Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring Is In The Air....

And you know what that means at my house? PROJECTS!

All those winter months when it was too cold or wet to spray paint and my busy mind was back logging projects.  Now that the pine tree pollen is over and we have long stretches of sunny warm weather it is time to let the projects begin!

That is my excuse for not getting any patterns done in 2 WEEKS! We bought a smoker at the end of last summer and decided to build a summer kitchen in the back yard.  So plans were thought out and supply lists made over the winter, just waiting on Spring.  I have also been planning a redecoration of my bed and bathroom, so that big plan was formulated and ready for launch as soon as the kitchen was completed.  I was rockin' right along and figured we could have all this done by April.

Then we decided to take my sister to Liberty Trade Days for a little fun and all my plans went to hell in a hand basket! We found a GORGEOUS farm table and bought it on the spot.  Now I have a huge custom built table sitting in my living room because I haven't started the update on the Dining Room.
So that project moved up in importance and the bed/bath got shoved back.  I will be lucky to get all three of these projects done by FALL!

So the point of this long story is to make me feel better about not getting my patterns completed these past weeks! This is another way of saying "the dog ate my homework!"

Here is what I have finished. Well, something is better than nothing'!

You can find it in my Etsy Shop here.
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Reality Check

Today I was whizzing right along and patting myself on the back about how many patterns I have finished and then decided to count how many I had left with just the Fall and Halloween.  At the rate I'am going I will be finished with everything in about a year. Crap!  I wanted to have all my patterns in my Etsy shop by the end of September.  

That was a reality check.  Guess I need to step things up.  

Hope you enjoy these two new Fall patterns.

Ghosts in the Pumpkin Patch

Bless Our Harvest
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Friday, March 3, 2017

This Weeks Patterns

Today I wanted to introduce Mr. Skelington and another cute pumpkin pattern.  Have I mentioned that I L-O-V-E pumpkins?  I think they look great with every decor and they signal the start of the holiday seasons.

I have three sons, and Halloween was a BIG deal at our house when they were younger.  We went all out and decorated inside and out.  I only had one stipulation, it couldn't be too scary or gory.  We had music in the yard and grave yards, ghouls in the bushes and even a giant spider that was attached to the roof of the porch so that when the Trick or Treaters stepped on the screaming door mat and I opened the door a giant plastic spider would drop down beside them.  That was a hoot! We also used lots of pumpkins in our decorating, I must confess that I love to carve pumpkins and miss those days. I now do a pumpkin for my grand-kids, this was last years Dino pumpkin.

So I think these two patterns would be a great way to start off the Halloween festivities.  You can find them in my ETSY shop.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Pictures From The Past

Here are two more Harvest patterns that are now available on Etsy.  I thought I would start with Harvest and Fall patterns first because there are SO many Santa's and Snowmen and it would be easier to finish this small batch.  I didn't realize how many of these patterns I had!  These are perfect for beginners because they are simple to make and have a great presence.

I LOVE fall and pumpkins, Mr. MySpareTime says it is an addiction. {He is looking for a 12 step program for me}  These are great sellers at Craft Shows and can be quickly made in a short amount of time.  I decorate for Fall starting in September, OK early September, OK September 1st and leave them up until the day after Thanksgiving.   These are wonderful on a porch, in an entry way or fireplace hearth or mantle.

While I was writing this post I thought I remembered having photos of all my old craft shows and look what I found, back in the day!

More to come and Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Let's Get This Party Started

Like I promised, new patterns coming.

Today I have two new Halloween/Fall patterns listed on Etsy.  They are super simple and perfect for starting with if you have never made one of my patterns.

If you have any questions on how to make them just drop me a comment.
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Lots of News

Good morning friends,

It has been several months since I last posted and so much has been going on. The craft show was in October and usually I take November and December off to fill special orders and recoup from the show. By now I would have already had a notebook full of new designs, but as 2016 ended I realized that I was ready to change things up.

In case you didn't know I have been doing craft shows since 1992!  My sister and I had a booth at a local craft mall in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  I had just moved to Northampton and my next door neighbor, Betty Woodruf, was in charge of the Northampton Artists and Handcrafters Annual Craft Show in our neighborhood.  She encouraged us to sign up and get a booth.  We had a blast and the rest is history!

This is our first booth in 1992
From then on I don't think I have gone a year when I didn't have several craft shows, wholesale customers and consignment agreements.  I loved every minute of it.  But like all things in life, there is change.  The creativity is still there, but the time to work on crafts seems to have shrunk.  I always thought that when my kids grew up I would have so much more time for things I wanted to do, but that doesn't seem to be the case.  Mr. MySpareTime and I seem to have something pulling at us every month.

I got an alarming email in early January from a fellow folk artist that notified me I was being ripped off!  She said there was a gal in Oklahoma that was teaching those painting classes where you and your girlfriends come for wine and go home with a picture, and she was using one of my designs in her advertising.  I asked how she knew it was me and she said the woman was so stupid as to steal my photo off Pinterest with my watermark on it.  The reason this woman was telling me all this is because she was getting ripped off too.  The worry and stress over what to do finally ended when I decided that "imitation is the highest form of flattery" and let it go.  If you really need to do this to put food on your table, so be it.  The shameful part is that she touts herself as a Christian business, but I guess she didn't read the the part about "thou shall not steal"!

To add to the confusion, I had been getting steady email and Facebook messages asking when I was going to start selling my full size Snowmen and Santa patterns on Etsy.   I knew that was going to be a time consuming undertaking but I felt like this is something I wanted to pursue.  I had been listing my patterns on Etsy and I could see they were selling steadily, so I thought I would start that project first thing in 2017. Then it happened!

Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts magazine contacted me through Etsy and wanted me to submit a project for their consideration to be in the October 2017 issue.  I worked on the snowman project they requested (said they saw it on the blog) and sent it to their headquarters in January. I was notified that my project had been selected and then came all the legal stuff.  I won't believe it until I see it in print, but they will link the project to my Etsy shop!  Now that puts a new spin on getting ALL those patterns done and listed by the end of September.

This is the 2016 magazine

I won't bore you with the details, but let's just say that writing pattern instructions, is like pulling teeth! You have to describe every detail and you cannot assume the buyer knows what they are doing. Between the pattern cover graphics work, writing the instructions and drawing, scanning and editing the pattern it takes for fricken ever, slow work!  Due to the Etsy algorithm for searches I have to spread out the listings to two a week, but I have started with Fall and Halloween, so check them out over on the side bar.

That brings me to my news.

My Spare Time Designs will NO longer be having the Private Trunk Show. {I had made up my mind several weeks ago, but it seems like I am giving a eulogy now that I see it in print}

Thank you for all the good times, all the laughs and all the creative challenges! Some of you started out as friends and ended up as customers, but most of you started as loyal customers that I now count as wonderful friends.  Mr. MySpareTime and I are still doing SPECIAL ORDERS, so feel free to keep dropping off those found treasures and letting me "do whatever" I want to them.

Life if full of change, and I think I am ready for it. My only regret is that my sister didn't come to this last show, that would have made it full circle!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Two More Patterns on Etsy!

Just listed two more of our popular Santa Door Patterns on Etsy.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Hey All You DIY's!

Just wanted to let you all know that I am slowly getting my patterns added to Etsy.

We just added two new cupboard door snowman pattern and they are super easy to make.  You can purchase the pattern today and download it instantly.  You could have several of these made by Thanksgiving, just in time for Christmas gift giving.

Keep watching, more patterns are coming!

Thanks for stopping by.
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