Friday, June 20, 2014

Three new patterns!!

Been so busy with orders, outside work, etc.  However, I have 3 patterns.

Summer Bears, includes both the sunflower bear and the sailor bear.
Uncle Sam includes doll, clothing and the banner.
I also have Mayflowers, then and now.  This is a remake or revision of the 2004 Mayflowers pattern.  I have updated it and the pattern includes both the 2004 version and the new 2014 version of the dolls.

Summer bears  $10.50 + ship mailed.  $8.50 Epattern
Mayflowers, then and now.  $9.50 + ship mailed.  $8.00 Epattern
Uncle Sam  $10.50 + ship mailed.  $8.50 Epattern

I may have a few finished pieces available as well.

Hope all is well with everyone

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sam I Am

Funny, I don't usually make Uncle Sam dolls because they end up looking like santa.  However, this one evolved over days.  I did the body first.  Had no face in mind.  Spent two days going over fabric choices before I settled on this.  I love his coat fabric, I purchased it probably 7 years ago, not knowing what I would do with it.  I just liked it that much.  He got dressed, then came the face and bear and then the hat.  Now, I was stumped because I felt if I gave him a flag, it might have been "stars and stripes overkill"!  I recently made a burlap banner for my nieces wedding so BINGO!, I decided he would have one as well.  On a much smaller scale!
I'm quite pleased with the way it all turned out and I am frantically working on getting the pattern out in just days so that you all can make your own before July 4.
Enjoy your day,

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Rustin' stuff!

Just finished rusting up a batch of shiny safety pins in assorted sizes for use in my work.

It was easy to do, here's the "recipe":
1 cup Peroxide
1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tablespoons of salt
Mix together in a glass jar, I used a quart jar.  Stir, the salt may not all dissolve
right away but that's okay.  Dump in your safety pins and leave them for 2 days.  I stirred the mix about 3-4 times over the course of the 2 days.  DO NOT put a lid on the jar.  Yes, it smells so if you can leave it safely outdoors away from pets or somewhere  else ventilated is best.  After two days, drain out the ever so yucky fluid, I poured mine onto a nice big weed in my yard!  I spread my pins out on a flat stone to dry outside but I guess you could put them on newspaper inside.....I've just not tried that so I don't know.  Just know that whatever you put them on to dry, will be stained so be careful.
Use gloves, be careful, and last but not least, I'm not responsible for any "accidents" or mishaps you might have when rusting your own stuff!
Rust away!!!!