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christmas-light-garlandI know I said I was going to take a break from blogging, but I thought I’d give you guys one last little Christmas gift! A free pattern for this little garland. Our home right now consists of lots of white, undecorated walls. As Christmas got closer, I got a little bummed that our home didn’t feel very Christmasy. My sister-in-law made a similar garland with my nephew out of construction paper and I fell in love with it, so I decided to recreate it using felt. I love the results and it only took me an hour one night to make. Since putting it up, my little son keeps looking and pointing at it and saying “Ooooooh.” It makes me feel like the best crafter to ever walk the planet. Click on the link below to download the pattern. The super easy instructions are included with the pattern.   christmas-light-garland2Untitled-1

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone! I’m so exctied to be a part of Kelli from True Bias’ Handmade Ornament Exchange this year! I remember seeing all the lovely ornaments made last year and was very honored to be invited to join in on the festive fun.

Every year, Mason and I buy a new ornament that represents the year. This past year has been the year of the house. From selling our first home, to building a new one, to finally getting the keys to our new home, this year has been really house focused. So! I decided to make a cozy little home ornament this year!  I’ve even included a simple pattern so you can make your own!

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To make this ornament, download the pattern from the link at the bottom of this post. On the pattern you will find a main house piece, decorative pieces, and a picture guide of the completed house. Cut out two pieces of the main house in your fabric choice and cut out your decorative pieces. Please note that the decorative pieces do not have seam allowances but the main house piece does. I think it’s easier to add seam allowances than take away, and I think some people won’t use the seam allowances if they are using felt or similar fabrics.

Sew on all your decorative pieces to one side of the main house piece. Don’t forget to add ribbon to hang your ornament! Then sew the two main side pieces together with right sides facing leaving a few inches open. Trim seam allowances and clip corners. Turn right side out, stuff the ornament, and hand sew the opening closed. Your cozy home ornament is done.

ornament3I love all the ornaments I’ve received this year! My mailbox has been an exciting place! This year we opted out from the tradtional large tree and got this little guy. Why? Because I have a one and a half year old! Haha! This little tree has been sitting on a table, bringing us Christmas cheer, and I haven’t had to distract little hands from the ornaments. It’s been very nice. Now, you must go check out the other participants in the Handmade ornament exchange!

Miranda of One Little Minute, Sonja of Gingermakes, Jen of Grainline Studio, Jennifer of Workroom Social, Katy of Katy and Laney, Laney of Katy and Laney, Erica of Caught on a Whim, Kelli of True Bias
P.S. Winners from the Jenny Purse giveaway will be announced soon! Thanks for your patience as I’ve been setting up house. I plan on enjoying the holiday next week, but look for the new shop and the pattern winners right after New Years! And hey, if you haven’t entered, go enter! Free stuff! Yay!
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Hello my dear readers! My purse pattern is on its way to you soon! It’s actually done and ready to go. But here’s the deal: I’m in the middle of moving into our new home (yahoo!!), which means no internet for an unknown amount of time. I didn’t want to set up shop and then not have access to my shop. I saw bad things happening with that plan. So it’s coming when our house is wired in to the world wide web. But in the meantime, I’m going to give a bunch away before you can buy them!

Here’s the deal: I’m going to give you five ways to enter. Enter once, or enter all five ways. Leave a separate comment for each entry. Now my favorite part of the giveaway! You guys get to determine how many I give away! For every 50 entries (not 50 individual people entering), I’m giving away a pattern! So if I get 50 entries, I’ll give away one pattern. If I get 200 entries, I’ll give away four! And the contest is open until I get internet (until at least Friday)! So enter! Winners will be notified by email. Contest is open to everyone!

Here are your ways to enter. Make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry!

