I Love Lucy is one of my favorite shows, Aunt Bea is my hero, and I wish I was born in the 30s so I could have experienced the wonderful 1940's and 1950's way of life. I love hanging clothes on the ...
I Love Lucy is one of my favorite shows, Aunt Bea is my hero, and I wish I was born in the 30s so I could have experienced the wonderful 1940's and 1950's way of life. I love hanging clothes on the clothesline, smelling the fresh air and feeling the gentle warm breezes, all while hearing the birds serenading me. I have a collection of vintage aprons, children's books, patterns, embroidery, greeting cards, magazines - I just love vintage everything!
I have 7 chickens, all named after great aunts and grandmothers, who bless me with the most beautiful brown eggs a girl could ask for. I have 6 raised beds to garden in, and I get dirt manicures all summer long working with my vegetables, flowers, and strawberries.
My business is Ric Rac and Polka Dots. Since pretty much everything I make has ric rac and/or polka dots on it, choosing a name was a no brainer. I must add that I also love glitter!
I have been designing doll, quilt, and clothing patterns for over 20 years. I have sold my patterns through Country Sampler, Country Marketplace, and various Better Homes and Gardens specialty and seasonal magazines. I have just been featured in the most recent issue of "Stuffed" magazine, with Doxie and her friend Roxie.
Back when I started out, patterns needed to be printed and mailed to your door, but now with the amazing world of computers, you can be starting to create your own little Doxie within minutes. I love it!
I hate, okay, hate is a strong word, let me say I don't love the actual sitting down and writing up part of making the patterns since I am technologically challenged, but I'm learning!!! Right click here, copy and paste there, add an arrow here, insert picture there . . . geez! On the bright side, now that we all use computers and have the internet, we are no longer limited to whatever products our hometown stores have to offer, but can visit wonderful sites like Craftsy and find unlimited amazing things.
I have just begun to offer my patterns for sale again, and I have about ten years of creations to put into pattern form. Yikes.
I am the type of person, like many of you, whose mind just never turns off. I walk through the garden and see beautiful flowers, and ideas pop in my head. I see beautiful fabric and envision dolls and quilts and sweet little dresses. I visit antique stores and the wheels are turning in my head as I dream up vintage embroidery inspired things. I hope you will visit my blog, http://ricracandpolkadots.blogspot.com/ as I share my adventures and projects with all of you out there in blogland. You can also follow me on facebook https://www.facebook.com/ricracandpolkadots
Thank you so much for visiting my page, and please do come again, as I will be adding much, much more, including patterns for quilts and children's clothing. I hope to see you soon!!!!
I was in the fabric store and spotted this teal fabric with red polka dots. Somehow it just made perfect sense to me that I had to make a little dog wearing a sparkly red tutu. I'm not quite sure why these things pop into my head, but I'm really glad they do! I loved the fabric, and those polka dots made me so happy, I just knew my little Doxie would bring a smile to my face every time I saw her.
Doxie is a celebrity. She and her friend Roxie have just been published in the July issue of "Stuffed" magazine! She is very quick and easy to make. My pattern is very "user friendly". It is 25 pages long, with tons of pictures and step by step instructions so even a beginner will be able to make her. My pattern is very colorful and fun. I have worked very hard to make it easy to understand, and I believe it to be one of the best patterns I have ever seen.
Make her up in colors to match the room decor, in your child's school colors, or just in your favorite colors. She looks really cute done up in "boy" fabrics. I have made her in fabrics printed with dogs, bones, and paw prints and she was a huge hits with the boys! She would look awesome done up on camouflage fabric for your little tough guy. . . minus the tutu, of course! Girls of all ages love her, from very young children to teenage girls who refuse to give her back once they get her in their arms! She would be a wonderful gift for a mom or grandma who loves a little whimsy (and dogs). She is a perfect gift for someone in a nursing home with limited space, to sit on her bed and bring a smile to your loved one's face. College dorms are another popular place for Doxie, she frequently gets kidnapped!
Doxie is just tutu cute!!!! Such a diva! She is a polka dotted wiener dog who loves to dance. Her best friend Roxie takes her to ballet lessons every Saturday morning, but she wears her tutu every single day since it makes her feel like a princess ballerina. Yes, her legs are a little short and stubby and her body is kind of long, but who says she can't be a ballerina? She has red fringe accents on her tail and beautiful blue sparkly eyes. Check out those eyelashes! I told you she was a diva!!
If you are a home sewer, and would like to make a few finished products for a craft show or your online store, such as Etsy, it is okay to make and sell items from this pattern as long as you credit me for the pattern in your listing or on the hangtag. No mass production allowed. This pattern and the resulting finished product are protected under copyright. No selling, sharing, or copying of the pattern is allowed. I have worked very hard to make this pattern for you. Please respect my work and the work of all the other pattern designers out there!
I would absolutely LOVE to see pictures of your Doxie when you are done! I know you are going to love her!!!