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Summer Cover Table of Contents Note From The Editor Can We Talk Crafts? Angie's Ragg Bagg Trash To Treasures Do You Remember When? Flower Arranging Banter From The Kitchen Silver Star Show Me The Crafts Shoppe Crazy Crafty Cameos Doodlin' Beads Theresa's Tidbits Pattern Page Free Pattern Downloads Queen Lady Bug Project Journey From Down Under From A Cottage Garden Krafty Kids Crafty Cookbook Crafty Patterns Directory Crafty Web Directory Advertisers Index

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Ahhhh the Joys of Summer, a season we all look forward to for that chance to slow down and grab some much-needed R&R and vacation time for those of us lucky enough to take a summer vacation! We are happy to bring you Summer favorites in this issue; articles chock-ful of crafts and crafty chatter, for our craft readers who love Country and primitives, and for our rustic readers looking for that down-home rustic prim as well! Thank you, once again, for allowing us into your home and your hearts, and nest wishes for a SUPER Summer, filled with rest and relaxation for you and yours!

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Interview with Amy Berger of Kraft Kottage http://www.KraftKottage.com Question: When and how did you get started in your craft business? Answer: Well, let's see. I have loved crafting since I was a little girl. I made Barbie doll clothes out of Kleenexes and construction paper scraps and colored them with markers. LOL I think I really got hooked on making things when I was a freshman in college. I was so poor I couldn't afford to buy gifts or cards for my family and friends for special occasions, so i started making these really goofy cards and simple handmade gifts. My first year of college I made my mom a special card for Mother's Day it took me hours to make and I wrote her a poem in the card. She cried and told me that was the best thing I'd ever given her. That is when my love affair with crafting started. I got into my current business by sheer dumb luck. In 1999, I started my own online stationery business called Amy's Attic (www.amysatticonline.com), where I create country graphics and make simple and whimsical notecards and stickers from the graphics. The cards and stickers are printed on brown kraft paper. I had so many people ask me if they could just buy the brown paper blank to make their own cards, then I started selling the paper and labels on my website, and it snowballed from there. Question: Are you a Work At Home Mom (WAHM)? Or do you have a job outside of the home? Or both, LOL? Answer: I actually have 3 jobs right now. My Kraft Kottage business is strictly online and i do all the work from my home. This allowed me to stay home more with my 2 girls when they were babies (I am so thankful I was here to see them grow!) I am also a registered nurse and work part-time in a cardiothoracic unit. I still have my stationery business, Amy's Attic, and I am taking a few business courses at a local college. I've also been dabbling into my own little business making modern crochet accessories. I have a shop on Etsy right now, hautehookeddesigns.etsy.com and it is doing pretty well. Question: How do you manage to find enough time for your craft business, and still manage your family, friends and life in general? Answer: Sometimes it is tough, but hey, I am a woman and a nurse. I can do anything right? Women are great multi-taskers and being a nurse keeps me in the "stay organized" mindset. Oh, I don't sleep much either.

Question: What is one of the biggest problems or hurdles you have had to face with your business? Answer: I finally realized the saying "you have to spend money to make money" is so true. I didn't want to spend a lot of money to get my business started and I was getting nowhere, until I listened to some advice from a friend of mine (her name is DJ, LOL) and I advertise a lot now but am very picky on where and when I advertise. Advertising is really expensive with a small business, and I look for advertising that has more bang for the buck. Question: What has been the biggest asset for your business? Answer: Advertising, advertising oh did I mention advertising??? I also think you really have to love what you are doing. You have to have a product people want. The support of my family has been the biggest driving force. I think all of the above were equally important assets. Question: If you were able to change 1 thing about your business, what would it be and why would you change it? Answer: My business is at the point now, where it is experiencing some growing pains. It is too big for 1 person (me) to handle but too small to hire someone part-time. It is overwhelming sometimes. I would love to be able to hire some help. The other thing I would definitely change is that I wish I could meet all of my customers face to face. I think that is one negative aspect of having an online business, you never get to meet anyone in person. Question: What direction do you see your business going in the future? Answer: I really hope it keeps growing. I also would like to be able to offer a broader range of products in the future. It has been so rewarding to start a little tiny business and watch it grow into what it is today. It has a long way to go until I can quit my day job but it is getting there slowly but surely. Question: What advice would you give to other crafters? Answer: I hate to sound clichĂŠ' but it's true! Do what you love, love what you do. DO NOT give up. A business takes time, at least 3-5 years to grow and prosper don't expect to make money right away, be prepared for the long haul. Advertise, advertise, advertise- no one will buy from you if they can't find you. Give the type of customer service you would like to receive! Be fair and kind (this sounds old fashioned but it works, as there is so little kindness in the world right now). Offer quality products to your customers and definitely let them know you appreciate them.


