Thursday, December 4, 2008
SewMamaSew sure put on an incredible Give Away, didn't they? I thought I'd meet a few new creative types. Instead I met hundreds of passionately creative people with so many great ideas. I oohhhed and aahhhed as I read each one. Thank you all for the kind comments and alas I have chosen a winner. Emma sent an actual image of what she would do with the Flights of Fancy fabric. Emma, let me know where to send your goodies! Enjoy!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Here is the entire collection in all 4 colorways:
This is the Spring colorway based on the many fragrant flowers:
This is the Ocean colorway, inspired by my mornings on a private beach collecting the aqua, green, brown and frosted white beach glass:
The Summer colorway:
The Sunset colorway:
My sincere hope is that my Flights of Fancy will invoke joy and happiness into everything you create with them.
Friday, November 28, 2008
I trust those of us celebrating Thanksgiving had something to be hugely thankful for this year. My heart is full, as well as a few other parts.
Now that all the dishes are cleaned and put away, leftovers are stacked in the fridge and my TV says everyone else is out shopping today, I think it's a perfect time to sit down with my blog friends and tell you how thankful I am. Proof? I want to have a giveaway. Sew Mama Sew is hosting a Give-Away on December 3 and I'm jumping in on the fun. Check it out here.
I am giving a set of four (4) fat quarters from my Flights of Fancy in the Ocean colorway and a set of 8 matching notecards. Between now and December 3rd @ 10:00 pm Eastern time, just leave a post about what project/gift you envision making with these Flights of Fancy fabrics. I will look for creativity and post a winner by 10:30 PM that eve. Keep in mind that these fabrics are hot off the press so you might have to do a bit of impressing. Seriously, I am so pleased to be a part of this Give-Away and just want to hear from everyone. Since I have many emails and requests outside the states, I welcome anyone outside the US to participate. Here's a quick shot of what can be yours very soon!
Before I head off to the fridge to pull out the leftovers, I want to thank everyone for the Tooth Fairy education. I absolutely love the silver dollar or unusual coin aspect. I have yet to share my own childhood, but suffice it to say; no tooth fairy, no Easter bunny and hardly a Santa in sight. I am truly curious. I think my own kids somehow worked the system, and I still don't know the rules. Whaat?
Monday, November 24, 2008
Speaking of the Tooth Fairy, what has happened to Thrift Shops? Not so thrifty where I live, but my friend Caroline over at JCaroline Creative flaunts her thrift bargains here (her $3 chair that had $1.40 in change under the cushion) or here ($15 Queen Anne sofa)... So yesterday afternoon I tried 2 different Goodwill stores nearby hoping for a great deal to maybe use with my new fabrics. I immediately spotted an armless chair that would have made Caroline drool. $60. Yup, I know. It was in good condition, but still! Instead I walked away with these 2 cups and saucers for $2.00 total. I needed them like a hole in the head (eww!) but I loved the pattern and didn't want to leave empty handed (or broke if I had bought that cute chair).
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
SPECIAL PEOPLE IN MY BOOTH (and LIFE)
Jennifer Storey; my friend, business partner, roomie and daughter. Why, look at those shoes!
Kathy and Michael of Michael Miller Fabrics. Both are so kind and great to work with.
Patty Young of modkidboutique and I both presented our first line of fabrics with MMF and became fast friends. Her and her husband Jon were the best neighbors at such a big show.
And here are Patty and I with Sandi in a line-up. We didn't do it, honest! Sandi was the neighbor next to me and our 3 booths looked awesome together, I must say!
I have about a bazillion other photos, but so does everyone else. So much happened and I met with so many fantastic people. Thank you to everyone for welcoming Flights of Fancy with open arms, and for your genuine concern about my healing arm and shoulder. Now my arm assures me it's ready to pull a second collection out of it's sleeve!
The gals flanking this colorful group are Missy (left) and Liz (right) of Sweet Funky Vintage. I met them at the Country Living Women's Entrepreneur Event as well. We had dinner together in Chicago and have been friends ever since. Missy made several outfits with my fabrics and even made a little purse for The Precocious Amelia. It was so much fun catching up on laughing. Love you both!!!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
4:50 - 5:20 -- Room #362D - Kathy Miller - Marketing in a fast changing world
5:25 - 5:55 -- (same room as above) Sandy Henderson, Paula Prass and Patty Young -- Show and Tell.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
The handbag above was made by Maria, Patty Young's mom. She makes awesome purses and I was honored that she did one for me. Check out Marializ Creations for more goodies.
