holly jolly christmas stocking

December 03, 2015

holly jolly christmas stocking / ann kelle

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! 

holly jolly christmas stocking / ann kelle

My friend Lindsay has the most adorable Holly Jolly Christmas Stocking tutorial. She made me three stockings out of my Rainbow Remix fabric. And I couldn’t wait to hang them up! Find the pattern here.

holly jolly christmas stocking / ann kelle
We mixed in matched the fabrics. I think they turned out great!

holly jolly christmas stocking / ann kelle
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.

holly jolly christmas stocking / ann kelle

(photos by Lulu)

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On the Go Bags blog tour + giveaway

December 02, 2015

On the Go Bags book

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!

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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.

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2015 holiday party invitations

December 01, 2015

holiday party invitations / ann kelle for tiny prints

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!
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(photos by Lulu)

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2015 holiday cards

November 30, 2015

holiday cards / ann kelle for tiny prints

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.

holiday cards / ann kelle for tiny prints 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. 
holiday cards / ann kelle for tiny prints

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.

holiday cards / ann kelle for tiny prints

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!

holiday cards / ann kelle for tiny prints

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.

holiday cards / ann kelle for tiny prints

One of the funnest parts of designing these cards are the backs. All of the cards have a design on the back.

holiday cards / ann kelle for tiny prints

Throwback Flurries kinda reminds me a retro diner. It’s also available in two other colors.

holiday cards / ann kelle for tiny prints

Here are a few of my more colorful designs. All of them also come in the traditional “red and green” color. Pictured above are Boldly Backed , Boldly Blocked and Patched and Happy.

holiday cards / ann kelle for tiny prints

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.

holiday cards / ann kelle for tiny prints
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

(photos by Lulu)

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happy thanksgiving

November 25, 2015

thankful / ann kelle

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!

we are thankful / ann kelle

(January / February / March / April / May / June / July / AugustSeptember / October )

copyright 2015 Ann Kelle

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princess life sewing projects

November 17, 2015

ann kelle fabric / princess life fabric

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!

ann kelle fabric / princess life fabric

1. Princess Life Sparkling Throw Quilt Kit. This quilt is what my dreams are made of. The Princess Life fabrics are showcased so lovely with all the yummy kona solids. The kit includes the pattern and fabric!

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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.)

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3. Princess Life Carriage Appliqué Wall Hanging Quilt. This would be so sweet in a room. It’s the right amount of fun and sweetness for you little girl’s room. The wall hanging is 38 x 38. Included in the kit is a pattern, as well as the fabric.

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Princess Life Carriage Wall Hanging Quilt / ann kelle fabric

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pouch sewing tutorial

November 10, 2015

ann kelle fabric / pouch tutorial

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.

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pajama slumber party

November 05, 2015

pajama slumber party/ annkelle

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. Pajama slumber party mask/ annkelle

We had a sewing tutorial for the cat mask.  However, due to technical problems, we lost the tutorial. Boo hoo!

ann kelle tiny prints slumber party invitation

Funny little slippers are a must for slumber parties!

slumber party tiny prints/ annkelle

These little stickers would look so good on a party favor bag for your sleepover guests! Find the party invitation and coordinating pieces here:
– pajama jam party invitation
– pajama jam gift tag stickers
– pajama jam address label
– pajama jam thank you card

(photos by Kelle and Lulu)

 

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apron sewing tutorial

November 03, 2015

apron sewing tutorial/ annkelle

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.

apron sewing tutorial/ annkelle

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!

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the girl friends / costumes + pumpkins

October 31, 2015

pumpkin and costume fun / ann kelle

(This year I’m sharing monthly illustrations of The Girl Friends. See all of them here: January / February / March / April / May / June / July / August/September)

Umm, how is it already the last day of October?  For this month’s illustration, the girl’s gathered together to pick pumpkins, while dressed in costumes.

(copyright 2015 Ann Kelle)

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inspiration / cheekwood harvest

October 30, 2015

checkwood nashville / ann kelle
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.

checkwood nashville / ann kelle

checkwood nashville / ann kelle

checkwood nashville / ann kelle

checkwood nashville / ann kelle

checkwood nashville / ann kelle

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.

checkwood nashville / ann kelle

checkwood nashville / ann kelle

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.

checkwood nashville / ann kelle

checkwood nashville / ann kelle
checkwood nashville / ann kelle

(photos by Lulu and me)

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urban zoologie flannel and slicker

October 27, 2015

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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!

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(photos by lulu)

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made for you

October 22, 2015

 

madeforyou white

“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.

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madeforyou nametag madeforyou black

(Photos by Lulu)

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baby caps and headbands

October 20, 2015

baby hat tutorial / fabric by ann kelle

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!

baby headband tutorial / fabric by ann kelle

baby hat tutorial / fabric by ann kelle

baby headband tutorial / fabric by ann kelle

baby hat tutorial / fabric by ann kelle

(photos by Lulu)

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treats and more treats

October 08, 2015

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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”!

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patchwork princess quilt

October 06, 2015

patchwork princess quilt / free quilt pattern / ann kelle

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.


patchwork princess quilt / free quilt pattern / ann kelle

patchwork princess quilt / free quilt pattern / ann kelle

patchwork princess quilt / free quilt pattern / ann kelle

patchwork princess quilt / free quilt pattern / ann kelle
(photos by Lulu)

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the girl friends / ballerinas

September 29, 2015

girl friends / ballerinas / ann kelle

(This year I’m sharing monthly illustrations of The Girl Friends.  See all of them here:  January / February / March / April / May / June / July / August)

For this month’s illustration, the girl’s gathered together to take a ballet class.

(copyright 2015 Ann Kelle)

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remix wide

September 29, 2015

remix wide by ann kelle

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!

remix wide by ann kelle

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remix wide by ann kelle

remix wide by ann kelle

(photos by Lulu)

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free pattern: drawstring bags

September 23, 2015

this and that by ann kelle / drawstring bag pattern

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!

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new urban zoologie minis

September 10, 2015

urban zoologie mini fabric by ann kelle

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).

urban zoologie mini fabric by ann kelle

urban zoologie mini fabric by ann kelle

urban zoologie mini fabric by ann kelle

urban zoologie mini fabric by ann kelle

urban zoologie mini fabric by ann kelle

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the girl friends / school days

August 31, 2015

school days / ann kelle

(This year I’m sharing monthly illustrations of The Girl Friends.  See all of them here:  January / February / March / April / May / June / July)

Wishing all the teachers, students and school personnel a great school year!

(copyright 2015 Ann Kelle)

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urban zoologie / 6

August 26, 2015

urban zoologie by ann kelle
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!

(Feel like a trip down memory lane? See all my Urban Zoologie releases here: Urban Zoologie 1Urban Zoologie 2 Urban Zoologie 3 Urban Zoologie 4Urban Zoologie 5)

urban zoologie by ann kelle

urban zoologie by ann kelle
urban zoologie by ann kelle

urban zoologie by ann kelle

urban zoologie by ann kelle

urban zoologie by ann kelle

urban zoologie by ann kelle

(Photos by Lulu)

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the girl friends precuts

August 20, 2015

the girl friends precut fabric / ann kelle

ann kelle girl friends

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!

the girl friends precut fabric / ann kelle

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my jaybird quilt

August 17, 2015

my jaybird quilt / toes in the sand / ann kelle

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!

my jaybird quilt / ann kelle

When making the quilt, Julie asked for my favorite three colors. I chose pink (duh), yellow and blue.

my jaybird quilt / ann kelle

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