The idea of colors

A painting of mine from this year called The Ecstatic Beauty of It All (Carrie Bloomston)

I wrote in the last post here about the “idea” of colors. I also wrote about how we are instructed early by painting teachers to never use paint right out of the tube. This is such an important point and I want to explain it further here as it applies to every area of art, design, sewing, crafting, etc. read more

Be the color!

From the graphicmac.com

From mood rings and chakras to seasonal color analysis and the psychology of color in design, we use color all day, every day to navigate our world. Companies use it to tell their story and sell to us. (Look at the cool color chart of logos here.) We use color to get dressed each morning and tell our own story. Color draws us to people, places, and things. It communicates our feelings. We use color to express ourselves. read more

Sewing School 2 Giveaway

I LOVE this book. I LOVED their last book. (See a post about the first one here.) In their newest book, Amie Plumley and Andria Lisle walk us through fun and rad projects that your kids can tackle on their own! The images, writing, and projects in this book are amazing. They make your kiddos want to make stuff! They make me want to make stuff!

Leave a  comment below to win a copy of your very own! 

We made the felt guitar on the cover. No matter how young, there is something in this book for your children…I let my wee one do the cutting of the frets. She designed the colors. She stuffed it. And now she plays it! read more

Modern baby book and giveaway!

So, I just ripped open the box containing my copy of modern Baby–Easy, Fresh, and Fun Quilt Designs. And it looks so pretty. It is my first ever quilt project in a book. Woot! Who doesn’t want to be in a book, right? Right.

modern baby is a lovely, curated book with fun quilts for babies designed by modern quilters/ bloggerssuch as Shea Henderson (of Empty Bobbin) and Carolyn Friedlanderamong so many others.

The book is available now at Amazon, Barnes&Noble, ShopMartingale.com, and your LOCAL SHOP!!!
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Modern Baby book news!

Exciting news! I am thrilled to be included in a new book from Martingale/That Patchwork Place called modern baby: Easy, Fresh, and Fun Quilt Designs. My first ever quilt project in a book. WOot! Who doesn’t want to be in a book, right? Right. 

modern baby is a lovely, curated book with fun quilts for babies designed by modern quilters/ bloggerssuch as Shea Henderson (of Empty Bobbin) and Carolyn Friedlanderamong others.

The book is available for pre-order and will ship in April. Pre-order at Amazon, Barnes&Noble, or sign up at ShopMartingale.com to receive an email notification when the book is ready for purchase.

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Sewing School :: Day 2

When two of my mama friends asked if I would teach their eight year old daughters to sew, I jumped at the chance. I distinctly remember learning to knit in an after-school class taught by my 4th grade English teacher, Mrs. Broughton. I remember how weirdly special it felt to be at school after hours— to be learning something other than English from my teacher. It felt… mystical—as if we were somehow conspiring. As if she was teaching me what I really needed to know in life. read more

we’re in a little museum show

So, I was asked about six months ago if my husband and I would like to be included in a show at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art called Artists and Their Children. I thought it was nice that they included us. My husband is an artist too. We didn’t come up with a plan and just figured it would evolve. Which it has. And because this is a fun opportunity to showcase the beautiful mess that is our family’s creative life, I wanted it to just be playful. So for six months I silently curated the flotsam and jetsam of creative offerings that churn out of the day-to-day. Most things are not actual art objects but instead are creative solutions to homemade toys, which is to say—weapons. I think necessity is the mother of invention and if you don’t give your five year old a light saber he’s gonna make one himself. read more