The Quilting Circle I have never been a part of a quilting circle, in truth I have only read of them. It’s hard to imagine in this day and age a group of women sitting together to do anything that doesn’t involve soccer balls or bake sales or car pools, let alone sewing, but I love the idea of them. I adore quilts. I always have. Maybe it has something to do with my granny’s or my love of the Little House books, but I think really it has to do with the feel of them. Not the feel from touching them, but the feel of them, of their past, of their story. There’s a book I read once about a group of women that would quilt together once a week. Each week they would travel to one woman’s home and quilt what she had already pieced and backed. Together they would finish it up, while discussing their lives, children, crops and the weather. On the days the host didn’t have a quilt ready they would bring their own sewing and piece together their own tops. Many times they would swap templates for fabric, or trade fabric for fabric. One of the best lines in the book told of how there wasn’t a quilt in town that didn’t have a least one piece of fabric from each of them in it. Their lives were intertwined as neighbors and townspeople like the fabric in their quilts. Most of the fabrics used were from scraps left over from making dresses and aprons, or pieces from old discarded clothing or even from flower and sugar sacks. Each square having their own story to tell of graduations and weddings, picnics and Church functions.

A person could look at their quilt and see the history of their lives and the lives of their friends and families. They could remember why that one square was special and had its place in their quilt. They could remember the day that their friends had come together to tediously hand sew around every block and square. The days the quilting circles of gone. The memories of the women are faded into their quilts. But sometimes if you listen hard enough you can hear them laughing and joking. You hear their stories of triumphs and trials and listen as they encourage and sympathize. You can feel what each woman put into their work: love and friendship.


Most earrings can be glued flat simply by snipping the post or the clip off of the back with wire cutters. Larger pieces like brooches make excellent focals at the bottom center of a mirror and on box lids. Missing stones and imperfections don’t bother me so much. But there have been times where I have found the missing stones that the bottom of the bag or box and glued them back into place. For necklace charms that may lie flat but have a loop at the top, I either cut the loop as close to the base as possible with wire cutters, or use the loop as a setting and glue a random rhinestone into it.

Embellish With Broken Jewelry As a mixed media artist, nothing makes me happier than coming across a large bag, box or even a tangled mess of vintage, broken jewelry pieces and components at a flea market or a yard sale. With a little patience and a pair of wire cutters, you can transform that pile of junk into a steady supply of interesting focal pieces, beaded accents and fancy 3D embellishment for that otherwise flat paper collage. The last large lot of jewelry bits and pieces I purchased took me a few nights to sort through. As I watched TV, I sat with my wire cutters and several plastic containers and baggies for sorting, and a trash box for discarded parts. Here are my tips on what to look for among the intertwined necklaces, brooches, clip on earrings and findings and how to get them project ready. I am a fanatic when it comes to saving every single bit of metal and tiny finding that may be floating at the bottom of the lot for my smaller collage work. If it can be flattened out, trimmed down, cut in half or glued down, it is going to be stored away for a project. So the next time you see a box full of vintage costume jewelry that appears to be useless. Take a closer look. With a creative eye and a little bit of time, you can turn a box of trash into a useful and beautiful source of embellishments for your works of art!

Chains are great for accenting around the inner edge of a picture frame, or gluing down throughout the frame. Watches are fun to take apart! The faces make great additions to many altered art projects, as do the mechanisms inside.


Upon writing this I find myself in Mackinaw City, Michigan watching several of the summer help flying beautiful and intricate kites out over the lake with the mighty Mackinaw Bridge as a backdrop. This sight sent me into a tailspin of memories‌ Granddad helping me make a kite, then taking me out to a field filled with Queen Ann Lace and daisies to fly it. Oh how I wished I could be up there with it gliding along on the wind. Then I remember years later teaching my daughters how to make one. They would color pictures on them and tie Christmas tinsel garland for the tails! I would fix a lunch, pack everything in their wagon and we would hike back along the river to an open meadow and spend the afternoon. They would run and tumble and squeal with laughter while attempting to get their kites into the air and be silent with wonder when they got them up.

