Friday, December 19, 2014

Rabbit freebie design

Today's freebie is "R is for rabbits".  
Do any of you have a real rabbit?
 Remember ...these would be sweet to stitch up in a kids quilt or on lil pillows.  For earlier letters in this series...go back to my past Friday posts. Fun to color as well. Copy and save.

Next week will be: "S is for ____"
Be the first to guess the correct answer to what "S" could stand for ....and you will get a sweet prize. I think someone should be able to answer this one easily!  Just make your guess in the comment section of this blog post.
One guess per person to make it fair! 
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More Xmas deco pics


Just had to share with you...my corny hokey center of my holiday decor!
It is alot of blues and pinks mixed with some favorite thrift  finds and craft show goodies.
These things remind me of growing up in the 70's....and my mom.


Corny angel music box on top.
It is fun to fill up a large container with glass ornaments.

We had reindeer like these as kids...so when I saw them at Goodwill....I was a very happy girl!'
I got the funny gnome last year.

The goofy snowman was from a pattern years ago...sure looks like Olaf from Frozen.  
I tried to change up the way I put out the decorations....no harm done...my daughter also helped alittle.
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I have so much to do before Christmas...I bet you do too!
Gotta get busy!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Vibrant Courage Flowers

Hello friend!
I have been practicing my designing skills....I want to make a fabric collection or have my designs on assorted products.  That would be heaven!  I have been learning adobe illustrator....which is fun and sometimes hard, but always worthwhile. Above is my bright pink zinnias.  I love pink!  I am drawn to vibrant colors most of the time.  These flowers give me the courage to press on with my dreams....sounds corny, but I feel its true.

Here is what this surface pattern design would look like on products....like a dress, lamp shade, pillows, and hand bags.

Here is the same design...just in a different color combinations.
I do love the background shade of green.  


Here again is what they might look like on products.  I have practiced making surface pattern designs with Halloween drawings, but this is my first repeating pattern that is for everyday.
Now that I know what I am doing ...my courage has gone up dramatically.
Are you working on something that makes you feel joyful and passionate?  I hope so!
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Christmas is only one week away......I am not ready! 
Are you ?
Time for some lemon tea!


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Candy cane wishes....

Every year I get a few of those big stick candy canes....for watching Christmas movies and shows with.  They are so good and last a long time.
I have always loved Candy canes.
I had to add a candy cane to my latest pattern.....
This is also on my website and patternmart.
She is a real sweetie! 
This is the very last Christmas pattern this year...I am behind as usual.
It is hard to work ahead of the season.
Christmas time is almost upon us! Celebrate with this cutie.  Such a charming embroidery project....so quick, easy and fun to do.  Simply sweet!  Finish the embroidery in a hoop!  This makes a great gift and is so lovely in your home decor.
Finished design in hoop measures: 8 1/2" x 8 3/4"
Embroidery design measures: 7 3/8" x 4 5/8" 
Here are a few more pictures from my home...I love having Charlie Brown and his gang around.
I love putting old Christmas pics around....from when my daughter was little. 
The Christmas pickle.
We went shopping for my Irish ring...in the all things Irish store the deal was, if you found the pickle you would get 20% off.
We looked and looked...couldn't find it....so I made my final decision of the ring....My husband looked again and found the pickle!  We got the savings and the pickle was free.
Now we have it on our tree and it will always remind us of that special day! 
(Yes...I have a white tree!)
I made this years ago...when there was the craze to make everything with a light.
Still love it!
It sits next to Santa bear.
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Next week is Christmas....yikes....too soon!


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Candle, tree and reindeer....

I thought you might like these designs...from an old magazine.
A sweet candle... 
a lovely tree... 
And crazy Rudolph!
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Have a calm and sweet Tuesday!


