Sunday, January 25, 2015

Live simply, Love greatly

Love....a prim and simple sentiment....
Above is My new pattern: Live simply, Love greatly #349
Raggedy Ann is sweetly revealing her Love.  Such a charming embroidery quick, easy and fun to do.  Finish the embroidery in a simple hoop.
This makes a great gift and is so 
lovely in your home decor.
Available on etsy

Hope you are enjoying your day.
I plan to work on a few things in my studio....the weather here in Washington is pretty darned nice....we seem to get less and less bad weather as the years go by.
As a child....we always had lots of snow...every winter.
Now we get a dusting or an inch or two...nothing big...then it melts.
Maybe Spring is coming...crossing fingers!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pretty color palettes

I love working with color palettes.
Here I took a watercolor painting I did ...years ago....and extracted some colors out of it....using Adobe Illustrator.
These colors can then be used in other projects. 
It is great when you really like a set of colors from something.

Here is an old valentine...scanned in and some of my favorite colors extracted out.
I like doing this since I usually get bogged down with the same color choices all the time.
I tend to use the same over and over ....when there are tons of colors out there.
Here is a picture my daughter took.
It has some lovely colors!!
I took out lots of colors for this one!
I have used these colors for many illustrator projects.
This would also be handy when painting too....not knowing what colors I would like....I could refer to this!
It is fun to just take any photo I have....that may have some great color...and getting this color group.
On adobe illustrator, there is this tool that is called an ink dropper.
You can fill a rectangle with the ink dropper having the ink dropper tool over any color in the photo you want.  It is like basically selecting colors...with just a click of the mouse.
Notice colors around you.
What colors do you use in projects?
What colors do you decorate with?
Sometimes going through old magazines...ripping out pics you like then noticing the you great insight.
I took this on a country drive last summer....I have spring fever bad!
I am thankful our winter has been pretty good though.
I am really looking forward to those signs of spring!

Don't quit your day dream!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Wastebasket freebie & friends photo

Here is today's freebie!
It is "W is for wastebasket"
I know it was a hard one to guess....I warned you!
Remember ...these would be sweet to stitch up in a kids quilt or on lil pillows.  For earlier letters in this series...go back to my past Friday posts. Fun to color as well. Copy and save.
Next week will be: "X is for ____"
Be the first to guess the correct answer to what "X" could stand for ....and you will get a sweet prize.  
Ya gotta get the X....there isn't many options on x!
Just make your guess in the comment section of this blog post. Be the first one to guess to get the prize.
One guess per person to make it fair! 


When I was antique shopping last weekend...I got a bag of photos for....$1.00....
Then I found out that everything in that booth was 75% off...
so....I got a bunch of photos for 25 cents!!!
I was in heaven!
I love a great deal like that.
So I took a photo of these friends....altered the borders and framed it.....added fun text and I think it turned out soooo adorable.

I have not idea what town they are in...but it sure looks boring.
But their friendship looks amazing.
I think Bonnie and Clyde would have robbed a grocery store here.
Everytime I am in a small tiny town....driving through.....
I thank my lucky stars to come from a larger city....Like Spokane Washington. (2nd largest city in Washington state, behind Seattle).

I know farm and country gals wouldn't trade their towns and lifestyle for the city...they love their life.....
to each his own.
Have a fabulous, Amazing and terrific weekend!!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

My Valentine floral surface pattern design

I have been working hard on learning adobe illustrator...getting all the techniques down.
It is very fun and exciting when a pattern design is put together....feels like a miracle.
One of the funnest parts is changing up the colors.....I really love that part.

Can you believe that this is the same pattern design....the color changes make everyone unique.

It is amazing to me how different they can be.
The backgrounds can be changed as well as the elements.
Basically I drew some hearts, flowers, and a stem with hearts.  I added some dots and leaves too.
I would never have thought to put some of these colors in these spots...but the program allows random changes and then you can save them.
This one reminds me of St. Patricks day.
I love this black reminds me of what a little Swiss girls dress might have on it.
Beautiful this soft.
Hot pink!  
Lavender and yellow....amazing.
I saved a lot more color combos....just showing these ones.
I will keep working on design...there is much more to learn.....but I have the basics down for sure.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

From drawings to finished products

I wanted to show you a little bit about my process for designing today.
Maybe it will inspire you to design too!
Above is a drawing I made into my sketch book.
I used a stabilo black.  It doesn't erase...but the feeling of drawing with one is amazing.
They are at Art stores.
The shading is awesome.
So then I painted the bunny on a small block of wood that my husband cut out for me.
I sanded it and then layered papers and paint.
After the painting was done...I scanned it into my computer.
I took these high resolution images and used Adobe illustrator to make these cool Happy Birthday tags. So now I can use my artwork for embroidery, selling prints of the painting, and selling the tags in a digital download sheet!
I like to get a lot out of art. 
Above is my "Sweets for the sweet" pattern.....which came from a drawing....a simple drawing on an ATC card.  I also watercolored the sketch.  So now this image is in my embroidery pattern and can be made into tags or prints.