When they tired of that they would search for pirate treasure along and in the creek. Running from the crayfish with animated cries of fear then dangling their legs for the minnows to nibble on. Or want to fish so we would make a fishing pole with a stick, string and a safety pin using marshmallows for bait. Of course they never caught one using it but sure had fun trying!! After our picnic lunch they would take a nap on the blanket while I read. When they got a little older they would head out on their own. Sometimes going to a rock pile in the woods they called Big rock city and spend a whole day of adventure. Precious memories to all of us; Now I am doing it with my grandchildren when possible. We could go buy one of these beautiful kites but would then miss the fun of building one together. Oh for those simple yet laughter filled summer days.


Did you ever wonder how to arrange flowers the correct way? What do you use to make an arrangement look good? Where do you place what flower? How many do you use of each color? What flower do you use with each other flower? These questions can be answered without any problems using common sense… Use your eye for placement… when you place your focus flower you much make sure you have the height of the center flower much higher than all of the rest of the arrangement… for example make the flower 12” in the center of the arrangement and then place the other two of the same flower say maybe 9” to the side of the center flower… now with the second flower of a different variety place 3 other flowers or you could use say 5 of the same flower going the center flower… This technique is used when using silk flowers. You always start with the placement of flowers, when using silk flowers. When using live flowers, you always start with the filler such as the greenery, i.e. ferns and some sort of greenery and baby breaths, but when using silk always start with the flowers then after placing all of the flowers then you fill in the greens... I hope you are following me with this… With some of the arrangements I will show you with photos using herbs... I love using herbs in arranging... Herbs are always a plus when using clay pots or other containers. I love bringing the outdoors into the inside. Place the scented herbs near your open windows or doors to allow the smell to come into your home. This makes your home to have the outdoor smell always in the house... Place the herbs in pots to make it easy for you to cut for cooking and for some baking. Many of your flowers are edible, don’t forget that as well. I love to plant and arrange flowers in tier plantings. I will have photos here showing you some of the tier plantings. This gives you more space for more flowers. When space is an issue you can have more flowers in a smaller space. Hanging baskets are easy as well to plant. Don’t forget to always plant the biggest flower in the center and the smaller ones around the sides and then the vines closest to the edges... Make sure you put both flowers and herbs together. The do well together and do look great together. The smells from both compliment each other.

Flower arranging should be fun and creativity comes with time. Do your own thing. It comes with practice. Remember flower arranging is different shapes such as squares, circles, odd shapes, place flowers into these shapes and always put the colors side by side... In odd numbers... The only time you would use even numbers of flowers are in one dozen of the same flower such as 1 dozen of roses in a vase... This is acceptable, with a touch of baby’s breath and ferns. I hope I have shown you the art of flower arrangements and arranging herbs and flowers together. In the photos I have displayed, you can see the different ways of displaying herbs and flowers in tiers and pots. Clay pots are always one of the favorites to plant just about anything. They keep the moisture and plants grown much better in them. Also they look great both in the home and outside the home. So if you have any questions you can always email me and I would be most happy to answer any questions. I taught floral arrangements for many years and would love to help you out in any way I can. Have a good one and from my home to yours many hugs coming your way.


Suds & Scents!

Summer is here!

I have been busy in the kitchen for the last couple of months, I thought it was about time I had a go at soap making and am now totally hooked!!

I think at last, the Summer is here in the UK! The weather has been beautiful with blue skies and lots of warm sunshine, and it’s about time too!!

I make my soaps using the traditional Cold Process method and have had great fun trying out new scents and recipes!

We live very near the beach on the South Coast of England, so you can guess where we will be this weekend!

In the UK, all bath & body products have to be Safety Assessed and then Certified by a qualified Cosmetic Chemist in order to sell them legally. I am proud to say that my soaps passed their assessment and they are fully certified! I have had so much fun sampling some new scents for my soaps such as Lime, Mandarin & Basil, Love Spell, Pink Sugar, Exotic Mango and my favourite Mum’s Honey Wash, a Lush duplicate of Honey I washed the Kids! This week I will be having a go at Soap Felting! Using raw wool to felt a bar of soap that produces a flannel and soap in one this gives a gorgeous lather whilst washing. This is another new craft for me, I love trying new things! So I have a bag of raw wool (roving) with many bright colours all ready to go!

