Saturday, September 29, 2012


REMINDER:  One more day to enter the Halloween giveaway.  Ends Sunday.  Click here to enter!

Another delivery to Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.  They needed small pillows and I made some dolls too.

These pillows are from the Precious Patterns Baby Animal Softies pattern and the Baby Animals Applique pattern.  The two small dolls are Bit of Whimsey's Harry and Ginny pattern.

I loved Bit of Whimsey's Baby Bunting Pattern and thought the kids as well as the nurses could use these dolls.  The Baby Bunting goes along with her 11" baby dolls or animals.  The kids can dress and play with them and the nurses can explain procedures using the dolls.  And it is all very easy to make!

And I made a few extra dolls for some of the older children using Precious Patterns Kilah and Keesha Doll Pattern.  Made 2 boys by leaving off the girl pig tails and adding a simple hat!  Nettie, who I work with from the hospital, already had a boy in mind for the Spongebob doll!  The girl dolls I added a small felt purse to with a small felt animal.

Now I'm working on Halloween pillows, dolls and finger puppets!  Have I told you I JUST LOVE DOING THIS!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


I found these awesome foam masks at Jo-Anns for $1.00.  They're actually a kit that you can decorate the mask with glitter and stuff.  I only wanted the mask and there are about 3 different designs.  Came home and drew up a doll that would fit the mask.  Here's the pirate mask on the doll I designed.  Off to make more of them!  Don't forget to enter the Halloween Giveaway below!

Monday, September 24, 2012


I love this giveaway and if I wasn't a part of it, I would enter it!  As I've said time and time again, I love Mary's patterns at Precious Patterns on Etsy and Britt's felt at Felt for Less.  So we all joined together to bring you this giveaway.

There will be TWO winners!  The first winner will win the completed set of 10 Halloween finger puppets plus the Pumpkin Treat Bag to hold them in.  I have made these using Mary's pattern and Britt's felt. The only difference is that I used felt for the eyes instead of buttons on the finger puppets just in case the person who won had a very small child. 

The second winner will win both the patterns from Precious Patterns and enough felt from Felt for Less to make the finger puppets and the treat bag!  The finger puppets are so easy to make especially if you like hand sewing.  I made all 10 of them in two evenings in front of the TV!  And the cute treat bag only took a few hours to cut out and sew up on my sewing machine.  AND the treat bag pattern also includes a ghost bag and a spider bag!

Rafflecopter time!  Giveaway will run from today through Sunday, September 30th. U.S. and Canada only - sorry!

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Saturday, September 22, 2012


Halloween's right around the corner and I'm thinking pumpkin tote, finger puppets, felt and patterns brought to you by me, Mary at Precious Patterns, and Britt at Felt for Less!  Be sure to come back Monday and see what it's all about!

Thursday, September 20, 2012


A Crafter's Dream Christmas Giveaway with My Merry Messy Life, Earning-My-Cape, and Tutus & Tea Parties
This is a group giveaway opportunity with a Christmas, crafting, and supporting small business theme! Each blogger is offering her/his own giveaway worth $25 or more. It will run from October 21, 2012 to November 4, 2012 and bloggers, as well as shop owners, are welcome to sign up to join in the celebration. Bloggers who are not crafters and shop owners who are not bloggers can still join the giveaway by pairing up together! If you need help finding a shop or blogger to link up with, we will do our best to help.  


About the theme:
Christmas is just around the corner, and the time to start crafting our gifts for friends and family is now! Some of the blogs in the giveaway group will be giving away some awesome crafting supplies! 

Sometimes we want to give a handmade gift, but just don't have the time or know-how to make them ourselves. This is a great opportunity to support small businesses and shops who offer handmade items! Some of the blogs in our giveaway group will be highlighting such small businesses and offering giveaway items for them, as well.   Click HERE to find out more.

Monday, September 17, 2012


I entered a contest to win a Pfaff Sewing Machine with some photos of the pillows I make for Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.  Would really appreciate your taking a few minutes to vote for me!  Vote here.  Thanks everyone!

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Haven't gotten as much done as I want to - you know how that goes!  But I got a few of the small pillows they need at the hospital finished this weekend.  These are, of course, made from a Precious Patterns design without the legs and arms.  One thing I love about Mary's patterns is that you can make variations from them.  Often I need cute patterns that I can remove the arms and legs so they don't get caught in IV lines etc.  And I don't use buttons for eyes but use circles of felt.  The nurses use these small pillows for the children when they need to rest their arm on something soft.  I used wool felt on these and although I stitched the faces and ears by hand, the body was sewn together on the machine for added strength.  If you have a baby or very young child, these little animal dolls are perfect.

