a favorite pin: pom pom tutu

April 07, 2014

pom pom tutu

I just had to share this adorable pom pom tutu with you. Not only is it a tutu, but it has pom poms in it! It was TOO cute to just to pin. Happy Monday!

(pom pom tutu by Moodkids)

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celebrate the day

March 24, 2014

celebrate the day / ann kelle

Throw confetti, do a dance, or hug a friend because today is a new day . . . a day from God. There will only be one day like this, friends. So, enjoy it.

push-pop confetti / ann kelle

(diy confetti throwers / confetti sticks /  push pop confetti)

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a super kids inspired party + giveaway

November 07, 2013

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Several weeks ago I threw a super hero inspired party in celebration of my Super Kids fabric line. It was a blast. Seriously. I had so.much.fun. We met in the country on a 10 acres field complete with a barn (and animals), right outside of Nashville.  It was a great day. This inspired party is full of tons of FREE tutorials (listed at the very end of the post), just for you my friends. Giveaway details are also at the end of the post.

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My Super Kids fabric line is inspired by these invitations I designed for Tiny Prints. So, it was great creating a party centered around the fabric and invitations. I have three different super hero party invitations with Tiny Prints, Super Cute Heroes, Birthday Bat Kid, and Super Spider Kid.

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You may remember the super hero cape tutorial by Anna. My friend, Brooke, adapted the tutorial to include four variations.

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These super hero masks are so fun! They were inspired by the masks the Super Kids are wearing. I worked with Janice in designing the masks. She wrote a detailed FREE tutorial, which you can find here. There are five different mask for you to choose from. At the party, I let the children choose which mask they wanted to wear.

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We made cupcake toppers from my Super Kids fabric. These little guys were a hit at the party! After playing, I told the kids “Let’s eat cupcakes!” They ran clear across the field. By the time I had made it to them, they were all standing around the table and pointing to the cupcake they  had selected. They loved them and were able to take them home as a little gift.

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I designed free printable labels that you can use on your cups or even as cupcake toppers. There are two different versions (hearts or stars).

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A party just isn’t complete without garland. You can make this easy-peasy garland using your fabric scraps.

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And the icing on the cupcake, I’m hosting a giveaway. I am giving away a yard of each of my Super Kids fabric prints. In addition, my friends over at Tiny Prints are offering a $50 gift certificate. The deadline to enter is Wednesday, November 13th at midnight (central/standard time). There are several ways to enter:

- visit my page at Tiny Prints and tell me your favorite card
- like Ann Kelle on Facebook
- follow Ann Kelle on Instagram
- leave a comment telling me which one(s) you did

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Find all the FREE tutorials here:
1. fabric garland tutorial
2. cupcake topper tutorial
3. printable shield labels (stars and hearts)
4. super kids mask tutorials
5. super hero cape tutorial

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A big hug and thank you to Janice and Brooke for sewing the masks and capes. They were perfect! And a special thank you to the all the Moms (Kelly, RaeAnna, Veronica and Ashely) and their adorable children. The day wouldn’t have been the same without you and I’m so very thankful you were there!

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who entered. The giveaway is now closed. 

(photos by the awesome Simply M Photography /  fabric bundle photo by Kelle)

 

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ann kelle quilt market booth

November 04, 2013

 

quilt_market / ann kelle

Quilt Market was so great! The Robert Kaufman team did a superb job. Someone said my booth was like stepping inside my blog. And it really was. The white and chalkboard walls were the perfect backdrop to all the color that filled the space. My logo was even in pink! There was a settee made out of my new chevron metallic. It was so pretty, I didn’t want to sit on it. Many of the projects that were featured in the booth are free tutorials I’ve shared on my blog. But, there were many other new projects included and I’ve included a list at the end of this blog post. Some, such as the Remixed Geese quilt, will be coming soon. I’m so appreciative to everyone who helped with my booth from setup to sewing samples to tearing down the booth at the end. And it was such a treat hugging and talking with those in the quilt community. Enjoy the pictures!

