Thursday, December 30, 2010 | By: Brer Rabbit

{Brer Rabbit goes Boho-chic!}

Brer Rabbit had a busy Christmas, but this week he finally has been able to pop out of the rabbit hole and work on some new Spring designs! He's working on something totally not classic, which sort of goes against his grain. It's something that is very trendy and fun, full of Bohemian flair! I guess you could say that Brer Rabbit has gone Boho-chic! 
Some of you might be wondering just what "Boho-chic" is. Well, "Boho" stands for "Bohemian", and "chic" means "up-to-date fashion". Bohemian fashion style is one of the most interesting fashion styles of today. 
Without giving away all of Brer Rabbit's secrets, I did some searching and found a cute little dress that isn't exactly what Brer Rabbit has designed, but it has some similar characteristics.
The Bohemian fashion style or boho for short is characterized by a casual and relaxed wear with a certain hippie style touch that gives a certain allure of vintage. It requires a great fashion sense to be able to put the right pieces together.This style can be absolutely adorable if you combine the right fabrics together. After digging thru the Briar Patch, Brer Rabbit found these fabrics all in his stash...
...and the garment that he has designed makes use of each and every one of these fabrics. I know you may be thinking "crazy", but Brer Rabbit had to use his eye for design, particularly Bohemian design to put these fabrics together.
To add to the Boho-chic fun, Brer Rabbit has added in some pretty nifty machine embroidery!
Don't you just love the funky-fun of these flowers? They almost have a bit of a folk or hippie-look to them! The bohemian fashion style can be considered a combination of folk, punk, hippie and modern chic fashion-style. 
So has Brer Rabbit piqued your curiosity with this little teaser? Please leave your comments and do share this blog with your children's fashion-minded friends!

Saturday, December 25, 2010 | By: Laurie

{Happy Birthday Jesus!}

"For unto you is born in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. " Luke 2:10-12

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone around about them; and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. " Luke 2:10-12
Friday, December 3, 2010 | By: Laurie

{The Gingerbread Man}

As you know, Brer Rabbit is all about the classics! One of my favorite classic folk tales that I enjoyed as a child is "The Gingerbread Man". 
I think just about everybody knows this part of the story best:
"Run, run, as fast as you can!
You can't catch me!
I'm the Gingerbread Man!"
One of the blogs that I frequently visit is Olabelhe and her blog post about Christmas Gingerbread inspired me to spend some crafty time making some Gingerbread Men with my grandson!
The best part about this project is that I had all the supplies I needed right in my sewing room and kitchen! I first grabbed some paper grocery bags, then I gathered up a jar of old buttons and buckles, a spool of string, twine, craft scissors, glue, felt and ribbon. I also dug thru my collection of quilting charm squares in Christmas fabrics to use as scrap fabric. I made a pattern and cut out a stack of gingerbread men from the paper bags and then we were ready to begin our craft time!
I think I can see visions of
Gingerbread Men Dancing in his head!
What child doesn't love anything that
has to do with glue?!
This gingerbread man was getting
a handmade vest!
The winning smile says it all!
The Completed Gingerbread Men
found their place on the Christmas Tree!
This is a craft project that is sure to delight children of all ages! If you would like the free instructions to this project, which includes my gingerbread man template, then click HERE! I would love for you to share the link to my pattern with your crafty friends!
I think maybe next week we just might have to make some homemade gingerbread man cookies! Mmmm! I can almost smell them baking now!

Gingerbread Children
Gingerbread children stand in a row.
Very good children, always, you know.
They never will jump or kick or leap,
Or start to cry when it’s time to sleep.
They never run off or look around.
And no one has heard them make a sound.
Gingerbread children are fine to meet,
But, much better still, they’re good to eat!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 | By: Laurie

{Hand Puppet Fun}

What do you do when you are cooped up inside on a blustery cold day with an almost 3-year-old? You make Hand Puppets!!!
I am so blessed to get to keep my grandson 2-3 days a week all day long, so sometimes I need to come up with some creative ideas to keep him busy. Today we made Hand Puppets! 
Ok, so I cheated a little - we bought the Hand Puppet kit from Hobby Lobby this morning, but they were still fun to make!
What almost 3-year-old doesn't like anything that has to do with glue?!

This cute kit came with all the supplies to make 4 hand puppets. 
Paxton chose to make the "dawg" first!

 He then decided he wanted to make the frog - maybe because it rhymes with "dawg"!
 I think glueing on the wiggly eyes was the best part of it for him!
This is one happy little boy with his handmade Hand Puppets! You should have seen him and his daddy playing Hand Puppets when his daddy came to pick him up after work! I should have snapped a picture! Paxton already has plans to make the remaining two Hand Puppets in the kit tomorrow!
Brer Rabbit got a few ideas rolling in his head when he saw this Hand Puppet kit, so stayed tuned because some finger puppets are on the design board in the briar patch!

Friday, November 26, 2010 | By: Laurie

{Black Friday BOGO}

Black Friday BOGO SALE! Buy 1 BRD e-Pattern, get another one for 1/2 off! You MUST e-mail me with your order to get this special offer! Sale starts Friday and runs thru Sunday!

Thursday, November 25, 2010 | By: Laurie

{Giving Thanks}

Thanksgiving Day brings to mind
the blessings in our lives
that usually go unnoticed:
a home that surrounds us
with comfort and protection;
delicious food, for pleasure
in both eating and sharing;
clothes to snuggle up in,
books and good entertainment
to expand our minds;
and freedom to worship our God.
Most of all we are thankful
for our family and friends,
those treasured people
who make our lives extra special.
You are part of that cherished group.
On Thanksgiving, (and every day)
I appreciate you.
Happy Thanksgiving from Brer Rabbit Designs!

