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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  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.

    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

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

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

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

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

  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

    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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