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This quilt was featured on the wall outside my booth. I first saw the Remixed Geese quilt by Kitchen Table Quilting. So, I was excited that we included this quilt in the booth. It was so, so awesome how Elisabeth combined my Remix prints with Kona solids. The quilting, by Angela Walters, was quite exceptional. I stood there and in awe for quite some time.

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This metallic chevron settee is one-of-a-kind! It was so dreamy. And even though I have a pixelated heart quilt made by Kelly, I wanted to take this one home with me.
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The little tipi was so cute in the booth. And there was faux fire inside  . . . you guys, it even crackled!

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I put together the art collage walls for the booth. My studio has a growing collection of art + inspiration, so it was fun re-creating this for the booth.

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This snapshot quilt was SUPER adorable. Many people asked if it was a panel, but it’s an actual quilt.

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I totally need a pair of footsies this year. Everyone needs a pair of footsies.

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quilt_market / ann kelle Here’s a close-up of the pixelated heart quilt. I tried to take a picture so you could see the detail of the quilting by Angela Walters.

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Such a fun lunch bag. Pattern by Sew Sweetness.

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A special thanks to everyone who helped! Here are links to the tutorials:

*Pixelated Heart made by Kelly Bowser / quilted by Angela Waters / pattern by Blue Elephant Stitches
Peas and Corn Lunch bag pattern by Sew Sweetness
*Tipi by Ramona Rose (free pattern soon)
*Kites pattern made by Liberty Worth of Merit Quilts / pattern by The Craft Junky
*Cloud pillows made by Liberty Worth of Merit Quilts / free pattern by The Craft Junky
Drawstring bag by Silly Mama Quilts
*Pencil case made by Janice Ryan / free pattern by Silly Mama Quilts
*Composition notebook cover by Silly Mama Quilts
*Raincoat and umbrella by Ramona Rose
*Flannel footsie by Ramona Rose
*Super Kids Snapshot by Nichole Ramirez / quilted by Liz Hansen of Sew Modern
*Remixed Geese made by Elisabeth Woo / quilted by Angela Waters / pattern by Kitchen Table Quilting

* = Free pattern

(photos by Kelle)

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my ballerina quilt

October 07, 2013

ballerina quilt / ann kelle

You see this quilt. Kelly made it. I’ve had it for awhile and I’ve been meaning to share it with you. My little ballerina girls were being camera shy. It has been nestled comfortably on my bed for the entire summer. The first morning I woke up after placing it on my bed, I saw all these little eyes looking at me saying “Good Morning, Kelle”. When I showed the quilt to my Mom, she said having this quilt  on my bed was like I had a slumber party every night with my closest friends. I just love my girls. Kelly came up with the design of the quilt. We used the Ballerinas (“sweet” color way) as the primary fabric, mixed with coordinating Kona solids. Now that it’s Fall, I switched my bedding. But, this quilt isn’t far away. It’s bright, colorful and I hope to have it forever.

ballerina quilt / ann kelle
ballerina quilt / ann kelle
ballerina quilt / ann kelle

 

 

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(photos by Ann Kelle)

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print and pattern kids book

September 12, 2013

print and pattern kids book / ann kelle

I was so excited to get my copy of the new Print and Pattern Kid’s book. This edition is all about children’s design. My Dessert Party line is featured in the book. (And if you look very, very closely you’ll see my tiny design behind the “N” on the cover of the book.) I’m so honored to be featured among so many great designers. Print and Pattern was the first blog I ever read. It provided so much inspiration for me as a budding designer. I never dreamed I would be included in her book. So awesome. And I’m so very thankful. Thank you so much for including me Bowie!

print and pattern kids book / ann kelle

print and pattern kids book / ann kelle

print and pattern kids book / ann kelle

(photos by Kelle)

