Tuesday, December 6, 2016

12 Days Of Gifts Special!!

Happy Holidays dear friends!!  

Are you looking for a fun and easy gift to make for someone special?  Well, dust off your scissors, hunt for your pincushion and get ready for a crafting frenzy!  There's still time to make something wonderful for your family and friends!  

To help inspire you and to get your creative juices flowing, I'm having my 5th annual 12 Days Of Gifts Special, starting tomorrow, Wednesday Dec 7th.  Yes!! It's that time of year again everyone!!  Each day for the following 12 days, I'll be offering a different pattern or pattern set on sale in my Etsy shop for 50% off the regular price!  Yay!!   

So, if there's a particular pattern you've had your eye on, please be sure to check my Facebook Page and Instagram feed each morning as I'll be posting an announcement with each day's Gift of the Day.
 Please don't miss this special as it will only be on for a limited time!
 Happy crafting everyone!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Shop Update, Sale and Giveaway Winner!!

Hello!!  Thank you all so much for entering the Sparkle Starlet Doll Giveaway and for making it so much fun! The lucky winner is Lisa Garber! Congratulations!!
Shop Updates:
🕊I'll be listing 4 Sparkle Starlets in my Etsy shop tomorrow (Saturday, 3 December) at 10:00am PST for anyone interested in purchasing one:)
🕊I'll also be having a SUPERSALE on Sunday and Monday, December 4th and 5th.  Please enter coupon code SUPERSALE2016 for 20% off your entire order! 

 Have a wonderful weekend!
Best wishes,

Monday, November 28, 2016

Sparkle Starlet Doll Giveaway!!

Hi everyone!  I'm very excited to announce that I'm having a GIVEAWAY!!  I just wanted you all to know how very grateful I am for your love and support and to celebrate, I'm having a giveaway!!
If you'd like to enter for your chance to win this gorgeous Sparkle Starlet doll please follow these steps:
Leave a message below, or on my Facebook page and include your name and email address in the following format: md(at)shaw(dot)ca. or,
Like this photo and follow me on Instagram at or on Facebook at
Bonus entry for Instagram and Facebook followers: Like this photo and tag up to 3 friends in separate comments for 3 additional entries.
Giveaway closes Friday 2 December 2 at 2:00 pm PST. Winner will be chosen randomly and will be announced later that day.
International entries are welcome, however postage outside of Canada and the US is not included in this giveaway. You must be willing to pay for the cost of mailing and any customs charges should they arise. 

Here's a list of the postal rates for the following countries ( in US $):
UK - $16.15
Australia/New Zealand - $18.35
Everywhere else - $20.15

 Some additional pics..
Close-up of her face
She wears a removable dress, lined with a pretty, dotted petticoat, hand embroidered frilly undies, a beautiful hand knitted cashmere wrap cardi and leg warmers made by my Mum and a sparkly little crown.
And her hair...  It's simply gorgeous and can be gently styled many different ways!
And here's a sneak peek at the 4 dolls I'll have for sale in my Etsy shop on Saturday, Dec 3rd!

Best of luck to you all!!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

New Pattern Release!! Floral Kitty and Bunny

Oh hello!  I've got some wonderful news to share!  I know that I mentioned in a recent post that I'd be taking a break from pattern making for a while, but sometimes you just never know when an idea is going to strike!  As I worked on my idea, I just knew that I had to create a pattern for it!
These little Floral Kitties and Bunnies are a delight to make!  I especially loved creating their floral crowns and sweet little tutus! 
The Kitty measures about 5 inches tall, while the Bunny is about 7 inches to the tip of the ears.
The pattern is now ready and will be available in my Etsy shop tomorrow!
Hope you'll want to make one or two!
Kitten kisses and Bunny hugs,

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A New Start...

Hi!  Happy Wednesday everyone!:)  I just wanted to share a bit of good news with you all.  I've been thinking about taking a little break from creating patterns for now and instead want to focus on making dolls to sell from time to time.  Over the last few years I've had many requests from people looking to purchase my ready-made dolls and because I've been so busy designing patterns and running my shop, I've not been able to offer them.
Well, I'm happy to say that that's about to change!  I'm hoping to be able to offer a small batch of dolls every couple of weeks or so, depending of course on how busy my shop is and whether I have other projects on the go.  Here are a few photos of three of the dolls I've been working on so far - they're not quite done yet, but I hope you like them! :)

 I've embroidered a glittery star on each of their cheeks - hence the name 'Starlet Dolls'.

Each doll will wear a cute pair of frilly knickers.
Aren't they sweet??  I might just have to design a pair for me too! :) lol!
I've already made a stash of dresses for the next batch of girls :)  Each dress is lined with a pretty petticoat.
My wonderful Mum has kindly agreed to knit each of them a little wrap cardigan which I think just adds the best touch!

This sweet girl is wearing a feather boa collar while she waits for her cardigan.

