Happy Days by Heidi Pridemore

Hi Friends,
This just goes to show how many beautiful and fun iterations talented quilters can come up with my fabric collection, Lift Your Spirit. Heidi Pridemore designed and Doris Pridemore machine quilted this colorful quilt which is featured in the August/September McCalls Quick Quilts. This quilt is full of happiness.

Heather Bentley's Curious Georgia

Hello Folks out there! I am happy to show off these beautiful, "Lift Your Spirit" hats made by Heather Bentley, whom I have met through Etsy. Her store, Curious Georgia is a children's clothing shop full of "oh so cute" items. Here is a little about Heather and her philosophy on curiousgeorgia's clothes in her words...

I learned how to sew when I was a child...my mom patiently taught me. After having three girls I decided I better start sewing again. I love mixing fun fabrics to create unique items for curious kids to wear. Practical pieces are my specialty. I want my customers to wear the items I make to play in, get dirty in, and even look and feel pretty in. I live in northern california and am a teacher by trade. I am now a stay at home mom who loves creating things for little cuties.

Thank you for sharing your story, Heather. We look forward to seeing more of what you do!

Also, I would like to thank Mi Lolli Photography. When you get a chance, check out her blog and photography too!

Look for Lift Your Spirit collection, licensed to Timeless Treasures in your local quilt shops or on-line.

Tony's Garden

Tony, my wonderful husband tends to his parent's garden this summer. We call it "his" garden because he has put so much elbow grease and tender loving care into it. Tony's parents have had their garden for decades and so much wonderful healthy food and beauty have come from it. Canning tomatoes, snapping green beans and making jellies keep the whole family going throughout the year with delicious homegrown food. Chet and Chloe helped pick beans and made signs to give away some of the zucchini and squash. The green beans, zucchini, squash, okra, tomatoes, corn and peas are growing beautifully. I run around the garden helping the kids pick and taking photos of the beautiful zinnias. I am so happy that the kids get to be a part of the gardening process. 

Dreams of Flowers Calendar

Tweetily Doodle to you! 
Here is an affordable calendar you can find at Michael's Craft Store this month. It is a 16 month calendar, so you can start plugging in dates for next year while having some wall art to enjoy. These illustrations are a combination of many mediums that I did...original paintings, pen and ink doodles, collaged flowers (that my mom and I did together) and then I compiled the final compositions digitally. Each month has an inspirational message, like "Daydreaming is the sweet wonder of Summer," written by poets and other renowned persons. If you are looking for wall art with Dreams of Flowers, look for collections I have through Bentley Publishing GroupI hope these pieces inspire you to live a fulfilled life!

Children's Ipad Project

I am working on a new project where I am doing some fun, little illustrations. This project is being developed for an ipad to teach school-age kids certain reading lessons. Here is one of my initial sketches and a computer illustration for the final. I was especially happy with this cute, baby ostrich.

Rejuvenating week-end

A week-end with college girl friends was overdue and finally happened! We filled it with Mimosa's, pedicures with crazy nail polish and a trip to an old stomping ground we frequented more often a decade+ ago! Good food, good talks, walks and gifts made for a memorable weekend. Thanks gals. When is the next one?

Black and White Fun

Tweetily Doodle to you all!
Here are some new affordable plexi-plates and bowls we recently purchased for a fun summer change. These new black and white graphic plates have been great for picnics, are fun to mix and match for meals, and have helped us reduce our serving sizes! The little mini bowls with the same plate patterns are great for dips and sauces or a healthy little fruit and vegetable snacks. Sometimes the simplest things can make you happy.

Lift Your Spirit Craft Bag from Pam Adkins

Look at how cute this is! Pam Adkins made this cute little Craft Bag with my Lift Your Spirit collection. This bag is great for taking to restaurants, doctor's offices or just about anywhere to occupy your little ones during times where patience is needed. Check out some of Pam's other wonderful creations at her etsy store SewFab1 or her new blog, Front Porch Cottage.

Heather Chopra's Etsy Store "laken and lila"

Recently, I have had the pleasure of working with Heather Chopra, a clothing designer. I found Heather's shop on etsy, laken and lila, and love her style. I decided to contact her to see if she would like to do something fun with my two fabric collections, All Things Good and Lift Your Spirit. Working with Heather gave me the chance to find out that we are both working mom's and business women who love being creative. Here is a little about Heather in her words....

Life is very busy. My son, Laken is almost 5 &  always on the go. He inspired me to start designing and creating handmade children’s clothing. I work from a studio in my home and sell my clothing online and wholesale to boutiques across the country. My shop has been named the #6 baby clothing site on etsy by babble... very exciting for me!  I design my own patterns and they are eco-friendly.  What does that mean?  Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Fashion means I design pieces that create little to no waste.  Think about all the fabric "scraps" that get thrown away each year... my patterns do not allow scraps... making it sustainable fashion.  I've been doing this for years and read in the New York Times last fall that The Fashion Institute of New York (F.I.T) is now starting to teach classes in this method!  I feel like a pioneer in the idea.

I’ve always loved creating. Writing, scrapbooking, cooking, etc… but my love for clothing and creating pieces has always been my true passion. I started sewing during a high school sewing class and I have enjoyed it ever since. I worked in the corporate world before I was a mom and then stayed home after having Laken. Being a stay at home mom is more difficult than I could ever have imagined but I would never trade it. After some soul searching and life changes, I decided I could have it all if I started incorporating my love of sewing back into my life. Making handmade children’s clothes just came naturally because of my love of children. What I realized was there is a need for unique, handmade, quality children’s apparel. Back in the day of my Grandmother and even my Mother handmade gifts were always given at Baby Showers. My clothing pieces are truly timepieces to cherish with a whimisical flair.

Over the past 3 years laken and lila has grown so much and I'm still a one woman show.  I could hardly call myself a stay at home mom. I work full time plus to get my orders out in a timely fashion and create new pieces.

A walk through my creative process… things just sort of come to me especially when I’m shopping for new fabric. I find fabric I like and then may just buy it even though I have no plan for it… then a few months later I may find something that would go just perfect with it and pick up where I left off. That’s where I am planning for the back to school  collection right now. (yes I know we haven't had summer yet... lol)  I found the cutest fabric on etsy and just had to have it… it’s been sitting on my work area for a few months and I just found some amazing fall fabric to use with it – then I will go back to the drawing board and figure out just how and where to use the original, unique fabric. My process is not very scientific… I like something, I’m drawn to it for some reason… and then I find a use for it.

Thank you Heather for sharing your story. It reminds us all to go for your dreams and love what you do no matter how hard it may be. Working with Heather, also gave me the chance to see some of the beautiful photography Melissa Rieke has done for Heather and fun headpieces by Melissa from Funky Fabulous Headbands and Glam. Please check them out too!

Thank you to Melissa Rieke Photography
Hair accessories by:
Funky Fabulous Headbands and Glam
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Patriotic Tree

Happy 4th of July Everyone!
I thought that I would share my Trees For All Seasons July Calendar image as a tribute to the this special holiday. Independence Day honors the birthday of the United States of America and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It's a day of picnics and patriotic parades, a night of concerts and fireworks, and a reason to fly the American flag. Hope everyone had fun eating burgers, watermelon, deviled eggs and playing with family and friends on this beautiful day.