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New Freebie and Updates for December!

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving! 😀 The first of the month snuck up on me before I knew it, but December is here!
November’s been great, considering I got to hold another giveaway, and my Etsy store got a huge update (along with lots of coupons to share) x3

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It’s only too bad that I had to cut back on posting freebies every week in order to balance my work load. That’s still going to continue for a little while, but expect to get another update from me this Friday ^-^ Hopefully soon you’ll get to see the fruits of my labor yet again just like with the Etsy update :B

Even though I just reached my milestone for followers to my main website, my next milestone might be just around the corner! Go check out my comprehensive work portfolio at DeviantArt and help bump my pageviews up if you want to get the next party started faster! 😀
DeviantArt pageviews: 88,246/100,000 = 88%
DeviantArt watchers: 3,405/4,000 = 85%
Facebook likes: 1,135/2,500 = 45%
Tumblr followers: 767/1,000 = 77%
Wordpress followers: 1,101/2,500 = 44%

Of course, the most important of the updates is the last leg of the Monthly Crafting Challenge for 2013!
I saved the best for last in the sushi plush collection, and if you’ve been collecting since the beginning of this little blog, this month you can complete your collection of 12! No set of sushi would be complete without a ginger rose and dollop of wasabi!

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I must admit I’m very bittersweet about this collection ending xB I’m sad that it has to be over, but extremely excited to start the new set of plushies for 2014! I do have a theme planned, though they don’t make as much of a neat and easy little package like the sushi collection (that’s pretty hard to outdo :B). But I hope you all like it nonetheless! If you want to take guesses in the comments, I’ll be more than happy to tell you if you’re warm or cold ^-~

If you haven’t signed up for emails yet, you can get this little guy along with the freebie for November today only, and after today the prize is just this guy 🙂 Though you can also purchase the pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late. Just sign up with the entry box on the side of the screen and I’ll send you the latest sushi!

If you’ve already signed up for emails, that’s where the challenge comes in. You can get this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog or my books then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook where I have a really awesome collection going of your creations! Keep it up every month and you’ll get a new free pattern, so don’t forget to check back during January to catch the reveal of the brand new Monthly Crafting Challenge 2014!


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New Freebie and Updates for November!

Happy Halloween everyone! As exciting as Halloween is, it’s a shame that it also means October is over, so the month of Halloween patterns has also ended.

On the bright side, with over 50 free tutorials under my belt, I’ve made a lot of headway on my scrap collection! This whole adventure started with me tackling my heavyweight fabrics, which are practically gone now! All I have left are a few large pieces of vinyl, so I’ll have to pick some interesting things to use those for 🙂 My quilting cottons have gone down by at least half, and I’ve taken a decent bite out of my stash of satins, knits, and lining fabrics.

With that said, life has caught up with me a bit and I have some big assignments to tackle in the next few months, so I’ll need to take a break from posting new patterns weekly and probably go down to doing it monthly for a little while. But not to worry! I’ll be back a little ways into the new year to clean out the rest of my stash 😀 I’m hoping I can reach a goal of 100 projects before I run out of scrap fabric completely (that probably sounds crazy, but I’m sure you other sewers out there know that that’s a perfectly reasonable goal with the way fabric stashes are!). Then I can start featuring other things here, while still doing free patterns every once in a while ^-^

It doesn’t look like I reached any of my milestone goals during October, but we’re still exceptionally close to my goal for email followers!
DeviantArt pageviews: 83,617/100,000 = 84%
DeviantArt watchers: 3,342/4,000 = 84%
Facebook likes: 1,105/2,500 = 44%
Tumblr followers: 664/1,000 = 66%
Email subscribers: 955/1,000 = 96% (almost there!)

And finally the last update I have is the next round of my Monthly Crafting Challenge!
The freebie for November is the pattern for this Octopus Nigiri plush!
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This is probably my second-favorite of all the plushes I’ve released this year (I admit it, I saved my favorite pattern for last x3). And it’s the last nigiri-style plush in the series. It’s much like the Tamago, Uni, Tuna, and Shrimp nigiri, except of course the topping is a little slice of octopus tentacle, complete with suckers! I just love the way the suckers turned out on this guy, not to mention his adorable face, and that’s why I saved him for next-to-last.

