Monday, February 27, 2012


January and February are the months that represent two things for me… taxes and trade shows. Between balancing books and collecting catalogs, my mind at this point feels a bit overwhelmed and overstuffed…sorting receipts and documents, entering transactions, and then sifting through booths of merchandise, picking and choosing carefully what the Net Loft will have next to offer can leave a brain caught in a tangle of massive information.

In light of this, quite thankfully, Sue accompanied me to the Craft and Hobby trade show in Anaheim last month. In reality, it was more like I accompanied HER. Sue is incredibly organized and fantastic when it comes to papercrafts. She keeps the shop well stocked and in good order. Here at the show, together we were able to find some wonderful new products to share with you, which are now beginning to arrive at the store. I will be sharing some of the new releases here on this blog so you will know what to look for in our papercrafts department that is the latest and the greatest for all your upcoming papercraft projects. We hope to have some fun classes and workshops this summer that will feature some of these new products as well, so stay tuned.

First up is a line from Little Yellow Bicycle called PARADISE. The Little Yellow Bicycle Spring line is inspiring and inviting. We love the colors and the embellishments and also love one of the sample projects they had featured…a printers tray shadowbox featuring the “5 Things Pocket” as well as many of the very cute Paradise embellisment packs. We will be getting these printers trays in stock in the near future and will be featuring a class this summer to make your very own.

While at the show we saw many creative shadowbox variations from various designers. What is great is that they give the opportunity to create a multi dimensional wall hanging that incorporates photos and the opportunity to use many of the fun thick embellishments that are more difficult to incorporate in standard scrapbook pages. These projects can generally be completed in a weekend and can use a combination of collected treasures, as well as some of the fun embellishments available at the shop in conjunction with just a handful of preselected photos that follow your theme.

I really like that the Little Yellow Bicycle “5 Things pocket” gives you a jumping off place to get you started, and the coordinating papers and embellishments help pull the project together visually. Not only are they great for a project like this, but also work well for a small mini-booklet or on pages of chipboard book. Each little envelope has a petite card on it to write a few journaling words that you can slip in and out of the envelope for an interactive touch. You can choose any topic you want to be what the 5 things you love about describe and embellish.

There are more ideas on the Paradise Little Yellow Bicycle website.

They show some great examples of using this new product release for spring scrapbooking and cards. Rosettes are a popular theme this season, and there are rosette kits available in the various colors that are precut and prescored ready to be folded into a coordinating rosette to compliment the themed papers and motifs.

Be sure to look for the new PARADISE collection as well as some of the other new Little Yellow Bicycle products just in and out on the shelves at The Net Loft and be inspired to cut and glue and have some great paper crafting fun!

We will be posting more of our new products as they arrive. In the meantime...Carve out some moments for crafting...and know that we always love to see what you are making, so be sure to stop by and give us a show and tell or even post on facebook for all to see.

Have a fun time at it!

As always, yours truly in paper, glue, yarn and thread, ribbon, buttons, felt and fiber...

Net Loft Dotty

Monday, February 13, 2012

My Hearts on a String...

After multiple inspirations online, I no longer could handle another minute of vicarious virtual crafting, so yesterday, armed with a basket of ingredients, I headed to my mom's for an afternoon of papercutting and needlework... I have a weakness for garlands, so had decided that would be THE project. And so, with sewing machine, paper punch, and papers, my valentine garland came to life...

Each heart is a stack of three hearts sewn about 1 inch apart. I have to tell you though, something that made me laugh. As I cut them, I placed them in stacks on a bakers cooling rack to keep them in order preparing them to sew. The cookie rack was the first thing I saw in her cupboard that I thought might work to lay them flat on. At one point, she looked down not knowing what I was up to and curiously asked, "Are you going to put those in the oven?" I had to smile...and then we laughed together.

I was able to make three garlands... one for my mom to show her I love her,
one to mail to my daughter who lives far away, because she likes garlands too, and one for the window in the window seat where my husband Bob does his exercises as he recovers from knee surgery... just to let him know I am thinking about him...
isn't that what Valentines Day is all about?...
Warm loving hearts for a cold wintry day...

Happy Crafting all ...
with love,
Net Loft Dotty

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Net Loft's photostream

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The Net Loft's photostream on Flickr.

My Flickr link seems to have been disconnected. I am putting this here in the meantime until I get it figured out. :)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Be My Valentine

Valentines Day is right around the corner. Not only is Valentines Day a great excuse to pull out paper, scissors and glue, doilies, glitter and jewels, but it is also gives one a good reason for a grand time for stitching with felt and creating needlework heart treasures for the day devoted to LOVE.

Now at the shop is a sample I just finished stitching called “Choco-lot Forget-Me-Knot “… It is described as a candle mat, but may also be used as a centerpiece for a small china dish of chocolates or homemade heart sugar cookies. And…speaking of cookies, here is my favorite personal baker, daughter Nelly’s favorite cookie recipe from an old "Pockets" magazine which makes perfectly delicious sugar cookies, just in time for Valentine baking.


Also available at the shop is this sweet hearts wool felt design, called “The Layers of My Heart”.
These kits retail for $36.00 and include pattern, wool felt, floss, needle and marking pencil, everything you will need, except interfacing.

Coming soon are some quick to make felt heart ornament patterns, nice to hang on a door or hang on a package. Chocolate maybe?

Or you can design a pattern of your own… I am in love with this perfectly darling little design by Mimi Kirchner.

And then , there is always just good old scissors and paper (free template from

In writing this, I have a thought about hearts… they are so tender and fragile. Sometimes we want to put them in a box… maybe swaddled in soft yarn, or cushioned fleece, just to protect them. It is hard sometimes, because when they are out in the open they sometimes get broken. It is hard to take them out and expose them to the possibility of hurt and pain, but somehow in a box they can never know love or learn the meaning of compassion. Sometimes hearts seem to be wrapped in a tangled web of pain and forgiveness, suffering and mercy, hurt and grace. I think sometimes to live is to love and to love is sometimes to experience joy as well as grief. These hearts we cut and sew and paint remind us that we are to keep on loving again and again despite the difficulties. I, myself, am a hopeless romantic. I love the heart motif and all it stands for. I love garlands of hearts, heart cookies, heart papercuts, heart quilts, heart cross stitch, painted hearts, but most of all I believe in the power of the love that dwells in the human heart and its capacity to overcome great difficulties. I have a ring that I wear and it is a daily reminder for me of an important truth. On it is etched these words...


Love conquers all

And in the midst of hardship and life’s inevitable relational struggles, I try to remember these words.

And so, with scissors in hand, paper, glue, needle thread, paint, and glitter, flour, sugar and butter, Valentines Day here we come.

Bring on the hearts...