed.

Ok, see you next week for some more.....
Just Kidding!!  LOL

Typing of LOL.....Isn't laughter funny?
I mean really think about it.  What makes you laugh?
Just thinking about laughter makes you laugh. 

What other event it is ok to cry and pee your pants while you do it???
Bet you never thought about that!!

What have you laughed at today????



August 10, 2012

Farm Fresh Friday

How fun would it be to go shopping every week at a Farmer's Market full of gorgeous like this?!!

While we were in San Fransisco a few weeks back( more to come on that), we were walking up to get our coffee and fresh baked breakfast and we ran across this Farmer's Market just being set up.  I was in complete awe!! A whole street filled with fresh veggies, fruit and fish.  I was in so much awe that I didn't get a picture of the fish.......have to go back, don't you think??

Do you have a local Farmer's Market?


August 8, 2012

Little things for little hands

I had so much fun (most of the time) making this Wee Mouse Tin.  I have to admit that I rushed to do it in hopes that I would, for once, beat my mom to a project!  :) 

I learned with each step and not sure that I will get used to working with tiny things, as my crazy but very dear friend Rachael loves to do, but will for sure be making more of these for all of the little tykes in my life.

I sent this first one to the daughter of a good friend of mine that I dont get to see near enough.  Little Miss Zohy has so much going on this year she needs a secretary at age 5! She will be starting school, becoming a big sister and daily caretaker for her grandma soon!  Whew......  If she is even partially like her mother, she can handle all of that plus move the mountains!!

To dear friends!

August 2, 2012

Absent But Not Lost....

It has been a while but my trees are all planted and fabric layed so I am back.  Oh, we went on a wonderful vacation also (more on that later.)

Here is one of my latest projects.  Please let me introduce you to Dilby Duck.

He was my first toy project and with minky ta-boot!  I learned some things in the process and cant wait to do some more of these cute little guys.  Cant say these will make it into our etsy shop but hopefully some cute little tikes will sure enjoy him.

What is your latest project?

Glad to be back,

April 26, 2012


The month of April snuck up on my in full attack this year!  I had my body armor on but no shields up.

I plant trees for a living, so I am heading into my busy time and boy has it been busy.  Testing fields, getting machines working, bleaching my tree cooler, taking in as many orders as I can, along with all of the other regular reports, phone calls, etc. Now, please don't take this as a complaint because this is the part of my job I especially love!!  I get to play outside all day with trees. 

Then when my tree work is all done, home I go to dive into the many "I want to try" projects.  So far, I have checked off blender soap making (check out Homespun Living Blog for instructions) and laundry soap making.

My mom and I made a batch of blender oatmeal soap with lemon scent and a batch up plain soap with orange zest and smell in it.  We are coming up on week 3 of having it set up and we are very excited to see how it comes out in the shower.  Does it hold up or just melt away?  Does it leave soap scum on the walls?  How long will it keep its smell?  I am excited to try it and get answers to all of our questions.

Let's see, what other THINGS have I been up to??

Oh, laundry soap!!

I made my first batch and think I must have missed a step somewhere because it is not gelling like it said it would.  So, after I use up the 2.5 gallons I have made now, I will try it again and triple read the directions or something.  I have used it in a handful of loads and so far, so good.  I will put it to the true test with my work clothes now and will give a full report and the link to the recipe that I used once that test is complete. 

Be sure to stay tuned! Lots of "testing" results to come!

What are some of your "I want to try" projects??
Please share! I may want to add to my list!


April 16, 2012


After a weekend like we had, there is nothing but mindless as an option.

We road tripped back to see family and friends this weekend.
A lot of fun was had and here is the proof:

I hope you had a rocking weekend as well!


PS Those are my mom's actual glasses from the 80s (and likely 90s too)!!

April 10, 2012

MINDLESS MONDAY (a day late)

For those of you that know me, even the slightest, are not surprised by my tardiness.  As my father calls it: Tara time.  BUT....I must say that even Tara time is faster and more on time than Charlie time (my hubby)!!

We didn't have a very Easterly weekend at our house, but it was still a good one.  This holiday sure snuck up on us, along with a couple of birthdays that I have to play catch up on yet.  :S 

Hubby unplugged our bathroom sink finally.  Of course, he broke a pipe in the process, but as I told him, it is all in the learning process of becoming a handy man/do-it-yourselfer.

I worked on cleaning and some sewing.  In between that I watched and listened to birds in the yard.  I do believe Spring is trying to stay (even though the snow this morning sure doesn't show it.)  The wrens (and blackbirds) seem to be enjoying the backyard, while the robins are all hanging out in the front yard.  Good thing we have a fence to keep them from fighting!

