Thursday, April 1, 2021

Hello Sunny April!

April is here!
I'm so excited that spring is here and winter is behind us!
My tulips are blooming and it's fun to look in the garden for new growth.  My rhubarb is up and looking strong too. Easter is just a few short days away too...I love the decorations and the colors are so pretty.

I made a new phone and tablet calendar...above...click here for the download.

I drew some spring flowers and polka dot eggs for the background...making repeating patterns are pretty fun.
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I have a brand new design!
Thrill of the hunt- Embroidery & mini quilt pattern #418

Easter is coming ... the thrill of the hunt is part of all the fun!
Add some scraps of fabric to the sides of the design for a whimsical mini quilt with rick rack all the way around. It's super fun, quick and easy to do!

Embroidery design measures: 5” x 6 3/8”
Mini quilt measures: 10 3/4” x 12 1/4”

Here is another shot of the mini quilt.
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Each month I have been making a really simple mug rug for my table by my recliner...
this one is for Easter time.

I used the sweetest bunny fabric... it reminds me of vintage gift wrap.

I love having a mug rug that fits a coffee or tea mug and maybe a water bottle too. Also maybe a small snack could fit on it too!

Here is the dimensions...the featured fabric goes on the 5" x 5" square. I added coordinating strips next to it and the outer border strips too. Add cotton batting in between top and backing.  Quilt or sew around strips. These wash well, just iron after.

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Just a reminder....the April surprise pack is still available in my etsy shop. 
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I have the prettiest bike!
I added fake flowers to the basket. I feel so special while riding it!
The days are finally getting nice enough to ride.
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I wanted to show you a few areas in my house that is drenched in Easter decor.
My white tree is my favorite....I have made most all the ornaments on it.
It really glows at night.

I love vintage honeycomb.  I made that chenille pink chick ages ago.

My bunny girl doll is sitting with a small needle felted bunny.... lots of corny goodness.
I love the vintage white bunny, the troll my pal Sue made and lots of paper items.

I made 3 bunnies this year, and all have sold, to very good homes!
They are always a fun to create!
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I have been playing with shimmery watercolors and prismacolor colored pencils.
When I feel like snacking at night...I pull our my art and do something creative instead.
Since I had a stroke at age 53 and found out I have diabetes.. I take it all very seriously.

I don't care how goofy my drawing is, if it lightens my spirits...its a winner!

I often draw and watercolor in my my journals. I have been loving spring themed items.

I found these great crayola colored pencils at Walmart...all the skin colors you need.... finally.

I had the hardest time making little faces I wanted...now its a breeze.

This was my first quick drawing.

I shaded in this line drawing I did....she really came to life.

This was a little piece of art I made of my Sister Angie. When we were little she got this racketball game for Christmas...we played with it endlessly.

I got some Bosca marking pens....they are like paint in a pen....so cool!

I made so many little treasures.

I threw them all in my strawberry shortcake lunch pail....great container for them!


I also made a shimmery Kermit...he has always been special to me!
He looks better in person....so shiny.

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This is a sneak peek of the MAY SURPRISE PACK....


Monday, March 1, 2021

Hello March!

Green is everywhere!
The grass is looking greener and the shamrocks & St. Patrick's day decor is out!
Winter is ending and spring is beginning....yay!
I love spring...you hear more birds chirping, flowers are coming out from the earth and things seem much brighter.

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I made another collage sheet set...
They are perfect to create your irish home decor, use to create tags, journaling, ornaments for an st. patricks tree, art for your planner and more ....they are just plain fun!

One sheet is the artwork I painted, one sheet are all the saying on shamrock background, and one sheet are 3 large tags.
Print these on cardstock or presentation paper.

I drew and painted the art...all are watercolored. There are shamrocks, birds, a cat, a bunny, sweet girl, rainbows, butterflies, heart, clovers and more. The second sheet are my sayings with a background of watercolored shamrocks. Some of the 13 sayings are: happy st. patrick's day, lucky me I have you, party o' animal, queen of the green, let the shenanigans begin, shake your shamrocks, sassie lassie, blarney, leprecutie, and more! The 3rd sheet are 3 large tags painted green, pink and lt purple.

She is a sassie lassie!
With these collage sheets.....I made tags: Just cut out images on collage sheet. Hot glue in place. For extra height for images ...cut tiny scraps of card board and glue onto to the back of images... and then glue onto tags. Add ribbons, scraps of party streamers (sew one long end using a long stitch on sewing machine, then pull thread to gather), trims, tulle, ribbons, fake flowers and more.
I glittered mine with iridescent glitter.
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Girls just want to have fun! Embroider this sweet girl in a garden of pretty flowers, with bees and butterflies. This is my brand new pattern! 
Add some scraps of fabric to the side of the design for a whimsical pillow with rick rack all the way around.

It's super fun, quick and easy to do!

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Last month I made a valentine mug rug....so I had to make a st. Patrick's day one too!
These are so easy.
I drew a quick diagram....above. 
Use a 1/4" seam allowance.  Sew the featured fabric next to 3 strips of shamrock fabric.
Press well. Sew 1" strips all the way around. It is a good idea for the fabric border strips to be the same as the backing fabric.  It makes the strips resemble quilt binding.  Cut excess fabric and press. Layer batting and backing fabric (slightly larger than top) then lay top over backing (right sides together).  Pin in place. Sew 1/4"  around mug rug leaving a 3" opening. Turn inside out. Sew opening closed. Quilt heart or squiggles on featured fabric and also quilt down strips and around the borders.
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My daughter Selina and I are collaborating on a monthly surprise pack!
Each surprise pack will feature special projects and products for that month. 

