Thursday, April 21, 2011

Spring Variations: A Set of 15 Projects + A Lucky Day Give Away

This set of projects is coming to you SO much later than intended, but here it is and I am done.  DONE, I tell you! And more importantly than my elation about the completion of this project, is the fact that I am really, really pleased with how it all came together, the array of projects, the way it looks...getting these things completed is sometimes just way more riddled with probs than one would ever know from looking at all the happy photos of the completed projects.  
But enough about that!  Let me tell you a little bit about this set of 15 projects  (my achievement orientation rearing its ugly head again--No! 10 projects are NOT enough--15, I say!)...first off, they are all variations on 4 common themes (bunnies, jelly beans, daisies and pinwheels) and common techniques or mediums (like embroidery or making scented bean bags).  What I love about this is that it allows you to get comfortable with a given design or technique--and then you can apply it again, except in a new way.  For instance, the funny bunny plushie's hat becomes a cashmere baby hat--or the fruit scented jelly bean bags become flower scented lazy daisy shaped bean bags.  
You can see the full array of projects above.  There is lots there--everything from paper craft to embroidery to sewing to making play dough.  And most of the projects can be completed in 30-90 minutes for a quick crafting fix when you need one--or, if you are like me, for a quick handmade gift at the last minute.  I also love that a handful of the projects are aimed at children so you can give them some distraction while you work on the project that you actually want to make.
Spring Variations is a PDF file so it will be emailed to you.  It contains complete instructions, illustrations and photos for all of the projects--as well as full sized templates.  You can find the project set in my Etsy shop, here.

And, in celebration of my completion of this project, I am going to offer a little promotional give-away  for several items that were the samples I made as I was designing the projects.  Here's the deal, the first 15 people to purchase a copy of the pattern from my shop will be entered in a drawing for the following three items (so there will be 3 winners--one for each item):
1) My Funny Bunny Plushie Prototype (who you may fondly recall from this blog post)
2) The complete set of 4 small embroidered designs all neatly framed up in their little bamboo hoops
3) A gift set containing a jelly bean-shaped zip pouch, a mini pinwheel, a set of 2 pinwheel hairpins, an applique little bag, a Happy Flower packet of wild flower seeds, and a Lazy Daisy Lolly.

AND, because I love my readers too--even those who may not purchase a copy of Spring Variations--I am going to offer a second gift set like the one listed in #3 above for anyone who leaves a comment here about anything they damn well feel like--except you should include your email address so I can contact you in case you win and you need to leave a comment by the end of day tomorrow as I will announce the winner on Saturday.  Any questions?

Good.  Now please go visit my Etsy shop where you can see the project set and read lots more about it (bring a cup of coffee and a cookie--the listing is long).  Also you can lots more up close and personal photos of the various completed projects here.

37 comments:

Ramona Burke said...

um, gosh, i hope #1 is lucky! my daughter is our little jelly bean, so I think I might need to make a million jelly bean bags for her birthday party in october....

Joey's Dream Garden said...

Hiya! I found your blog via the Feeling Stitchy Flickr group. I love these! I really like how you've used the same motifs but with different projects, and everything looks very cute!
I'd love to win (who wouldn't??) so my e-mail is jramone@toucansurf.com

Best wishes
Joey

memmens said...

I am a follower of your blog, I love it, great to see your amazing projects, very inspiring. Thanks for the giveaway.
mary(at)emmens(dot)co(dot)uk

judean said...

fun! I love little themed projects like these--off to check out the listing!

Cousin Holly said...

I am so thrilled to see embroidery coming back! I've always loved needlework and I'm so happy to see it appearing with modern designs! Can't wait to pull out the old sewing kit!

Sarita said...

I love them all! Perfectly adorable and great for revving up the creative juices. Please include me in the giveaway.

Snowdance1@gmail.com

papelhilo-l'araignée said...

what a wonderful idea, to put things together as a set with common themes ! I love that there is all sort of crafts in your set
laraignee71(at)gmail(dot)com

kdb said...

huzzah! i love it all!!!

