Friday, July 7, 2017

Free Friday: Summery Citrus Coasters

Happy Friday, everyone!  I can't believe it's Friday again already, but I guess that's summer for you.  It just whooshes by so quickly!  Flowers bloom and are gone, fruit comes in and out of season, hot lazy days soon turn into crisp, busy autumn.  You have to make sure you get out there and enjoy it while we have it!

That's what inspired me with this week's free pattern, one of the best parts about summer; citrus!  Now I realize that most citrus are actually winter fruits, but... lemonade and key lime pie and fresh bright oranges just look so summery! 

As a bonus, these coasters are also perfectly sized to be used as wide mouth mason jar lids!

Summery Citrus Coasters



Skill Level:

Beginner

Size:

3 ¼ inches

Materials:

  • 7-count plastic canvas
  • Red Heart yarn in colors listed in key
  • Craft felt
  • Hot glue
  • #16 plastic canvas needle

Instructions:

Note: The citrus colors used in the picture above are: Pumpkin #254, Lemon #235, and Spring Green #672
  1. Cut and stitch plastic canvas according to graph.
  2. Overcast outside edges with citrus color.
  3. Using coasters as a template, cut out a piece of craft felt. Trim off 1/8 of an inch all the way around. Attach to backs of coaster using hot glue.


 
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.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Free Friday: Star Magnet

Happy Friday, everyone!  Do you have any good plans for the weekend?  Any good Fourth of July picnics or bike rides or barbecues?  My hubs and I are planning on going for another great bike ride.  Our goal is to get across the whole county wide rails to trails bike path this summer, one section at a time.  We've gotten close in the past, but we're really hoping to get it done this year! 

My goal to get lots of free patterns made this week was mostly a success!  I got five(!) patterns made this week, which means I have a whole month of patterns lined up!  Hopefully I'll remember to post them :D 

I realize this pattern is perhaps a tad late, but I figure it's never the wrong time to celebrate our beautiful country, right?  And plus, there's something about the colors red, white and blue that just say SUMMER! 

Star Magnet


Skill Level:

Beginner

Materials:

  • 7-count plastic canvas
  • Red Heart yarn in colors listed in key
  • Magnetic tape
  • Hot glue
  • #16 plastic canvas needle

Instructions:

  1. Cut and stitch plastic canvas according to graph.
  2. Overcast edges using colors of nearby stitches (use the picture above as a guide)
  3. Cut several pieces of magnetic tape to fit on the back of bat magnet. Remove paper from magnets and apply glue to sticky side before attaching to rainbow. This may seem like overkill, but it makes for a very secure bond.



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'm kind of contemplating doing a monthly giveaway on my blog, with my paid patterns as the prizes.  What do you guys think?  Is that something anyone would be interested in?

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a beautiful Fourth!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Free Friday: Unicorn Magnet

Happy Friday, everyone!  It was a personal struggle, but I managed to keep my promise to post a new free pattern!  I've actually had this one sitting around for a few weeks, just haven't had the time to turn it into a pattern.  But I finally managed! 

This is a cute magnet in the style of the adorable unicorn cakes that the internet is in love with lately.  I figured, why confine that design to cakes?  This is a pretty large magnet, and I think it would make a cute little wall hanging too.

Unicorn Magnet



Skill Level:

Beginner

Materials:

  • 7-count plastic canvas
  • Red Heart yarn in colors listed in key
  • Magnetic tape
  • Hot glue
  • #16 plastic canvas needle

Instructions:

  1. Cut and stitch plastic canvas according to graph.
  2. Overcast edges using colors of nearby stitches (use the picture above as a guide)
  3. Cut several pieces of magnetic tape to fit on the back of bat magnet. Remove paper from magnets and apply glue to sticky side before attaching to rainbow. This may seem like overkill, but it makes for a very secure bond.

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.

Hope you all have a great weekend! 

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!