Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I have lots of plans for Homespun from the Heart in '09 - some of which I hope to share very soon! In the meantime, I am celebrating my birthday with a sale... buy any epattern and get one free :) Just add one to your cart and email me the free one you'd like. NO limit on this sale - each pattern you buy, you get one free! This sale starts on 12/31 and ends on my birthday, 1/3.
I look forward to a new and exciting and CREATIVE 2009! Please check back soon!
Friday, December 5, 2008
This week I started a 'cyber shopping week' special - free shipping within the U.S.! And a special pattern sale - you can check them all out here: http://www.homespunfromtheheart.com/
I've been adding new holiday dolls and goodies, I have so much in my head - just not enough time in the day. *sigh*
I'm working on a NEW line of dolls, I can't wait to get that design out of my head for you to see! It'll be coming very soon, I will wait to suprise you with the details.
We are doing great personally - Gabrielle is already 5 months old! She's such a cutie, a really great baby - I am so blessed. We went to Harrisburg this week to meet up with some friends and go to the PA CHristmas show. Here's a 'before' picture of her:
It took us 4 hours to get home due to an accident on route 78, ack! So the 'before' picture is as cute as it gets. haha!
Life is good - how'd I get so darn lucky???
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season this year!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Thought I'd show off a new picture of Gabrielle! She is 9 weeks old today and BLESS her heart, sleeping through the night now for a week. Whoohoo! Mommy gets her rest so she can work on more dollies ;) Here she is in my sewing room in her bouncy seat checking out me while I work... and the cat as she walks by!
I am working on a few new Christmas items, I hope to start showing them off in a few weeks. In the meantime I've got lots of fall/Halloween goodies left! Hop on over www.homespunfromtheheart.com to see!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I'm having a grand re-opening sale too!
*Every order receives a special thank you gift!
*E-patterns - buy 2 get 1 free, just add the name of the free one to the comments section at checkout.
*Doll kits - buy 1 get 1 at half price of equal or lesser value. Add the first to your shopping cart, add the second in the comments section at checkout. I will adjust the price.
*Retired printed patterns - super sale $2.50 each or 5 for 10. Limited quantities, these will never be offered as printed patterns again!
VERY soon I'll be listing more too! Been busy!
Oh and baby Homespun is doing great too - can you believe she's 6 weeks old already? And Mommy gets a great kick out of her smiling at me. She's doing great! Check out that face, teehee.
I had her in a fabric shop with me this week, haha. Got to start her out YOUNG! That's what the ladies told me in the store.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
If you've never been to this show, its fantastic! There are hundreds of vendors all set up in the center of town, through the Lititz Springs Park and up Main Street. There are so many different crafts, something for everyone. Don't forget to stop by Wilbur's chocolate factory too :) (oh and feel free to bring some to my booth, hahaha!!)
If you come, please find me and say HELLO! My friend Megan is coming up from NC and will be selling her signs and fixins, www.americanprim.com and my sister is coming down to help me with the show. I've got lots and lots of BRAND new items, I've worked all winter and spring to build inventory just for this show.
Hope to see you there!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
One of our traditions for Sunday mornings is pancakes. My hubby is such a great cook (all meals!) and he likes to make pancakes after he comes home from church. He makes mine with chocolate chips, then he adds pecans for his. I look forward to sharing this tradition with our lil one when she is older and can eat food :)
Today I have some fun things to work on - I picked out a birth announcement on Etsy; so I'm working on a mailing list to figure out how many we need. Then I want to take some pictures of the baby for it; I have a few little things I want to do too.
I'm starting to feel the craft 'itch' - I miss it! I am glad my website is closed so I can enjoy some time off and rest (I sure do need it still). But I may go in my sewing room one day this week and poke around to work on something. I am looking forward to Lititz - which is only 3 weeks away! I'm so glad I have all my inventory ready for the show. Maybe I'll sneak in a few more things in the next few weeks, we'll see.
Enjoy your Sunday today!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
My baby girl is 2 weeks old already - her grandma and grandpa are here visiting and helping me out while my hubby is away for work. It's been wonderful to have them here! the company alone helps me out; but they are doing everything they can to help with the baby, the house, my dad vacuumed the other day!