If you haven’t signed up for emails yet, you can get this little guy along with the freebie for October today only, and after today the prize is just this guy 🙂 Though you can also purchase the pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late. Just sign up with the entry box on the side of the screen and I’ll send you the latest sushi!

If you’ve already signed up for emails, that’s where the challenge comes in. You can get this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog or my books then message the finished project to my Facebook where I have a really awesome collection going of your creations! Keep it up every month and you’ll get a new free pattern, so don’t forget to check back during December to catch the last in the sushi plush collection! Just one more to go; I hope you all love it! 😀


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New Freebie and Updates for October!

October is nearly here! It still felt like September went by pretty quickly, but at least this time around I can say I accomplished some awesome things this month 😀

I am super excited to announce that for the month of October, in the weeks leading up to Halloween, I’ll be doing a special Halloween-themed tutorial every Friday! I’ll be posting them in order from most time-intensive to least time-intensive, so you’ll have plenty of time to make them for Halloween! So stay tuned this Friday for the first in the series *w*

During September I also held my second giveaway ^0^ It went even better than the first one, so I can’t wait to hold another one again!
Once I reach my next milestone, I’ll get the next one going! It looks like that’ll be when I get to 1,000 followers on WordPress >w< so close!
DeviantArt pageviews: 81,260/100,000 = 81%
DeviantArt watchers: 3,253/4,000 = 81%
Facebook likes: 1,067/2,500 = 43%
Tumblr followers: 639/1,000 = 64%
Wordpress followers: 900/1,000 = 90% (almost there!)

And finally the last update I have is the next round of my Monthly Crafting Challenge!
The freebie for October is the pattern for this Scallop Gunkan plush!

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This one is the last gunkan style plush in the sushi series for this year 😀 It’s just like the Ikura Gunkan and Urchin Gunkan, but the filling this time is a heap of sliced scallops ^-^ Just like before, those scallops are piled on top of a bed of rice and all wrapped up in a sheet of nori seaweed.

If you haven’t signed up for emails yet, you can get this little guy along with the freebie for September today only, and after today the prize is just this guy 🙂 Though you can also purchase the pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late. But for this month’s prize, just sign up with the entry box on the side of the screen and I’ll send you the latest sushi!

If you’ve already signed up for emails, that’s where the challenge comes in. You can get this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog or my books then message the finished project to my Facebook where I have a really awesome collection going of your creations! Keep it up every month and you’ll get a new free pattern, so don’t forget to check back during November to see what I’ve cooked up :3


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New Freebie for September!

Whoa August went by fast x_x! I can’t believe it’s already September! I feel like I’m still not even caught up from last month >w< I’m still working on depleting my scrap stash of fleece, as my stash of heavy fabrics is very nearly gone. But it also occurs to me that Halloween will be just around the corner! So maybe I’ll start working on things for that ^-^

Also this month I did my first ever giveaway 😀 At first I thought holding giveaways would be too soon, but some of my fanbase from DeviantArt has trickled over into Tumblr and Facebook, so maybe I’ll try to make them a regular thing!
I’m thinking for every milestone (kiriban) I hit on every different social media webzone, I’ll do another giveaway 😀
DeviantArt pageviews: 76,670/100,000 = 77%
DeviantArt watchers: 2,942/4,000 = 74%
Facebook likes: 946/1,000 = 95% (almost there!)
Tumblr followers: 540/1,000 = 54%
WordPress followers: 746/1,000 = 75%

It looks like the closest goal I’m at is Facebook likes! So I guess to get closer to the next giveaway, check out my Facebook page or invite your friends and I’ll be giving away something new in no time! 😀

And finally the last update I have is the next round of my Monthly Crafting Challenge!
The freebie for September is the pattern for this trio of Maki Rolls!

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These are really simple but are a definite staple in any sushi collection ^-^ They’re just a simple roll filled with a bit of filling (either cucumber, tuna, or tempura shrimp depending on what color you go for) and wrapped in rice and nori. With all the different filling and face choices, I just had to make a group of the little guys!

If you haven’t signed up for emails yet, you can get this little guy along with the freebie for August today only, and after today the prize is just this guy 🙂 Though you can purchase the August pattern on my Etsy if you’re too late. But for now, just sign up with the entry box on the side of the screen and I’ll send you the pattern!

