Star Wars Quilt Finished!

I have been making a Star Wars quilt for my son and if you follow me on Instagram you may have seen some of my work in progress photos.  Well I finally finished it yesterday!  My son picked this fabric out from Spotlight late last year and I had intended on making it for him in time for Christmas – but that didn’t quite happen!  He didn’t mind and he’s has actually enjoyed watching me make it over the school holidays.  He’s helped a little too along the way – helping me take all the quilting pins out and lying under the quilt top just to see what it would be like!  So he was really excited when I finished sewing the binding on yesterday and he could put it on his bed last night.

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I used the Thick & Thin pattern by Shiny Happy World (a free pattern) – which is the same pattern I used for my daughter’s quilt I made for her early last year.  You can see her quilt HERE.  I love how this turned out – and it’s a great pattern to use as it’s so nice and simple.   I just quilted it with nice straight lines 1/4″ each side of the stripes.  Enough to hold it together without adding too much detail (as the Star Wars fabric has LOTS of detail).    My son just LOVES it which makes me so happy and makes it all worthwhile!

Happy Sewing!

Back to School! Tips to get back into that school routine

We have had a great Summer School holidays!  The kids have been on school holidays since Christmas and head back to school next week (6 weeks of school holidays!).  It’s been nice and relaxing for us.  We’ve been swimming, the kids had a go on some go-karts, we’ve been down the beach and taken the dog on lots of walks too.  It’s been great fun!

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So now the holidays are nearly over so I thought I’d share a few tips I have about getting the kids back into that school routine.  My kids both love routine – and so initially it was hard for them to just relax and just chill out!  Now of course – with school starting back in one week – it’s time to get them ready for that school routine again.  With daylight savings here too – it means it doesn’t get dark until nearly 9pm!  So they have been staying up REALLY late and I’ve been lucky to get them into bed by 9:30pm lately!  So this is what I plan on doing for the next week:

  • Start the bedtime routine (brushing teeth, get ready for bed, time to read etc) 15mins earlier each night (until you get to that time that they SHOULD be going to bed (like my kids should really be in bed by 8:30!)
  • Start waking them up 15mins earlier each morning (again – until you get to the time you WANT them up to get ready for school)
  • Have morning tea or a snack around the time they would have recess at school (for my kids this is 11am)
  • Have lunch around the time they would be having it at school (for my kids this is 1pm)
  • Give them jobs and certain tasks to do – just a couple of small things to do each day (like today my daughter vacuumed the kitchen/dining room – my son feed the chooks and they both emptied the dishwasher).  They have pretty much been able to do whatever they like each day – so getting a few jobs to do will help get them ready to have the teacher tell them what to do when they get back to school.

This should gradually get them back into the school routine by the time school starts next week.  Wish me luck!  Do you have any tips for getting the kids back into school time routine?  Share them with us in the comments under this post – I’d love to hear your ideas!

Looking back at 2014

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year.  We have had a lovely time here at home just spending time together as a family.  It has been so nice and relaxing.

At the start of the New Year I think it’s nice to look back at the previous year and reflect on what we have done and to celebrate what we have achieved too.  So I thought I’d share a little summary of what Jody’s Crafty Creations did for 2014

  • I updated all my paper patterns to PDF files so my patterns could be instantly downloaded.
  • I opened my Craftsy store and listed all my patterns on both Craftsy & Etsy
  • I setup and updated my blog in WordPress and updated my logo too.
  • I outsourced the digitizing of my pattern templates so now all my new patterns (and some of my existing patterns) are now digitized instead of hand drawn templates (it looks so much more professional and I’m so glad I did this!)
  • I put out a call for more Pattern Testers and so now have a nice list of lovely pattern testers (Thanks everyone!) who have done a great job of editing and testing out my new patterns for me.
  • I taught the Grade 6 kids at our school over about 5 weeks how to design and sew up their own softies (This is always heaps of fun teaching these classes and something I look forward to each year).
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  • I released 5 NEW Patterns this year!  The ‘Don’t Worry Doll’, ‘Kitty Cat Heat Bag’, Kids Creations: Easy Softie Projects’ (actually 4 softie options in one pattern!), ‘Christmas Bird Decorations’ and my ‘Pocket Penny Dolls’.
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  • OneThimbleIssue4Cover

    One Thimble e-magazine published my pattern ‘Kids Creations: Easy Softie Projects’ in Issue 4 and also an article I wrote too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Easter Bunny Softie
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    I released 4 FREE Tutorials this year!  The ‘Easter Bunny Softie’, Felt Flower Tutorial, ‘Heat Bag Tutorial’ and ‘Felt Flower Hairclip’.  I am still amazed that the Easter Bunny and Heat Bag were so popular!  To date the Easter Bunny free pattern has been downloaded 1522 times from my Craftsy store and the Heat Bag free pattern has also been downloaded 1669 times!

  • I have setup a monthly Newsletter using MailChimp that I send out at the end of each month and have 43 subscribers.  (If you would like to subscribe just enter your email address under ‘Newsletter’ in the column on the right.)

 

 

 

 

So now when I look at what I actually did do for my little pattern design business for 2014 I actually think I achieved quite a lot!  Thankyou to everyone who has supported me and purchased my patterns this year and for all the wonderful feedback and photos I have been getting too!  I love seeing what you make using one of my designs!  It makes it all so worthwhile!

I’m now planning what I will be doing for 2015 which will include releasing more new designs and lots of other exciting things too!

Happy Sewing!