We dressed her up and put her in the boppy pillow for some pictures - this is my favorite, I can't stop kissing those sweet little cheeks of hers. We also took (well both of us!) out for a walk the other day - I couldn't go too far, my incision still is a little sore. AND how fun - I got to drive the car yesterday too. My stepmom and I went to pick up pizza just a mile away but I wanted to do it since I was 'released' now to drive.
Things are going well with everything else here! Slowly every day I feel better. Having my parents here this week has been just wonderful - they may head home today, I know we will both miss them. Mike comes home tomorrow - whoohoo! we miss daddy!
Thanks for reading and until next time... which will be earlier than a week! Have a wonderful day :)
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Isn't it gorgeous! And she told me when I'm done with it as a diaper bag, I can convert it to a purse :) There's so many features, little things I can use in there, I just love it. AND of course, she sent me a bunch of goodies, only some are showing in the picture. THANK you Marnie, love you!!!
So I have to laugh because my hubby also got a diaper bag. Teehee, being who my hubby is and what he does for a living, he got one from his friends at BlackHawk, http://www.blackhawk.com/product1.asp?P=61BC01&C=C1184 He just rolled his eyes while I strutted around the house with both of my handmade frilly bags on my shoulders the other day. Then this one came in the mail shortly after. Hahahaha!
That's OK, I loaded it up with some stuff the other day - nothing like a manly bag filled with wipes, binkies, winnie the pooh toys and diapers, huh!
Well we are busy getting ready for our big day - it's coming so quickly!! I will be back to share a picture and name, etc. after she is born. I feel ready physically - the last few weeks have been a killer with being uncomfortable, swelling, not sleeping well. I'm done with being pregnant. Haha, most women tell me they reach that point along the way. Here's the last picture I'm allowing of me - it's from last Thursday, week #39. Hubby and I had a date night so I had a dress on - it's so comfy, definitely coming with me to the hospital.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
The baby is still breech - my doc's don't think she will turn at this point, so I am scheduled for a cesarean. We have the date picked but I'm going to wait before posting it, I am feeling superstitious :) We did pick a special day though!
Alot of people have asked me how I feel about having a cesarean - I really don't care how she is born, as long as we are both safe. I don't want to try to deliver a breech baby, there are so many scary complications that could arise. So I feel this route is safer, a little longer recovery time for me but that should be okay. That was my main concern for a long time - if I would recover in a reasonable time. But I've been hearing good stories from people on that (besides the horror ones some feel obliged to share).
I've talked to my sister and my friend Megan - they're going to be able to help me alot at Lititz even if I'm still not 100% so if all goes well, I will still be there! I'm glad because I've been working since Jan. on inventory. It's my favorite show! Now... all you Lititz craft show attendees, do me a favor and talk to Mother Nature about the weather. We need another year of beautiful weather!
Oh and I finally got my spot number for the show, it's the same as the last 2 years - Main Street by Sturgis lane. I've got 2 spots - me and Megan www.AmericanPrim.com will be there side by side.
The first time I peeked outside I saw just 2 left in the nest and thought, Ut oh, what happened? Well then I looked over on the deck railing and sure enough, one of the 'escapees' was sitting up there, looking so proud checking out the huge world around him. The mom or dad landed on the railing next to him and the baby just opened up his mouth for food :) I guess a mother's job is never done is it? It was so cute!
So I kept checking the progress every half hour or so, I noticed that there was just one little birdy left in the nest. I watched as he stood up, flapped his wings and stood at the very edge of this light. It looked like he was thinking "Ok I can do this, I can do this" haha! Well sure enough he did!
Off he glided, he landed on the deck below and started running all around, checking things out. My cat was going nuts, howling at the door - but we just stayed inside and watched for a long time.
Yesterday my hubby was out mowing the lawn and said he saw all three of them down in the yard, moving around when he'd get within a few hundred feet. I was so glad because I know they can't fly real well yet and there are lots of stray cats out there and fox too! But thankfully they are doing well.
