Rubber Ducky – King of the Bathtub

♫ Rubber ducky you’re the one..you make bath time so much fun..♫ This is a small watercolor painting that I completed quite some time ago which is now available as an art print in my Etsy shop.
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Tree of Life – Woodland Creatures

Happy 2012!! My new year’s resolution is to do more painting this year, so here it is, introducing the first in a series of Nursery Art Prints that I am doing to add to my Etsy shop. It is available as an 8×10 and 11×14 print.
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How to Make Paper Snowflakes

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.
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Winner of the Giveaway Day for 2011

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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Welcome to the GIVEAWAY DAY for 2011!

***Entries for this giveaway are now closed.***
AND THE WINNER IS …>>> click here

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!
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Giveaway Day Dec 12-16, 2011 – Are You Ready?!

It’s almost here – the big Giveaway Day hosted by Sew Mama Sew!

Thankfully some supplies I ordered last week got delivered today – just in time to make what I plan to giveaway next week. Gotta say, am quite excited :P !!!
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A Patchwork Art Bag for a Budding Young Artist

My step-daughter turned six this year and for her birthday I said I would make her a bag and wallet. I found an excellent tutorial on how to make a basic messenger bag by mmmcrafts and thought I would try it out. Read more


My Growing Family of Patchwork Owls

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!
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Illustration Friday: Stripes

Topic for the week is “Stripes”.

The last two weeks I’ve been having a hoot designing and making some patchwork owl pillows / plush toys and baby toys for my Etsy shop. The one I have made for the topic of Stripes, is as you can see, all stripes.
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Illustration Friday: Perennial

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


The Ryan Berkley Ensemble

It’s complete! About two weeks ago I bought the Ryan Berkley embroidery pattern from Sublime Stitching and was very excited that I could combine the two as I’m a big fan of both. I just LOVE how they have turned out! Read more


Embroidery Tips Presented by Mr Fox

I’m a big fan of Sublime Stitching and the work of Ryan Berkley, so when I recently discovered that I could combine the two, it was something I HAD to have. And to top it off, I also had the satisfaction and pleasure of making it myself and you can too! Read more


The Akita Dog Translated Into Crochet

Last year my sister and her family got a new dog – a gorgeous looking Akita puppy named Oushi. And because kids are very good at asking for things, my niece and two nephews requested I crochet an Akita Dog for them. They had found a picture of a crocheted Akita when surfing the net and were very excited about it as their Auntie Angela can crochet and could easily crochet an Oushi look-a-like for them. Piece of cake.
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Rainbow Octopus Crochet

For his birthday this year, my nephew requested I crochet him a red octopus with rainbow colored legs. This is the second rainbow octopus I have made and I got the pattern from the book, Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet, by Ana Paula Rimoli. This was the first crochet book I bought and is a great book for amigurumi beginners. The octopus is very easy to make.
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Plan vs Life

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” – John Lennon.
So, the plan was to move 2000 plus miles away, but life happened in between and we are still here, half packed and waiting…waiting…waiting.

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May/June 2011, Moving and Closing Up Shop For a While

We are moving!
I really hate moving, I’m sure I’m not alone in that category. For something I really hate, I have done it over 25 times and it’s not going to be the last time. Glutton for punishment or just the irony of life?
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Illustration Friday: Lesson

For this week’s topic, I thought I would share something from one of my sketchbooks. My sweet friend Kerrie is known to forward funny emails and rude jokes, but once in a while she is also known to send messages that are soulful and meaningful.
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Our Weekend of Making Duck Tape Flowers

With the kids visiting for the weekend and Mother’s Day coming up, we had a really fun time making a bunch of flowers made out of duck tape! So easy and simple too! Read more


Free Coloring Page and Memory Game for Kids

This is a simple yet good game for kids (and adults, too!) to hone their memory skills. You can just print out the page and cut along the dotted lines to make up the cards, but I think the added step of coloring in makes it more fun and personalized, as well as keep the kiddies occupied for longer :) Play it with 2 or more kids, or even one can play on his/her own.
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Illustration Friday: Bicycle

“Life is like riding a bicycle – in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ~Albert Einstein

Topic for this week is “Bicycle”. This little illustration was done with ink and fine line markers.

