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JojoNH
True Blue Farmgirl

1963 Posts

Joanna
Dunbarton New Hampshire
USA
1963 Posts

Posted - Apr 19 2010 :  2:15:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Betty, Well the Dresden plates are super easy to do and the bigger the pieces the easier. . . doing these little guys can be tedious on the hands since they are so tiny.

For the sample work, I have lots of folks always looking for that sort of thing. . find them through online postings, word of mouth and lots of referrals. Love the work since it is ever changing. . . keeps one from being bored.

I also design, folks will send a sketch or a finished item and want me to create something new for them with all the "features" they want.
Today I just did a sample wrist-let and a handbag. Created the pieces and the patterns. Now the customer will be able to hire several people to make these for her and they will all come out exactly the same.

Joanna #566
JojoNH
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CountryCents
http://CountryCents.Blogspot.com
http://Twitter.com/Eastwooddesigns
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mrsamy
True Blue Farmgirl

167 Posts

Amy
Milwaukee WI
USA
167 Posts

Posted - Apr 19 2010 :  2:38:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh, those little dresden plates are precious. I just finished turning a pair of (fifty cent) women's wool size 16 pants into a pair of size 10 little boy wool pants for a play he's in next week. Now I'm going to turn an old pair of jeans into a skirt and another old pair of jeans into a couple of aprons. Not sure WHO is going to be wearing these aprons because I've been on an apron making bender lately. I have a favorite garden apron and another I like to wear around the house, but not sure I can use many more in my dinky house.

Prayer costs nothing, but is worth the most.
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JojoNH
True Blue Farmgirl

1963 Posts

Joanna
Dunbarton New Hampshire
USA
1963 Posts

Posted - Apr 19 2010 :  3:28:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You can never have enough aprons around the house. . . you never know who is going to drop in and need one! Funny, I make aprons all the time and only have one I wear that I made. . . all the rest end up going home with someone!

Love to see pictures of all the things you are making. . Hint. . Hint

Joanna #566
JojoNH
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CountryCents
http://CountryCents.Blogspot.com
http://Twitter.com/Eastwooddesigns
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pgngrl
Farmgirl in Training

17 Posts

Laurie
New Berlin WI
USA
17 Posts

Posted - Apr 21 2010 :  09:47:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's spring and I'm still catching up on knitting and crocheting!! Just finished a crochet baby blanket, and a hat/mitten/blanket set for 2 co-workers, received an order for another crocheted baby blanket, currently have 3 projects on needles (a cabled scarf for me, a knit-a-long sweater with my Mom, and 2 other cabled scarves I'm doing at the same time!). The Pup-a-lups are out of cookies so I will be baking those tonight, AND I need to start some seeds (papertowel method), and the Hubby comes home from Tulsa tomorrow, so I have to straighten up! I have more fun things to do at home - why the heck am I working?!?


Jamie snorted briefly and picked up a needle and a ball of yarn.
“It’s no verra difficult, Sassenach. Look- this is how ye cast up your row.”
Drawing the thread out through his closed fist, he made a loop round his thumb, slipped it onto the needle, and with a quick economy of motion, cast on a long row of stitches in a madder of seconds. Then he handed me the other needle and another ball of yarn. “There – you try.””
-- Diana Gabaldon, Drums of Autumn*
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pgngrl
Farmgirl in Training

17 Posts

Laurie
New Berlin WI
USA
17 Posts

Posted - Apr 21 2010 :  09:53:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
And here is a pic..
[URL=http://s227.photobucket.com/albums/dd295/pgngrl/?action=view¤t=scarves42110.jpg][/URL]
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JojoNH
True Blue Farmgirl

1963 Posts

Joanna
Dunbarton New Hampshire
USA
1963 Posts

Posted - Apr 21 2010 :  12:55:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh Laurie, those are beautiful!! Not only do I love your work, the colors are wonderful too!

Joanna #566
JojoNH
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CountryCents
http://CountryCents.Blogspot.com
http://Twitter.com/Eastwooddesigns
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pgngrl
Farmgirl in Training

17 Posts

Laurie
New Berlin WI
USA
17 Posts

Posted - Apr 21 2010 :  1:09:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
JojoNH - Thank you!! They are Wool-Ease in Dark Rose Heather and Forest Green Heather. I figured if I did the 2 at once, I would be able to go right on to another pattern when I finish. I have a hard time doing the same patter one after the other, I get bored too easy! That is probably why I only have one pair of socks I made (the 1st pair) that match both color and pattern!! I haven' gotten the hang of doing 2 socks at a time. I usually just grab whatever socks I've made out of the drawer now - i may try to at least get the same TYPES of colors. The girls at work are used to my 'fun socks' and don't give me too much grief any more.

