A couple of weeks ago, over lunch, my Dad asked me what the my color scheme was going to be for my Christmas decor. I had been telling him how I was going to put up my Christmas tree early this year (like before Thanksgiving!), which he thought was a great idea. My Mom changes her colors up from year to year. But, I’ve been working on this “happy-bright-colorful” theme for awhile. And I haven’t grown tired of it yet! Each year, I add a new decor item. One year, it was a Christmas tree skirt. Another year, it was painted ornaments. This year, it was stockings!
We mixed in matched the fabrics. I think they turned out great!
Looking for a couple of ideas for stocking stuffers for your crafty loved one? Here are a few ideas:
– How about a cute macaroon measuring tape for the sewer in your life?
– Paint! You could get water colors, acrylics, etc.
– Colored pencils are always great idea!
– Make an activity case to hold all your crafty goodies.
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for On the Go Bags—15 Handmade Purses, Totes & Organizers by Lindsay Conner and Janelle MacKay (Stash Books). The book is available this month at CTPub.com and January 7th on Amazon! Add it to your holiday wishlist now, and comment below for your chance to win a copy! I took a peek at the book and it’s full of so much goodness. There are 15 clever projects designed for the girl on the go. UPDATE: Thank you for all your comments. A random winner was selected. Congratulations to Barbara! Thanks again to all your comments!
One of my favorite projects, is the Hipster Pocket Scarf. My friend and co-auther of the book, Lindsay, made one for me in my Heart knit fabric. For a couple of years, I ran long distance. (Hello, fellow half marathoners!) Running in the 40 degree weather was my ideal weather. I would be close to freezing when I started out, but by mile 4 or so I’d start shedding excess layers. This pocket scarf would have been perfect to hold my keys and other essentials. Although I’m not running any more, it’ll be perfect for those day when I don’t want to carry a purse or jam things in my pocket. The book includes projects for beginners to more advanced sewers. There’s also all sorts of truly unique projects to help us stay organized! Enjoy the preview below and be sure to enter the giveaway below!
Lindsay and Janelle are offering one copy of the book to one of my blog readers. The giveaway will end 12/15. U.S. winner will receive a hard copy, and winner outside the U.S. will receive an e-Book.
I’m happy to share with you a few of my holiday party invitations I designed exclusively for Tiny Prints. I designed several holiday party invitations with different themes in mind. From a cookie party to a christmas tree decorating party. Similar to my holiday cards, each party invitation has several different options. We provide you with various color options and a ton of component pieces (address labels, thank you cards, gift enclosures, envelope liners, etc.). You can see my entire collection here. I’m so happy Christmas is just around the corner!
I’m happy to introduce you to my 2015 Holiday cards designed exclusively for Tiny Prints. I started designing these cards awhile ago, so it’s fun to see them up on the Tiny Prints website. After the initial design is done, we spend a lot of time making sure that each card is perfect for you. For many of the cards, we provide several options for the color, card size, sentiment and number of photos. Most of them also come with component pieces, such as address labels and envelope liners. I took a bunch of pictures of the designs. But, to see my entire collection, head here. I also have party invitations, which I’ll share tomorrow.
I had to sneak a little pink into my holiday cards. This is one of my favorites. It’s called “Cheerful Trinity“. It’s available in three colors and there’s a bunch of options for card sizes and the number of photos.
This is a trifold card, which is perfect for when you have a lot of photos to share. It comes in 3 other color ways. There’s also a coordinating address label.
These are two also my favorites. Joyful Craft is available in 3 colors and gives you the option for 1 or 3 photos. Boldly Blocked is also available in three colors. There are a ton of formats for you to choose from the card size to the number of photos. You also have the option of choosing from three different styles address labels!
I tried to make sure to have the more “traditional” christmas colors, but both of these designs also come in a more fun non traditional color option. Dab O’Chalk and Patched and Happy comes in 3 colors ways. Both of these designs are available in various card sizes and photo amounts. Patched and Happy also comes in another sentiment.
One of the funnest parts of designing these cards are the backs. All of the cards have a design on the back.
Throwback Flurries kinda reminds me a retro diner. It’s also available in two other colors.
As I mentioned, we like for you to have lots and lots of options. Throwback Flurries has lots of options! This is a good example of the different card sizes, number of photos and sentiments available. All of the cards come with the option of envelope liners. They really add a nice little pop to your perfectly selected holiday card. As I mentioned before, I didn’t photograph my entire collection. To see the entire line head here.