If you’ve already signed up for emails, that’s where the challenge comes in. You can get this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog or my books then message the finished project to me or my Facebook where I have a really awesome collection going of your creations! Keep it up every month and you’ll get a new free pattern, so don’t forget to check back during October to see what I’ve cooked up :3


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New Freebie for August!

August is finally here! I was working so hard all through July I’m kind of glad to see the new month start ^-^ I just got back from Metrocon in Tampa a few days ago and it was a ton of fun but I am beat! All those months of preparing are finally over so it’s a great relief to finally take a deep breath and relax! That doesn’t mean I’m about to go on vacation or anything ^w^ for this month I’m going to keep working at getting rid of my fabric stash but also restocking my Etsy store, which is quite empty after all the sales at Metrocon.

How is my fabric stash doing? Well, I’m down to maybe 3 or 4 yards total of heavy duty fabrics 😀 so I’d say that’s a bit of an accomplishment! Of course now I also have a whole chest-full of fleece scraps which I think will be perfect for making tiny plushies! So stay tuned for more projects like that in the coming weeks ^-^

But onto the meat of the post! The next leg of my Monthly Crafting Challenge!
The freebie for August is this cutesy Tuna Nigiri plush!

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This one is a take off of the other nigiri plushies I’ve done so far: shrimp, eel, and egg. But I’m really in love with how bright and colorful this guy looks 😀 Especially the little markings that really make him look like a fresh piece of tuna. For those of you that have been collecting the patterns, you should have quite a big nigiri family by now!
If you haven’t signed up for emails yet, you can get this little guy along with the freebie for July today only, and after today the prize is just this guy 🙂 Though you can purchase the July pattern on my Etsy if you’re too late. But for now, just sign up with the entry box on the side of the screen and I’ll send you the pattern!

If you’ve already signed up for emails, that’s where the challenge comes in. You can get this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog or my books then message the finished project to my Facebook where I have a really awesome collection going of your creations! Keep it up every month and you’ll get a new free pattern, so don’t forget to check back during September to see what I’ve cooked up :3

I think August is going to be an extremely awesome month 😀 I can’t wait to get crackin!


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New Freebie for July!

Wow >w< it’s already July! I’ve been working so hard to prepare for Metrocon at the end of the month I barely noticed the time slip by. In case you don’t know, Metrocon is an anime convention in Tampa that I’ve been attending for 10 years now 😀 There I sell all of my handmade cosplay-style hats and hoodies (you can see examples on my Deviantart). So if you’re in the area, I certainly hope you’ll consider attending!

As far as my stash goes, I think I barely made a dent this month XD. In fact, after Metrocon is over I’m going to have to work with an entirely new stash of fleece scraps. So you’ll probably see projects for plushies and the like. Nevertheless, I still brought my total of free patterns past 30 😀 which isn’t too shabby – so I know all that extra fabric is going somewhere. And I have lots more project ideas to try out down the line ^w^

But the real reason I’m here of course is because it’s the first of the month, and time for the next leg of my Monthly Crafting Challenge!
The freebie for all of July is this super happy Tuna Hand Roll Plush!

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This is a completely new sushi style that I haven’t done before, as it’s in the style of hand rolled sushi as opposed to a sushi that’s been rolled on a sushi mat. Instead of a neat little round, hand rolled sushi is more of a mound of rice with some fillings in the middle, then the whole thing is wrapped in a cone of nori seaweed… kinda like a burrito I guess >w< Nevertheless, it makes it much easier to stuff the sushi with more fillings or unusual fillings, even though it makes the end result kind of a test to eat XD

If you haven’t signed up for emails yet, you can get this little guy along with the freebie for June today only, and after today the prize is just this guy 🙂 Just sign up with the entry box on the side of the screen and I’ll send you the pattern!

If you’ve already signed up for emails, that’s where the challenge comes in. You can get this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog or my books then message the finished project to my Facebook where I have a really awesome collection going of your creations! Keep it up every month and you’ll get a new free pattern, so don’t forget to check back during July to see what I’ve cooked up :3

As much as I hate to say it, that’s it for June >x< July looks to be just as busy, so I’d better get back to work! xD


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New Freebie for June!

I can’t believe May is already over! That one felt like another incredibly fast month ^-^ Of course I’ve added to my stash of free patterns and sewing tutorials, which now has over 25 projects ^w^!! And I’m nearly at 100 subscribers! So thank you everyone that’s out there following me! I promise to keep up the momentum, if not significantly improve in the months to come!

I’m still scraping the bottom of my first fabric barrel at this point, trying to make use of some really oddly-shaped and old scraps >w< I’ve had to dye some of the fabric to make it look nice, and definitely keep the fabric paint at hand so the finished products have a little more zing to them ^-^

In addition to cleaning out my stash, however, I’m also getting prepared to attend my major anime convention of the year: Metrocon in Tampa, FL. It’s pretty large despite not being one of the big-name conventions, and this year with be my 10th year attending in a row! There I’ll be selling a lot of what I’m known for, cosplay-style hats and hoodies (which you can see examples of on my DeviantArt) along with some new items here and there. The style certainly isn’t for everyone, but if you’re a big fan of anime or manga, I’m sure you’ll enjoy some of them for dressing up and generally enjoying yourself at the convention!

Since it’s the first of the month, that also means it’s time for the next leg of my Monthly Crafting Challenge!
The freebie for the month of June is this skeptical-looking Unagi (Eel) Nigiri Sushi Plush!

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This one is similar to the other nigiri plushies from months back (including Tamago in January & Shrimp in March). It’s made the same way with a lump of plush rice, a strip of plush eel, then a band of nori to tie it all together. While I think the average American would be turned off to trying eel, it’s actually one of the easier sushi to break into if you’re a novice 😀 It has the flavor of mackerel though others have compared it to tuna and even chicken. The defining factor, however, is usually the eel sauce that’s slathered on top, which is often like a mix between barbeque and teriyaki sauce.

If you haven’t signed up for emails yet, you can get this little guy along with the freebie for May today only, and after today the prize is just this guy 🙂 Just sign up with the entry box on the side of the screen and I’ll send you the pattern!

If you’ve already signed up for emails, that’s where the challenge comes in. You can get this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog or my books then message the finished project to my Facebook where I have a really awesome collection going of your creations! Keep it up every month and you’ll get a new free pattern, so don’t forget to check back during July to see what I’ve cooked up :3

I think that pretty much wraps it up for May, stay tuned for a lot of interesting stuff in June!


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New Freebie for May!

Another month has passed, and it feels like a lot has been accomplished! I have nearly 20 free patterns in my stash of sewing tutorials, with many more exciting ones to come! And I also now have over 75 subscribers! So I want to thank you all out there who are following me and my work. Your kind messages and encouragement really help me keep going!

As far as how things are going on my end, I’m still working down to the bottom of my first box of fabric. I’m getting to the part of the stash where I’m in strange fabric territory. Maybe you all know what I mean – I’m talking about those old fabric scraps that just baffle you. They leave you wondering, “Why did I buy this again?” “What could I even do with this?” and “What is this even made of?” As I get to the bottom of my fabric box, it’s clear that I have some items that are less fabric stash and more time capsule x3

But I’ll try my best to make those scraps work in new projects! With some dye, fabric paint, or appliqué, maybe I can make them into something cool 😀

Since it’s the first of the month, that means it’s time for the next leg of my Monthly Crafting Challenge!
The freebie for the month of May is an angry-looking little Urchin Gunkan Sushi Plush!

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This one is very similar to the Ikura Gunkan plush from February, except with an urchin (also called uni) filling. Sea urchin is a delicacy in many parts of the world that are near the ocean, but the taste is something that many people debate x3 Some find it tastes horribly funky and like dirty ocean water, while others claim it’s sweet and nutty. It’s one of those foods that can differ greatly depending on the quality and freshness of the product, so keep that in mind if you have the guts to try it! Just like the Ikura Gunkan, this sushi emulates a mound of rice, topped with the sushi filling (two pieces of sea urchin), and then wrapped in a sheet of nori to keep it all together.

If you haven’t signed up for emails yet, you can get this little guy along with the freebie for April today only, and after today the prize is just this guy 🙂 Just sign up with the entry box on the side of the screen and I’ll send you the pattern!
If you’ve already signed up for emails, that’s where the challenge comes in. You can get this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog or my books then message the finished project to my Facebook where I have a really awesome collection going of your creations! Keep it up every month and you’ll get a new free pattern, so don’t forget to check back during June to see what I’ve cooked up :3

So that’s the end of April, it seems 😀 With any luck May will be just as exciting and productive!


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New Freebie for April!

Wow! Hard to believe 3 months have gone by already! I feel like I was a lot more productive this month ^-^ I got started on posting some of the knitting patterns I’ve been doing, I have a decent-looking group of 15 free patterns that I’ve cooked up, and my fabric stashes are actually looking significantly smaller! I still have trouble getting the lid on my box of cottons :3 but my heavyweight fabrics actually have some room in the top now 😀 And beyond that, I’ve used up most of the large fabric pieces, so over the next few months I’ll have to start making smaller, daintier projects xD or start getting into some patchwork. Before I know it I’ll completely use up that box of fabric and I’ll get to move onto the next box, I will be vigilant! Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, just keep sewing x3!

But since it’s the first of the month, that means it’s time for the next leg of my Monthly Crafting Challenge!
The freebie for the month of April is a fat little uramaki California roll!

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The assembly is super simple, and the details really make it look awesome. For the un-sushi-initiated, a California roll is a very American style of sushi, as it doesn’t typically have raw fish. Instead, it’s filled with imitation crab, avocado, cucumber, and sometimes with a bit of fish roe. This one is made inside out, uramaki style, so the seaweed makes a spiral on the inside of the roll. I’d also like to say that he’s a futomaki (thick roll), because he’s so fat (x3!), but those are usually made with nori on the outside.

If you haven’t signed up for emails yet, you can get this little guy along with the freebie for March today only, after that the prize is just this guy 🙂 Just sign up with the entry box on the side of the screen and I’ll send you the pattern!
If you’ve already signed up for emails, that’s where the challenge comes in. You can get this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog or my books then message the finished project to my Facebook where I have a really awesome collection going of your creations! Keep it up every month and you’ll get a new free pattern, so don’t forget to check back during May to see what I’ve cooked up :3

I guess that about wraps up March. Maybe April will see the end of one box of my fabric stash! Just 4 more to go after that xD!


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New Freebie for March!

It appears as though I’m at two months for my blog now 😀 This month felt a little less active, if only because I’ve been working on some personal projects for myself and others. I’ll try to keep you posted on those in the weeks to come! ^-~
I still haven’t made a lot of progress in getting rid of my stash, but I’ll keep chugging along until it’s manageable! And you’ll get to reap all the benefits in the form of free projects :3

But the point of this post is to introduce the next leg of my Monthly Crafting Challenge!
The freebie for the month of March is an adorable Shrimp Nigiri Sushi Plush!
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The assembly is much like the freebie for January, the Tamago Nigiri Plush, except the topping for this one is a plush little shrimp! I love the way it turned out with the cute pink markings and tail. He sits on top of a big mound of rice and is all wrapped up in a nori band. It’s very easy to put together, and I love the whole look of him ^-^ So if you still haven’t signed up for email updates, do so today and you’ll get the freebie for February and March together for today only!

Just as a quick update if you haven’t read my blog before, you can get this pattern for FREE through the month of March when you sign up for email updates. If you’ve already signed up that’s where the challenge comes in 😀 You can get this pattern if you make one of my projects from this blog or my books then message the finished project to my Facebook where I hope to amass a really big album of your creations! Keep it up and every month you’ll get a new free pattern, so don’t forget to check back in during April to see what I’ve cooked up :3

I actually had a fan that was really hoping the prize for March was an onigiri ^^;; sadly, I wasn’t able to fit that in with my sushi plan, but stay tuned over the next few days, and you’ll be in for a surprise ❤ And speaking of fans, if any of you out there are reading this and I may have overlooked you because you earned your March plush in February, please let me know 🙂 I don’t want anyone to get left out ❤

I guess that’s it for February! Accordingly, it went by super fast and before I even realized it, even though it’s only a few days shorter than the other months. I have a lot more projects to share for March, so I can’t wait to get started!