Saturday, May 12, 2018

Gotta Love Patriotic, 4th of July and Americana Crafts Home Decorations


It's almost the start of the summer season in the U.S. and around this time of the year my thoughts turn to 4th of July, patriotic, and  Americana home decorations.  Over the years I have made many, many different  4th of July, patriotic, and  Americana home decorations.  Some of my own and some based on other crafters patterns.

If you'd like to check out my 4th of July e-patterns they're in my Etsy shop here.




As you know I love BIG woodcraft decorations.  One of my favorite BIG dolls and woodcraft is a self-sitting Uncle Sam that resides in the corner of my kitchen for the entire summer. He just sits there and every time I look at him I can't help but think of the role New England played in the history of this country. In particular he makes me think of the American Revolution and Paul Revere, etc.

Friday, May 11, 2018

My 2 in 1 “Yankee Doodle Andy! and Give Me Liberty, Annie!" New Combo E-Pattern


If you love making folk-art cloth dolls then you're going to love our “Yankee Doodle Andy! and Give Me Liberty, Annie!" primitive Americana raggedies 2 in 1 combo e-pattern.

"Yankee Doodle Andy!" and his sister, "Give Me Liberty, Annie!" are getting ready to celebrate and getting ready for the parade. You see, they and their fellow countrymen just won the revolutionary war and are now free and independent. That's cause for celebration - if anything was. So, they're dressed in their best primitive "patriotic" outfits and are going to the parade.

"Yankee Doodle Andy!" and his sister, "Give Me Liberty, Annie!" are hoping to get front row seats at the parade, but are running a little late. Andy couldn't find his flag and Annie couldn't find her bell. Do you think they'll make it on time?



Thursday, May 10, 2018

Who Doesn't Love Purses? I Know I Do! How About You?


My recent project got me to thinking about purses and totes. Now I wonder why that is?


I love making totes and have designed and made many of them for It's Raining Baby Showers collection, my Alpacas Rock collection, and my Custom Fabrics Designs collection.  They can be big, small, lined, unlined - it doesn't matter. They are just so versatile. You can never have enough of them and you can never run out of uses for them. 

I loved making them so much I decided to create a free e-pattern for the Halloween tote above here and a free e-book for the large flower tote above here.


As I mentioned in a previous post back in 2012 I decided to take my first online class with Pat Winter on Artful Gathering. The class was called Crazy Quilting 101 and I  LOVED every minute of the class. Pat was such a fantastic teacher. I only wish I had taken one of her classes years before. I made the crazy quilted purse shown in the picture above which I posted about this here.  

After taking this class I had visions of making several semi-formal and formal clutches - some for me and some as gifts.  I never had time until.......  Does this give you an idea of what my latest creations were? Come on? Really? You must have some idea?

In any event, my latest projects got me to thinking about purses, clutches, wallets, totes, etc. and all the wonderful tutorials I've found for my  Purse, Bag,Tote Tutorials, Pouch, Clutch, Wallet, Pocketbook Patterns, Video's & How-To's Pinterest board.  

I have close to 1,000 pins on this board.  All wonderful "freebies" for creating beautiful purses and totes.

I've been collecting these pins for several years now and have visions of making all of them.  For sure that is not going to happen.  Even for me that is a bit much.  Close to a 1,000 purses... really?  For sure I'd be in divorce court... lol. 

While I won't be making all of them I do have my eye on a few tutorials I'd like to try.  There's the craft organizer sewing bag tutorial by Torie Jayne here,  the boho bag tutorial by Gerry Krueger here,  the quilted suitcase tutorial by Ashley of "Mommy By Day Crafter By Night" tutorial here, the crocheted granny square purse by Lily of  "Sugar'n Cream" which I would need to learn how to crochet first here (it's on my list of to do's),  and the fold over bag tutorial by Anna Graham here.  

There's so many I want to try and make.  So, many little purse organizers, wallets, storage baskets, etc.  You get the idea.  More than I could possible make in a lifetime.  I'll just have to settle for a few.  Maybe a little more than a few..... lol.



There are so many wonderful tutorials out there for making all sorts of purses, totes, bags, pouches, clutches, wallets, pocketbooks, bags, etc.  I, of course, love them all and have collected close to 1,000 tutorials, patterns, and how-to's on my Purse, Bag,Tote Tutorials, Pouch, Clutch, Wallet, Pocketbook Patterns, Video's & How-To's Pinterest board.

If you love making purses, totes, clutches, wallets, pocketbooks, etc. then you're going to love my Purse, Bag & Tote Tutorials, Pouch, Clutch, Wallet, Case & Pocketbook Patterns, Video's & How-To's Pinterest board.

Have fun!

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Do You Remember This Post From August 2012? My Crazy Quilting Passion


Back in 2012 I took an Artful Gathering class by Pat Winter on making a crazy quilt purse.  I LOVED it and fell in love with crazy quilting.  It was just so much fun and produced such beautiful results.  As with every craft I try, crazy quilting gave me all sorts of ideas for creating other beautiful items that I could make and give as gifts. 

So, of course, I went out and bought all sorts of supplies and wrote about it on the following Linda's Blog post. 

Now you might wonder why I had to buy so many supplies.  Well, the thing with crazy quilting is you just never know what fabrics you might be using, what colors, what embellishments would be best, or what embroidery designs would really enhance your creation.  So, you have to have a  large stash of all sorts of  items.  So, create a stash I did..... lol

I had thoughts of creating all sorts of crazy quilting items back in 2012 and just never had the time.  Well, you'll be happy to know that I finally found some time and decided to put what I learned from Pat to good use.  And, well, like everything else I do, create I did..... lol  Certainly more than I would ever need or be able to give away.

As I told hubby, "you never know how the creation is going to turn out so I wasn't sure which creations I would want and which creations I would be giving away."  Sounds like a wonderful excuse for blissfully creating away - right?

My creations aren't quite done yet so I can't reveal them just yet but will be doing so as they are finished.  So, stay tuned.

My August 2012 post: