Friday, May 27, 2016

Loving family....freebie

This little design is dedicated to our love of family.
Sometimes they can be a pain or just make you mad...but we need family and when it comes down to it.... family is really really important.  I can't imagine a holiday dinner without family.
Or a graduation without family.
This would be cool stitched up on a baby blanket corner.
*Please note that all freebies are for you to use to make a couple finished goods (no mass producing) and a couple gifts...they are still legally my designs.

I have been working on design in adobe illustrator.
This is a cute character I drew up with just black lines....and then added color to it.
This is a screen shot of things in mid process.
I was playing around with how I wanted to the design to look.
I wanted to flip the girl around so no matter how the pattern is places...atleast some of it will be right side up. 
Then I added all the color and made it into a repeating pattern design.
I would love to see this made into fabric.
** Side note:These are not freebies...these are just examples of my work.
The freebie is the top "Family" design in black and white.
I just have to point that out to make it very clear. 
Here is the same character in another color combo.
I like the black hair on her! 
And here is a Halloween color combo. 
Good old orange and black ...with purple!
When working in can make some cool designs into clip art...
like this summer time clip art set I made which is in my etsy shop.
They can be made so that the clip art can be placed on existing my cat Trix picture below. 
The clip art has a transparent background.
I think it is so funny she is holding an ice cream cone!!
She really loves those cat treats called temptations.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Painting...what a process.

On rained and my daughter said she wanted an art day!
We got out a million supplies and got busy!
Above is the finished painting...."the Queen of Fun" 
It started as a blank canvas...adding papers...old books and tissue papers.
Then I added favorite colors and more white.
Plus lots of scribbles.
To me it was still a mystery...I didn't know what I was going to paint. 
Then I added some darker colors...
covering up...but layering. 
Here I decide I want a queen with flowers.
It is taking shape. 
Adding more details...more is fun playing around. 
Here it is close to being done...cute and 
After that I did this Halloween painting...I thought why not...everything is all over the table anyway.

I just love Halloween....can't get enough of it!

Here is one of my daughter Selina's paintings...
WE had a blast together. 
Here is another cutie by Selina.
I love doing things with her...we get along like peas and carrots!

Hope you too had a fabulous weekend!

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Play today- catnip mouse freebie design & new MERMAID

I think it is time to 
I drew up a sweet lil mousey....can you imagine the catnip stuff mouse...waiting to meet her new cat friend?
My cat Lucky would tear it apart with in seconds...but my cat Trix would play with it and then put it in her catfood dish.
This would make a great tag on a gift to a friend!
*Please note that all freebies are for you to use to make a couple finished goods (no mass producing) and a couple gifts...they are still legally my designs.

My new pattern is ready!
The Merry Mermaid embroidery mini quilt pattern # 371
This sweet design is sure to please and it's quick to stitch!
Make the design into a small quilt or a pillow! This is such a charming embroidery quilt wall quick, easy and fun to do. This is so lovely in your summer home decor, in your daughter's room or at your lake house. This could easily be made into a pillow.
Quilt measures: 12" tall x 14" wide
Embroidery design measures: 6 3/4" tall x 6 1/8"
There are easy to follow diagrams in the pattern too!
This is my soon to be graduate. Selina will finish high school very soon!
These are just some of her designs!
She has lots of blanks ...for you to fill and lots of finished items too.
You can make 3 match an outfit, to show off your embroidery (the set comes with the flower embroidery pattern design) or pop in your favorite fabric.
We were both featured on the Checker distributor blog recently!
her mini hoops and my pattern that has designs for her mini hoops.
It is the perfect summer project!
This is my pattern...with 12 designs to go in the mini hoops.
I tried to come up with as many different designs as I please everyone.
This video Selina did...shows how easy it is to use the mini hoops!
It's only 2 1/2 minutes long.  

Happy Friday!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Awww... Summer!

