I’m anxious, overwhelmed, and sad, as many of you probably are in these uncertain times. I wanted to do something nice. So I’ve made my short story collection “Vixen and the Time Portal” free this week on Kobo. It’s short, and fun. I hope it brings you joy.
A middle manager finds out who has been stealing office supplies but knows no one will believe him.
A cleaning robot is much too efficient.
A little boy is desperate to acquire superpowers.
A military robot fights to deliver vital information before time runs out.
A translator under pressure makes a fatal mistake.
The Way Home: Margaret learns a secret about her new husband’s past that is difficult to understand.
From July 9th thru the 11th, my ebook, Eye of the Beholder and other stories will be free on Amazon. I’m using my last 3 free Kindle Select days as I will be leaving Select to go wide in August. So now is your last chance to grab it for free.
(And if you enjoy it, please consider leaving a review!)
I’m playing/ experimenting with all the promotion thingamabobers over on Amazon as I learn about this whole ebook publishing gig.
So, I’ve made an Amazon giveaway for my ebook, “Eye of the Beholder and other stories”. This is a little different than the free book promotion I ran when I first published the collection. In that case, Amazon let me set the price to free for a limited period, and anyone who wanted it could download it without cost.
The giveaway has a limited number of copies available. Five copies in this case, and I paid for them. Anyone who wants one enters and has a 1 in 100 chance to win. So, more of a lottery situation. Sounds fun, and worth a go, so here we are. If it goes well, I’ll run another giveaway next week for “Love Thy Enemy/ The Way Home”.
Here is the link to enter the giveaway for “Eye of the Beholder and other stories”.
“You are late in the season to be seeking a nest only now,” she said.
I wanted to write this blog a long time ago, but I never got around to taking pictures of the shoes I made. Now that my daughter has outgrown them, I can’t find what I did with them. So still no pictures to share.
Ah well. I loved making them so much, and they were so nice to have, I’m going to blog about this free soft baby shoe pattern anyway.
The baby shoe pattern was created by Stardust Shoes, and they are both darling, and simple to sew. Even if you’re a beginning sewer, you can make these shoes.
Now I didn’t exactly follow the directions (I’m not normally a troublemaker, but I am lazy, and I don’t do things that I can get away with not doing). Also, I was not trying to make shoes that would last. I knew my daughter wouldn’t be wearing the shoes I made for very long, so I didn’t worry about cutting corners a little. While the shoes I made turned out very nice, and actually held up very well, if you plan to put them to serious use, or want them to last awhile, I recommend following the pattern’s directions more closely.
I didn’t use the bonded fleece for the sole; I just used canvas for the whole outside of one pair, and vinyl for another pair. I lined both pairs of baby shoes with flannel, and didn’t bother with any interfacing since both the fabrics I was using were fairly thick. I liked how the fleece made the insides soft and cozy. The vinyl pair of baby shoes was cute, but probably wouldn’t have been a good choice for a baby that was beginning to walk, as I think they may have been a little slick on the bottoms.
Soft baby shoes were much easier to make than I thought they would be. If you’ve ever been tempted to try it, download the free baby shoe pattern and give it a try. If you like the look of these dhows, but don’t want to make your own, I know several great EtsyKids sellers have some really adorable baby shoes in their Etsy Shops.
Making reusable fabric grocery bags has been a project on my personal to do list for way to long. I’m proud to share that this weekend I finally got my rear in gear and made some bags. Now that I have the hang of the pattern, I’m going to get more creative with the next ones I make – maybe some applique or pretty fabrics.
Last year Salome at Seven Veils Studios told me about Morsbags. They have a super easy, and free pattern for reusable totes. They can really be used for anything, but I’m going to use mine for shopping bags.
My mom gave me reusable Target bag – the kind they sell in the store for $0.99. I ended up using it to hold sand toys for when they kids and I go to the playground. I was always tempted to buy the reusable bags they sell at the grocery store too, but I knew I would feel to strange about using a bag printed with a specific store logo to shop in another store. I use about three different grocery stores depending on which one I’m closest to and didn’t want to collect bags from them all. Then there’s my paranoia that if I bring my bag back into the store later on, I can’t prove I’d already paid for it the last time, and I’ll have to pay for it again (I know – not likely – but I never claimed to be rational.)
Making my own bags solves all these problems. I just had to get working!
I also asked my daughter if I made her a bag, would she help me carry in the groceries? She said sure, if I made her a ‘kid sized’ tote bag. Her reusable bag also had to be yellow. The little yellow Dragon Tales bag in the photo is what I made for her.
I did make one modification to The Morsbag Free Pattern that my mom recommended. I added a pleat into the bottom of the bag so it has more of a flat bottom. It should be a little easier for wide items to sit in the bag. It’s very easy to modify the bag.
With the bag inside out, just pull out one of the bottom corners and measure however big a bottom you want to make. I made mine about 4 inches. You could use pins or chalk to mark the fabric, but I just held the sides in the right place with my fingers. Worked fine, and it’s fast.
Do the same thing on the other bottom corner of the bag, then go ahead and cut off the excess fabric at the corner.
When you turn your grocery bag right side out again, you’ll see the seam that adds the bottom. I hope this is understandable. If I’m not clear enough, or you have questions just leave a comment and I’ll do better.
I also didn’t always use the exact measurements that the Morsbag pattern gave. The yellow bag is the closest. Obviously the kid tote is much smaller, and I for the pink bag, I just wanted to use up the last bit of that fabric that I had, so it turned out a little taller. It’s all good – and I know no one will have reusable shopping bags that are just like mine!
Natalie from Naked Tile on Etys:
Chosen randomly from a hat (okay, it was really a bowl) by my daughter.
Thanks so much to everyone who entered for making this giveaway so fun. Whenever I get issue #2 put together (I know, I know, I’ve been talking about that for awhile now, but it’ll happen, I’ve got big plans that take awhile), I’ll do it again.
Hugs and High Fives to all entrants for being such cool people.
I want to give away a copy of my zine. Would you like it? If so then just comment on this entry (as long as your comment links me back to someplace I can contact you if you win) or send an e-mail to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with Zine Giveaway in the subject line.
I will collect entries through the end of Aug, and announce a winner at the beginning of Sept. This is a kind of ‘Thank You’ to everyone for giving me such encouragement at Etsy, and with my blog. It really means a lot to me. Plus – giveaways are fun.
and, as promised, here’s the link to my story published at A Long Story Short: