Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Welcome September

Summer is winding down...school (in some capacity) is starting, fall is around the corner, but around here the temperatures are still hot.  How about where you live? 
I love September...my daughter's birthday is coming soon, but all the other things I looked forward to are cancelled. Hopefully next year all this will just be a memory.
We are tough...we can get thru all of this!

Above is this month's phone or tablet wallpaper calendar.

This is the desktop version for your computer.
I love purple... so I thought is was a good time to bring in some lovely purpleness.
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Woof woof!
Home is where your dog is!

This is my brand new pattern of: Puppy and posies Pinnie- 
Embroidery & quilted pincushion pattern #414

Make these super easy and quick pincushions with scraps of fun fabric.
There are 4 different designs: a puppy with flowers embroidery, a skinny / long rectangle, Medium rectangle and large rectangle.

With this pattern: Learn how to embroider a sweet puppy dog in a patch of flowers. Incorporate your small embroidery into a fun pinnie which makes a great gift. Sew up any of these cute sizes with tips to make them & machine quilt them in a flash! Each have a cute ribbon loop to attach your small scissors to it and decorative flower pins.

Here is a closeup on the easy special decorative pins you can make!

*******Plus....this pattern comes with a link to an exclusive video tutorial I made....just for you******

Pincushion with Embroidery measures: 4 5/8" wide x 4 3/8"
Additional Pinnies measures: from skinny/long
1 7/8"x 5 1/4" to a bigger rectangle 5 5/8" x 3 1/2"
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busy, busy , busy!

I have been working on a new book...but I have finished all the main work on it so I have a chance to play!
I've been making these Halloween ornaments!
They are a blast!
Every time I make them... they sell out fast.

Jack and his pal Zero.... sweet friends!

Pennywise and the devil....

Franky and his babe....

the black cat...love his bow tie.

The creature! I especially love him...he is fun!

I have new ones in all the time, but they sell fast. 
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My daughter Selina (Selina Hudson Designs) and I drew up some fun Halloween WOOD ornaments!
We designed together....she cut them on her laser, sanded them and painted them!
It's always fun to collaborate with her. There are 15 different designs.

Here is the creature...cute yet spooky.

This is a set of five!

The owl is one of my favorites!

Another set of five... a pumpkin, bride, ghost, franky and skull!

They are also available in natural wood...you could leave them natural or paint them with watercolors.

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My daughter Selina has been super busy....and she got her first home...with her boyfriend Jaryd!
It's a sweet cottage....corner lot. I am so happy for them!
Here is the side with a little porch and car port. It has tons of storage and a huge shop!

They already have it all decorated and it is perfect for them.

Here is the living room, before stuff moved in.
Nice hard wood floors

They have been trying to get a house here in Spokane for 8 months...every time they bid...they were over bid.  When this house came up...there was 11 bids in one day....but they got it!
One of the best things about it is that it is a short drive away!!! yay!!
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I went antique shopping with my sisters....and found my dream display case!
I love DMC floss... and have tons of it....this is a beauty!
This is how it looked at the store...my eyes bugged out!   lol.

Sweet back drawers!

I filled them with floss.

It's not big enough for all my floss, but I knew that would be the case.

It is metal with a glass lid that opens up.
Right now its by my chair....I just look at it sometimes and can't believe I got it.
I struck up a deal for it...which scared me...but I got it cheaper which is cool.
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Welcome September!

 

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Hot August- Welcome

August is already a scorcher!
I feel like I am watering plants night and day. 
Summer is great, but I love temps in the 70's and 80's....right?

I have been so busy working on a new big project, that I couldn't work on much that I can share with you. I wish I could. It's been a tough year so far for everyone. My father is in independent care now, it is hard to lift his spirits. Seems like everything is so different. 
I like to turn to comfort like creating and playing with art. 

I made these flowers on the calendars to represent the summer sun!

The above phone/table calendar is ready to download. 
The desktop calendar is available here.
The orange side bar was made for your computer icons, so that you an still see them.
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All 12 of my monthly cat designs are now complete. 

