Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mushroom Pincushion Pattern is Still Here!

Just scroll down a little to see the pattern cover and post, and a little farther down after the list of shops on the right sidebar for the link. Free download for a limited time! GET YOURS:)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

"Stay Put Socks"...check this out!

Hello friends...tonight I am featuring a new product that is out on the market recently, designed, created and produced by a good friend of mine, Kate Brotherson. Kate is a cute little southern belle from Alabama, and is a busy, wonderful mother of three young children.
If you, or someone you know has little ones, you will appreciate what I am going to share with you in this video.
As a mother, I can't tell you how many socks my kids have lost. I'm sure they number in the thousands. We have a joke at my house that there is a black hole somewhere where all of the missing socks and pacifiers have gone. If I had a dollar for every sock my kids have lost, I would be living on an exotic island somewhere, drinking a pina colada and getting a tan.
ANYWAY... I just wanted to share Kate's idea with you. It's a cheap little remedy for the lost sock woes...and I wish I had known about it when my kids were babies. Think how much money I would have saved on socks! Now I am going to make sure that all of my grand kids have Stay Put Socks on their sweet little feetsies.

Here's Kate: stay put socks

Monday, January 11, 2010

Mushroom Pincushions are here!


I promised that I would get a free download for you for the mushrooms...I had to get the pattern finalized, and writing up the instructions and drawing the illustrations always takes longer than I anticipate. That's mostly because I am first and foremost a mother of several, and life is very full!

Anyway, here it is! You can click on the link to the right (scroll down past the list of shops) to print out your own copy. This pattern will be free here on my blog for a limited time, so don't delay!

One note...if you downloaded the pattern yesterday (January 12), or earlier today (January 13), you might want to do it again. I made some changes to the pattern pieces, and I think you'll like how these turn out a little better. Sorry for the inconvenience! It's been a work in progress:)

MAJOR OOOPS: I forgot to put the pins in!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Got Shrooms?


You can never have too many cute pincushions...can you? I like them for gifts (to sewers) too, because sometimes you will make something for someone else that you might not ever get around to making for yourself.

I knew it was a new twist on an old idea...you know, that 70's mushroom craze. I think I was about 11 or 12 years old when I first became aware of the whole mushroom thing going on. Of course I was too young and too naive to know it was all about the hippie movement, and the hallucinogenic qualities that certain mushrooms produced when eaten, or maybe smoked, I'm not sure.

All I know is that back then just about everyone and their dog had mushroom decor everywhere. There were mushroom candles, mushroom wallpaper, mushroom curtains on the windows, clay mushrooms in planters, big ceramic mushrooms adorning the gardens, mushroom jewelry, you name it, there was a mushroom for it. There were psychedelic mushrooms adorning the t-shirts and posters of just about every hippie out there worth their salt.

So when I decided to look around for mushroom pincushions, I was pretty sure there would be a glut of them on the market, since there has been a bit of a 70's revival going on. And there were quite a few, but none were quite what I was looking for.

So I decided to go ahead and design my own mushroom pincushions. I tried out several styles, and came up with a set of three that I quite like.

These pictures represent my mushroom escapades: the trials and the errors. Kinda fun.


These colorful little pincushions vary from 3 1/2" to about 5 1/2" tall, and stand up quite easily by themselves. (Ithink they'd be really cute with polka dot tops too!)
Be looking for them to reappear as a free down-loadable pattern here on my blog in the very near future! Then you can use up some of your little scraps to make something useful and cute, too! It won't be too long...I just have to write up the instructions and take some pictures of the process.

No hallucinogens involved with these mushrooms... Sorry, ha-ha.
However, I'm afraid they ARE addicting!

Later...
Lila