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Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas surprise in Living color

I received my December issue of Country Living magazine the other day and always look forward to paging through it each time it arrives. It is a magazine that I have known and enjoyed for years. I remember my mom subscribing to it many years ago. She was one of the original subscribers when it began thirty years back. So, I feel like the magazine has been a part of my life, well, longer than even my own family. It is one of only two magazines that I loyally subscribe to and this month I was especially glad that I do.

As I came to a section in the magazine called “Dazzling Holiday Decorating Ideas” I noticed a neat advent calendar made with little matchboxes stacked into a pyramid and wrapped with festive holiday paper. It was then that I noticed the paper used for wrapping the little boxes was my paper that I had designed for K&Company. How fun to see, and what a nice surprise to find in the magazine.

I then flipped to the next page and found little nickel frames hanging on a Christmas tree framing more of my art. Well, needless to say, it put me in a happy frame of mind!

If you are interested in seeing these projects from Country Living and you are not a subscriber, you can learn more by visiting countryliving.com. Once there, go to: crafts>projects> craft ideas for Christmas decorations, to see how these projects are made.


The original paper can be found at scrapbooking shops which carry the Swell Noel collection by K&Company.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Do Open ’Til Christmas!

One of my favorite memories of Christmas past is of an advent calendar we had showing a winter scene with a cozy home tucked inside the snow drifts. Each window of that house had tiny shutters to open and peek inside to a Christmas toy or candy or little elf. For the twenty-five days leading up to Christmas morning we would start our days with that tiny visual gift.

Now, there are all types of advent calendars styled in everything from tiny metal buckets all numbered and hanging in a row, to miniature knitted stockings with much the same idea.

I have found my favorite advent calendar for this year. Well, actually it found me. I was delighted to receive a message a few weeks back from Alice with a fun photo of the advent calendar she made. Alice is one of the gracious people who frequents my blog and gave me the privilege of creating a darling advent calendar using the panel art from the Have a Sheri Berry Holiday fabric collection. Alice created it for a friend so she could begin the traditions of this season each year with her children. I imagine today they are peeking inside that first pouch to discover a tiny Christmas treasure.

I am particularly drawn to Alice’s style she used for creating the wall hanging. I love the embroidered wording, numbers and starbursts she stitched by hand. That adds an element of handcrafting that I find so endearing. My daughter and I think it has a very “Anthro” appeal.

Soon it will be Christmas Day. Enjoy each day leading up to December 25 and if you don’t have a cute advent calendar from Alice, just remember to start each day as though you are peeking into a pocket full of treasures and remind yourself that those treasures do surround you each day of the year.

Thank you Alice, for sharing your lovely art with all of us.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tulsa Time

You can take Macy’s out of the country, but you can’t take the Berry out of Macy’s! Well, it just had to be done. I had to find a Macy’s displaying the Swell Noel collection, and I had to find it now! Living smack-dab in the middle of this country gives you lots of options (just not the option to head to your local Macy’s store to see your art on display). You can go north, south, east or even out to the west and find stores galore. Even though I’d love to visit the flagship store on 34th Street in Manhattan, I thought I’d stick with the midwest. So, we packed up the family and headed south to the Macy’s in Tulsa, and what a time we had! 

Since most men (and sons) don’t seem to have the unlimited endurance for looking at ornaments and ornaments and ornaments, :) Tom, Logan and Grandpa headed over to the furniture department to try out the sofas. Shelby and Grandma stayed with me viewing every detail and admiring the attention Macy’s takes in displaying their Holiday Lane collections.

We also enjoyed visiting with the sales staff who were more than helpful in researching other locations where Swell Noel can be found. If you are interested in finding the collection in your area let me know and I can try to help. I have gathered a very extensive list of stores throughout the country where you can visit your local Macy’s to see the display, unless of course, you live in Kansas City. ;)

Whether you’re living in Tulsa time, or any other time, it is the time to have a Swell Noel!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Stuffing Santa’s Sleigh with Swell Noel

Swell Noel is traveling the globe with a handful of products this year. It all began with papers and stickers and albums and more! The collection was distributed through K&Company, a scrapbooking company and has been spotted on QVC Britian, and here in the states. Some of the items can still be seen on the K&Company website and may be found in some of your local independent shops. However this collection got a head start last year, so the search may be challenging.


