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!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Hello...September!

Why hello September...We have been waiting for you!
I love this time of year soooo much.  The weather is still awesome but a little cooler. 
Kids are back in school, fall baking is upon us and I can turn off the silly air conditioner....lol.
I swear my eyes are getting so dry from it and fans too. 
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Above is a brand new pattern!
September Kitty Cat Embroidery pillow pattern, #398.
This little kitty cat is celebrating. September is all about harvesting apples, crisp cool air and falling leaves.
Stitch up this quick design that features a sweet cat that loves celebrating with a balloon. 

There will be more in this series....one available for each month.  I will be putting them all out soon!

Make it up in a cute pillow adorned with easy to make felt & wool flowers. Cluster these super easy flowers on the corner of the pillow....these flowers are soooo popular now! Pattern pieces for flowers and instructions included as well. 
I created a new design for the September calendars....which are free for you!
Download using this link:
I love the colors of this one...the black is quite dramatic!
And for the computer desktop design the link is here:
The black area on the left is perfect for your icons to be visible and easy to find.
Enjoy!
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I love to share my art experiences with you...
this time I started playing with pastels.
You know those little greasy sticks we all playing around with as kids....and then accidentally got some on the curtains...lol. I got silly putty on them too...not sure what i was doing back then.
I made a baby black crow on a pumpkin...above. 
He is my favorite.
I love jack o lanterns....each face is fun and I never know what kind it will have.
Here is a redhead, I was inspired to make it after watching the mini series Fosse/Verdon.
It reminds me of Verdon.
I even had to draw Wolfy...the werewolf.  
I then made him again as an art doll...below.
These are my new set of Halloween art dolls. 
There is the bride of Frankenstein, Franky (her man), Count Dracula, Mummy, Wolfy, black widow spider, and The Creature from the black lagoon. Most sold yesterday and today....but I still have Frankenstein and a pumpkin man.   They are in my etsy shop.

I really love the creature, and I am not sure I can part with him.

Notice the black widow has her family with her...her eggs (pom poms).

I love creating these and painting the faces....its as if something magical happens along the way...and they turn super cute.

This couple is fun, but she is not likely to marry him...lol.

Drac has fun teeth....ready for his next chick.
I design and hand paint these...add accessories and such...like little signs.
They are signed and dated too.
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I also created another mini coloring book for Halloween, this time.
My last one was a bunny book.
This Halloween book prints out on one piece of plain white paper. I give you the instructions on how to fold and make it into a sweet 8 page mini book. Plus we also share a video on how to fold, cut and create....in case you prefer watching a short video. 

The mini book measures: 2 3/4" x 4 1/4".
This is Great for anyone who loves to color! Plus makes a great gift for trick or treaters. Kids will have so much fun coloring this sweet, not scary, book.

There are lots of pumpkins, a ghost, cat, witches and lots of moons and stars. Use colored pencils or crayons!
I had a blast coloring!
This is an instant download, u print it on your printer.....It prints on regular white copy paper, 8 1/2" x 11". It is a PDF file. You can print this as many times as you want! This is easy to create....you can show the kids and make them together. 
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I know...I am halloween nuts...but lots of people want it early.
Something spooky is in the pumpkin patch....
I have another new pattern....
Isn't this black kitty peeking around the pumpkin cute?!
These orange gourds are from a special pumpkin patch... creepy, yet cute. 
They are super easy to create... easy primitive sewing, no turning and the painting techniques are simple. You do not have to be a good painter to make these!

***Plus there is an almost 20 minute online video to help you along. It is private. The last photo shows part of the video lesson.

The pattern comes with easy to understand instructions and patterns for 7 different designs...one includes a black cat. There is also an in color eye painting diagram...so easy.

Make a patch of them for you and your friends. These make great craft show sales too ( no mass producing allowed). 
Pumpkins measure: 
6" x 6 1/4" to 3 3/4"x 4" not including stands. 
7 different designs included.
preview video is here...its a sample sneak peak. 
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So... Here is too a very beautiful month...
Hello September!