birthday bash inspiration

May 25, 2015

girl birthday party inspiration / ann kelle This board is centered around this invitation I designed for Tiny Prints.  How cute are those balloons? And the cupcake toppers are so fun. There’s so many great crafty ideas out there!

Find all the party inspiration ideas below:
Birthday Party Invitation
DIY Paper Straw Birthday Candle Cupcake Toppers
Pennant Flag Paper Garland
Number Birthday Felt Party Hat

Blue Polka Dot Napkins
Balloons

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free wallpaper download

May 21, 2015

hearts download green/ annkelle

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Here is another wall paper download.  Fill free to tag me on social media (#annkelle or @annkelle), so I can see it in your computer space.

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Download HERE Mint Green Hearts

Download HERE Purple Hearts

(artwork by Ann Kelle / Copyright 2015)

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free tutorials: urban zoologie minis

May 19, 2015

urban zoologie mini sewing projects / ann kelle

We rounded up some patterns using the Urban Zoologie Minis, including a free quilt tutorial.  Happy Sewing!

Urban Zoologie “Mini” Patterns:
“Play Time Dress” by Oliver and S
“Candy Dish Pillow Pattern” by Jay Bird Quilts
“Seeing Spots Quilt Pattern” by Robert Kaufman

(photos via Robert Kaufman)

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new “this and that”

May 04, 2015

this and that by ann kelle

A new fabric collection that will be shipping to stores this month is “This and That.” This will be the third release for this collection (1,2). “This and That” is all about my favorite things. It comes in two main color stores (Adventure and Spring), with 3 selected prints in solo color ways. I hope you enjoy it! I can’t wait to see what you make with this new fabric group.

this and that by ann kelle

As always, it was hard narrowing down the color options (especially on the tennis shoe print). I had a bunch of fun drawing these sneakers.

this and that by ann kelle

You’re a gem! (Just in case you didn’t know) The jewel prints is one of my favorites.

this and that by ann kelle

The new prints include tennis shoes, jewels, handbags and bows. The one above is the Spring color way.

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I kinda have a thing for tennis shoes, especially mint green shoes.

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This is the adventure color way. (The jewel print is actually in the “ruby” color way, but I thought it looked good with the other fabrics.)

remix fabric by ann kelle

Bows make an appearance in this fabric collection. You know how I adore bows . . . for proof, see here, here and here. I’m thinking it’s time for another “bow” tutorial in honor of my admiration.

this and that by ann kelle

Patterned purses and clutches are always great! West Oak Design made this clutch out of my Remix triangle fabric. Totally smitten!

remix fabric by ann kelle

(all photos by Lulu, except for top and sneaker photo)

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hello, friday

May 01, 2015

confetti by knot and bow

Thanks so much for all your blog feedback. You guys had some great ideas! Someone mentioned missing my list of things I’m thankful for. So, Beezus, this is for you . . .

Here are some things I’m thankful for:

– I finished a design project I had been working on since December. It was all consuming. And I am so thankful and overjoyed it’s done, guys! The day after I turned everything in, the tension that was in my neck and shoulders was gone.

-peace and quiet

– my Mama celebrated a birthday this week. I was able to spend part of the day with her and my family.

– light shining through the trees

– my Grandfather was in the hospital earlier this year. I am so thankful to God he is doing well and is reunited with my Grandma.

– the sound of a baby giggling

– an afternoon walk

– a time of rest

(photo found via Knot and Bow)

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color crush: pink

April 30, 2015

color crush pink/ annkelle

I remember my first blog post about the color pink and I still feel now the way I felt back then.  I still heart pink.  As the years have passed I have collected by share of pink treats.  So here are a few of my favorite items!

(photo by Kelle)

 

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the girl friends / dance

April 28, 2015

ann kelle's girl friends

It’s been fun sharing monthly illustrations of my Girl Friends. (See all of them here: January / February / March). For this month, I thought I would also share the inspiration behind the drawing with you.

Several years ago, my friends and I (whom the Girl Friends collection is based on) were together in New York City. It was our last evening and we decided to do some “touristy” type of things and walk through Broadway Street. All of a sudden, without warning, it started pouring down rain. (Like “cats any dog” kind of rain). If you know New York, you know that Broadway Street is a super busy area.  We tried rush to the nearest shelter, but with the crowds, it was nearly impossible. So, there we were. Drenched. From top to bottom.  We couldn’t get out of the rain and there were crowds of people everywhere! With the sound of taxis honking their horns, lights from the buildings glaring into our eyes, and loads of people on the sidewalks, I was about to panic. We looped our arms into each other so we wouldn’t be separated from the enormous crowds.  Somewhere, in the midst of this stormy, chaotic situation, one of us made a joke. Instead of being annoyed at the situation or mad that our hair and clothes were soaked, we laughed. I remember laughing so hard, I could barely walk. I forgot about the downpour. I looked up at the sky and let the rain pour down on my face. And instead of running from the rain, I embraced this moment with my friends. There’s going to be storms in life, but God always seems to make it better. Maybe it’s through good friends and laughter or perhaps a stranger provides an umbrella. Whatever it is, He’s always there. And instead of hiding from the rain, you’ll want to dance!