Summer time is just around the corner...and I am super excited.
Not only is my one and only child graduating...but we have a lot of business to work on together!
It is going to be epic!
Do you have a vacation planned?
Do you camp?
I love working on projects outdoors...getting fresh air and enjoying the birds!
Here in this post....I am featuring some of my very top favorite patterns for
I love needlecases....not only are they cute...but if you ever have a sewing group or are traveling with a sewing project...a needlecase is really handy! 
This pincushion also keeps your snips scissors close by....
which is good because I am always moving scissors around.
This pattern is in my etsy shop!
All 3 designs are in one! 
This is an oldie, but a goodie!
It has been popular ever since I made it.
I love using the smallest of wool scraps...I can't help but be thrifty.
I love mixing old photos with my designs.
This necklace is a great remembrance could use a family picture if you wanted to...but I also give some random photos for you to use. 
These are in:
This once reminds me of an old political rally pin. 
These also use up scraps and make great show sellers. 
Bee kind..
This design came from a small drawing I did that was just a quick doodle.
I loved it so much that I turned it into this pattern...
Black and yellow borders are the perfect addition to make this pop! 
One of my favorite sayings...
We don't have many snails here in eastern is too dry, but this little guy is very sweet hanging up.   
Do you needle punch...punch needle?
I love doing is addicting.
I love adding them to those paper mache boxes at the craft stores that are 99 cents.
This Americana one can hold some treats or buttons. 
We are going to the Oregon coast this summer...
This design really makes me excited for it.
It is fun to decorate for summer time....
get out the shells...and some sand from the craft store....fill a bowl or dish.
How can anyone be sad in the water ...with an ice cream cone?
It's impossible!
someone asked me if I could create a bright vibrant punch needle...since most tend to be primitive.
I jumped at the challenge.
I love color!

I have a new design coming out very very soon...
it is for Summer!!!!

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Welcome summer time freebie design

Seems like Summer is right around the corner fact the weather has been so nice in the Pacific Northwest, that it might as well be summer~
This design seems perfect for the center embroidery of a pillow...with a patchwork border all the way around!

*Please note that all freebies are for you to use to make a couple finished goods (no mass producing) and a couple gifts...they are still legally my designs.

My daughter Selina has made a smaller tag shape...for pendant blanks.
You simply fill the center with your fabric or embroidery.
But here she has some made up in her Etsy the patriotic pendant necklace. 
Isn't this the sweetest yellow bird!
I love the retro flower power colors! 
There are a lot of Scotty lovers out there....including my dad. 
His nickname is Scotty, since he came from Scotland.
I love the bright RED. 
Normally I am not a clown fan...but this is terrific.
It is vintage fabric...very cool.
I like it when clowns are happy, not creepy.
Recently I went to a craft show...and there was a sweet gal who made paper flowers.
I had to have this came on petrified wood.
I think it will be great for summertime decor.  I am going to get out my seashells and strawberries too. Selina got a whole tree from her with handmade paper buds all over it.  I need to take a pic of it!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

One hundred years ago....

I have this cool magazine....
from May 1916!!
One hundred years ago....let's just say...the world was so different then. 
Union suits....never heard that term before...lovely ad however. 
Gold is still around...the company must have always had a quality product. 
My mom loved Crisco...she made some awesome food with it.
I don't buy it...but I know it is still in the tub. 
Great article about liquor!   
If that doesn't scare you away, then nothing 
Sweet poem! 
Funny poem...strange! 
Some of the ads were in bright color...perfect for framing. 
This tells you how to have a career with a camera...pretty cool! 
There are lots of this....notice the sandwich fillings like tongue. 
I can't believe you would put tongue in a sandwich. 
Nothing cozier than a corset when you are pregnant. their Ketchup. 
I could use one right now. 
OK, you could get a blouse for a dollar! 
A brand new car for $695!
I know they made like 20 cents on hour or something...but wouldn't it be great to go back in time and buy a few of these. 
So cool! 
I don't need to say anything about this ad I?

Everyone had corns back then because they shoved their feet in tiny hard leather shoes...that probably came from a relatives hand me down.

Cute...a catnip mouse...a classic! 
Lets use this kids picture...even though his eyes are
I think the teeth are painted white! 
So elaborate and fancy.
I can barely wear a dress every once in a blue moon. 
Life for women sure was different...all you had to do was be pretty (if you were rich)...if you were not was hard work! 
I see the dress hem in high enough to see the shoes at this point.

Everything is so frilly and Lacy!

Here is a simpler frock!

These hats are pretty cool!
The last hat I wore was a pink air force baseball hat.

Cleaning is never "Play".  
But it is always necessary.

Aren't you glad you are a 2016 person!

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