Handmade Holiday Shopping

I know I’ve been gone for a while, but I just wanted to invite you to the Lucky Star Holiday Market at the Prairie Moon Winery in Ames, Iowa on December 4th and 5th. I’ll be selling my handmade goods there on both days along with lots of other cool artists and vendors. You’re sure to find something unique for that person that’s hard to shop for in your life.

I did this show for the first time last year and was very impressed with how well the show was publicized and organized. It’s the best crafts show I’ve ever done and I’m happy to be a part of it again this year. There was a huge turnout last year and I hope it’s the same again this year.

I’ve been as busy as one of Santa’s elves the last few weeks, trying to finish making items for the show. I have some new items this year that I hope will be popular. I always like to see what people are interested in buying. It seems like it’s different each time.

If you received my shop newsletter, I mistakenly wrote that admission was free on Saturday. It actually costs $1 to get in, which I think is still quite a deal considering all the great artists whose work you’ll get to see. Friday night there will be a Preview Party. It costs $10 to get in and you get first dibs on everything. I’ll be there from 6:00-9:00 on Friday and 9:00-4:00 on Saturday. I hope to see you there!


Join Me for Some Christmas Shopping

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving and survived Black Friday. I decided to stay home that day and avoid all the chaos. I’m so glad I did. I can’t believe that Christmas is only three weeks away! I’ve just barely begun my Christmas shopping. I really need to get started.

Speaking of Christmas and holiday shopping, I will be selling my wares at the Lucky Star Market at the Prairie Moon Winery in Ames this Friday and Saturday. I’ve never done this show before, so I’m kind of excited about it and hope there’s a huge turnout for it. If you’re in the Ames/Des Moines area, I hope you’ll stop by. There will be a lot of great vendors there. You’re sure to find that special handmade something for that hard-to-shop-for person in your life. And you’ll be helping to support a local artist.


I’ll be there Friday from 6:00-9:00 p.m. (it’s a special Preview Party). It costs $10 to get in and you’ll have first dibs on everything. On Saturday I’ll be there 9:00-4:00. Saturday is free and the show is open from 9:00-4:00. I hope to see you there!

I’m Published (Again)

I was surprised to get the new issue of Sew Fresh magazine in the mail the other day. Why, you ask? Well, I hadn’t ordered it and I didn’t do any projects for the magazine. So, imagine my surprise, when looking through the table of contents, I saw my coffee cozies that I designed for the Fall 2010 issue of Quilts and More, listed on page 86.

They recycled my old project from Quilts and More for this magazine along with some other favorites from the magazine’s editors. Someone else remade my coffee cozies in different fabrics, but they also included photos of the ones I made for the old issue. They even changed up some of the newer versions by machine appliquéing around the world “DRINK,” instead of hand stitching around it like I did before, and doing a machine blanket stitch around the coffee cups instead of a straight stitch. I thought those were some nice options and made the project slightly fresher and different than before.

My coffee cozies in Quilts and More, Fall 2010

This was a very pleasant surprise. I’m so flattered they included me in the magazine. They listed me as the designer and printed the link to my Etsy site, so it’s free publicity for me. But I don’t get paid again. (Darn!) Hopefully, more new people will discover me who didn’t know about me before. And that will bring more traffic to my Etsy site and my blog. Every little bit helps, right?

There are quite a few cute projects in Sew Fresh, so I hope you’ll go out and buy it. But if you’d like to make my coffee cozies, you can download the pattern for free. Just go to the Tutorials tab at the top of my blog and click on the link for the coffee cozies. I think they would make great stocking stuffers, teachers’ gifts or Secret Santa gifts. Enjoy!