BB
~L

Ravelry: pgngrl (friend me!)
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countrynmore
True Blue Farmgirl

1973 Posts

Sharon
CA
USA
1973 Posts

Posted - Apr 21 2010 :  1:44:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Joanna, nice work. I have been working on making more items for my online store.

www.countrynmore.com
www.countrynmore2.etsy.com

http:// www.qualityfabricsandsupplies.ecrater.com

www.countrynmore.blogspot.com

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JojoNH
True Blue Farmgirl

1963 Posts

Joanna
Dunbarton New Hampshire
USA
1963 Posts

Posted - Apr 22 2010 :  4:53:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you for all the compliments! I will take a picture of my latest design I just completed for a gal in Connecticut and another picture of my progress on the Dresden Plates. Hope to post them tomorrow. . . just to darn tired tonight Anyone else have pictures to post??? Hint. . . Hint

Joanna #566
JojoNH
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CountryCents
http://CountryCents.Blogspot.com
http://Twitter.com/Eastwooddesigns
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brandyanne
True Blue Farmgirl

81 Posts

Debra

81 Posts

Posted - Apr 22 2010 :  5:02:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You ladies sure do beautiful work- I do not have the patience to do any quilt work by hand. I have been working on making a denim tutu today.
Deb

http://fairiesflowersandfireflys.blogspot.com

http://oldesaltboxscents.blogspot.com

http://pilgrimsandpioneers.blogspot.com

http://brandyannessoycandles.blogspot.com
http://pilgrimsandpioneersprimitives.blogspot.com

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Aunt Jenny
True Blue Farmgirl

11381 Posts

Jenny
middle of Utah
USA
11381 Posts

Posted - Apr 22 2010 :  6:06:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Laurie..beautiful work!!! I love the Jamie Quote too!!
I am knitting on a pair of simple socks today. The yarn is awesome and I am loving the self patterning. Mindless knitting for a busy day. But these socks will be for ME!

Jenny in Utah
Proud Farmgirl sister #24
Inside me there is a skinny woman crying to get out...but I can usually shut her up with cookies
http://www.auntjennysworld.blogspot.com/ visit my little online shop at www.auntjenny.etsy.com
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JojoNH
True Blue Farmgirl

1963 Posts

Joanna
Dunbarton New Hampshire
USA
1963 Posts

Posted - Apr 23 2010 :  07:05:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just posted a couple of pictures on my blog. They show the handbag I needed to design the pattern for. Just love my job!!

Joanna #566
JojoNH
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CountryCents
http://CountryCents.Blogspot.com
http://Twitter.com/Eastwooddesigns
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lovingewe
True Blue Farmgirl

212 Posts

marlyn-neleh
norwood Ontario
Canada
212 Posts

Posted - Apr 23 2010 :  08:56:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just posted some of the smocking I have done on my blog.

http://sweetlocuslane.blogspot.com
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Betty J.
True Blue Farmgirl

1355 Posts

Betty
Pasco WA
USA
1355 Posts

Posted - Apr 23 2010 :  10:02:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You ladies are so creative. I love the smocking. Did you do the smocking too as well as the creative scenery?

Betty in Pasco
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JojoNH
True Blue Farmgirl

1963 Posts

Joanna
Dunbarton New Hampshire
USA
1963 Posts

Posted - Apr 23 2010 :  1:31:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Your smocking is beautiful. . . that must have taken quite some time.
I adore the little pig!

Joanna #566
JojoNH
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CountryCents
http://CountryCents.Blogspot.com
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LadyInRed
True Blue Farmgirl

6647 Posts

PeggyAnn
Vancouver WA
USA
6647 Posts

Posted - Apr 23 2010 :  1:57:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Hey JoAnna..I went to your blog site. Love the Handbag! We have so much talent among us Farm Chics I could spend all day just looking at everyone's work and creativity. BUT alas...my own craft project is calling my name. I am Knitting Matching Poncho's for my 2 yr. old Grand-daughter and her Mommy. One done and one to go!
Blessings,
~peggy

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Originally posted by JojoNH

Just posted a couple of pictures on my blog. They show the handbag I needed to design the pattern for. Just love my job!!

