have guessed that selling handmade goodness on Etsy would evolve into a blog, a
business, a book and new friends?I am
amazed and I am grateful.It's
impossible to have guessed how many creative people I would "meet" --
most only through blogs and luckily some in person.
these many years I have learned so much and I hope I have also given back in
wonderful being able to support my crafting habit/hobby through my little
business venture.I like not having any
strings attached to my creative outlet.As Frank Sinatra sang "I did it my way."
be good -- it all depends on how you look at it. I've done a little business reevaluation and like where I'm headed. Abby and I are excited.
I have decided to close the doors of Loft
Creations -- the business.Loft Creations maybe be
closing its doors but I'm opening a new little window with a new look. To everyone who has followed along, thank you. I hope you'll like our new space.
Stay tuned if
you still want to see what I'm up to. I'll
post a link to my new space very soon.My Loft Creations blog doors shall also remain open for awhile for anyone who has
purchased my book or patterns and want to use the tutorials. Also you may still purchase a copy of Uncommonly Corduroy on this site -- information is on my side bar. My
patterns on Etsy and Craftsy are still there if you're interested. New patterns are in the works.
Thank you to everyone who has followed along through the years.
Happiness is meeting blog friend, Kate Henderson, of Two Little Banshees. She is a fellow Martingale author. Her first book is Strip Savvy and I can't believe I forgot to have her sign mine. I had it with me too! Kate flew from Australia to attend her first quilt market. We took a selfie before we said our goodbyes.
I took precious few photos with my iPhone but if you click on my Facebook page (on my side bar) I shared some entries from Martingale and Robert Kaufman. It was so nice to share my book, projects and corduroy love up close and in person with shop owners. I'm so happy they were curious enough about corduroy to stop by my book signing. They were amazed at the softness of the 21-wale corduroy as well as the array of yummy solids and prints. Just the opportunity to touch and see it used in quilts and bags had many of them heading to Robert Kaufman's booth. Instead of "don't touch the quilts" it was "yes, please touch the quilts."
Although I've shared this little tutorial before and the link is under tutorials on my side bar, Martingale is featuring free patterns and tutorials by their authors. Please click HERE to see all of the free goodness.
Just a little FYI -- The ginger colored background is corduroy. :o) The print fabric is an amazing collection by Connecting Threads called Maple Skies. Even though this collection is no longer available I think is would look so pretty in their newest Hampton Hues collection.
Change the fabrics and colors to create your favorite season!
I'm off to Pittsburgh tomorrow. Abby will get one on one time with her boy.
I had a shop owner tell me she does not work with corduroy so had no interest in my book. Did you know you don't have to use corduroy! I went bin diving to see what I could come up with. The camera print is Echino linen.
The flap is cotton from the Collage collection by Windham. I have a dear friend named, Rumi. I agree with the sentiment of the philosopher as well.
Although not vintage, amazing camera buttons from JoAnns. This bag is simple, fun and easily completed within a few hours.
On May Day, 32 years ago, the mister and I got hitched. When we were stationed in Hawaii we learned May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii. Who wouldn't love an anniversary about flowers? So in honor of May Day here's a pretty dogwood in bloom in our backyard.
Speaking of dogs...Miss Abby reluctantly agreed to a photo. Abby's thyroid meds have been increased as she continues to gain weight after the vet office girl relayed false information about having Abby stop her meds! She is 8 lbs too heavy and not good at all for her hips. You might notice the hairless patch on her side near her hip. She has this on both sides.
My granny stripe blanket is still in progress. I do a couple of rows here and there. It surely will be done before next Winter. I don't even want to think about Winter! It's relaxing in the evenings and since it's repetitive double crochet it's mindless.
I'm making book project samples for Quilt Market. This is the original California Girl set from my book. I have button sewing to do for the sample projects but I'll share when they're done.
Margaret at A Sampler of Stitches made this fabulous Prairie Tote using Black Washed Denim. To see more of her gorgeous handiwork please click HERE. She was waiting to share the bag until she found just the right button. :o) Margaret omitted the rick rack/trim. It's best to put your own stamp on any project. I love this bag.
If a friend gives you awesome polka dot rick rack, you pair it with black hardware.
Then you buy Dottie charm packs.
You put it all together to remake Just Jane from Uncommonly Corduroy and you name her Dottie Jane! The solid black and the black and white dots are corduroy, of course. Corduroy is not necessary, but I heart it.