The fabric industry got a jump on Swell Noel too. Northcott Fabrics produced the collection under the name Have a Sheri Berry Holiday and many quilt shops from Canada to Australia have been carrying this collection early on to help the quilters get their gifts made for the holiday season. I’ve learned that those who quilt are a little ahead of the rest of us. :)


There is also a set of Christmas cards in Walmart. I don’t know for a fact, but I bet these little holiday scenes will be going global to stay in keeping with Walmart stores. There are four each of four designs complete with foil, rhinestones and dimensional tip-ons. Check your local Walmart any day now and search for the little round sticker in the middle of the plastic box that reads “16 fun cards” surrounded by four Swell Noel designs!


Last, but not least are the Swell Noel ornaments and table top items produced exclusively for Macy’s Holiday Lane brand. Santa’s helpers, well, my dear family and friends have been searching their regions to locate the Macy’s displays and have been sending reports on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. Rumor has it that Hawaii, Puerto Rico and even Guam are catching the wave! So, if your holiday plans send you to tropical places, you know where to spend the time. :) I would go to the beach, though!

As I learn more about which regions of the states are carrying Swell Noel for Macy’s I will try to provide that information in better detail. Until then, have a swell holiday season!

Go to the posting below to see the complete collection of ornaments and decorative items for Macy’s. To learn more about the fabric collection scroll down to the posting dated Friday, June, 26, “Christmas in July.”

Monday, November 2, 2009

Miracle on 34th Street

Kris Kringle himself would be thrilled to work at Macy’s Department Store this holiday season. While he would happily enjoy listening to the lists of toys all the children sitting on his lap are requesting for Christmas this year, there is something even more exciting for Kris and everyone else to enjoy at the department store on 34th Street as well as many, many other Macy’s stores throughout the country. That, my friends, is the Swell Noel collection by Sheri Berry Designs done exclusively for Holiday Lane at Macy’s this year.

The collection consists of a number of traditional styled glass blown ornaments, as well as other ornaments done in ceramic, metal, felt, chipboard and glitter, glitter, glitter! Below are the traditional ornaments.





There are three ornaments that resemble snow globes and also three cute little actual snow globes to hang on the tree.


The next few photos are of the other types of ornaments Macy’s produced. My personal favorites are the ceramic “Swell Noel” and “Merry Christmas” along with the ornaments in pink and green shown below.



I love, love, love these little metal snow scenes and the chipboard and glitter houses in the photos below.



There are a number of table top decorative items which have also been produced as well as three music box snow globes, one stocking, and a Chritsmas tree skirt.







I am certain that this collection will be in many parts of the country, but I also know that there are some states which will not see the Swell Noel collection. They are also not available on the Macy’s website store, as far as I know, so hopefully you live in Swell Noel land, and can get a chance to see the collection in its entirety. Unfortunately, I think I chose a state to live in where Noel won’t be so Swell this year! So, as many of you as possible, get out there and take a picture of all the fun you had in Macy’s at the Swell Noel tree and enjoy it for me too!

Here are two of my favorite pictures from this collection. They sum it up!




Friday, October 16, 2009

What is a Quilt Sandwich?

Well, I recently learned. The term quilt sandwich refers to the three layers of a quilt that have been prepared for quilting: the quilt top, the inner quilt batting and the rear backing. That makes sense: it’s what you need to complete a quilt. Okay, so now I will tell you how I see a quilt sandwich. A fabric company, a designer and a couple of talented sisters with a love for quilting.

Last week I found a handful of shops on Etsy that are carrying hand crafted items and fabrics made from the Trick or Treat Street collection I have with Northcott. There are some very cute and well made items out there by many creative hands and I wanted to share one of those little enterprises with you.

This is an Etsy shop called “Quilt Sandwich” and it was started by two fabric-obsessed sisters, Kris and Becca, who love to quilt. They specialize in high quality cotton fabric by the designers that they love - and think you’ll love them too!

