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Unless you are a super nerdy designer, these initials probably mean something a little different to you…. In the world of graphic design, these initials stand for Pantone Matching System.  Pantone allows designers to color match specific hues.  Every year, Pantone announces their color of the year.  It’s really cool to see how the trend goes from advertising to fashion and other applications.  I was really excited to read on Sew4Home‘s blog this morning that the 2011 color of the year is honeysuckle!  They had a great collage of the different fabrics in this color.  SO fun!

A few weeks ago I ran across this amazingness on the Somance Design. It’s intended for color matching, but I think it would be amazing in a quilt!

Until then, I’ll just play with my swatches from Voler that I use for bike jerseys.

I’ll say this much, one thing I love almost as much as typography and texture is Pantone color swatches….  even on fabric!  Here’s to the year of the honeysuckle!



I came across this quote in the most recent issue of Where Women Create and fell in love with it. If you haven’t ever seen this magazine, go check it out!  It’s great inspiration to get the creative juices flowing and it’s also very intriguing with the stories that they share of these women artists, such as Amy Butler, about how and where they got started.

Over the last few weeks, this quote has really gotten me to thinking about what I want to accomplish creatively this year and new ventures I want to take as an artist and creative.  I have a long list and I hope to be sharing my processes with you over the next year more than I have in the previous.  It is my goal this year to put pencil to paper more, figuratively speaking of course, and share things that inspire me, projects I’ve competed, and hopefully share some common loves along the way.  I feel that I have grown a lot in the last year and can’t wait for the “finding” and the “losing” of my self within these next twelve months.

Happy creating!

if you sing a song, i’ll quilt along…

Sorry, Dave (Matthews).  Not to butcher  your song or anything.  : )

Today I have fabric arriving to get started on Craig’s quilt! I searched forever for a masculine set of prints that wasn’t camo, fishing, nascar, you name it.  I ended up selecting a few prints from Moda’s Park Avenue Silky Cotton Collection by 3 Sisters.  I purchased these three prints for now and I’ll trying to decide what to add to it.

Once I found the red plaid print, I knew I potentially struck gold. I want some deep, neutral tones, but also have some pop of color.  I’m wanting to use some scraps I have in greens and mustard colors.  I think it will compliment the ones I purchased and make the plaids stand out more.  Once I gather the rest of my fabrics, I’m going to be doing the Hexagon Quilt-a-Long with JayBird Quilts.  Her instructions are great and the photos easily show you what and how to do it.  I have started a quilt for play, so this is really my “first”.

Now go check out JayBird Quilts and see all of her fun projects or join the Hexagon Quilt-a-Long, too!  She’s got great colors, patterns, ideas and how-to’s

a little lovely…

I’ve been inspired a lot recently by several blogs I follow. Many I try to link on the right side of my blog ——->

I’m entering a new journey in my life that has been something of well… the unexpected. Almost a month ago I have a new job as a housewife and doing some fun projects for some extra cash here and there. As a freelance graphic designer, I’m doing some cool cycling jerseys and invitations, but I’m also re-purposing furniture, sewing aprons and anything else I can get a hold of. In my journey, I’m starting to do things for me. There are several projects around the house that I’ve been itching to do since we moved in last May, but after a serious knee injury, surgery, starting grad school, working insane number of hours, quitting grad school and realizing that I want to go back to school but for interior design – well, now here’s my chance.

Since the first time we entered this house, I was IN LOVE with all the black. See, I have an obsession with a few things, and as an artist color is one of them. Not just any color. Chartreuse. Black. White. Turquoise. And let’s throw in splashes and accents of red. I can’t get enough. I’m starting to realize I put those colors in every room but just in different ways. So, one of the first things I’ve wanted to do since entering our house was to do something fun with the chandelier shades. I’ve never had them before and am in total admiration for french inspired shades that cost a pretty penny. You know, the metal ones that are hand painted in metallic paint? This weekend, I finally got my chance. I rounded up my hot glue gun, ball fringe and ribbon and got to it. A little less than an hour later, I had this:

chandelier shade

shade 2

Another project that I have done lately was inspired by a Rate My Space find on HGTV’s site by my friend Lindsey. I wish I could find the original link to give the original poster a “shout-out”. Lindsey and I spent one afternoon painting all of our pots black and adding fun white accents. I filled mine with lots of color and randomness inspired by my mother the plant lady. Unlike her, I have an art degree – not one in soil science. But she has passed along some great tips. My flowers have already grown a lot and I look forward for them to fill up the pot!

flower pot
flower pots
flower pots

I have found a lot of new inspirations and have a lot of new projects planned. Come back for more!

triston + 6 months

tristonI did a photo shoot with Cassie, Carly and Triston on Saturday.  I’m really pleased about how well the photos turned out, especially since we were dealing with a bright afternoon sun and a little one.  The lighting, even in the shade, turned out to work well for us!  Check it out!

Sew cool….

Santa brought me a gift I have been wanting a really long time! My parents got me the Martha Stewart edition Singer sewing machine. I started sewing when I was a kid, but never really got into it much.

I began sewing by hand on many if my stationary & graphic design projects. I’m looking forward to using my machine to make it a little easier and less time consuming.

My first project was a vallance for my bathroom. I had purchased about 5 yards of light aqua fabric from The Muse about a year ago & haven’t done anyhing with it. I went back and purchased a complimentary fabric with a yummy leopard print and some trims – which were splurge items. 🙂 I found an awesome curtain rod with brown glass knobs at Walmart for $13. The bottom trim matches it perfectly! It tries the room perfectly together! SO much better than the blinds that came with the house. I’ll post before & after photos soon!

Greetings from Central America!

Today was our first day to visit Universidad Latina where we will be staying & seeing the city. It’s still surreal & I can’t believe I’m really here. Our host parents are Ivannia & Diego. They have a son & a daughter. The family is really nice!

We are sharrong the home with 4 18 ye old girls from Germany & a guy from the states.

We got to go to one market & I was able to get 5 Christmas gifts for $20!

Tomorrow is our first day of class. We walk to school and it’s about a 35-40 minute treck.

I uploaded a few photos to Will not be able to carry my big camera around much. It’s a safety measure so it’s not stolen.

Anyway, gotta get back to reading!

¡pura vida!

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