What song are you singing today?


April 5, 2012

THURSDAY'S THINGS by knit and pearl

Going to my post office box has been so much fun this last week.  Special surprises from my Mom (aka knit and pearl blogger, aka Dakota Maid shop partner)
First came this adorable new pot holder.  I have to say that it is WAY too cute to be using under my pots and pans.  The recipe on the top is a photo transfer she did of her famous chocolate chip cookies.  The photo transfer on the bottom left is me feeding my cabbage patch baby, Cheryl.

Then yesterday, this adorable NOOK cover came in the mail.  What a fun case to protect my NOOK this summer! It pretty much goes everywhere with me.  SO CUTE!!!!

I never get tired of Mom's care packages.  I love getting them today as much if not more than I did in college.  I don't know what you use to rate moms but mine is the best and off the charts!!


I cant forget my dad because he supports my mom in her sewing habits.  Thanks Dad!

Your Daughter (aka Tildy)

PS She has been very busy on other projects too, so be sure to go check her blog out

March 28, 2012


Slowly, but surely!

That is my quote, philosophy, way of thinking and speed of movement today.

BUT....regardless, I will hop on my trainer tonight and pedal off a few miles.  You don't have to do much, remember.  Any extra movement is, well, extra movement! :)  Just stating the obvious.  Take a short walk, so a few sit ups, squats.  You don't even have to all of them at one time.  Do 10 sit ups during one commercial break, do 10 squats during the next and so on.  I'm a notorious and fierce commercial break exerciser.

What is your quote today?


March 14, 2012


He is my most beloved friend and my bitterest rival,
my confidant and my betrayer,
my sustainer and my dependent,
and scariest of all, my equal.


Still looking up to you after all of these years.
Your little sis'

March 13, 2012


Right when I think I am ahead of the game......

I had my pictures taken throughout the prep and cooking right up to the serving! Then.....
I leave the camera card in the laptop that is now out of town at a training with Hubby CEO! Doesn't do me much good there, huh?
Instead I am showing something that looks "TASTEFUL."

Who's hungry for nachos?


PS. Above items are available for sale here.

March 9, 2012

FEATURE FRIDAY: Who wants a piece of cutie pie?

This Friday I am featuring my sweet, cutie pie twin nieces.

I do not get to see them near enough, but think about them lots.
I am hoping to get to see them the end of this month and boy have I been having fun making new things for them and thinking of ways to play with them and get those heart melting giggles.

I would love any fun suggestions you may have?!

It is usually my goal to make them giggle lots, learn new things, be confused at least once on what the heck I am talking about, they always correct me if I am wrong on anything, and I make sure they are good and tired when I return them to their mom and dad.

I can't wait!!!!!

Aunt TJO

March 8, 2012

THINGS THURSDAY: My new favorite thing..

My NOOK Tablet!!

NOOK Tablet - 8GB

It has gone everywhere with me.  I have barely even touched the edges of what it can all do.  So far, I have started reading a book, "The Hunger Games" (more to come on that later), blogged more than usual (this is due to the hubby and I not having to share the laptop), found new patterns while blogging (sshhh, some are being held secret), checked my email, replied to the emails, facebooked, shopped on Etsy and there are more things that I just cant remember.  Oh yeah, I have gotten a new abs workout and plan to get the legs, butt, arms and cardio workouts tonight.
So far, the 8g has been plenty for our purposes and brought the price to be more in our area.
Rumor has it that my NOOK has a fun, new sleeve on the way soon too!

What is your new (or old) favorite thing?
Don't have one? Go check out Dakota Maid, you are sure to find your next favorite(s)!!


PS. No, I have not, nor do I plan to, play Angry Birds.  :P

March 6, 2012

TASTEFUL TUESDAY for your face

I am counting down the minutes until I am heading home and staying there. (51)
We are doing leftovers for supper, which leaves out any new recipe option, but, in turn, leaves me time for a facial, right?!  And going with my latest craze of DIY (Do It Yourself), I wanted to find and share some easy facial scrubs recipes:
Homemade Face Mask for Ashy Skin
Sugar is a preferred exfoliate to salt because it tends not to tear at the skin. When dead skin collects on the surface of skin, it's important to slough it away. This helps clear up clogged pores. When skin isn't exfoliated, it can appear ashy.


  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp warm water


Stir sugar into warm water so that it melts.
Make sure granules are dissolved, otherwise they could tear your skin.
Apply to the face.
Gently massage around the skin.
Rinse with warm water OR I like to take a warm washcloth that's steamed in the microwave. Make sure the washcloth is not too hot.