Each month has a theme for the look of it. 
My favorites (for fun) are July and October. 
The digital/instant downloads are in my etsy shop.
The printed and mailed versions are on my website.
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I found an evening where I could play with pastels.
I decided to make a witch, so I started with a sketch and the face basics. 
I love doing the face and hair the most. Purple hair is a fun choice.
She is a blue eyed witch.

I added some shimmer to the drawing.

Not only did I have a fun time creating this and now I have a new piece of art.
I use cheap cray pas pastels, a pencil and Jane Davenport' mineral eyes for shimmer.
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I am having a book signing at the Quilting Bee in Spokane.. August 3rd.
From 10 am - 4PM.
Come out and see me and my daughter Selina!
This is my September design in my book
"Lovely little hand embroidery".
Sweet mice living is a pumpkin house. 

I added blush on the mice's cheek using makeup blush and a cotton swab.



Here is a little video showing projects in my book
Please take a look!

You can also order it on C & T Publishing,  AmazonSearch PressEE Schenck,  and Checker Distributors.
You can find it at the Quilting Bee and Barnes and noble too.
There is 30 different projects in the book!
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I love making Halloween anything...
These are Halloween ornaments...which will be in my etsy shop soon.
Spooky! 
Dracula's eyes are transfixing you!
Look at the tiny teeth.
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I have loads of flowers under my patio this year.
Since we are all limited about where we can go... I find it very important to try to make the outdoors a sanctuary. 

I got this fun crow water fountain ... the beaks fill up with water and it comes out both mouths.
I find myself watching it a lot. lol.
You know its a good purchase when just looking at it makes you happy.

When I think of August...the first thing that enters my brain are sunflowers.
Such a happy flower.

Hope you have a happy August!




Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hello July!

It's July!
Are you ready for hot hot days, backyard fun, BBQ's, gardening, and relaxation?
I know we are all trying to make the best of things this year.
It's strange not to be able to do all the things of previous years... but we can get through this!
Some things don't change... like the fresh air, having the many blessings we each have, the many ways we can communicate and a roof over our head. 
I like to go to sleep thinking of atleast 5 reasons to be thankful...from big reasons to very small....they all count.

I have a new phone or tablet calendar for you...click here!

I also have a desktop version as well.... click here!
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My last monthly celebrating cat pattern is now complete!
July is all about the America's birthday, BBQ's, fireworks, Waving old Glory and being together with family & friends.
Stitch up this quick design that features a sweet cat that loves
celebrating with a balloon.

The cat has little stars on his booty....lol.

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I love making dolls.... and when a friend asked me to make Frida...I took on the challenge.

She started off plain, with some base coats....

And then I decked her out into a cool doll. I gave her a burlap scarf, necklace, palette (Selina, my daughter, made for me) and a paint brush. I had a blast making her.
Here is a close up...complete with her eyebrows. 
I used jump rings for her earrings.
My favorite part is adding accessories! 
Here I am making a lady liberty... she is bland right now.
Here she is all done...complete with tutu, torch, pocket with flag and her crown.
She is now on display in my home....I love having all my Americana up.
If you are interested in my dolls...
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Getting back to being patriotic...
My July project in my book "Lovely little hand embroidery": features an sweet gal, dressed up for the 4th of July.  The patchwork pinwheels remind me of fireworks.

You can also order it on C & T Publishing,  AmazonSearch PressEE Schenck,  and Checker Distributors
There is 30 different projects in the book!

This is August's project.. a sunflower girl.

Here are a few more...a sweet witch and some smaller projects... like pillows, pincushions and mug rugs.
They sent out this promo...
of best sellers...yay!
Mine is second row, 2nd spot.
I am very happy about the whole process.  
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I went shopping this past weekend...and had to share some amazing  patriotic displays!
A lot of effort and care go into these displays.

A cute flag covered mannequin...with old tool belt.

It really makes you happy seeing all the beauty.
I love the "go camping" banner... odd, simple items in red, white and blue too.

I had to buy these paint by number portraits of Lincoln...

and Washington.  I love them.
I did a complicated "Titanic" paint by number...it was so much fun....time consuming, but well worth it.  These two paintings were 12 each.

Lemons are so popular now... I had to hang this sign in my coffee bar...with beautiful lemons.
So sunny yellow!
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I have a big project I'm working on....it is taking all my time...so I better get back to it!

Happy 4th of July!