Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lucky charms & more!

I got a lot of random things to talk about today....
Lucky charms....they are magically delicious!
I just created this artwork...."Ask me about my lucky charms!" a pdf instant download.  This is so funny....great amongst your St. Patrick's day decor! I created the background art ...one of my repeating surface designs.
I wanted to share what I won recently....a lovely set of potholders from Spittin Toad.  Please check out her blog and etsy shop.  The fabrics she used are just beautiful.  A Big thank you to Denise!
She re-painted a dresser and it is sooo darned cute....it is on her blog.
I just put a few finished items in my etsy shops...I can't keep everything!
I Hand painted her face...on the prettiest floral fabric. She has a small flower by her face. On the front side is a tag that says "laugh"....with pink seam binding bow and a small gold safety pin. She has some great white trim around her as well. She is weighted so she stand well.
Lil shelf tucks...with inspiring words.
These are small and sweet.
Another set of four...with different words or sayings.
My "Hope" mixed media painting in my art etsy shop.
I made this small artwork to inspire and give hope. It is a painting on wood. I took papers and paint and collaged them all together. There is a crown and hearts....swirls and bright colors of all shades of pink. The sides are painted black. It measures : 3" x 4". 
Swoon...another small mixed media painting on canvas,
I love the sentiment that comes from this one small word!
Hippity Hoppity.....
This is a prim Easter wicker hanger....I made this a few years ago. I used one of my wonderful old photos...of a pretty lady...gave her glittery bunny ears. She is inside a wicker heart shaped basket that has a prim rusty wire hanger. There is lot of moss and small flowers in the moss. It also has a small cheesecloth tie on the hanger. This measures:5 1/2" wide, 7 1/4" including wire hanger.
Lastly ...here is Froy ....Born to be wild!
Cat's always look funny when their nose gets close to the camera!
I thought he might give you a laugh.

I need a laugh today...sometimes life just throws a few punches and you have to deal with it.
I pulled out my gratitude journal.....and re read all I listed in the past that I am grateful for....already made me feel better!!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Queen O' The Green!

Feeling like a Sassie Lassie?
How about a Party O' Animal?
They are so bright and cheerful! 
Let your love of green show this St. Patrick's day! These chenille stem ornaments have a vintage flair...plus they are fun, easy, and quick to make. All the artwork for 8 different designs and banners are included! 
They are easy enough for kids to make too.

Banners sayings include: Kiss me...I'm Irish, Queen O' The Green, Lepre-cutie,Luck of the Irish, Proud to be Irish, Happy go lucky, Party O' Animal, and Sassie Lassie.

These could also be used as gift tags. 
I painted the artwork myself...you get the collage sheet with all eight designs plus all 8 banners.
She is a real sweetie!
I loved glittering them up. 
These are so simple and super duper quick!
The pattern is in my etsy shop, my patternmart and my website.



Friday, February 20, 2015

Lucky girl freebie


Wow..Finally done with the freebie alphabet series....
and back to some holiday fun!
I love the shamrock and it's symbol of Luck!
I often feel like I am a really Lucky Girl...so I drew this up.
This would make a sweet wearable pin.
Copy and save.
*Please note that all freebies are for you to use to make finished goods (no mass producing) and gifts...they are still legally my designs.
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Above is a Sneaky peak at my next pattern....so simple...
great for kids!
It's is coming very soon!
This hangs above my desk....
Make each day count!
It helps me stay on task!
I made this sign using one of my ATC cards I did with pen and ink...plus watercolor.
My frame was from goodwill...just an old gold frame that had something hideous in it...lol.
I added text using the computer.
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Hello Weekend!!!



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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Little joys give us our wings...

Do you believe in fairies?
 This glittery gal is inspiring and uplifting! Such a charming embroidery project....so quick, easy and fun to do. Finish the embroidery in a hoop. Perfect for the little girl in your life and your own home decor.
This new pattern is in my Etsy shop, my Patternmart, and on my website (if you prefer a printed and mailed pattern).
Finished design in hoop measures: 10 3/8" x 10 3/4"
Embroidery design measures: 6 5/8" x 7 1/4"
This was a blast to stitch up....really got my excited about spring!


Here is a little springy goodness...
a collage of my daughter's flower photography.
Selina is 17, a junior in high school and has her own Etsy shop called
She loves to take pictures of nature and also of buildings...
especially old buildings and barns. 
She is my one and only....so proud of her!

Take time today to relax....I practically have to schedule it in now....yikes.



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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Inspiring crafty & artsy books!

I love art, craft, and sewing books....I have quite the collection.
but I can't buy everything that hits my fancy...I would be soooo broke if I did.
I went to my library....and was in heaven!
I got myself a whole stack of goodies! 
Show your work is fab! 
It was recommended by Bonnie Christine in her surface pattern design class.
It was very good...so I ordered the other book called Steal like an Artist. 
Here is a page from show your work....it has lots of good advice. 
Here is one on illustrating...I just happened upon most of these books.
I did search up the "show your work" book and placed a hold.  You can search for any book at your local libraries.  I am lucky to live in a city that has lots of libraries and when you place a hold ...they will deliver it to your favorite library for you to pick up. 
This one is terrific....so many great ideas for hoops....and you know I love hoops.
Garage sales and thrift stores are full of hoops....dirt cheap! 
Here is an inside page...showing how to use it to organize. 
I love how you can just check them out...and see if the book is up your alley or not.
Then you can buy your favorites to keep! 
This one is due sooner than the others since it is new...I better get reading it! 
It is full of full learning opportunities. 
I love Bari J...I was a guest stitcher on her blog a few years back! 
Yummy home projects featuring her fabric! 
I love what the ladies are wearing...no ordinary clothes for them....they are cool!