I’ve been waiting for Thanksgiving since . . . well, since last Thanksgiving. It kicks off my favorite time of year. And although I try to practice gratitude everyday, it’s nice to have a time that’s all about thankfulness. There’s so many things I’m thankful for. This year hasn’t been without the “not-so good things.” But, there have so many really great things. So much so, that my eyes fill with tears and my heart is filled with gratitude to God. I’m thankful to and for God for so much. He’s a good, good Father. I’m thankful for my family. My friends. God’s love. His peace. Hope. And because they’re thankful too, the Girl Friends wanted to be in on this post. (See below.) I can’t believe it’s already November, friends. This year I’ve been sharing monthly illustrations of The Girl Friends. I only have one more to go! I hope everyone in the States has a very Happy Thanksgiving!
My Princess Life fabric started shipping to stores earlier this year. I went down a rabbit hole the other day while on Craftsy. I was just planning on sharing with you these nifty princess life fat quarters they have, but found a few really cool projects that I wanted to share with you. On top of all the goodness I found, they’re currently having a 50% off sale on these fabrics and projects. So happy sewing + shopping!
2. Princess Life Fat Quarters. Pre-cuts make sewing projects so much easier. Coordinating Remix prints and kona solids are mixed in these fat quarter bundles. To see more pictures head here. (They also have a 2 3/4 yard of the crown fabric here.)
I’m a big fan of pouches or mini bags. They help me keep things organized. In my purse, I have a ton of mini pouches to keep everything nice and organized. For this free tutorial, we used my Rainbow Remix fabric. I kinda went crazy with all the different fabric combos. I think they turned out super cute. We even used a really pretty gold leather on one of the bags. Enjoy the pics! The free tutorial is at the bottom of the post.
I have several new party invitations that I have designed for Tiny Prints and I was more than excited to add a slumber party card to the mix! I’ve designed a slumber party invite before. But, I designed a new slumber party invitation that would be suited for year round parties. This little invite is dedicated to the tradition of getting together with your friends, eating popcorn, and painting toe nails. This collection also comes with custom gift tags stickers, address labels, and thank you cards. I’ve also included a couple of pictures of things that inspired me for this invite below.
We had a sewing tutorial for the cat mask. However, due to technical problems, we lost the tutorial. Boo hoo!
Funny little slippers are a must for slumber parties!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. (And I’m so excited!!!) I’m the baker in my family. I usually bake homemade rolls and cakes from scratch. When I saw my new Remix Wide fabric, I thought it would make a really cute apron. So, I enlisted the help of Veronica at Sew Very.
One of the things that’s really neat about this apron, are the straps. You can adjust the length of the apron by pulling on the straps. You can also make the straps long enough to tie in the front as we did. Find the free tutorial below. Happy Sewing!
I’ve been trying to plan more inspiration field trips for myself. For several years, I’ve wanted to visit Cheekwood during the Fall. Last week, I was finally able to make it over there. It was jaw-dropping-beautiful. Fall is my favorite season. But, for some reason (maybe it was a very late summer vacation I took in September/October?) made Fall seem less like Fall. It still felt like Summer to me. Anyhow, my little visit to Cheekwood definitely helped cure my confusion with the seasons.
All the colors, pumpkins and mums put me in the Fall mood. My favorite part of the Cheekwood Harvest was the “Mum Explosion.” There were 5,000 chrysanthemums. So gorgeous! I took soooo many pictures and left full of inspiration. If you’re in Nashville, Cheekwood Harvest will be going on through November 1st.
Oh, and for my sewer friends, if you’re looking for a great skirt to make this Fall, try the Madeleine skirt from Victory Patterns. We used Robert Kaufman’s Indigo Denim (which is so soft and comfy) to make this skirt. We even lined the pockets with some of my fabric. It’s the perfect Fall skirt.
My new Urban Zoologie 6 started shipping to stores this month. (And the minis will ship in November). We’ve also selected a few prints to add to slicker and flannel. While we only released a limited number of prints on slicker and flannel, my fingers are crossed that you’ll see something you like. Happy Sewing!
“Made for You” is a new fabric group that is shipping to stores this month. This fabric group is all about tags and labels that you can use in your handmade projects. “Made for You” comes in three color ways. Within each color way, the tags come in lots of different colors, shapes, sizes and styles. I hope you enjoy incorporating these labels into your sewing projects. Below are some example of using the labels. On many of the labels there’s space where you can use a fabric pen to personalize a message. You can view Made for You fabric here on the Robert Kaufman website.