Saturday, November 13, 2010 | By: Brer Rabbit

{Bennett & Celia's Cardigans}

Brer Rabbit Designs is pleased to announce a brand new ePattern hot off the press....errr, wait, that would be hot off the computer! After much work in the briar patch, Brer Rabbit finally finished up on this verrry special pattern today!
Before I share the details of the pattern, I want to share with you what makes this pattern so verrry special! Please don't skip thru the story and how you can help - this means alot to me!
The story behind the design:
Some special friends of ours, Derek and Kat Hunter are in the process of adopting siblings from Russia. Derek is the Connecting Pastor at my church, and my daughter grew up with him, so I've known him for, well, let's just say awhile. Derek's wife, Kat is honestly the sweetest person you could ever meet! They have been married nearly five years and feel very blessed that God has chosen them to adopt. They recently returned from Russia where they spent an amazing week with their beautiful children for the very first time! They are currently waiting for the adoption to become final. They must make two more trips to Russia before they can bring their children home. Their prayer is that they can bring Bennett and Celia home for Christmas!
How can you help?
Derek and Kat's biggest hurdle in this adoption process is the financial burden that is upon them, but they feel confident that this is the path God has chosen for them. It has been amazing to see how God has used so many people in so many different ways to help raise funds for their adoption. I created "Bennett & Celia's Cardigans" pattern and made each of them the cardigans shown on the pattern cover for gifts for their children. Every dollar of the sale of this pattern thru the end of December will be given to Derek and Kat to help bring their children home! Please spread the news about "Bennett & Celia's Cardigans" on your blogs, facebook pages, websites and to all your sewing friends and help me raise funds for them. Another way you can help is to go to this page, where you can read more about Derek and Kat's adoption story. Please leave a comment because each comment made on their page raises $2 for their adoption! 
...and now Brer Rabbit will share more details about the pattern!

"Bennett & Celia's Cardigans" can be ordered here!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 | By: Laurie

{something very special}

Brer Rabbit is working double shifts on something very special! Unfortunately, that wrascaly wrabbit has a nasty sinus infection that has slowed down some of the shift work. While you are waiting, I thot I would share a few pictures of the "something very special" that hopefully will be completed and ready with a verrrry special story really soon!

I know I am keeping you in suspense with the story - trust me, it's worth the wait! ;-)

Monday, November 8, 2010 | By: Brer Rabbit

{BRD smocking plates}

Brer Rabbit is back in the briar patch this week working verrrry hard at writing instructions to a new and verrrry special pattern that is soon to be released. You can see sneak peeks at the newest pattern on Brer Rabbit's Facebook page! In his spare time tho, he's been working to graph up some smocking plates that are slowly getting posted at Brer Rabbit Designs. Three pdf smocking plates are now available for purchase, with more being added every few days. All upcoming pdf smocking plates are listed by name, and as soon as graphing is complete, pictures will be added.
I thought I would tell you a little about the story behind the design of my newest smocking plate, "Bliss".
Several years ago, I took some SAGA (Smocking Arts Guild of America) correspondence courses to gain Artisan points. Evelyn Phillips was one of the teachers that I took I think all of her classes! For this particular class, she asked me to design something using the stitches and techniques she taught in the correspondence class. I came up with this bonnet, which she loved. 
She encouraged me to graph this smocking plate and submit it to SagaNews, which I had planned to do, but never got around to doing. Last week, I decided it was time to graph my design.

I hope you like "Bliss" and watch for more pdf smocking plates to be available soon!

Friday, October 29, 2010 | By: Laurie

{a new design}

Brer Rabbit has been hard at work in the briar patch! He's still working on this pattern, which you can see sneak peek pics of at the end of that post. While in the midst of that project, he had to stop and work on a new design. This is a very special design and there will be much more information forthcoming about it soon - meanwhile Brer Rabbit would like to whet your appetite with a couple teaser pictures! ;)

As you might guess, this design is specifically for a boy! I have had many requests for some boy patterns, so you will be so pleased to know that I have not forgotten your requests! The best part about this pattern is that it's not just for boys - there is a girls version too! Stay tuned for some girl teaser pics coming soon! I have a few more tricks up my sleeve with this pattern that I can't wait to share!
~Brer Rabbit just loves keeping you in suspense of what's coming next! :)
Saturday, October 16, 2010 | By: Laurie

{the classics}

As you all know, Brer Rabbit Designs is all about "the classics", therefore, I thought I would share a few classic patterns that were found in the briar patch!
This vintage embroidery booklet was purchased off ebay several years ago. I love the vintage embroidery in the book...
...and how they used the embroidery on these classic garments!
I also have some classic vintage patterns in my collection, most of which were given to me by friends and family!
More pencil drawings of garments in
the vintage embroidery booklet
Within my collection, are several vintage classic smocked yoke dress patterns!
Often times it's vintage patterns and pictures of vintage garments that inspire me to create something for today's fashion!

Monday, October 11, 2010 | By: Brer Rabbit

{a baby bunny was born!}

Brer Rabbit had to take a week and a half off from working in the briar patch because a brand new baby bunny was born in the family, and he's just as cute and sweet as a baby bunny can be!
Caleb Mikkal Fort
7lbs 6oz
Before our new little bundle of joy arrived, Brer Rabbit was busy working in the Briar Patch on a brand new pattern. Here are a few teaser pictures of his latest creations for a new pattern that is soon to be available!

All fabrics are from Fairytale Frocks and Lollypops!
As you can see, ruffles are the theme! Brer Rabbit can't hardly wait to show you the full pictures of the entire pattern! He's still working hard tho, finishing up on a few more views of the pattern!