Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Today is International Day of Peace

"Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples…This day will serve as a reminder to all peoples that our organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should serve all of us here within the organization as a constantly pealing bell reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace."

U.N. Resolution  via


With the world in such a tumultuous state most of the time, it’s becoming much harder to find peace, but peace is possible.

Peace is not something tangible, it costs nothing, and it is attainable for anyone. Peace is something that comes from within and we are the only ones who can bring peace to ourselves and others.

In honor of Peace Day, lets set our egos aside and spend today finding that inner peace and sharing it with the world.

Meditations and yoga are just a couple of things that can bring inner peace, but it doesn’t stop at the end of the a meditation or yoga session. We can continue bringing peace into our lives by biting our tongue a little more, sharing love where we can, and having hope in our world and its people.

Finding that peace within yourself is the first step to changing the world.

Etsy treasury

International Day of Peace ~ September 21st

Friday, September 09, 2011

Speaking of new projects….

If you read my previous post, you already know that I am thinking of new projects and you may have sensed the itch to start preparing for the holidays.

So as I was submitting some new ideas for eBooks, I found some fun little projects on one of my favorite download sites. Check out what they have in store for fall projects!

Download Today - Make Today!

After you get your fill of new projects to start, why don’t you share them with me. I would love to see what you are doing these days!

I am also thinking of sharing some projects here on the blog, so if you have some ideas or some projects you want to share, contact me!

Falling into Fall

The temperatures are falling, the apples are falling, and soon it will be the leaves falling from the trees. Sadly, summer is nearing the end. The kids are all returning to school and my thoughts are beginning to turn to inside projects. I have been cooking much more and even thinking of new sewing projects.

I have finished another eBook that I think you will love. This is a kid size seat belt cover! It’s available in my etsy shop. And I am on to new projects.

Here is a peak at my latest eBook

eBook Pattern.... Kid Size Seat Belt Covers for your Car...... by AbbyChase Designs

With that said, now that your thoughts will be turning to inside projects soon as well, think of making some of these for your kiddos or grandkids for Christmas!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Some visual therapy…

After a stressful month, I have been finding it hard to get back to my old self. I find myself wandering through the days in a weird zone, feeling little and that is not like me. I am a very passionate person, but I haven’t been able to stir that old passion…. until yesterday that is.

It’s been a long time since I have created a treasury on Etsy. Since they switched over to the new treasury system. So yesterday I decided to create a treasury and it took off from there. I found something that really touched me deeper than most of the things I had tried lately. I don’t know if it is the pure eye candy that you can find on Etsy, or if it is searching for the right products that fit into the current mood that I was feeling as the creator and presenting it in one lovely group of items that speak from my heart.

Whatever it is, it worked! I felt some passion and my creative gears started feeling inspired and rejuvenated. Now, I won’t go as far as to say that I am my old self again.

I know that I will probably never be who I was before the accident with my daughter and I can accept that, but to find a new place of comfort within my self and my life would be wonderful.

So the first treasury I started with was this one… I was inspired by the warm summer days and the colors just drew me in.

Once I finished the first one, I knew I had to create one that went back to my roots. Etsy has some of the most amazing designer of children’s boutique clothing and the photography is simply enchanting. So I filled my treasury and my soul with these lovely bits of visual therapy. Some of the designers are some that I frequently designed with in the early days of Etsy and the late days of eBay.

Finally, I was so caught up in the beauty of the photography and the items in Boutique Kids treasury, that I couldn’t get it out of my mind. As I was reading before bed, I read something that inspired me to create one last treasury before I went to bed. This one is called Contemplate the Flowers. If we could all spend more time living our lives like flowers and just allowing things to be what they are, we could find more happiness in our lives and therefore, my inspired treasury:)

Who knew I would find so much pleasure in gathering snippets of other designers’ items for sale and creating a collection that is cohesive and visually appealing, but I did! I found great pleasure and peace in this and I wanted to share them with you.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Where is Summer?

As I sit here writing this blog post, I can hear the thunder rumbling outside and the rain pounding down. I know that moisture is a good thing, but all things in moderation. Right?


