Monday, September 8, 2014

AND SO IT BEGINS...

Today is the day!  The voting starts today for the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search 2014!  Please please check out the top 50 finalists and VOTE!  It will only take a minute.  Vote for me if you like my submission or just vote for your favorite and support all the talented artists that have worked so hard in this competition.  (or vote for me - please please)

Here is my submission, now that I'm allowed to share it..



Click HERE to vote


After I submitted this for the 2nd round, I wanted to play with it some more so I created a repeat and gave Mr. sailor bunny a little friend.


I hope you like it.  I had so much fun creating this and am grateful to have made it this far in the competition.  It's been a great learning experience and hopefully will be good exposure.  (even if I don't win)


Sunday, September 7, 2014

SO MANY THINGS….

Oh my goodness - it's been FOREVER since I've posted!  So much has happened since my last post.  First of all, my baby girl is almost 1! (which is why I haven't posted in forever, I've been a little busy with the babe)  I can't believe it!  Time sure does fly.  


This is Elle in her ladybug costume I just found.



Aside from caring for my growing children, I had a fabulous girls vacation to Greece this summer (more on that later), my "Fox and Houndstooth" collection sold really well,  (sold out in many locations) and I've been super busy cranking out artwork in the hopes of attending Surtex next year.  (saving up for a booth) I'm pretty sure at this point that I've officially decided to do so.  I just need to put some final touches on my plans and put down a deposit on a booth.  Woohoo!  SOOOO exciting yet SOOOO stressful at the same time.  The pressure is on!  I'm such a perfectionist and planner that I will be LIVING Surtex for the next 8 months.  There's so much to do to get ready (aside from the obvious building of my portfolio)  I will try to be better about posting in the future and I'll post about my process of preparing for Surtex.

                  













These are the 3 prints from my "Fox and the Houndstooth" collection
(if you liked this collection, stay tuned - there might be more foxes to come)


Currently, however, Surtex planning is on hold because I'm in the midst of competing in the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search.  For those of you who don't know, Lilla Rogers is an amazing agent who reps some of the most talented artists all over the world and gets them all these amazing license deals.  The winner of this competition gets a 2-year contract with her as well as several great licensing opportunities and a trip to London.  About 1000 artists from all over the world entered this year and Lilla and a panel of judges have already narrowed it down to the top 50.  And… I MADE IT!   I can't believe it!  Woohoo!  I entered the competition mostly for the exposure and practice but never thought I'd make it even to the top 50.  I just turned in my 2nd assignment this week.  Lilla and the judges will be picking the top 5 and there will also be a 6th "People's Choice" artist who makes it to the next round by winning the most votes.  Voting starts tomorrow so make sure you vote! 

I can't share my 2nd assignment just yet, but here is my first submission for the "Little Terrarium" assignment.



I will continue to post about the Global Talent Search in the coming days.  Please keep your fingers crossed for me and vote!!!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

READY FOR BABY

Well...the time has finally come!!!  I know it's been forever since I've posted, but I guess I have a pretty good reason.  I've been super busy being pregnant and preparing for our new baby girl.  I put the finishing touches on the nursery today which is perfect timing since I have a scheduled c-section tomorrow morning.  Yay!


After all the work we've been doing over the last 9 months I thought I would share my "Modern Bliss" nursery with you.  I had so much fun designing and creating all the fun stuff with my fabric...


I really love how the colors turned out.  I knew I wanted to use the Brights palette of my "Modern Bliss" collection but I didn't want the entire room to be pink.  I decided on pale aqua for the walls and I love it.  The hot pinks and oranges really pop.

Here is my little corner where I'll feed her and read her bed time stories etc.  The wicker chair was handed down from my mom.  I made the cushion cover with the Floral Ditzy print from my "Modern Bliss" collection.  I covered the Ikea cube ottoman with my Floral print  and the lamp shade is covered with my Chevron print.  The frame on the wall is framing the little dress that my mom brought my sister and I home from the hospital in when we were born.  I will be bringing baby Elle home in that same dress.

Here is a closer look at the chair and you can see the boppy on the floor in the background that I covered with my Chevron print.

Here is a closer look at the frame with the dress.  This was a black plastic frame from Ikea that we spray painted white and hung without the glass.

