On my recent trip to Australia I attempted my first big sewing project. My goal was to make three patchwork bedspreads, one for my niece’s double bed and another two for each of my nephew’s single (twin) beds. I managed to complete 2 out of the 3, I still have to make the third one and send it over to my nephew (thank you for being patient Mathew!).
My lovely customer, Larissa, who previously had a special request for a pirate dog, asked me if I could custom make another plush toy, but this time for her daughter’s upcoming birthday. Larissa came up with the idea of a Fairy Pig as her daughter’s favorite animal at the moment is a pig and she also loves to dress up as a fairy. What a great idea!
These are a few of my favorite things around our home:
a bird print by Geninne Zlatkis that I bought from Urban Outfitters, I suppose I could have bought it from her Etsy Shop, but I just adored the frame that came with it; a Bird Chirping Weather print by Katie Daisy purchased from her Etsy shop; the Ryan Berkley Ensemble which I embroidered last year;
This week has been busy busy busy in my studio with lots of orders, including this special request for a pirate dog. Arrr, arrr! Has a front pocket for stashing treasure – I really like pockets on plush toys, I think I will continue making more stuffed animals that include a pocket. Read more
The floor near our kitchen sink is always getting little drops and splashes of water on it while we are washing up, so this was my solution. A scrappy patchwork rug! This is another easy sewing project to do and a great way to use up any fabric scraps you may have, especially if you have a mixture of different kinds of fabric. Read more
For a while now I have been admiring the raggy and fluffy edges of rag quilts, but most rag quilts I have seen on the internet are made with squares and the bulky, chunky look of them put a damper on my admiration.
Not only is this a great way to use up any magazines you have lying around, it’s also an easy summer craft project to do with the kids AND the results are pretty awesome!
Sometime in April (about 3 months ago) I planted some sunflower seeds in a small patch of our backyard. It really is amazing how a little seed can grow so big in just a few months! The sunflowers are now 4-5 feet tall and seem to keep growing taller each day. Read more
The other week I saw on the Etsy Blog a project that they do in conjunction with Citymeals-on-wheels. Along with delivering nutritious meals to elderly New Yorkers on Valentine’s Day, they will also be providing handmade greeting cards and companionship. It’s a project that has become an Etsy tradition.
I spent yesterday morning cutting out paper snowflakes to go with some Christmas decorations the kids and I made last year (Christmas Banners: A Fun Craft Project for the Kids). Really love how each one turns out unique, just like the real snowflakes. It is such a simple thing to do and the results are so satisfying.
This winner is: Katina and her comment was “ Your owls are so cute. I love owls and they are popping up all over the place now. My favorite colors are fuchsia and royal blue. My favorite smell is CHOCOLATE!! Thanks for the great giveaway!”
Congratulations Katina! I have already notified you by email.
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Well, actually it’s for 5 days – Monday Dec 12 to Friday Dec 16.
For this giveaway I am going to give you a choice of two patchwork owl pillow plush toys – one is for a girl and one is for a boy – the winner gets to choose which one they would like!
Since making these delightful patchwork owls for my Etsy Shop, I have noticed that owls have been visiting us at night, hoo hooing away while we are watching TV or getting ready for bed. At first I couldn’t work out where the sound was coming from, thinking that it was part of the TV show we were watching, but then I realized it was coming from the chimney. And sure enough when I went outside, I could see an owl perched on top of our chimney, and another sitting on the neighbor’s chimney!
This “perennial” beauty is the Magnolia. I painted it back in 2006 as part of a series of flower paintings for my Aunt’s restaurant. Read more