Here is my "Boo door hanger" first was a black and white drawing on an ATC card....I painted it and scanned it for more uses....but I decided to enlarge it and make it into this very popular pattern design. 
My Bee kind pillow....this design was a small sketch....I chose embroidery floss colors, stitched it up, aged it and gave it depth and then made it into this sweet pillow.  
Here I took a sketch from a drawing book...cleaned it up...redrew it.....and embroidered it up.
I made this Patriotic pillow last bright and fun.
Sometimes simple drawings can become a lovely embroidery.
 is more important 
than knowledge

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Monday, January 19, 2015

I have a dream...

I hope everyone had a fab MLK day.....and weekend!
This is my freebie design...that I altered a little to make it retro.
We had a lot of fun with one of my sisters coming to town and all.
I feel like I was going and going and I am a bit tired.

 I really really want spring to come...the sun did shine today and it felt great.
My quilt above always makes me feel "sunny".  
I welcome the sunshine into my office with open arms.

I saw this awesome vintage cross stitch design while at an antique store this weekend.
I would love to make my own version....gotta get sketching.
We saw "Into the woods"...pretty good.
I just love Meryl.....she is a great actress and singer!
I had to tell my sisters to shut up their big talk too loud!
We shopped, played games, talked about everything under the sun, went to the casino, watched tv.....went out to eat.....just had a really good time.

But I love my quiet cottage and my little family the best!  

Friday, January 16, 2015

V is for Vegetables

This week's freebie is "V is for Vegetables"
Remember ...these would be sweet to stitch up in a kids quilt or on lil pillows.  For earlier letters in this series...go back to my past Friday posts. Fun to color as well. Copy and save.
Next week will be: "W is for ____"
Be the first to guess the correct answer to what "w" could stand for ....and you will get a sweet prize.  
I warn you...."W" is a very hard one to guess right.  
Just make your guess in the comment section of this blog post.
One guess per person to make it fair! 


I found this tiny tip in a magazine from 1930....the year my mom was born....85 years ago. 
I was her baby...She had me late...she was 38 years old.
When I had my baby 17 years mom died 20 days was if I got my new BFF as my other BBF was leaving.

I like this tip...I think it is still useful!

that I put together!!
they all have one thing in common...
Have a fun and fab weekend!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Colonial dolls & close ups

These are the sweetest colonial dolls....very vintage.
I love the details and the faces are priceless.
I love the innocent looks and the outfits are so cool.
They would be so cute colored with crayons!
Sometimes I like to take close ups of my projects...for better detail.
This is "Sweets for the sweet"....I suggest in my pattern to make it into this pillow....but you certainly don't have to ...this would be sweet framed. 
"It's time to be Valentines"....colors listed are only suggestions...sometimes it is fun to choose your own colors. 
I like to add glitz to embroidery by adding on this 
Lots of my patterns tell how to have a shaded effect...
Like this "You are sew special to me" pattern 
Even adding a hemp bow can add interest to a design...
Adding embellishments really add to your a banner, beads, and glitter trim...

Hope you create something fun today!

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Making art using pinks & blues

I was goofing around this weekend....just playing.
I usually think I should be doing productive things...but I gave myself a break from that nonsense.
I had fun with blues and pinks. 
Pink is fun to make a gals her pink and just go with it.
I am using my art markers I got from goodwill. 
Hearts and squiggles....I love the Marie Antoinetter blue color. 
The craft stores have fun blank bookmarks that are fun to play with. 
These are really simple...but fun.... 
I had a wood ATC card I covered with a piece of old ledger paper....
then made the same flowers on it like the others. 
This is my naughty/evil pink haired girl...not sure if I like her...but not everything you make needs to be a winner. 
I just like letting loose. 
My new set of tags are made from one peice of art I made....just changed up into sweet valentine tags.
These tags are perfect for your Valentine home decor, as gift tags, and to hang ....they are just plain fun!
I drew and painted the girl image with sweet bleeding hearts... to make these tags....they are my own design. There are 8 tags and a small heart on one sheet. 
I added ribbon and glitter!
Love... Be Mine....
Simple and sweet!
Here is a sneaky peak of my next pattern....
Coming soon!
I love Raggedy!!!

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