Some of the best tutorials are simple, quick and at the end of them you have cute stuff that you can share with family and friends. We could barely get through this photo shoot, because I kept gushing over these itty bitty hats and head ties. We found the Baby Hat tutorial from Zaaberry. The Knotted Baby Head Tie tutorial is by How Does She. A few sewing tips from Lindsay: I used a Serger as shown in the hat tutorial for clean edges, but you can also use a regular sewing machine since knit fabrics won’t fray. Both tutorials are suitable for beginners! Have fun with the ears. You can cut different shapes (bear, cat, rabbit, etc.). Be creative!
I have a few new Halloween goodies that I designed for Tiny Prints. One of them is based on my never ending admiration for candy corn. I have been doing good this year with the whole candy corn thing. Years back, there were rumors that I would skip breakfast and lunch and would eat an entire bag of candy corn. This year, I can actually say that I have only had five pieces of this delicious candy. While the love affair is still there, I’ve been doing good with not over indulging. Anyway, I really hope you enjoy this new design. There’s also a coordinating address label, thank you card and gift tags. It’s also available as a kids classroom card. (I also have this fun hayride design!). I don’t really like tricks so I’ll just say “treat and more treats”!
Every princess needs a quilt, a “princess” quilt that is. This quilt is really adorable and I am so happy that my “Princess Life” fabric line gets to be apart of it . . . my yellow plus signs from the “Remix” collection also make an appearance. This quilt was designed by Amanda of The Craft Junky. Don’t miss out on the fun, you can make a quilt for yourself or the little or big princess in your life, you can find the free pattern here.
I would like to introduce you to my new Remix Wide fabric. There are several exciting things about this Remix Wide fabric. First, this collection is huge. No, for real it is literally huge. Typically, the average fabric roll width is 44″ inches, but the Remix Wide fabric collection width is 108″ inches wide. Huge, right? Secondly, this print comes in six colors, one of which is pink (and you know how I adore pink). But, what excites me the most about this collection is the larger size of the artwork. I have been wanting to design something with large artwork for awhile. So, it’s cool to see it on fabric and see it so BIG! I can’t wait to see what you all make with this! (Maybe I should give some of this away . . . hmmm, stay tuned! I feel a giveaway coming your way soon!) Happy Sewing!
I am so happy to introduce you to this fun drawstring bag pattern. This such a fun and simple project! These bags can be made big or small, but at any size they are extremely cute. For this project we used fabric from the Ann Kelle “This and That” fabric collection. Find the free drawstring bag pattern here. We use Spring Gems, Adventure Sneakers, and Adventure Purses for the fabrics in this project. And they can all be found here on the Robert Kaufman website. Happy Sewing!
I’m so happy to share with you my new Urban Zoologie Minis! The Urban Zoologie Minis are a miniature version of the regular Urban Zoologie collection. The characters in the mini collection are on an average about an inch smaller than characters in the regular Urban Zoologie collection. (There’s a picture below for reference). This collection has thirteen fabrics, featuring pups, ducks, and cats. These new Urban Zoologie Minis will be available in November, just a month before Christmas (hint, hint).
I’m so happy to share with you my new Urban Zoologie prints. This will be my 6th Urban Zoologie release! For this release, I added pups, ducks and new little kitties, which I’ve been referring to as “scaredy cats” . . . don’t they kinda look scared? These prints will ship to stores in October. Enjoy the pics!
My Girl Friends fabrics are now available in precuts! You can get a bundle of ALL of the Girl Friends collection . . . mermaids, princesses, fairies, ballerinas and careers! The bundle comes with 13 pieces, which includes 2 panel prints (pictured below, but without the panels). There’s also a 10 inch square set that includes 3-4 pieces of every print. The 10 inch squares are so convenient because you can quickly cut them into four sets of charm squares, quick strips or even half-square triangle. “Yay” for precuts!
I have been meaning to share this quilt with you forever. My quilting friend, Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts, made this gorgeous quilt for me. Julie was one of the first friends I made in the quilting industry. I was new to the quilting community (a bit shy) and kinda felt like the new kid in school that didn’t know where to sit at lunch time. Well, Julie, reached out to me almost immediately with support and encouragement. So, having my very own Jaybird Quilt is pretty sweet in my book! This quilt was made using her “Toes in the Sand” pattern. It’s such a fun quilt. Enjoy the pics! And thank you, Julie!
When making the quilt, Julie asked for my favorite three colors. I chose pink (duh), yellow and blue.
I have a quilt in just about every room of my house. I keep this quilt in my living room for sofa snuggling. (more…)