Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Free Sewing Pattern!

I just love testing patterns for Tammy over at Love Notions, she has so many awesome, easy to read, and quick sew patterns that turn out fabulous!

Last week I tested this awesome shirt, named Laundry Day Tee!  I chose a dressier fabric, not sure how I like the fabric yet, but I know I'll be sewing up more of these in a more casual knit.

Afraid of knit fabric?  Don't is so easy to work with, set your machine for a knit stitch, and away you go!  This shirt takes about 30min. to sew up.  How cool is that?  V-neck, Crew Neck, 3 sleeve lengths, and either t-shirt or tunic length.  Fill your closet!

Even more can try out this pattern for FREE, what're you waiting for?  Go snag your pattern, have questions, message me!  Let's see those T's!

Photo taken by Reyna Meinhardt Photography


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Book Review: A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn

A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn (Avon Inspire, September 2015)

A wedding brings together two young widowed parents . . . and gives them a second chance at love.

Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband, Sanford, passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. Though several years have passed, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely. But when she meets Jay Hilty—a handsome widower with three young sons of his own—Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. Still, she is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendship—and the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husband’s memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?
Emma’s gentleness with Jay’s boys stirs something in his heart that’s been quiet for far too long. But when his oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations. Witnessing his son’s joy, Jay wonders if it’s time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.
Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?

Learn more and purchase a copy.

If you've read about the Orange Blossom Inn in the past, you'll recognize some of the characters in this story.....

This is such a sweet story, which includes a very naughty dog who is determined to stir up trouble...especially when food is involved!

Emma and Jay are both lonely, after losing their spouses, they turn to each other for friendship despite the fact the Emma's family is none to happy with her...but she's an adult, right?

You won't become bored while reading this story, full of fun, heartbreak and a lot of happiness!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Litfuse Publicity.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sewing Love

Lately I've been doing a lot more sewing than knitting and reading!  I have an etsy store and it was going strong, then I dropped the ball and my stock ran I need to get back in the game.

Anyway, when I sew I generally use PDF patterns which are written a lot better than those pesky patterns you buy in know, those patterns on thin paper that shred easily, you cut one size, then you're out of luck if you ever need another?  PDF patterns are AWESOME.  Many are set up so you can print in layers, which means you print the size you want, but can always come back and print another size later since you have the file saved on your computer.  Also, these patterns make so much more sense.

I test patterns for a designer or two.  What does that mean?'s actually pretty awesome.  The designer creates the pattern, then asks us to try it out.  Which means that in the end you end up with a pattern that fits great and is easy to understand.  We try to catch the typo's, we try to catch things that the designer may not, since all levels of sewists test the patterns!

This past week I tested an awesome pattern for ...the Boyfriend Cardigan is all the rage these days, and this one is just perfect.  I generally sew and sell children's items, but take custom orders for adult items so it's fun to try out new patterns and build my 'stash' of great items to sew!

Anyway, do you sew?  If you can buy this pattern at 20% off through 9/19 using code 'sewallthecardigans' at Love Notions tiered pricing is also available, so the more you buy, the more you save!

My daughter took these photos of me....isn't she a great photographer?

I used a thicker knit for my cardigan, and left off the pockets, you can add the pockets, and leave the hood off, the pattern also comes in kid sizes!

Don't sew?  Well, now you know who to ask for your very own cardigan!  My store is on facebook at  hopefully it will be 'popping' with all kinds of new children's items soon!