Friday, November 1, 2019

Hello November....brrr!

November is here!
It is starting out chilly, at least it is in the pacific northwest.
Fall is definitely here and the leaves have fallen!
I can't wait to have some hot apple cider tonight and curl up with a blanket and book.

I created some simple leaves for the background... in all the colors of fall. 

Here is the desktop version!
Just click here...download and save.
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I have been working on more of the Kitty cat's with balloons monthly designs....
Here is...
November is all about Thanksgiving Turkey, bountiful harvests, acorns and crisp leaves on the ground.
Stitch up this quick design that features a sweet cat that loves 
celebrating with a balloon.
Make it up in a cute pillow adorned with easy to make felt & wool flowers.

December is all about 
decorating the Christmas Tree, making presents, hanging the holly and being with family. 

I will have all the months of the year done soon!  Each month reflects that time of year.
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My daughter Selina made a new video...showing how easy it is to use her hexie shape and some great fabric to make a sweet pendant or key chain.  
I have this hooked to my Sally purse...
so coordinated!
Here is the easy and quick video.....take a peak at it!
 In the video she is showing sally from the nightmare before Christmas.
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We had a great time at the WSQ Washington state quilt show....2019!
We had our usual double booth and we even did a demonstration and slide show on embroidery basics.
I was scared because....I am pretty shy, but I did it!
It is always fun to see everyone...its like old friends coming for a visit! 
We had some different props this year like our pink chair....perfect for my quilt and Dresden plate kitty pillow.

Selina had her wood laser cut pendant shapes....just right for embroidery or unique fabric scraps.

I brought my latest patterns and some old favorites.
I kept 5 totes of samples at home....boy do I have alot!
 It just can't all fit anymore.
I love the pink of all the valentines! 
My snowmen were popular and my new Christmas pin cushions or pinnies.

They all sold out....they were so cute!

I have so much Halloween...I love the vintage feel.
I have five of the 12 monthly cat balloon patterns done...7 more to go. 

Selina had her new jars shapes...one of my favorites. 
Her needle minders are always a top seller.
We had a great time and now we can concentrate on new projects.
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I have been learning how to work with pastels this past summer...I think I love the blendablity the most. 
Let me show you alittle about my process....

First I sketch a basic design. 
I add white for the face and add in some color on the cheeks, eyes and nose.... 
I do sections at a time.
I use a small blender tool which looks like a rubber eraser...to blend the colors.

The more I work with it and then add pencil for detail...the more it starts to take shape.
This one is supposed to be me as a child....I am a big animal lover.

On this one....I sketched out a simple pilgrim girl and added color.
I love her!
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Have a terrific November....
find five reasons to be thankful ...every night before you fall a sleep. 
You will find peacefulness in this practice!



Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Welcome October...let the fun begin.

Welcome October...we've been waiting for you!

This is my favorite time of the year....followed closely by Christmas.
I love the change in the weather....pumpkins everywhere...goodies and treats to eat...apple cider...spooky movies...decorations....leaves changing and falling....
I could go on and on!

This little kitty cat is celebrating. October is all about Jack O lanterns, Candy corn and harvest festivals.
Stitch up this quick design that features a sweet cat that loves 
celebrating with a balloon.
Make it up in a cute pillow adorned with easy to make felt & wool flowers.
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It's time for a new calendar for OCTOBER!
Click here for the phone or tablet size....just download, save and set as a backround.

I love the oranges and blacks...bold colors with purple, brown and yellow.
The scarecrows remind me of farmers protecting their wheat...on a chilly night!

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The new Somerset Holiday magazine is out...
and I have 2 articles in it!
I love these magazines because they are full of inspiration, ideas, tips and tricks ....
plus they are not about tons of ads.  You can order this online or get it at Jo Ann's or Barnes and Noble.
My Sugar plum Snowmen are featured....
I love how they look sweet and shabby chic.
And my Retro felt ornaments .... blast from the past are in it as well. 

It just takes felt scraps.

You can also buy my pattern for these here:
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I'm excited to announce....
My daughter Selina has created her first skillshare class!
She teaches how to create a fun enchanted rainbow bird doll....primitively stitched, stuffed and painted....easy peasy.
Skillshare has a free trial....but it is only $8.25 a month for unlimited access to hundreds of classes.
From computer illustration, art, sewing, help with your creative business, cooking, hand lettering, drawing, photography.....and so on.....
Selina's video goes through the basics for beginers....with a pattern included.

Sewing ....primitive playful style

painting and adding pastels....

She shows how easy it is to create the little bird....
This is sweet in a nest or hanging as an ornament...she plans to create more classes soon.

I personally have learned so much from skillshare....its great for creative businesses.  I love that you can watch a class...re-watch as many times as you like, quit one your not into- no problem, you can watch from your computer, tablet or phone....so cool.
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I have been making lots of Halloween dolls this year.
They are super fun to make and they have been selling like crazy...Every time I think that it will be enough....then it's not.
I love that they are going to great homes.

I belong to the Spokane cloth doll club, a bunch of great gals....
On October 4th there is a first Friday event there (5-9)...come see the dolls...buy them if you like....We all have different styles.  Our dolls will be featured throughout the month of October.

My dolls start out pretty rough...just muslin and primitive stitching.
In this picture above it is a witch, creature of the black lagoon, Dracula and cat.

Here is the bride of Frankenstein

I add paint....and she starts to come alive.

Here is one of my brides complete.

The werewolf looks pretty lame at first...
And then he is a handsome fellow.
The creature is my fav...currently.

Mr. Skelly is super cute though...I can't decide.
If I have any left, they will be in my etsy shop.
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I went for a visit... to my sister's and we had a blast shopping...
I wanted to share a few items I got.
These Rae Dunn Halloween plates are adorable.

Four in a set...home goods!
WE love going to antique stores....and I got some cool vintage paper decos.

This is a classic haunted house....only 3 colors....so bright after all these years.

Goofy witch!

These decals are most likely new, but so cute!

Vintage napkins and party invites....these are often thrown away....so they can be rare.

I love the dorky cat and sweet pumpkin....
Paper products are my fav!

I had fun visiting, eating, hot tubbing, watching scary flix ...etc....
it was nice to take a break from everything....
you should too!
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41st Annual Quilt Show
"Joyful Journey"

Friday-Sunday, October 18-20, 2019
10:00-6:00 (Sunday 10:00-4:00)

Spokane County Fair & Expo Center
404 N. Havana Spokane, WA 99202 

We have our double booth...we are getting everything ready....it's gonna be epic!
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One last thing....
I am putting on this set of Halloween tags....as a 3 page digital download...it will be in my etsy shop soon!

Happy October!