Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Here we are at the end of another year. I don't know about you, but they keep going faster and faster, don't they? This year has sure been full of fun people, community, and great new clients. Thanks to all of you who have swung in, commented on my blog posts, and contacted me to let me to let me know what you've been up to with my fabrics and stamps - your support fuels me to continue putting one foot in front of the other and press on with my dreams.

I have been quite a stranger as of late - so sorry about that! I've been busy working and working away, which usually mean new things are happening, but not able to be chatted about yet. I'll be able to share some exciting new projects with you in the coming year. Stay tuned!

I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year! May 2011 bring many wonderful things your way!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Inspiration: Pinterest

{Photograph by Steven Meisel for Vogue, from}

I've been subtly addicted to the website Pinterest as of late - well, me and some of my friends that is! What is Pinterest you may ask? It's a social catalog service. Think of it as a virtual pinboard — a place where you can post collections of things you love, and "follow" collections created by people with great taste.

{Image from Selina Lake, Stylist}

So, as I've been researching online, or just browsing for fun, I "pin" an image that I like to one of my "boards". It's been a great way to visually catalog and organize the things that inspire me, that I want to capture. Also, the source website link is attached to each image, to take you on a web browsing extravaganza! So far, I've got boards called Books Worth Reading, For the Home, Pattern Savvy, Letterpress, etc., and the list keeps growing! I've added a link on my blog, on the right hand side that says "Follow my pins on Pinterest"

{Chair from Anthropologie}

Swing on over to my Pinterest boards, when you're looking for some eye candy! There's a whole network of other people's boards there too for loads of inspiration!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Around Town: Seattle

This Friday, lucky me, my friend Tobe of Two Tall Blondes came to Seattle. I took the day off of work to show her around the non-touristy parts of town and to do some fun boutique shopping. We spent most of our time in Ballard and Fremont. I snapped some pic's of our adventure, and thought I'd share some of my favorites with you. If you're ever in town, in addition to going to the Space Needle and Pikes Place Market, I highly suggest checking out these two neighborhoods.

Our first stop was for breakfast at the Wild Mountain Cafe in Ballard. Their breakfast specialty is Eggs Benedict, so I braved them for the first time in my life - and they were de-lish! It's cozy atmosphere is thanks to the home it occupies.

Next, we headed over to Ballard Ave to hit-up a string of cute shops around there. My all time favorite is Camelion Design, which has such amazing home decor items that are right up my alley. Natural textures meets modern design = LOVE! If only I could just "copy" and "paste" these looks and items directly into my home!

Lucca has a distinctive European flair to it, and carries such an eclectic mix of unique treasures that they mix with vintage for a dark French flea market atmosphere.

Venue is a work studio and boutique, which is such a clever shop idea! The boutique carries product from over 40 different local artists. There are 8 artist studio's in the back, and much of what those artist's create, shows up on the boutique's selling floor. At times, you can even get a glimpse of the artists hard at work.

Romanza kept us busy for a while, as we couldn't keep our hands off everything! So many delicious smelling candles and fragrances in gorgeous packaging! The pictures I have below is from the baby section. Be-U-TI-ful!

Now, two of my favorite coffee shops in Ballard are Verite Coffee (which sells the TASTY cupcake concoctions of Cupcake Royale!) and the organic coffee house Caffe Fiore. Since it was a bit too early for a cupcake, we opted for Caffe Fiore, which makes a mean and spicy chai tea latte!

We then continued our adventure in Fremont, stopping at the sustainable sandwich shop, Homegrown, for a DELICIOUS lunch. I love their logo and the chalkboard menu lined wall!

Burnt Sugar has long been one of my favorite's, and not just because it has the BEST name ever and a rocket ship mounted to the front of the shop. It carries a great mixture of handbags, jewelry, shoes, accessories and beauty products, all under a painted pink ceiling. Dreamy!

Essenza is such a beautiful and charming shop! Chocked-full of stunning jewelry, soaps, fragrances, beauty products, baby items, home decor and the like! I was ogling over the owls I have snapped a picture of - may just need to go back for those cuties!

And there you have it! Hope you've enjoyed getting a little sneak peak of some neighborhoods and a few fun shops in Seattle from our weekend trip! I keep adding Seattle websites to my Delicious bookmarks, so feel free to check them out if you're curious. If you've been to Seattle, what's your favorite shop or area??

