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!



Thursday, April 25, 2013

IT'S BEEN SO LONG

Hello, Strangers!  I figured it's about time I post since it's been so long.  I promise I had every intention of posting much more often, but life happens.  I feel bad for disappearing but I do think I have pretty good excuse.  The fact is, I wasn't really feeling very well for awhile.  "Why?" you ask.  Well...


It's because of this little peanut!  I'm guessing many of you can relate.  Thankfully, I am now officially in my 2nd trimester and feeling much more human now.  I'm getting back into the swing of things now and working on some fun stuff.

While I was "out", a lot of other exciting things have been happening.  One of the most exciting things was being highlighted in the latest issue of MOYO magazine.  For those of you who are not familiar, MOYO is a digital publication all about surface design and it's fabulous!  It's very inspirational and informative.  Amy Butler is featured in this issue - she's amazing!

Speaking of magazines and publications, another really fun thing that happened recently is I started seeing ads for my "Modern Bliss" collection.  I've seen a few online on some sewing and fabric blogs, but a few weeks ago I actually found a print ad in the Spring 2013 issue of 'Quilts And More" magazine by Better Homes and Gardens.  


I was out shopping with my Mom at JoAnn and we were looking through some of the magazines and "Whoa!" she stumbled across this ad:


We were so excited we both screamed in the middle of the JoAnn store!   YAY!  Of course, we had to purchase several of them!  I'm guessing there might be others, but I haven't seen them yet.  If anyone sees any, please let me know!

Another really fun thing that happened was the installation of my photo mural at the local Houlihan's restaurant.  I mentioned this in a previous post, and now the piece is fully installed and the restaurant is open.  This one is in Upper Arlington, Ohio but there are several more Houlihan's restaurants across the country with this same piece.  It's printed on aluminum which is really cool, but they are also experimenting with printing it on the backside of plexi glass which could be amazing!


This was such a fun project to work on, since I'm also very passionate about photography.  This was the first time I've created a collage of layered photos and drawings and I love doing it!  I think I might have a new addiction.

Another thing that's been going on is the preparation for my Trunk Show at Sew To Speak, here in Columbus.  The dates of the trunk show have changed.  It will now be held the week of June 1st.  If you're local, stop in and check it out.  Sew To Speak is a great shop with lots of fantastic fabrics, patterns and books etc.

Since my debut collection "Modern Bliss" is now officially in stores and I've had many people asking "Where can I purchase it?" I do have a small list of online retailers that carry portions of my collection.  There are 3 color stories to choose from and they all carry different combinations of the prints/color stories.  I don't have a list of brick and mortar stores that carry it, but ask your local shop and maybe they'll order it if they don't already have it.  Here is the list of online retailers:


Lastly, since I can't debut my "Modern Bliss" collection without a fun give away....  Here it is!  I have 3 fat quarter bundles of my "Modern Bliss" collection (1 in each color story).  That means, there is enough for 3 lucky winners!
Brights color story
Caribbean color story
Vintage color story

Enter to win by posting a comment.  I will pull random numbers for all three fat quarter bundles.  (color stories will be chosen at random as well)  The winners will be announced on Friday, May 3rd so get your comments in before then.  Yay!  Good to luck to everyone!




Tuesday, April 2, 2013

UPDATE

After having disappeared for awhile, I have a quick update for you all and then I will post some fun pics and info later this week.  First of all, if you live in Columbus and want to stop in to Sew To Speak during my trunk show, please note that the dates have changed.  Unfortunately, they were unable to get all the fabric in store on time for the original April 6th-12th dates.  (which might be a good thing if RK had to re-order my fabric - not sure)  The new date will most likely be in the beginning of July, but I will keep you posted.
The other quick update that I wanted to share was that I will be having my first give-away soon.  I will be giving away 3 fat quarter bundles of my 'Modern Bliss' collection.  1 in each color palette.  I will formally post all of the info soon.