Monday, March 17, 2014

It’s so easy being green!

So . . . if your last name starts with Mc . . . and your first name spelled backwards-ish is Iresh, (ooow, so close to Irish) . . . then you had better acknowledge this day, right?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! From your lucky little leprechaun. Go green!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Tea for two kindred spirits


It was only a few months ago that I met two lovely ladies from Tasmania, Australia who are kindred spirits. They have a common passion for the creative joys of needlework and have begun publishing a beautiful online magazine called Kindred Stitches Magazine. They say it best: “There is a special kind of bond between women who love to stitch, whether it is with needle and thread, by hand or machine, with crochet hook or knitting needles.”

Kindred Stitches Magazine has just published issue six, “Fresh and Fun” and they requested that I share a new piece of art as an embroidery project for this issue. What a treat it has been for me to be included in this lovely magazine and have an opportunity to work with the professional team who gives such attention to detail in every aspect of their magazine. I am sure you will agree, so please take a look at their Kindred Stitches site and see for yourself.

The embroidery design I created for the “Fresh and Fun” issue is Tea for Two (foxes in a teacup) based on the alphabet teacup animals I have made into embroidery patterns in my Etsy shop. If you would like to make the Tea for Two embroidery design you will be able to get it by purchasing “Fresh and Fun” (issue six). I assure you, not only will you see the beautiful styling Kindred Stitches Magazine has done for the article, you will find the complete magazine a thing of beauty. Each issue showcases four original projects to make and a guest craft designer, this time featuring Sheri McCulley Studio, as I share my embroidery project exclusive to this magazine.

For each issue they put together a short promotional video which showcases the patterns in the magazine, and you can see the “Fresh and Fun” video here, including images of the Tea for Two project.

I hope you will take time to view Kindred Stitches Magazine. The magazine is distributed via the Apple iPad Newsstand and brings you everything you’ve always wanted in a craft magazine and more. I believe you will quickly become a regular to their love of craft they so beautifully bring to the world in each issue. Enjoy it today with a cup of tea and a kindred spirit!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Destination Dainty

Just the thing before that “just married” couple leaves on their honeymoon. This Vintage Hanky wedding garland is perfect for styling a wedding shower, a wedding reception, or even the bride’s room where she will get ready to go away with her groom just after they say “I do.”

The garland comes in all six Vintage Hanky color themes and can be personalized to say anything the bride would like. To order this or any of the other wedding them garland sets, go to my Etsy shop and request a custom order.

To add one more bit of decor to the beautiful wedding venue, choose to say Mr. and Mrs. (or bride and groom) to hang on the doors of the rooms where the bride and groom will await their ceremony.

Above is a chart showing each color option to choose from when adding a bit of dainty to the wedding decor.

Monday, October 14, 2013

A Dainty Hanky Wedding

Today celebrates my niece’s first wedding anniversary (congrats to you both). This is the niece who encouraged me to design wedding stationery (with the original Signature Fragrance invitation design, aka: Elijah & Megan invitations) and now, one year later I am having fun creating many wedding stationery sets and enjoying working with wonderful brides to be. 

Megan and Elijah’s wedding was a statement of simple elegance. (if you would like to see it, you can go here and experience the charm of that day). It was such a pleasure having the opportunity and now memories of working on their special day with them. Thank you, M & E!

Today I am sharing yet another wedding stationery set called Vintage Hanky Wedding. This collection is perfect for outdoor venues such as farm, orchard or field weddings . . . it is destination dainty, destination hanky, and destination fun. The collection has five color themes, all are floral, with the exception of this one being showcased today, called strawberry fields . . . forever . . . fun.

In keeping with the theme of vintage hankies, linens, and aprons I have given each of my wedding stationery pieces a motif that might have been an everyday part of your grandmother’s past, from the scalloped edges of her apron; the waves of vines on her tea towels; and the decorative shape of the hanky she surely carried in her gloved hands every Sunday morning.

If you are planning an outdoor wedding (or other event) and would like to bring back the simpler times of mid-century, mid-American style, I have just the dry goods for you. And to “preserve” one of your grandmother’s recipes of sweetness, you might even want to spread the love with some jams and jellies labeled with your own personal message for your wedding guests.

Below you will see a few samples of the aqua and yellow vintage hanky color set, and below that the five color sets for this collection, now available in my Etsy shop.

Image above shows color themes: Strawberry Set and Aqua and Yellow Set

Image above shows color themes for the Mint Set and Peach Set

Image above shows color themes for the Pink Set and Pink and Gray Set

Image above shows color themes for the Yellow Set and Yellow and Gray Set

Friday, August 30, 2013

Forever and Ever, Amen!

It has taken me forever and ever to finally get the first wedding collection design ready and available on my Etsy shop, but it is finally here! Amen, to that!

For a garden wedding, nature wedding, or vintage and rustic style wedding, this Signature Fragrance collection is a natural go-together with your signature day!

This collection is based on the wedding stationery I designed for my niece’s wedding last fall and it has become a favorite of many. Now it can be ordered under the collection name Signature Fragrance Wedding and it has all of the stationery pieces designed with this lovely, vintage floral style in mind. 

It comes with six color themes (and within each theme there are three additional color options). I’m sure there is something for every bride’s taste and style in this collection.

I have created a wedding sample and planning kit that can be purchased now through the Etsy shop. It comes with a generic wording sample of my signature-frame cut invitation and color coordinated A7 envelope, with return address label. Also in the kit are a thank you card, response/info card, save the date card, and a color chart to see exactly what color options are available, and how those colors will look printed. The samples will be a way for you to not only see, but feel the cut and style of these hand-crafted wedding stationery pieces. If you choose to buy the wedding kit, you can then apply that credit to an actual order, should you decide to purchase any of the Signature Fragrance wedding stationery on my Etsy site.

Above is a sample of what comes in the wedding sample and planning kit. This kit comes with a variety of color options so you can see different color choices. The photo above shows color options from these sets: Lichen & Slate, Pistachio & Chocolate, Butter & Charcoal, and Grass & Plum. To see the complete sample and planning kit you can go here to my Etsy shop.

Below are the six color themes as complete sets with each piece of wedding stationery available. Not only can you choose from many color options, you can choose to have thank you cards read “thank you” or be personalized with your names on the cards. You can choose to have envelope liners, and you can even choose to have rounded corners for the rectangular stationery pieces. (see all six sets below, and click on each image to enlarge for more detail)

Below is a sample of the save the date cards. Specific information can be found here.

Below is a sample of the invitations. Specific information can be found here.

Below is a sample of the response/info cards. Specific information can be found here.

Below is a sample of the thank you cards. Specific information can be found here.

I even have wedding garland that can be made to your specific wording. These pieces would also make great table numbers for your reception tables. Below is a sample of the wedding garland and the chart for choosing the garland color options. Specific information can be found here.

I will be adding the other wedding collections themes to my Etsy shop next week and will share those collections with you soon. They are Beau Nouveau, Floral Fields, Floral Chalkboard, and a new one I haven’t even shared on my blog or Facebook page yet, but a favorite of mine ~Vintage Hanky wedding collection.

The good news is, you won’t have to wait forever and ever to see these collection arrive on my Etsy site! And to that we can all say ~ Amen!