Brown Sugar Scrub for the Face

Brown Sugar Scrub for the Face

Brown sugar is a wonderful natural exfoliate that works for all skin types. I adapted this recipe from one suggested by Lena Korres, founder of Korres Natural Products, and makeup artist Jemima Kidd, in the July 2008 issue of Cosmopolitan. They recommend curing chapped lips by mixing brown sugar with honey and massaging into lips.


  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tsp (more or less, add drops if you need them) of olive oil or extra virgin coconut oil


Put the brown sugar in your palm
Add the olive or coconut oil
Stir in your palm with your finger, creating a paste.
Add or less as needed
Massage into skin in a circular motion.
Rinse off with warm water.
Press a warm washcloth into face.
Slather your skin in your favorite moisturizer or follow with a moisturizing mask.

Homemade Aspirin Mask Helps Heal Acne, Pimples, Rashes
Over on, aspirin masks are a hot topic. Why? Apparently, aspirin is brilliant at spot-treating pimples, clearing up acne and itchy patches. In fact, the aspirin mask gets more than 2030 reviews -- more than any individual makeup, skincare or hair product -- on Makeupalley so I had to share it with you because 85 percent of these reviews are by women who would "try it again." Keep in mind that I haven't had my own pimple to try this on, so I don't have personal experience with aspirin as a pimple-healer. But here's how it's purported to work.

Prep Time: 7 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes


  • 1-3 aspirin
  • Coffee cup or glass cup
  • Shallow dish
  • Warm honey (runny honey), moisturizer made for the face or natural oil such as almond, olive or coconut


  • Depending on the amount of coverage needed, use 1-3 aspirin.
  • Crush the aspirin into small pieces by rolling a coffee cup or glass cup over them. Place aspirin in a shallow dish.
  • Stir in a few drops of water to help the aspirin dissolve into a paste.
  • Add warm honey, moisturizer or a bit of oil (almond, olive or coconut works). Stir well.
  • Apply as a mask or spot treat the pimple or itchy area. Allow to dry. Wash off after 10 minutes.
I picked out recipes that I know that I have ingredients for at home.  You can find more recipes here.
I think I'm going to go with aspirin recipe for tonight.  Which one are you going to try?


March 5, 2012

MINDLESS MONDAY is almost over

Thank goodness!!
Having one of "those" days on a Monday is dangerous!

Cant get out of bed on time....
Run out of dog food....
Oh crud, its garbage day.
Better clean out the litter box first.
Oh, man look at the time!!

The curse also got to Mr. CEO, as he had a rough day too.  Rougher than mine big time.

What do you do when things are down?

I, personally, look forward to the hug and kiss at the end of the day from Mr. CEO.  It always seems to melt all worries away.  Then I might sew a little bit, ride a few miles on the trainer and then crawl into a nice warm bed with a good book on my new NOOK.  :)

Better luck tomorrow.


How can you not smile when in this man's arms?!!!

March 1, 2012


Have I shared how much I love blogland?!
There are so many new things to learn, people to meet, stories to share, and much, much more.

I was out cruising in blogland and came across this brilliant idea:
I am not one for reinventing the wheel and after reading her fun tutorial I would want to use her words anyway, so I am going to give you my short version. 
Then be sure to hightail it over to her blog for the full, in-depth version!


After a trip to the local hardware store for the clear tubing ($1 for a 1 ft.),
I found my blade and away I went.

SUPPLIES (Band-aids are always needed when I play with sharp objects)
I did have to adjust the width for my older bobbins, so be sure to measure before you cut, it will save you some steps and possibly some band-aids!
This project took me maybe 10 minutes total and the price was definitely right.

Are you still here?!
Thank you, but now go get your own!
DIY Bobbin Clips from Schlosser Designs


February 28, 2012


I am referring to the cookbook we all own:

Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook: Feasting with Your Slow Cooker

If you do not own this cookbook, go get your copy here and FAST because you are missing out!  You are not only missing out on great recipes, but on the time you save with using your slow cooker.

My mom gave me this cookbook years ago (Thanks again Mom!!!) and I have never looked to update or, gosh forbid, sending it to the rummage pile.  There are so many recipes to try.  I write dates and comments after each taste testing.

You can blindly pull meat out of the freezer and guaranteed you will find a recipe in this book to use!
Be creative and add things to make it your own too, but be sure to write it down for the next time!!

