Monday, September 27, 2010

Holiday Happenings

Did you think I forgot? I didn't Holiday Projects will be starting in a few weeks! October 6th to be exact, so watch you inbox. I have all sorts of new things planned. We're going to be beading, sewing, mixed media-ing, baking, and more. I'm even going to have a give-a-way every week.

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Have a great day,

Friday, September 24, 2010

As Promised...

Happy Fabric
As promised....a much nicer photo of my new fabric. I have been told it should be arriving in stores any minute. :)

Have a Happy Day!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Oh Happy Day!


Oh my gosh! It is here! My fabric has arrived. It's quite a whirlwind in the studio. Crazier than ever. Whew! See I am even typing fast. Well I guess you can't tell that. Let me slow down, back up, and explain....

My fabric has arrived and that is exciting. It's hard to believe a year ago I was staying up until all hours of the night designing away on what I hoped might be fabric someday. Fast forward a year later and wow za! I have it in my hands. My wonderful fabric company suggested I make matching buttons. They promoted them along with my fabric and once again, it was more than I could have imagined and we are swamped with orders. I now have three super fantastic employees. Ask me a year ago if I had wanted employees and I would have said no way. Now, I can't imagine life without them. It's so much fun. Next big change from a year ago...a new studio. Yes, I am pretty sure I have sworn, on several different occasions, that I would not move my studio again. But that was way before all of the above came into my life. I am currently looking at spaces. It will be a few months before the move and I will keep you posted in future posts. I have taken over every inch of the basement and garage and I still don't have anywhere to set up my Quilt Market booth. Yikes! My family is being patient, but I can tell it's not going to last forever.

So boy... oh boy what can happen in a year. These next two weeks are insane, loads of buttons going out, fabric is shipping, patterns are going to the printer, and I have a big ol bead order. Yes, for those bead fans out there, I am still making them. I promise some new jewelry projects soon, they are designed on my work table. I just need someone to come make them. Got any volunteers?

I guess what I am saying is please stick with me for a few more weeks, I promise to get back to my regular blogging self. I miss you all.

As for fabric, if you check out other fabric designer sites, you'll notice beautiful shots of fabric. They will all be stacked up so neat with flowers and other props. Well, after a weekend of all night(seriously, all night) sewing, here is my new fabric. Embarrassing for it's debut, eh? I will have a pretty shot soon, the photographer was here on Sunday shooting it, I promise.

Below I was able to shoot the three color ways from the fabric samples I have. They are so pretty, if I do say so myself. I wish you could feel them. They are so soft. I am having so much fun sewing with them.

As for the sneak peek at the top of the page....As I mentioned, I am working on four sewing patterns. They are off to the printers this week, fingers crossed, I will reveal more as I can.

Alrighty, I am real Happy I could sneak in some time for a blog post. ...
Have a great day,

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Only Four Left

Just thought I would let you know, only four of these kits remain.

Hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend,

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Back from CREATE

Hey, Hey,
I am back! Actually I have been back for a week now but I am swamped more than I have ever been...more on that later. CREATE was so much fun. It was four days of just having fun making things. I am in love with mixed media, which if you read my blog you would know, and this was a great chance for me to play. So here a a few of the things I made.

I took a class from Kelli Perkins, it was a painted fabric workshop. There was so much more than painting involved. We painted and stitched, then scanned the paintings into the computer. They were then printed out on fabric, painted again, embellished, drawn on, and stitched again. This wall hanging needs to be trimmed and of course, embellished with beads.

Another great class was with Sue Pelletier, she is a mixed media genius. This class was called Birdscapes, that explains all of the birds. We layered and layered and then layered some more in this class. Sue was super and gave us all kinds of secret weapons to use in our projects.

This was part of the class kit we received. Yummy and right up my alley. I brought home some extra kits she had and soon you might see some on Etsy. That is if I can part with it.

Here are the rest of the pieces, I made nine in all and was given the title of over achiever and was called that all week. I can't help that I make a lot of stuff. You should have seen my car on the way home!
Above is a picture from class. Notice the plastic on the floors? Every class room was covered in it. Poor hotel people, the place had just been remodeled and in come a bunch of crazy paint brush carrying women. I am sure we stressed them out.

I loved Sue's techniques so much I took a second class with her. It was called drop cloth girls and actually I liked the idea of doing the fam instead. Here they are.

Last, was a class from Bob Maloney. It was a color and texture class. We learned fun painting techniques. I painted 11 different canvases but I didn't take photos of them all. I want to try some furniture with these techniques.

As you can see it was lots of fun. As soon as I walked in the door, I remembered how much work I still have to do for the next few weeks. Fabric will be hitting stores any day now, which means buttons will be too. That's where I come in. The girls and I are working like crazy so that the orders can ship at the same time.

I am also working on some sewing patterns. These will debut next month if all goes well. (fingers crossed) I am pretty sure some of you non sewers will like them also. I can't wait to share them with you.

I am off to paint buttons, and lots of them... It's nice to be back blogging, I missed all of you, please leave me a comment and tell me what you've been up to.

Have a great day,
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