Sunday, November 17, 2013

Stash it Sunday ~ Week 31



This week sure has been crazy for weather. Early we had snow falling and today we have tornado watches. Never a dull moment up here in Wisconsin. This week I started sewing again and almost finished 2 quilt toppers. I will have photos and tutorials ready in 2014. I have to say it was so relaxing to hear the hum of my machine again. I found some awesome collections to share with you this week from our lovely sponsor!!!!



Fat Quarter Shop

 


I love the look of fresh colors along with modern prints and textures. I thought the Ashley Newcomb's Blogger Choice Bundle expressed everything I love. Those greens and blue are so relaxing. I think this would make an amazing quilt for a bed at a beach house by the ocean side. OR on my bed up her in bitterly cold Wisconsin. haha   Either way I think this collection just screams YUMMY!!!!! and I want some!!!!!

Ashley Newcomb's Blogger's Choice Fat Quarter Bundle


This weeks Bargain Corner is a real winner in my household !! Set Sail by Jay-Cyn Designs is SEW SEA Worthy in my book. I would love to get this collection and make a great boat bag for all our Sundays out on the boat during the summer months.  This collection is regularly $54.99 and is on sale for 50% off at $27.49.

Set Sail Fat Quarter Bundle Jay-Cyn for Birch Organic Fabrics


 The Fat quarter shop can be found on Facebook and you can also follow them on their blog page - The Jolly Jabber -

I always love to hear from my readers so why don't you let me know what you would do with this collection if it was in your stash.....
Happy Stashing,



Stephanie

Monday, November 11, 2013

2000 Fan Giveaway is now live!!!

YAY!!!!!


  Smalltown Dreamz has hit a special milestone.......

2000 Facebook Fans!!!! 





I am celebrating with a HUGE Giveaway!!! There are 14 vendors and over $200 in prizes to be won by multiple winners!!!! That's what I call a celebration!!!! The rules and details of the giveaway on listed on the Giveaway Page . The giveaway ends at Midnight on November 18th so make sure you don't miss out on your chance to win at least one of the amazing prizes up for grabs.

Click on the link below to see all the available prizes that you could win along with the rafflecopter form to get all your entries in.


A special thank you goes out to the amazing vendors that joined in the celebration to make this such a spectacular event!!!


 Happy Crafting,


Stephanie







Friday, November 8, 2013

New Button Hair Clips


Guess What!!!!!! Smalltown Dreamz has a new product out. I love using my buttons for all different types of things. Recently I came across a box full of flowers that I can create myself and decided to use my buttons as the flower centers. After that it didn't take long before I realized that I had to make hair clips haha.

So with out further ado I would like to introduce you to the new Button Flower Hair Clips


Purple Button Hair Clip
Handmade Purple Polymer Clay  Button Flower Hair Clip

Yellow Button Hair Clip
Handmade Yellow Polymer Clay  Button Flower Hair Clip



Sea Green Button Flower Hair Clip
Handmade Sea Green Polymer Clay  Button Flower Hair Clip




I would love to know what you think of our new product?!?! We also have a few new button collections that have recently been added to the shop.


Handmade Blue and White Stripe ~ Polymer Clay Buttons (Set of 8) Handmade Black and Pink Soccer Ball ~ Polymer Clay Buttons (Set of 6) Handmade Black and Silver Polymer Clay  Buttons (Set of 4)

You may also request custom buttons in any color choice and size of your choice. You may check out the rest of my button collection in my ETSY Shop

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!!!!


Happy Crafting


Stephanie












Thursday, November 7, 2013

Guest Blogger ~ HodgePodge Crochet!!!!


Today we have a special treat for you!!! We have a friend of mine and an amazing talented woman. Tanya from HodgePodge Crochet!!! When I first started REALLY following other crochet sites on Facebook, she was one of the first pages I started to follow. I have loved her work since day one. I was so pleased when she asked if I wanted to do a guest blogger swap I was doing my happy dance. So with out further ado I would like to introduce..............



My name is Tanya and I began crocheting as a young child. I never really had a passion for it but I would marvel over the freehand dolls my mother would create every Christmas, seemingly out of thin air. She didn’t follow a pattern or know what the stitches she used were called. She simply did what she loved and every year I delighted as the small army of dolls she crafted made their way out of our house and into the arms of her eager customers!

These days, her crochet style would be considered freeform by die-hards of the craft and I’m proud to say that HodgePodge Crochet (http://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com) was born out of that organic beginning.

Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time learning and mastering new techniques and building upon my own hodgepodge style to come up with something that represents the crocheter I’ve become. I feel that my style is reflected in every stitch of the patterns I put out. HodgePodge Crochet has become my passion—it defines my very lifestyle—and I mean that quite literally. My blog embodies that journey, and the response from those who read it, or come in to find something new, is what inspires me to write the next amazing pattern.

Ever since I started crocheting, I’ve been drawn to overly textured looks. You can see examples of that with my Diamond Mermaid Cocoon (http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/other/diamond-mermaid-cocoon-photo-prop/13240




or my Ari Wrap Wristers (http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/accessory/ari-wrap-wristers/64129). I love the way the light and shadows play on the surface of a beautifully textured crochet piece.






