Wednesday, April 30, 2014


I am just showing you a few SCORES of mine...that happened recently. 
The first was when I went to The Washington State Quilters meeting and got these two books for ...25 cents each!  All Magazines there are 25 cents too. 

Then I won this....a door prize.  I have met Barri Sue at Quilt market....we both had a booth there.  She is soooooo sweet and nice.  I was thrilled when she said my eyes on my embroideries were so beautiful.  I have lots of her patterns and have always loved her style.
Thankfully I won a pattern I didn't have.
I give door prizes too at the meeting of my designs.
I have won lots of times.....out of hundreds of women...I'm lucky!
Here is the cute mohair baby bonnet that I got...for FREE.  I mentioned it the other day.
A nice lady gave me all kinds of goodies for free.
I am not sure if I want to keep it like it is or use it to make a small bear from a Gingermelon pattern.

This items was also free.
It kinda cracks me is so strange.
I am thinking it was a clothes line thing...with clothes pins and such.
It is very large. 
It is really old, with vintage fabrics and embroidery .....funny face!

The best part is the tiny feet....dangling from the bottom!
On another note....
I am adding some more thrifty embroidery patterns in my Thriftstitchin etsy shop.
Cute doggie

Bridal tags

Groovy goodness

Love - mom and baby

Hey there foxy

Every love story is beautiful...but ours is my favorite.
These are only $1.50
Simple and easy.
Gotta get some of this sunshine now!


Monday, April 28, 2014

Primitive Country Wedding....

Hey ladies!
I just finished my latest pattern!
Are you planning a country wedding?
Are you wanting some sweet prim designs for your celebrate your love?
Celebrate a special wedding with these prim projects. All 4 designs are included...makes a great quick gift or sweet wedding decoration. Also wonderful for anniversaries or showing your love throughout your home.
Fun, fast, & easy!
Best friends hanging heart, finished design: 6 3/4" x 9"
You're my forever pillow, finished design: 6 3/4" x 6 3/4"
With this ring pillow for your rings, finished design: 3 3/8" x 6"
You may kiss the bride in a sweet frame, finished design: Framed in frame- 4" x 6"
I love this sentiment...perfect for bedroom decor!
I've had a blast creating these. 
I had this cool frame for a while....just waiting for the perfect project.
Everything is aged to give a vintage feel....but doesn't have to be.
This will also be in my patternmart store and website as a printed/mailed pattern.
Have a sweet evening!

Come to the pin me linky party and The party many wonderful ideas!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Time to play

It's raining here....the weather is yuck city.
oh well....time to play.
Like the two friends above...rabbit and bear.
They look like trouble!
I got lots of goodies Friday at the antique show and then on Saturday I went to a craft show and then some thrift/flea markets.
I totally scored when a sweet lady said at the flea market...everything is free over here.
I took everything!
I got an old typewriter, huge basket, a vintage mohair baby bonnet with baby clothes, gold leaf plates, (for my Tudor collection...I love the English kings and queens of the Tudors), sewing stuff...etc...
It was fun to shop and talk and just goof around.
My husband (who is great at cooking)...made us blueberry pancakes, hash browns, bacon, and eggs....he is a sweetie!  Now he is enjoying the mariners play ball.
 I am in my studio trying to put things away and organize.  It is so hard....I really don't like to organize. 
 I may have to just Play!
Paint, sew, look at my supplies....easy fun stuff!


Friday, April 25, 2014

Rose for mom & sneaky peaky

Hey it's Friday!
I wish I could stitch this up for my mom, but she is in how about you stitching it for yours!
I will have a similar one for Dad...later.
I'll stitch up one for dad...he is going through some rough times.
Copy and save the "I love mom"....below is a larger version.
Here is a sneak peaky at my newest pattern....coming soon!
Think country bride!
Have fun this weekend....I plan on it!
There are quite a few fun things to do around here this weekend...I bet there are where you live too!
 Make a wish...
take a chance....
and watch your dreams come true!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sketching some more...addicted!

I just want to tell you ...that I am addicted to sketching!
It is so fun.
I want to make all of these into patterns and paintings!
There is just not enough time in the day.
My Frankenstein is a lil grumpy.  My butterfly is going to have a fabulous day!
I have always had a thing for Raggedy Ann....she is so sweet.  My mom made me Raggedy dolls with embroidered hearts long ago....wish I had them....but I played with them tell their arms and legs fell off.

