Isabella's Whimsy

handmade with love

and the Winner Is ___


The winner of the first ever Isabella’s Whimsy contest is

*Drum Roll*

Sharon Andersen

(and the crowd roars with triumph!)

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I asked that people leave a comment guessing how many copies of the Millennium Falcon Mug Rug Pattern I will sell, and Sharon has guessed 8.

Sharon’s prize is a 40% off coupon code for any 1 item from IsabellasWhimsy.

Sharon and her sister Susan have an Etsy shop that sells their original-design patterns; some of the patterns are applique and some are paper pieced-they are all so cute and fun!  Plus they offer their own complete quilt patterns and bundles.  It would be great if you could pop in to see their shop at MsPDesignsUSA.   I purchased their caribou (or is it a reindeer, they ask) pattern.  It is a very good product with clear pattern pieces, instructions and suggestions for projects.

Thank you all!



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The Day After Tomorrow…

Today I added a new item to Isabella’s Whimsy.  It is a mug rug using my new Star Wars Millennium Falcon Pattern that I told you about on Saturday. (Star Wars coaster/mug rug/snack mat)

The day after tomorrow, Saturday, January 9, 2016 at noon CST (extended from the original 6:00 a.m., because there is no way I’m getting up that early!) the contest entries will close.

The contest works like this:

Leave a comment telling how many copies of the Star Wars Millennium Falcon Mug Rug Pattern you think I will sell.  Then I will enter your name in the random drawing.  One person will win the prize of a 40% off coupon code to 1 item of your choice in my Etsy shop.

Here is a link to the 1st post about the contest so you can know just what you are getting into.

It’s ok to leave your comment on that original post, or on this one.  All I ask is that you please visit Isabella’s Whimsy on Etsy and please give the pattern (and anything else you like) a ♥.  This link will take you to the Pattern Listing in the shop.

Ok, the real purpose of the contest is to increase my chances of being seen the the world of Etsy.  It’s very competitive, lots of products, actually, way more products than people looking to buy something, so I thought I’d ask for your help.  I hope to get one or two more items into Isabella’s Whimsy before I draw the winner’s name on Saturday.  Thanks.

Take care,

~Isabella, aka Janie



A Word for 2016

IsabellasWhimsy 2016 Word

Have you heard of the activity/movement to choose a special word as your own word for a year? I don’t know a lot about it, but I like the idea.

From what I gather, you select a word that resonates with you as your focus word.  Every now and then through 2015 I would catch a bit of conversation about people’s words for the year. I never could come up with a word that felt just right for me, but this evening a blogger I admire, Julie, The Crafty Quilter, shared someone else’s blog post about claiming a word for yourself to explore, to be influenced by, to grow with. And I knew what my word is for 2016.


Just thinking the word feels good.  This is my word.

Now what am I going to do with this word? I’ll probably doodle it, applique it, ponder it, read about it, look for experiences of it, and share it.

Would you like to tell your word for the year?





In a galaxy very, very near…a Contest!

Yes, I am something of a Star Wars fan.  I was in my 20s when the first three were released and enjoyed them so much.  Now, in my 60s the next one has been released and yes, I saw it! But this time I kept seeing quilt patterns!! What!!

So with SW inspiration coursing through my veins I grabbed my scissors, thread and fabric and wa-laa turned out a new (original!) mug rug/coaster/snack mat (what do you call those things?!).

I am just waiting for some good light for pics to post the listing in my Etsy shop for the sweet mats.  But, since not so many pics were needed, I went ahead and posted the listing for my first pattern:

Millennium Falcon Cockpit Mug Rug Pattern Star Wars Inspired

(Aren’t Etsy titles a hoot! Thank you, SEO!)

Here is a pic of the BACK of the mat…

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I’d love for you to pop over and take a look at it, then pop back and tell me how many you think I will sell… Ooo, what about a randomly drawn prize for you?  Leave a comment telling how many copies of the Millennium Falcon PDF Pattern I will sell and I will put your name in the hat.  Next Saturday, on January 9 (my little sister’s birthday) I will have a name drawn from the hat for the winner.  How about a 40% off coupon for any one item in my shop? What is the cut off for commenting and getting your name included in the drawing…..let’s say 6:00 a.m. CST (I’m in Texas) on Saturday, Jan. 9.  I will announce the winner by 6:00 p.m. CST that same day.

So here is the listing URL. If you have an Etsy account, will  you please ♥ it to help me get seen?  Thanks!

MFC Mug Rug

See you soon!

Blessings for all of 2016,



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