Monday, January 24, 2011

Surprise Party

We spent last weekend in Seattle, celebrating my mom's birthday. Trying to throw a surprise party for a woman who wants to throw her own party was a little tricky. My sister and I did manage to pull it off, and I must add that due to Carol's hard work and imagination, we pulled it off in style.

First, how we managed the surprise: I booked an encaustic painting class with one of my Etsy friends, Janet Nechama-Miller. I told mom that her birthday was the only available time and it was my present to her. She could not say no. Janet was a wonderful hostess for our artistic adventure. Mom and I both enjoyed painting with Janet. The smell of the beeswax was wonderful and I love Janet's art. The fact that mom wants to do it again says it all.
While we were playing with paint, Carol was at home putting the finishing touches on the food. The kids were decorating the house. As guests arrived their cars were valet parked around the corner and down another street.
When we pulled up to the house, there were no extra cars and no indication of anything happening. When we opened the door, we were greeted by a huge roomful of people who all looked like my mom. They were wearing masks my sister had fashioned from a photograph. A really cool surprise.

Carol's cake was another awesome touch. She is definitely the "Martha Stewart" of the family.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Where is the love?

Just when I was thinking - come on etsy, I have great new items, my stuff is so Valentine perfect, when are you going to show me the love? My friend Tera comes through with a terrific treasury that makes the front page.

Thank you Tera! Her shop, creativityismessy, shows what a creative powerhouse she is. I have purchased several jewelry and hair accessories from her, and I am really impressed with the quality - plus it was fun to go to her house to pick them out - we are practically neighbors. Her daughter makes wonderful soap as well. The soap shop is germaphobe.
I also want to put in a word for Julian over at craftcult. I think a lot of people take for granted the tools available to us there, but there are people behind that website. Very responsive and constructive people. I contacted Julian a few months ago, sometime after Etsy had put out their API and changed their platform away from flash. I was disappointed that the way Craftcult showed treasuries on blogs - like that one above - had shrunk. Julian worked with me and we went back and forth a few times to find the ideal size for sharing a treasury on blogspot. Since then, Craftcult has launched new tools for us as well. For Etsy sellers, Craftcult is a sweet site.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

color check

color check
Originally uploaded by studiocherie
My first Spoonflower fabric is ready! I have got the printed Spoonflower color guide to make sure my colors are exactly what I want. This is as close to perfect they can do on the sweethearts colors. The one I could change is the orange, I could lighten it up, but I think I like it this way. I did scoot the hearts around from the original a little, so a person could cut the fabric in strips and use it as a border or incorporate it into a quilt easily. It also looks great as a whole piece of fabric to make a quick quilt. The white space between the hearts allow room for a quilter to show off her sweet freemotion skillz. Watch for 2 coordinating fabrics. If you want to make banners, this one is ready to order now. I was amazed at how quickly Spoonflower shipped it to me - I had it in hand in less than 7 days. A fat quarter will have 30 usable hearts, which translates into 4 yards of banner. The whole yard has 125 hearts.
Here is the link to the fabric itself at Spoonflower. You can see the other 2 fabrics there as well. They will be ready to order by this time next week.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Made with Simplicity 2298

When I saw this Apron in the Fall Simplicity Catalog, it was a bit of a thrill for me because the designer of this apron, Joan Stroh, is someone I interviewed for my article on sewing pattern licensing. When I saw her designs featured on the inside cover of the catalog, I had even higher hopes for my catalog placement. Still waiting to see the Spring catalog for my pattern by the way. The December 17th date that Simplicity gave me must have been the printing date. Looks like JoAnn's might have it beginning of February.
I posted a pattern review for this project at Pattern Review. I highly recommend this for gifts. The ladies I made these for were thrilled on Christmas morning.