Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Bluebird in My Heart - Pattern Available

Bluebird in My Heart - Sewing Machine Dust Cover & Sewing Machine Mat ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com
Greeting friends! Thank you so much for your enthusiastic response to my "Bluebird in My Heart" sewing machine cover design - to those who commented and contacted me with such kind and positive words, you made my heart happy. I have written a pattern and it is now available in my Etsy Shop in both paper and digital format...

“Bluebird in My Heart - A Sewing Machine Dust Cover & Sewing Machine Mat" has two paper foundation blocks (birds), traditional piecing and assembly, with a hint of machine appliqué (heart). Pattern contains basic paper foundation instructions and foundation blocks, the heart template, and comprehensive/detailed instructions with all sorts of color diagrams. This 15-page pattern is designed to use your favorite fabric collection and fits machines up to 18” in width (and the size can be easily be adjusted, if needed). 

The model was created with a fat quarter stack of Treasured Threads from Poppie Cotton and 1-1/2 yards Country Confetti (Waffle Cone) from Poppie Cotton, plus HeatnBond Fusible FleeceHeatnBond Lite Iron-On Adhesive and 3/8" red and white gingham ribbon.

Bluebird in My Heart - Sewing Machine Dust Cover & Sewing Machine Mat ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Paper pattern: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1407404069/bluebird-in-my-heart-a-sewing-machine

Digital Pattern: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1393176766/bluebird-in-my-heart-a-sewing-machine

Bluebird in My Heart - Sewing Machine Dust Cover & Sewing Machine Mat ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Bluebird in My Heart - Sewing Machine Dust Cover & Sewing Machine Mat ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Bluebird in My Heart - Sewing Machine Dust Cover & Sewing Machine Mat ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

I can't tell you how much joy this sewing machine cover/mat brings me every time I walk into my sewing studio...it is so cheerful and makes me smile immediately. When I was creating it, I had no idea others would be interested in a pattern - that is just icing on the cake! I hope you will make a happy sewing machine cover for your machine...and be sure to share a photo when you do!

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Bluebird in My Heart - Treasured Threads Fabric Tour

"Bluebird in My Heart" Sewing Machine Dust Cover & Sewing Machine Mat ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com
Happy Tuesday - welcome to the Poppie Cotton Treasured Threads Fabric Tour! I am thrilled to be today's stop on the tour - thank you so much for stopping by for a visit. I have a very special sewing machine dust cover to share (and a little pincushion too!), created with the new Treasured Threads Fabric Collection designed by Amber Johnson of Gigi’s Thimble for Poppie Cotton. I was thrilled to put on my quilt designer hat and work with these cheerful prints. This brand new collection (shipping this month) has lovely bird motifs, gorgeous florals, and fabulous blender fabrics...all done in a happy color palette.

There is a little irony to my project - I decided back in June 2022 that I would be designing a sewing machine cover and thread catcher, with no idea that both of my sewing machines would be down for repair at the time of creation - I had to search online for the dimensions of my machines, to make sure I could get my project done on time. At the time of writing of this post, my fancy Husqvarna Viking sewing machine is still the the shop for repair, waiting on parts...and my new back-up machine arrived yesterday (its predecessor would have cost more to fix than replace)…luckily a dear friend loaned me a machine to use to get this sample created on time. The cover fits my new back-up machine perfectly, as you can see in the photos...and I have a great feeling it will fit my fancy machine, as well.

 Let's take a close-up look at my project...

"Bluebird in My Heart"
 A Sewing Machine Dust Cover & Sewing Machine Mat

 I used a Treasured Threads Fat Quarter Bundle and one yard of Country Confetti in Waffle Cone (lining/backing/binding) to create my cover/mat. The bird blocks are foundation paper-pieced, the heart is machine appliqué, and everything else is traditional piecing. Together, the bird blocks create one large pocket on the front of the cover - perfect for the machine pedal, power cord, quilt patterns, and/or the machine manual. The smaller pockets on the reverse side are made for sewing/stitching tools - such as a seam ripper, scissors, rulers, marking utensils, tweezers - you know, all those tools you need close at hand. I wanted to make the cover useable at all times, so when it is not acting as a dust cover, it can be placed under the sewing machine as a mat/pad and the pockets hang down with all my tools handy. I used HeatnBond Fusible Fleece to give my cover good padding and stability...along with HeatnBond Lite Iron-On Adhesive for my heart appliqué. For the side ties, I used cute, red and white gingham ribbon. I can't believe how much joy this new dust cover/mat brings to my sewing studio...it makes me happy the second I walk in the room!

