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Thank you so much to The Girl Creative for letting me be your guest today! I’m Melissa Stramel, a pattern and fabric designer and am so happy to be here. I wanted to let you know a little more about me and my business, Lilac Lane.

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I’m a mother to three beautiful children, ages 7, 6 and 4. They’re close together and because of that they’re also very close. It’s so nice. You don’t often see my oldest, Nathan, on patterns because, well, he’s a boy. And my things are so very, very girly. He doesn’t mind.

When I went to college, I finished up with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. It’s a nice thing to be able to do now and then. But at heart, I’ve always been an artsy person. I love anything involving domestic and fine arts including cooking, photography, painting, decorating, gardening and sewing. You can find a little bit of all of this on my blog.

It’s been a dream come true to see my patterns available in print. To date, I have five out, all from last June through the present. I hope to be able to do this for many years to come. I also hope to someday see my fabric designs on fabric! That is a much slower adventure.



I would love to give one of my patterns away to one lucky winner.  Here’s the ways that you can enter:

{Giveaway is opened to followers of The Girl Creative only}


  • Leave a comment on this post telling which pattern you’d like to win.


  • Follow Melissa’s blog, Make Life Beautiful
  • “LIKE” Lilac Lane on Facebook
  • Follow Lilac Lane on Twitter
  • Subscribe to The Girl Creative via RSS or email

I’m offering 30% off at my shop, Lilac Lane, by using code THEGIRLCREATIVE if you do not win.

**Winners will be chosen using Random.org and will be notified via email by Diana so please make sure you have an email address linked to your blog. If you do not have a blog, please be sure to add your email address to your comment.

Due to the amount of content that is used without permission and proper credit, I am no longer allowing a full RSS feed. I value each and every reader so I hope you will click through and come visit!


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  1. You are very talented! I just wanted to tell you that and become your blog follower but then I realized this was a giveaway! I would love to win the doll pattern. I will follow Make Life Beautiful and like Lilac Lane on Facebook. I already follow Girl Creative.

  2. I would love the bag with pin pattern!. I’m off to check out Melissa’s blog now. Hope to win!!

  3. I would love the gift bag pattern! I am always looking for unique ways to give gifts.

  4. I love all of the patterns! My favorite is the Cherished Dress pattern. Love the big pockets! My daughter would have no problem filling them up :o)

  5. I would love the Family Tree Quilt šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚

    Happy New Year to you and your family, too šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚ Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather šŸ™‚

  6. I follow Melissa’s blog via Google Friend Connect and via email.

    Oh, I am a follower of your blog as well…Thanks to the mention on Melissa’s blog šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚

    Happy New Year to you and your family, too šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚ Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather šŸ™‚

  7. I follow “Lilac Lane” on FAcebook.

    Thanks for hosting this really cute giveaway šŸ™‚ Happy New Year to you and your family, too šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚ Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather šŸ™‚

  8. Thanks for the chance to win. I’d love the ‘Cherished’ dress pattern.

  9. I just love your cute patterns and I owuld have to say the little girls dress pattern for my granddaughter…but they are all really cute. Happy New Year to you and your family. May you have many blessings

  10. The Cherished Dress pattern is my favourite. Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. These are so cute! I think it’s awesome you want your designs on fabric! I would love the doll pattern. I just made a Harry Potter robe for an American Girl doll! Will follow your blog and Facebook.

  12. I would like the little girls dress pattern (I already have some of the others!) Thanks Melissa.

  13. Loves the Joy Bag šŸ™‚

  14. Follow Melissa’s blog via GFC.

  15. Follow Lilac Lane on FB.

  16. Follow Lilac Lane on twitter

  17. I would love the Bag plus Bonus Flower Pin. Thanks for the chance to win! šŸ™‚ mfrapp_83 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  18. Anna Marie says:

    i love the joy bag pattern! i follow the creative girl and melissa’s blog šŸ˜‰

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