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Monday 19 December 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

First of all, I wanted to THANK you all for participating in my Giveaway organized by Sew mama sew. I wish I could send something to each of you, but you can see the names of 4 lucky ones, chosen by Random, in my previous post. The parcels are already on theirs way to the winners, so I am all set;) I've enjoyed reading your comments and I will certainly do this again, I think that the next one is in May.

december ties

december ties

funky ties

funky ties

funky ties

I think that the boys ties were the most wanted item and I think that many of you will love my upcoming tutorial for them:) I hope it can be a present from me to you as well:)
I made so many ties last week and the SHOP is loaded.
For the girls, I made many hair clips and other Xmasy items and now I can think about packing, as we are going to Italy to spend the Holidays with my husband's family.


So, I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and the best 2012. year to come!!!:)
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˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門| ˚And a Happy New Year!


Monday 12 December 2011


--------The giveaway is now closed, here is the screen shoot of the winners chosen by Random, now I'll need to go and count the numbers;)-------
Thanks everyone for participating!!!!

So, here are the winners:

Number 25- Jess and Bess who said:
the snowflakes would be my second choice - they're lovely!
bess :)
So the snowflakes go to Jess!Congrats Jess!

Number 62- Carol who said:
Those bibs would be perfect for my grandkids!
Carol (NJ)
So the bibs go to Carol!Congrats Carol!

Number 105- Susan who said:
so hard to decide!
I would love to have the poncho or the ties!
So the poncho goes to Susan!Congrats Susan!

Number 178- the Thompsons who said:
I think I'd have to go with the ties! You have some beautiful things!
So the ties goes to the Thompsons!Congrats!!

Finally, it's time for the giveaway. This time, for the first time, I've decided to take part in Sew mama, sew Giveaway Day and can't wait to see the reactions. I wasn't sure what would be the best thing to give away that falls within one of the following categories:

Handmade for the Home (quilts, hot pads, pillows, etc.)
Handmade Bags
Handmade Baby + Kid Items
Sewing Supplies (fabric, patterns, buttons, trims)
Other Craft Supplies
Handmade Accessories (hats, scarves, belts, adult clothes, etc.)

So, I decided to go with the Handmade Baby + Kid Items category. I am giving away a few items:

1 ITEM - baby item

2 baby bibs, made with my original Spoonflower cut and sew template fabric

bibs giveaway


2 ITEM - toddler boy item

2 boys cotton ties, made in 100% cotton with Velcro closure, to fit best 2-7 years

ties giveaway

funky tie


3 ITEM - toddler girl item

Poncho set for girls, including 1 orange poncho with leg warmers and hair clips that will fit best 4-7 years (it is tagged as 5-6, but is very comfy)

poncho set giveaway



4 ITEM - "fits all" item

Yet, if you are without kids or with grown kids and are not very attracted to the above listed gifts, you may be thrilled with this beautiful snowflake garland from my IwannaBe etsy shop, (including 5 pieces of 3x3" snowflakes in white acrylic) that can be used in many ways, as single snowflake ornament, garland when grouped or as coasters. Great also as a gift giving wrap detail.

small snowflakes small snowflakes

All you need to do is to leave a comment under this blog post until December 16 at 5 p.m. PST including your choice regarding the item you wish to win and your contact(e-mail) info (you can even leave two comments if you wish different items, but no more than 2 comments per person). I will draw a random winners using RANDOM Generator. Winners will be announced by e-mail on Sunday, December 18 (I will update my Giveaway Day post to include the winner’s name).
The items will ship internationally on Monday, December 19. (so be sure to leave your e-mail in comment in way that I can contact you immediately and get the shipping details)
Be sure to check all the wonderful giveaways linked to Sew mama sew Giveaway day,