Now that Summer is here, another change in the scents I use to fragrance my wax goodies is in order!! We have a lot of Summer Fayres coming soon; one in particular is the Village Summer Fayre which is held on the green in the Village where I live. I have a stall there every year and it is always a very enjoyable day. There are always lots of different stalls, including plants, bric-abrac, cakes and raffles plus lots of games and the fun fair for the kids and young at heart! So I will be very busy soon making my soaps & such and getting ready for the day. That’s it for now from Banter in the Kitchen, until next time, Happy Crafting!!


When one thinks of Texas you think of STARS. You know we ARE the Lone Star State. When you look to find a perfectly Country Prim shop in the Dallas Texas area, look no future than the Silver Star Mercantile Co located in Old Town Carrollton. My family found Silver Star by accident about four years ago and we try to visit this unique Americana Country Primitive store at least once a month. Silver Star is located in a small historical square in Carrollton, Texas. Their building is one of many that have been preserved to make up the quaint historical square. The owners Jackie and Susan are so friendly and they truly greet each and every visitor like you are family. Inside this store you will find all kinds of wonderful furniture and accessories for you home. They carry Circle E Candles, which are made in Texas and one of the state's most popular smell is Bird of Paradise. They also carry handmade soaps, LEANIN' TREE CARDS and of course my favorite thing DOLLS! If you are into signs then you will be excited to step into this country prim haven. Inside the Silver Star you will find signs of all kinds all over. This historical building had tin ceilings and the original bricks that peek at your from the white concrete walls. Inside the store you will find not only the wonderful furniture, accessories along with a fun atmosphere, but a

working beauty shop. Elaine & Lynn can give you a new "do". They take women, men or the whole family. I just love watching the folks get their new looks while soaking in the sights and sounds of yester-year. Silver Star is not just any ole prim shop. Folk artist Pam Dyer-Walters and Silver Star have joined together to bring you her wonderful folk art collectibles. The first to arrive at the store are her hearts added to a spindle or architectural piece or even bring your own special piece and she can add a heart - give it a "heart beat". We call it "old parts - new hearts. Jackie and Susan wanted to add a truly unique collectible to the store and Pam's pieces are sought after by many of her customers, including both Susan & Jackie. If you are in the Dallas area they would like to invite you to come join the Silver Star Hookers! Their rug hooking classes allow you to make a small project with a pre-set kit. You can pick from their wonderful choices of wool to make your own project. You can find this wonderful Texas Prim Store online at www.silverstaramericancountry.com, and of course, when you are in Texas, please make plans to stop by and visit them in person!

Silver Star Mercantile Co. 1102 West Main Street Carrollton, TX 75006 Phone (972) 242-4490 Store hours vary Monday: Closed Tuesday: 10AM-6PM Wednesday: 10AM-6PM Thursday: 10AM-6PM Friday: 10AM-6PM Saturday: 10AM-7PM Sunday: Closed Silver Star Mercantile Co. is truly a Texas treasure! I hope you come explore this unique Texas jewel soon.


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It’s not very often that a person is blessed with getting to do what they love as their profession. Kathie Givens of My Country Heart is one of the few that never regrets a day of work. Her job has been a life long dream that came to life in 1999, after retiring from working full time at a bank. When you pull up to My Country Heart Crafts and Antiques you can see that the store is aptly named. It’s all about Kathie’s Country Heart. The building itself is a historic 8 room farmhouse with hand stenciled walls that date back to the turn of the century. With its hand hewn beams, nooks and crannies there are lots of places to browse through Kathie’s fabulous displays. Kathie prides herself on giving the customer a very at home, comfortable shopping experience, with no hassles or problems. With Celtic, country clogging or even the oldies playing softly in the back ground, you’re sure to have a fun time! Many times she has even heard her customers singing along while awed by the vast inventory of antiques and crafts. ‘Surround yourself with the things you love’ is Kathie’s philosophy. While taking in the wonderful scent of her best selling candles you can’t help but find something you love! My Country Heart carries a wide variety of antiques such as tins, and kitchen items. Cupboards filled with jewelry, baskets, primitive dolls, baskets, quilts, samplers, stitcheries, pillows, folk art, candles and much, much more! Many of the items are hand made by Kathie. She considers herself a mixed media folk-craft-artist. Most of her creations are made at home. Her house has designated areas for all her creative needs. With areas set up for painting, sewing and dried florals she can be inspired by what is around her to make primitive dolls, Christmas items, Santa’s, items made from antique or older finds and wreaths. While heart items and stars of any type are great sellers, the majority of customers look for hand made American items. The Country Heart original design of the American flag wreath is always in high demand. Kathie feels you get the most satisfaction owning a shoppe when your customers buy what you have created. “It’s a truly heart-warming feeling, making others happy from a gift that you have been given.” Kathie would eventually like to write a book for those wanting to start their own primitive craft business, so that others can learn from her experiences. My Country Heart will continue down its present course of bringing quality items to its customers, while continuing to surround them in things they love.

