About MySweetieBean

Hi! I’m Ivy, the creative force behind My Sweetie Bean. I love the creative process and I always have something brewing in my brain. I have two sweet little kiddos, a boy and girl - the two little loves of my life. They are the inspiration for many items I make and sell in my Etsy shop. And when I must answer the call of that inspiration, my husband Cal is always there to take up the slack!

Say It Ain’t So

So that rascal Punxsutawney Phil predicts more winter weather. Not that it truly affects me, my parents moved from PA to sunny southern CA when I was just a wee toddler.

I’m staring at withered brown vegetation and a yellow lawn. At least the snow-bound (maybe) get something beautiful to cover up all the dead stuff.  Which brings its own set of problems, I know.  Ah well, the grass is always yellower greener…Our first daffodil of spring in 2005

I love spring. It’s my favorite time of year. A time of growth, renewal, love…and daffodils!

In expectation of spring, I created this gorgeous collection from some fabulous Etsy artisans.   The jewelry is beautiful and the vintage Dior is to die for.  I wish the shoes adorned with leaves were a pair I could actually wear on my feet.  And it’s all gloriously GREEN!

Click on the picture to be taken to the collection if you’ve a mind to get more information on these delightful finds.

Spring All Year Round

Etsy Treasury Collection - Spring All Year Round


Now I’ve done it…

My Kitchen Table

My kitchen table at any given moment

I’ve finally been able to scratch some time out of my schedule and start my blog! Everyone has lofty aspirations when starting out, but hopefully I’ll be able to stick with my goals.

My passions are crocheting, sewing, crafting, cooking, gardening, photography and reading.  My interests have led me to open my own boutique on Etsy.  But rather than that being the sole focus of my blog I want to share various aspects of my interests with you through not only my posts, but with photos, techniques, tutorials, recipes and patterns.

Of course, some family stuff will sneak in here and there.  First and foremost, I am a mommy!  I have two children whom I love dearly – even when they’ve driven me to my wits’ end.  My oldest son, Roo, is nearly four.  My youngest daughter, Boo, is now 18 months.  Their squeezes, hugs, and sticky little kisses bring such warmth to my heart and remind me that the small joys of life bring the greatest pleasure and contentment.

Needless to say, it can be a real challenge to find time for my business and myself.  Some days are tough and I so want to run away!  (Don’t we all feel that way on occasion?)  But my interests keep me sane – for the most part – <insert hysterical laughter here> and  after tucking my sweetie beans in at night I can turn my attention to working on my projects or vegging out with a good book.