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pixelated heart quilt

June 24, 2013

pixelated heart quilt / ann kelle

A week or so ago I mentioned that I’ve been finding hearts everywhere. It’s true! I’ve found them in street, heart stickers stuck on the bottom of my foot, and random objects shaped like hearts. I have hearts (and the color pink) in just about every room in my house. So, it would only make since if I had this fabulous pixelated heart quilt. Kelly made this for me. I picked the fabric, but she did everything else. Pretty awesome, right? Another happy quilt to my collection. To make your own pixelated heart quilt, head to the Blue Elephant Stitches blog for tips.

pixelated heart quilt / ann kelle

pixelated heart quilt / ann kelle

pixelated heart quilt / ann kelle

I picked my Remix chevrons for the binding. However, the way Kelly cut the fabric, it looks like a Greek key pattern. So cool!

pixelated heart quilt / ann kelle

(photos by Kelle. fabrics used in quilt: Heart squares prints (Urban Zoologie, Remix, Metro Market and Ready, Set, Go) / Remix “bright” chevron binding / Kona cotton solid white background )

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red, white and blue

May 27, 2013

new york city / ann-kelle

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you’re away from the computer today and enjoying the holiday. Since I was away from the computer all last week (oops), I’m playing catch-up. While I was in New York,  I stumbled upon lots and lots of inspiration. It’s such a great city. But, I wanted to live in the moment and really didn’t take many photos. I did snap the above photo in the cab on my way to the airport. This building was light up in red, white and blue . . . I added the pink. Anyhow, I’m glad to be back in Music City. Boy, Nashville sure did shine when I got home. There’s no place like home.

(photo by Kelle)

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new website

April 04, 2013

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Some of you may have noticed I redesigned my website and spruced up things a bit on my blog (and facebook!). It fits me much better. I knew I wanted a fresh look, but I wasn’t sure what direction . . . Breanna Rose helped with this.  There’s still a couple of things I may or may not change down the road. But, for now, it’s done and it makes me smile. If you notice any glitches or things that aren’t working, please feel free to let me know.

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dear spring

March 20, 2013

hello spring / ann kelle

I missed you, Spring. Although you make me sneeze tons, I still love you. In my suit and buttoned up collar days, I remember how I used to day dream about painting flowers while going to meetings. I still dream of getting lost in a field of flowers. You continually inspire me and I’m so happy to welcome you back. Happy first day of spring friends! love, Kelle

(custom embroidery hoop by Cracker Jack Stitchery / Izzy fabric used)

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balloons + pink dollhouse

March 13, 2013

balloon print + movie UP / ann kelle

Balloons make me smile (except when they pop!). So yesterday I pinned a bunch of balloons. This is one of my favorites. Any other fans of the movie “Up”?

(photo by Libertad Leal)

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happy “love” day

February 14, 2013

diy heart balloons by studio DIY / ann kelle

Hope your day is full of sweetness and love. xoxo, Kelle

(conversation balloons by DIY Studio)

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black and white art

February 07, 2013

black and white art / ann kelle

I helped decorated my best friend’s room. She wanted an all black and white room. What? No color? I’ll admit I tried my hardest to put just one speck of color in the room. A pink pillow? A pink table? But, she had her heart set on all black and white. And boy, was she right! Her edgy room is pretty fly, in my opinion. Other than being insistent on no color, she also requested some of my fabric in her room. So, I created a collage of art and framed a few of my black and white prints. I also made an “I Am Fearless” print, which I’m sharing with you as a free download right here.

black and white art / ann kelle

black and white art / ann kelle

 

black and white art / ann kelle

(photos by Kelle)

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say cheese

January 24, 2013

polaroid camera / ann kelle

Photo found here.

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if i could . . .

January 14, 2013

flower girl / ann kelle

I would give each of you a big bouquet of gigantic flowers today. (Wearing them on top of your head would be optional).

(flower girl photo)

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hey 2013

January 02, 2013

no fear / ann kelle

Happy New Years friends! I am ready for you 2013.  I hope the holidays were great for you! Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway. I LOVED reading all of your sweet comments from the riddles to the funny stories. It was all great.  Maybe my new years resolution should be to have a giveaway once a month? Congratulations to the winner of the fabric giveaway, Stephanie. Sending virtual hugs to you all!

