Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Happy Birthday stitchery freebie

Happy Birthday to me!!! 
 But the gift is for you!  This little stitchery is really cute made into a pin...with 1" fabric borders (1 1/2" with seam allowances).  Make it for the next Birthday of a family member or friend. 
I have had a wonderful day so far...shopping with my daughter....finding deals and steals.  One thing I got was a huge scrapbook of cards someone kept from the 50's....so much fun looking through them.  I also got a super huge old fashioned watercolor set.....with every color under the sun!!! 
I just got red roses.....must take care of them....tootles!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Tough times tags- Monday sale of the week

Tough times tags only $1.49 this week until monday July 4th! 
These are tags I made when the economy took a tumble....and they are still inspiring!  You know these people in the photos had it rougher than we ever did...so I am grateful for what I have! 
I will have something special tomorrow....check back!!!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Never give up!!!

One of my favorite quotes comes from a very wise man....Thomas Edison.
If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.
I really try to live by this.  When you have a dream...go for it....it doesn't matter if you get rejected.  I have been rejected many times....but every so often I get a big YES.  I have been in over 50 magazines....with my projects or a small article.  When I first tried to submit a design I was rejectsd...it doesn't feel good, but it always leads to better things and more self discovery!  I now don't care if I am rejected, I keep trying and doing my best. 
I love my life....I get to design (play), make money, and be with my family.  It was hard work...I had to learn alot....but it is all worth it. 
Go for Your dreams....we only have one life (that we know of)....so Seize the day!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Monday sale pattern- American land of the free stitcheries

I know....I am a day late!  I have been sick with the cold that never leaves!
This is my Sale pattern of the week!  It is all 3 stitcheries in one pattern!  The first is a basket of patriotic goodies in a heart shape...looks great on an old bobbin.  The second stitchery is a kitty cat with the flag, makes a cute pillow tuck for a shelf.  The 3rd (is my fav)...lady raggedy liberty.  I made her into a pillow..this one always gets lots of attention at quilt shows. 
It is on sale on
my patternmart for $3.99!  The sale will go until Monday June 27th. 
This is the first offical day of summer for my daughter, yesterday was the last day of school (she was sick like me).  We are going to go outside and get some fresh air
....and draw...she is already a great artist (13- now an 8th grader).  She is going to design some modern ( I am old school) stitcheries.  She already has some awesome scary drawings to convert for halloween.

Friday, June 17, 2011

FREEBIE FRIDAY -Cival war sweetheart

This photo is nice...reminds me of a cival war lady waiting for her man to come home. 
Right now I am reading "The Union quilters" by Jennifer Chiaverini.  She writes alot of books...they are the Elm creek quilter books.  The union quilters is set during the cival war....makes you super glad to be a woman born now versus then.  Woman really didn't have many rights....women were mens property...yuck. 
My hubby treats me like a queen and that is the way I like it...he he he.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Haunted Halloween Prim Ornies

This is another Brand New Pattern.....It is feeling Halloweeny in my studio (I know it is weird....you have to work ahead...and I am always behind!).  These are my new Halloween Ornies #265.

These primitive ornaments stitch up fast and are super easy! They look great as bowl fillers and on a tree. There is a spider, pumpkin, ghost, cat, witch, skull, bat, & crow. The patterns comes with extra words to stitch. Finished Star: 5 5/8" x 5 5/8". They would also make great pin keeps.  I use a special aging secret.
Cute on a tree..this black tree (was green...I spray painted it black) is a small tree.

**Words included are: Yikes, Skull, Hag, eek!, Boo!, Salem, batty, Crow, Witchy, magic, jack, spooky, hex, old, spells, and ghoul. 
This pattern is on my Etsy.  It is $7.99.  It is also on my pattern cupboard.  And of course on my patternmart

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Yankee Doodle Mousey

Yankee Doodle Mousey Stitchery Pattern #264.
It is found on my etsy.  Also on my patternmart!These two mice are sewing up some Patriotic fun! This Stitchery is easy and quick. Special aging and depth techniques are included. Stitchery design measures: 5 3/8" x 6 5/8".Pillow measures: 6 1/2" x 8".
I have stitched up lil Mouse designs for...Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's day, St. Patricks Day, and Easter.  They can be found on all my sites.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Monday sale pattern!! Woodland animal pins