My Country Heart Antiques and Crafts is located at 3564 Copley Road in Copley, Ohio right across from the Copley Gazebo on Copley Circle Rte. 162. Shop hours are Tuesday- Saturday 11-5.Open Sundays October through Christmas. The annual Christmas Open House is the first weekend in December. Free gift with purchase November through Christmas! You can reach Kathie about any of her items at 330-665-9696. My Country Heart is also online at www.mycountryheart.org.


I have some pictures of some of the pieces I made to show you. I used Japanese Tensha beads (below), and Lucite moon glow (bottom pic). They are so awesome and come in a variety of styles. My favorite, Tensha, are the ones with all the roses.

Welcome to Summer Doodle Bugs! I don’t know about all of you, but I think Central California has skipped springtime and has gone right into summer! ARRRGGHHH! I am not much of a summer person, but I do enjoy all the flowers that are blooming everywhere. It makes for great inspiration for jewelry designing. Last time we talked about basic tools to get started. Did you all rush right out and get a kit to start beading? Huh? Well I have to tell you, the price of Sterling silver and gold has sky rocketed! It is hard to even get a basic sterling silver toggle for less than about $4.00! So, we jewelry designers have become research specialists! (LOL) I have found that there is good quality silver out there in Bali Silver, Turkish Silver, and Israeli Silver. There are also some great pewter pieces as well. In fact, I recently went out to my local craft store and found some really cool copper chain, antiqued gold plated and antiqued silver plated pewter charms, chain and findings and mixed them with my Lampwork, vintage Swarovski and clay beads and they are very cool! They are so Vintage looking! I love that look. It gives me a chance to work with something new and provide some quality pieces at a more affordable price.

Don’t be afraid or intimidated to just jump in there and experiment with things. You will be surprised at how fast you will pick it up. Also, look around on Etsy, Ebay and other jewelry sites for great bargains once you get a feel for what you prefer to use. Happy Doodle Beadin’!


Manicure and Pedicure from your Kitchen You can give yourself, or someone else, a spa quality manicure and pedicure with common items that you have in your kitchen or can easily find on the grocery store shelves.

Pedicure

Manicure You should prepare the hand soak in advance so that it can steep and cool before you are ready to use it.

You should prepare the foot soak in advance so that it can steep and cool before you are ready to use it.

Hand Soak 2 cups of boiling water 1 chamomile tea bag 1 green tea bag ½ cup whole milk, butter milk, or cream

Foot Soak 2 qts boiling water 2 green tea bags 2 peppermint tea bags ½ cup sea salt (do not use regular table salt)

Pour the boiling water over the tea bags and let steep for at least 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and add the milk or cream. When the mixture is comfortable to the touch it is ready to use. The hand soak is used after the hand scrub.

Pour the boiling water over the tea bags, let steep for at least 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and add the sea salt. When the mixture is comfortable to the touch it is ready to use. The foot soak is used after the foot scrub.

Hand Scrub 1 tbsp Honey (warmed slightly to make it easier to use) 1 tbsp Olive Oil (extra virgin, if possible) 1 tbsp Sugar

Combine the warm honey and the olive oil, add the sugar. Massage gently all over your hands, including cuticles. It’s best to do this over the sink as this is messy. Do not rub hard enough to make skin raw. Rinse with warm, not hot, water. There will be an oily residue, that’s fine. Soak each hand for at least 5 minutes using the cooled hand soak. Gently pat dry. Now is the perfect time to push back the cuticles and file or trim the nails. The best deep moisturizer is shea butter, available at natural food stores and many regular groceries and drug stores. If you don’t have shea butter, use olive oil. Rub all over your hands, paying special attention to cuticles and nails, leaving some residue. If you have manicure gloves or just plain cotton gloves, put them on after moisturizing. If you don’t have gloves, just sit back and relax for 10 minutes while the butter or oil is absorbed. You will have the most amazingly soft hands. If you want to apply polish, you will need to clean the oil off of your nails first. But just a little buffing will make your natural nails look shiny and healthy.