(photo found here)

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orla + me

November 20, 2012

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orla kiely + ann kelle  / ann kelle

Hey, look! It’s Orla Kiely and me. Well, kinda. Our fabric is beside each other. Just as it should be.

(photo via Jane Foster)

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in a dotty mood

September 10, 2012


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I must have been in a mood this weekend . . . a dotty mood. I dressed myself in dots.

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Purchased some pouches from Forever 21 with polka dots.

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And even treated myself to some dotty shoes.

Maybe it was something I ate? Or maybe I’ve been looking at too many dots. Whatever it was, I was definitely in a mood.  So moody that on Sunday evening, I also decided I didn’t like pink.  (I went so far to remove all pink things from my studio!) Clearly I was dillusional. All is well now. I like pink again and seem to be a little less dotty.

(instagram photos by Kelle)

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neon pink crush

September 05, 2012

neon pink / ann kelle

I’ve got a little crush on neon pink these days. But, I’m a little hesitant to make a big commitment to this ultra bright hue (i.e. neon pink sofa).  So for right now, I’ve only incorporated neon pink into my life in subtle non-expensive ways, like stickers or earrings. These things will tie me over while I decide if I want to get a neon sofa.

(photo by Kelle)

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this made me smile today

August 07, 2012

 

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Hearts + garland = a huge smile on Kelle’s face.

(photos by My Crochet Shop)

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polka dot trend

July 30, 2012

polka dot trend

They say polka dots are in. Have you noticed how they’re popping up everywhere? Well, I just wanted to let you know RK (aka Robert Kaufman) and I have your back! We gotcha covered. Fret no more, we’re here for you.

PS. I’m not sure who “they” are. But, I did read about it  here and saw it on the cover of this catalog.

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unplugging

July 06, 2012

vacation time

This blog will be a bit silent for about a week. I’m headed to the beach for a much needed break. Typically, I take my laptop and continue to work. Crazy, right? But, I’m leaving behind my laptop for the first time in an attempt to truly unplug and relax. I hope to come back refreshed, energized and tanned. Until then, be sweet! - – Kelle

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making the best out of it

June 04, 2012

my weekend

How was your weekend?  The spring and summer are busy, busy design times for me, working weekends and 12+ hour days. While schools are out and everyone is taking dips in the pool, I’m typically behind my computer screen. On Friday, I decided I would try to make the best of it. I started out by having a meeting by the pool. It was in the mid 60s, so I loved being out there. Then, I moved my workspace into my living room to change up the scenery.  I also put on my favorite movies to listen to while I worked. And on Saturday, I even took a break to eat at one of my favorite lunch places. A girl’s gotta eat, right? To top off all my little attempts, I booked a vacation to the beach. In a little over a month, I’ll be on the beach! I can’t wait! Okay, gotta get back to work. Have a great Monday! And high fives to all of those that are making the best out of it!

(iphone photo by Kelle)

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a brunch for mom

May 07, 2012

 

surprise brunch for mom

With Mother’s Day around the corner, and most people looking for ideas, I thought I would share with you a brunch we had for my Mom.  A couple of weeks ago it was my Mom’s birthday. Birthdays are a big deal in my family. It’s a day when we put everything on pause to celebrate each other. As part of my Mom’s birthday festivities, I threw a surprise brunch for her.

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This was my first time playing “hostess” and I’ll admit, I tried to back out of it a couple of times. Nerves, maybe?  But, no one took the bait. And then I would think about who it was for and I’d be back on board . . . she’s deserved it, and so much more.

surprise brunch for mom

My Mom’s favorite color is a toss up between white and gray. So, all the flowers and decorations were white. After brunch was served, we played a game. Everyone had written things we love about her. We read them out loud to her and she had to guess who said it. I put them in a mason jar, which made for a nice little gift for her to take with her. I forgot to take pictures of the food. Oops! But, I did manage to take pictures of the cupcakes before putting them on their tray.

surprise brunch for mom

surprise brunch for mom

My Mom left with a smile on her face. My mission was complete.

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(photos by Kelle)

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