By the way, we will be having a Precious Patterns Halloween Finger Puppets pattern giveaway along with the cutest Halloween Treat Bag pattern starting Monday, Sept 24.  I'm making a set of them right now and they are soooooooooo cute and easy!

Monday, September 10, 2012


Making another delivery to Sacred Heart Children's Hospital tomorrow. Seventeen animal pillows and 4 superhero dolls.  Been a busy two weeks!

Three of the pillows are my design but I have to always give credit to Mary at Precious Patterns on Etsy for the square ones.  They are an adaptation of her animal pillow patterns.

And the Superhero Dolls are a pattern from GandG Patterns on Etsy.  They are so cute and so easy to make.  So many of the kids who are so ill are Superheros!

Next?  I'm thinking Halloween.  More Frankenstein dolls?  Halloween finger puppets?  The new cute werewolf and dracula doll patterns I just got?  Space alien doll?  So many things I want to make for the kids!

Monday, September 3, 2012


Yesterday, I posted a photo of a new frog pillow I had just created and mentioned that what I liked about it was that I could make different designs by just changing the ears and the face.  Here are the 2 I made today - the cat and the bear - along with the frog pillow.  Now I have to get back to the other 14 square pillows I already have cut out for the kids at the hospital! Hope to make a large delivery next week.


Congratulations to Bonnie L! You won the Riley Blake Chevron Fat Quarter Bundle. I have emailed you.

Sunday, September 2, 2012


Love the way it turned out although I will probably tweak it a bit more.  I wanted a larger pillow that all I had to do was change the ears on to make something new.  And I wanted it to be played with so I added a 'baby' too.  May add some arms and legs but nothing to get caught in IVs etc. As always - fleece and felt - soft and cuddly! 


We have a winner of the Crafter's Dream Giveaway.  Kate Brown (#222) won the awesome Hot Potatoes Fat Quarter Bundle generously donated by The Fat Quarter Shop.  I've emailed you Kate!

Saturday, September 1, 2012


Melissa from Sew BitterSweet Designs has given me permission to re-post "Creating a Homemade Holiday" from her blog.  I believe that what she and Kristy from Hopeful Threads are doing this month of September is so important and I'm encouraging each of you to get involved.  After reading this article, please visit both Melissa and Kristy and get involved. I AM! Let's bring smiles to those who are dedicated to protecting each and every one of us!  Below is Melissa's post from her blog:

D-Day (D for Deployment)

As many of you know, my husband is in the US Army and he is currently deployed in Afghanistan.  Being a military family is not always easy. We are pulled in a million different directions and most of the time being pulled apart by outside forces.  It is never an easy path to walk down and we try to do our best every day to make it work.  One of the hardest things about deployment, aside from him missing every single day with our daughter…is being separated for all the special days. Birthdays, anniversaries, the first day of school (ok, we are not there yet, but I know this is hard from watching my other military friends), and the holidays.  These days always feel like they are somehow lacking when half of you is missing.

Since the day he left I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out how to not only make the holiday season special for Anne and I but how to make it special for my husband and the men and women he serves with. I have teamed up with Kristy from Hopeful Threads for the September 2012 “Remember Service Men and Women” project.  We wanted to not only send Holiday gifts to the soldiers, but something handmade and something useful. After much hemming and hawing we have come up with two different items that we think would be well used down range: Pillowcases and E-Reader Covers.  Every soldier has a pillow and many have e-readers or something similar.  There are lots of things I could talk about in this post, but today I wanted to talk as a military spouse, which I don’t often do…

It is easy to sometimes feel forgotten, especially at this stage in the “war”.  Our family members leave and our whole world changes.  It is easy to feel as though you have no community – it was how I felt before I joined this wonderful community online. The idea of being able to send the men and women in my husband’s battery a Handmade Holiday…well it just makes my heart sing. I know that they would feel loved and remembered and well taken care of. The taken care of part is, I think, what means the most. They are out there every day, laying it all on the line, taking care of us, and I can’t think of a better way to make them feel like someone else wants to take care of them too than taking the time to make a handmade gift.

For more details on the project please head over to Hopeful Threads. Kristy and I have a lot of fun planned for this month including tutorials from some pretty talented sewists and quilters, giveaways from some of your favorite shops and fabric designers, as well as a series of interviews with several army, air force and national guard spouses.  These spouses will tell you first hand what your contribution means to them.
So grab a button and get ready to sew!