I really enjoyed watching these robins! I don't know that I'd want them so close to the house again next year, maybe outside my craft room windown in the holly tree.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Sorry it's a little hard to see, the picture was taken though our glass doors going out to the deck. I peek at them through the curtain just to make sure they are doing OK.
Well, and while I was doing that, my kitty 'discovered' them. I think she hasn't noticed them until now. And where can I find her allllll the time now? Also peeking behind the curtain, meowing at them (and me to let her out, NO way !).
Haha, check her out there, watching and watching. She is there alot lately but I won't let her out there - just in case. The babies are growing so fast, I saw they had nice feathers on them now. They will be flying the nest soon! Mama and papa are still around alot and chirp at me everytime I walk outside - it's the only way out to the deck so I have to get out there to water the tomatoes everyday. But I try to be quick so they can keep nurturing and feeding those babies.
Thought I'd share those pictures today :)
Friday, June 13, 2008
Here it is, not a very safe spot - it makes me nervous that it'll fall off.
Well about 2 weeks ago, the eggs hatched!! All 3 little eggs hatched and now we have babies in the nest. And the first time I saw their little heads peeping over the side, I cried my heart out! I feel like we have a bond, the robins and I; I'm only 3 weeks away from my own little chickie coming into this world.
I've been watching the robins to see how they take care of their babies. It's very interesting! I've seen both the mama and the papa robin birds; I've gone outside to hang things up on the clothesline on the deck. One of them always sits on the railing and chirps at me.I do my best to hurry my work and get back inside so as to not make them nervous. I have also been talking alot to them - don't worry, I just have to do this quick and I'll leave you alone. Haha! I watch the mama and papa bring food in to the nest - worms, bugs, all the good things those birdies need to grow strong. I love watching the babies waiting with their mouths wide open, waiting for food. How they depend on their mama and papa so very much to take care of them and bring them food.
Every morning, mama and I have a little routine - she sits on top of our tent frame and watches me through the kitchen window. Here she is chirping, I think she's telling papa HURRY they are hungry, get some more grub!
We watch each other every morning for a good few minutes while I get my coffee made, feed my kitty, and make breakfast. Speaking of my kitty - she's not real understanding about why I won't let her out on the deck with me. Usually we go out together and she sniffs all the corners; and if I feel good I will brush her too. Well yesterday she ran right between my legs to get outside. Luckily, she didn't even notice mama and papa robin chirping at us from the rooftop and deck railing. I hurried to water the tomatoe plants and got her back in the house.
I've loved watching this process of how the babies are taken care of. Even in the wild, how instincts kick in and babies are nurtured and grow until they are old enough to take care of themselves. As a mommy-to-be very soon, it's reassuring to me that my instincts will be called upon when my little one is finally here.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Last night, I was IM'ing with my good friend Cedara and she suggested I read our friend Jodi's blog http://sugarplumstitcheshome.blogspot.com/ about something else. Well sometimes our friends hearts guide us to a place we need to be. Because as soon as I started reading Jodi's blog, I felt so much better. She is a great example of a wonderful mom, who is single and raises her children on her own. She has so much light and love in her posts about her children and the other sweet kids in her life. If you ever had the chance to meet Jodi in person, that is who she is. They aren't just 'words' - they are how she lives her life. She inspired me sooooo very much last night.
Suddenly I 'got it' - the reason why I was giving those harsh words power. I was letting the 'nastiness' create more nastiness in my life; I was letting those words feed on my fears. Well I also got that I didn't need to do it anymore! It's my choice how to live my life every day and I am chosing to live with love and light. Life passes us so quickly - why do I need to spend anymore time on the ugly when there's so much love around me?
Thanks for letting me share this! And to Jodi - thank you for sharing yourself so openly. You made a difference for me. I love you girl! XOXOXO!
And if ever you are confronted with the choice of harsh vs. love - my wish is that you will take the road of love. Your words may affect someone more than you know; choose love!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
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Friday, May 30, 2008
I'm closing in 2 weeks, June 13th and will reopen sometime in mid-August with brand new products, patterns and new kits too. I really want to enjoy some time with my new little one when she gets here! And I'm still working on getting 'ready' or 'nesting' like the little robin is doing on our deck (as my hubby says).
