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Cloud 9 Geocentric II Bag Challenge @ Sew Mama Sew

Challenge, Giveaway AND Tutorial!

It was a little bit hard to contain my excitement when the gals over at SewMamaSew  chose me to participate in the GeoCentric II Bag Challenge!

Cloud 9 Fabric is launching their amazing line of organic cotton canvas (YUM!),  GeoCentric II!  The new line has 3 new fabulous colors and 3 new prints to choose from and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some!  Patiently I waited, stalking  the mailman checking the mail each day… until… it… arrived! (alright, it waaaas in an envelope…)

cloud 9 geocentric fabric

I planned on resisting the Cloud 9 references… I wasn’t going to say anything silly like ‘I was on cloud 9’ but I WAS thinking it!  The quality of this fabric is SO NICE!  Seriously, Cloud 9 Organic Cotton Canvas just sounds Fabulous!   No one else in my house was allowed to touch it (mine all mine) but I couldn’t stop!  It’s very soft and not at all like the canvas I’ve worked with before… I only put it up to my cheek once… don’t be a hater!

I decided to make a Victoria Tote and although the pattern doesn’t call for leather I had some that matched PERFECT!  So I swapped out the canvas bottom in the original pattern and top stitched the leather on instead.  And added leather straps… Could it get any better?  I’m super pleased with how it came out…

cloud 9 geocentric tote bag

I’m in love with the daffodil and metal colors together…

geocentric cloud 9 canvas tote bag

This fabric is really a dream to work with, it presses so nicely and is just crisp and soft and not as heavy and stiff as regular canvas / duck cloth.  And I really think it looks great with the leather accents… check out the bag bottom…

cloud 9 geocentric tote bag

love it!

cloud 9 geocentric tote bag

The pattern has an exterior and interior d-ring and an interior pocket –

cloud 9 geocentric tote bag

All you need is some GeoCentric Fabric! How will you choose what color with so many to choose from?  Really… I don’t know!  I love the interlock/sprout color in this next photo but I also love the diamonds/sky and the interlock/coral…

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I had so much fun working with this organic canvas,  I couldn’t stop, so I made a little zipper pouch!

cloud 9 geocentric tote bag

check out the daffodil lining…

cloud 9 geocentric tote bag

GIVEAWAY – Like me on Facebook and and I’ll randomly choose someone August 10th to win a free Vicotoria Tote Pattern!  Please be sure to comment below that you liked me on Facebook so you’ll be officially entered.

cloud 9 geocentric tote bag

Make your own Zipper Pouch using this TUTORIAL.

You can find the pattern for the Victoria Tote here!

Go check out Cloud 9 and SewMamaSew!

UPDATE!  THE PATTERN WINNER CHOSEN BY And the Winner Is:

Robin August 5, 2013 at 8:53 am

I am following you on Facebook.  Love the bag, love the fabric.  thank you!

sherrips – I haven’t forgotten about the gorgeous Blueberry Cotton!  I made a Coupon Bag!  Find the pattern here… Coupon Organizer Pattern

coupon organizer bag / holder

geocentric fabric cloud 9

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Happy New Year! ~ & 2012 Review

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!

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Craft Buds – Craft Book Month

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!

Marketing Supplies
Sew Mama Sew – Craft Fair Series

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:

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January – Scrappy Lone Star

Also excited about participating in a 2013 Row Robin with my quilt guild.  My first row is complete…

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Row Robin – Row 1 (v & co fabric and inspiration)

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…

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~Ellie

Live in the Sunshine

Swim the Sea

Drink the Wild Air  ~Emmerson

 

Craft Buds

 

sherri

 

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Another Giveaway!

I couldn’t resist! Because as you know…

I have lots of wool… and this giveaway is for a SWEET wool mini wreath!  It’s all of about 7″ wide – just the sweetest!  All made from remnants of my ‘mitten factory’.  Sweet!

 

 TO WIN

subscribe to RebeccaMaeDesigns at the bottom of this blog post and comment that you did

Simple! 