So it seems fitting that I’d do a tutorial on one of my favorites, the tunisian treble crochet stitch.



HOW TO WORK TUNISIAN TREBLE CROCHET

Ttc: Tunisian treble crochet: Forward: Yarn over twice, insert hook—from right to left—into front vertical bar of next st, yarn over and pull up a loop through st, [yarn over and pull through 2 loops] twice, leaving last loop on hook.

Return: Yarn over, pull through 1 loop on hook, *yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook, repeat from * to end.





If you’d like to work a fun neck cuff project with this stitch, head on over to HodgePodge Crochet (http://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/ripple-stitch-nuff/) for a FREE pattern!











 Check out my guest blogger spot over at HodgePodge Crochet!!!


I shared all my clay coloring tips. You won't want to miss it!!



Happy Crafting


Stephanie

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Stash it Sunday Week 30




Well I can honestly say that I officially miss fall. It is starting to get cold up here in Wisconsin. I do have to admit I am a bit of a baby when it comes to being cold. Once it starts getting cold I do this sort of nesting thing around the house and I get all my crafting stuff ready for a long crafty hibernation. This last week I sorted through all my fabric and pulled out everything that I would like to work with this season. Do you do anything like that?

Well this week we stopped by our Lovely sponsor and found a couple great collections to share with you. 




Fat Quarter Shop

 


So we all know that Christmas is really just around the corner. Many of us have started pulling out our Christmas fabric and starting those holiday sewing projects. Here is one collection that is a must have. The Bows All Wrapped Up Collection by Maywood Studios is so yummy!! I think this would make an amazing table topper or even some fabulous place mats. I would love to add this collection to my stash for sure. The traces of blue are a great way to set off all the greens and reds. 

Bows All Wrapped Up Fat Quarter Bundle Maywood Studios Fabric



This weeks Bargain Corner I am just so in love with!!The Legend of Webb Hill by Dana Brooks is such a whimsical collection. I honestly can't find one thing that I don't like about this collection. This collection is regularly $52.50 and is on sale for 50% off at $26.25. Hurry while supplies last there are only 2 left!!!!!!

Legend of Webb Hill Fat Quarter Bundle Dana Brooks for Henry Glass Fabrics


 The Fat quarter shop can be found on Facebook and you can also follow them on their blog page - The Jolly Jabber -

I always love to hear from my readers so why don't you let me know what you would do with this collection if it was in your stash.....
Happy Stashing,



Stephanie

Friday, November 1, 2013

MEGA Pattern Release!!!!

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The Mad Mad Makers have almost THIRTY patterns collected here for you this week! Including one from Smalltown Dreamz! You can find my newest released pattern. The Holiday Tree Double Pattern Pack. Most of the patterns in the Mega Release are BRAND NEW, with a few updated favorites included.

A couple months ago, several of the Mad Mad Makers decided it would be awesomely fun to all release new patterns on the same day and then see how many spots on the Craftsy Leaderboard we could take over. We had a blast! Craftsy recently changed the look of their leader board, and you can't see at a glance who the designer is now, so it might not be as much fun this time around, but we're going to do it again anyway!

We've got quite the collection of wonderful patterns here for you, I do believe there is something for everyone here. Enjoy!

PLEASE VISIT THE MAD MAD MAKERS BLOG POST, which includes all the photos and links to all of these great patterns!

Bowtykes- Fox Jar Cozy
Smalltowndreamz- Holiday Tree Double Pattern Pack
Ella Bella Bows- Turtle Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial
Bowtykes- Hippo Lovey
A Crocheted Simplicity- Knotted Threads Cowl
A Crocheted Simplicity- Knotted Threads Head Wrap
Sincerely Pam- Shannon Scarf/Cowl
One and Two Company- Kitty Lovey Security Blanket
One and Two Company- Snowman Security Blanket
Crystalized Designs- Twisted Colors Earflap Beanie
The Perfect Knot- Summer View 6 Inch Square
The Perfect Knot- The Birthday Bomb Amigurumi Set
Pattern Paradise- Cape Cod Shawl
One and Two Company- Baseball Set Applique
Yarn Baby- Honey Bunches Scarf
The Perfect Knot- Brynlee's Carousel Beanie
Heritage Heartcraft- Ray of Hope Star Ornament
Bowtykes- Pumpkin Patch Prop Set
ZaneyMay- Macrame Soleless Sandal
ZaneyMay- Eyes of Autumn Bracelet
Pattern Paradise - Loop-d-Loop Bootie
Glamour4You- Chevron Lattice Wristlets
Glamour4You - Candy Corn Bag
Glamour4You - Candy Twist Bag
Kountry Girl Kreations- Charlie the Horse Beanie
Illumikniti Designs - Cordelia Owl Hat
The Crafty Geekette - Whimsy Hat
CraftyBunker - Moebius Cowl

I hope you enjoy all the amazing talent

Happy Crafting

Stephanie