"Bluebird in My Heart" Sewing Machine Dust Cover & Sewing Machine Mat ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

"Bluebird in My Heart" Sewing Machine Dust Cover & Sewing Machine Mat ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

"Bluebird in My Heart" Sewing Machine Dust Cover & Sewing Machine Mat ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

"Bluebird in My Heart" Sewing Machine Dust Cover & Sewing Machine Mat ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

"Bluebird in My Heart" Sewing Machine Dust Cover & Sewing Machine Mat ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

"Bluebird in My Heart" Sewing Machine Dust Cover & Sewing Machine Mat ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

After finishing up my sewing machine cover, I was compelled to work with some of my leftover fabric pieces and made the sweetest little pincushion, embellished with the flower selvage from the fabric (with such a fabulous selvage, I couldn't resist). I decided to cut out wool flowers and attached it all with a glass head pin. My original plan from June was to make a thread catcher to match my machine cover, but I noticed someone else on the tour made one...so I quickly changed course and made a pincushion. Perhaps I will make a coordinating thread catcher in the future.

"Bluebird in My Heart" Sewing Machine Dust Cover & Sewing Machine Mat ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

"Bluebird in My Heart" Sewing Machine Dust Cover & Sewing Machine Mat ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

I hope you have enjoyed this stop on the fabric tour and are feeling inspired - thank you for visiting with me today. For more creative projects using the Treasured Threads fabric collection, visit the Poppie Cotton Blog. If you love this fabric collection, be sure to check out your favorite quilt shop - Treasured Threads is shipping now. This design was just me playing around in my studio without a pattern, making it up as I went along - if there is enough interest, I will write a pattern for my Etsy Shop (let me know in the comments or shoot me an email).

I am already working on my project for the next Poppie Cotton fabric tour in February - it is using the fabric collection Poppie's Patchwork Club (click on the link to see a preview - this fabric is adorable!). Plus, I have a new ThermOWeb project tutorial (for February, as well) currently on my cutting table. Be sure to stop back over the next few weeks to see these fun projects...

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Perched on a Pincushion - New Cross Stitch

Perched on a Pincushion ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com
Greetings friends - I'm so happy you stopped by for a visit today!

First of all, thank you so much for the super sweet comments and messages regarding my ThermOWeb design tutorial - I am so thrilled you like my Growing Hearts Valentine Pocket! I look forward to sharing more pattern tutorials with you in the coming months...

I have been crazy busy working on all sorts of creative projects...and today, I am here to tell you all about one of those projects....yes, it's a new cross stitch design alert! I just released a brand new stitchy/quilty cross stitch design called "Perched on a Pincushion" and it is available in both paper pattern and digital format in my Etsy shop. Here are a few more details...

Perched on a Pincushion (BRD-131)

Introducing the fourth set of Rick Rack Rounds!

Perched on a Pincushion ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Just like it's predecessors Sweet Slice of Liberty, Hitchin' A Ride, and Sunflower Delivery, these have a stitch count of 48" x 48" and are stitched on 32-count fabric, measuring 3 1/4" round. I stitched "Perched on a Pincushion" (named for the bluebird perched on the tomato pincushion) on 32-count Bisque by Lakeside Linens with Sulky 12 Wt. Cotton Petites (DMC equivalents are also provided). You can use almost any neutral fabric color for these stitching beauties and pick your favorite cheerful floss colors. The pattern includes complete finishing instructions for my Rick Rack Rounds - and you can insert pins as I did...or they look great with just the rick rack (or trim of your choice) - I used hand-dyed rick rack from Lady Dot Creates. These make great bowl fillers or could be finished as seasonal ornaments. The pattern comes with a plethora of creative ideas! I filmed a comprehensive FlossTube video showing how to do the finishing on these, you can find it here: https://youtu.be/YkBe77naAZI. These sewing-themed rounds are quick to stitch and easy to finish...and more seasonal/holiday Rick Rack Rounds are on the way!

Paper pattern: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1372943436/perched-on-a-pincushion-brd-131-counted

Digital pattern: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1386931977/perched-on-a-pincushion-brd-131-counted

Perched on a Pincushion ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Perched on a Pincushion ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Perched on a Pincushion ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Perched on a Pincushion ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Perched on a Pincushion ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

I really hope you like this new stitching/sewing/quilting inspired design - I truly enjoyed creating it!

I have another new cross stitch design that will be available REALLY soon and a sewing pattern, as well...so stay tuned for those...

...and, I have needlework finishing and custom work to complete for clients...piles of sewing to complete for my Etsy shop...and another project tutorial for the ThermOWeb blog that will be available in February, so I will be back to visit with you again before you know it! Send some good vibes that my fancy sewing machine will be repaired really soon...my heart will be much happier when it is home...and it will make my job so much easier. 

