Friday, August 18, 2017

Free Friday: Flower Needle Book

Happy Friday, everyone!  Oh, what a beautiful Friday it is here today, too!  I just love this time of year, when it starts to cool down a little and the sun softens, the crickets are out and you can tell that fall isn't too far off.  Yes, in case you didn't know, I adore fall!  It's by far my favorite season, not least because my birthday is in September!

I made another pretty needle book for this week's free pattern.  It's once again purple, but you can use whatever colors you'd like.  I guess I'm just partial to purple, even though it's not my favorite color exactly.  I'm just drawn to it for some reason.

Flower Needle Book



Skill Level:

Beginner

Materials:

  • 1 sheet 7-count plastic canvas
  • Red Heart Super Saver yarn in colors in key
  • 1 sheet craft felt
  • Craft glue
  • #16 plastic canvas needle

Instructions:

  1. Cut and stitch plastic canvas according to graphs.
  2. Whipstitch pieces of needle book together using Medium Purple yarn.
  3. Overcast around unworked edges with Medium Purple.
  4. Cut two 2 ½ inch squares of craft felt. Glue pieces to the inside of needle book as pictured.


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, that's all for this week, folks.  I hope your weekend is a beautiful one!  I plan on enjoying this lovely weather as much as I can!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

Good Wednesday morning, everyone!  Oh, it's a lovely morning here; the sky is blue, the crickets are chirping, the air is just slightly crisp.  I guess that means autumn is on its way!  Which is ok by me... I loooove fall.  It's definitely my favorite season, not least because I love everything pumpkin spice.

So what's up this week?  Well, we just got back from our vacation in Maine, but it's nevertheless been a busy week!  I've been trying to stay motivated and fill my days with creativity and not sink into giant pools of procrastination. 

What's up with plastic canvas

So I've been working on a coaster set to match my Autumn Leaves Tissue Box Cover.  It's been slow going, with the vacation  in there, despite being a pretty simple project.  The good news is that I'm finally getting the work done on it, and I should hopefully have it done this week!  Yay :)



What's up with sewing

I don't talk about my sewing much, but I'm a rabid, obsessive, passionate seamstress (I can't bring myself to use the term sewist -- I just dislike that way too much).  I sew everything and anything; bags, clothes, toys, and lots of quilts.  So lately I've decided that maybe I should finish the three quilts I have in the works.  You know, so I can start new ones!

I've been working on this Potting Shed quilt for some time, maybe a year (ps, the photos are terrible).  It uses the ultra pretty potting shed panel and coordinating fabric, but I designed the quilt myself.



Does anyone else have the problem of pets wanting to be all over something you're working on?  Sunshine can't seem to help himself.  Here's a close up of the center panel.



I just need to add a border and this lovely is all finished.  However, I can't decide what I want to do.  I bought this nice purple in Maine and I thought it would work, but now I don't know.  I wonder if it would look best if I just turned the edges under.






My other project that I'm working on, or I guess was working on, is this amazing piece of work.  I told Hubs that this is going to be the brightest, wildest quilt I will ever make.  I'm not a bright color person.


My MIL bought me a ton of fruit and vegetable fabrics, and I probably thought about what I wanted to do with them for about two years.  I love this quilt pattern I found in The Big Book Of Nickel Quilts, but these colors...  MY EYES.  This is going to be our picnic quilt once it's done! 

Also, Spices says Hello!





What's up in the garden

It's bean season!  I grow lots of green beans because they're easy to grow, I like them, and oh yeah, they're easy to grow.  My garden is unfortunately under two huge trees, so I'm not exactly a successful vegetable gardener most years.  But every year, I get good yields of beans, so every year I plant more, lol.  My Hubs calls bean season the great Beanpocalypse. 

So yesterday I finally got around to canning the first wave of beans up.  Six quarts!  One didn't seal, but that's ok, we'll eat them.


When I got back from vacation and saw the huge load of vegetables and beans especially in my garden, I said Thank you God for these abundant plants!  Because there's absolutely nothing better tasting than beans straight from the garden.

Well, that's all for this week!  I hope you're all having a good week too.  Do you have any new projects going on?  Anything new and interesting going on in your life?  I'd love to hear!

Monday, August 14, 2017

I'm back!

 Good Monday morning, everyone!  It's so good to be back home after a long week away on vacation.  We truly enjoyed visiting Maine, with its rustic beauty and friendly people, but we missed our cats and our garden and our home. 

I got some good pictures to remind me of our super relaxing trip!  We had a beautiful cabin in the woods, right on a lake.  We had our own private dock, a big area out back for chilling out on Adirondack chairs and a hammock, and there was a huge fire pit for camp fires at night. 


 My favorite spot though was out on the dock.  The water was so warm, I'd just take my shoes off and dangle them in.  It was an excellent place to watch kayakers go by and listen to the loons sing.


We took several day trips, including to the ocean (did you know the ocean is freaking cold in Maine?!),  to the last working Shaker community, and to Freeport to see L. L. Bean's flagship store with the huge boot out front!



