Tuesday, June 22, 2010

time got the best of me....

I'm afraid time got the best of me...it's 11pm, and I am exhausted. (and I don't even have a picture to share...)
A day of insane planning and preparation before taking time off to be with family has put the giveaway on the back-burner. Isn't it funny how the little things are what take up the most time?
The only problem is that I didn't quite realize just how many of those "this will just take a few minutes" kinds of jobs I had to do. And here we are.
I promise to return in a couple of days, and with that will hopefully come the giveaway I have been so anxious to share!

Monday, June 21, 2010

those textiles just get me every time...

(embroidery image scanned into the computer, and then digitally altered)

I am having fun experimenting more with combined sewn and digital work, and really love how this door pattern turned out. It really is getting a bit addictive.....

...and of course my love for these faces never stops. (all thanks to my original collaboration with Pistachio Press.....) I have to admit, I am quite anxious about receiving the first test swatches for this one. I already want to use it for a footstool, pillows, bedding, wallpaper, etc..... Rather than an addiction, I think this one has become a bit of an obsession, don't you think?

Well, we have been busy coming up with some ideas for my new Robert Kaufman fabrics, and I am looking forward to sharing these with you soon. Shall we say tomorrow, perhaps? I don't want to "give anything away", but I highly suggest you pop by to say hello :)

night night

Thursday, June 17, 2010

new, new, and giveaway news.....

....let's get down to business, shall we? I have a few bits and bobs to share today, so dilly dallying today!

1. If any of you find yourselves in Rhode Island soon, I would love for you to attend the opening of a group exhibit I will be participating in at Craftland. The ever so talented Rebecca Siemering is guest curating this exhibit of stitchery, and some amazing creators will be taking part.

7/1/10 – 7/31/10
Rebecca Siemering guest curator
Sleight of Hand - Embroidery Show

  • Samantha Cotterill / mummysam
  • Michael Aaron McAllister
  • Leisa Rich
  • Richard Saja
  • Will Schaff
2. My first cuts of fabric arrived from Robert Kaufman yesterday!! As much as I would love to fill this post with more photos, the dreary weather has made this house so dark, and my photos are reflecting that. Besides, it gives me the weekend to put some "packages" together in hopes of a good (and I mean good) giveaway next week....

3. It is time to announce the giveaway winner......can you hear the drumroll?.....
congratulations Carole of B.C.! The bird book is ready to head off to it's proper home. Please e-mail me with your shipping address, and it will be on its way. Thanks again to everyone who entered, and let's just call this good practice before next week's big giveaway :)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

the "coordinated" professional

...do you ever have those moments where you are suddenly reminded of how your own little brain worked when you were a kid? Seeing this picture of big A taking a water break during a very rain-drenched game brought me back to a place I haven't visited in a while....

...a place where you let your mind wander, and imagine you really are that professional player you have been looking up to for so long. ( O.K... so looking at it now, I do wonder why on earth I picked Ivan Lendl as my hearthrob tennis star. Maybe it is because he had a wife with my name, and I thought because of that amazing fact, we were destined to be together should our paths ever cross? ...then again, I also felt that way about John Cusack. His sister wore braces/headgear in a movie that were just like the ones I was fortunate enough to wear, so it was clearly destiny as well for us to marry too....)
...My games were met with important rituals that mirrored those of the pros I so desperately wanted to become. The three wipes across the forehead before every serve like Lendl, the grunting of Monica Seles and the back-bend serve of Boris Becker, were all things I had picked up from hours upon hours of watching tennis. It was these movements that allowed me to escape in my own little head to a place of world-wide recognition. (and then I was knocked backed into reality when I overheard a fellow mum commenting on how I could serve the way I did with such bony arms....)

..As big A drank his water with a sense of greatness, I looked at him knowing that this simple little action was something very important and very big to him. Even through the many bouts of clearly "coordinated" moves involving some trips and spills (he has bony arms and legs too), he was a pro.

...The drench-filled game was put to a halt with a threatening clap of thunder, and my two boys strutted off the fields like any other pr0 would do.....full of adrenaline and excitement.

...just maybe without the bony limbs.

****P.S thanks so much to all of you who entered the giveaway!! I was fortunate to meet many new visitors, and will announce the winner by the end of the week. Thanks again!!*****

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A little giveaway, perhaps?

....I do believe it's a perfect day for a giveaway, no?

...how about a copy of this lovely little book that arrived at my doorstep a few days back? ( if you watch ever so intently, you may see a little mummysam project in there....)

...Just leave a comment...or better yet, announce this little giveaway on your own blog...or even better yet, tweet about this little event, and you be able to count yourself in for up to three votes! (oh wait..I am not done. scratch that. If you pay Stash books a visit, i'll count you in for even one more vote! I know, I am working this one pretty hard....)

..Let me know how many votes to count you in for, and leave any blog links, as these giveaways are such a great way to get to know all of you a bit more :)

...You have until Saturday 10pm EST. good luck!

Friday, June 4, 2010

yes. it's 11:30am and I have eaten an entire bar of chocolate

On this rainy day....
Henry cannot wait to come home and listen to the pitter patter while sipping on a cup of tea,
Madge is saddened that her surprise picnic she had planned for Henry was not going to be....

Yes. It is 11:30 a.m, and I have just managed to devour an entire bar of dark chocolate with fruit and nuts, and I don't feel the least bit guilty about it. I was going to wait until tonight to indulge in this little feast, but since I just finished a week long struggle with this dear little pattern of mine, I figured now is the perfect time. (alright, so maybe my stomach doesn't quite agree with my decision at the moment, but my mind is quite happy)

The geometric pattern started off simple enough, until I "had to" add some lamp posts in there.....Five angst ridden days later, with complete amazement that there is still hair on this head of mine, it all came together. Most of the work was spent on trying to get the repeat to work right, and after a few very well thought out "let's see what this button will do" attempts, it finally worked!

Well, I best be off now to wash down all this chocolate with a good cup of tea of my own. Besides, there's some sketchy looking rain clouds out there, and who wouldn't want to listen to some good pitter patter rain drops with a nice cup of tea in one's hand?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

do you like a little dressing on the side?

.... how fun is it when one gets the chance to do something a bit different? (If you haven't figured it out by now, my brain tends to hop from one thing to the next quite a bit....) After being ever so patient with me, I managed to design this little number for some upcoming silkscreen shirts with Dressing on the Side. (a great shop to fill many a sweet tooth when eating those delicious cupcakes just aren't enough to do the trick) With the premise being a "cakewalk", I thought it very fitting to add a little "drama" between the two ladies.......

...check back soon for the final design, and a future giveaway for a shirt of your own!

Happy Tuesday :)