Winterberry, Inc.

I ran into this amazing piece of work at the Art at St. Kate’s exhibit a few weeks ago. It’s beautiful here, but stunning in person. The artist is Leslie A. Pilgrim and to say she’s talented is an understatement. I love her textures and color palette and hope to someday have a piece of hers in my home. To see more of her work, visit her website here.


Bird Fabric!

A few weeks ago I wrote about some Yummy Fabrics I found while surfing. Well, my sister read it and after a few clicks, sent me some beautiful Bird Fabric for my birthday! I was so stunned when I opened the package because I couldn’t, for the life of me, remember ordering it. I knew I had thought about it. I even looked up my previous purchases on Etsy to double check, and then I remembered that she mentioned my birthday gift would be showing up soon. It all made sense! She found both of these lovelies at Sew Cute Fabrics on Etsy. But I know they’re also available on Hawthorne Threads. I know exactly what I’m going to do with the yellow fabric, but I’m looking for ideas for the red. Have any?

Oh, and just so I don’t forget, my sister and I are twins, so it was her birthday too. Thanks, Julie, I love them!


Physics & A Wedding

I have a friend who’s a geek. She admits it, and knows it quite well. She quite her job mixing paint (like creating paint, from scratch) to teach high school Physics. And then she went to a summer teacher conference and met a guy who teaches high school Physics. Now these two are getting married. And obviously I volunteered to design their wedding invitations. I love Physics. Yes, I’m a designer, but I took a full year of Physics in college and LOVED it. Nobody loves Physics. But I do, Husband does, and these two do. So I wanted to do something special for them for their special day.

I used an atom on the outside of the invitation and created this atom-pattern for the inside. Her colors are a rich lavender and silver,so I used Curious Metallics Ice Gold paper. The paper itself has a metallic look, so there was no need to print with metallic inks. Besides, the invites were printed digitally, saving hundreds of dollars.

We had a slight envelope issue, but everything’s been worked out and they’ve been mailed. The Bride loves them as much as I do. And that’s what matters.


Anthropologie Wishes

I bought a purse at Anthropologie a couple years ago. I promptly returned it a few days later and decided I’d rather find one on Etsy. Since then, they’ve sent me these lovely cards on my birthday. Last year’s card included a cute little sewing kit. This year they sent this adorable card with a candle necklace.

It also included a coupon for 15% off my purchase. If you’ve ever shopped at Anthropologie, you know 15% doesn’t add up to much. But I still might try to make it over there. Nothing to lose, right? (except $$$$) Meanwhile, I’m wearing this lovely candle necklace to work. I was supposed to have the day off, but work load has caused me to change my plans. Oh well. They better at least bring me a cupcake.


Sunny Friday

A photo from the quick walk I took in the summer sunshine earlier this week.

Here’s hoping you have a Sunny Friday and a Happy Weekend. I’m spending it celebrating. Enjoy!

fun finds

Highland Fest Recap

I ran over to Highland Fest this weekend. Twice. I went on Saturday afternoon and found many vendors packing up because of the approaching Storm. (Can’t say I blamed ’em, the wind was whipping and the sirens forced me, sleeping Daughter and scaredy Dog into the basement a few hours later.) But the vendors that were still up and running were very impressive. Then I ran over again on Sunday on the way to the grocery store. All the vendors were open and operating, even though a few had lost their tents to the wicked Storm on Saturday. A few artists that caught my eye included:

Marisa Martinez (Mestiza Designs) – her glass beads are stunning and so much fun!

Metalsmith Nora Schatzberg – especially her dragonfly necklace

Jill Van Sickle – her paintings are dramatic, yet cozy

And Cassidy Van Boylan – I adore her style and bought this beautiful necklace. But really, I would have been happy with any of her pieces. And she was a delight to meet and chat with. I’ll be hunting her down at other fairs, soon, real soon.

There were also food vendors and live music and bingo and rides, but I really didn’t go beyond the art fair. A bag of mini-donuts did follow me home, but I shared them with Daughter and Dog. Wouldn’t be “fair” otherwise, right?


Lime Green Key Fob and a Headache

I know I’ve been leaving hints about the grand opening of my Etsy shop, but I have to tell you all this it will be delayed. I cut my thumb pretty violently with a rotary cutter, the day job is busier than we’ve been in years so I’m back to FT temporarily, and I’ve had a migraine for four days. Add to that the rest of my life, and you’ll see how the shop was delayed. And actually, not delayed exactly, but it will be a soft launch for a couple more weeks until I’m healed, working my normal schedule and this crazy headache is gone.

All that said, here is a sneak peek at the first goodie that’s been listed! It’s a Key Fob/Key Chain. I bought one a while back and absolutely love it. I can throw it over my wrist when I’m running errands and can still hold all the bolts of fabric Daughter at the same time. It allows me to easily find my keys in the bottom of my purse. And it looks great on top of everything else. So I knew I had to make them. They’re pretty easy to put together, so that’s what I’m launching the shop with. Stay tuned over the next couple weeks. I”ll be adding items and I’ll be giving away a few items. Once my head is above water and no longer throbbing. Until then, I’m keeping the shades drawn and popping some pills.


Jumbo Crayons are Fun!

We picked up a package of Jumbo crayons the other day, you know the big, thick ones, that are harder to chew and swallow? Well, I’ve discovered they are just as easy to chew, but they are easier for little tiny hands to hold. I also discovered that they are full of inspiration. While daughter took turns pounding her red crayon on the paper and sticking it into her mouth, I decided to try it myself. Just holding the thicker crayon, I could feel my arm let go as it lead me across the page. It was fun!

Today at The Write Ingredients: Sushi!


Simple Six-Pocket Bag

I found the pattern for this adorable Simple Six-Pocket bag a few months ago and just came across the bookmark last week. With some fun Ikea fabric and a free afternoon, I put one together. I really love how it turned out, but I have to say there are a few things I’d tweak the next time. One, I’d make the straps longer. Maybe it’s because I’m so tall, but the straps feel short and can barely fit over my shoulder. I’d also add a closure; even a simple magnetic closure would be perfect. The bag can flop open pretty easily, and that would solve the problem.Next time, I might even make it a big larger.

The best thing about the bag are the pockets. Six pockets line the outside and they’re perfect for my phone, lip balm, business cards, etc.

I will definitely be making this bag again, or using it for inspiration for different sizes, and fabrics. The pattern was simple, well-written and very easy to follow. And everywhere I carried this weekend I received compliments. And that’s really the best part.

Today at The Write Ingredients: Tomatoes!