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I Spy: Glam Garden!

{Cover of Quilters Home Magazine | Oct/Nov 2010 Issue}

This weekend, I visited one of our favorite hang-out spots - Barnes & Noble to peruse magazines and books while sipping a Chai tea latte. I started in the women's interest section, then the home magazines, the computer section, and then the sewing and crafting section - piling on magazines at each stop. As I was in the sewing section, pulling out the Quilters Home magazine, I spotted something that looked a bit familiar. Looking more closely, i-spied some of my Glam Garden fabric being used for a featherweight cozy cover on the cover of the magazine!!! The COVER? Seriously? I teared up on the spot, rushed to my husband and shook the magazine at him (gently) with my one free hand. His huge smile and my teared up eyes made for a happy moment.

Teri Coffman? You made my day, week, month! {Thanks for using Glam Garden! Gush!}

As you could probably guess from my exuberant thanks, Teri Coffman is the designer behind this Fab Featherweight cozy. Check out her blog to read up on her story regarding this cozy cover, and many more fabulous things and sewing adventures on her blog. There's a variety of fabric prints mixed in with Glam Garden {in case you are having trouble spotting}, but that does not for one bit change my excitement!

Just thought I'd share with you my happy moment {blush}.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Glam Garden Discoveries: Part 2

{Photo's courtesy of Danielle Bryson Photography for Loblolly Lane}

I wanted to share with you some of the beautiful projects that have come my way! First off, thanks to those who have answered my call to send me pics of projects you have made using my Glam Garden fabrics! It's so delightful to see the beauty you are creating, and to be able to share it with people. I hope you all enjoy seeing what these peeps have been up to!

{Photo's courtesy of Danielle Bryson Photography for Loblolly Lane}

Eunice Carter over at Loblolly Lane sent me these fab pics! Loblolly Lane has made a variety of beautiful dresses, skirts and tops for women and girls out of Glam Garden prints! These beauties are for sale and you can head over to their shop to check them out! {Thanks Loblolly Lane for using Glam Garden in so many of your products!!}

{Photo's courtesy of Danielle Bryson Photography for Loblolly Lane}

{Loblolly Lane}

{The Sewing Blonde}

Check out this amazing dress from The Sewing Blonde! Fantastically beautiful! She created this fab dress using the Analise pattern from Portabellopixie. Her daughter wore this number for her first day of school - talk about a grand dress for a grand occasion! Isn't it striking? You can read all about her sewing adventure of creating this dress on her blog here.

{The Sewing Blonde}
The photo of the back of this dress makes me swoon! Such beautiful and hard work went into this beauty!

{The Sewing Blonde}

She also created this cute hair accessory out of one of the flowers from Glam Garden as well. Great idea, don't you think?

{The Thrifty Quilter}

Meghan over at the Thrifty Quilter blog, made this absolutely STUNNING hexagon quilt out of Glam Garden! I love how she mixed in the bright solids with the prints!! You can tell a lot of hard work and love went into this project. SO fun!

{The Thrifty Quilter}

{Sophie & Lili}

Jennifer Vallez over at Sophie & Lili sent me this photo of the absolutely fabulous dolls they make - and this one has Glam Garden decorating the back! LOVE! Aren't these dolls cute?

{The Organized Shopper}

This Original Hands-free List Maker / Coupon Organizer is made by The Organized Shopper who makes these great designer coupon organizers and sells them on Etsy. I heart organization, you?? What a great idea! I love the labeled tabs inside.

{The Organized Shopper}

Whew! What a round-up of beautiful things! Thanks so much to everyone who sent me pictures of your fabulous projects, and thank you so much for using Glam Garden! I really appreciate it!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

FREE Pattern Download: Glam-O-Ruffle Pillow

After MANY months, I have FINALLY compiled the sewing instructions for my ruffle pillow that is featured in my Glam Garden photo shoot. I am calling it the "Glam-O-Ruffle Pillow", as a play on words to "Glamorous" - which is fitting for the Glam Garden fabric collection, don't you think? I absolutely LOVE this pillow! It sits cheerily in my studio and makes me smile each time I see it.

The pattern download is available on my website. Just go to my website, click on the Inspiration page, scroll to the bottom, and it's there for you under "Free Downloads". Just click on the little photo icon and it'll be ready to download. Yay!

