Thursday, February 22, 2007

E-preneur Blog

If your a craft business owner or a business owner in general, I'd like to invite you over to my other blog E-preneurs. There you'll share in some of the daily grind, challenges and learning experiences I go through with my own business. Plus I try to offer my tips and some guidance here and there on things I've done that have succeeded as well as the things I've learned to avoid.

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E-preneurs Blog

Altered Art

I must say that I am completely intrigued by altered art. Everything from scrapbooking to altering books. It's all just so interesting looking and amazing how you can take something, add neat elements to it and have a piece of altered art.

Well, ok it may not be as simple as that. At least with my first attempt I made I learned a lot and while I'm very pleased with how it turned out, there are some things I would do differently.

This is a vintage book that I altered. The most tedious part was cutting through hundreds of pages to create the "window". Once I finally got through that the rest was quite fun and I look forward to the next one. This one is more of a patriotic, americana theme. It has a boy in his little attire riding a bar of Pearline soap which comes from a actual vintage ad from the 1800's and is mounted in a 3-D fashion within the window. You can find great vintage printables at which you can download instantly.

I am looking forward to the next piece of altered art. This is quite addictive and I find myself looking at different objects these days and thinking to myself "that would look neat altered".

Try your hand at altered art, I think you'll love it!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Featured Designer - Peddler Hill Primitives

I thought it would be fun to start featuring some of the wonderful designers on Pattern Mart. Our first featured designer is Terri of Peddler Hill Primitives.


First/Last Name: Terri Chambers
Name of Business: Peddler Hill Primitives
Web site URL:
What primary things do you sell? Primitive and Folk Art Dolls and patterns

About Terri and Peddler Hill Primitives:

Hi, I`m Terri Chambers and I`m a craftaholic!!! I am married and a mother of 3 lovely (of course) children. We live in NY with the house, 2 car garage and doggie.

My sewing habit started at a young age. I took sewing for Home Economics in 8th grade and made a lined jacket at home within a month of learning to sew. I was just meant to sew.

Well first came love, then came marriage, then the baby carriages and sewing took a back seat for a while, until I began sewing my childrens` Halloween costumes. I have to say they were the best dressed dogs, princesses, scarecrows and Dorothy`s etc, around.

I always liked the country style of decorating but a friend turned me on to primitives!!!! I started buying things on ebay right and left, spending way too much money. It finally dawned on me that I could make this stuff....I`m artistic...I can why dont I make my own dolls and such and make some money as well.

Well my thriftiness and greed turned into a passion. I love creating new things and learning new ways to craft. Each item I make is almost like my child and I love it so much. You might wonder how I can part with my babies. However even children need to go out on their own, so I know they will find a new life and a good home. I know I will always miss them but once I start my next project....a new life is beginning. --Terri Chambers

Monday, February 05, 2007

Milli Jean Pattern

I just loved designing this pattern. This is Milli Jean and her sewing machine. I thought I'd offer it to you here at a special discount price of $3.

To order simply click the buy now button. When you pay via Paypal use only instant payments, credit card or Paypal balance. On the last page of Paypal once you pay you will see a button like this one on the bottom right.

You MUST click this button for your download to start. Also be sure you have the newest version of Adobe 7.0 which you can get at free.