This summer has been, believe it or not, beautiful here in Chicago! :) But, I am already seeing signs of “Back to School” everywhere. One very special back to school thing that I’ve seen is gorgeous new apparel from Persnickety Clothing Company. The collection that caught my eye is “October Sky“. Just look at it! This group happens to feature several prints from my fabric collection Pippa. Persnickety, you have done it again! Beautiful! :)
It already seems like ages since Surtex, and yet, where is my recap??? Well, in addition to the busyness of the season, we have a small baby, soooooo….. I get a pass, right? ;)
Well, I am happy to report that even though I am behind in getting a Surtex recap posted, Cathy Heck is ON THE BALL. She posted three great recaps of Surtex (recap 1, recap 2, recap 3). Her last post, Trends and Friends, features our own little love. You can see our baby at the end of her third post, here. Below are a couple of her heartwarming illustrations.
In Cathy’s photo, Baby is in the arms of my dear friend, Anne. Anne is notoriously baby crazy, and quite likely to de-sock a small infant at any moment. Who can blame her? Baby toes are so cute!!!
Below is a cute photo of my husband (without whom I would not have my fabulous booth) and our infant son. They were a great team. My husband took such good care of Baby that he didn’t cry at all during the show. Baby wooed passersby with his big smile. I can’t say that I would recommend bringing a tiny baby to a trade show, but if you HAVE TO, then I sure hope you have a baby as easy as ours is!
We also got to talk a bit with the amazing Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom fame, and her husband. They are so nice, and generous, and helpful!
Work by all of these artists is shown below. Behold the beauty!!!
Studio M and the talented, funny, and nice people behind their products, have put together a portfolio of wonderfully diverse and beautiful work for their lines. I am honored to have had my collection, Shade Garden, selected for this product along with fellow artists such as Stephanie Ryan, Carolyn Gavin (of Designer Jots, and represented by the amazing Lilla Rogers), Jennifer Brinley, Terri Conrad, Tim Coffey and many others.
The paper coaster sets are arriving in stores soon. . . just in time for spring, and for what I hope are long, lazy days sipping on Lemonade (or something stronger :) ) in the sunshine.
If you have been trudging through endless rain or snow (or both, as we have been here in Chicago), then I have the perfect thing for you: New umbrellas!
Coyne’s Company has produced these beautiful umbrellas along with coordinating scarves, totes, cross body bags, and coin purses. The bags are durable and practical with lots of interior and exterior pockets. The umbrellas and scarves are colorful and fun.
These items make GREAT Mother’s Day gifts, so keep them in mind when you are shopping. They will bring color, fun, and practicality to any mom’s rainy day.
I hope everyone had a happy holiday and a chance to refresh and recharge after what is always a busy time of year.
I know that for me, it was a welcome rest. Usually, I find it difficult to get back into the swing of things after a long break. This year, however, I am energized as I look at 2014 product releases. The first of these, greeting cards and gift enclosures, through the awesome Gina B Designs, is already online for wholesale purchase. Here is a sneak peek at the cover and interiors of the cards:
There is MUCH more to come from my studio in the next few months (including umbrellas, tote bags, change purses and more!!!), I promise to give you all a sneak peek as items become available. Happy New Year!
I have been very quiet with blogging recently, but it is only because I am so busy preparing to publish my new sewing patterns! Some details are still being ironed out, but here is a sneak peek at what will be available.
A special “thank you” to Jeanne Isaacs for her wonderful photography and excellent advice. A big “thank you”, also, to my friends Rachel (of 15 pies and the blog Derivative Dishes), and Lea with her adorable baby Dorothy. They are all beautiful (as you can see in the photos) and great friends–I couldn’t have gotten though this project without you all!!!