 I left my mother-in-law in charge of my vegetable garden while I was gone, but she's not really a vegetable gardener.  She watered for me, but didn't pick anything.  So when I came back, everything was just bulging with produce!  This is what I picked that first day back!


Now it's back to real life!  I always feel so refreshed and refocused after our summer vacations.  It gives me a chance to remember what's important to me in life, and gives me new direction to keep moving forward.  I'm going to get back into blogging frequently and working on my patterns every day, because I'm passionate about my creative life and I shouldn't let procrastination stop me.  So stay tuned!  I'll have lots of interesting new things coming out soon!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

Hey everyone!  How are you all doing?  I'm doing pretty good in my neck of the woods.  I'm busy getting ready for our trip to Maine... we leave on Friday!  EEEH!  I'm so excited to get away and do loads of chilaxing. 

Have you heard of Wordless Wednesday?  The idea is to post some pictures on your blog every Wednesday, except without words.  Just pictures.  Sounds really cool, right?  Well, I have trouble doing the wordless part.  There's so much to tell about pictures!  You're missing so much of what's going on if it's just a picture.  Or at least that's how I feel.

So I decided to try to do a post on Wednesday to kind of show what's going on with my life and what I'm up to, and I'm going to call it What's Up Wednesday!  So there will be pictures and words, because it's so hard to not have words.  Lol!

What's up in the garden!

Here's part of the reason I haven't been so productive with my patterns lately.  I have a pretty sizable garden out back, with both flowers and vegetables.  No matter how hard I try every year to tone it down so it's not so much work, I just can't help myself.  It gets so big and lush and there's so much going on, because I love plants and I adore being outside with them.


It's bean season right now in my garden.  I just started getting beans in this week! I'm growing four different varieties, and I realize now that I'm not growing a single green bean, lol!  They're all yellow and purple kinds.  I like the colorful ones because they're so much easier to see to pick.  Plus they're interesting!


I tried a new variety this year called Monte Gusto!  They're sooo big!  You may not realize it looking at that picture, but look down at your hand and imagine that bean.  It's a good 8 inches long! 

What's up in Niagara Falls!

 So a couple of long distance friends came to visit earlier in the month, and we decided to go visit Niagara falls, since we live just a couple hours away.  Despite living so close, I had actually never been there before!  I guess that's always how it is though; you forget to look at all the cool stuff in your own area.  We decided to do all the touristy things, so we went on the Maid of the Mist and then visited the Cave of the Winds.  It was pretty cool!


There's a picture of the Maid of the Mist, a cool boat that goes right up to the bottom of the Horseshoe Falls.  I didn't get any pictures on the boat because it was SO WET!  (By the way, the people in the blue ponchos are on the American side, and the other boat with the red ponchos is from the Canadian side!)


 A pretty shot of the American falls and Horseshoe falls in the back.


In the Cave of the Winds, you walk down to the base of the American falls.  It's very pretty!  


It's also amazingly loud.  There was a point where our friends and I had to start using hand signals because we couldn't even hear ourselves yelling.




A hilarious picture of my very tall husband that my friend had me take.  He just barely fits!

Well, that's it for this week's What's Up Wednesday!  I'll be gone next week on our Maine vacation, but that means I'll have lots of cool pictures to show you when I get back!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Free Friday: Watermelon Coasters

Oh, where did the weekend go!?  I know I saw it on Friday, but then WHOOSH, it was gone!  Do you guys every have that problem too?  It seems like summers are the worst for losing weekends, which is a shame because I want them to really last!  In the winter, weekends drag on for centuries it seems like, probably because there's less to do and fewer fun things to look forward to.

Anyway, so I realize this post is three days late, but I hope you all like this pattern anyway!  It's a cute adaptation to the last pattern I posted, the Summery Citrus Coasters.  It's essentially the same pattern, with just some color changes.  It's amazing how well that worked out!  And just like the citrus coasters, these ones also double as a wide mouth mason jar lid.

Watermelon 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:

  1. Cut and stitch plastic canvas according to graph.
  2. Overcast outside edges with Tea Leaf.
  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.

Hubs and I are driving out to Maine this Friday for a week long beach vacation!  Doesn't that sound exciting!?  I'm soooo excited.  So that means I probably won't have a new pattern this upcoming Friday, but I really want to refocus and get back into blogging more regularly when I get back.  So keep your eyes peeled for new posts in August!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Autumn Leaves TIssue Box Cover

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  I hope you're all having a lovely week so far.  Mine has been pretty good, except for this crazy unseasonal coldness (it's 65 degrees today!).  That's ok.  I plan on making some soup and pretending it's fall until the heat comes back later this week!  I like soup.

I realize I've been neglecting my blog again, and I'm sorry about that :(  But the good news is that I did get a pattern finished for my shop!  And I rather like this one.  To be fair, I love fall and especially fall colors, so of course I love this one.  Hopefully you'll love it too!

Autumn Leaves, Tissue Box Cover Pattern, $4 on Etsy

Hope you all have a good rest of the week!  With luck *crosses fingers* I'll have another free pattern up on Friday! 

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!

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!

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 :)