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Friday, January 28, 2011

Cute Tidyness

Depending on where we live, some of us are getting a little ansy for Spring. We here in Montana have had a bit of an old fashioned winter, although it has been a little warmer lately, around 40's and up to almost 50! But...we have a cold front coming in over the weekend with very cold temps and snow again.

I've been perusing some new magazines and cute blogs and found some fresh, new, Springy colors and ideas. So sorry, I can't remember where I found these pics but they are VERY CUTE and inspirational!
I'm thinkin hubby may have a weekend project building a decorative ladder...love how everything is displayed so tidy!

What an easy way to dress up books or storage cannisters! Throw an adorable printed fabric on them and Voile'! Just cover books with fabric or paper like we did in high school.


Monday, January 24, 2011

In Town Bag Pattern Correction

Just finished making another of my In Town Bags. Always fun to use the next season's fabrics, was feeling Spring!






Taught the In Town Bag class at The Sewing Palace the other night and I realize there is an omission in the pattern on instruction #16. Also, a miscommunication with the printer resulted in the diagram page being omitted from some of the In Town Bag patterns as well.

If you have purchased that pattern and need a copy of the revision and a copy of the diagram page, please email me and I will email or snail-mail them to you. I apologize for the inconvenience and hope this will be helpful.
You can click on my sidebar to get help in receiving the copies of the corrections.  Again, so sorry!
Charmaine

Friday, January 21, 2011

Doodlebug! and Riley Blake Fabrics

Oh my gracious look what I found yesterday! While visiting Riley Blake's blog (a fairly new fabric company) I saw these adorable pics in their post about Doodlebug Designs! I am ABSOLUTELY LOVING their displays!! What a clean, fresh, colorful array of fun! I have admired their ads for years in magazines like Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion (which I still miss since it was always so inspiring...sniff, sniff)...anyway...Doodlebug designs the cutest scrapbooking supplies! And they have recently branched out to include quilting fabrics! These pics are my inspiration in designing a booth for a quilt show I'm doing soon. The cute little gal 3rd from left is Cynthia, founder and owner. Don't you just want to go to work there? They all look so friendly! Visit Rily Blake's blog to read lots of great news and inspiration http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/blog/

 You can learn more about Doodlebug Designs at http://doodlebugdesign.homestead.com/

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New Fabrics!!

I know we just had Christmas but The Fat Quarter Shop's site is showing next year's Christmas lines and they are all so much fun! http://www.fatquartershop.com/   Simply click on the link I just posted and click on "view all new items".  The designers have been very creative! These are just a sampling of my favorites:




Tuesday, January 11, 2011

All Sorts

I just LOVE polkadots! Found a darling, happy collage of polkadot items from a really cute blog called Allsorts. She is an artist and illustrator and everything she posts is uber adorable!

See for yourself!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Little Emma English Home

I have found so many beautiful, fun blogs over the past year and one of my new faves is Little Emma English Home. This young woman lives in Italy but loves English, French and Nordic styles. Her photos and writings are fresh and pleasant. Just the inspiration to re-fluff the house after taking down all the Christmas!




Saturday, January 1, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Happy New Year!
My Front Porch
 Spiffed up the sewing room the other day so I could get crackin in there again.  Been awhile since I've gone in there and just had fun! My in-laws are heading to visit friends and mom-in-law asked if I would make her friend an apron so this is the cute fabric she picked. I'll post pics when finished cuz the pattern is a little unusual.
Fabric for an Apron
 She also asked if I could make some pin cushions to take along as well and these are so fun and easy to make on the embroidery machine. The patten is called Parlor Charm by Smith Street Designs.
smithstreetdesigns.com
Pincushions made using the Parlor Charm pattern from Smith Street Designs.  http://smithstreetdesigns.com/



A stack of projects to start off 2011.
Thank you for visiting my blog this past year and for the encouraging comments! This has been very therapeutic and energizing for me and I adore the friends I've made along the way! Hoping to get a little more savvy at picture posting this year. Hope your 2011 will be fabulous!!
Blessings and Joy,
Charmaine