Joanna #566
JojoNH
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CountryCents
http://CountryCents.Blogspot.com
http://Twitter.com/Eastwooddesigns



Lady In Red

Edited by - LadyInRed on Apr 23 2010 2:01:30 PM
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JojoNH
True Blue Farmgirl

1963 Posts

Joanna
Dunbarton New Hampshire
USA
1963 Posts

Posted - Apr 23 2010 :  3:31:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Peggy,
I know what you mean, when I need a pick me up or inspiration, I start surfing Farmgirl style!! I love to barter with everyone. . . I treasure everything I receive and love to shop in their stores too!

Hope you post a picture of the poncho's, I would love to see them!

Joanna #566
JojoNH
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CountryCents
http://CountryCents.Blogspot.com
http://Twitter.com/Eastwooddesigns
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JojoNH
True Blue Farmgirl

1963 Posts

Joanna
Dunbarton New Hampshire
USA
1963 Posts

Posted - Apr 24 2010 :  04:16:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Juanita, Your friend is a lucky lady to have you for her best friend! I am sure she is going to love her apron!! Your story has touched my heart, it is so nice to know you all have stayed close and that the grand kids are growing up with each other as well.
Post a picture of your finished apron if you can, would love to see it!

Joanna #566
JojoNH
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CountryCents
http://CountryCents.Blogspot.com
http://Twitter.com/Eastwooddesigns
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HLeigh
Farmgirl at Heart

6 Posts

Heather

6 Posts

Posted - Apr 24 2010 :  07:28:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Every year the National Quilt Museum has a challenge. Quilters use a traditional pattern (this year's Orange Peel) and go from there. Since I am scaling back on "projects" to write more, cook more and live more, this quilt is my sewing project for the next several months. It's semi-round and has 36 different oranges. Look for a post in the fall!

I wish the sky would rain down roses as they fall from off the shaken bush. George Eliot
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JojoNH
True Blue Farmgirl

1963 Posts

Joanna
Dunbarton New Hampshire
USA
1963 Posts

Posted - Apr 24 2010 :  07:41:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh Heather, that sounds wonderful!! Don't you just love a challenge!
I will be watching for your post in the fall.

Joanna #566
JojoNH
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CountryCents
http://CountryCents.Blogspot.com
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Butterscotch Grove
True Blue Farmgirl

196 Posts

Melissa
Fairbanks AK
196 Posts

Posted - Apr 27 2010 :  08:52:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Several projects at once (you can't GET more sidetracked than me!):
New little dolly to add to my stock for the Farmers Market where I sell in the summer
PJ shirt for my 4-year old DS - construction machinery print from Joann's remnant bin
Patchwork apron
Some clay stuff I need to get done.

There should be a blog post later today. Think I'd better change that to "this week."!

Melissa

BTW - so glad I found this group! All the blogs have such lovely eye-candy!

My blog:

http://ButterscotchGrove.wordpress.com

Edited by - Butterscotch Grove on Apr 27 2010 8:37:17 PM
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JojoNH
True Blue Farmgirl

1963 Posts

Joanna
Dunbarton New Hampshire
USA
1963 Posts

Posted - Apr 27 2010 :  09:19:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Melissa your in great company here!! I have several projects going all the time. . . LOL! Just the way it is. I would love to see pictures of your finished items, they all sound wonderful.

Joanna #566
JojoNH
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CountryCents
http://CountryCents.Blogspot.com
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textilelover
True Blue Farmgirl

557 Posts

Dianne
Middletown NY
USA
557 Posts

Posted - May 03 2010 :  3:22:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A productive day in my sewing room today. My family is home sick with a stomach virus, so between nursing them, I did some alterations, created mail art for a swap, sewed some heart shaped sachets for Mother's Day gifts, and read a great inspirational book about creative women--Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration by Jo Packham and Jenny Doh. Dianne

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." --Leondardo da Vinci
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LadyInRed
True Blue Farmgirl

6647 Posts

PeggyAnn
Vancouver WA
USA
6647 Posts

Posted - May 03 2010 :  4:00:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have several things that I should be working on today but I am going to type up a Mother's Day Poem
I wrote Last Night and send it off in my cards. And I hope to make it on to the Virtual Porch Later today
as it is much to windy and cold on my real porch today. I WANT SUMMER! I know I am whining...I'll go away now. ~peggy

Lady In Red
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knittinchick
True Blue Farmgirl

1854 Posts

Megan
Wisconsin
1854 Posts

Posted - May 03 2010 :  5:04:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Today and until they are all done I will be working on 7 scarves that I'm making for my teachers for gifts. I finished one over the weekend, and right away this morning, right to work on the next one!
God's Blessings,
Megan aka Loretta Rae

At heart, I am both a sassy city girl and a down-home country gal.
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