The first pack is April,but it will be available in our etsy shops:
... on March 10th. The first surprise pack will come with 2 of the larger hexie ornaments, the bunny and chick design with instructions and patterns, a bunny needle minder that is magnetic (fits on your embroidery hoop nicely) ...**plus other surprises!!  
The next surprise pack will be available the April 10- 15th and feature "May".  
Stay tuned for more details!
Coloring the hexies are easy...just blob on watercolor and let dry.
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I did some paintings recently.
I enjoy just playing around.
It really relaxes me and I feel tranquil afterwards.

These and a few more originals are now in my etsy shop.

I love cats the most.
This little girl is playing with butterflies.
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Soon I will have some bunny dolls....

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and Easter ornaments too, they will be in my etsy shop.
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Have a wonderful March...live it up!!!

Monday, February 1, 2021

Hello February!

February is here! 
I love all the red and pink of Valentines day!
I designed this sweet bunny repeating pattern artwork for this month's calendars.
I had so much fun playing around with it.


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Brand new design:
Love is in bloom!

This is my new pattern: Some bunny's in love Embroidery thread painting pattern #417

This sweet bunny design is easy and uses only a few simple stitches.
Fill in your embroidery using thread painting (short straight stitches). It is very satisfying and fun!
The pattern also includes close up pictures and stitching diagrams.

Embroidery design measures: 4 1/2" x 4 3/4"
Framed in hoop measures: 6" x 6
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I made some Valentine ornaments... very much like my Halloween and Christmas ones... sewn and painted.
I kept Linus and Mickey for my tree.
I think he is super cute on my tree.
Here is my tree...filled with goodies!
This is how they look before painting. They are funny looking at this stage.

I have mickey's face base painted.

After lots of painting and pencil work... they are much cuter.  I add glitter because glitter makes everything better.
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I wanted to share this little globe pencil sharpener... I covered it with tissue paper and paper hearts to transform it.

Good old mod podge.... my grandma Shirley would be proud. 
She would cover sturdy card board boxes with bits of fabric and mod podge.
I still have some of her boxes...they are indestructible.
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My daughter Selina got engaged!!! Here is her diamond ring!
It happened on New years eve. 
Here is the happy couple. He is a great guy....works hard and treats her like gold.
They don't when the big day will be...after things get better from covid from sure.

She made a laser cut ornament to commemorate it.
She is going to watercolor some of it to add color.
Here it is a bit closer.

Here is one she did for her cousin. Watercolor is beautiful on it!
Here is another one...cute!
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Celebrate Valentine's day or anytime...with this sweet wood ornament. 

Here it with alittle watercolor painting. It is just blobbed on...easy. 
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Selina created larger hexies...

These ornament sized Hexagons are just the perfect way to finish an embroidery design and makes the sweetest gift!

In this listing you get 2 ornament blanks.....the wood hexies that Selina created.

****With this purchase you get the "Pot of flowers" embroidery pattern design and a special "how-to" sheet.


Each one is 3 1/2" Tall and 3 3/4" Wide.... Then the inside (embroidery fits in here) 2 1/2" tall x 3".

Each ornament blank is plain wood but can be painted (watercolors work great!) Add a ribbon to hang or a wire hook.

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I made a mug rug for right by my Recliner chair...I usually have coffee or water by my side all the time.
I thought you might like to make one for yourself.

I used valentine fabric for this time of the year. 

The largest area has fabric with special features... like these kitties....which I sewed a heart around them to define them as the center of attention.
Cute right!



I drew a quick diagram.  
Use a 1/4" seam allowance.  Sew the featured fabric next to 3 strips of Valentine fabric.
Press well. Sew 1" strips all the way around. It is a good idea for the fabric border strips to be the same as the backing fabric.  It makes the strips resemble quilt binding.  Cut excess fabric and press. Layer batting and backing fabric (slightly larger than top) then lay top over backing (right sides together).  Pin in place. Sew 1/4"  around mug rug leaving a 3" opening. Turn inside out. Sew opening closed. Quilt heart on featured fabric and also quilt down strips and around the borders.


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Happy Valentine's day.... I made these tags using my collage sheets.
These 2 collage sheets are perfect to create your Valentine home decor, use to create tags, journaling, valentines, art for your planner and more ....they are just plain fun!


I drew and painted the art...all are watercolored or acrylics. The first sheet has a white bunny, black haired girl, cat, mouse, lots of hearts and more. The second sheet are my sayings with a background of watercolored hearts. Some of the 15 sayings are: happy valentine's day. be mine, best friends, I love us, I'm smitten kitten, love like cray, love conquers all, and more!

Just print when you need them...over and over.
I made tags: Just paint store bought tags with acrylic paint (pink and red), cut out images on collage sheet. Hot glue in place. For extra height for images ...cut tiny scraps of card board and glue onto to the back of images... and then glue onto tags. Add ribbons, flowers, scraps of party streamers, trims, tulle, ribbons and more.
I glittered mine with iridescent glitter.


These are made from my paintings.

This one has party streamer for a skirt.

Just paint some tags with desired colors and let dry.
I just sew down 13" length of party streamer on a long stitch.
Gather one side of the threads.

Pull together to make a rosette and hot glue down.
Take small scraps of card board and hot glue to the back of a collage sheet image and glue onto tags- this gives dimension and height.
For this one I added a rosette and some pom pom string and a fake pink flower along with images from the collage sheets.
They are so much fun to make.

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The very sad news is that my brother passed away from covid.
His wife passed away in December. He fought hard and was on a ventilator, but his body couldn't make it. He was 10 years older then me and now he is with mom. He was a business man and owner of a local magazine. He was my silly brother who always made me laugh.

Here he was as a child... he was always putting together fun things for us sisters to do.
I can't believe he is gone.
Stay safe everyone!