Word of mouth is key to funding Ducky & Spike’s new book. Please help me spread the word!
Please help Ducky and Spike spread the word about their new story. The Kickstarter is live now. We have 30 days to raise enough money for the book to become a printed reality. And, it’s the only way you can get your hands on the sewing pattern for Spike!
Want to learn more? Visit the Kickstarter page.
I have a new imprint name for my Halloween themed sewing patterns! I LOVE fall and Halloween and I wanted a special name for just these patterns. To introduce Hazel Witch Cottage to you, I’ve developed three new patterns that are ready to download and start crafting now. Just Click on the link below the one you like and you’ll be directed to the page to find out more!
Sometimes life gets so busy that we forgot to stop and see the magic around us. I had one of these moments on Saturday evening after a long day at a festival hunched over face painting. The Universe always gives us signs though, and here was mine: a cool little visitor on our back fence that had just emerged from his skin. It reminded me that every once in a while we need to take a look at what we are doing in our creative lives and make sure it still fits. For more magic, and a bit of musing about writing, see my post on hatching dragonflies.
As promised, since we got a bunch of new Facebook followers this past weekend, I’m giving away a free pattern for Lily. She is an adorable, wearable art pin. 4″ long from the tip of her flower to the start of her”roots”. Make as many as you want for gifts, but please, since she is a free pattern, the sale of finished items is not allowed.
The sewing pattern for Ducky, the main character in my new book, Ducky’s New Ball, is now available!
The pattern is illustrated with photographs and clearly written. There is a list of suppliers included as well. Ducky is a great pattern for intermediate sewers.
Want to learn more about the book? Visit the book page here. Books will be ready for print in mid-September and ready for holiday delivery. I am even giving a special pre-order price through August 5th!
The pattern is immediately available for download once payment is complete.
Materials needed to make Ducky: (Don’t worry- I include a suppliers list!)
One 5-6” tall wooden doll body (with no head or hands)
wool felt in white, light gray, dark grey and orange
gray feathery-looking trim
Heavy thread in white, grey, and black
4mm or 6mm black seed beads (eyes)
Thin yarn in orange
3 to 4 pieces of 12” long scraps of cotton
5” long x 2” wide white cotton knit
embroidery floss in white and orange
Basic hand & machine sewing supplies
When I told Spike it’d be a couple of months before the book was ready he was very sad. I’m hoping putting the book up for pre-order will make him a little happier!
Pre-order Ducky & Spike now and save $2.00 on the retail price! For a limited time, pre-orders for Ducky & Spike will be $16.00. My goal is 225 pre-orders. I’m offering you a discount to help me reach that goal. When we reach that goal I’ll add a new goal with a special gift for everyone who has pre-ordered a book! I expect the book to be ready for printing in mid-September with delivery shortly after that. If you want to buy wholesale for a gift, children’s boutique, or book shop, please contact me for terms!
I’m so excited to share the new photos of Ducky and Spike. We spent this afternoon in a dear friend’s photography studio, Unforgettable Photos, in my hometown of Manchester, MI. The pictures turned out beautifully for the book. I’m so excited to give you a top-notch product! The book will be a 40 page hardcover book with dust jacket in full, glorious color, and will be $18.00 with a $3.00 shipping charge. I will also be accepting wholesale orders for book and gift stores. Please contact me for terms.
About the story:
When Ducky’s new ball bounces off the door of an underground home, she suddenly has a new friend to play with. But Spike’s spines pop Ducky’s new ball, and he starts to cry. The two friends try everything to fix it. Spike uses glue. Ducky tries tying the ball together. Nothing works until Ducky’s creative thinking, and Spike’s “spikes”, save the day.
Ducky & Spike is a nearly wordless story geared toward children ages 4 to 8 and is illustrated with photographs of my dolls. You can see test shots below and I’ll be sharing the professional shots soon.
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Now for more beautiful pics!