Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Stars and Stripes Patterns

Hey everyone!  Gee, it's been a while, hasn't it?  Does summer just take over your life like it does mine?  I feel like I'm on a really fast moving treadmill trying to catch a carrot dangled right in front of me.  I guess that was a stupid analogy, lol.  At any rate, the point is, life is full and I'm sure you all can understand that.

Despite everything, I did manage to get a pattern made for my shop!  My next project is to sit down and make a big pile of free patterns to post here on my blog for all of you!  I figure if I focus  on it maybe I can get enough patterns done to get us through the busy summer schedule.  That's tomorrow's project! 

Anyway, here's my new patterns!

Stars and Stripes Coaster Set pattern, $4 on Etsy

Stars and Stripes TBC pattern, $4 on Etsy
I realize these are a little late for the 4th of July, but it's never too late for cool  and rustic Americana decor, right?

Hope you're all having a great week, and keep an eye out for a free pattern on Friday!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Whirlwind week!

Hi guys!  How are you all doing?  I hope you're well!  I haven't really had much of a chance to sit down and write or even read blog posts lately.  It's spring, and that's the nature of this season.  There's always something to do! 

The last week my hubs and I have been on a staycation.  Pretty cool, right?  Well, as a homemaker, it actually wasn't too much different for me.  Actually, it was more work than usual!  As a bonus, hubs now understands how much I actually work on this house and how hard and draining it can be, not just keeping it clean but keeping track of everything that needs done and planning all the meals and such.  It's easy for that stuff to go unnoticed by the people who don't do them.

Anyway, I used my staycation to get almost off of the garden things done that needed done.  I got all of the vegetables planted, flowers potted and put into the ground, cleaned up the perennials, and spread mulch on what seems like the whole neighborhood.  I'm totally beat and I don't want to ever see a bag of mulch ever again.  I'm totally grateful that it's all over though; now I can get back to working on my designs.

And that's exactly what I did today!  I got to work and finished a project that I've been playing with for a couple of weeks now.  It's another Christmas design (it'll be here before you know it!), an adorable wall hanging.

Owl Be Home For Christmas wall hanging pattern, $4 on Etsy  
I'm not sure what I'll work on next.  I feel like I should get some 4th of July patterns made, but it's getting kind of late for those!  I may just work on more Christmas things.  I really want to make sure I'm prepared this year. 

So what are you guys working on right now?  Got any craft projects in the works, or are you busy with your gardens too?  I hope you're all having a great week so far.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Summer Plant Pokes

Hey guys!  I'm so excited to share my newest pattern with you!  I've been working on this one for a while (summer isn't even here yet and life is already crazy busy), so I'm really happy it's done.



Summer Plant Pokes, $6 on Etsy

I had a lot of fun with these designs!  But I gotta dash, there's still so much to get done!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Free Friday: Butterfly Plant Poke

Happy Friday everyone!  I hope it's as bright and beautiful where you live as it is here in New York.  It's not exactly warm, but that sunshine sure is nice!  The trees are getting so green, and the birds are singing.  Oh, spring is wonderful!

Speaking of spring, pretty soon we'll start seeing lovely butterflies in our gardens.  I love butterflies, their bright and lovely wings, their gentle fluttery nature.  If I were ever forced to be a bug, I'd definitely choose to be a butterfly.  That's why I decided to make a pretty butterfly plant poke! 

Butterfly Plant Poke

Skill Level:

Beginner

Size:

3 x 12 inches

Materials:

  • 7-count plastic canvas
  • Red Heart Yarn in colors listed in key
  • 3mm black pipe cleaner
  • 11 inch wooden skewer
  • Hot glue
  • #16 plastic canvas needle

 Instructions:

  1. Cut and stitch plastic canvas according to graph.
  2. Cut a 3 inch length of black pipe cleaner. Fold in half and curl ends down to make it look like antenna.
  3. With hot glue, attach pipe cleaner antenna to the back of butterfly, and then attach butterfly to the wooden skewer.


Click the image above to see it larger.  You may share this pattern however you please as long as you don't alter it or claim it as your own.  Please link back if you share this pattern.  You may sell items made from this pattern.  However, you may not sell this pattern.

Well, I hope you all have a great weekend.  And to all you mothers out there, happy mother's day! 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Free Friday: Summery Windsock

Happy Monday, everyone!  Yes, I do realize it's Monday and not Friday, but I've been feeling bad about not having a pattern up for you guys lately.  The truth is, I've been having issues with my cubital tunnel syndrome again (aka, pain in the elbow) that makes it very hard for me to stitch and sometimes work at my computer.  But I powered through it the last few days and got a pretty cool new pattern put together!  I hope you enjoy it :)

Summery Windsock


Skill Level:

Beginner

Size:

4 x 18 inches

Materials: 

  • 7-count plastic canvas
  • Red Heart Yarn in colors listed in key
  • Hot Glue
  • Craft Cord
  • Size #1 Barrel Swivel (found in fishing supplies)
  • ¼ inch ribbon in matching color
  • #16 plastic canvas needle

Instructions:

 
  1. Cut plastic canvas according to graphs. Leaving red section unfinished, stitch piece according to graph. Once finished, hold the two narrow ends together, overlapping red sections, and finish stitching.
  2. Overcast unfinished edges with White.
  3. Use hot glue to attach 9” lengths of ribbon to one open end of the wind sock, spacing them about 1” apart.
  4. Cut two 12” lengths of craft cord. Working on the end of the windsock without the ribbons, attach one end of the first piece of cord anywhere to the inside of the windsock. Slide the other end through the loop on the barrel swivel, and attach it directly across from the first end. Repeat with the second piece of cord so that when you're done, the four ends are attached at all four corners.




Click the image above to see it larger.  You may share this pattern however you please as long as you don't alter it or claim it as your own.  Please link back if you share this pattern.  You may sell items made from this pattern.  However, you may not sell this pattern.

I hope you all had a great weekend!  I'm looking forward to a week where I'll start feeling better. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Pinwheel Plant Pokes

Hi everyone!  I have a cool new pattern up on Etsy!

Pinwheel Plant Pokes pattern, $3 on Etsy
Aren't they cute?  They really make me smile, anyway, and make me start thinking about summer.  It's on the way! 

I hope you're all having a good week.  I'm working on a new pattern for this week's Free Friday already!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Gingerbread Coasters

Happy Monday, everyone!  Did you all have a good weekend?  Mine was pretty good!  It wasn't super warm or anything, but the sky was blue and it was at least warm enough to get some work done around the house, and that's always a good feeling.

I actually finished a pattern, can you believe that!  And believe it or not, it's a Christmas pattern.  I figured I'd better start doing my holiday patterns now, so everyone has time to make them long before hand.  I must admit that it was strange working on a Christmas project in April though.  I'd better get used to it though, because I plan on making more Christmas patterns soon.

Gingerbread Coasters pattern, $4 on Etsy

I'd better start thinking about a free pattern to post this week.  I don't have any ideas yet!  Anyway, have a great week everyone!