Foot Scrub 1/8 cup Honey (warmed slightly to make it easier to use) 1/8 cup Olive Oil (extra virgin, if possible) 1/8 cup Sea Salt Combine the warm honey and the olive oil, add the sea salt. Massage gently all over your feet, including cuticles. It’s best to do this over a towel on the floor as this is messy. Do not rub hard enough to make skin raw. Do not rinse. Soak feet for at least 10 minutes in the slightly warm foot soak. Gently pat dry. Combine the warm honey and the olive oil, add the sea salt. Massage gently all over your feet, including cuticles. It’s best to do this over a towel on the floor as this is messy. Do not rub hard enough to make skin raw. Do not rinse. Soak feet for at least 10 minutes in the slightly warm foot soak. Gently pat dry. Now is the perfect time to use a pumice stone on the especially rough spots and to push back the cuticles and file or trim the nails. The best deep moisturizer is shea butter, available at natural food stores and many regular groceries and drug stores. If you don’t have shea butter, use olive oil. Rub all over your feet, paying special attention to cuticles and nails, leaving some residue. Put on socks. Leave the socks on for at least 30 minutes. Doing this over night is even better. You won’t recognize your feet in the morning.


Are you Crafty? Do you create your own craft projects? Well why not turn your create projects & designs into patterns for fun & profit! This article will give you some ideas and suggestions for writing and getting your patterns on the market. Crafters are creative and talented people who are always coming up with new ideas and enjoy seeing their creations come to life in finished products. As a former crafter myself, I enjoyed seeing the talents of others at craft shows and magazines and books. Seeing these new whimsical creations would give me my own ideas for some of my own great creations and designs. After creating my own patterns I would file them in my filing cabinet for future use or to improve upon later. It’s been many years (20) since I have created a pattern. At the time I had no interest in marketing my patterns, just creating the finished products to sell at craft shows. The internet at that time was in its infancy stages and not that many people shopped online or even owned a computer for that matter. Today the opportunities to sell your patterns online for a profit have greatly increased! You might not get rich but some extra income can be nice! Perhaps buy you a couple tanks of gas. Plus once you create your pattern that’s it, you’re done! It’s just a matter of reproducing it, shipping it or you can even convert it into an E-pattern that is downloadable online. For information on converting your pattern into a PDF format go to: https://www.pdfonline.com. With more and more people shopping online you should consider getting your own website to sell your pattern designs. DjDoodle.com offers quality web site products, personalized service, affordable prices, and anything you need to offer an online presence. Once you have a website you will have to market your site. The build it and they will come does not apply to the internet. You will have to do some advertise if you want them to find your website. You can get your site listed at a variety of Craft & Pattern Marketplaces online. I created my website www.PatternPage.com over 10 years ago when no pattern only marketplaces existed. Web surfers could come to PatternPage to easily find a wonderful selection of Craft Pattern websites. Today, PatternPage Online Catalog now has over 10,000 patterns and 100 links to websites offering craft patterns. You may also consider selling your patterns in magazines. There are several out there looking for patterns. If you have a subscription to your favorite craft magazine, check out their requirements for pattern/author submissions. Contact them via phone or email and ask if they are accepting new patterns and what their guidelines are. Some may require a photograph along with the finished written craft project so be sure to be prepared. Some publication will pay you for your patterns, some work on a commission basis, and others you pay to advertise in their magazines. You may even consider publishing your patterns yourself if you want. If you decide to take the step into self-publishing your patterns, check out self-publishing books on Amazon or through your local bookstore. In order to create your pattern you must first write down everything you know about the item that you have created. First start with what materials are needed. For example if you are creating a fabric doll project, write down the type of materials you used, fabric, glue, stuffing, and any other materials that were needed. Try to be as detailed as possible to make it easy for crafters to locate the materials they will need to purchase. Once you have a list of materials required, start out listing the basic steps and instructions for your craft project. Provide safety tips and instructions, along with suggestions on how to prevent errors. A good suggestion is to review other craft patterns similar to yours and see how they were prepared. The next step is to write out your craft pattern in detail, providing step-by-step instruction s. Make sure your information is clear and precise and to the point. Provide photos or illustrations of your project to make it easier for the reader to follow. If you will be selling a hard copy of your patterns you will need a clear plastic bag to put your pattern in. Go to: www.thepolybagstore.com for bags. Inside your pattern bag should be a cover sheet with photo of your pattern & name of pattern. You will also include actual pattern and instructions in the bag. Once you have the pattern written down, test it out to make sure that you are able to follow all of the instructions and create the final product. Better yet, ask a fellow crafter or friend to review it to see if the pattern is easy to follow. Have them follow your pattern instructions and create the finished product. Crafting is a big business and with a little creativity and inspiration you can turn your designs into Patterns!


