Monday, April 23, 2018

Inspiration - When Creations Tell the Story

As every creative person knows, it not only takes talent to create, it also takes inspiration. Some times you can be inspired by something common and obvious, but sometimes you can be taken completely by surprise. Did you know that some of my patterns and designs were inspired by special things? Some of them even have little stories behind them. I thought it would be fun to fill you in on what's behind some of my favorite and most popular patterns.

Working so many years at an animal clinic, I've been lucky to be a part of treating wildlife as well as cats and dogs. One of the greatest experiences of my work there was raising and rehabbing owls. Howard was a special owl and the only one we named because he was so awesome. You can read about him here. If you want to see what a barn owl looks like from baby to adult, Click here, and trust me, it will be worth it. The transformation is amazing!

You will also notice that you will see a lot of cats in my designs, and many of them are black. That's because my "assistant" who has been with me for eighteen years is a black cat. 

Then there is Bubba. We had a little Yorkie who has since passed. He was such a special little guy, but he had so many medical problems. He was a little trooper. He was a little guy with a HUGE personality, and a lot of love to give. He is the inspiration behind the dog that is a part of my new logo, and the Fluffy Dog Key Fob Design and Fluffy Dog Mini Zipper Bag. I'm sure you'll be seeing a lot more of Fluffy Dog in patterns down the road.

My obsession love of tea has inspired many of my tea designs. Must be the British blood running through my veins! 

I can't forget about the Hot Air Balloons and the Camping Collection. My husband and I love to take long weekends away. One of our favorite places to go is to Battle Creek, Michigan for their Hot Air Balloon and Air Show. If you ever get the chance to go to one, I highly suggest it. As for the camping collection, it was inspired by my new found fascination with camping. I was never really a camper, but hey, I am a Nana, and my granddaughter loves it, so I will love it too!

There are so many things that inspire me. It can be something as simple as a color. Many times it's something that I truly love and want to share with you in my creations. If I put them all here, you would be bored and probably fall asleep reading. 

What inspires you to create the things you create?  

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Wow! Sher's Creative Space Made the Top 100!

How exciting! Look how far Sher's Creative Space has come! I was so excited when I received an email from All Free Sewing. One of my patterns has been their reader's favorite and made their top 100 list for 2017. With thousands of patterns at their website, this is very exciting for me. My Foldable Tote Bag tutorial is what made their list.

If you haven't checked them out, then it's time you did. They have thousands of patterns to choose from and they are all free! They have everything from clothing, to bags, to softies. They also have a lot of beginner patterns and great articles to get you started.

Stop by and take a look at all the fun things you could be creating right now....for free!

All Free Sewing

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

FREE Mug Rug of the Month Patterns

What's a better way to kick off the new year than with a whole year of mug rugs? Nothing I can think of. Well, I'm sure there are better ways for life in general, but when it comes to sewing, this must be up at the top five.

A couple years back I did a collaboration with Mayra at So Sew Easy. It was a lot of fun and Mayra is such a pleasure to work with. I designed a mug rug for each month and they can all be found on her website. If you aren't familiar with her website, you will want to bookmark it so you can refer back to it often. So many fun and informative things!

Below is the link to the Pinterest Board where I have them all saved. Just click on the one (or ones) and it will take you to So Sew Easy where you will find the instructions and the link to the PDF templates, which are also available at my PDF Pattern Shop Craftsy.

If you don't want to download them all right now, no worries, as long as you follow my blog (link at the right), I'll remind you during the first week of each month that there is one available! 

Monday, January 1, 2018

A Look Ahead with Sher's Creative Space

I've never been one for resolutions because I never keep them. When it comes to the important things in life, I prefer to make changes, plans, and set goals. To me, it just makes more sense. When you set goals, you don't say, "This year I'm going to............(fill in the blank)." I know that when I set goals for myself or my business, I come up with a plan, a strategy, a plan of attack. It takes thought, patience (sometimes), energy, organization, and a positive attitude. So I'm sharing with you, a couple things that you will be seeing in the next year for Sher's Creative Space and In the Hoop by Sher.

• BACK TO BLOGGING: This past year I've gotten behind in my blogging. I really missed writing as well as visiting my writing friends. So, each week I will announce my Weekend Freebie right here on the blog, as well as writing informative articles and tutorials. I will also enjoy visiting my favorite creative blogs.

• CUSTOM EMBROIDERY PATTERNS: This is something I'm going to start doing at some point this year. I'm not going to get into anything complex such as logos, but I've got a start on various templates where I will fill in with your items. I've done a little of this recently for personal situations and I really enjoyed it. A couple of the items were so touching, that it brought tears to my family's eyes. The ideas are up there, spinning around in my head, it's just a matter of getting it all organized for presentation, pricing, etc.

I do have some other ideas in the works, but let's just start with these two things for now. The last thing I want to do is overwhelm myself!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A Look Back at 2017 with Sher's Creative Space

What a year it was! So many exciting things happened at Sher's Creative Space this past year. The first thing I want to say is THANK YOU! My customers and my followers are my kind and creative friends. Thank you for all those who have sent me photos of the finished items that started out with one of my patterns. Keep them coming because I do love to see them! I've met a lot of great people at the creative facebook groups. You are all so talented and amazing. And of course, I must thank my testers. You ladies have been a lifesaver! Some of you started with me when I first started the embroidery business, thank you for sticking with me. When I think of the very first patterns I sent you, uggh! But you are all so patient and honest. And there are those testers that have helped me in a pinch at the last minute. I have the best testers anywhere! Thank you!

