Well, somehow I managed to go and lose the pdf files that I’d created for these last patterns. I did these last summer for this event, so thought they were just sitting in the folder waiting to be released… I have no idea what happened to the pdfs, but I can’t release a pattern without a pdf, so, unfortunately, I had to set about re-creating all of the pdfs again. I had the patterns proofed last night by my testers to be sure we caught any mistakes as I’ve never written so many patterns all at once before and in such a short amount of time. I know making you wait three days for the last pattern isn’t fair either, but I wouldn’t have been able to release on Tuesday as it was so I am releasing them today.
Today is all about Continuous Lines. I’d mentioned on the first day of this event I’d release a continuous line pattern and a nativity, Today is the day. As this is my 5th year I really went all out on doing nativities this year since it’s my very favorite thing about Christmas.
I’ve had such a fun time this year releasing a series of gnomes and still have more patterns to go, but for Christmas, I created 9 gnome patterns. At first, this was to be the only release for the gnomes themselves, but then some matching homes came out for the gnomes and I decided to add them last minute to the pattern. I made this decision last week, and my testers have been busy stitching ever since. Houses 2 and 4 are not quite ready yet so they haven’t been released today, but you can get a lovely idea from this post what they’ll all look like. I expect them to be released later this week. There is a special deal for the houses, so stay tuned….
Please note, tomorrow’s post will also be late in the day. I’m at a quilting class all day and will not have time to post prior to leaving in the morning.
Some of you are still having problems with my image links. While they themselves have not been an issue for me I have had problems in the last month with my media gallery and creating a “row” of images. Thus I turned to an actual WordPress plugin gallery to re-create the very effect that I was having trying to create a simple WordPress gallery. The odd thing is I have these all over my site, but it’s simple to see what part of the problem is simply having a look at this page on my blog.. Where they use to be a row of images (well many rows, but they at least looked like a row), they now look like disjointed rows and I’m still trying to figure out why. The effect happens no matter which browser I am using. However, the links still work just fine. So because the new plugin gallery may need to fully load first the only thing I can think of is those links won’t open until the gallery post is fully loaded. I try in the first place to keep my images small just for faster page loading time, but once in a while one or two will escape and be larger than they should be.
So, let’s get on with today’s pattern… Continue reading
Woooo, day 10 already … where has the time gone?? Just two more days and we’ll be done. Please remember, no patterns will be posted this weekend. You can download this pattern today tho all weekend long for those of you who can’t get around daily to download them.
Today’s patterns are influenced by another memory of my childhood. When I was very young and wondered about the great Santa Claus and how he was going to get into our house because we didn’t have a fireplace, my dad would tell me that the Santa poster on our door would let Santa know he was free to walk right in… I remember that poster so well, it was HUGE!!! and a big jolly Santa with his big bag of toys swung over his shoulder. It had a vinyl-like surface that would keep it free from getting weathered and we had that poster on our door for many years. It’s little traditions like that, that keep my memories of Christmas in my heart.
So, I have created a series of patterns that are aimed specifically at going on the door in any part of your house. While today’s pattern is not a full door pattern, it gives you the same technique used for those door patterns and will help you down the road should you decide to create one of the full door patterns. Today’s pattern is the “pieced” pattern I mentioned on the first day of 12 Days that you’ll be getting. All the Door Knockers are pieced patterns. Continue reading
I do hope you’re enjoying the patterns. From some of the comments, I’ve received this week I can see that a few of you are. I don’t just read comments here on my blog, but those in Facebook also.
I definitely appreciate those of you who take the time to comment. It makes me feel happy that you take the time to say thank you or to just say you like them. With my internet issues this past week I’ve been just crazy about how to get the patterns online, but I also know those of you who know me know they will show up. I have the internet on my cell phone, but it’s very limited as to how much I can use and I don’t know my passwords to even get into my own website to write a post if I needed to, plus that small typewriter is very difficult to write a post with. I’d admire those of you who can do it. As a funny part of this story as to my cell phone usage know how… this week we decided to try the local pick up from the grocery store instead of dealing with holiday crowds, so I ordered my groceries online, went to pick them up on Sunday, and we sat there for 40 minutes waiting for someone to come to the car to bring our groceries. It wasn’t until I decided to call the store to see where they were that we finally understood we needed to download a cell phone app, then let them know we’d arrived. LOLOLOL!! Can you believe that? I’ll be honest when I say that it is a sheer convenience to be able to order online and just pick up and not have to deal with the shopping itself, but I am a little picky also, they had to make 3 substitutes to my list, 2 I didn’t accept, 1 I did accept and I do enjoy picking out my own fruits and veggies, even my meat as my dad taught me how to make the best picks when we used to go grocery shopping with him in my young adult years. So while I may go in for those few things I do like the grocery pickup, even tho I may be taking someone’s job by using it. I still won’t use self-checkout when I do go into the grocery store.
These last few days will offer some of the ones I have been working on all year. The pet series artwork only came out about 2 weeks ago and I set aside what I was planning to do these instead because I just fell in love with each pet, thus the reason each day this week has been a different pet.
So, on Friday, we’ll start with and finish those up next Tuesday….
Here’s is today’s free pattern as promised the Santa Bear pet pattern. Continue reading
I am not a happy camper these last few days.. no internet, over 700 emails downloaded this morning to my inbox (those of you who haven’t heard from me, you will once I am online for any amount of time). I’m getting these up as quick as I can today.. Tomorrow will be scheduled to go off at midnight mst so that if I am offline you can still get the pattern.
I am seeing that some of you had issues downloading the Polar Bear which was the free pattern in Saturday Nights post. Please note, if your having problems, just saying you’re having a problem when others are clearly not having problems will not help me help you, please note what you’re using to download with, mobile, laptop, desktop, iPad, kindle, etc… browser and windows/mac versions. I also see some of you were able to come back and get the files also, so I’m glad it’s worked out. I’d intended to leave the pattern up an additional day for that reason but since I’ve been offline I can see that many of you got back to download.
The free download today is 3 patterns, one for Day 06, one for Day 07, and one for Day 08. I have bunched them all into one payhip page so when you go to that page to download, you can download all 3 pdfs at once instead of adding 3 of them to your cart when checking out.
The free patterns are Continue reading
Sadly, I’ve been without internet most of yesterday, and most of today. It finally came back on about an hour ago and I got to finishing up the uploading of the patterns. I was writing this post yesterday when it went down and stayed down. Apparently the troubles with the neighbor’s cable were not done with, they had to come and fix something in the ground.. Tore up the road and everything yesterday.
So I’m writing this post really fast on a Saturday to get it out to you. I do have a doctor’s appointment first thing Monday morning so please expect that post in the late morning hours too early afternoon. Continue reading
Hard to believe we are now on day 04 of 12 Days. It always just goes by so quickly when I hold this event each year and it just seems to get more and more frantic. I know I am a bit late posting today, but I slept until just after noon today with having to get all the stuff done I normally do in a day on the internet done last night, so having to get everything ready to get this posted took me a few hours.
Today’s post is all about those memories I have of getting under the tree and trying to remove the tape on the packages or digging thru closets, basement crannies and other fun things only to find out years later my parent hid the real presents at my grandparent’s house and picked them up on Christmas eve.
So here’s to all those little rascals having fun trying to sneak a peek… 🙂 Continue reading