Friday, September 28, 2012

Giveaway winners and Roughing It

Who knew you guys were spread so far and wide? I had an absolute blast reading your comments and finding out where you're all from. I always accept international entries for my giveaways, but I really wanted to make sure Olive (and her beau Orlando!) would make their way onto sewing tables here in the US and internationally. So that's why I'm drawing 2 winners (one US and one International) for this giveaway. The idea for Olive came to me from a memory I have of a trip to New Zealand a few years ago where I met ostriches up close for the first time. I really wanted them to be sweet. They were so not sweet :) Cute. But not so friendly. Which is why I designed Olive with hearts :)

So onto our giveaway winners. Congrats!! FQ packs of the collection will be on their way to you soon! And for the rest of you, Olive the Ostrich will be available in stores in November.

US winner VickiT #112 said...

OH gosh, such adorable projects.
I'd love to have some to make my 7 month old Granddaughter something from that. I'm pretty sure it would be a little outfit of some sort or a little blanket and bib even possibly. I know I just adore seeing little baby girls wearing those cute little ruffle butt diaper covers under their adorable dresses so that might be what I would choose. I'm from Illinois, USA.

International winner: paulapatchwork #34 said...

oH! tks fr the chance! I'd love to make some girlie totes for my eldest and her friends! I bet they will treasure it! I'm from Argentina.

So who's ready to start thinking of ways to use my new Roughing It fabric? My new collection with Robert Kaufman will be available in stores in Dec of this year. I've already started on a few projects of my own using these fun trees and campers so I'll share them as soon as they're ready for viewing. And if you look closely, you'll even spy a few wee woodpeckers hanging out among the trees and picnic tables.

This airstream camper print will be available in slicker fabric! 
(Only in this color and print) Its a 54" wide coated cotton. So yummy!

The pieces for a sassy rain coat (for me!) have just been cut out of the red camper slicker fabric and are staring at me on my sewing table. (I'm using the Amy Butler adult rain coat pattern. Now...if I can just muster up the courage to get started on the sewing. Frankly, the project is far beyond my capabilities, but I'm going to give it the old college try!!  I'm headed out to pick up a teflon foot sometime today, as I hear that can be a real help when working with the slicker fabric. (And of course I might just pick up an extra bottle of wine which I don't think will hurt!) I also got a hint to widen the arms on this specific pattern so they're not so narrow and picked up a box of the Clover clips to keep everything together since pinning isn't ideal with coated  fabrics. Any other hints for sewing with slicker fabric or for this specific Amy Butler pattern would be hugely appreciated!

Fun tent selvage!!

And one last picture! Last week I made up these PJ boxer shorts for myself from my new Don't be Crabby collection (also available in stores starting this December!). I love, love the fabric for boxers. (A friend called them my Crabby Pants which had me rolling with laughter.) 

But there's something about this specific sewing pattern that I'm just not loving (they're a bit droopy in the back!), so I'm on the hunt for a new PJ Boxer pattern. I think I'm going to try to use an existing pair of boxer PJ bottoms that I really like and create a pattern from that. Maybe I'll try that as soon as I finish tackling this rain coat project!!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Olive the Ostrich giveaway

Who wants some Olive the Ostrich fabric!? I'm giving away two fat quarter sets. Let's spread the Olive love far and wide! One FQ set will go to an international reader and one to someone here in the US. So when you leave me your comment, let me know where you live and when I use the random number generator gizmo, I'll make sure to keep picking until we find one winner from each group. :)

And for some inspiration eye candy, here's a few projects from a few peeps who were able to get their hands on some Olive early so they could help me show off the line. The whole collections starts shipping in November, so this is a chance to get some on your cutting tables early!

Scallop bag by Artsy-Crafty Babe

Insignia Quilt by Bluprint Textiles

Hexie clutch by Sew Sweetness

Gift bags by Crafty Cupboard

Placemats by Stitches & Scissors

A girl's skirt and tank I made

A little dress and ruffled bloomers I made

All of those shots make me want to go bust into my Olive stash and start on something new and Olive-y! 

To register to win, just leave me your comment here (don't forget to tell me where you're from and make sure I can contact you). In your comment let me know what you might make with your Olive FQ set. Can't wait to hear what your'e dreaming of. I'll draw the winner this Friday, 9/28.

Oh!!! And as a side not, someone emailed me after the last giveaway and we determined that Olive's beau is named Orlando. :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Olive the Ostrich & Artsy Crafty Babe Giveaway

Squeal. That's what I did this morning when I woke to find an email in my inbox from Beki over at Artsy-Crafty Babe. I've seen so many of Beki's awesome projects in many of my absolute favorite craft books and magazines, and I was just tickled when she agreed to play with Olive the Ostrich.

Ready to see the awesomeness? You're gonna squeal too!

I've been stalking scallop projects on Flickr and Pinterest of late so when Beki emailed me about  this little cutie she made, I could hardly contain my self. Beki designed it as a ballet bag for her daughter. And its reversible so Olive the Ostrich can hang out in the inside the bag or on the outside. Olive hanging out with ballet slippers and tutus. Tee hee. I was in ballet until I was a teenager, so the memories this little bag brings back are just fabulous. I just LOVE it Beki!

So dear readers, would you like a FQ set of Olive to play with? The collections doesn't start shipping to stores until November, so here's a chance to get some onto your sewing table before then. Skeedadle over to Beki's blog before Monday 9/24 and leave her a comment to register to win.

All photos by Artsy-Crafty Babe

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Don't be Crabby | Sneak Peek

Thank you so much for all the great emails about the selvage on Don't be Crabby. I am just so tickled that you're excited about the new line. Sounds like there are some great projects being schemed with some fun selvage being incorporated. 

And as promised last week, here are a few shots that show off the whole line. There are 5 patterns in two color ways. One minute the reds are my favorites, and with the blink of an eye, the greens and aquas are my new favorites. I'm hoping to make some little crabby PJ boxers soon and just can't decide which pattern to use! Whatcha think?

Don't be Crabby will be available for shops to order from Robert Kaufman on Sept 24 and the full line will start shipping in December of this year. I have a few FQs lined up to give away soon, so stick close by :)

Have a great week all!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Super fun selvage | Don't be Crabby and Roughing It

How much do I love the selvage for my next two lines with Robert Kaufman?!

I never know what the selvage will look like, and its turned into my 2nd most favorite part of getting my artist samples. #1 is of course ripping open the boxes and petting the new fabric and #2 is giggling over the selvage.

I'll post some more sneak peeks of both lines later this month :)

Don't be Crabby and Roughing It both will be available for shops to order later this month and will begin shipping at the end of the year.