It was so much fun watching Mia and Elly frolicking in some creations by Sweet Funky Vintage. You'll be able to see them in person in just a few days! Missy, thank you so very much. The girls had so much fun. Then here's a closup of my precious Mia....just because. She is wearing a jacket, again....a teaser. You'll see it all soon.
I am still in awe that this is happening. Drawings from my sketch pad turned into fabrics, which are turned into clothes, bedding and handbags. I love this country...and Michael Miller Fabrics!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
My absolute favorite children's photographer is Loree Alayne and she just gave us a tiny sneak peek of some shots she recently took of these gorgeous children...just happens to be MY grandkids! She has just done the photo shoot for my debut line of fabrics Flights Of Fancy for Michael Miller. Oh if they turn out half as good as these few I will be thrilled. Go check out her site for some incredible inspiration.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
We are in the midst of packing a crate for Houston and are down to the wire. Have so many Hanging Chads here, including goodies that came too late to get photos for the blog.
We had our photo shoot yesterday afternoon and eve, accompanied by a huge amount of mosquitos. I intended to carry my own camera, but was running late, as usual. Now we have to pack all these goodies to send off. The previous images were ones that the creative sewers took in advance or we received in enough time for a quick shoot. Now if I were reading this it would only be, " BLA, BLA, BLA". Cuz no pics. Oh I promise to make it up.
For anyone who has read this far...my arm has been so much better the last couple days. I am so thankful. I have an appointment with a nerve specialist that I might get to cancel. YEAH.
Friday, October 10, 2008
I know it's the weekend, but I seriously tried all day yesterday to squeeze a post in and I just can't wait til Monday. Look what I found over on Jona's blog! A sneak peek at the jumper she made for me out of my Flights of Fancy fabric. She has other photos and close-ups on her blog. I understand that this is a pattern of hers in the works. The first time I saw her post about this scalloped beauty I just flat out asked her to make me one. Isn't it perfection? can't wait to see it in person.
It's been a hub bub of activity around here, but clearly the highlight of the day is when the mail arrives. On Thursday I was at my Physical Therapy appointment (which, by the way, I'm still paying dearly for today). As soon as I walked out of there I was calling the office to see if the mail came. Yup...and there was a box from Traci Butler of Bloom Design Co. Couldn't wait to get back to caress such beauty and hoped to get some pics for you.
So yesterday we bribed Mia (notice her hand behind her back? Yup, candy) and we were able to get two good pics....you know how those models are? The first is a kimonoish top and Traci made cute pants that you'll just have to see at Quilt Market, since Mia made some firm decisions about how much she was willing to do before her candy and nap. Second outfit is a peasant top and skirt. And look at the matching headbands. I'm in love with these outfits and you Traci. Thanks so very much. Hey, check out her blog here.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The hardest thing for me is the additional weight my injury has put on the people closest to me. Jennifer, for unstance, has taken on many of my tasks to her already bursting workload. With huge orders from the New York, Atlanta and L.A. shows, I can't begin to express my gratitude for all she's dealing with. Love you girl!
On a humorous note (not to be confused with humerus, which is not funny) I needed to be presentable this weekend when no one was available to help me. I literally dripped water on my hair with my right hand, then leaned my head as forward as I could go and threw Velcro rollers at my hair, since I certainly can't be trusted with a flat or curlling iron. Once the rollers made contact I tried to arrange and manipulate them, it worked better than I imagined. Maybe I'll do a video tutorial? Oh, but do they even still make Velcro rollers anymore?
My first Flights of Fancy fabrics are due to arrive in my hands today. This should be thrilling, huh? I am finding myself hugely overwhelmed. Between the idea of finally seeing more than a piece of each pattern and color, the need to have my arm cooperate, and by the wonderful outpouring of support from so many creative people! There is so little time to put this all together, but I live for the challenge. If you don't hear from me it's because I'll be buried in my own bliss!