FREE Downloadable E-Pattern By FEATURED ARTIST:

FREE Downloadable E-Pattern By FEATURED ARTIST:

The Primitive Nook http://www.primitivenook.net

Mamaw’s Creations http://www.mamawscreations.com

Tawny Bell, Owner & Designer of The Primitive Nook started out selling her primitive dolls at flee markets and to local customers in 2001. On Febuary 26th of 2003 she released her very first original doll pattern design. Now, more than five years later she has many holiday and everyday patterns available as well as downloadable e~patterns taking care to write each set of instructions with the beginner in mind.

Mamaws Creations carries items for the primitive lover. Whether it be a pattern for making it yourself or finished items, you will find it here. Raggedy Annie’s, gingerbread, snowmen, crows, ornies, wearables, just to name a few. Summer Time Annie is 17 inches tall and she has a hand stitched eyes, nose, and mouth. I used a summer cotton print for her dress. Her watermelon is made from muslin then painted. She loves summer!

CLICK HERE to Download Primitive Grungy Apple E~Pattern By The Primitive Nook

CLICK HERE to Download Summer Time Annie E~Pattern By Mamaws Creations


Supplies: 1 wooden clothes pin (oval shaped head preferred) 1/8 yard of red flannel fabric Hot glue and gun 1/8 yard of black tulle Crafters Ultimate Glue or fabric glue Black and skin color acrylic paint Black linen or pearl thread Small flat brush Black thread - all purpose 005 Pigma pen - Black Black Lace trim 005 Pigma pen - Red or red pencil 1 Tiny white flower Light brown & pink or red color pencil Drill Black 20-22 gauge wire 1/16” Drill bit Wire snips Sanding block I hope you enjoy making “Queen Lady Bug” Jewelry needle nose pliers Scissors as much as I did. God bless! Please read all instructions first before beginning this project. Let’s get started! Drill hole where indicated on clothes pin dolly first. Sand any rough edges where needed. Wipe excess dust with cloth. Paint the top of your clothes pin head first with skin colored paint. Let dry. Next paint the body and top back of head black - let dry. (Don’t forget to paint the inside of the legs too, about ¾” the way up, this will be visible) To make point for front of head, take your black marker and draw point at center of head. Note: please take note where the opening is at the bottom of doll. This is where you will center and place her on a flower pot so you will want your face and point to match the opening. Once dry, draw her face on. See pattern for face instructions. Cut approximately a 3” piece of wire and stick it through the opening of the doll. Curl hands with needle nose pliers. Attach a small wire flower to left hand with hot glue. To keep wire arms from falling face down, bend arms forward towards you. This will help keep arms from falling down. Dress: cut 2 ½” l x 5 ¾“w piece of red fabric. With black linen or pearl thread, stitch French knots all over dress- tie off. Next, sew or glue on 5 ¾”l of black lace to bottom of skirt. I turned my lace upwards instead of the traditional face down way. Next, cut 3 ½”l x 5 ¾” of black tulle and slip it under the red flannel fabric and pin ends together making sure right sides are facing each other. Sew both red flannel and black tulle seams up. Take black linen thread and stitch around the top of skirt folding edge under (don’t forget to include the black toile when stitching). Pull to make skirt gather. Slip over head and pull gathers tight - tie off. I placed the skirt about ½” down from arms. You can glue skirt to body if you feel needed. Wings: Cut 1 set of wings out on double layer of fabric. Separate wings then glue each wing on each side of body with hot glue. Cut 3 ½” l x 2 ½”w of black tulle. Gather in the middle with black thread. Glue onto back of wings. Let dry. Antennae: First take 2 ½”l of wire and make ends meet. Grab bottom of wire where it is rounded and using your thumb and a ruler, twist ends around once to secure it. Bend wing tips forward so it looks like the shape of the letter “L”. Pull ends apart to create antennae then with needle nose pliers, twist little circles at each end. Attach antennae with hot glue. Be sure to hold in place till dry. See pattern for instructions. Crown and neck lace: Take approximately 1” long piece of black trim lace pointing upward and wrap it around antennae making sure to cover wire. (I folded my lace under because it was a bit wider than I needed. The fold will also help to support the crown) with Crafters Ultimate glue, glue ends together and trim any access. Hold till dry. You may want to glue the crown’s bottom as well. I didn’t it seems to hold pretty well but you can if you would like. Do the same for the neck lace except turn the lace downwards toward the skirt. This little clothes pin Queen Lady Bug will brighten up any flower pot. You can tie a piece of thread if you like and hang her up. Tuck her in a wreath to hang on your door and she will surely put a smile on the face of your guests or simply slip her onto one of your favorite flower pots for good luck.


