Friday, May 2, 2014

When life gives you lemons . . . you know what to do!

Well, I knew what to do anyway. I have been working on opening my shop on Spoonflower (an online textile, wall covering, gift wrap company). You can click on the link to my shop at the top, right. For those who don’t know Spoonflower, they have a weekly contest with a design theme and I have entered a few times. I’ve made it into third and second place, but this time I am hoping to win that sweet spot and turn these lemons into lemonade.

The contest this week if for a tea towel design that has “recipes” as the theme, for Mother’s Day. I decided to make my theme a “Mom’s Kitchen Sink Advice” tea towel with a recipe, kitchen cleaning tip, and bit of advice that any mom, or the rest of us would give or get with a sweet smile. :)

I am planning to create a set of tea towels with the “Mom’s kitchen sink advice” theme in the future that I will have in my Spoonflower shop along with this one. However, first things first.

If any of you would like to vote for my design, I would love that, but no pressure. I won’t be sour if you don’t, ha ha. I will attach the link and you can vote only once to count. You have until Tuesday, May 6, I think. You do not have to sign up to be on Spoonflower, so no pressure from them either. My art that you are looking for to vote on is above (the lemon theme).

I have decided that if I win the tea towel contest this week I will have my own drawing on my FB artist page for anyone who lets me know they voted for my design. You simply have to get on my page and say “I voted” and I will enter you into my drawing. But again, I can only have the freebie tea towel drawing if I win, so if you get your peeps to vote, that will make a difference too. You can tell them if they want in my drawing they will need to “like” my FB page and let me know they also voted on Spoonflower for my tea towel design.

Here’s the link to the Spoonflower weekly contest (the recipe tea towel contest), then when on scroll down until you find my art, click on the check at the top, left of my design (which by the way will be sideways, the art that is) and submit your vote.

If you want to tell me you voted, go to my FB link and say so in a comment below the image of my tea towel design. Then if I win, you can be in my own free tea towel drawing on Facebook.

If you want to see my Spoonflower shop you can go to this link. I have a few collections up, but more to come in the future. Please note, some of the collections are for sale, but others are not yet, so keep that in mind. This tea towel design is not yet for sale.

Remember, when life gives us lemons we need to turn them into something wonderful; be it sweet to eat, creative, generous, or helpful and kind to others, and above all with a sweet attitude. My own mom advice to self. :)

Now, go out and make any sour lemons turn into a wonderful and sweet life. Remember this all next week (and always) of how much your own mother makes your life sweet  . . . and let her know it!

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