Monday, July 21, 2014

Time for a Picnic!

I would like to introduce my new product, yarndyed and quilted picnic blankets! With beautiful summer weather, what is better than enjoying the sunset and having a lovely meal maybe a glass of wine or two in the park or at the beach.

This summer is my return to Celebrate Brooklyn! a summer long music and movie festival in Prospect Park.  I am one of the 17 people selling in the EtsyNY booth.
There are two different styles.  One is quilted with a cotton canvas or poly canvas bottom.  The canvas is water resistant so if the ground is damp your bums will stay dry.  These are also quilted with a light batting and pieced on top with some fun summer prints or limited edition of Charley Harper organic prints by Birch Organics.

The other style is called the Flattie.  This is a basic picnic blanket made with yarn dyed cotton so it is vibrant in color, strong weave and softens with each wash.  These have a pocket so you can hide your phone or wallet or tuck your shoes in there and keep the blanket from blowing up in the wind.

Serano Deluxe with Anchor
yarndyed stripe flatties or solid organic ice blue

These are easy to carry or pack in a bag or under a stroller.  A problem I am now familiar with.  I made these yarndyed throws to be compact and fit in the diaper bag or under your stroller. 
The size is approximately 45" x 55" perfect for a family of 3. 
 You can pick one of these up at Celebrate Brooklyn shows in Prospect Park and later this week they will be listed in my etsy shop!
Hope you are having a great summer!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hot Summer Hues

Photo by Kimberley Hasselbrink

         I've been thinking about the colors peach, neon peach and coral shades. It's definitely the new neon pink. The past few years, summers especially neon and hot pink is the color for men, women, kids, interior design and crafts.

Naturally we would tire of all the pink.  The other morning while waiting an exceptionally long time for the subway I noticed how many people, mostly women, were wearing shades of peach and coral and not pink.

I myself have been designing with more coral and peach color shades. Ive been working on picnic blankets like a crazy woman.  I've hired a sewist to help me ramp up production because the blankets keep selling out this summer.  Such a great feeling!

I've also started working on a new knit blanket for Harper.

 My co-worker Derya helped me choose the shiny matte shiny palette.
This is what we are calling it because of the matte organic yarn alternating with the shiny Pima cotton.
And what a pleasant surprise at work this past Sunday when I saw the new color of Madeline Tosh yarn, neon peach
neon peach from Madeline Tosh

 oh my! I can't wait to work on this. I've already started designing a new winter scarf.  ahh these yarns are amazing! london tierney
Take a look around and drink in all the peach hues this summer!


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

May Giveaway

We are almost thru May and barbecue season is beginning.  I can hardly believe it! I have been prepping my back yard every free minute.  Planting new flowers, veggies and herbs.  And I just cut the grass today, yes we have a small area of grass and I own a push mower.  I have never really used a push mower.  It's not that bad.  Quite easy and I find it enjoyable.  Relaxing.  The other day we started up the grill just to give it a little test run.  This Saturday will be our first barbecue and Harper's First birthday and I don't want to run out of gas.  Or the grill run out of gas.  Do you grill? Do you wear a grilling apron? One of those that have some sort of funny sayings?  Well in May one of my aprons is part of a give away on the Etsy New York blog.  Just click here to see the whole post.

Butcher Style apron with Liberty of London pockets

And while you are cooking, keep your hair pulled back with this bandanna.
Made of Liberty of London Tana Lawn and finished with bright neon pink stitching.

Basically all you need to do is visit my facebook page and like it.  Then in the comments write #maygiveaway.  You have two more days, the raffle closes on May 23.  And if you love free things you should check out the Etsy New York blog often because every month there will be a give away! How sweet is that!

Good luck!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

16 Hours of Sewing

16 hours of sewing... well not really.  I just completed teaching another session of Introduction to Sewing 1 Intensive at the Sewing Studio in Manhattan.  I am always so impressed with the results.  These students started four weeks ago knowing nothing about sewing, fabric, patterns, grain, zippers and measuring the body.   Grain? like 7 grain bread?  No. 

I taught them how to use a machine, how to wind a bobbin,  we moved on how to make a drawstring bag and how to make a zipper pouch.  And their final project, picking a pattern and making a skirt that has a zipper.  It was 4 weeks long and it went by so fast.  These were the results. Here are 3 skirts, 3 varieties.  All have a zipper, darts and was adjusted to fit the sewist. 

I am so happy and impressed with these ladies.  They were a great group to spend a Saturday afternoon with.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Liberty Love for the Moms

I always have a hard time coming up with something for my mom for Mother's Day.  First of all she is difficult to buy for and secondly after so many years what do I give her that's new and different?

What will she like? What will she appreciate? What will she use? What will she enjoy? What what what? It is exhausting.

Growing up in a somewhat suburban/rural area, exposure to things was not a regular thing.  When I started working in design and learned about Liberty of London fabrics I immediately fell in love.  The softness of the fabric and the beautiful, completely unique designs is what makes them so desired.  I gifted my mom at Christmas a lap blanket using a Liberty print on one side.  And success, she actually uses it and likes it.  My dad likes it too for his morning naps.

Now that it's Mother's Day why not give another Liberty gift.  Here are 3 items from my Etsy shop that are uniquely Liberty and useful!

Something small.  Very few people use hankies or pocket squares but why not? It is environmentally friendly after all.  My pocket squares are a hot seller, but they can also be used as a hankie.

Loden print with finished edges

Have a mom that likes to cook or garden? Or keep that hair pulled back?  A patchwork bandanna.

Pink flower Mauvey Patchwork Bandanna

Or for the mom who likes to entertain, double sided napkins.  Now in two choices of prints, Strawberry Thief or Wiltshire.

my favorite the Strawberry Thief in green olive

Wiltshire in pink

Something for every mom, a little liberty love. Just visit my Etsy Shop!

Happy Mother's Day!