Monday, June 30, 2014

Flowers in the home


I keep telling my husband that it's really okay if he brings home cut flowers, just every now and then, because it's pretty much job research for me. (I try to stick to real living plants, you know, they're so much happier, and smell better in the end). I was cleaning up the house before heading out on a 10 day camping trip, and found this old drawing I had started the last time my husband bought me flowers (birthday, maybe?). I happened to have some flowers in the house at the time (seriously, he's only bought me flowers like 4 times in 4 years, it sounds like I get them every week or something), and thought to take some pictures of them. Maybe I can finish this flower drawing then. We'll see. Either way, it's nice to have some flowers in the house every now and then.



Oh, somehow I snuck in that picture of the lavender seed package. It's so nice to embroider on paper sometimes. I'm thinking about framing this little guy.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Hand Sewn Father's Day Gifts

Hey all! Isn't it about time to start thinking 'oh man, Father's Day is less than a week away, quick- what can I make'? I can't lie to you, I already turned my present in, but that was just because I happened to be seeing my Dad early this year. Now, again, I can't lie, I didn't make my present either. I bought it. But I did buy it from an artist, so at least it was handmade by someone.

So, back on topic, if you're still looking for something to make good ole Dad this year, check out some of my favorite many projects, and maybe, just maybe, think about using the coolest, most awesome manly fabric out there, Dem Bones.

Molly's Sketchbook Adjustable Apron (I have to admit, Purl Soho is my go-to gift idea generator. Lots of really clean, simple projects)
Molly's Sketchbook Father's Day Tie (see, I told you)
The Cottage Momma's Boxy Dopp kit tutorial (am I the only one that always thought it was called a dobb kit?)
Raechel Myer's Oven Mitt Tutorial
and
Hawthorne Thread's super great gift roundup (so helpful to have it all in one place, right?)

Yes, now take each of these projects, and imagine them in these fabrics!




For where to buy Dem Bones, check out Cloud 9's website: here!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Arcadia for Cloud 9 Fabrics: Flutterflies

Another sweet sneak peek of Arcadia, my upcoming collection for Cloud 9 Fabrics. Available in stores in June 2014, or if you're looking to order wholesale (for your shop, that is), find out more at Cloud 9's wholesale site.

Below is Flutterflies! Moths, dragonflies, bees, butterflies, and even though they're horrible in real life, but cute on fabric: gnats. The first colorway is khaki and creamy and pinky and peachy, super sweet on clean white cotton. The second colorway is denim and teal and lemony grass green. I can't wait to make some clothing out of this.




More about Cloud 9's soft, sweet, organic fabric: Cloud9 Fabrics uses only 100% certified organic cotton in the manufacturing of our base cloths and eco-responsible low impact dyes for printing and dying. We work closely with mills that are committed to ethical and responsible conduct.  This includes respecting the rights of all individuals, a devotion to sustained social compliance, and an accountability to the environment.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Wheelsy Daisy for Arcadia


Another sweet sneak peek of Arcadia, my upcoming collection for Cloud 9 Fabrics. Available in stores in June 2014, or if you're looking to order wholesale (for your shop, that is), find out more at Cloud 9's wholesale site.

Below is Wheelsy Daisy. A vertical (hey, make it your own, maybe it's horizontal) stripe, or is it a falling dot? Did you know that as designers we (sometimes) get to name our fabrics? It's fun, most of the time, unless you can't think of a name. Then it's tough. But this one reminded me of the sounds of Mairzy Doats. Remember that song?


More about Cloud 9's soft, sweet, organic fabric: Cloud9 Fabrics uses only 100% certified organic cotton in the manufacturing of our base cloths and eco-responsible low impact dyes for printing and dying. We work closely with mills that are committed to ethical and responsible conduct.  This includes respecting the rights of all individuals, a devotion to sustained social compliance, and an accountability to the environment.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Arcadia: Sunspot & Bee


Another sweet sneak peek of Arcadia, my upcoming collection for Cloud 9 Fabrics. Available in stores in June 2014, or if you're looking to order wholesale (for your shop, that is), find out more at Cloud 9's wholesale site.

Below is Sunspot & Bee. There's a little bee pollenating these flowers, and he's working hard too. A nice big sunflower on navy ground, the first colorway has creamy colors, peaches and pinks and a touch of white to keep it light. The second colorway denim and grassy and teal and sky, and a touch of yellow, if you can spot it.



More about Cloud 9's soft, sweet, organic fabric: Cloud9 Fabrics uses only 100% certified organic cotton in the manufacturing of our base cloths and eco-responsible low impact dyes for printing and dying. We work closely with mills that are committed to ethical and responsible conduct.  This includes respecting the rights of all individuals, a devotion to sustained social compliance, and an accountability to the environment.

Monday, May 5, 2014

A Little Gift

Everyone loves presents, right? Sometimes it's just nice to get something. And it's always nice to give something. And homemade gifts definitely don't have to be strenuous, time consuming projects. This Mother's Day I'll be seeing a lot of family, and wanted to give the mothers something. I seem to give pot holders as my go-to gift (I think it's the functionality, right? Everyone uses them! Maybe not people who only eat raw food...but the majority), but I'm not sure how many people will be there, and wouldn't want to leave anyone out.

And as I'm sitting there, holding the tiniest Arcadia scraps that I have leftover in my hands, bang, the idea hits me. I have some leftover lavender in my cupboard, and never really knew what to do with it, so I thought, ah! Sachets! Everyone loves those, right? And you can never have too many! So I whipped these out. They came together super quickly and painlessly. They're not perfect, they're sort of all different sizes, and I made these out of my strikeoffs, so the fabrics not even perfect, but you know what? People are very grateful, and they don't care. People are just happy to know that you thought enough about them to make something.

So, what's the lesson today? Go out and make something for someone! Maybe for a mother, maybe for an Aunt or neighbor, or...really, anyone! You'll feel great for doing it, and they'll feel great receiving it.
I love these two together. The print names are (left) Flutterfly and (right)  Wheelsy Daisy. I think they look so sweet as a combo.
What did I say about different sizes? Hah. These are the boy and girl strikeoffs for Arcadia's Mushroom March.

The whole gang! Aren't they sweet just in a pile? I might keep a pile of these by my front door, incase I need to grab a quick gift as I'm heading out.
Fun note, I didn't fussy cut this. It just happened. This is Sunspot & Bee from Arcadia. It comes in two colorways, boy and girl.
To me, these feel super classic and quilty. They're from Arcadia, called Herb Garden (left) and Tumbling (right). Tumbling comes in 4 (you heard that right, FOUR) colorways, and I know it's going to be one of the first things I run out of...it's so useful!
Oh, p.s. I do make real gifts sometimes. After writing this whole post I thought to myself, oh, man, the whole world is going to think you give the worst gifts. Haha. I don't, I swear! These are more like little hugs.

For more on Arcadia, check out Cloud 9's website here.