yes, thanks! I always appreciate links, and I'm happy for you to borrow photos of my projects. However, please do not use photos of my children, or copy the content of my posts or projects on your own site (meaning my words, pdfs, or the tutorial itself). I don't do advertising or swap links: I blog about what I like, and I hope that's why you're linking to me.
I have a handy little badge you can use for links, if you like. Just copy and paste the code into your sidebar:
Last year my girls and I did a little project, giving away dress up crowns to children who needed to be reminded they are special. We were learning about grief and compassion, and this project was a way to do that constructively. Read the introduction to the Nicholas Crown Project, find all the posts related to the project, or check out the crown gallery. The project is formally over now, but if you still want a crown, send me an email!
3. Can I sell items made from your patterns?
I try to say in each tutorial what is available for free use. Typically, my free tutorials are fine for free use. You may also sell items made from my fat quarter purse patterns (available in my etsy shop); however, if you do, please give credit to me as the designer. My plush patterns are for personal use only (even if you got it free in a giveaway).
4. When is your next pattern giveaway? or Why can't I download that pattern anymore?
Whenever I have a new pattern, I usually have a limited time giveaway. This has been a great way for me to get feedback from you guys on the pattern before I post it as finished and for sale. The best way to find out about these giveaways is to subscribe to my blog.
5. I'm having trouble with one of your patterns. Can you help me out?
yes! Email me. I love feedback on my patterns, I love to see what you're making, and I love getting to talk to you one on one. I try to answer this type of email the same day.
6. I'd like to buy one of your plush toys, not the pattern. Can you make one for me?
Unfortunately, I can't. I'm very busy with several other projects now and don't have time to make many plush toys for sale. Occasionally, there will be some in the shop, that is all I have available. Maybe you can find a friend who sews to make one for you?
7. Can I use your coloring books for a class/youth project/group thing?
yes! I made each book with the intention of using them to teach my kids stuff. It makes me so happy to know that others are using them, too. I'd love to hear from you about how you're using my coloring books. Feel free to print as many copies of the printables as you like; however, selling the books that you make is prohibited.
8. Do you sell your paintings? Why don't you blog about painting very much anymore?
Becoming a mother has changed the way I paint, and I'm relearning to fit this into my regular life. Currently, I mostly paint with watercolors on a small scale. These paintings are important to me, but also personal in a way that this blog isn't. I'd like to keep them that way, intimate and uncontrived in the way the world was before the internet.
9. How are you able to do it all with small children?
I don't! I just choose carefully what I do. We don't have a tv, and we spend a lot of time at home. I make my creative work a priority, so if things get busy, I usually get backed up on the laundry and dishes. I do much of my sewing while my kids are sleeping, but I also do some things while they play around me. I think it's great for my girls to see me working; although, sometimes that may only last 10 minutes before I have to put the pins and scissors out of they're reach. It helps that John is an awesome father and husband. I set manageable goals for each week for my sewing, painting, preschooling, and housework. And I try to be forgiving when I mess up. That's about all I know.