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How to Make a Patchwork Baby Quilt: My Quick and Lazy Way

After looking at many blogs about patchwork quilting, I decided to give it a go, but in a short cut kind of way. I say that because, one of the things I find daunting about quilting is having to piece together many small bits of fabric to make up a block, not just one block, but multiple blocks and then piece together the blocks. Not to mention making the binding and then doing all the top-stitching and attaching the binding. Sounds like a lot of hard work to me and just thinking about it tires me out. Besides, I’m still fairly new to sewing and truth be known, I can be a sloth. Makes me appreciate the blankets my mother made even more.
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The Isabelle Skirt – A Two Tier Ruffled Skirt

Inspired by a webcam chat I had with my family last week I made this 2 tier ruffled skirt for my niece who is about to turn a big one soon. It turned out SUPER cute! How could it not with inspiration like this?
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Illustration Friday: Journey

I’ve joined the weekly illustration challenge of Illustration Friday! (You can find out more about this here and while you’re at it, why not join in on the weekly fun!) This week’s theme is “Journey” and for it I embarked on my first ever free motion sewing exercise combined with some applique. Overall dimensions are about 6.75″ x 7.25″ (17 x 18cm).
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Kidz Head 2 Toe – A Children’s Resale Boutique & More

Kidz Head to Toe is a newly established business in Long Beach, California, specializing in resale boutique clothing for children as well as featuring unique handmade items from local crafters. I am pleased to announce that I was approached by them to include my swaddle blankets in their ‘market place‘ of crafters!
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Christmas Banners: A Fun Craft Project For the Kids

With Christmas just around the corner, the kids (5 and 7) and I spent an afternoon making some colorful Christmas banners to decorate the house with. As soon as we finished one, they would say, “Let’s do another one!”, so we would come up with another phrase and I kept cutting out more and more colored squares. Not only was it fun, it was a great way to get the kids to practice their spelling and writing out letters.
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Pin Cushion and Fabric Boxes from the book “Seams to Me”

Seams to Me: 24 New Reasons to Love Sewing by Anna Maria Horner

This is a really delightful book, full of color and punch, a feast for the eyes. Anna Maria Horner has a knack for putting together a mish mash of fabric patterns and designs that has a way of clashing yet complementing each other. The results are truly wonderful and uplifting.
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Fabric Coasters: A Quick and Easy Sewing Project

Always one to be on the look out for bargains, I had bought some cork coasters from IKEA. They were cheap and looked good, but after only a few uses, they started to warp and tear. Since I have been doing more sewing, my fabric scrap pile has been growing quite high. One night while making some cotton backed wash cloths, I thought to myself, “why not make coasters out of my fabric scraps!” I’m sure I’m not the first to come up with this idea, but I thought I would share it anyway.
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Crochet Basics – How to Do A Slip Knot and Chain Stitch

This is where all crochet begins, doing a slip knot and then a chain stitch.
Basic stuff, but essential.
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Panda Bear Amigurumi Crochet Pattern – Free!

Thought I would share my first ever amigurumi crochet pattern that I’ve written for free! This amigurumi pattern designed by me gives instructions on how to crochet Pablo the Playful Panda. It is very easy to crochet and only requires knowledge of 3 crochet stitches – single crochet, increase and decrease. Pablo means small and humble in Spanish and his finished size is about 5″ (12 cm) high. He is certainly small and humble like his name suggests, but he is oh so playful!
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How to Stitch a Triple French Knot

 

The Triple French Knot is an embroidery stitch, but can also be used when making Amigurumi Crochet Animals.
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