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Radiant Orchid

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Pantone announced Radiant Orchid as the color of the year for 2014. I just love the rich hues of this color. Check out some of the vintage treasures I found on Etsy:)

1. Crackled Purple Beads

2. Vintage Christmas ornaments

3. Southwest print bag with leather handles

4. Stack of purple vintage books

5. Vintage Thai fan

6. Botanical Print

7. Vintage flower buttons

8. Vintage postage stamps

9. Tufted velvet side chairs

10. 1940s Ring

12. Woven leather boots

13. Rhinestone Brooch

14. 1980s Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pfaff Charity Sew-in

Monday, October 7th, 2013

I had the opportunity to donate some fabric to Pfaff Vancouver’s charity sew-in. Little Dresses for Africa is the lucky beneficiary of this event hosted by Sabine Bolzner who runs the Pfaff Vancouver shop. Learn how you can get involved and create a pillow case dress for a little girl in Africa. Details here.

Creative Blessings

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Sometimes I just get an overwhelming urge to create. It is likely that if you are reading this you understand how I feel. It’s a funny thing since I make my living as a creative person that I still find a fascination in this. It’s hard to know when or where it will strike. Sometimes it’s a certain smell, a memory, a song on the radio, a color combination in a shop window.

The creative urge envelops me like the arms of an old friend, so very comforting. When this happens I remember just how blessed I am to have this gift. Not a gift of being good at something but simply the gift of joy creating brings. I hope to live to a ripe old age and have my creative spirit as a dear friend by my side through good times and bad. I wish the same for you:)

Pretty Floral Pincushion

Friday, July 19th, 2013

What are you making this weekend? How about a cute little pincushion. This is a super quick and easy little project. Get the instructions here. Happy Weekend!

High Street quilt pattern sneak peek

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

I am very excited to report that I have designed my first quilt pattern! The “High Street” quilt pattern will be available at selected stores and here in August. High Street fabric will be available at following link in August: http://bit.ly/16M5Bdw

Happy July 4th!

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

To help you get in the holiday spirit, I want to share with you these antique postcards from the early 20th century. Happy July 4th everyone!

Download here and here.

 

Sweet Little Felted Hearts

Friday, June 28th, 2013

A truly “zen” way to while away an evening. My daughter and I had lots of fun creating these cute little needle felted hearts. Izzy wanted to make these as a little token of appreciation for her teacher.

All you need to get started is felting wool, felting needles and a soft surface to rest your project on. You can buy special foam felting blocks but we used a couple of folded towels and they worked just fine. This is the video we watched prior to getting started. Cookie cutters really work well to help guide the beginner.

It might be fun to do some little stars for July 4th, I think a few of them would look so cute in a little wooden bowl as a centerpiece. Or for my fellow Canadian friends some little maple leafs to celebrate Canada Day on July 1st. Happy celebrating!

Love these Labels

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Vintage comestible (fancy term for food) labels are simply gorgeous, the time and care that went into the artwork makes them so very charming. My love of antique illustrated packaging verges on obsession, and as my friends and family know I have an ever growing collection. I think they are way too pretty to store away, but what to do with them? Frame them, yes, put them on recycled cans, even better! It couldn’t be easier to add some fun color to your desktop, table or nightstand. I am sharing three lovely labels from my collection with you. The “Dixie Maid” syrup label is a can label from the 1920′s, I researched the decade but I think her hairstyle makes it very evident. The other two labels were from fruit crates from the 20′s and 30′s. I have sized them for you so they fit around a standard Campbell’s soup can nicely. Simply print, cut them out and use spray adhesive or double sided tape. Voila!

Click on the links below to download your labels:

Canned Tomatoes Label

Canned Syrup Label

Canned Peaches Label

 

 

Dessert Roll Quilts

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Mother and daughter team Pam and Nicky Lintott have joined forces again in their latest book, “Dessert Roll Quilts: 12 simple Dessert Roll quilt patterns”. The book provides instruction for sewing quilts made from Moda’s Dessert Rolls. If you happen to buy the book, check out page 41 which features a quilt made using fabric from my Gypsy Girl line!

My New Fabric Collection

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Here’s a little preview of my upcoming collection, called High Street…in stores this August!