Even while I'm closed, my epatterns will still be for sale at www.patternmart.com - I'll post links on my website.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
I also have to say... that I did miss a BUNCH of YOU who couldn't come this year - you know who you are :)
Now these ladies also have the most generous hearts!! Can you believe they suprised me and Amanda with a baby shower? WOW! I was so overwhelmed at their kindness - I had no idea they were planning it either. I received the most beautiful gifts of clothing, lots of essentials we will use and gift certificates too. I am so spoiled, I love you all for thinking of us this weekend!!!
OH and my roomie Val made me a diaper cake! I've never seen one in person and wow, she loaded it with so many things we will use. She also made me a scrapbook album, it is so sweet, I can't wait to fill it up with pictures!
Okay so for those who want a 'belly pic' - well here it is. heehee! I'm now down to 9 weeks left to go til my due date. I can't imagine how big this belly's going to get by then. I am still giggling at many things that happened over the weekend. This sure was a trip to remember!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
OKAY yes I have a winner, Laura P is my winner! I notified her this morning, so CONGRATS to you Laura!
And everyone did guess the answers because I gave hints out along the way :) I wanted everyone to be entered. But in case you are back to see the names of the dollies, here they are:
Attic: Apricot, Cherry Cuddler, Strawberry Shortcake (ballerina), Apple Dumplin and Tea time Turtle
Balcony: Orange Blossom and Raspberry Tart
Bath: Strawberry Shortcake (she needs clothes)
Bathroom: Lemon Meringue and Lime Chiffon (see the green hair peeping up?)
Living Room: Raspberry Tart, Lime Chiffon, Orange Blossom, Frappe the Frog, Souffle Skunk
Kitchen: Blueberry Muffin, Angel Food Cake, Cheesecake the Mouse
Bonus 1: The snail cart turns into a picnic table, complete with ice cream party! here's my dollies enjoying their ice cream (EEk and Sour Grapes and her snake make an appearance!):
Bonus 2: Berry Merry worm aka Philbert
Bonus 3: Purple Pie Man and his bird, Cackle
Hope you all had fun and HAPPY 4th Anniversary Homespun from the Heart!
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Anyway, I'd love to have you check out my new items:
Here's a peek at a couple:
Don't forget if you want to be entered in my special contest, there's only one week left to enter!
Til next time :)
Friday, March 21, 2008
So I decided one day (a non-craft I don't feel like working day) to set up the house and make it all pretty. Here's the 'front' of the house where theres a little mailbox and even a porch swing. See Strawberry Shortcake getting the mail? I love her striped tights and little shoes.
I set up the dollies inside the little rooms. They are all doing different things... let's see how many we can identify! This is my newest CONTEST to win a doll making prize package. I'm going to show close ups of each of the rooms. Email me with the names of each of the dolls you see in each room - like Strawberry Shortcake at the mailbox. Hint: you can look for pictures of each of them on google if you aren't sure of the names.
Bedroom (2 dolls) look closely!
Living Room (3 dolls, 2 pets):
Kitchen: (2 dolls, 1 pet)
1. What does this special 'snail ride' become after the dolls get to their destination? (hint: what's inside the big strawberry?)
This is a $200 value prize! You get tea stained muslin, several half yard cuts of different homespuns I carry on my website, some fun and shabby fat quarter fabrics, Vintage Doll Spray (exclusive by Homespun from the Heart), several trims and notions, turning tool set, Mark B Gone pen, vintage blue tinsel, vintage toys for your dolls and your choice of any 3 patterns PLUS the doll making guide for beginners with Candy Cane Ann Pattern on CD. And the winner gets this prize shipped to their home!
GOOD luck to everyone!
My article shows before (eeeeeeeK!) and after pictures. I really love my new space, I can't say that enough - just reorganizing and rethinking how to use my room made a huge difference. And I only spent $182 in total - with curtains, shelves, some antiques, and organization things. I used alot of things I already had lying around the garage/house.
