Monday, May 7, 2012

Talent abounds!

Hello Everyone!
Hope May has begun with some sanity somewhere. Cause we are running running running here. Every May is like that though. Fun! But the end is in sight.....counting the days!

I am so fortunate to be surrounded by so many wonderful and talented friends. I am just in awe most days! Not only are they wonderfully talented but they are good people....caring, generous, loyal and loving! So I thought today I would link up to several of them here on the blog.


First my friend Shannon just opened a shop for vinyl creations for inside and outside! Its called VinylLicious. You can just go to town with wall art made with this stuff...sayings, pictures, just all cool stuff!

My friend, Jennifer Fraunfelder, has a store called SouthernBabies, which specializes in adorable children's clothes. Here is a link to her Etsy store, Southern Babies Etsy. Just feast your eyes on all of those great outfits and fabric. If you have a pageant girl, she can also create beautiful paegant wear!

Jamie Harned also has a terrific blog going called Sweet Baby Jamie. She has a great giveway in the works so check it out! Of course her store is just a great! Sweet Baby Jamie is perfect for the little ones in your lives. Is there anything cuter then the crib bumpers or quilts???

Here is another adorable etsy store called Small Town Girls Clothier run by my friend April Landes. Look at those ruffles on the cute!

Now, Judy Buchanan, of Hickity Pickity, offers the cutest tops, skirts and dresses. Again, the ruffles get me every single time! Notice the gorgeous fabrics!

My friend, Tom Jordan, opened his facebook boutique called Heavenleigh Blessings with a bang! I have been blessed with owning a Tom Jordan made dress and it is truely out of this world! Love his creative designs and master use of details.....swoon!

Speaking of facebook boutiques, my friend Nicole Whitehead, has some beautiful things in her Sara Ashley Boutique. She offers some beautifully made resort wear, fun for all ages!

You might find my friend, Becky Collins, out and about with Granny B's Clothesline, in one of the many shows she does. Look at all of those colors and fabrics and ruffles lined up ready to go!!!

I just recently purchased some fabric from my friend, Andrea Thomas-Lambe, owner and designer at Thomas Park Gifts. She offers many boutiquey type things for children and adults too! Wonderful!

Need something fabulous? Look at this shop, Tre Bella Bambini, that my friend Elissa Ziccardi created! Look at those amazing dresses!!

Jessica Lee, a talented and very busy sewist,  has a great store called Magical Memories by Jessica  on facebook. She makes the most awesome family sets of tees and dresses, great for travel and making memories!!!

I am just getting warmed up here folks. This is only about 1/4 of my list!!!! Can you understand how amazed I continue to be??? I will definitely be adding to this list for the next few blog posts!

Of course, I can't really move on until I share some exciting news! My friend, Jennifer Paganelli, who is behind the fabulous Sis Boom fabrics.....has released her book called Happy Home. And, yes, I really really want to move in !!!!! I was fortunate enough to be able to get a signed copy of this awesome book!!!! Cannot wait to try out these projects!

 Oh happy me!!!!

So I have been ordering some fabulous fabric to make quilts and clothing with Jennifer's book and with Carla Crim, The Scientific Seamstress, patterns! (This is just a partial look...more is coming!)

I have gotten started making my first quilt in a while actually. I love Joan Ford's book, Cut The Scraps! So I decided to take some bright colored fabrics and create a Fish Quilt! I love the process of cutting and assembling it! Here are some pics of the process so far....

Deciding which fabrics to use...aka "auditioning fabric":

 Beginning the process of cutting....
 Dividing cut peices by color...
 Beginning assembling and cutting blocks down further....

And last but not least, I recently tested one of Carla's patterns called Poofy Pants! Talk about wonderful! They are reversible which hides all of the seams. They are a bit curved too, just like a little baby and, of course, they have plenty of diaper room! I made a cute matching onesie to go with the pants. Too bad they are just for babies. I want to hang out wearing these!

Did I mention I opened a store? Here is a link to it:  Sewing Story Projects
This set is there and the Leighanna top I made last month. Only two I will add more as I get a chance to sew (after the month of May!!!)

Ok so I am off to take care of my daughter who is home sick today....headache and fever....poor thing. Have a super week and I will be back with more soon!!!
God Bless,


  1. Awe ! U r a real sweet heart Cathy. Thanks for mentioning me on your blog today. I so needed it to . It's one of those days today. Love ya girl!

  2. Thanks for the shout out!!! so sweet! I can't wait to see what you do with those fabrics! I love quilts and am looking forward to seeing yours!!!!

  3. AWESOME shout outs!! Talk about talent!! It amazes me the amout of talent in our little sewing world.