Saturday, April 24, 2010

Baby Maxwell has arrived!

Our family has grown by two feet!

We welcome with love,

Maxwell Christian
April 22, 2010 . 7:36am
8 lbs 15 oz . 22 inches

Everyone is happy and healthy!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

More Design Team Shares - SEW Fabulous!!

Hello there. I've been so busy doing all last minute things for Baby #3's arrival! :) I'm so ready at this point and anxious to meet the little guy. Think good thoughts for me please.
I'm SO excited to share these Design Team projects using our new SEW letters with the Chunky Monkey lettering style! This is Project 1 of the DT projects this month and I KNOW you're going to love them!! Kory's are SO adorable! She picked such pretty papers from Crate Paper and used actual sewing embellishments on the project. She sewed around the edges of the paper and used bobbins with coordinating thread and a zipper to decorate. Oh, and cute little PINK scissors with straight pins and flower buttons. This project is SOOOO cute!!

Aren't Laurie's so bright and cheery! She covered hers in fabric and used handmade floral embellishments and embroidery floss around the edges. SO fun!
And I'm thrilled to share Julie Ann's project that was just featured on the Bad Girl's blog. She used vintage notions from an antique store, vintage patters from a flea market and then added sewing themed scrapbooking embellishments and buttons. I LOVE the finished design! She also graciously provided a tutorial on creating these very cool letters yourself!
1. To make the letters, I traced the letters upside down on dark grey felt.
2. To make the rag quilt border, I cut a tiny slit in the fabric, and then tore the fabric into strips at the desired width. You can tell that my strips were quite slim, less than a half inch.
3. Then I cut the strips into 1.5" lengths.
4. I put the patterns in order - yellow, blue, multi, pink, yellow, blue, multi, pink, and so on, and so on, and attached the ends with fabric glue.
5. I then sewed this new border created in step #4 onto the edge of each letter.
6. I added vintage notions, vintage pattern designs, vintage measuring tape, buttons and chipboard thickers to each letter using either fabric glue or embroidery thread. I set this aside.
7. I made a ruffle from a vintage patter, and attached to the side of each MDF letter with adhesive.
8. I trimmed each ruffle with decorative scissors, scalloped pattern.
9. I attached the felt portion to the top of the letter with fabric glue. I repeated this for each letter.
Don't you love these letters??? All the vintage touches are perfect!
Thanks ladies for all your inspiration! You've outdone yourselves. Enjoy everyone. xxooo

Monday, April 12, 2010

Happy Spring and Woodland Collection :: Design Team Shares!

Hello my dear blogging friends! These design team projects are long overdue and I decided I needed to get them posted before our latest projects are due OR before I have a baby. HA! :)

Happy Spring! Seems funny to say since today it was so chilly and we woke up to a bit of snow on the ground. But other than today, we've had some beautiful days here in New England. My kids love being outdoors. My Mom bought them a wagon for their birthday and I wasn't sure if they'd like it since they *love* running around, but everytime we go outside, Bella sees it and says "wagon" "go", "wagon" "go". They are too cute. They are now officially TWO! I almost can't believe how quickly the time went by.

But enough of my gabbing... I'm excited to share the Design Team projects featuring our butterfly shape, which was actually one of our first shapes we did and I still love it. You must look on to see what Rae did with hers - moss covered. Simply beautiful! And we also are featuring a *brand new* collection of shapes - The Woodland Collection. I love it so much!
This first Springy butterfly is by the lovely Laurie Star Griggs. It's so bright and cheery that I wish I had it hanging in my kitchen! She covered it in fabric and the posie embellishment can be found in her shop, TrinketsNH. Go take a peek. There's an adorable birdcage with a bird's nest inside. So cute!
This pretty pearly butterfly was done by Rachel Hope Baird. It uses some of my favorite papers and the accents of daisies and beautiful pearls gives it such a soft look. Very pretty.

And I have to say, this is SO much fun! Raechelle covered hers with moss. Don't you love it?? I love the branches she added and the glass beads and flowers. Gorgeous job Rae!!

And the Woodland Collection features a fun flower, a mushroom and our adorable snail shape. It was inspired by an outfit that Bella was wearing one day and I loved it! :) Kory covered hers with fabric and also used some batting to give it a 3-D effect. I love the rolled fabric on the snail and the cute little eye she added too. :) She created them for her daughter's playroom. Super cute!
Jennifer created a different look for each of her pieces. The snail hook is so clever. And very fun to come home to! And speaking of home... "no place like gnome". How cute is that?? And the flower is my favorite. But of course! She used pretty papers and Vintage glass glitter - my favorite!

And last, but definitely not least. The fabulous Julie Ann Shahin created an Alice in Wonderland collection with hers. I LOVE love love it!! The buttons on the snail are gorgeous, the felt mushroom so fun and the cute little Alice on the mushroom - the finishing touch, wouldn't you say?! And check out this flower - simply gorgeous!

Gorgeous job ladies! Thanks for visiting everyone. I'll keep you updated on when the new little guy arrives. :) xo