Additional entries for following on facebook, twitter or pinterest.

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.

Sorry but this giveaway is shipped to US addresses only…

You can also win a pattern from my store!  Enter Here…

When you’re done click here to link back to the giveaways @ Sew Mama Sew

Thanks for stopping by!

sherri

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER ELLEN  M. WHO WROTE:
I already subscribe!  Such an adorable wreath – thanks for the chance to win it!
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Giveaway Day is Here!

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…

coupon organizer bag / holder

 

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..

TO WIN

 subscribe to rebeccamaedesigns at the bottom of this post 

comment that you did and tell me what pattern shown here is your favorite?

Simple! 

Additional entries for following on facebook,twitter or pinterest.

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!

sherri

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER MARY WHO WROTE:
I like the mug rug!

 

 

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Craft Market Series @ Sew Mama Sew

If you’ve been to my blog you know I love mittens!  I’ve made a ton of them and you can see them all here in my Mitten Gallery!

Mittens from felted wool sweaters

I’ve also been to a lot of holiday fairs ~ selling mittens!

Sew Mama Sew (one of my favorite sewing sites – btw) is offering a ‘Craft Fair and Market Series’ beginning today and I get to kick things off!  I’m really excited to be part of this.  After being ‘on tour’ selling my mittens I’ve got it down to a science.  Those first few shows were so stressful exciting – and now I’m here to share my market ‘toolkit’ and advice! 

From Getting your Cash Box together…

Cash Box

To Marketing Materials…

Marketing Supplies

Find out what’s in My Booth Tote…

What’s in your wallet booth tote?

Don’t forget you’ll need to package your items…

Easy packaged up Mittens!

It you’re gearing up to get your show on the road – get on over to Sew Mama Sew to read the entire blog and print out my toolkit list!

sherri

 

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SEW MAMA SEW GIVAWAY DAY IS HERE!

ENTRIES FOR THE GIVEAWAY ARE CLOSED AS OF 5:00 5/25/12

THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED!

WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED THIS WEEKEND!!

Hi, My name is Sherri – thanks for stopping by!  I live in the northeast USA and I’m new to the online community so this is a very exciting opportunity to meet other bloggers!  Woo Hoo!!   Maybe I’ll gain a fan or two!  (so far ONLY my mother has posted!… love you mom!)

 I decided to give away one of my OWL Pillows for the SEW Mama SEW Giveaway!

Meet Oliver Owl – Today’s giveaway!

This fella is all business – and all he needs is a little love and a brief case, or perhaps an IPad!  He is about 18″ tall and 10″ wide – and super cute.   If you have a little one who has bad dreams – he’s the perfect night owl for you!  This nocternal friend never sleeps and keeps a watchful eye out for any bad dreams – keeping them at bay!   OR perhaps you just LOVE owls?  Hey – Whoooo can blame you?? :o)

Want to make one yourself?  You can find the pattern for this Night Owl on my Craftsy store!

Not to worry – you can make a female version too!  Meet the girls…

Nellie Night Owl

Neptune Night Owl

Ok, NOW let’s get down to business as there are LOTS of contests to get to!  Here is the dealio – You will receive one entry for each of the following…

1) just a simple comment on my blog

2) tell me a pattern idea that you’d love to have in your comment

3) join my mailing list (top right)- I promise I will be posting free tutorials soon!

4) friend me on facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/RebeccaMaeDesigns/149904608472584

5) favorite my shop on etsy rebeccamaedesigns.etsy.com

6) follow me on twitter @ https://twitter.com/#!/RebeccaMaeDsgn

and last but NOT least…

7) if you already bought a pattern from me mention that in your comment on my blog!

Well, that’s 7 chances you have to enter!  Thanks for the support and good luck!  I will follow the Sew Mama Sew deadlines for the giveaway!

Now…. I gotta go… I want to win something too! :o)

Go back to Sew Mama Sew

sherri

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