What a month we’ve had since I last wrote! I am not sure how we managed to fit everything in, but somehow we did. Jacqueline is graduated… sniff. This momma is very proud, though still having a hard time accepting that her baby girl is grown.
Vacation Bible School was a blast, for one of our craft sessions the kids tied 56 fleece blankets to give to the local Youth Shelter… nearly double what they made last year!
Our latest Thimbles and Acorns pattern is finished! This is our very first beginner pattern, designed with budding seamstresses in mind. Each item in the five piece ensemble is made with one, that’s right ONE, pattern piece! These simple pieces are constructed just as they were in the 18th century so
you not only get a sewing lesson, but a history lesson as well. Even better, this pattern currently comes in four different sizes made to fit American Girl®, A Girl for All Time®, Götz, and Dress-a-Doll®. Each size can be purchased individually for $8.99 or in a complete bundle for $10.99. Click Here to find them at Pixie Faire.
The “I Made It“ gallery is finally up and running. We have been working to put this together as a place for all of you to share what you have done with our patterns. Some of you are seamstresses running small businesses, some are grandmothers putting doll-size wardrobes together for your grandchildren, some are doll enthusiasts assembling personal collections, some are historians sharing stories from the past, some of you are creative people learning a new craft, and ALL of you are why we are here. We would love to see what you are up to, and at the same time help you promote your business, share your passion, further your cause, and above all, be an inspiration to others. Check out our first three submissions and then send your pictures, descriptions, articles, and links to firstname.lastname@example.org . I’m thinking another little giveaway is in order… if you are reading this article, you are in luck because I am only going to announce it here. I have two Garment Bag sets sitting on
my shelf waiting for a garment to hold. These bags were the prototypes for the “Garment Bag” pattern I gave away to the first subscribers of “A Thimbleful… ” last August. I am going to tuck a picture of each of the garment bags in one of my older posts somewhere on my website. The first person to find each one can leave a comment to claim it… there are only two available, so one per person please. One will be listed right away, the other will be posted later in the day so those of you that live on the other side of the world will get a chance as well. The rest of you can enjoy 25% off our exclusive wide brimmed straw hats in our Etsy shop. Click Here to find them.
Well, now that the end of the school year rush is behind us, it must be time to kick back and relax… NOT! As Benjamin Franklin said, leisure time is a time for doing something useful. So, as I start in on the next Keepers Dolly Duds Designs pattern and start thinking about which Thimbles and Acorns patterns to tackle next, Tom and I are busily planning a whirlwind trip to South Dakota to do some gravestone hunting (looking for some ancestors that lived there), visit Laura Ingalls Wilder’s home in DeSmet (she’s my childhood hero), stop by the Corn Palace (it happens to be just a few blocks from our hotel), drive through the Badlands (it’s on the way to Mount Rushmore), stop by Wall Drug (just so we can say we’ve been there), gaze at Mount Rushmore (because it is an amazing achievement), visit Laura Ingalls Wilder’s home in Walnut grove (again, she’s my childhood hero), then zip back home (because by this time, that is where we’ll want to be most). All this, we intend to do in three days! I know, it sounds a little nutty, but we have this little window of opportunity and decided we wanted to make the most of it. Hopefully, I will have some interesting stories to share when we get back!
We did all the above on our way to Alaska in a motor home. It was fun. Have fun.
Really looking forward to it. I have lived all my life in Minnesota, and last summer was the first time I visited Lake Pepin. I had so much fun, Tom offered to bring me to DeSmet and Walnut Grove this year. Granted, he gets to get some tombstone hunting in as well, so it is a win win :o)
I found the garment bag in your August 203 Newsletter, “Writing a Newsletter” post. So much useful information in all your newsletters – thanks for sharing!
Ooops … I meant to type August 2013 Newsletter!
That one has already been claimed… but there is still one more hidden somewhere on my website!
I found the other one in the Un mention ables. (Sorry spellchecker is not letting me type the real way.) Am I right?
Trying this again…using my phone…The other one is in the Un mention ables post. (Crazy spellchecker. )
Yes you did! Just send and e-mail with your shipping information to email@example.com Blessings, Shari
We have made a simmular trip to the one you have planned, but it took us much longer. One thing I would strongly suggest is that you try to see Mt. Rushmore at night! It will give you goose bumps! Visiting Laura ‘s home will really endear Kirsten to you as well. She was in our rv with us, and was so proud to see her heritage! I still don’t understand why American Girl retired her. Have fun.
Thank you so much! 🙂
Sorry for the double entry. I was using my phone and it was not working properly.
You should have my information shortly! (This is so exciting!!!)
Bummer… Saw I was the first comment and thought I might actually win :(. Congrats to the two lucky people!
Hello from South Dakota! I hope you have a wonderful time exploring our state–from the bizarre to the beautiful. Ironically, I am headed to your state tomorrow. Looking forward to a ball game and some fabric shopping. Would that we should both be blessed with great weather!
Oooo sounds fun! Have a great time in Minnesota.. can’t wait to check out your state!