Beautify While Working


Most of the time my manicures get ruined when I work in the garage – but I couldn’t resist giving myself a manicure, just this one time. My husband and I were madly working to rebuild the front end of our 1960 Ford Falcon. Beginning with a nearly untouched engine bay, 60+ years of service had added a good deal of grease and grime. After removing the engine I got straight to work sanding the engine bay (engine bay=the body area under the hood where the engine sits).

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Beginning Digital Scrapbooking

I’ve always enjoyed putting a good scrapbook together. Usually that means waiting years for a big group of photos and then spending a couple of intense days putting it all together. My last book (covering my entire life up to that point!) was almost 10 years ago. Between the elapsed time and the fact that I’ve gotten married in the past year, I’m due for another book (or two!) I don’t remember how I ran into “digital scrapbooking” on the Internet – but I happened upon Sahlin Studios. They produce digital scrapbooking products which have a fun, vintage-y feel to them. Their freebie downloads and ready-to-go templates got me on my way.


These are my first 3 completed layouts. Putting them together was fun – although it did take a bit of time, however I imagine with practice it would be quicker! While my real-life paper scrapbooks are fairly simple, the ease (and no-cost-ness) of adding elements to these has been a fun alternative. I won’t be doing all of my book like this, but adding in some “fancy” pages will be a nice change. One thing I like about digital scrapbooking is that everything I need is already in my laptop!

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Valentine’s Day Wreath


I re-awakened my crafty bug recently when I offered to do decorations for a friend’s baby shower (which I still need to share here). Usually working on car projects, crafting felt like a good outlet. As soon as I saw the lovely felt-based Valentine Wreath from Positively Splendid, I knew what my next project would be. Besides being adorable, it was the perfect excuse to take down our little Christmas tree (my husband is a firm believer in leaving the tree up until “after finals”…even though we’re both long out of school).

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My hands on outlets used to consist of sewing, painting, and crafts. As cars came into my life, time & space for these other hobbies was taken up with garage-related things. Keeping my car projects going and Grease Girl updated takes a huge chunk of my world…but I do find arts & crafts squeezing their way in every now and again.

The original intent for my Grease Girl blog was to reach out to women who might have (or be growing) an interest in cars. While I’ve connected with tons of women, and automotive beginners, via my blog already – I’ve found most of my regular readers are already car folks. Because who searches for car-stuff on the Internet? Car people!

In order to connect with even more people who are into being handy, and also to share a more well-rounded version of my world, I’m beginning this offshoot – Grease Girl Gets Crafty. I’ll add things here that may or may not include my love for cars – but will definitely help share my love for things vintage, home-made, quirky, creative & fun!

Enjoy this slice of my world – and if you ever want to step into the garage with me, visit!

Happy Trails,