Category Archives: Store

The Children are Here!

Look, Looky, LOOK! Sarah Jane’s Children at Play have arrived in ThimbleannaLand and I Luuuuvvvvv them so! They’re adorable and I even passed up a few hours of painting in the kitchen so I could play with them. (Ok, it wasn’t a stretch to give up painting for quilting.) I started by piecing a courthouse steps block — keeping the pink and aqua in separate ladders.

Children at Play

Then I decided to play a little in photoshop and copy the blocks. The plan for a quilt like this would be to use different little motifs in the centers of each block.  (And happily, my piecing skills at the sewing machine are better than in photoshop, but you get the idea.)

Children at Play

I also decided to do a little copy/paste in photoshop and edit the aqua steps out. For a more aqua quilt, I could have edited the pink out. (Sheesh, I think I need EQ7!)

Children at Play

After the courthouse steps block, I decided to piece a few star blocks.  I love star blocks — they’re so versatile and you can do so many things with their centers.

Children at Play

I could easily have spent a few hours playing with different layouts, but I ran out of time.  (That hopscotch print is killing me!  I spent many hours drawing chalk hopscotches on the driveway when I was a little girl — what fun memories.)

Children at Play

As I was putting my fabric away, I noticed that it matches some of my Divine Twine. How Fun!

Children at Play

There’s even twine to match the boy fabrics.  If only I could make those big toe grabber stitches with it.

Children at Play

I can see a TON of possibilities for this fabric. It’s my new Ghastlies and I might be a little obsessed. I couldn’t help it, so I put some of my favorite prints in the Thimbleanna.com shop. I hope you’ll love them as much as I do.

And Wait! There’s More! If you spend more than $50 in the Thimbleanna.com store, I’ll send you a free pair of ginsu knives these cute little polkadot scissors — another of my favorite little finds. (If you have a color preference, make a comment on your order form and I’ll do my best to honor it.)

Children at Play

And while we’re giving away ginsu knives, let’s have a little giveaway. Leave a comment by Monday, August 22 (Happy Birthday to my bigboy FirstChild) to win a quarter yard pack of my favorite boy prints.  In your comment, would you mind telling me which version of the courthouse steps layout you like best?  Aqua or white?

Children at Play

Good Luck!

XOXO,
Anna

A New Year Wraps Up Four

Is anyone still out there?  Boy, it’s sure quiet and I’m as guilty as the next guy. There hasn’t been much computer time here in ThimbleannaLand.  But lots of family time and goofing off, which is very important at this time of year.  I hope you’re all enjoying the holidays too — and having a wonderful time.

In the middle of it all (Christmas, New Year’s, and our anniversary (which is a number that makes me feel really old LOL)) there’s been a blogaversary here.  Four Years!  Gosh it hardly seems possible.  Thank you so much for playing along here with me.  For listening to me ramble on and for leaving all of your wonderful comments.  You guys are the best invisible friends anywhere.  I know other bloggers have said how much their blogs have surprised them and I feel the same way.  It’s been so fun to get to know many of you and to even meet some of you in person.  Each year brings new adventures and I can’t wait to see what will spring up in year five!

So, how ’bout a little giveaway?  A little Vera Bradley — a new passport holder and small make-up bag.  In pink, to match a pretty pink roll of divine twine.  (‘Cause I’ve added pink and airmail to the Thimbleanna Divine Twine corner.)

Giveaway

See?  Pink and Airmail.  (I love that Airmail — it’s red, white and blue wahoo!)  Aren’t they cute?

Giveaway

Oh, that was shameless, wasn’t it???  Thank you, Thank you for supporting my teeny little store.  I almost said “Most of all, thank you…” but it’s not most of all.  Really, I can’t tell you how much fun your comments and e-mails have been.  I can’t say much more without gushing all over us both and then … well… pass the kleenex.

Anyway, back to the giveaway.  No jumping through hoops.  Just leave a comment by, oh, let’s say midnight EST January 7th (Happy Birthday to SweetiePie) and I’ll draw a winner that weekend.

Giveaway

And Best Wishes for a VERY Happy and Safe New Year to all of you!
XOXO,
Anna

P.S.  If my comments happen to randomly shut off — which they do on a regular basis {grumble}{grumble} — just hang in there.  I’ll fix it as soon as I see it!

A New Kitty

Well Hello!  Did all you kids in the US have a nice long weekend?  We had a wonderful time with TheSecondChild and his very sweet friend.  We had friends and family over for a cookout and had lots of fun.  And there was some oohing and aahing over his new little kitty too.  Meet Mufasa.  Moofie for short.

moofie

Moofie is 4 months old and cute as can be.  A little ferocious too — he gave Scruff and Paul a run for their money.  Needless to say, there was a lot of hissing.

Other than that, there’s not much new to report.  I made a quick birthday banner for a co-worker’s computer.  I tested it out on our computer tonight.  Would it cheer you up to see that little banner on your computer at work?  I made it from fabric scraps, diluted glue and some divine twine.  Speaking of which, I’ve added black and orange to my little store — just in time for Halloween (a-a-and it’s still on sale).