(artwork by Ann Kelle / copyright 2015)

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feedback and a giveaway

April 23, 2015

remix triangle fabric giveaway annkelle

It’s spring cleaning around here! So, today I’m hosting a fabric giveaway of ONE YARD of my Remix Triangles. The winner gets to select which color way they’d like. There are five color ways to choose from: black, red, blue, gray and green.  As I spiffy things up, I’d also like to do the same to my blog space. So, I’d love to hear your feedback! To enter simply leave a comment letting me know what you’d like to see more of on the blog. The deadline to enter is Thursday, April 30th at midnight.

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black and white party

April 21, 2015

black and white party/ annkelle
Planning your next birthday celebration? We created this fun inspiration board centered around my Cake Cutout design.  (I also designed this black and white birthday card, too!) You could always keep everything black and white, but I like adding little pops of color here and there. When selecting colors, I pulled from the back of the card which has colorful stripes.  This card also comes in blue, pink and gray.

Find all the party decor items here:

Personalized Birthday Invitation
Black Stripes Scalloped Cups
Onyx Treat Bags
Number Piñata
Balloon Animal Cake Topper

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it’s pajama day!

April 16, 2015

pajamaday/ annkelle

Happy National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day. My cozy flannel Urban Zoologie bottoms were made just for this special occasion! (Thank you, Amanda!) When I first started working for home, I made the decision to get dressed everyday. So, there’s no wearing my pjs to work around here. (Although on Saturdays, sometimes I work in my pjs. But, it’s Saturday and that doesn’t count, at least not in my head.) We used my Urban Zoologie mini foxes for my bottoms. This fabric makes really comfy lounge pants. We rounded up a couple of pj sewing tutorials (see below). Remember, these lounge bottoms I made out of my owls? It was one of my first sewing projects.

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Pajama Pants Sewing Tutorials:
“Lounge in Style” via craftsy.com
“Christmas Eve Pjama Pants” by My Cotton Creations
“Sew a Pair of Pajama Pants” by What Does She Do All Day
“Comfy Fit Lounge Pants Tutorial” by iCandy Handmade

(photos by Lulu)

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sneak peek: girl friends

April 15, 2015

ann kelle / girl friends fabric

I’m so happy to introduce you to my new Girl Friends fabric prints. Can you believe we’re on the 5th release? (Sixth if you count Super Kids.) The theme of this fabric collection is careers. It was so, so hard narrowing down the careers. (Maybe there should be a part 2?) My hope for this fabric line is that when little girls see this fabric, they know anything is possible. When it comes to selecting a career, there’s so much you can do . . . from a veterinarian to an artist to a contractor! And sometimes, you might do several things in a lifetime. Included in this fabric group are panels, as well as the regular all over design. It comes in two color ways. This fabric collection ships to stores July 20th.

the girl friends fabric careers/ annkelle

Here’s run down of the careers: chef/baker, photographer, doctor, astronaut, artist, musician, teacher, sewer, scientist, veterinarian and contractor.

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We’re also releasing bundles of the entire Girl Friends collections (mermaid, ballerinas, fairies, princess and careers)!

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the girl friends fabric careers/ annkelle

(photos by Lulu)

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free wallpaper download

April 13, 2015

Macbookpink

Yay! We’re starting a new series here at Ann Kelle.  I’ll be  sharing monthly FREE wallpaper downloads to dress up your computer or laptop (for personal use only)!  First up are raindrops, not to be confused with tears. I hope you enjoy! Find links to the download below.

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Download HERE Pink Raindrops

Download HERE Blue Raindrops

(artwork by Ann Kelle / Copyright 2015)

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printable birthday banner

April 10, 2015

printable happy birthday banner/ annkelle Celebrating birthdays is big deal around here.  In the last couple of years I have tried to put more effort into decorating and celebrating the birthdays of my family and friends.  One of the things missing from my party decor arsenal was a happy birthday banner.  So I made one, and decided i would share it with you.  Enjoy the FREE download here. (And remember, this is to be used for personal purposes only.)    Special printing instructions: We printed our banner on card stock paper. Once printed, we trimmed them.  Another option would be to play with you printer scale settings, if you’d like to print them smaller). 

