Friday, May 20, 2016

 There's a new Quilt Shop in town! 
Sew Yeah Quilt Shop. Las Vegas, Nv. 
 Located Up in the Northwest of town, on Rancho at Gowan. 
Great shop, lots of fabric to choose from. Wait till you see it!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

New Pattern

Here's the newest Little Craft Cottage pattern hot off the presses!              
It's A Brei's Apron pattern. 
Very easy to make. It has criss cross straps across your back, so there is no stress on your neck or upper back, also 3 pockets on the front. A breeze to put on and take off. I have the pattern in available in paper form right now. you can find it here
It should be in PDF form in the next couple of weeks. I will have those links available at that time.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

New Pattern Coming Soon

Here is my newest pattern. Tommy Wayne. The girly with him is my Joslyn Annie Doll. You can find the PDF here
I think they make a really cute couple. I will sell the patterns of course and some special orders of the finished dolls as well. Just contact me if you are interested. Time to get the pattern finished. Let me know what you think of him, I'd really appreciate some input.

Monday, January 25, 2016

My new pattern

Hi everyone! Christmas came and went so fast. Before I knew it a new year had arrived. Got all the holiday decorations cleaned up and packed away. Celebrated a Grandson's 15th birthday. Wow, 15! Then I got busy creating. And here is the first finished new creation of 2016. This Long Tall Tia. She finishes at about 34" tall.  She has a hanging strap added to the back of her neck for some homespun decor. I have her pattern in PDF form for sale in my Etsy Shop here. 
Also will be available in my Craftsy shop and on our website soon. There are links on the left side of this page for those. I'd love some feedback on my blog, my patterns, or whatever you'd like. Please drop us a note, we'd love to hear from you.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Halloween Decorating

Holiday Decorating is underway at the Ford household. Autumn is my favorite time of year!! 
Here is my first attempt at working with Deco Mesh, and I love it!! My Halloween Garland turned out great!! My angel would be proud! I painted the heads, I was actually looking at a Pumpkin Head doll I created a couple of years ago when I was drawing the faces but the finished ones seem to look more like Jack Skellington. But I imagine most skeleton heads turn out looking like him. 
I planned to make several garlands and sell them, but ran out of time. So I will do some Autumn and Christmas themed creations soon and put them up for sale. I think I will do some garland for the fireplace mantle and maybe some table decor as well. This mind of mine is racing with lots of ideas!
I am still working on revamping my website. I bought a wonderful set of new graphics that I am so excited about. I hope to be done in a month. I know it is taking me much longer to accomplish this than most people I am sure, but I have to work on it in between all the other stuff I try to accomplish in a day. 
Just today I spent 5 hours on yard work. I had raking, pulling weeds, digging up ground, planting some grass seed, and hand watering all to get done. 
I scored some free pavers that someone was giving away. They had an outdoor BBQ they took apart. One mans trash is another's treasure. I scored the treasure. I plan to surround the rose bushes with some and the rest I plan to put down a walk way behind the back fence for the dog. She stands there and kicks as she barks at the world of people that pass by. While she is kicking she digs a gully which I fill in periodically. Well this will cure that. One less chore to do. Yay! 
Speaking of chores, the outside of the house needs to be painted. Ugh. I really do not like to paint walls and trim and such.  My daughter said oh that sounds like fun! I invited her to come help!! We'll see how much fun it still is when we are done! 
I hope y'all like the garland I made.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Mom-mom's Vintage Style Portable High Chair Pattern

My new old pattern. I revised, and took this pattern out of retirement. It is Mom-mom's Vintage Style Portable High Chair. Made out of necessity in 1984, we couldn't afford a high chair along with all the other bay stuff we needed to buy. I collaborated with my Grandmother and this is the result. This is my daughter in the original one. Later that year I made it into a pattern and have sold many over the years. Now it is back for a new generation of parents and children to enjoy. You can find it at my My Craftsy Or My Etsy Shop. Available for instant download in PDF form for $7.95.

Friday, July 10, 2015

What takes 18 processes, lots of colors, countless hours, many days, lots of love, and one set of hands to complete?
An Original Little Craft Cottage Pattern

1.Come up with an idea in my minds eye.
2.Draw design on paper
3.Draw out rough draft pattern pieces
4.Cut out pattern pieces
5.Choose fabric, either from my stash or visiting some Quilt shops
6.Wash fabrics
7.Place pattern pieces on fabric and cut out fabric pieces
8.Sew together while jotting instructions on scrap paper
9.Type up instructions in terms everyone including new sewers and crafters can follow and completely understand
10.Re-draw professional drafted pattern pieces, create a pattern cover
11.Take professional looking photos of finished items
12.Print out the completed pattern
13.Choose another fabric
14.Cut and sew a new item using this completed pattern & instructions
15.Print out the pattern & instructions many times over
16.Print out many photos
17.Glue photos to pattern covers
18.Fold and place in bags for distribution
And this my friends, can take anywhere from 1-4 weeks. According to how much life gets in the way during all these steps of the process.