One my favorite parts of the room - my wall of artwork.  I found some amazing art prints on Etsy (2 of which are from my extremely talented friend Aimee Sicuro - check out her Etsy shop called 'weathergirlshop' - she's amazing) 

Here is the changing table with a pad cover made from my Floral Ditzy fabric.  I found the vintage doilies and the vintage handkerchief on Etsy and made bunting for the wall.  Above that is an applique of giraffes that I made out of my fabric.

I made a fun wall with embroidery hoops framing my fabric and some tiny birdhouses and butterflies.  I also covered an old dress form with my black and white diamonds print from my "Modern Bliss" collection.

Another one of my favorite things in the room is the pillow that I made for the back of the trunk/bench.  I had to have some fashion things in the room since I am a fashion designer after all and thought this play on words was fitting.  :)

This is for sure my favorite!!!  This was quite the project (just ask my husband).  Hanging and figuring out the layout of the pom-poms and lanterns was pretty tricky and so was making the butterfly mobile, but it turned out too cute.  I love it and I hope baby Elle does too!!








Thursday, May 30, 2013

TRUNK SHOW

Hello!  As you may know I'm having a trunk show starting this Saturday at a fantastic shop in Clintonville, Ohio called Sew To Speak.   For those of you in the central Ohio area, I will be at Sew To Speak from 10:00 to 1:00 on Saturday for a meet and greet and I'll be giving away some fabric!  Stop in and see me and win some fabric!  For those of you who can't make it, I will post some pics of the fun stuff we made soon!

Monday, May 20, 2013

WE HAVE WINNERS!

Hey everyone!  We finally our winners!  Sorry for all of the confusion in the last few weeks! I'm sure you can tell that I'm somewhat new to this blog thing and my pregnant brain doesn't help things.  :)  You made it easy for me - there were only 3 comments that came through.  (I guess I need work on getting more readers to enter and comment)  Hopefully that will come with time.
So...The first winner will get the Vintage palette of my "Modern Bliss" fat quarter bundle and that person is... Kelsey Egelhoff.  Congrats!



The second winner will get the Brights palette of my "Modern Bliss" fat quarter bundle and that person is Tarah Smith.  Congrats! 


The 3rd and final winner will be getting the Caribbean palette of my "Modern Bliss" fat quarter bundle and that person is Patti.  Congrats!


I will be sending those out this week.  Tarah and Patti, if you're reading this - please email me your address through my "contact me" button on my website.  I'm unable to get your info from your comments.

For anyone in the Central Ohio area, my trunk show will be held at Sew to Speak in Clintonville the week of June 1st, so stop in and check it out!




Wednesday, May 15, 2013

GIVE AWAY UPDATE

Hello everyone!  I have returned from a great vacation refreshed and ready to finish sewing for my trunk show and create some more print collections.  Unfortunately, while I was gone I received a few emails from people who had tried to post comments and enter to win the give away, but it wasn't working.  I've spent the last day trying to get to the bottom of it and I think I've figured it out.  So....... guess what!?  We're gong to try this one last time.  I sincerely apologize to anyone who had trouble posting their comments - please, please please try again.  (to anyone who has trouble in the future- you can contact me through my website and I will receive an email letting me know - but it should be fixed now)
The new and final due date for your comments to win one of 3 fat quarter bundles is Monday, May 20th.  I will announce the 3 winners on Monday.  Best of luck and thanks for your patience and understanding!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

TIME FOR A VACATION!

Hello there.  I'm so excited that Spring seems to have finally arrived here in Ohio!  The chilly weather and rain lasted way too long for me.  Luckily, I'm leaving for a beach vacation in North Carolina tomorrow for even nicer weather.  ROAD TRIP!!  
With that said,  I'd like to announce the extension of my "Modern Bliss" fat quarter bundle give-away.  I'm extending it for 2 reasons.  The first reason being that I didn't get enough comments from all of you out there.  I've only had 3 comments and I know that there are a lot more of you out there.  Who doesn't want some free fabric?!  The second reason is that because I'm leaving for vacation tomorrow, I wouldn't be able to ship the fabric until I get back anyway.  So...I'm extending the deadline to Monday, May 13th.  So all of you out there that like free stuff, just post a comment and you will be entered into the drawing for 1 of 3 "Modern Bliss" fat quarter bundles.  Yay!