Sunday, July 29, 2012
Whether your teacup is half empty or half full, you’ll want to fill it with these sets of alphabet and number cards. So . . . start watching for a little tea party to begin soon with Lettering Delights where you will find these charming animals to help your little ones learn their ABCs and 123s!
Friday, July 27, 2012
Well, I have learned a new way to share birthdays with those I love. My cousin, who has six boys, has taught them a wonderful way to share their special day with each other and their parents. Each time a birthday rolls around the birthday boy prepares for that day by creating gifts for each of their family members. It becomes a day for them to individually share their love and appreciation to the family. It becomes a day for the family, a day to celebrate their unique gifts, and a day to be thankful for the next year of life.
I guess it took six boys, and their very amazing mother to help me remember what this day of celebration should be about—the blessing of a new year, of being thankful for the family, and of sharing a little something from the heart.
So . . . happy birthday to you, as you celebrate that joyful day each year.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Signature Fragrance is a new floral collection I have been working on. This collection started with birth month flowers and has developed into a series of signature letters to complete a set of alphabet stationery. The collection also includes many floral and doily patterns to complement this dainty and delicate signature set.
The layout above shows the collection of patterns and a few initial letters.
The sample above shares a few of the signature letters as personal greeting cards, thank you cards and thinking of you notes.
I will keep you informed about this collection as it becomes available in various product categories.
This summer, enjoy the beautiful flowers from nature, but if the weather is too hot to enjoy the out of doors, think of these flowers as a bit of nature brought indoors for your visual pleasure.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
In a little teacup, short or stout, we’re all different, there’s no doubt! As we get all lined up, hear us shout, variety is what we’re all about! One of the first songs I learned when I was a wee thing was I’m a Little Teapot and it has come back these many years later to inspire my latest children’s collection.
This collections has been so much fun to work on, I just had to share it with you. It is all about animals, all about teacups, all about letters, and all about variety and differences in each of us. The collection is for the little ones, but I hope you find a bit of joy when you see these animals and maybe choose a favorite of your own.
This is the girl colorway.
This is the boy colorway.
I have developed the collection with many project ideas in mind. One, of course is to hope to see it in fabric one day. Another idea I am working on is with Lettering Delights, for you loyal paper crafters. I will keep you posted on when to look for it there.
I am also hoping to provide the alphabet set as cards, and maybe even personalized prints with names for children, these would be on my new Etsy site (though not ready for prime time quite yet, I will keep you posted).
Another goal of mine, for those who love to do needlework, is to have the collection available for downloadable embroidery sets of each letter and animal. This too would be available on my Etsy site.
Here is a sneak peek of two of the embroidered teacup animals I have completed. Truth is I haven’t done embroidery since I was 12, but had a blast trying my hand at it again. I will share more photos and information on this project in a few more days.
So, like the teacup animals, all different from one another, I hope to have a variety of projects and products developed from this collection. In the meantime, I welcome any ideas and thoughts you all have from your varied interests.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
SillyMamaQuilts. I will be sharing projects I have created with Sheri’s fabrics and I am beginning with a fun project using the Alpine Wonderland fabric for Christmas garland.
The first step is to cut off the instructions, but save them for future reference.
I selected this fabric for the backside of my garland pieces.
So, I layered the panel over batting (I like to use Warm and Natural) and the backing fabric.
I did some free motion quilting over the softies and garland pieces on my machine. I wasn’t too concerned about the background area, but focused on the circles.
Here is my finished panel....
I used pinking shears to cut out the circles for the garland.
I then took two yards of jumbo brown ric rac and placed the garland circles in a pleasing arrangement. I sewed them in place with a zigzag stitch.
In this picture you can see both the fronts and backs of the garland.
Here is the garland all hung up and ready for holiday decorating! Enjoy!