Autumn gently settles its way downunder and thoughts turn toward firesides and snug days ... and far away beaches. I have been clearing my house of past treasures and designs and having a slow garage sale to people who love what I love. It has been easier to give up samples of dolls, santas cloth & cuddly or painted as well as my collection of all things Christmas... it has given me great pleasure. Speaking of pleasure I have been drawn to what I call the French influence... & thought I’d share one of my favourite collages of a new direction I wander down. It’s like a new laneway tucked into a tiny French village full of the unknown, the enticement of what I may discover & I must go down to seek out the most interesting of things... this is where my mind travels to ...

I visited Lyn Hyland the designer & owner of her shop Li’l Blokes in the gorgeous old gold mining rural city Bendigo. Lyn has been designing dolls & quilts, for 15 years, first selling by mail order and for many years now her shop has been a destination for travelers.

Lyn often travels to New Zealand to teach her dolls and her unique appliqué quilts... Her designs are colourful and her shop is laden with her beautiful quilt designs; I think the picture tells more than my words will!


Summer has gone by sooooo fast! The fairs are already in full swing which always meant school starting. I remember when the county fair was such a huge thing for us farm families‌ everybody preparing our special talented item to show hoping for the blue ribbon. From the kitchen came jams, jellies, pickles and of course pies, cookies and cakes. From the garden it was always heavy competition between the guys to see who grew the largest pumpkin or squash. Then there was the sewing of quilts and clothing ‌..not my forte at the time but did win a ribbon for a piece one year. The livestock barns and show were where I wanted to be but never could. This summer I have lived on the shores of both Lake Michigan and Huron as Mackinaw is bordered by both being a peninsula. The mighty Mackinaw bridge is the dividing line. I remember seeing it being built as a girl when we would travel into the Upper Peninsula to go deer hunting. The cars would be lined up for hours waiting for the ferry and restaurants or homes would be selling sack lunches and baked goods car to car. The camaraderie and excitement was so thrilling.

The gardens back then were more of vegetables to put up for the long winters. Now they are for the thousands of tourist who come up and are absolutely beautiful florals, but I miss mine at home. The shore is lined with the most intricate kites I have ever seen and flown by kids from 4 to 80 years as well as beach chairs with people reading, painting or just enjoying each others company. I remember Grandpa helping build a kite with me from old newspaper and scraps of fabric. It was beautiful and such a thrill to fly. Summer camp was also the place to be. Looking forward to seeing old friends and making new... Learning new arts and crafts, telling stories around the campfire, swimming and fishing. Firefly lanterns and turtle races. Oh to be young again!


Supplies: large paper clip buttons needle nose pliers

Directions: 1- Unfold paper clip. 2- With pliers roll end into a circle form to serve as "knot". 4- String with buttons 1-2inches. 5- With pliers roll the end of wire into another circle, leave 1-2 inches for hook. 6- Bend left over wire into a hook shape to fit over book spine and there you have it!


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Rusty Tin Roof Country~Prim Online Magazine Summer 2008

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