1.29.2015

Retro Mama :: Hans and Greta Doll Giveaway

I'm already in the mood for Spring cleaning, and I’ve got some cute squishy friends who are eager to come out and play, so, I think I’ll have a giveaway!

 Retro Mama | Hans and Greta Doll Giveaway Hans and Greta have been patiently waiting for their new homes for a long time! I made them a while back as samples for a sewing class I was teaching--here's a WIP photo

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Okay, a LONG time ago! (You'll notice that I didn't stuff Greta's limbs until after putting her together. I think I prefer it that way, how do you like to do it?)

This week's giveaway will have two winners, one will win Hans and the other will get Greta! Hans is wearing a very Spring-y mushroom shirt and corduroy shorts with pockets for collecting skipping stones and marbles. Hans was one of my favorite patterns to design, I found it a bit trickier to make a little boy doll than a girl, but it was definitely worth hemming and hawing over every detail to get him just right. That vintage apple measuring tape is just the cutest, right?

 Hans doll by Retro Mama

 Hans doll by Retro Mama

While Greta has a sweet blue dress with a matchy mushroom felt appliqué.

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Several of you had asked whether I would have a doll pattern in my book and the answer is YES! You can get a glimpse of her here on the cover (by the way, Scrap Happy Sewing is available for preorder, yippee!), and I'll give you a closer look at her soon.

 Hans and Greta dolls by Retro Mama
For your chance to win a doll, leave a comment below telling me how long you have been sewing, when you plan to start, or what is the super crafty hobby that you love instead! The giveaway is open to all, no matter where you live, and the winners will be announced Wednesday, February 4.

If you have a strong preference for either Hans or Greta let me know in your comment and I will enter you into the drawing for only that doll. Please make sure that your name is attached to an e-mail address so I have a way to contact you if you've won!

Good luck!

1.23.2015

Final Felt Clearance :: This is it!

Hello my crafty friends! My felt inventory has taken quite a large hit (thank you!!) so it is now time to let you know that there is just over one week left in my felt closeout. January 31 will be the last day to purchase felt before it's all gone. To save an additional 20% off already discounted prices, use the code FINAL20 at checkout (this makes felt over 50% off the retail price!).

 Retro Mama | Felt Closeout

You are also welcome to purchase patterns with the discount code. If you need 3 or more yards of any color please ask in advance so I can let you know if I have enough. If a color you want is listed as out of stock but you just HAVE to have some, let me know at checkout and I'll see if I can dig up a scrap in my remnants pile as your freebie felt sample. Every order will ship with a bit of extra felt as a thank you gift!

My heartfelt thanks to all of my customers, it has been my pleasure to be a part of all the amazing felty projects that you've shared with me. Although I will no longer be selling felt, I am continuing to design new patterns, and you can find 18 of them in my book coming out in April!

Happy Stitching (and shopping!),

1.21.2015

Happy Mail :: Felt Giveaway Winner!

I just have to say,

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Marlene is the winner of the spring-y felt bundle, selected by Random.org, number 82, Congratulations!! Her plans for it are:

"I would do hair bows for my nieces ... and your cute patterns, of course! Actually, I just started cutting Ruthie Bear and Owl plush over the weekend. Now to just stitch them up!"

Yay for having a work table full of projects! Thanks to all who entered! Marlene I believe I have your address so I will send the bundle along to you shortly.

Happy Stitching everybody!

1.14.2015

Happy Mail :: Felt Giveaway

 Retro Mama | Felt Giveaway

I'm in the middle of clearing out felt from my shop (felt is 40% off right now, yay!) and I couldn't resist making a cute little stack of some of my favorite colors. I didn't need them for any particular project, but what I do want to do, is give them to YOU!

 Retro Mama | Felt Giveaway

From top to bottom the colors are: chrysanthemum, honey, moss, cloudy day, teal, and slate. Each is a 1/2 yard cut (a half yard is equivalent to three 12"x18" sheets).

 Retro Mama | Felt Giveaway
All you need to do is leave a comment below, and tell me what you might make with this sweet bundle of felt! The winner will be selected next Wednesday (21 Jan) and everyone worldwide is welcome to enter. The contest is closed and the winner chosen! Thanks to all who entered!

 Retro Mama | Felt Giveaway
Happy Stitching!

1.13.2015

Stock up for Spring

As many of you know, I am discontinuing selling felt in my shop. And, wow, you guys have decimated my 12x18 sheets of felt (thank you!!) so I will go ahead and start cutting sheets from the bolt, including single sheets. I have updated the color cards and stock list (every color is available at the moment, with the exception of Vanilla), but several colors are low in stock so make sure to grab your favorites right away. Felt is 40% off, and as a bonus, I will be including a 12x18 sheet of Sunshine in every order this week!