Birthday Banner

Did you see the cool new google page today? Those dancing balls were fun to play with. There was lots of speculation about what they meant — I read somewhere this morning that google said it was not to celebrate their birthday. I also read that some people think they’ll have a big announcement at some convention tomorrow. I love google!

Ok — must run and watch the end of Neal Caffrey Eye Candy White Collar.  Have a good week!

XOXO,
Anna

Bunnies and Kitties and Bears, Oh My!

Those of you who have been hanging around here in ThimbleannaLand for any amount of time know how much we Looooove our Bunny Pincushions.  Love, Love, Love them!  From time to time I make a batch and have a giveaway or sell a bunch in the Thimbleanna.com store.

Pincushion

And almost every time that happens, someone asks me for a pattern for the bunny pincushions.  Sadly, I always have to say that the pattern is a 1989 pattern by Lori Karper and it’s copyrighted, so I can’t give it out.  Then, I’ll usually do an internet search, just to see if any information on Ms. Karper has popped up since the last time I did an empty internet search.  All I ever find is maybe an ebay link or two to one or another older pattern by Ms. Karper.

Pincushion

So.  Imagine my GREAT excitement and surprise one day last spring, when I got an e-mail from THE Ms. Karper herself.  Only there’s been a name change which is why I couldn’t find her.  Lori Karper is now Lori Valley and it’s been my great delight to be able to get to know the mother of all my bunnies!  Lori  has had an unbelievable 20+ years since the original bunny pattern was published — full of ups and downs and she’s come out on this end as one of THE sweetest people you’ll ever meet.  AND, BIG BIG exciting news — she’s re-issuing the bunny pincushion pattern AND she’s added a Kitty, a Bear, and a Puppy.  WOOHOO!!!

Pincushion

It’s so funny, because, over the years, I’d always thought how fun it would be to make other little pincushion animals.  I had a chance over the weekend to make up a Kitty.

Pincushion

And a Bear.  The original bunny pattern had the stitching on the paws, but I always made my paws plain.  For the kitty and the bear, I did the extra stitching and I love how it turned out.  (Both the Kitty and the Bear are made from City Weekend by Oliver + S.)

Pincushion

One of my favorite things about the bunny pincushions over the years has been the fact that the ears can be used to hold needles.  The Kitty and Bear ears are big enough to do that too.  (And you thought your teen had ear-piercing problems.)

Pincushion

Look how sweet — the kitty (and the puppy, who I didn’t have time to make) both have little tails.  Those might make good needle holders too.

Pincushion

Another thing I love about Lori’s patterns is that you can make them your own.  My faces are a little different than Lori’s.  And I thought this time I’d have some fun experimenting with a contrast fabric on the inside of the ears.  I really like how they turned out.

Pincushion

And one last very special thing.  Lori calls her patterns “You Are Loved” Patterns and she’s included a “You Are Loved” tape that can be sewn into the side seam of each pincushion.  The whole time I was making the kitty and bear, I kept telling myself “Don’t forget the You Are Loved Tape”.  So, of course, you know, I forgot it.  I pinned it on the side of the bear though, so you can see how cute it’s supposed to look, sticking out of the side of the pincushion.

Pincushion

I’ll stop talking now.  I’m sorry this sounds like a big sales pitch — I really don’t want it to be.  You know how much I Love my pincushions, and I know many of you have been wanting these patterns.  Lori is working on her own website (which I’ll link to when she’s done) but until then, you can buy them in the Thimbleanna.com store.  You can also get extra “You Are Loved” tapes in case you want to make more than one pincushion with a message in it’s side.

Pincushion

‘Cause Christmas is coming soon and I think these make great gifts for all of your crafty friends!  ;-)

XOXO,
Anna

Having a Divine Time

Whew!  Our boring July has become very busy.  We have several visitors here in ThimbleannaLand.  MeMum has a longtime friend visiting from Florida, MyDadLovesMeBestSister has her in-laws from Germany, and we have TheFirstChild and SweetiePie for a week.  We’ve had lots of fun getting together and I’ve had a great time practicing my long-forgotten German and watching the kids laugh until they cry.

Everyone arrived within 2 days of each other so I made some of our favorite poppyseed bread, wrapped it up in parchment paper, tied it with my new favorite twine and took everyone a little present. 

Poppyseed Bread

A few years ago I couldn’t find baker’s twine anywhere.  Now I’ve found this Divine Twine and I love it.  There are so many ways to use this twine.  I love it for tying packages of any kind.  And when I get some time, I want to make this cute little bunting.

Divine Twine

Since I love this twine so much, I’ve added it to the Thimbleanna Store.  On my Fun Stuff page.  The page where I put special things that really make me happy and inspire me to make pretty projects and gifts.

Divine Twine

As is traditional for my favorites, when I add them to the store, I offer them at 20% off.  And if you run over there and buy some, I’ll give you my extra special Poppyseed Bread recipe that everyone loves. 

Just kidding – you already have my poppyseed bread recipe.  Now, I’m off to try and figure out how I’m going to finish my current UFO — I’ve run out of that little bee fabric.  Hope you’re having a good weekend!

XOXO,
Anna