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printable happy birthday banner/ annkelle

printable happy birthday banner/ annkelle

printable happy birthday banner/ annkelle

(photos by Lulu and Kelle)

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new rainbow remix

April 06, 2015

rainbow remix/ annkelle

I’m so happy to share with you one of my newest fabric collections, Rainbow Remix. I worked on these fun designs awhile ago, so it’s so awesome to finally share them with you.  It includes four color ways (Sweet, Bermuda, Black & White and Bright). This fabric line ships to stores July 20th. So, be sure to let you local quilt shop know about the new line.

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(photos by Lulu)

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bunny love

April 03, 2015

some bunny loves you/annkelle

XOXO

(artwork by Ann Kelle / Copyright 2015)

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a little sneak peek

April 02, 2015

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Super excited to share with you my new Girl Friend fabric print. The official release date is just around the corner. In the meantime,  I thought I’d give you a little hint at what’s to come.

(artwork by Ann Kelle / Copyright 2015)

 

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hi peeps

April 01, 2015

 

hi peeps/ annkelle

I’ve been seeing these crazy cute bunny peeps all over the place this Spring, so I just had to draw them. (Seriously. They’re everywhere! They even have oversized stuffed peeps.) Happy first day of April!

(artwork by Ann Kelle / Copyright 2015)

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color crush: green

March 31, 2015

ann kelle green color crush

Spring is here! Whenever I think of Spring, I think of the color green. I’m sure it has to do with all the budding flowers and trees. I don’t have a TON of green things around the house, but I was able to find a few things.

(photo by Lulu)

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back pack mini tutorial

March 26, 2015

ann kelle princess mini back pack sewing tutorial

Our friend, Sherri at Thread Riding Hood, has made this super, awesome back pack tutorial. It’s SO cute. The bold pink and blue is so fun with The Girl Friends Princess line.  She did such a great job!  Head over to Thread Riding Hood to get the full tutorial and make a back pack for the special little one in your life.

ann kelle cargo duffle backpack mini tutorial

(photos via Thread Riding Hood)

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the girl friends / birthday

March 24, 2015

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Birthdays are the best.  But, birthdays with friends are even better!  So all the Girl Friends, including their turtle and birdie friend, are here to celebrate.

(artwork by Ann Kelle / Copyright 2015)

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awesome

March 20, 2015

AWESOME / ann kelle

Happy first day of Spring! I hope your weekend is full of awesomeness.

(graphic by kelle)

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no pinching

March 17, 2015

ann kelle fabric / circle dress green chevron
I’ve never been a fan of pinching.  In fact, I have horror stories of my sister’s friend pinching me and it was NOT St. Patricks Day. So, I usually try to make sure I’m wearing green to avoid any pinches. I actually had this skirt made a couple of years ago.  Whenever St. Patricks Day rolls around, it’s my go-to green outfit. I’m a big fan of full skirts and own a bunch. But, this was the first one I had made out of my own fabric. So, it’s pretty special to me.  Happy St. Patty’s Day!

ann kelle fabric / circle dress green chevron

ann kelle fabric / circle dress green chevron

ann kelle fabric / circle dress green chevron

I don’t have a tutorial for this skirt. But, I was able to find a couple of similar skirt tutorials:
Gertie’s “Full, Gathered Skirt”
Out of Order “Full Skirt Tutorial”
It’s Always Autumn “Easy Gull Gathered Skirt for Women”

(fabric: Ann Kelle Remix Chevron / photos by lulu)

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the perfect 10

March 10, 2015

 

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If you are looking for an awesome girls sewing pattern with lots of options, look no further.  I would like to introduce you to the Perfect 10!  The Perfect 10 is a sewing pattern provided by our friends at Little Lizard King.  You will find that this sewing pattern is packed with options giving you hundreds of combinations to play with. Here are two examples of the different kinds of shirts you can make with this one sewing pattern.  Visit Little Lizard King’s to see the other types of shirts that can be made with this pattern.  There’s a ton and lots of other ADORABLE pictures! This just might be your next new favorite pattern.  Happy Sewing!

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(Photos via Little Lizard King)

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urban zoologie minis: slicker & flannel

March 04, 2015


slicker urban zoologie minis by ann kelle

Urban Zoologie is one of my first fabric collections.  So, it has a very special place in my heart.  When we revisited the Urban Zoologie fabric collection and took some of my favorite designs and made it mini’s,  I was beyond excited.  But, I am now even more excited to announce that the Urban Zoologie Mini’s are not only available in cotton, but in flannel and slicker.  Yay!!!!  I hope you enjoy both of this collections as much as I do, be sure to go pick these up in your local fabric store.

flannel urban zoologie minis by ann kelle

 

(photos by Kelle)

 

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