Crafters and artisans acquire their inspiration from many different sources; whichever one you ask will tell you a different story.
My inspiration though comes from you…my readers and from the messages several of you have so kindly sent me. These wonderfully generous words motivate me and keep me going.
I have posted them below (I have deleted the names in order to protect their privacy), but to those of you who have sent me these heart-felt messages I say thank you. For brightening my day and putting a smile on my face, I am forever in your debt.
“I love your dolls. You are very talented. I work outside the home and don’t have as much time to sew as I would like (who does!?). I am so appreciative of the free patterns you post - I check your web site on a daily basis to see if you have posted any updates. What a blessing.”
“Thank you for the free patterns. The bear is what I have been looking for for a long time because I want to make plain little bears out of leftover fabrics and take them to the fire station for them to give when children are involved in an accident or fire. I also got the Scented Coasters pattern, Americana Sachet and the Shaggy Stars.”
“I would love your doll tutorial! I stumbled upon your blog a few weeks back and put you on my blog roll. You have so many wonderful ideas that you share! You are so generous! I am hoping to get to work on a doll for my Dad's little rocking chair from when he was little. I have a doll but she looks rough and I want to make my own so badly. I keep looking at different patterns, trying to decide on a style for myself (I'm not one for following things step by step, to the exact T). But I haven't found many GOOD directions. Oh, and I would love to be signed up for your newsletter, too!”
“I am interested in receiving your free tutorial. I live in SC and am considering to try to make a doll for my niece. This will be my first attempt. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with me. Blessings.”
“I just found your craft blog and really like it a lot. Could you please send me your free tutorial? Thank you in advance.”
“I am requesting the tutorial for Primitive Annie Rag Doll Tutorial. Thank you! I LOVE your site!”
“I WONDER IF YOU CAN SEND ME THE PATTERN TO MAKE THE BEAUTIFUL ANNIE RAG DOLL CAUSE IS SO PRETTY AND I LIKE THE FORM OF HIS HEAD. Thank you so very much.”
“Hi, I came across your site looking for craft patterns. My husband just lost his job after 35 years with the same company. I am disabled though I would like to find something to keep me busy and keep my mind off everything, however money is an issue. I was thrilled to see a pattern for an Annie rag doll just for the asking. Would you please allow me to have the tut? I have to say people like You make me See the world in a better way. God tells us to share our gifts (talents), and you must be a super person. I have never made a doll and I don't have a sewing machine but where there’s a will there’s a way, I would like to try making it by hand. I will ask around and maybe friends will have some of the materials I will need etc. WOO HOO I am so excited to at least try. Maybe I can make my grand kids dolls for Christmas. Doesn't that sound great? Well thank you so very much for sharing this tut with me. You will never know how much it is appreciated. God Bless.”
“I just discovered your site today and love it. I found a number of patterns I want to make. I'm retired and not in the best of health so can't get out too much. Being retired I'm also on a fixed income. With inspiration from your patterns I'll be able to make new decorating items for our home.”
"I've been following your site now for quite awhile. I love the patterns. It's so nice of you to offer them free of charge. Just wanted you to know I also appreciate you very much."
An absolutely adorable little prim duo. A quick little doll and teddy bear just perfect for using up those small scraps of material. Maddie is approximately 7 inches tall & Teddy is approximately 4 inches tall.
For this pattern, click on the link in the title or go to columns on far right, look for column titled "Free Lille Mae's Craft Patterns" and click on "Maddy & Teddy."
Prim little pillow perfect for those small wall spots. Omit the wire hanger and you have a little decor for a shelf or curio cabinet. Change the wire hanger for a jute or ribbon hanger and you have a peg hanger. Full size pattern pieces and complete supply list.
For this pattern click on the title above or go to columns on far right, find the column titled "Free Lillie Mae's Crafts Patterns" and click on "United We Stand."
With just a little time, scraps of material, and a needle and thread, you can create these wonderful baskets. ______ For this pattern click on the title above or go to the columns on the far right. Look for the column titled "Free Lillie Mae's Crafts Patterns" and click on "Vintage Baskets.
I have to apologize for not thinking of posting this at the beginning of the year, but nonetheless you will be able to enjoy it for the remainder of 2009. Simple and easy, you will love this pattern.
This "Heart of the Month Wreath" displays a new "heart" for each month. The patterns included here are for January, February and March. At the beginning of March, I will add to the original pattern the April heart and so on and so forth for the remainder of the year. Therefore all you have to do is click on the same pattern each month for the new heart. __________
For this pattern click on the title above or go to the columns on the far right. Find the column titled "Free Lillie Mae's Crafts Patterns" and click on "Heart of the Month Wreath."
A perfect holiday touch for Valentine's Day. For more Valentine's Day patterns check out my "Hanging Hearts" pattern and visit my home page; Lillie Mae's Crafts at http://www.lilliemaescrafts.com/ click on the "Free Patterns" page and scroll down to my "Message Hearts" pattern. ___________ For this pattern click on the title above or go to the columns on the far right. Look for the column titled "Free Lillie Mae's Crafts Patterns" and click on "Prim Love."
My site, Lillie Mae's Crafts, is now an entirely "FREE" site. Drop on by and visit; you may find something you like. We have free patterns, e-books, and tutorials. Hope to see you there. http://www.lilliemaescrafts.com/