WOODLAND FOREST PIN E PATTERN ...available for only $3.49 on my patternmart for this week only (ends June 20th) 
The styles of the 70's are back...so popular again! Their big eyes are so charming. There is an owl, mushroom, ladybug, and froggy. They are simple to make and fast too! They are sweet gifts and can also be made into magnets so easily. Pins Measure: from 2 7/8" x 3 1/8" to 4" x 3 3/4". This is simple embroidery...using felt or wool felt scraps!!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Cat in the garden Freebie

Hi Everyone!  This is a design I did a long time ago....once featured in the magazine Country Marketplace (I loved this mag and wish it were still around!).  This was designed as a stitchery...done in all black floss and then painted in using acrylic paints that were watered done a bit.  I added chenille borders and made it into a pillow. Click on the photo to enlarge it.  I hope you stitch it up! 
Below is the magazine....It was in the cover shot...along with other projects.
My kitty cat is much better....he was outside hunting today...thankfully he is not very good at it!! lol
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Fun Wrist Cuff Bracelets

I am in love with making fabric flowers.....I always knew I should keep all my silky shiny fabric scraps!  I made this one with pink silk....and it has silky green leaves.  I added the word "Joy" to the cuff....all glittery, like a banner.  All you have to do is add fabric for a cuff and embellishments.

These ones are flat flowers...made with scraps of cotton fabrics, wool, and embellishments.  I need to keep a few of what  I make for myself...I always sell and never get to enjoy my things....:(
Does anyone else do that too? 
I am already making my new Halloween designs.....so much fun!!!!  I get all excited about Halloween.  I don't know if it is the vintage old time feel or the candy or the scary movies or pumpkins and decor?????I love it all!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Farm Chicks show part 2

Hi....More pics from the show!!!!  This is my "Do it now....or forever wish you had".

I loved creating the jewelry this year....it was liking playing all day!

I hung my hair bows on fabric strips...which was handy.

I mixed vintage finds with my handmade goods.

I loved this section the most....it was a "Happy" booth!

I made felt cupcakes, wanted to eat one.

Great sign from one of the vendors...lovely goods!

Displays are sooo wonderful at the Farm Chicks!

The vendors out do themselves everyyear.

Cute paper garland...they had fab items with fab prices!

I love the teddy with one eye!  You know he has had a terrific life!  There was sooo many wonderful people there...customers and vendors..plus Jenny Doh was sooo sweet and so gracious.  I love it...and I am exhausted!!!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Farm Chick Show this weekend!!!!

I set up my Farm chick booth today.....it looks pretty awesome!  These are some pics of my goods.
The hours tomorrow are 10 am to 6pm.

This is "Flo" my mannequin...she loves going to the shows.

Velvet strawberries!!!

I  bought the cubby hole piece for $4.95 at a thrift store...what a steal!  I loved filling up the holes with all sorts of stuff.

I have a giant branch in my booth....I think my husband thought I was nuts.

This is my new larger mannequin and some fabric flower necklaces.

I loved making fabric flowers....I went a little cuckoo.  My mouse is ready for a new home.

I love framing my flash cards.

My daughter hopes I do not sell this mannequin.

I filled it as much as I could!

Here is my fabric ribbon spools and my paper eiffel tower.

Can't wait for the sale to begin tomorrow.

So sweet!

Here is selina at the front of the Farm chicks holding the cotton candy balloons.  She is already wanting to buy buy buy.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Farm Chicks...this Weekend!!!!!!

Here is the map for the Farm Chicks in Spokane Washington....one of the countries best antique and handmade goods show!  I am in booth 69...come see me.   Here is a closeup of map.  I have been making sooooo many goodies...I spent most of the day pricing and boxing it up. 
My booth is so romantic....a shabby chic girly bunch of fun.  I will be posting pics soon of my wares....keeping them a secret until last minute. 
Saturday, June 4th & Sunday, June 5th
Saturday, June 4th: 10am-6pm
Sunday, June 5th: 10am-4pm....7 dollars.
I recommend bringing a shopping bag and wearing comfy shoes.   It is very crowded on saturday...if you don't like crowds then sunday is a better day. 
There will be Magazine editors there from Flea market style, Country living, and Jenny Doh (former editor of somerset studio...her blog is awesome) author of Signature styles.  They will be signing books and mags, come see them.