About Orange Bettie

Oh, hi! It’s so nice to see you!!!

A good friend recently referred to me as “a whirlwind.”  She knows me well.  My life indeed is a whirlwind.  I’m a mother to an active tween girl (tween girls are INSANE, by the way!), a sewist and a creative type, a blogger, a Girl Scout troop leader.  I’ve also been called a Crazy Cat Lady, and I’d have to say that’s an appropriate label, too.  We have 5 cats living in our house, all of them black cats and all spoiled rotten.  I am the Queen of Unflattering Selfies and a hoarder of craft supplies.  I’m always loving to find new ways to use up even the tiniest of my scraps.

My philosophy is that any day I don’t go to bed tired is a day I haven’t lived to its fullest potential.  You see those white streaks in my hair?  They’re not gray hairs – they’re SPARKLE.  Housework happens in those rare moments when I’m not pursuing a flash of creative genius or soaking in some together-time with my daughter.

Orange Bettie is where I share my sewing and crafting adventures.  I’ll freely admit I like showing off the things I make, but my joy comes from showing others how they themselves can be creative, when they’re able to say, “Wow, I MADE that!”  That’s gold.

The name Orange Bettie is homage to my grandmother, a woman who spent her life making magic out of making do, a teacher and a creative soul.  She is my muse and my hero.

I also blog about sewing at Craft Gossip.  If you want daily sewing project inspiration and tutorials, follow me there:  http://sewing.craftgossip.com

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11 Comments

  1. debycoles January 14, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Hi Anne, Good luck with your site and your pattern plans – how exciting! You get to see a lot of inspiration in your work with Craft Gossip so I know its going to be amazing.

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    1. anneweaver1974 January 17, 2015 at 9:53 am

      Thank you Deby! It is slow going sometimes juggling this with Craft Gossip and mama duties, but I’m determined to see this through! –Anne

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    2. Angela Fall 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 March 1, 2019 at 5:51 pm

      I have only had a quick peek at this site & I’m sure I’m going to be visiting it on a regular basis. Just love the relaxed way everything is set out. Thank you for letting me join Orange Bettie

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      1. Orange Bettie March 13, 2019 at 3:26 pm

        Thanks so much!!!

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  2. Denise Felton February 9, 2015 at 11:52 am

    I’m so thrilled to see this blog take off! Go, Anne!

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  3. Kris Van Allen September 27, 2017 at 5:06 am

    I love the life lived by “making magic out of make do!”

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  4. Stacy Claxton November 2, 2018 at 6:20 am

    Hi, I fell inlove with your pattern for plaid tote purse. But no matter what I do I have been unable to print up the pattern and instructions. I even made a new gmail up because I couldn’t remember my passer for my old one. I will look you up on fb and ig. Thank you for putting it together and offering free so newbys like me can create. Sgclaxton6@aol.com

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    1. Orange Bettie November 13, 2018 at 4:54 pm

      I’m not sure why you’re not able to download the pattern. You should just be able to click the words “free pattern” in the materials list and it will load a PDF of the pattern. From there you can print or download the pattern to your computer. Hope this helps! –Anne

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  5. Terri Womack February 5, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Hi MIss Bettie,
    Came to your blog by looking for pussy hats. Love the pattern and instructions. I had trouble printing from the link – kept getting the message that it didn’t exist at that location – finally I just downloaded it (no problems with that) and then printed it. Was strange because clearly the pattern was there – I was looking at it – one never knows what is going on at Google headquarters.
    Thanks for the pattern and the wonderful ideas.
    Terri

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    1. Orange Bettie February 25, 2019 at 3:23 am

      Thanks so much!! I’m happy you like the pussy hat pattern!! –Anne

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