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Monday, December 15, 2014

A Christmas of JOY

Good Monday to you!
I want to share a few things with you.....
Yesterday I had a wonderful 18 year wedding Anniversary!
My hubby bought me a Silver Irish ring...which is just what I wanted!
We went out and saw the Exodus movie and had a great time shopping and looking at lights!
I'm thankful to have such an awesome husband!
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Above is my latest pattern....
I wish thee a Christmas of joy!
It is on my website as well...in a printed/mailed form.
This dashing reindeer is saying " I wish thee a Christmas of joy". Such a charming embroidery project....so quick, easy and fun to do. Add shading, glitter and small bells to the design... simply sweet! Finish the embroidery in a hoop with a big yarn bow.
Cozy up next to the fireside and stitch this sweetie today! This makes a great gift for a special pal, looks great hanging in your home, & also is a fun craft show seller.
Finished design in hoop measures: 
10 1/2" x 10 3/4"
Embroidery design measures:
8 3/4" x 5 1/2" 
I set up my bulletin board a little better. This is my new office space....not in my studio.
I am trying to put things up I have either made, things that inspire me, and things that are coming up.
This beautiful artwork is from my daughter...she made this a few years back.  It is hanging in my office....the colors are gorgeous.  I love having pieces of her around me.
I hung up some more paintings....this is above my desk and computer.
My house is full of old wall paper....my house is ....OLD.  1921.
Wallpaper hides the cracking in the plaster...the yellow is just hokey enough to make it cool again....lol.
I love my old globe my hubby got me...next to the gum my pal Marilyn sent me.
I have springy twigs with felt balls and birds high up near the ceiling.
MORE HOKEY GOODNESS
I had to share with you this Santa on the house story.
Back in the 70's when I was a kid....we didn't have that many decorations...maybe a box for ornaments and a box for a few decos.
We got a Santa on the house one Christmas from Kmart.  
I was is heaven.
You pull the Santa which has a string....and he can ski up to the chimney...as a music box plays...jingle bells.
He would slowly ski up....it was magical.
We played with it so much it fell apart.
Eventually is was a shambles....and I saved the music box part for years....just a small white box.
Then....ebay came along....There was this wonderful item...never used in the box.....for $4.99!!!!!
I was soooo excited....now my daughter loves this and she will get it for her kids....in the future of course....she is only 17.
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Sometimes the simplest things can bring such happiness!


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Saturday, December 13, 2014

What are you doing New Year's?

Christmas comes in 12 days!
Yikes!
I need to shop some more.
But....New Year's is coming fast too!
On New years I get out my party supplies....like these badges for everyone to wear!
These are super easy badges to Celebrate the New Year! They are so easy that it is also great to make with kids. Badges can be made in small & large size. They are great pinned on you, your dolls, wreath, Great for parties, and amongst your decor. Make one for each party guest to wear this New Year's Eve!!! Measures: large: 4 x 8", Small:3" x 6". All you need are ribbons/trims, wool felt or felt, old paper from a book, glue, glitter, and pinbacks.
Sayings include: Happy new years!, Bright hopes for the future, January 1st, 2 kinds of clocks, and auld lang syne. 
These small hats are super Easy to make, Fun & Quick, take only small amounts of fabric( soooo inexpensive!), and can be made for ANY TIME OF THE YEAR or occasion. The hats are great for New Year' Eve parties, Birthdays, Christmas parties and gatherings. Each hat can be uniquely different or you an create matching hats. They are light, extremely comfortable, & clip on snuggly. No longer do you have to have a strap or headband to have your lil party hat stay on. They also make great craft show sellers! Finished products can be sold on ebay or etsy too...just mention me as the designer.
20 different banner are included! Measures:3 1/2" x 5 1/4"to 5 1/2" x 6 1/4"...depending on embellishments. These hats are for both Adults and Kids!
This is my daughter modeling!
Signs really help decorate for new years!
Download instantly, print...put in a frame.
Making a fresh start....
These tags are fun by the chips and dip...near the punch bowl!
These fun tags are made from vintage photos...I dolled them up and added fun quotes.
Just download and print.
Hang these in the kitchen...prop up near the candles or lights....color in with the kids...
UPDATED FOR 2015. You can print them off, add glitter and add some yarn and use them over and over. I drew each design with pen and ink. All 8 tags fit on one sheet.
I always hang this on my door....I think New Years colors are varied ...lots of fun bright colors.
"Happy New Year Here's to a fresh start stitchery pattern" is a fun embroidery design to whip up.
Create your own banners.... anytime and for any occasion. 
See the Happy New Year banner at the bottom right hand side?
This is a six page set of beautiful letters on a rectangle (measures:3 3/16" x 3 3/4")...all 26 alphabet letters, instructions, extra letters that are used more often and a blank card so you can add your own symbols or design.
This is an old Irish saying!
 Print and frame (dollar store and thrift stores have tons of cheap frames)
This is a set of 16 HAPPY NEW YEAR FLASH CARDS...in a PDF instant download, that I created. UPDATED TO 2015 ( the 2010 is shown..it really says 2015)!! 
You can use them over and over... just print on CREAM colored cardstock when you need them, and cut out.
The words you get are: Happy, New, Year, Kiss, 2015 (2010 is shown in picture), Auld, Lang, Syne, Resolutions, Noisemaker, Count Down, January 1st, Fresh Start, Party, Celebrate, and Midnight. Each one comes with a lovely definition and number.
They measure: 3 5/8" x 2 1/4".
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Hope you have a wonderful weekend!