Tonight's recipe:

Perfect Pork Chops
Brenda Pop, Dundee, OH

2 small onions
2 3/4-inch thick, boneless. pork chops, frozen (mine are thawed already) Oops...
fresh ground pepper to taste
1 chicken bouillon cube
1/4 cup hot water
2 Tbsp. prepared mustard with white wine
fresh parsley springs, or lemon slices, optional (thank goodness!!)

1. Cut off ends of onions and peel. Cut onions in half crosswise to make 4 thick "wheels."
Place in bottom of slow cooker.
2. Sear both sides of frozen chops in heavy skillet. Place in cooker on top of onions. Sprinkle with pepper.
3. Dissolve bouillon cube in hot water. Stir in mustard. Pour into slow cooker.
4. Cover. Cook on High 3-4 hours.
5. Serve topped with fresh parsley sprigs or lemon slices if desired.

Wah-lah!!  Tah-dah!!  That's all folks!! is my question: It asks for prepared mustard with white wine but I have never heard or seen this item, have you?  My vision is add the prepared mustard as stated in Step 3 with one hand while drinking the white wine with the other hand!?!  Just an option.....


February 27, 2012


On this MONDAY, my MIND is more or LESS on the big game tonight.  Our Lady Bulldogs will be playing in the District Championship game tonight.  Very exciting for the girls and fans.  We went into overtime this last Saturday to make it.  We have a team full of talent and they are not afraid to use it.

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.
 -Michael Jordan
I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.
-Michael Jordan
Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.
-Michael Jordan

See you there!


February 23, 2012


  • My Cherry earrings with sparkles
  • My Montrail shoes
  • Running
  • My pups
  • My purse made by my DakotaMaid Mom with matching pouch for my new lipstick
  • New business cards that arrived yesterday from VistaPrint
  • Blogging
  • Sewing
  • Knitting
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Dreaming of exotic vacations (at this time, any vacation is exotic for those of us that live in tim-buc-tooville)
  • Talking and texting my mom every day
  • Receiving and sending fun things in the mail (Hint, hint)
  • Catching up with old friends and meeting new ones
  • Volleyball
That is just to name a few.  Try this out: Write down all the things you love, big and small.  If you are similar to me in any way, your mind begins to overload on all of the wonderful things out there to love, which in turn makes your mind go blank at the same time.  Anyone else suffer from this?
  • Sunshine
  • A clean car
  • A clean house
  • 4 seasons
  • Dirty Dancing (the movie, of course!!)
I could go on and on, but will spare you the time.  :) 

Most of all, I love my family, my husband and my friends.  I love that my parents taught me to see the good before the bad.  I was taught to fight through the bad because the good is worth it.  I have learned many lessons the hard way, but in doing so, I learned that I can do almost anything. Dont ever be afraid to reach out to your loved ones in times of need as well as the times of celebration. 

Still thinking of all the things you love?  Me too........
  • Disney World
  • Vanilla Wafers
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • My Smuf figurines
  • My wedding quilt and shawl
  • My Duffy bear from a gal I love very much
  • New fabric
Lots of Love,

February 22, 2012


I missed last week's workout Wednesday due to illness.  Take that as advice tidbit #1: When you are sick, worn out, injured or all of the previous, TAKE TIME OFF!!  It is not good for yourself and just prolongs your recoup time.  I can hear my mother saying the infamous words of "I told you so." 
Other motherly quotes to follow:
Take your vitamins.  Eat your vegetables.
What was your mother's best advice that took you years to realize she was actually right?
Tidbit #2:
When working out whether you are a veteran or a beginner, do something you love, enjoy and can handle both physically and mentally.  I LOVE to run.  It does no good to think that you can run a marathon when you know you might only be able to do a 5K.  Start slow and each day work towards the bigger goal.  Baby steps.

Tidbit #3:
BRAG ABOUT IT!!!!  I LOVE, love, love to hear from my friends when they find the joy and passion in running like I do.  I run for the calm of the open road, the sounds of my pups panting beside me and because it relaxes me while at the same time energizes me.  I don't view it as "bragging."  I view it as passion and excitement that they want to share with me.  Who doesn't want to hear about their friends' excitement?!! 

Tidbit #4:

Do it for yourself and no one else!!!

Find your groove but don't forget to take breaks and be realistic to yourself!  You are not Jillian Michels!!!
I LOVE to run.  What is your passion? 
 I also love to sew, knit, cook, garden, snuggle with my pups, kiss my husband!!


Today's workout was a run and some bike trainer.
Oh, and don't forget the bathtub push ups and leg ups while brushing my teeth.  :)