They're quite tall, measuring a tad more than 17 inches in length.  These dolls are not suitable for very young children and should be handled gently or used as display dolls.

PLEASE NOTE:  To find out when the dolls will be ready for sale, please keep in touch by following my Instagram and Facebook Page.  I will post a release date and time a couple of days before listing the dolls in my Etsy shop.  I'm sorry, but to be fair to everyone, I cannot take reserves.  Also, I will not be offering custom dolls.  Each doll will be one-of-a-kind, completely unique and made from the highest quality materials. 

I'm so looking forward to making many more of these little beauties and I hope that you'll pop in to visit my social media pages often to see what else I'll been working on!

Have a lovely week!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

A Fundraiser for Hurricane Matthew Victims

Hi there!  Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends! Words can never express how thankful I am to all of you for supporting my work and for all the kind words and wonderful wishes you've sent my way! Thank you all SO much! 
As I sit here typing, warm and cozy in my home, hubby in the kitchen preparing a wonderful meal that we'll share with our family later on tonight, I am thinking about all the people who have lost everything in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.  People who will now be struggling to find food and shelter and who have lost loved ones.  It's a devastating thought, and I cannot imagine having to live through the reality of it! 
I want to help, even if it's in a small way, so I'm donating 100% of the proceeds of every pattern sold from my Etsy shop over the next couple of days - Sunday, Oct 9th and Monday, Oct 10th to The Canadian Red Cross.
If you'd like share your support, please pop in to visit my shop and pick up a pattern or two.  Together we can do our best to help them to recover.

Thank you!!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Giveaway Winners

Thank you very much to everyone who entered to win one of my clay sculptures, I'm so happy that you liked them!
I've randomly drawn the winners and they are:
🌺 Jane Philipson
🌈 Kate Linehan
🍒 Nancy C
🍑 Tania Nicole
Congratulations ladies!  I've contacted each of you via email to ask for your addresses and will have your surprise gifts ready for mailing tomorrow.
Before I forget, I just wanted to mention that the Snow Twosome pattern I created for the BHG's Holiday Crafts magazine will require a set of 8mm safety eyes.  I do have this new size available in my Etsy shop for anyone who would like to order a pack :)
Have a super fabulous week!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Special Giveaway!

My goodness, has it really been that long since I last posted??  I've had such a strange last few months!  Spent most of Spring and Summer dealing with severe allergic asthma which began as a reaction that I had to a series of de-sensitising allergy shots.  To make a long story short, I now have a new allergist who is thoroughly competent, knowledgeable and professional and who has the most wonderful bedside manners!  I'm just so happy to be back to normal again!
I do have some other good news to share with you all, one of my patterns has been featured in the new edition of Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts magazine!  Yay!!
      You should be able to find a copy in stores now and it'll run through till Christmas.  There are also lots of other fun and festive projects in the book, so do grab a copy, it's quite fabulous!
You know how sometimes you just need a bit of a change?  Well, I've been itching to try something different lately, so I got some clay and started making a few things.  First I made a little ellie for my Mum.  She loves elephants and I wanted to make her a sweet little gift to thank her for all she does.  She helps me get all the orders packed and mailed everyday and I know that without her, I would not be able to run my business as effectively as we do.  She is amazing and I am so blessed to have her!
I really enjoyed working with the clay and ended up making a few more things.. a llama, baby bear, a whale, a fox brooch and a couple of cactus ring holders!
Now for the best part!  I'm having a giveaway for the fox brooch, the whale and the two cactus ring holders (PS.. they will not include the rings).  If you'd like to have a chance of winning one of them, please leave a message below, or on my facebook page and include your name and email address in the following format: md(at)shaw(dot)ca.  The draw will be held on Sunday, September 25th for the 4 winners.  To make it fair, I'll pre-wrap each gift and randomly send one to each of the winners, that way it will be a complete surprise for the recipient:)  I will also contact each winner for their mailing address after the draw.

Best of luck everyone!!  And do be on the lookout for more of my clay creations!  I am thoroughly addicted and am already plotting my next creation as I write!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Special Mollie Makes Feature!!

Hi there!  I'm so excited to share the most wonderful news today!  A few months ago, I was contacted by the editor of Mollie Makes magazine who asked me to share a project for their readers.  Imagine my delight!!  Oh my goodness, this is my absolute favourite crafting magazine, so of course I said yes!!
 It was decided that I would contribute the pattern for my Flora kitty cat and they've made up the cutest little pattern kits which are included as free gifts with the purchase of the magazine.  How fabulous is that??!!  So, for anyone interested in picking up a copy, it goes on sale in the UK today, 26th May 2016 - issue no.67, available in the next couple of days everywhere else :)

Isn't she cute?  The kit comes with everything you'll need to make her, including the felt, fabric, safety eyes, ribbon, thread and even a sewing needle!  And I've provided lots of detailed photos showing each step of the way.
You can click on this link to get a sneak peak of the issue:

Have a happy day! xo