Thanks for stopping by today and for always being so supportive of my creativity...💗

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Growing Hearts Valentine Pocket

Growing Hearts Valentine Pocket ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com
Hello friends - thank you for visiting with me today! Did you hear my very happy news?? I am a new Fabric Education Designer for ThermOWeb  (you know, the makers of all those wonderful HeatNBond products - adhesives, interfacings - all sorts of "must have" products for fabric crafts, paper crafts, and sewing). I will be creating projects and tutorials for their very popular blog and giving you my tips and tricks for using their products in your own projects. My very first post went live yesterday...and it is a complete tutorial for my "Growing Hearts Valentine Pocket." This tutorial contains a complete supply list, printable pattern, and step-by-step directions with color photos. I hope you will stop by the ThermOWeb blog and check out my project and tutorial...and if you like it, leave a comment and let ThermOWeb know.😊

This is a small appliqué project that is perfect for snippets and scraps. I used a combination of wool felt and cotton fabric, but you can use what you have on hand. I also used some rick rack and twill tape - but you could use ribbon...and I used a handful of buttons. It really is easy to make this project your own - you can make it as simple or as challenging as you would like! This hanging pocket is useful for stationary, mail, or notes...add a Valentine and some sweet treats and it makes a perfect gift! It has a finished size of 10.5" W x 8" H (plus hanger) and the fusible fleece and interfacing make it nice and sturdy. Growing Hearts is a great afternoon project that will definitely brighten up your Valentine's Day (and could be on display year-round!).

You will have to visit the ThermOWeb blog for my tutorial, but I am posting a few photos here...

Growing Hearts Valentine Pocket ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Growing Hearts Valentine Pocket ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Growing Hearts Valentine Pocket ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Growing Hearts Valentine Pocket ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Growing Hearts Valentine Pocket ©Copyright 2023 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

https://blog.thermoweb.com/growing-hearts-valentine-pocket-with-heatnbond/

I hope this project gets you excited to create something!

I will be doing more projects for the ThermOWeb blog and will be sure to post here, when I do. My next post is scheduled for February 15th.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit today - I always enjoy sharing with you. Enjoy the rest of your week and make time to work on something creative...

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Welcoming the New Year

©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com
Season's Greetings! Happy last day of December 2022. In just a matter of hours, we will be welcoming the new year...and as 2022 comes to a close, I am reflecting on the last 365 days...it sure has been another busy and artistic year...2022 was full of achievements, challenges, advancement, self reflection, and new directions. Thank you for contributing to the success of Blue Ribbon Designs and for your support, encouragement, and loyalty - there are many talented designers/finishers/teachers/creators out there...and a vast amount of needlework and quilting patterns to choose from - I sincerely thank you for welcoming my designs and allowing my dream to be a reality. I truly love sharing my creativity and I hope you will continue to receive my designs/patterns with open arms and share in my passion for all things done with needle and thread. As we move forward into 2023, I have many goals (too many to list) and a good amount of projects in the works...a pile of creative design ideas and (as always) exciting plans for the future. Thank you for allowing me to pursue my passion!

First news of this post - the final Blue Ribbon Designs newsletter for 2022 has been posted and emailed to subscribers - you can read it here: https://mailchi.mp/b2514819d23d/blue-ribbon-designs-newsletter-dec2022

Second - EXCITING NEWS!! - I can now officially share that I am a Design Educator for ThermOWeb (you know, the makers of HeatnBond products). I will be creating projects and tutorials for their blog. Expect to see a project almost every month...and each project will have a tutorial with color photos and all the details and instructions. ThermOWeb has sent me a plethora of products to play and design with...and some other amazing goodies that I will be sharing over the next few months. If you have not visited their blog before, be sure to check it out - there are TONS of incredible projects from top designers. My fist post has been uploaded and will be live next week on Tuesday, January 3rd...it is a heartfelt Valentine project, so be sure to check out the ThermOWeb blog on the 3rd...
You can find the blog here: https://blog.thermoweb.com/
...and you can see the list of Design Educators here: https://blog.thermoweb.com/designers/

©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

I have been busy working on new designs and you can expect to see new cross stitch and quilt designs in the near future. Unfortunately, my fancy sewing machine is in the shop for repair (it was stuck in reverse - seriously😒) and the day after I took it in, my back-up machine decided to stop working, as well - you can't make this up! Anyway, a very kind and dear friend loaned me a machine to use for my upcoming deadlines, but the entire situation has messed with my schedule quite a bit...so I am still playing catch-up. I did manage to get all my custom client orders for Christmas shipped in time and get most of my gifts made before the "black cloud" arrived. Here's hoping my fancy machine is easily repairable and will be back in my studio soon. Until then, I have MANY things to keep me busy. I will also be helping my local quilt shop with fabric inventory the upcoming week, so I will be out of my studio for a few days. 

Here are a few creative photos of things I completed before the sewing machine fiasco...

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We enjoyed a lovely Christmas holiday and have plans to celebrate the New Year this evening, as well. We will be heading to the Plaza in downtown Kansas City for a dinner reservation and then make our way to a neighbors house, where we will ring in the new year with friends.

