Thursday, July 30, 2009

Baby Bear Earflap Knitting Pattern

The Baby Bear Earflap hat has been tested and is up for sale in my Etsy shop. $4
Super easy and knits up fast. Sizes newborn-5 years.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Sneak Preview Baby Bear Earflap Hat

Baby Bear Earflap Hat Pattern

Hi Everyone,As you know I have been trying to crochet. Well, to be honest it hasn't been going all that well. But fear not, it has inspired me to return to the craft that I have loved since grade five. Knitting!!!!

I have teamed up with my grandmother and we are both creating patterns for baby toddler hats, which we will be selling on Etsy. Completed hats will be available too!

Here is a sneak peak at mine!! Should be available by next week!

Perfect Little Pin Cushion - On Pins and Needles

All People Quilt has done it again.

Check out these great little pin cushions by Heather Bailiey. You can go to their site to download the project with illustrations or use the instructions to create your own.


Designer: Heather Bailey

1/8 yard print No. 1 (top and bottom)
1/8 yard print No. 2 (sides)1 yard 1/8"- to 3/8"- wide ribbon
2—3/4"-diameter buttons
Polyester fiberfill
Dollmaker’s needle
Water-soluble marking pen

Finished pincushion: 3-3/4x3-3/4x1"

Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. Measurements include a 1/4" seam allowance. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Awesome Charm Pack Bag

I love Moda Bakeshop! As usual they have come up with a simple and charming (hehe) pattern/tutorial using charm squares. What an adorable bag! Click below for instructions which include photos! This pattern uses "Moda Nest" charm squares.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Hi Friends...An Update on My Mom

Hi Everyone. Thanks so much for your concern via my mom. I got a call on Sunday from my sister saying that she was very ill. When I got there we immediately took her to the hospital and she was admitted, had surgery, and was in recovery within 6 hours!! She is resting with my Grandmother at home, as she couldn't sleep in the hospital and checked herself out. (Stubborn Scots she is.....haha)
I appreciate the support I have received from so many of you. I love my mom and this is a new experience for us. Thanks so much.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Good News

Hey Everyone,

I just got back from the store and I have good news. The pattern book (see post below) was less than I thought, so I can offer it to you for $3.25 and there was a freebie beside it, so I grabbed a few. If you purchase the pattern you get the free pattern with it. :))) Limited numbers available.

Organic Summer Knit Top (this is the freebie)

Pattern Run...Want One??

Hi Friends,
A number of people have emailed me regarding the crochet/knit pattern from the post a couple of days ago. I'm going to make a run up to Mary Maxim and get a few. If you would like me to pick one up for you please let me know.

$3.25 (new price....less than I thought)and I think shipping will be about $2

I will try to accommodate everyone, but I'm not sure how many they will have. It's an awesome little pattern book with at least 7 patterns. Plus you get a free organic knit summer tank top flyer with it. Thanks.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Recently, I found myself bitten with the "Treasury Bug". For those of you who don't know what a treasury entails (and I didn't until recently), it is a collection of items, chosen and put together by Etsy members.

With the help of Seedlings Jewellry and Zigzagstitches I figured out how to choose the items, secure a spot, and even take a screenshot of the finished product for blog posting. Thanks friends.

This treasury is special. This is because it is in the main treasury and secondly because every single item in the treasury is from someone that I personally know and like! All of them are on Twitter and have helped me or been a friend in some special way. There are many others who have become friends to me and I am going to continue making "Friend Treasuries" in an attempt to include everyone. This is what makes it special to me!

In September, I will be returning to my teaching job and am not sure what I will be doing with my Etsy shop. We will have to see how busy I am with my new JK/SK class. (I hear you chuckling Catherine-Zigzagstitches) This has been an excellent experience for me and I want to say "thanks" to all of the blog followers, twitter friends, and customers that I have met during this endeavour.

Here is a tutorial on how to make your own treasury . I'm telling you, IT IS FUN!!!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Organization Tip Out of Conrol Stash

Run Away Stash

Is your stash getting out of control? Don't even know what you have anymore? Can't find that piece that you know you have somewhere? Can't find your ribbon or binding?

Check out this inexpensive and practical idea from All People Quilts Magazine.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Learn to Crochet

**Note- in the second picture the pattern on the left is crochet and the two on the right are knit**
For many years I have been a knitter. One memory about knitting that I will always have was the result of an event that happened when I was in grade five. It was time for "show and tell" and I had forgotten to bring anything. As I scrambled to explain why I had forgotten, it suddenly occurred to me that I had knitted the sweater that I was wearing! I told the teacher and my class and I was "off the hook" -no pun intended. My grandmother and I had spent hours working on the loosely knitted, light pink, eighties style sweater.

Now, I have realized that I LOVE the look of crochet. Some of my friends that crochet say it's faster too, which is perfect when you are a mother of two, with a baby Pug, who is returning to teaching in Sept. So, at the age of thirty five, I am going to take the plunge and learn. Anyone want to join me???haha

So far I have found the following useful resources: **good for those who want to learn to knit as well

Learn to Knit and Crochet

Crochet Lesson from Craftown

Learn to Crochet with Lionbrand

I am going to start with organic cotton baby booties in soft green! Wish me luck!

Sunday, July 5, 2009