Jessica said...

So much fun!

jessica (at) homfamily (dot) com

Chris said...

I love your blog and all your projects!

Annabel said...

I love those little pouches and wish I had a little doll to tuck up in that quilt.

Lisa said...

I love your blog. Thanks for a sweet giveaway :) lnoteboom (at) gmail (dot) com

Iris said...

Hi,I'm follower of your blog for a while, and really likes your handmade stuff :)
Thank you for the giveaway :)

iris.provoost@gmail.com

JJ said...

Love it, you are so creative!

Meadow said...

oohhhhhh!!! What an awesome PDF. I'll have to put that on my wish list.

Ammie said...

:D Your funny bunnies are one of my favorite softies ever. (I really should have been more on the ball in ordering one, since I think they are now all gone.) I also love your scented jelly bean bags. Thanks for putting this project set together!
ammieloris at hotmail dot com

Annie said...

Loooove those pinwheel hair pins!

Teresa said...

Beautiful projects! You always inspire me! :) Teresa

Kristy said...

Added your fun set to my favs!

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [22 Apr 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Ally's Threads said...

I love your blog like many of the commenters above. Thanks for the sweet give-away!
allysont@ecologyfund.net

Jagels said...

I love your work, your designs are so cute and child appropriate. thanks for the opportunity to win some of your designs.

M said...

Anything I want? Hmmm, well, right now my feet are cold and it's April. Somehow I think that is wrong.
Oh- and I love your blog- and your bunny is just too stinkin' cute.
Thanks for the chance to win!
~Michelle
falafelandthebee(at)gmail(dot)com

Faddict said...

Ooh so sweet! I love them all, I'd try the little jelly bean applique bag first though, so cute, i'd put them in my DD's 4th Bday party bags for her guests!!
annoy19@hotmail.com

Scented Sweetpeas said...

What a fantastic idea and I love the idea of having kiddies projects in there too :-) Please enter me into your giveaway - off to nose in your shop now :-)

HelenS said...

hi - As usual lovely lovely loveliness!

theshowalterfamily said...

I just love your fun, cute style! And with all the sweet flowery things, you make me want to have a girl on #3 even more! Pick me, pick me! april.showalter[at]yahoo[dot]com

JakDeeandKids said...

Wow! You have been a busy bunny! Such lovely results! I would love to win!

Sara said...

These patterns are fabulous! I wouldn't even know where to start...the funny bunny? pinwheels? jellybean bags?! I may just have to break into the fun money and get these projects rolling...there's still time before Sunday, right? ;)
robisonDOTsaraATgmailDOTcom

meg said...

you are beyond awesome as usual. now a joke:
where did the colonel put his army?
in his sleeve-y.

Threaded Basil said...

lovely! what a great collection.
sarahkieffer[at]gmail[dot]com

sarah said...

Whatever I feel like:

I feel like packing a messenger bag and exploring London on my own

I feel like taking another kitten into my heart and home

I feel like reading Moby Dick, drinking lemon flavored tea

I feel like sailing paper boats out into the sea

I feel like dancing in a summer storm, letting the raindrops fall

But Holly, hugging that cute stuffed bunny is what I feel like most of all

Sarah
~shush45@gmail.com

funkylindsay.com said...

la la la la la love it.

:)

funkylindsay(at)gmail(dot)com

thea said...

Eeeeeeeek!!!! these are fabulous! Love the little bunny and the bags and the cushion - I'm heading to your etsy store now.

thea.
xx

(spoonfulzine)

Jessamy said...

Yeah-yuh! I love it all!! You always come up with incredible things that are so unique.

Liz @ LivingMySweetLife said...

oh wow, I i adore the jelly bean bags and pouches!! they're so perfectly cute! and the dolly quilt is wonderful!!
livingmysweetlife (at) gmail (dot) com

Tracy said...

Very cute cuteness over here..like crafty stuff and need the practice too!