Well our issue theme was "Green" - recycling and reusing especially. Checkout the neat article on fabrics; and gardening :) And if you are like me and cringe thinking, OH I am not doing enough - read Heartspun Thoughts - I'm Greener than I thought I was. There's lots of great freebees too!
My stepdaughter has been here for SPring break this week; we've had lots to do - been cleaning out her old room for the nursery and getting her new room situated. We spent the day shopping yesterday and today have a lot of errands to do. It's gone by real quickly!
I hope to have a few new faces on my website next week :)
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I'd love to have you check it out!! Also, if you purchase anything at the yard sale, you get a 25% discount on my site for patterns, fabric, and supplies (only those items).
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Oh and I got busy working this week and added a bunch of new faces to my website! I have a few more 'in progress' too. I seem to have a thing for "pink" this spring season. Here's a peek at one of my newest dollies, done using a Sweet Meadows Farm pattern:
In fact, I love pink so much I am doing a swap with my pal Robin of http://www.buttoneyed-annie.com/ we both love pink so this should be a FUN swap!
I am so happy that I'm down to one final project to finish then my sewing room is DONE! I just have to find the exact thing I'm looking for and finish up this neat organizer. I can't wait to show it off.
Hope everyone has a great weekend and maybe a day off tomorrow!
Friday, February 8, 2008
I just added some more supplies to my website including some doll hair. I hope to add some more in the coming weeks. http://www.homespunfromtheheart.com/store/WsDefault.asp?Cat=SuppliesandKits&Sub=100&isThumbs=No&Thumbs=
I've been busy getting ready for the online yard sale, hosted by PrimMart. Whewy, last year I had a TON of fabric to sell and sold just about all of it. This year, I will have some fabric and other craft supplies too. My stepmom is going through her fabrics too which means there could very well be another ton for sale this year. Heehee!
My hubby finally got home after being away for a week and a half; poor guy took a red-eye out of Vegas (not feeling so sorry for him now, are we? Vegas!) and then was delayed in Chicago. He got home yesterday after a long day and was exhausted. I'm letting him sleep in, even tho I was wide awake and ready for his help on a few projects at 6am. haha!
Well we are very excited to go to the dr's on Tuesday to find out if our baby is a boy or girl. We are both wanting to know - mostly I can't wait to see our little one again moving around on the ultrasound. That was the most emotional thing I've been through this whole pregnancy. I loved it!
Happy weekend everyone!
Sunday, February 3, 2008
My sewing room is almost ready, I just need some shelving to go up I hope next weekend. If anyone out there is working on their craft space make-over, please share pictures with me! I will be putting them in the next BTWT and you get free advertising for sharing. I will put a few sneak-peek pics in here too.
I finally got to list a couple new Valentine's things on my website www.homespunfromtheheart.com on Friday. I have one more dolly to sneak in, she'll be listed tomorrow just as soon as I get her to pose for a picture :) I'm also making her into a new pattern.
Isn't my blog topper ADORABLE? Thank you to my good friend, Cedara who made it for me: http://thrutheatticdoor2.blogspot.com/ That's her blog. She's in Canada and makes some kewl dollies.
I'm working on a new mini-website, an EZ Shoppe (www.ezshoppes.com), that I hope to have ready to release later this week. I don't even want to spoil the suprise of what it will be! heehee!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
I have been working slow because of not feeling so great. And my hubby's going to help me after he gets home from his trip for work. I need some shelves put up still :) Good thing he's so handy and has so many great ideas! I have a smaller sized room so I really want to make the most of my space in there.
Monday, January 7, 2008
I had some 'afternoon sickness' - lol! Headaches and nauseau seemed to strike me in the afternoon hours for some reason during my first trimester. But just in the last few days, I've been sewing and getting my groove back!
I'm working on some new creations for Valentine's Day. My pal Sherry & I are doing a swap for Valentine's Day, I've been working on some new projects that are just igniting my creativity. I can't share pictures yet because I don't want her to sneak in and see them.
I'm getting ready for a little buying trip later this week, I 'need' more fabrics! If you saw my sewing room, you'd disagree. What can I say? I have a little problem in this area, need more ... need more... need more... WHY you ask? Just look at this mess: