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New Crafting Challenge Pattern for April!

Hi everybody!
I hope you all had a great March! Spring is finally in full swing where I am, which is a little unfortunate because cold weather is hard to come by in Florida. I’ve been chugging along this month creating more patterns and tutorials. I feel like I’m really on a roll, lately!

Last month’s Kappa plushies got a lot of love despite being a little more obscure. But you fans out there that enjoy classic monsters are in for a treat 😀 The new pattern I’m unveiling for this month is…

The Loch Ness Monster!

I feel like these little cuties hardly need an introduction; I’m sure you all know about the legendary sea monster that hails from the famous lake in Scotland. How could I even dream of doing a year of legendary creatures without including ol’ Nessie, right? I spent a lot of time perfecting her, since lots of other awesome pattern designers have made their own versions of Nessie and I wanted to be sure mine looked different 🙂 So my Nessie is a good deal tinier and chubbier. Shown is the classic Nessie in sea green and an alternate one with lashed eyes, a contrast belly, and head fins for that little something special.

The one down side to this little girlie is she’s a bit more difficult than other plush patterns I’ve done before. I’ve given it a 5/10. Technically she’s the first pattern I’ve done with a gusset. If you’ve done plushies with gussets before it shouldn’t be too intimidating. If you think you’re ready to try them out, I go through the process very slowly, so with any luck maybe this pattern will help you pick up a new skill! I do think that if you wanted to make the process easier, you could enlarge the pattern 150% or 200% so the seam allowances are larger and it’s easier to be accurate. I’ll see about making up a larger version to show you guys how it might look!

★ So how do you get this pattern? ★
If you’re NEW to this site, this pattern is my one time only FREE gift to you! Just submit your email address to subscribe to my blog between now and April 30th (found in the submission box on the right sidebar above “My Books”). This will earn you the pattern ONE TIME for THIS MONTH ONLY.
Give it about 24 hours for your new pattern to arrive after signing up. But if it doesn’t, or you have other troubles, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me.
★ What if you’re not new to this site? ★
If you’ve already signed up for email updates, that’s where the CHALLENGE comes in. You can also earn this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook.
★ What if there’s no way you can participate this month? ★
If you think you can’t make anything this month, I also have the pattern ready for purchase on my Etsy for a very low price. And you can use coupon code MCC2016 for an extra $1 off.
So don’t forget to check back next month for another new legendary creature! And keep sending me photos of your amazing creations!


Freebie Friday! The 20,000 Leagues Journal

Probably even more obscure than some of the other nerdy holidays I’ve been celebrating, today is International Steampunk Day! I can’t seem to find why today in particular is Steampunk Day, as some have claimed that today is H.G. Wells’ birthday – though it’s not – but there you have it! I sorted through all of my scraps to and put together the best I could with what I have.
At the moment I don’t have a lot of hardware, which you must admit can really help the look of a steampunk item, so I did the best with what I had and looked to some leftover turn-lock closures to make this next project. I started thinking of some of my favorite Jules Verne books and thought a journal cover with a giant squid a la 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea would be a nice fit ^-^ It’s not exactly scientific, but it’s sure adventurous! It’s sized to fit a standard composition book, so you can continually switch out the book once you’ve filled it up with all your epic stories and start fresh! On top of that, there are 8 pencil slots so you could also sketch to your heart’s content as well ^w^!


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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!


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!