Thursday, October 28, 2010

Monsieur Noir le Chat

We just got a kitten in time for Halloween, but he is not a cat noir and I don’t think he is French. He is a cute gray tabby, full of mischief, about three months old. He accompanies me to the studio each day and flip-flops (literally) between unruly frolicking and drop dead exhaustion. My keyboard seems to be the favorite place for those exhaustive bouts of slumber and the ultimate kitty toy for playtime. Well, actually, it’s the computer mouse he finds to be the toy of desire, as if he believes it to be the real thing. Hummm.

As I write, his little face is resting on the numbers of the keyboard. So, unless I start a career in accounting, I think I’m okay with this new arrangement. Liking it so far, anyway.

As to the art above, I suppose it is a bit like “life imitating art.” Oh, or is my art imitating life? Well, none the less as Halloween approaches I have a new little model to encourage creativity for the season. Who knows, maybe my next holiday collection will be Christmas Kitty :)

Monday, October 25, 2010

My Halloween is full of treats!

It’s always fun to get treats in the mail, but even more exciting when the package is full of handmade goods. Well, this year my dear friend, Jill pulled together fabrics from the two halloween collections I designed with Northcott and sent me two sets of trick or treat banners to fashion-up my humble abode. She even sent my daughter her own personal banner for her dorm room to get her into the spirit of Casper.

The first is a teeny tiny banner made from the leftover snips she couldn’t bear to throw away. Who can toss even the littlest of fabrics? Not many of us, as proven over the years and years of handmade quilts saturated with leftover bits. Jill added tiny but very strong magnets to the ends of the banner so that I can hang it on my refrigerator in the house, or bring it over to the studio and decorate my filing cabinet for this holiday. Right now, it’s hanging with me in the office.

The mini banner above was made to entice her husband’s coworkers to grab a handful of candy corn when passing by. What a great idea, and one that could be used with seasonal fabrics throughout the year. I can’t wait to see the Christmas candy display. (that’s a hint, Jill, my mailbox will be waiting :)

The scraps come from this too cute, large banner Jill made complete with little eyelets at the ends of the banner to slip over nails and hang in the doorway between the living and dining room. This way, heading into either room gives us the opportunity to view the fun patters from both sides of the reversible banner.

The two collections used for these projects are from Trick or Treat Street and Costume Club. They can be viewed on Nortcott’s website or found at local quilt shops in your area and online quilt and fabric stores. The two collections were designed to work together, so if you picked up some prints last year from Trick or Treat Street, pull out those scraps and add a few from Costume Club and whip up your own banners this week. And don’t hesitate to thank Jill for the great, but simple halloween craft ideas.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Helping The Kyrie Foundation

I usually post information about my latest work and share a few designs on this blog, but tonight I have a much greater cause that I want to share with you.

The Kyrie Foundation brings awareness, funding, families and scientists together to help cure pediatric brain cancer. This foundation began a few years back, after the loss of little 19 month old Kyrie battling with this cancer. She was the niece of a dear friend of mine and this cause is very dear to her heart. I am sure that I cannot do the foundation justice with my words and therefore want to encourage you to look at the sites I have available and hope that you can help make a difference for other children battling this disease.

Here is how you can make that difference over the next ten days. The foundation is eligible for this month’s $250K Pepsi Refresh Everything grant. It has reached 6th place to date and has until October 31 to have votes cast for it, and hopefully become one of the top two positions to receive this grant. The only thing needed by you is the willingness to vote and a few brief minutes in your days. It is simply a matter of being able to click a mouse or text in a vote! ;)

Here are the three ways you can help; you can vote these 3 ways every day until October 31:

1) Text 103447 to 73774
2) Visit Pepsi Refresh's FB page and click “go to application” to vote.

The Kyrie Foundation will always be there, but this opportunity to help in what seems like such a small way will not be after October 31. What is such a simple task over the next few days could become an enormous contribution for the foundation to help others. Below are sites which will give you a better understand about the foundation and the families who are helped through it. Thank you in advance for your support.