I found this picture in my archives. It’s from last summer when we were enjoying lovely warm temperatures and days of sunshine. I long for summer and a more moderate season.

While I wait, I think I will start some new sewing projects. The girls need some new summer dresses!

Sunday, June 12, 2011


I received an email today asking me if gratitude had benefited my life……Rainy-day-flower1-(1-of-1)-copy-2

Gratitude has played a big role in my life for some time now and it has changed the way I look at the world.

A couple of weeks ago, my family experienced one of the most traumatizing experiences we have had in our lives, and gratitude was one of the things that pulled me through. To pay it forward, I wanted to share my experience with you and share the ways that gratitude has helped us through this trying time.

Two Saturdays ago, my daughter was almost killed and it was a huge blessing that everything turned out the way that it did. So what am I grateful for?

Well…. I am grateful that my husband was in the right place at the right time. I am grateful that he didn’t think before he acted and that another friend was there to help. I am grateful for the family that pulled together to help in the time of need and that the best surgeons and doctors were on call that night. I am also grateful that God gave me more time with my daughter and that I have this opportunity to re-evaluate my life and priorities to make more of each day and each moment.

My daughter’s life was saved and she will recover. My family is still whole and we can find a way to move past this trauma. I am so grateful for my family and the life that we have together. I choose to see the world through new eyes and find the good in things.

Every dark cloud has a silver lining. (Proverb)


If you have had your life changed by gratitude, please pass it on. You can also share your gratitude on the Gratitude Log.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

What can you get for 5 bucks?

There’s not a lot you can get for 5 bucks anymore is there? A gallon of gas is almost 5 bucks, a couple cups of good coffee will run you over 5 bucks. Maybe one of those pre-P9164435made pepperoni pizzas will be 5 bucks (before taxes of course!) But you can get the eBook pattern to make these




HUGE 5 dollar SALE ...eBook Pattern.... Seat Belt Covers for your Car...... Just in time for Christmas........ by AbbyChase Designs




Or how about one of these seat belt covers for your car?



I remember when I was a child and my grandma would give me a quarter and tell me to get something for myself. Ha, could you imagine that now? I don’t even think they sell penny candy anymore. Life has changed and what was a quarter is now 5 bucks and today you can get these two awesome patterns for just 5 bucks!

Tell your friends, plan for the holidays in the not to far future, or just give yourself something to do this summer:) Whatever reason you like to sew, now is a perfect time to try the pattern you’ve been waiting to try at an amazing price!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Now available on your Mobile Devices!

Over the past couple of months I have been working to format my eBooks to the Kindle formatting, so that I could download them to my mobile phone.

I have Adobe’s PDF view on my Android, but I also wanted to be able to download them to my Kindle and I am pleased to announce that my eBook patterns are becoming available on Amazon Kindle! It’s been a bit of a time consuming task, getting them transferred over to Kindle, but well worth it.

As always, they are available in PDF format and if your mobile device supports Adobe’s PDF viewer, then you can download them to your mobile device any time, but now you also have the option of purchasing them for your Kindle or any other device that supports Amazon’s Kindle app.

I am so excited about this, because I hate lugging my laptop everywhere and moving it CherriesIncognitoTamponWallet_AbbyChaseDesignsaround with me in the studio when I am creating patterns or using eBook patterns to create new items. So this works wonderfully for me. All I have to do is download it to my phone and I have it wherever I go.

No more making lists when I go to the store. I just look in my phone at the actual pattern supply list and there it is. I can cross reference and make sure I get what I need.

I can’t even tell you how much time this saves me!

Now you can download them immediately too, and onto any device that supports Amazon Kindle or PDF! Just remember, if you want the Kindle version, just go here. And if you want the PDF version, just go here to purchase it and then download it to your mobile device that supports PDF viewer. (You may have to download the PDF viewer from the app store first, but it’s free!)

Right now, I have a couple of the eBook patterns listed in the Kindle store, but I hope to get them all transferred over soon. I will also be formatting all of my future patterns for PDF and Kindle.

I have the Kindle app on my Android and it works wonderfully. I also like the fact that you have the option of running the Kindle app on your home computer, laptop, or mobile device.

I will update when I get some more eBook patterns formatted for Kindle:)