Saturday 10 December 2011

Recalling memories


Another year coming to an end and it somehow evokes the memories, not only of the year 2011. (that was really hard on some fields), but also of the years before this one. I've started with this blog 4 years ago (once I realized that it may be a good way to practice my English and not being intimidated when making mistakes;) as my "behind the scenes" regarding my creative happenings, in different fields. A bit before that, some 5.5 years ago I discovered the amazing world on eBay in the category of custom, boutique clothes for kids. It was the category for selling handmade clothes for kids that only on US eBay existed. So, I've started selling some clothes under flowers and butterflies name and I was amazed by the community behind that particular category of sellers, women, mainly working from homes, creating some gorgeous items for kids. There were forums, eBay groups, theme launches and I had the pleasure to be part of those happenings, making some wonderful "on-line" friendships and learning so many things. Anyway, eBay was a wonderful place to be and sell, until they changed some policies and fees and many sellers moved from eBay to etsy after the ebay Strike. Many things changed and many talented women moved from that kind of "business" to photography, textile design field, pattern design field and grow a career.

So, recalling the memories from the good ole eBay period, here are some of my very first designs and creations (2006-2008), dedicated to the Xmas theme. Marta was my only model (Bianka was a baby) and she hated it, LOL. Can you tell it from the expressions of her face?

babuska set

babuska set

holiday oli set Chateaux rococo Christmas

Flea Market fancy halteralls


PS Don't forget to visit my blog on Monday, for the upcoming giveaway

Saturday 3 December 2011


rabbit ornament

A little bit over 20 days left till Xmas. I like this period, thinking about decorating and enjoying decorations and ornaments.

xmasy trees
ornaments xmas ornament

xmas ornaments

I love thinking about gift giving and all what goes with it...presents, wrapping, bows, cards etc...

baby reversible apron dress back baby reversible apron dress front

small snowflakes

Each year I think about making downloadable illustrations x tags, cards etc., but time is never enough for everything. Well, next year, hopefully. But I just love these little kraft tags I made last year

craft tags

They can be found in my etsy shop and in Alere Modern shop.

Also, I will be participating in Sew, mama sew big Giveaway on December 12, so be prepared and if you have any ideas or wishes, please let me know;)) I am still undecided and unsure about what to Give away.

xo, Katarina

Friday 25 November 2011


kites and squares

You may have noticed that I am lately participating quite often in Spoonflower's week contests and this week the theme is - kites (small size prints).
Here is my new entry for the Kites contest, that made it into the top ten finalists;)

kites in dark grey

kites by katarina

Above you may see some neat and simple coordinates-squares, recently added to the Playground collection, just as the kites prints.

And what I am working on now is the boys tie template - cut and sew pattern to be added to my pattern collection. Making boys ties is very easy, but the problem is that the fabric needs to be cut in bias, which sometimes isn't working with all fabrics regarding theirs repeat type-pattern, so I think this may be a good and easy way to create the tie. And to fill better the fat quarter sheet there are 6 pieces that will create a beautiful softie ball. Hope you'll enjoy.

boys ties

Also, my fabrics (some of them) from the same Playground collection and some bibs are available for purchase in beautiful on-line store in Norway, called Gerd Fjellanger. I am so loving it!!!

picture is the screenshot from the site

Have a wonderful weekend,

Thursday 17 November 2011

Fall magazines features

Since opening another, local shop related BLOG , written in Serbian, I am not blogging very often about clothes and accessories created over here and as many of those clothes ended featured in the local magazines, maybe I can share some of those....so here we go:

"Roditelj i dete" magazine: ("Parent and kid" magazine)

roditelj i dete fashion feature november

roditelj i dete feature november

"Best shop" magazine:

best shop magazine feature

best shop magazine feature

Best shop magazine feature

Best shop feature

And something not quite mine, but created with my cherry fabric. Love them!!!:) You can check other Eva's adorable baby stuff on her blog.

Creations with my cherry fabric by cucos baby

Creations with my cherry fabric by cucos baby


Tuesday 15 November 2011

Something about years....

calendar 2012

First, I have to share this fun little (fitting 1 fat quarter) 2012 Calendar , made for the Spoonflower tea towel calender contest. I used one of my best selling designs, creating this baby inspired calendar, I suppose that it would be perfect for the kids room.

me with the beret and lamp

And then, it happens that I am turning 36 today....which reminded me that I should go and make a cake;)
Enjoy the day!!!