It’s been an amazing 2012 with so much to be thankful for. After a mitten making frenzy in the winter of 2011-2012 I decided I wanted to write my first pattern for my ‘Madawaska Mittens’. I had so much fun I went on to write 23 more! As I counted up the number of patterns I wrote I actually surprised myself! Here is a highlight of some of my 2012 patterns…
If you write patterns too, you know what hard work goes into putting a pattern together… and getting it to ‘market’. You don’t just sew, that’s the easy part! When I began I had no idea how to use Illustrator or what the heck a widget was???
I had to learn, and learn fast… illustrator, photoshop, wordpress, how to write a listing, design a pattern template, use light room, photo editing, and the list goes on! It was a bit of information overload with a dash of crazy ~ but it was never dull and always fun. A big THANKS to Etsy, Craftsy, You can make this and Patterns Only for allowing an avenue for designers to sell!
Also a Shout Out to a couple of my favorite sites ~
Craft Buds ~ Offers SO MUCH great information on starting a business and featured my needle case in their Craft Buds Book Month Round up for Stash Books! Craft Book Month, by the way, is Great Fun!
Sew Mama Sew ~ a fantastic resource for fabric, sewing advice & tutorials. Thanks for having me guest post on your Holiday Craft Fair Series and thanks for offering the annual Giveaway Day!
Here is a look at some other crafty things I made this year…
It’s been a great year and I’m looking forward to learning more in 2013, writing more patterns & free tutorials and kicking off my new SCRAP HAPPY Block of the Month in 2013! Please come back and join in the fun! First Free Block Pattern coming this month! Here is a sneek peek:
Also excited about participating in a 2013 Row Robin with my quilt guild. My first row is complete…
And lastly, I closed out the year with a morning ‘coffee walk’ on the beach in Rhode Island with my family and one of my doggies…
Live in the Sunshine
Swim the Sea
Drink the Wild Air ~Emmerson
A couple days ago I saw a Christmas Kissing Ball at my friend Suzanne’s house. It kept catching my eye. It looked…. traditional, fun, bright, and dare I say, romantic! It just made me plain old happy! I like feeling happy! So I asked her about it, and to my delight she told me she made it! And that’s not all, she would tell me how I could make one too! Yippee!!! I couldn’t help but wonder how many Christmas’ her kissing ball had lit up? How many people have kissed under it? How many family members had gazed upon it while dreaming about their new years resolutions? (nostalgia!)
Bottom line was, I had to make one. I love traditions and I was ready to start a new one… The Christmas Kissing Ball.
Good news is – You can start one too… Here’s what you need:
32 – 4.5 oz cone cups
1 set of mini Christmas lights (35-50 light strand) clear or colored
1.5 yard 1″ wide ribbon
32 Christmas ball ornaments 2.5″ – 3″
glue gun and extra glue sticks
15 feet garland (nothing too poofy)
Start by counting out 9 cups and staple them together. Staple them 1″ down inside cup (mine shown were only .5″ which wasn’t really enough)
Next place six cups on top of your set of 9 and staple in place.
You have now completed 1/2 the ball. Make another half identical to this half. Fold ribbon in half and lay across the bottom side of one of the halves and staple on securely.
Next connect your two halves with staples and it’s time to start stringing your lights. Take the end of your light string without the plug and start weaving the light string between the cones beginning at the bottom of your ball where the two ribbon tails are. Depending on the number of lights in your string you may need to have two lights poking out in the same spot – just work them in as evenly as possible. Use your stapler to close cup gaps up as needed and to keep cords from poking out. Finish at the top of your ball where the ribbon loop is.
Next get your glue gun ready and start gluing your ornament balls into the cups. Put a thin ‘bead’ of glue around top edge of each cup and place your ornament inside. Depending on the size of your cup and ornaments – they will sit up higher or deeper into the cup.
When you get to the end, you might have to really snuggle the last couple ornaments in. I had ornaments of varying sizes so I got to cheat a little here. If your ornaments are smaller, you may have more wiggle room between them – no worries – it will all fill in nicely when you add your garland. You can also embellish and fill in with miniature ornaments. There are no rules here!
When you are done with your ornaments it’s time for the last step! Start at the top or bottom and weave your way around with the garland – applying glue from your glue gun here and there to keep it secure.
Now… Light it Up! And test it with a KISS of course! Magic.
Here are a couple variations that my kids made for Christmas gifts…
This first one is for a girls room – pink and silver, very cute…
And another one with traditional Christmas colors…
SO SO SO FUN!
I think these would be great in silver to make for weddings! The sky is the limit…
Thanks so much to Suzanne for sharing with me!
Been working long hours in the mitten factory! Winter is here and we all want warm hands… am i right? Here is the latest coming off the factory floor….
I made these first two pairs from two sweaters mixed together… the orange is cashmere – SO SOFT!
Click here to check out the entire Gallery of Mittens or
Get the Mitten pattern: MADAWASKA MITTEN PATTERN
Go to the Mitten shop: MADAWASKA MITTENS
Yippee!! December 3rd is the start of Giveaway Day! Thanks to Sew Mama Sew for hosting this giveaway! I can’t believe it’s been a year since the last one already??? Giveaway Day is so much fun with so much to see that it now lasts a WEEK! All giveaways start today at 6 a.m. PST and close December 7 at 5 p.m. PST, and winners will be announced by email no later than Sunday, December 9
This year I’m giving away any pattern of your choice from my shop! I just love giveaways! I can’t wait to see all the fun giveaways myself!
Here are just some of the patterns the winner can pick from:
Cool coupon bag…
or a nice cover for your ipad…
or maybe a fun quilted hot water bottle cover… I love this!
maybe a pattern for a cosmetic case?
or a mug rug…
or some fun mittens..
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Thanks so much for looking and Good Luck! I know I’ll be checking out all the other fabulous prizes!
Winner will be chosen with the plug-in ‘And the Winner Is’ and notified via email.
You can also enter to win a wool wreath from me ~ Enter Here
When you’re done, click here to link back to the giveaways @ Sew Mama Sew…
Thanks for stopping by!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER MARY WHO WROTE:
I like the mug rug!
I’ve been burning the midnight oil in the mitten factory! I love this time of year, the holidays, the lights, the Christmas music… pretty sure I was an elf in a former life :o)
Been doing lot’s of cutting… (oH the DusT!!)
And lots of sewing….
Want to make your own?
Mitten pattern & Templates: MADAWASKA MITTEN PATTERN
Mitten shop: MADAWASKA MITTENS
Click here to see the full gallery of mittens.
CLUCK CLUCK! So Excited about my new Chicken Tea Cozy Coop!
You can find the pattern on Craftsy!
Use it as a tea cozy, muffin cozy, cookie cozy, egg cozy… really anything that you want cozy! Use the Chicken Hatch door to get to the goods! Love It!
So fun and looks GREAT in the kitchen!!!