1. Leave a comment below letting me know what you’d do with your pattern!

2. Follow the Lazy Saturdays blog. Leave a comment telling me how you follow: Bloglovin’, Feedly, etc. 

3. Follow Lazy Saturdays on Facebook. Leave a comment letting me know you follow! 

4. Follow Lazy Saturdays on Twitter. Leave a comment letting me know you follow!

5. Tweet about the giveaway and leave a link to your tweet in a comment.

Good luck everyone! In the meantime, I’ll be moving, setting up house and looking forward to finally setting up my shop! I’ll see you soon!

 

 

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I’ve really enjoyed getting back into sewing this past year. As I’ve sewn different patterns, I’ve noticed one thing: I prefer indie sewing patterns over the big box names. Seriously. For some reason, I’ve never found a McCall, Vogue, Simplicity, etc. pattern that fit me well enough that I didn’t have to make a zillion adjustments to make it work for me. And sometimes their designs are kinda, well, cheesy. But the small pattern shops that I’ve stumbled upon around the web are rocking my world. I haven’t tried every single one of these shops’ patterns, but all of them have something on my “to sew” list. Check ‘em out and let me know what you think!

1. Named- A small Finnish company started by a couple sisters. I made their Tyler shirt for the Project Sewn graphic print challenge. It’s now one of my favorite patterns! Their directions do not come with pictures, so I’d only recommend their patterns to experienced sewers. But all of their designs are beautiful! I want to sew them all!

2. Grainline Studio- A pattern shop run by Jen. If you want to create professional looking basics for your wardrobe, this is your shop! The Archer Button Up Shirt is to die for. I’ve made one already and I plan on filling my closet with a million of them.

3. Megan Nielsen- A shop full of whimsical patterns run by the adorable Megan out of Australia. I’ve used a couple of her patterns and the instructions are clearly written and perfect for sewers of all skill levels. She also sells maternity patterns!

4. Deer and Doe- A French shop full of  simply beautiful patterns. The site is in French, but the patterns are as beautiful as the name of the shop.

5. Colette Patterns- A Northwest based company run by Sarai. Colette has tons of great patterns! And bonus, they are great for curvy gals. I love the fit of their patterns. I’ve made three of their patterns so far, and I’ve loved every one of them. Their instructions are clearly written and all skill levels will find something to sew with their patterns.

6. Thread Theory- Let’s hear it for the boys! A male pattern shop! A Canadian company entirely focused on menswear patterns. I’m thinking I need to make the Newcastle Cardigan for my husband soon. If you have a man you’d like to sew for, definitely check them out.

7. Sewaholic- A pattern company geared straight towards the lovely pear-shaped ladies! After Tasia, the owner, became frustrated having to alter all her commercial patterns, she decided to start her own company! Awesomesauce! The Minoru Jacket is one of the next projects I want to work on. Just waiting to find the perfect fabric…

8. Papercut Patterns- I think they win for best packaging! Their shop is full of on trend patterns and they just released a new line!

9. Jamie Christina- A shop packed with retro inspired items with a bohemian twist. I’m currently swooning over the Abbey Coat pattern.

10. Victory Patterns-A Canadian shop run by Kristiann. All patterns have a vintage feel to them. I’m absolutely in love with the Hazel pattern.

There you have it! Have you made anything from these shops? Are there any other shops I missed? Please share! I’d love to find more!

moocards2moocards1MOO recently contacted me to check out their business cards and since I just revamped the look of my website, it was something I was really in need of. I’ve been seeing their cards popping up on other blogs and was super excited to give them a try!

I was able to completely design my own cards! I had a blast working on them. You can upload your own image or use their website to help you out. Check out their business card options here. They come is a great little black box, none of that cheap flimsy cardboard stuff, and the quality of the cards is great! I now have business in cards in my purse, ready to be handed out. That’s a first for me!

Now it’s your turn to get some new cards! One reader will win 50 classic business cards from Moo! All you have to do is leave a comment below letting me know what you would use your new business cards for! Winner will be chosen by a random number generator and will be notified by email. Contest is open internationally until November 27th, 2013 8:00 MST. Good luck!