Birthday bunny is invited to the party!
I love to draw big eyed girls and animals....not so good at lil boys.
Next time I will share some drawings that just didn't work out....but they are important because it shows what could have been changed to make it better....a learning experience.
I've had a really rough week....things are getting better now.
Why is it that many bad things happen at a big pile of yuck!
Things are looking up...yeah!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Simply Vintage

Yeah!  So Happy to be in the latest Simply Vintage magazine by Quiltmania!  I have two projects in this one....several more projects coming up in other issues.  This is a French publication...printed in English of course.  All the projects are just beautiful...quality paper....tons of diagrams...a luxury magazine!  I'm sure it will be in Barnes and Noble soon!
It has my lil mouse embroidery pattern!

Always a thrill to see your name in print.

One design is a pillow....the other a pincushion scissors fob.

I sent my projects to France for them to photograph them.

Fun and easy

Just letting you see that there are plenty of diagrams, photos, and instructions.

This is one of my ads for the was fun to make my own ad.
I've always designed my pattern covers, blog post, artwork...etc... so it wasn't very hard.
I guess all those computer classes were good after
Hope you have a fabulous day!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter to you!

I hope you have a Spectacular Easter day!
I love how it is later in the spring this year!
I plan on enjoying family and having fun!
Here is my family on Easter 1971...I am on my brothers lap.
From left to right is: Julie, Cecilia, Angie, Vince, and me.
Mom made all our dresses.
Easter was always such a wonderful time...tons of glorious candy and watching the Ten commandments on tv.....good times!

Sugar & creamer...freebies

Hey everyone...
It's Friday again!
I am soooo happy too.
I have spent 2 days in computer problems hell....
and things are much brighter now.
I felt like I was in Basic training again....tough tough tough.
The guys at HP and AOL are fabulous though.
I won't bore you with details (cause if I had to explain it again....I might just fall over dead)
but there were printer issues...mixed with computer problems, mixed with bad files...etc...
So happy to go to a sewing night at Charming Lu Lu's and see all the great gals was so much fun last time.  You just bring your sewing project.....a machine if you want, share great food and and talk.
I hold to my ideals because, in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
 Anne Frank

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Being in magazines

The other day...while organizing my back room of my studio...
I found one bundle of magazines.
They are magazines I have been published in....I haven't seen these in ages.
I have been in a lot of magazines.....and try to keep a copy of each....even though it takes a lot of space.
I LOVED the Country Marketplace magazine.  Now they only publish Country Sampler.
I had a project on the cover of this one.

It was my country garden chenille pillow.
I embroidered in all black embroidery floss and then painted with watered down acrylic paint.

Here I made a fun black cat Halloween mat from wool.

I loved making things with fun foam(now I think...yuck)
these were post it note holders....with magnets on the back.

I made a scarecrow necklace purse.
Again it was stitched all in black, then painted

Lil witch pouch purse

Dream heart...funny to see how things change and evolve.

Bunny lamp in a silver pail.
I made a lot of these and sold them at craft shows.

Santa claws pillow

Little pins to wear.

and a Chenille snowman.
Remember when chenille was sooooo popular?
I still have a lot of it.
Will it come back?
I'll share more of my published designs some other time.
If you have designed something yourself...take a pic and send it through an email to a favorite magazine.
It is a blast to have your project published.
Some magazines pay money for a one time publishing (yay!), give advertising, or other compensations.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Label your whole creative space....

More Sewing Room Studio Supplies Tags 12 - label Uprint thread Digital Sheet storage supply ribbon vintage organize
These are my NEW studio or sewing room supply tags.....they are a companion set to other tags I have made for organizing your space.
This is a SET OF 12 TAGS, that I created (2 collage sheets- 6 tags on each page). These are fabulous for your sewing room or studio! You print and cut out, sooooo easy.  These have a vintage look.

There are the following: Lace, Ribbon, Elastic, Yarn, Trims, Templates, Beads, Glue, Paper punches, Ephemera, Embroidery floss, and Bobbins. They measure: 2 7/16" x 4 3/4".
Perfect for labeling all your stuff!
You can use them over and over... just print on WHITE cardstock or matte photo paper when you need them, this is a digital offering.

Great for plastic tubs and boxes. 
It's fun to have a cohesive look as well.
12 Sewing Room Studio Supplies Tags - label Uprint thread Digital Sheet storage supply button paper vintage organize
Both of these sets pretty much cover all the labeling you need in your sewing room

I also have some (below)for organizing your storage holidays decor....
12 Decor Storage boxes Supplies Tags - PDF label Uprint thread holiday Digital Sheet supply paper vintage organize
These tags make your storage boxes extra nice.  I printed out three sets of these for all my tubs.
12 Organize Supplies Tags PDF - collage sheet label Uprint thread Digital supply storage vintage office boxes organizing
I like being able to glance at a label and know exactly where things are,
Life is too short to hunt down everything.