As we start a new year, I would like to thank you for supporting Blue Ribbon Designs and my artistic journey. You continue to inspire me with your creativity, kindness, and generous spirits - BRD would not be possible without you and your patience as I explore new creative avenues and ideas. In preparation for 2023, take a moment to reflect on the past year and the many blessings bestowed upon you...and be sure to take a look at all the beautiful stitching, sewing, quilting, and crafting projects you have accomplished. I wish you a happy, healthy 2023, filled with joy, laughter, and creativity!

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Christmas Countdown Cheer

Christmas Tree Needlebooks ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com
Greetings friends - I'm so happy you are visiting with me during the holiday season! Today, I am back with more creative Christmas inspiration - I am sharing more of my recent creations for the Poppie Cotton Christmas Countdown Challenge (in case you missed my first post, here is a link). A few details: Poppie Cotton created a very fun word prompt list beginning on December 1st - each day, you can use the word as a prompt to create something and post an image(s), tagging them for a chance to win prizes - you can participate as little or as often as you like. You can visit their Instagram page post for all the details...and visit their website for a downloadable list, a coloring page and Santa templates! I have been participating on most days and have enjoyed my time creating holiday projects - it is helping me get in the Christmas spirit, while I am still under the weather and bogged down with work catch-up. 

Here are five more days of Christmas Countdown creativity....

Day 8 - Snowman


I *had to* post "Flurry Friends," one of my favorite original winter cross stitch designs. You can find the pattern (which has the larger focal design and two bonus single snowman designs) in both paper format and digital format in my Etsy shop

Flurry Friends ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Flurry Friends ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Flurry Friends ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com


Day 10 - Candy Cane

I created these sweet ornaments...fabric birdies each holding their own candy cane, using fabric from the Goose Creek Gardens collection - they make me happy!! I have had quite a few requests, so may write a pattern for creating these sweet birds...

Sweet Birdie Fabric Ornaments ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Sweet Birdie Fabric Ornaments ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Sweet Birdie Fabric Ornaments ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com


Day 11 - Christmas Tree

I couldn't decide between two of my creative projects - so I will share both. First is my classic cross stitch design "Just Add Tinsel"...a wrapped present needlebook, star pinkeep, and scissor fob ~ along with a unique stitched tree, completely made of linen (with stitched sides, bottom and interior, as well) to hold them! This classic design with complete finishing instructions is available in my Etsy Shop in both paper format and digital format.

Just Add Tinsel ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Just Add Tinsel ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Just Add Tinsel ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Just Add Tinsel ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Just Add Tinsel ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

My second share for the prompt Christmas tree - a couple needlebooks I created using the Farmhouse Favorites fabric collections, hand-dyed trims from Lady Dot Creates, mini buttons and star pins. These were made playing around in my studio without a pattern or a plan...🎄

Christmas Tree Needlebooks ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Christmas Tree Needlebooks ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Christmas Tree Needlebooks ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Christmas Tree Needlebooks ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Christmas Tree Needlebooks ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Christmas Tree Needlebooks ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Day 13 - Christmas Chicken

I'm not really a "chicken person" but wanted to challenge myself, so I made this cheerful Christmas chicken mini quilt, using the Betsy's Sewing Kit collection along with hand-dyed trims from Lady Dot Creates (her chenille and rick rack were perfection for this project). Again, this was created playing around in my studio without a pattern or a plan...🐓🧣🎄

Christmas Chicken Mini Quilt ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Christmas Chicken Mini Quilt ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Christmas Chicken Mini Quilt ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Christmas Chicken Mini Quilt ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Day 14 - Neighbor Gift

One of my favorite gifts I created for a neighbor is a oven mitt set with wooden spoons and a dish towel. These oven mitts were made from the Daisy Mae collection and were paired with a large wooden spoon, two tasting spoons and a flour sack towel...all tied with a ribbon….

Oven Mitt Gift Set ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Oven Mitt Gift Set ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Oven Mitt Gift Set ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Oven Mitt Gift Set ©Copyright 2022 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

I hope these creative ideas will get you in the holiday mood and provide some inspiration and Christmas cheer! I have more posts up my sleeve for the coming days leading up to Christmas, so look for those on my social media pages...

For now, it is back to work - I am feeling quite overwhelmed with client orders after my time away in New Zealand and recovering from a terrible case of the flu (I am much better, but yes, I still have a nasty cough!)...so I am busy from morning until night in the studio. Today, I made some updates to my website - I am so proud of my new website that I built (completely from scratch, by myself) this year - if you haven't visited, please take a look! I also had a pile of paperwork and computer work to get done this afternoon - the list is never-ending right now. I'll be back again soon to share some of the projects that have been on my work table...

Thank you for spending a little time with me - I hope you are finding some joy this holiday season!