Friday, December 12, 2014

Quill- alphabet series freebie

This was an unusual one...quill.  Seems like something Scrooge and his clerk would use plenty of.
Scrooge probably just plucked some feathers out from any bird  that was close by.
For earlier letters in this series...go back to my past Friday posts. Remember ...these would be sweet to stitch up in a kids quilt or on lil pillows.  Fun to color as well. Copy and save.

Next week will be: "R is for ____"
Be the first to guess the correct answer to what "R" could stand for ....and you will get a sweet prize. I think someone should be able to answer this one easily!  Just make your guess in the comment section of this blog post.
One guess per person to make it fair! 
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My new snowflake chenille stem Christmas ornaments pattern is ready!!
I love chenille stems or pipe cleaners....I don't care what they are called...I just love them.
Let's decorate the tree and celebrate Christmas!  
Vintage Christmas ornaments and banner pattern #345....
Is in my etsy shop, patternmart and my website (printed/mailed patterns)
These chenille stem ornaments have a vintage flair...plus they are fun, easy, and quick to make.
All the artwork for 8 different designs are included!  
There is Santa, a girl with candy cane, Reindeer, bells, wreath, snowman, tree, and gingerbread.
There are also banners: Joy & happiness, Ho ho ho, Sweet Christmas, Oh Christmas tree, Jingle bells, candy candy wishes, Jolly happy soul, and It's a wonderful life. 
Finished design measures: 6" x 6", not including hanger
The artwork could also be used as tags.
Just adding glitter makes it sparkle. 
These are super quick to make!

This collage sheet comes in the pattern...imagine the possibilities!
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Be 
Awesome
Today!



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Someone came to my house....

Happy hump day....it's Wednesday!!
Around here it is like spring...55 degrees...rain....boo!
I think it will be another year of no white Christmas.
I live pretty close to Canada ...in Washington state...you would think we would have cold temps.
When I was a kid...it was always snowy here. 
Things are warmer now.
I will stop bellyaching now...lol.
How's your weather?
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Above is my latest sign....I made this and others with Adobe illustrator.
So much fun to learn new things and expand on it.
"Nice...until proven naughty" is in my etsy shop.  
I also made this brand new gift tag set.
Isn't he a jolly happy soul!!
There are 8 to a sheet...just download instantly, print, and cut.
One side is pinks and the other reds.
My pal Marilyn plans to glitter hers up!
I took a pic of my lil pumpkin which I never used in a project this fall.
I decided it needed to hang out with this chick for a year...lol.
See the glittery elephant?
Go to thrift stores...grabs some plastic animals and dinosaurs....paint elmer's glue on them and glitter.
Let dry.  Kids can do this easily and it looks so cool after the glitter treatment.

I got some awesome products from Deflecto this month ..including a team shirt and personal gifts.
They are such sweethearts!
Can't wait to share my pics with you.... a Little later.
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See this sweet little Raccoon?
His little face is sweet and those eyes could melt your heart ...right?
WRONG!!! 
This was trying to enter our cat door the previous night!!
I live in a city.....near businesses and a small airport!
I had a skunk this summer and fall trying to get in....we have tons of prairie dogs part of the time running around eating my flowers.....now I have this bandit!!!
My big cat lucky....
Wouldn't let it in....he threw a fit and was hissing and getting his fur bigger.
This cat  is over 25 pounds....he is a large large cat. Everything about him is big.
So he is the HERO!

Fortune favors the brave


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