Saturday, February 25, 2012

five needle books in the shop

Just FYI, if your needles need a cozy, colorful home, five felt needle books are now in the shop!

Friday, February 17, 2012

new batch underway, new way to shop

For those of you who have asked, I have some needle books under construction. I'll shoot for having five or six done before I list them.

Also, I now have a Craftsy pattern store! I'm pretty excited about that. It's a new feature of the Craftsy website and is a marketplace designed especially for PDF patterns - no extra fees for me and instant pattern downloads for you! Which means no more waiting on me to email you the pattern. And that is golden for last minute crafting.

I don't have all my patterns uploaded there yet, but most of them are. I hope to have all of them available there soon. It won't change anything about my good ol' etsy shop! My patterns are still available there, along with any handmade items I manage to crank out. And that brings me back to the needle books, which I hope to list there in the next couple of weeks. If life goes according to plan.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Wee Mouse Tin House pattern available!

The PDF pattern is now available in the shop. (It's also now available here for download.) This makes a great little portable friend to have in your purse or backpack. It's made with scraps you probably have laying (lying?) around. I've taken all the guesswork out of the sizing for you and also included lots of my tricks and tips to make construction very easy. So don't be afraid of tiny! You can do it. Lots of diagrams to explain each step, as usual. Y'all know how I love me some diagrams.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

upcoming pattern: wee mouse tin house

(Edit: pattern is now available)
These are the Valentine wee mouses in tin houses for my two girls. They went kinda nuts over Alton so I had planned to make these for them after the Christmas craft craziness was over. The red Altoid tins lend themselves well to the Valentine theme. I thought since I was making more I might as well develop a PDF pattern for them for the shop, so hopefully it will be listed soon. They are quick to make with only scraps required. Fair warning to stockpile your Altoids tins.

Couple of other things too, while I'm writing:
  1. I received an email recently about the Craftcation Indie Business & DIY Conference and it sounds like a great time. Right up our alley, eh, Leigh Ann? It's in Ventura, CA, USA and it looks like there is a group discount for reserving your space early, so check it out. From their About page: "Craftcation is a three day indie business & DIY workshop conference. It’s a retreat to inspire, network and build upon the independent craft business community. Our objective is to ignite the entrepreneurial business spirit, strengthen skills and abilities of both seasoned business owners and newcomers to indie craft business. This is an opportunity to network, communicate and share with your peers."
  2. Also, if you are into wool felt (duh) and love winning free stuff (double duh), there's still plenty of time to enter the Felt On The Fly's Felty Hearts Challenge and win yourself a pile of gorgeous wool felt. See the details here and her flickr group here.