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.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Funny little treasures

Hey everyone...My Spring break is over.
I just wanted to show you some funny little things I bought while on shopping excursions.
Above are some fun cards...they just make me laugh ...
I love cats talking sort of baby talk....and being their snooty selves.

This is John Cleese from Monty Python....doing a silly walk.
I have loved Monty Python for many many years!
They are british and they always push the limit on everything!

I love collecting I need any more?  NO!
But I still want them.

Pearl ones with shanks!

I especially love buttons with diamond gems in them

Fancy pants!

These are so sweet....and cost 50 cents!

Who would charge only 50 cents for these?
he he he....  I'll take them!!!!

Here are vintage price tags!

What could be 3 for 5 cents?  WOW
I'll take whatever it is at that deal.

This label is for 17 cents....that cracks me up....not 15 cents...not 20 cents....but exactly 17 cents!

I love old notebooks with scribblings inside

Some farmer kept a neat log in 1959.

I always pick up fun fabric scraps
Love Halloween!
Especially when a whole bundle is 2 dollars.

Black vintage seam binding....almost full roll!

This is some fabric I just loved years ago...found some more.

Vintage different than what you can buy now.

This is super silky and and the colors are gorgeous!
There is something about getting treasures....and when they are great deals it makes it even sweeter.