One more thing...I had to show you my little pot of flowers on my desk....from Trader Joe's....I think it was 3 bucks...so sweet.
I love seeing the cheerful purple flowers while I work.
The pot is a keeper too...a small wooden pot....which would be good holding paperclips later.
I know my flower won't last forever...usually somewhere down the road things croak on me...lol.
I noticed stores have prim roses too...for 1.39!!  
Another good option when we all have Spring fever!

Happy Wednesday!

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Presidents day...sneaky peak

I thought you might enjoy seeing this vintage ad in one of my old magazines...
for Wheatena.
I love the presidential theme.
Remember when back in grade school they would put pictures in as a replacement for a word...like Washington's picture replacing his name.  Maybe it was kindergarten?
My daughter and I plan to go for a walk soon...the sun in shining,,,,,blue skies...just gorgeous!

Here is a sneaky peak of my next pattern...
I am thinking fairies!!!
My mom totally believed she could catch fairies in the woods
she looked under mushrooms and everything!
I would have loved to have seen that!

Have a fun day!

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day to U!

Happy
Valentine's
Day 
to 
You!!

I hope you enjoy the day....feel the love of family, friends, furry critters and your special loved one!
after all....
Love is all that really matters!




Friday, February 13, 2015

Last of alphabet series & MORE!

It's is Friday!!  Yay! 
Here is today's freebie!  It is the very last in the series.

It is "Z is for Zebra"
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.  They were posted every Friday...the last in the series being today.  Fun to color as well. Copy and save.
Here is a fun little Valentine gift for you...
an inspiration sign!
I believe when you see inspiring quotes, signs, and poster....they go into your brain...and
then the magic happens.
The background of the sign is part of my steampunk valentine repeating pattern I made.

I challenged myself by entering a spoonflower fabric contest.
I entered with a different color combination.
I am just starting this process here.
I firmly believe in just jumping in....
things don't have to be perfect before you try...
If we waited for everything to be perfect, then we would never try anything.

I wanted to show you the gals I am with on the Deflecto Design Team!
We have a blast designing with products from Deflecto.
Marilyn is the head of the team!
This is one item I have designed with using Deflecto products...
it is a large clear stand up frame.  I made it into a necklace holder display...by simply putting in pretty scrapbooking paper and using vintage clothes pins.  To see more that I have done

Have a fabulous Friday!


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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Valentine Kitty cat doll

I love working with felt and wool....it feels good.  So soft and cozy.
It is also very forgiving...easy to fix if you made a goof.
I particularly like to use up my scraps...I hoard them away like a squirrel.
I know its late for Valentine's...but I figure....better late than never (or next year!)

This is "Love U...Kitty cat pattern" #351
Isn't this the Cat's meow?  Celebrate Valentine's day with this sweet kitty cat doll... made from chenille stems, felt and wool. This project is easy, quick, and makes a great gift. It is also purrfect for your holiday decor!

I love to use chenille stems....especially the kind with the bumps.
This pattern is in my Etsy shop
and if you want a printed/mailed pattern..it is on my website.
I used my old chocolate box for background decor...I love those boxes!

The kitty Cat measures: 6" tall from head to bottom
7 1/2" tall if including dangling legs
She doesn't have to be for Valentine's day....she could be made up in any color...holding something else.
I think her holding a banner between both hands would be super cute!
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My husband wanted to know if I wanted to go out on Valentine's day for dinner or he would cook at home....I chose his wonderful Lasagna...he is a great cook...corn and red lobster cheese biscuits.
I will be in heaven and so will our daughter.
I just can't stand the crowds on these holidays....not my idea of fun.
Do you go out or stay in?
I am glad it is on Saturday this year!

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Monday, February 9, 2015

A thrifting we will go....

I had a terrific time this weekend thrifting with some fun friends!
We hit many thrift stores and an antique store....ate at the milk bottle restaurant and then went to one of our homes to craft...chit chat and eat brownies!  It was very fun!
I wanted to show you my goodies I got.  Above is a cute fake bird feeder...over a foot tall...$1.99. 
This is a large pink mirror with handy knobs...love this...4.99

Really heavy bird feeder...2.99
We went to many shops over the course of the day.

This is the two women antique stores display...so lovely.

So darned valentiney...loved it

They have a great knack for displaying 
I got a queenly old valentine
My favorite thing is this kid's magazine from 1934. 
These are some of the fun pages inside. 
The drawings are so sweet and tender 
I just love these guys....terrific! 
You can't go wrong with paper dolls! 
Goody goody tales...lol. 
This was a whole quarter....a vintage book on solitaire...
perfect for mixed media art. 
Tulle in pinks and green...I always can use tulle. 
yay...Halloween fabric! 
An old America book...1915 
I love this statue of liberty print inside. 
I am very patriotic. 
Pretty music...I could take pic after picture to show you....
I better just stop and finish by saying....we set up another date to all get together for more thrifting!