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!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Free Friday: Pretty Spring Coaster

Hi everyone!  Happy Friday!  How has your week been?  Mine's been a struggle, to be honest.  I've been so eager to get back to my design work, but I developed a serious case of cubital tunnel syndrome.  That's like carpel tunnel, except it's in my elbow instead of my wrist.  It basically meant I couldn't bend my elbow without a lot of pain, which left me pretty much unable to do anything!  I spent the last two weeks taking lots of walks and doing a lot of cleaning around the house because those are the only things that didn't make me hurt.  Sad!  But at least I got my exercise :)

But now I'm actually feeling better which means I can get back to my designs!  And hopefully nothing else dramatic will happen to keep me from working on things.  Sheesh, it's like one thing after another!

Anyway, this week's free pattern is a pretty coaster!  The pattern itself isn't spectacular.  Instead, it's the yarn that makes this piece really special.  I love this yarn!  The colors are just so soft and springy. 


Pretty Spring Coaster



 

Skill Level:

Beginner

Size:

3 ½ x 3 ½

Materials:

  • 7-count plastic canvas
  • Red Heart Yarn in colors listed in key
  • Craft Felt
  • Hot Glue
  • #16 plastic canvas needle

Instructions: 

  1. Cut and stitch plastic canvas according to graphs.
  2. Overcast the outside edges with Soft White.
  3. Using coasters as a template, cut out four squares of white craft felt. Trim off 1/8 of an inch on all pieces. Attach to backs of coasters 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.

It looks like it's going to be a cool weekend here, so I'll be spending some time stuck inside yet again!  But instead of moping, I'm going to get active and get some more designs worked on!  What are you doing this weekend?  I hope it's something fun!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Free Friday: Easter Egg Clip

Happy Friday, everyone!  I hope you all had a good week.  Mine was ok.  I'm just starting to get some of my ambition back after a long cold depressing March.  But spring is starting to show up and I'm getting excited about life again! 

Speaking of spring, I can't believe that Easter is right around the corner!  It seems like we just celebrated Valentine's day.  Before you know it, we'll be having Memorial day barbecues!  That won't be such a bad thing though.  I'm so ready for warm weather!

This week's free pattern is another cute bag clip.  I like these things!  They're quick and easy to make, and I think people like getting them.  You can use them to decorate a plain brown paper bag, or you can use them to clip a bag of potato chips closed.  Sure, you could use a plain clothes pin, but this way is much more festive.

Easter Egg Clip



Skill Level:

 Beginner

Materials:

  • 7-count plastic canvas
  • Red Heart Yarn in colors listed in key
  • Wooden clothes pins
  • 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. Use hot glue to attach egg to clothespin so that the bottom of the egg is near the opening of the clothespin. ♥
 
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 have a good weekend.  I'll try to get another pattern posted next week.  Hopefully this nice weather will keep me motivated to keep working!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Easter Coasters

Hi everyone!  I'm so sorry for the very long absence.  I guess I needed a little time to myself after all my family drama in February.  I have been working on my designs, but very slowly.  The good news is, I have a new pattern up on Etsy!

Easter Coasters Pattern, $4 on Etsy

I even have some cool patterns ready to share on Free Friday!  I can't promise I'll have anything up this week, but I'll certainly try.  Hope you're having a great week!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Question of the Day: Unobservant Customers

Hey, happy Thursday everyone!  I hope you're all doing well.  Sorry I didn't post anything for Tip Tuesday, but... and it's embarrassing to admit this, but... I bought a Nintendo Switch last Friday and I've been playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild ever since!  Lol!  Yes, I'm a video game nerd, what can I say? 

Well, I have a question for all of you.  What do you do about unobservant customers?  I sell digital patterns on Etsy, but I've been getting a lot of people buying my items and then emailing me angrily that they didn't know it was a digital pattern before they bought it.  They either thought they were buying a physical pattern which isn't too bad, because I can print and send it, or they thought they were buying the actual physical item pictured, which is much more annoying. 

I've tried to put big bold notes on my listings, I put PATTERN right in the beginning of my listing name, I list the materials used as PDF, I put PATTERN in the tags, I describe it as a pattern.  I just don't know what to do.  This is a waste of my time and energy, plus it costs me to refund them money. 

So there's the question.  What would you do in that situation? 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Free Friday: Rainbow Magnet

Happy Friday, everyone!  How did your week go?  Mine has been pretty good, very busy.  I got my first seeds of the season planted in my basement under my grow lights.  I wasn't sure if I'd be able to get my garden going this year, what with the new design business and this blog taking so much of my time, but I figured I had better make the time or I'd be really sorry come summer.  I do love my vegetable garden!

Today's pattern is a really fun rainbow magnet!  It was so strange for me to pull out these colors.  They're so much brighter than the colors that I usually use!  I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

Rainbow Magnet



Skill Level:

 Beginner

Size: 

3 ½ x 3 inches

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 hope your weekend is a bright and cheerful as this cute magnet :) 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tip Tuesday: Cleaning Plastic Canvas

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  Did you all have a good weekend?  Mine was ok, though it got cold again on Saturday so I didn't get to go outside.  I'm starting to get some cabin fever, and even though I know this early warm spell isn't good for the plants, I'm beginning to hope for 70 degree weather so I can go sit on my porch or take a long walk.

Today's tip is something you probably don't think about until you need to know.  That's certainly how I was about it, anyway.  It's about how to clean plastic canvas.  I'm sure you're thinking that cleaning plastic canvas is probably easy, but you need to take some care.  After all, you put all that work into making a piece, so you should take care of it as best as you can so it can last many long happy years.

I got the idea for this post when I noticed that one of my coasters was getting some coffee stains on it.


It's a little hard to see in the picture (it's along the upper edge there), but in person it looked pretty ugly.  My MIL once told me that to wash plastic canvas, run it under the faucet.  The problem with doing that with this piece is that it has a felt backing that's glued on with craft glue, which is of course water soluble.  If I ran it under the faucet, the back would likely come unglued.

So I did a little research and played with this coaster a little bit, and I thought I'd share with you what I found out.

How To Clean Plastic Canvas


  • If the stain is on the surface, gently dab with a damp paper towel, then with a dry paper towel.  Repeat until the stain comes out.
  • If the stain is deeper or has been sitting for a long time, dab with a paper towel dampeded with an oxygen cleaner (like Oxyclean).  Let sit for five minutes.  Dry with a dry paper towel.  Repeat as needed.
  • If the piece doesn't use craft glue, and the stain is very bad, you can fill a bowl or bucket with warm water and a small amount of oxygen cleaner and let the PC piece soak in the solution for 5-10 minutes.  Rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry.
  • DO NOT RUB!  Acrylic yarn is likely to pill or fray if you rub the piece.  Never use a brush of any kind.  If you need to do a deep cleaning, use a kitchen sprayer to blast water through it (and only if the piece doesn't use craft glue).
  • If your piece is dusty, run your vacuum hose gently across the surface to suck it up.  Don't use a brush or hand duster, as this may create pill or embed the dust into the yarn fibers.
  • And finally, clean up any stains or messes on your PC piece as soon as you notice them.  The sooner you clean them, the likelier they are to come out.

I ended up dabbing my coaster with a wet paper towel, and then a dry one.  The stain took a couple of passes, but it came out really well.



So there you have it!  I hope that list comes in handy the next time you spill coffee on one of your favorite coasters.