It’s Been Far Too Long, My Friends!
I can’t believe it has been six months since I published my last newsletter – WOW! For those of you that don’t know, life has taken a bit of a U-turn for us. In June, we were asked to be the foster family for a family members seven-year-old son. We’d been talking about doing foster care for some time, so we agreed without hesitation. Before he could move in, however, we needed to quickly renovate an old storage area so we could make some space for him. Unlike most of our renovation projects, everything came together splendidly so our new charge was able to move in with us at the end of July. While we love this delightful young man, it hasn’t been a fairy story. Like most foster children, he came to us with a lot of emotional baggage. It has been a challenging time for us as a family. That being said, God puts challenges in our lives to help us grow and I believe that as much as we are helping him through this difficult time in his life, he is helping us by exposing weak areas in our own lives. For the time being, things are starting to settle down, so I am enjoying more time back in the studio. I am working hard to finish up a couple of projects that had to be temporarily put on hold and have begun planning some new projects for next year.
A Long Winter on Dakota Territory
Thimbles and Acorns began over six years ago when I became fascinated with how historical clothing styles reflected historical events. I had always loved sewing doll clothes, so I began recreating small scale historical clothing to help me get a better understanding of the stories they held. Earlier this year, I began work on a project I have been mulling over for a few years… a series of pattern books organized around historical themes. I had planned to have the first book ready to publish this summer, but life happened and the project had to be shelved for a few months. When I picked the project up again this fall, I decided it would be easier to start by publishing each pattern individually first – to get my feet wet, so to speak.
I am happy to announce that our “Mary and Laura” pattern is now available in print at Amazon.com!
Once all the individual pattern books are available, we will publish “A Long Winter in Dakota Territory”, the complete collection of patterns. Watch for them all over the coming weeks and please be sure to leave a review!
I have a couple of copies of the Mary and Laura book here, let’s do a Christmas giveaway to celebrate publishing my first book! Leave a comment below to be entered in a random drawing for one of two copies. Winners will be picked on December 16th, 2017
Freebie Friday January
Can you believe we are celebrating SIX years this year!? Be sure to mark your calendars, as we will be celebrating a “Revolutionary” anniversary on January 5th, 2018 with another Freebie Friday at Pixie Faire!
Upcoming George Washington Series
My boys have been on me for quite some time to make another uniform. Looking ahead to my next book project, “Revolutionary”, I decided to try my hand at George Washington’s uniform. This outfit will be broken down into a three part series of patterns. The first pattern will include the drop-front breeches, waistcoat, and frock coat. The second pattern will be for the shirt and neck stock. The shirt will feature inset gussets on the sleeves and fully finished seam allowances … no serger required! The last pattern will be for a molded felt with a wide brim that can be left flat or folded in several 18th century styles!
… to Annlee for winning the button set from our May 2017 newsletter!