Friday, July 9, 2010

Blueberry Park

Over the past few months I've been quite lucky enough to meet and become Twitter friends with Karen of Blueberry Park, which is an online UK shop chock full of beautiful handmade products. Karen is always right there with a kind word, encouragement or truly insightful comment. She's one of the many reasons I'm so happy to have this online community of artists and crafters to be inspired by and get feedback from.

I was also lucky enough to have Karen purchase a set of my handprinted fabric and was incredibly delighted to see what she came up with. Seriously, how cute is this!? And such a great way to use small bits of precious fabric.

Some of my very favorite textile designers / printers are represented in this amazing piece! Who can you spy? She also whipped up these adorable pot holders using strips of my pear fabric. Gah, I love that orange! You can buy these here, in Karen's etsy shop.

And for even more crafty, fabric inspiration go visit Karen's blog. And one last thing... if you've purchased any of my fabric or kits, I'd LOVE to see what you've done with it! Email me pics or add them to the Flickr group.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


This week feels like it's on fast forward because it's so out of the ordinary and I'm trying to accomplish so much. I pulled the trigger on the office / craft space redo and I'm completely entrenched in demolishing and painting. My little brother came over yesterday and tore out the old built in desk and it's amazing how much getting rid of that massive block of wood opened up the room. That in combination with the primed walls - it's incredibly light and airy and I couldn't be more excited! Look what we found behind the desk...

There was just the tiniest bit of this pretty paper, isn't it sweet? I wish there had been more - I would have tried to keep it. But since there was so little I took a quick picture before priming.

Since the room is going to be mostly white / off white I want to do one accent wall but I'm really torn between two different wall papers. I have this adorable vintage paper that I've been saving for something special...

Or... Well, I'm thinking about doing something rash and ordering a roll of this... This is my husbands favorite. What do you guys think?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Poppytalk Handmade - Gulf Coast Donations

I've been wanting to participate in the Poppytalk market for ages and when I saw their post about this months' market benefiting the gulf I knew this was the right time for me to get moving and do it! I've got two new prints on my virtual market table that all of the proceeds will go to Oxfam. .Which, in turn will go to help communities being devastated by the gulf oil spill. In addition, all month long I'll be donating $1 from every sale in my Etsy shop. Sometimes I feel so incredibly small when I think about all of the tragedy and global disasters effecting the world and wonder what the heck I could possible do that would help or make a difference. Often I just shut down and do nothing. But if everyone has that attitude then nothing will happen. This is a very small effort on my part but if thousands of people make even this small effort it will have a huge impact. So, visit Poppytalk here and purchase something beautiful to make a difference.