I made this pillow one night when I was sewing away my weekends in preparation for the photo shoot. I got all my garments done and had an extra evening before the big day, and the over-achiever in me decided to create another thing off the top of my head. So off I went cutting and sewing this pillow together on a whim, writing down measurements as I went, to make my sewing instructions easier to put together for you all, in the future.

OK, so as a disclaimer, you just need to know that I am an artist and not a sewing genius. I tried with the structured side of my mind to write the instructions as best as I could, so if you come across any crazy talk, then just e-mail me and let me know what to fix, K? Thanks everyone!! I hope you are able to try it out, and enjoy!

Fall 2010 Runway Inspiration: Ralph Lauren, Prada & Dries Van Noten

Ok, ok, here's my LAST fall 2010 runway inspiration post. I promise! To keep it my last post I thought I would put a few shows together to round it up. First off are prints from the Ralph Lauren fall runway show. The first two images I am showing you here are from a magazine, (Bazaar, I think?) which showcase the Ralph Lauren printed dresses in a beautiful way! So I thought I'd include them!

Dark grounded floral prints were all over the runways, from a variety of designers, so keep a look-out for them this fall!

{Ralph Lauren Runway Show at}
The prints from the Prada runway were exquisite and are paving the way for fall print trends. What's beautiful about these prints is the hand-sketched quality that revives a classic lace and plaid. The print in the center is twisted rope, which we've been seeing for a bit now. But now that Prada's showcasing it, the trend will now have more legs to stand on.

{Prada Runway Show at}

What I absolutely love about the prints from the Dries Van Noten runway, is that they look like they have been over-dyed with a dark color which is causing the colors of the print to adopt the over-dyed tone and offer very little contrast. These prints look completely fresh to me, and I even like how they appear tropical in a not-in-your-face tropical way.

I hope all these fall runway posts have offered up some beautiful & fashionable eye candy to you, and you were inspired by print and color!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fall 2010 Runway Inspiration: Missoni & Etro

I absolutely adore Missoni's stunning and famous sweater designs! Talk about inspiring! Patchwork sweaters anyone? Me? YES, thank you! I really enjoy their mixing and clashing of color and design all in one garment. Beautiful, don't you think?

{Missoni Fall 2010 Runway Collection}

{Missoni Fall 2010 Runway Collection}

{Etro Fall 2010 Runway Collection}
This color story really makes me happy! I love the ethereal tones of soft color mixed with the charcoal gray and black.

{Etro Fall 2010 Runway Collection}
{Etro Fall 2010 Runway Collection}

What I enjoy about Etro's fall collection, is their creative placement of their paisley prints on the garments. I also enjoy this color story as well! Another fall collection that is sporting the autumnal oranges with denim blues. I think we'll definitely be seeing more of this color story as fall rolls in.

{All images from}

Fall 2010 Runway Inspiration: Kenzo

Yet another runway favorite of mine is Kenzo! Check out these beautiful wallpaper florals in soft colors or autumnal colored grounds! Their color stories are absolutely inspiring!

Love the autumnal oranges with camel and denim blues!

Love the taupe with a mauve undertone mixed with the dusty purple, bright blue, teal and berry!

{All images from}

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Using Glam Garden in a project?

Hi everyone! I'm gearing up for the Glam Garden Discoveries: Part 2 blog post!!! Send me your pics of your projects using my Glam Garden fabrics by Friday, September 17th. You can e-mail your photos to me at Include your name, a short sentence or two about your project, and website link if you have one! Let your friends know too.

I'll try to feature as many as I can very soon thereafter, as I'd love to point people to you and what you're up to. Yay! I'm so excited to see what you creatives are up to out there, and thanks so much for using my fabrics in your projects - such a delight!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Fall 2010 Runway Inspiration: Basso & Brooke

Next up, of my favorite Fall 2010 runway collections, is Basso & Brooke. Digital prints galore! Each season they continue to maximize digital printing and come up with new and innovative solutions for how print interfaces with a garment.

I love the digital patchwork and collage of images, and their clever use of trompe l'oeil such as printed sweater patterns, fabric textures and ruffles. Oh yes, look closely (click images to view larger!), and you will see it's all faux...and SooOoo wonderful! What is also beautiful is one pattern morphing into another, as well as the digital swirls of rich color. Pattern heaven!

{All images}


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