Originally, I started selling finished beaded jewelry on Etsy and was overjoyed when folks started buying it. It further developed into finished slippers, more jewelry and a variety of unique collectibles and antiques.
Time and life went on and I created a number of unique slippers, texting mitts and jewelry items that no one else was producing. I became a little bored making the same things over and over and finally decided to create my first tutorial on how to make seed bead bracelets. That led me down the road of self publishing. Once bitten by the pattern writing and publishing bug I never looked back.
I now have a number of patterns, and more in development published with all the major online retailers including Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Indigo/Chapters, and more.
Amazing what a chick from the prairies can accomplish with a computer, an Internet connection, a little creativity and dare I say, chutzpa ;-)
Make yourself a nifty pair of flip mitts. They're hip, trendy and handier than a pocket on a shirt! Not only can you make these super awesome mitts for just about anyone from teen to adult, but you can forgo the finger portion and make some cool fingerless gloves. They're knitted on double point needles and though this sounds intimidating, it's very simple.
The perfect knitting project for binge watching the latest series on Netflix. The pattern is easy to follow and repeats the same eight rows for the length of the scarf, which can be as long or as short as you like. If you have never knitted cables before, the pattern includes video links, photos and instructions how to do it.
What every overly pretentious bottle of wine needs – a hipster sweater! Dress up that cheap bottle of wine for your next hoity-toity dinner party. Nearly no one will notice you cheaped out and the sweater will wow them into a false sense ostentatiousness! Not a project for beginners but easy for anyone with some knitting experience.
Learn to knit comfy, cozy cabled slippers. This pattern shows you how to make slippers for children from a small size 3 to a large 3, and a woman's and man's size 4 to 12. This makes it a great project for a knitter with some experience but wanting to make something that is a little more challenging. This pattern includes detailed instructions if you have never knit a cable before.
Tired of boring, run of the mill dishcloths when you're doing the dishes? Here's a dishcloth that's reversible with a skull and crossbones on it! This dishcloth is very easy to make and a great project for beginners as it uses very basic stitches that are easy to master. For the tougher points, like making the teeth and the edging, there are photos and a video to help you along.
There is a certain charm to handmade slippers. It is always nice to be able to give someone a handmade gift, even if that gift is for yourself! Made with basic crochet stitches, you can make these very cute and practical slippers for just about anyone. With this pattern you can make slippers from a child's size 11 to 4, a women's size 5 to12 and a men's size 6 to 11.
Quick and simple slippers to knit, these can easily be finished in a day. Using basic stitches and common techniques, the final product makes a comfortable slipper. In addition, the longer cuff ensures that they will stay snugly on your feet.
Improve your texting in cold climates with these thumbless mittens. They keep your hands warm and expose your thumbs when needed. The thumb pocket is sewn on and the flap is secured at the base of the palm with Velcro for easy access. The flap hangs in the back out of the way to enable your texting abilities. Plan on using your thumbs for a while? Then simply tuck the flap into the thumb pocket.
It's amazing what one can do with little coloured thread, a crochet hook and a bit of ingenuity. You can make both necklaces in a very short time period, especially if you have some crocheting experience. There are some spots where the work needs to be turned but there are plenty of photos to help you with the process and show you exactly how to do it. This is not a project for beginners.
Hand knit slippers are wonderful, but it's nice to be able to make a fancier pair, especially if you are making them as a gift. This pattern shows you how to make slippers for girls from size 9 up to a woman's size 12. The stitches used to make the slippers are very basic and this pattern includes detailed instructions and step by step photos that show how to create the bows.
Anyone can use crocheting to create nearly anything you want, including jewelry. With this pattern, you can use nothing more than a simple string, some beads or charms, and a little creativity and make a bracelet sure to impress.
These two slipper styles are actually the same pattern but showcase one side of the work or the other. They are easily made with the same basic knitting stitches and if you can make one style, you can make the other! The pattern is for slippers from a men's size 6 to 13 and for a women's 6 to 13.
This pattern gives detailed instructions on how to knit child sized slippers from a small size 5 to a teen size 5 or slippers that measure 5 1/4" to 9" long. The pattern also includes links to YouTube videos demonstrating each knitting technique and stitch making this a great pattern for beginning knitters.
A great project for the beginning bead weaver, this technique is easy to master, and the how to also shows how to attach a button for a clasp and tie a knot that won't come undone. You can use the techniques to create a variety of looks and easily change the overall effect with different sizes and colours of beads. This technique is so versatile it can also be used to create rings and necklaces
This is a great novice knitting project because it only uses basic stitches that are very easy master. This is also a great project for experienced knitters because these slippers are very quick and easy to make. The pattern enables you to make a variety of sizes, from a woman's size 6 up to a man's size 14.
These rings are great to use the extra beads from larger projects, make someone a quick gift, or have at a craft show. This guide shows how to create 5 different ring patterns that can fit any size finger. Done with a combination of common beading stitches, the rings are quick to make. With over 100 step-by-step photos, these are easy rings that any novice or experienced bead weaver can make.
One of the most practical and easy things to knit are slippers. This is a great pattern to practice if you are a new knitter as it only uses very basic stitches. Even if you have never knitted before, you can learn how to knit these slippers by following the complete how-to YouTube video showing every step from casting on to sewing up the seams (download the pattern for the video link).
This is a basic how-to on making adult sized sheep slippers. It's recommended that you have some knitting experience and that you know how to knit socks on double pointed needles. The tutorial includes detailed instructions how to make these adorable slippers and includes lots of photos to help you along the way.
This is a basic how to on making woven seed bead bracelets. Not only does this make a beautiful bracelet, but this method can also be applied to other jewelry such necklaces. These instructions, with numerous detailed photos, are for the basic bracelet, but anyone can add their embellishments and ideas to create a unique piece.