 Felt Clearance @ Retro Mama

Thanks again, and Happy Stitching!

1.12.2015

Sneaky Peeks

Thank you so much for all the support for my upcoming book, I’m excited that you’re excited! I’m bursting to show you absolutely everything all at once but we’ll have to settle for wee snippets for now (drat)! Here’s a better look at some of the cover projects:

This fox clothespin holder was SO much fun (A special thank you to Jinger, this is on its way to you!). Is it wrong to want to hug an inanimate wild (but adorable) animal??

 Retro Mama Scrap Happy Sewing | Fox Clothespin Bag

A sweet zakka shoe mat. This color scheme makes my heart sing!
 Retro Mama Scrap Happy Sewing | Keep Tidy Shoe Mat

Hand embroidery makes everything a little more special.
 Retro Mama Scrap Happy Sewing | Keep Tidy Shoe Mat

And making this strippy little sewing kit was a kick, I want to stitch up a hundred of them just so I can experiment with different pocket accessories!
 Retro Mama Scrap Happy Sewing | Simply Strippy Sewing Kit

Okay, the outside is pretty fun, too. Little scrappy projects are the best! I want to stuff the pockets full of paper piecing supplies and hexagon the heck out of something!
 Retro Mama Scrap Happy Sewing | Simply Strippy Sewing Kit

I have lots more coming up on the blog including more sneak peaks, giveaways, and if I get my act together, a tutorial. I was asked about how to preorder my book outside the US--Amazon.com will ship to most countries, but you can also order it on these corresponding Amazon sites: UK, Canada, and Germany (in English).

And as a side-note, let's connect on Instagram, where I'll be sharing more photos and updates! Can't wait to see you there!

Happy Stitching,

1.07.2015

Pretty Fabric Stack

Ahh...it's so nice to play with fabric after a long break.

 Retro Mama | pretty fabric stack

Don't be fooled by the appearance of sunshine, I enjoyed only a wisp of light before the Arctic wind howled and the sun crept back behind the clouds. I have something very specific in mind for these pretty prints--I'm in the mood to make something warm and toasty!

What's on your winter worktable?

1.04.2015

40% off all felt!

Hi my crafty friends!

This is just a quick post to let you know that all felt in my shop is now 40% off (no coupon needed)! You can find the most up-to-date stock info in my shop announcement, but I am also regularly updating colors on listings, and the color cards on custom listings are current *see note below. Thanks to everyone for being so lovely during this time, your well wishes are very appreciated! It’s a little sad to see my felt shelves emptying, but I’m excited for wonderful things to come!

 Retro Mama

Happy Stitching!





*P.S. You guys are keeping me busy! The color chart is no longer up-to-date, but check my shop announcement for how you can still get "out of stock" 12"x18" colors!

Thanks!

12.31.2014

A new year, a new book

Happy New Year!

Seven years ago I published my very first blog post, and I'm still in disbelief that today, a mere 2,555 days later, I get to share some extremely wonderful news.

Okay. Breathe. This is very exciting and I'm trying not to hyperventilate. But I've sort of been working on this big project...and now that it's finished...I'm just gonna come out and say it: my book is available for preorder on Amazon!

 Retro Mama Scrap Happy Sewing

My very own book! It's called Retro Mama: Scrap Happy Sewing. This past spring/summer/fall, I *sound of paper bag inflating and deflating rapidly*

What was I saying? Oh yes, I designed 18 super cute, super fun projects and put them all into a single book, with the same kind of instructions and photos found in my tutorials and individual patterns--and--the templates are full-size!

I wish I could put a printed copy of this book in your hands RIGHT NOW, but the publication date is April 10th. You can, however, preorder it here in the US or here in the UK (and the rest of Europe).

Scrap Happy Sewing is stuffed full of sewing patterns for adorable softies, home items, bags, sewing goodies...you get the idea! And every project is made with scraps, remnants, or smaller cuts of fabric. The cover features my patchwork pillow shams, sailor dress doll (squee!), shoe mat, and foxy clothespin holder. I can't wait to share more with you!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday and I'm looking forward to sewing with you in the coming year!

Happy Stitching,

12.15.2014

Felt Clearance

I know you are knee-deep in holiday shopping and crafting right now, but I wanted to let you know that felt is moving quickly and I have just reduced felt to 30% off the original price! No coupon code is necessary. You can find the most up-to-date information about colors that are out of stock or low stock in my shop announcement.

 Retro Mama

And now, back to your regularly scheduled holiday preparations!

Happy Stitching!