Well . . . I love them, they make cute things with my fabric, so . . . what’s not to love?

I want to share a few photos of their creations and will let them describe in detail the specifics, as I, not being much of a seamstress, can not do it justice. So, once you have enjoyed seeing these treats, please go on over to their blog to get the details and the behind-the-scenes info at http://quiltsandwich.typepad.com/ and then on to their etsy shop at quiltsandwich.etsy.com. You’ll find some great creations they have made from many fab-fab designers!

The trick or treat garland is my personal fave! It along with the other cute items are made from the trick or treat panel.


Thanks Becca and Kris, for letting me share your creations!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

What a Joy!


Just like in the stores this time of year, we can’t get through halloween without having Christmas right along side it. Well, the same goes for creating fabric. Just as the Costume Club will be seen for the first time at Fall Quilt Market, so it is with the 12 Joys of Christmas. This is the holiday collection that I have just finished with Nortcott and it will also be on display at Market on the weekend.

This collection really has been a joy to create. It means a lot to me for a couple of reasons for the season! My family enjoys the experiences of Christmas time with all the many activities, music, aroma, warmth, friendship and family that this season involves. The other reason this collection was fun to work on was for the simple fact that it reminds me of all of the wonderful childhood memories that Christmas gives me.

Admittedly, only once do I remember actually going out into the woods with my family and cutting down our own Christmas tree. However, there have been many a paper snowflakes cut in this home; a few consecutive years of trying to make and decorate holiday cookies like Martha can do so easily, and every year without fail my husband’s “vintage” turntable plays the original Goodyear Christmas records from his childhood.

They may not be wrapped in lovely papers with beautiful bows, but the memories we receive from these holiday moments are the best gifts we receive each Christmas.

When you start hearing Christmas music this holiday season and “The Twelve Days of Christmas” has begun to play, over and over again in your mind, I hope you will now think of the 12 Joys of Christmas, and spread a little joy of your own.

Below you will see the twelve different joys Christmas brings to me and my family and maybe it will bring a little to you as well. En-joy!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Costume Club on Parade in Houston

It’s that time of the year again. The leaves are changing colors, the air is cool and crisp and the kids are finding the perfect costume (to quote Lucy of the Great Pumpkin) “which is in direct contrast to their personalities” for trick or treating.

Well, it was my treat again this year to produce a sequel to the Trick or Treat Street fabric collection that I did with Northcott last fall. I have had wonderful responses from many of you about that collection and I thank you for letting me know. It is you whooo have made this collection even more fun to create.

The collection, Costume Club, will be debuting at Fall Quilt Market in Houston next weekend. Hopefully, some of you will get a chance to see it. For those not attending, I want to share the collection with you today.

Once again I give you halloween in sweetville. It’s not just the candy that is sweet around here, but the characters as well. I have always loved halloween for the reason that I could create cute costumes for my kids and now for fabric. Halloween at our house has never been about the scary, but a friendly ghost approach. Hope you find this collection just as sweet as Trick or Treat Street. Have a sweet and safe Halloween!

Monday, September 28, 2009

What’s pink and blue and cute all over?

Well, everyone knows what’s pink or blue . . . a newborn baby, of course. Tradition has its place in the baby world and it usually revolves around those two colors. I’m not complaining. Have you seen my studio?

Once again it was time to work on a newborn collection and the challenge is always fun. This time the design focuses on a collection I have called Baby Face. Its name is based on the song “You’ve got the cutest little baby face” and what a fitting visual for what really is to all new parents the sweetest little face they ever have seen.

Getting out of my comfort zone a few steps I headed for other traditional baby basics and found the icons still fitting this theme are baby bottles, rattles, diaper and pins. So, I’ve Berry-ised them and added a number of basics of my own.

When the time comes for that new little bundle of pink or blue, don’t forget that your newborn may just need a few accessories to compliment the cutest little baby face you ever have seen!

Here is the cutest little baby girl collection!

Here is the cutest little baby boy collection!