Monday, January 31, 2011

Free Pattern: Fabric Treat Tray from Heather Bailey

OK... I'll admit it. I would probably not be the kind of person to whip this out. BUT I WISH I WAS! I love that Heather Bailey designed this super sweet and oh-so-adorable little treat holder. This is just the sort of thing my almost-8-year old would just LOVE!

If you are up to the super domestic task, then check out Heather's blog right HERE. And then tell me about it, because if you make these, you are amazing!

And Heather, thanks so much for the pattern and the inspiration.

I think the capcake is inspirational too! Yum!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Free Pattern: French Window Pillow by Patty Young

I stumbled onto this pattern by Patty Young and just had to share. I'm a huge fan of this lady's fabrics, and it turns out I like her tutorial as well. Check it out on her blog right HERE.

Thank you Patty!!!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Heads Up: Ooops-A-Daisy from Moda

Say hello to Oops-A-Daisy, a new line from Mods. It's not due out until July, but I really love this! I mean little ladybugs!! What's not to love there?

Orange and brown ginghams!!!

And some vintage-looking botanicals that remind me of my grandmother's bed sheets. I love that look!

And of course, this piece, that brings it all together!
You can see it all HERE over at the Moda site.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Don't Know How I Missed This: Gypsy Bandana by Pillow & Maxfield

Hello, beautiful! How did I miss this collection by Pillow & Maxfield? I have loved everything they have ever put out and this is no exception. I just love these bright, vibrant colors.

It also comes in 2 other Colorways, but this is the one that grabbed by attention. You can see more HERE at the Michael Miller website.
Doesn't this make you feel awake and alive? And the name, Gypsy Bandana, is so perfect for these bright colors.

Yep. I'm in love! All of these pictures are at the Pillow & Maxfield website right HERE.

Oh the possibilities!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Free Pattern: Hugs and Kisses Valentine Banner

Kim Walus from Moda Bake Shop has created this super adorable Valentine's Day banner. She also shows how to adapt it to other holidays and birthdays. What a cute thing to have! I have GOT to try this one out. I'm thinking I'll do a Birthday Banner! How about you? Could you find a use for this?

You can get the free pattern HERE. Thanks Kim!!!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Up and Coming: Silent Cinema by Jenean Morrison

I think this is my new favorite from Jenean Morrison! This is her new line called Silent Cinema and I'm in love. I can't decide which is my favorite colorway, but I'm leaning toward the green/blue/gray. Something about those colors makes me do a double-take.

Here's another shot...

And one more. These colors thrill me too!
I found all of these images HERE, on Jenean's blog. It's due out in March! Thanks Jenean!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Why I Create...

I've been thinking about his for a while now. What is it that makes me want to create? Whether it's a quilt, a dress, a beautiful room, a sugar cookie, a nicely wrapped gift, a photo.... I enjoy creating. I always thought of myself as a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none, but I think that is not the case. I am a master creator!

Now don't get me wrong. I'm NOT saying that I am a master at sewing and sugarcookies and all that fun stuff. But I know that creating is something I will never stop loving. It's something I enjoy each day. And that's "master" enough for me.

I guess I have my mom and dad to thank. My dad used to write funny poems and stories. My mother as well. They are both VERY creative in their ways. I was continually reminded in subtle ways that I was capable of learing anything or trying anything I wanted.

So when I see a beautiful hair bow for $10, I think, "I can just make my own." Granted, I end up spending $40 and making 40 hairbows, but hey, you get the idea.

My mom would always say things like, "Anna, you are so creative. I love how you did...." or,"What a good idea!" And not all my ideas were good! Once I put a refrigerator box over my bed so it would be a tent. I had to slither out of the bottom of my bed in the mornings. NOT a good idea. BUT... if my daughter wanted to do that, you bet I'd let her!

So, thank you mom and dad, for putting up with my messes... I mean, my creativity! I hope I can allow my kids the same freedom to explore!!

So, why do you create? Who is your muse?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Up and Coming: Coquette by Pat Bravo

This fabric is gorgeous. I just can't keep up with Pat Bravo. She deisigns do many amazing lines AND runs her whole business. She must be super busy.

This new line is called Coquette and is due out in March. LOVE THIS!!!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Yes... I Did Finish the Stockings...

Believe it or not, I did finish the stockings in time for the holiday, but it was close.

This turned out to be a super fun project and best of all... I have heirloom stockings that I LOVE, that will last for years.

Sure I could buy mass-produced Pottery Barn stockings for $70 a pop (and perhaps I would if I had that kind of cashola), but I opted to design my own.

So, maybe by next Christmas, I will post this pattern for you guys. We'll see.

I LOVE the blaket stitching on the toe and heel AND I love that this is fully lined and doubled up with felt so they are sturdy and thick.

This is a definite keeper! Hope you all had a great Christmas and here's to a wonderful 2011 to you all!!!

PS. We just hit 200 followers!!! I'll do a sweet giveaway in a few days. Keep checking back.