Crafting with Lillie Mae's April 2011





Easter is one of my favorite holidays.   As a child,  I loved dressing up in my new Easter dress and my new Easter Bonnet.  Now, as an adult, I love watching the little ones at church, all dressed up in their new duds and all ready for their favorite part of Easter....the Easter egg hunt. 



So much fun, so much adventure.


The Easter holiday is a time of renewal; a time of joining with others, of singing and praising.  It is a time of rejoicing.


Happy Easter Everyone,




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For My Friends


As I've said before, I have met many wonderful ladies through the internet who have then become very dear friends.  One of those friends sent me this poem.  I consider each and every one of you a friend and wanted to share this poem with you.



Dear Lord,


I know you're watching over me
And I'm feeling truly blessed
For no matter what I pray for
You always know what's best!


I have this circle of E-mail friends,
Who mean the world to me;
Some days I 'send' and 'send,'
At other times, I let them be.

I am so blessed to have these friends,
With whom I've grown so close;
So this little poem I dedicate to them,
Because to me they are the 'Most'!

When I see each name download,
And view the message they've sent;
I know they've thought of me that day,
And 'well wishes' were their intent.

So to you, my friends, I would like to say,
Thank you for being a part;
Of all my daily contacts,
This comes right from my heart..

God bless you is my prayer today,
I'm honored to call you 'friend';
I pray the Lord will keep you safe,
Until we write again.

















I am thinking of setting up a page for banners and advertising only for those who are making and selling dolls and other items from my patterns.  If you think you might be interested, please email me below.  If I receive enough positive interest, I will set it up.  This would be, as per my entire site, free.




Quick Make Journal Cover Tutorial





Supplies Needed:


Wire bound note book

Wire cutters


Card stock (for front cover)

            Computer, computer graphics, and word processing software (Microsoft Word)

Small one-hole punch


Scanner (optional)



1.  With your wire cutters, clip off the very ends of the wire on your wire bound note book.










2.  By twisting the wire, twist it round and round until it is no longer connected to your notebook.












3.  If you have a scanner, scan in the cover.  This will give you the measurements of the note that you can create a cover the same size, and it will also give you the placement of all the holes you will need to punch.

4.  If you do not have a scanner, measure the cover.

5.  First create the "box (cover)" in your word processing software on your computer and then fill in with your computer graphics.

6.  Print this off on card stock and cut out.









7.  Put the original cover from your notebook on top of the cover you just printed off and punch the holes out with your one hole punch.











8.  Hold your new cover on top of the notebook and twist the wire back in place.  With your pliers, twist the very ends in a little bit so that the wire stays in place.









In this issue:

Tidings From Brenda

You Can Find Us

Contact Me

Newsletter Archives

Three New Tutorials

Prayer Request

For My Friends

New Patterns


Journal Cover Tutorial

Lillie Maes Crafts Friends

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Crafting with Lillie Mae's

All Free Patterns All the Time




Pins & Needles

Crafting Social Network



Newsletter Archives



Now you can access the Newsletter archives.  Two years of back issues now available to everyone.



Three "like new" Tutorials



I recently discovered three tutorials that I had stored on an old computer and thought some of you might enjoy them.  I will introduce one tutorial a month as such; April (Lighted Sunflower Vase), May (Grubby Daisy Jar), and June (Potted Country Flowers).



Grubby Daisy Jar





New Patterns


Little Girl





Little Mabel, the Cow



Freckles & Flopsy








Lillie Mae's Crafts Friends


I recently came across "Busy as a Bee, Crafts by Kathy" and discovered that Kathy has graciously included in her store dolls she has created with some of my patterns.

Here's her information:

Personally:  Staples, my hometown, is located in the central part of Minnesota. My husband and I live on a small hobby farm in the country. Handcrafting cloth dolls is a hobby of mine. 

E-mail her:

Her Store:  Handcrafted Primitive Raggedy Ann dolls are my specialty. The dolls come in many sizes, colors, and styles. If you see a doll you like but would like her dressed in a different color, I will take special orders. New items are added weekly, so come visit often!







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