Monday, September 28, 2009

CONGRATS to a Winner and Runner-UP!

Weeeelllll, I'm a little late posting the winners of the giveaway because I was, ahem, hunched over my new sewing machine :)

Thank you to all my creative bloggy friends who came up with super cute names for miss Janome 6500. It was so tough to choose one, so I picked TWO!

The first winner suggested the name that I plan to use...Angie suggested, "Matilda". I like it. I think I'll call her "Tilde" for short :)

The second winner cracked my stuff up with his suggestion. Thanks, John for the clever name, "Ja-Gnome". Makes me think my machine is a rapper gnome from da're right...I'm just a goofy white girl with a sewing machine, but I loved his idea.
If I selected your name, email me at to claim your prize!

Wanna see what I've been working on?

I was just itching to use my red, aqua, and pink fabric from Sew Deerly Loved! It's time for something really girly for a change, and it gave me an excuse to use some of my Lollies and Hedgies, Storybook Mushrooms, and Willard Gnome fabrics.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

It's HERE, let's celebrate!

Cue the music! At long last, my new sewing machine has arrived! What a relief! Today was the last possible day that it could have arrived before I would have had a meltdown of worry. I'm always a little leary of purchasing large items on ebay, but I spoke with the seller on the phone and she is a fellow quilter and teacher. Always a soft spot for you gals who are quilters AND do you find the time?? long last, here she is...

I've obviously not had a chance to get acquainted with her yet, and she doesn't even have a name. This is my first computerized sewing machine, so it'll take me a minute or two to read the manual and get her up and running ;)

In honor of my new friend, let's have a little contest, shall we???

*Leave me a comment with your best name idea for my Janome 6500. I will select my favorite comment by Sunday evening 9/27.

* The winner will receive a generous fabric remnant from one of my new fabric designs, "Storybook Mushrooms" and the bragging rights of being the most creative name-giver ever...

BEST OF LUCK! xo, Ariel

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Playing catch-up

So many things to show you, yet so little time! We're heading out of town for the weekend and it will be great to spend some quality time together as a family. We didn't really take a summer vacation this year, so we're thrilled to get away for a few days.

You may have noticed that I've closed up the shop while I'm gone. You can expect it to re-open on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Hallow-eenies, my newest fabric design in celebration of Halloween and time to hunt for the best costume, is being featured in the Spoonflower Fabric of the Week contest! Go HERE to vote for your favorites. There are some AMAZING designs this round!

And I just have to show you the BEAUTIFUL swap I received in the mail today. I've been watching the mailbox like a hawk recently, in anticipation of my Doll Quilt Swap surprise mini quilt's arrival. No quilt yet, but I had almost forgotten that I was expecting some fabric from Austria that I swapped with the lovely artist, Sardana of Sardana's Creations.

I was only expecting 3 fat quarters, and she sent all kinds of lovely, heart-felt goodies. Included in my parcel were also a darling hand-made zipper pouch, red/aqua/blue flowered trim, a mini note pad, and a beautifully hand-written note. Thank you for your kindness, Sardana! I look forward to keeping in touch and watching you create! You all can visit her flickr gallery for photos of all the hand-crafted lovliness Sardana is up to. She carves stamps, sews, quilts, must see!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Good friends

I have a friend named Lynsey. We grew up together in small town Indiana....okay, TINY town Indiana, in the middle of cornfields, where our dads knew the art of mastering an awesome hayride-done-right.

One thing I've always loved about Lynsey is her creativity. She always had a sketchbook of some sort and one of her favorite things to doodle was trendy gals, dressed in ball gowns, with trendy names like, "Annabel". Well, my fun friend grew up (as did I) and had a beautiful blonde baby girl and named her Annabel :)
I have to take a moment to brag on Lynsey's talent, because I feel like it's the people we grow up with who shape us into the people we are today. I'm a little bit more adventureous and creative having known Lynsey :) And, here is her first finished quilt. It doesn't even look like a "first quilt" to me! I love it so much and the colors are darling. I just had to share it with you!

CONGRATULATIONS on your first quilt, Lynsey!!! (First of many, I hope!)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Hard at work!

The Hubs was in Germany all last week, so I didn't appear online so much...I got a little taste of what it's like to run this circus as a "single" parent for seven days. All you mommas and papas out there raising kiddos alone, you have my utmost respect.

We were so excited to have him home this weekend, and I was able to do some "designing" while T had some much-needed rough and tumble "daddy time". I still feel a little foolish when I say "designing" fabric or call myself a "designer"....I feel like a gal who loves to illustrate and just realized how fun it is to put my draw'rings on fabric!! woot! are the latest designs I'll be adding to the shop...

"Hallow-eenies" was a super-quickie that I came up with so I could enter Spoonflower's Fabric of the Week contest this week. The winner receives 5 yards of fabric FREE and their design is made available for purchse (at Spoonflower cost!!) in the Spoonflower etsy shop for one week! Here's to crossing fingers ;)

And, my sweet blogging/quilting/fabric lovin' friend, Kerri, requested some Humpty Dumpty fabric appearance after she purchased the Humpty Dumpty illustration from my etsy shop. No surprise here, and aqua make me happy ;) This one is called, "Hedgies and Humpty" and is available for pre-order in the shop!

Finally, I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch because it's not physically here yet, but I have a lovely Janome 6500 on its way to mi casa!!! I found a very good deal from a retired teacher on eBay. After speaking to her on the phone, I'm very excited to get this machine. We'll have to name her, you know. I'll take pictures when she arrives ;) (the machine, not the lady on eBay, you sillies.)

Hope you've done some relaxing this weekend, now GO and be creative! xo

Thursday, September 3, 2009

FINALLY, a Quilting Finish!

I've really missed sewing. It's so good to clear my head and thoughts as I watch the mind-numbing repetition of needle up, needle down.

I managed to finish my quiltie for the Doll Quilt Swap 7 today! Woot! I'm crossing my fingers that it will be greatly loved by my partner!

This pretty fabric print on the backing is one of my absolute favorites from Anna Maria Horner's Good Folks line. The color just "grabs" you and I'm really fond of the block-print look of the flowers. I even threw in a little hand-quilting because it's easy to do while watching TV and quiet while my kiddo is napping.

Speaking of Kiddo....Look at the determination during our craft time today! Sometimes he fools me into thinking I'm looking at a tiny replica of my husband :)