I learned a lot this year. I even added digitizing to my business. That was a huge step for me, but well worth it. And I love, love, love it! It took a lot of time and energy, but now that it's up and running, I can create that balance between embroidery and the PDF pattern business. My only regret is why did it take me so long to get into embroidery? It's so much fun!

Last fall I started my weekend feebies and you guys love it! I have given away thousands and thousands of patterns since starting it. Since you love it so much, I will keep it going! If you aren't a regular follower of this blog or my newsletter, you might want to sign up because that's where you will find info on when and where to grab these freebies.

Another thing that happened is that my facebook following and newsletter following has increased immensely! I will continue to work really hard so I don't disappoint you.

In my personal and professional life, I have just become quite fond of the idea of going mostly paperless. I started in July with my business receipts. They are all now in JPEG or PDF format. No more printing them at the end of the month! What a huge waste that was! I like that idea so much that I'm gradually working that effort into my personal life. I have become quite the scanner maniac, and I'm not even close to getting it all done.

PHOTO ABOVE: For the past twenty-five years it has been a Christmas tradition to give everyone at my house (during our Christmas celebration) lottery scratch off tickets. This year I added a new twist. I filled the above scratch off  holders (pattern available at In the Hoop by Sher website) and passed them out. I told everyone that if they want them refilled next year, they had to put them back into the basket. Well, they didn't want to give up their little holder ornaments, and they wanted to take them home. So it looks like I have to design more for next year!

I have so many great things planned for next year, but that will be another blog post.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Sher's Creative Space!

Wishing all my friends out there a wonderful Christmas. Enjoy this time with friends and family. And do eat dessert, after all, it's Christmas!

Most importantly, love one another, and be safe.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Christmas Tutorials for Last Minute Gift Ideas

For my new readers, you may not know that there are some really fun and fast tutorials all organized, nice and neat on a Pinterest board. The little baking mix bags would make a great hostess gift. The wine glass shades take just minutes. You can add festive touches to any room!

Here's a little tip about the wine glass lamps....I painted the stems with enamel paint, then washed it off after Christmas! You have to do it within a few days of painting, and you can't bake the glasses or you'll never get it off. Also, it's important to use flameless tealight candles in them. And if you ever wondered if the "flickering flameless" tealights look real, check out the video at the bottom of that page.

Here are the links to the tutorials pictured above.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Little Spike and My New Images

As many of you have probably already noticed, I have fresh new images to represent my embroidery business and my PDF pattern business. What made it most difficult is that I wanted to tie in the two different businesses with very similar images. My social media sites such as Google Plus, Facebook,  Instagram, Pinterest, and this blog represent both of my businesses. So, how to make them each work alone, and together has been a challenge for me. I have it figured out! 

What ties it all together are two different elements, colors and Little Spike (the dog). 

Yes, the dog has a name! This past January I lost my little Yorkie due to serious medical reasons. I'm getting closer and closer to being ready for another one. All I know for sure is I would love another small dog, fluffy, and we will get him or her from a local rescue or the humane society. So when referring to my future dog, I call him Little Spike. On another note, this dog in my logo also resembles my sweet Bubba that passed away. So, adding Little Spike to my logo has a very special meaning to me.

Let me know what you think about my new images!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

How About Creating A New Christmas Tradition This Year!

Our family is big on Christmas traditions and has always been. Now that we have a granddaughter, I thought it would be fun to start some new ones that she will always remember. Last year we started the tradition of opening our gifts while skyping with our daughter who lives 2,000 miles away. It was so much fun, I wonder why we never thought of it before. After the gift opening, and before we say goodbye, we all have a toast to celebrate the upcoming year. Those of us who don't drink, have a glass of sparkling wine.

We also have traditions the we are still carrying on from years ago, but this year I'm adding another tradition for Christmas Eve. We are going to have a hot cocoa bar. The cocoa will be cooking in the slow cooker. The house will smell fabulous! I have a beautiful wooden tray that I got from my mother. I'll place a red napkin inside along with colorful (battery operated) lights wrapped with a piece of evergreen garland cut to fit the inside edges. I'll use mason jars to hold things such as candy canes, marshmallows, rolled wafers, and chocolate chips. And we must not forget the Christmas sprinkles! This tray will be in our bay window, in the dining room, where our granddaughter can reach it herself. Many years down the road, she will always remember the hot cocoa bar at Nana's on Christmas Eve. I'll share a picture after the holidays.

Have you thought about starting a new Christmas tradition? They don't have to be elaborate or expensive, just something that will be memorable and fun. If you need some ideas, a lot can be found right here.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

My Sewing Room - My Happy Place!


​First let me say that I have the most incredible husband who is a talented woodworker! It was actually his idea to build me my own sewing studio. Who was I to argue? It's been five years since and I've made a lot of changes since the above wall of shelves were hung. He built me two walls of shelves, then I took it from there. The wall you see above originally held fabric that was wrapped around comic boards. One day I discovered that a couple of them had faded along the folded edge. So I rearranged everything and this is what I came up with. The curtains above hold not so pretty supplies while the shelves hold my colorful things such as scrap fabric, zippers, threads, books, buttons, etc.

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