Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fabric Sale: Destashing Quilting Cotton Fat Quarters

 Fat Quarters are popping up all over my Etsy Shop, Icky Chic Designs. Since deciding to down-size from a three bedroom home to a smaller apartment, It's become necessary to down-size my fabric collection. I have vintage and hard-to-find fabrics, as well as, many newer selections. So check out the great Fat Quarter Sale TODAY! Just in case you're not sure what a fat quarter is, it's a cut of fabric that measures about 18" x 22", just perfect for those quilting, sewing, and crafting projects you're planning for 2017.





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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Fabric Scrap Project - Gift Tag Seed Packets

Fiber Art Gift Tags

Are you looking for something to make from your scrap stash that is unique, fun, and useful. Well, here's a suggestion from my sewing table. I recently made some fiber art and seed packet gift tags for my Etsy Shop. If you sew, you'll find these exciting to create yourself. If you don't sew, then you're in luck because they're available at Icky Chic Designs.

Seed Packet Gift Tags



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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Don't Try This Unless You're Right-Brained Driven...Crazy Quilting!

When it comes to Crazy Quilting, and you'll want to take my word on this, it will drive a Left-Brained person up-the-wall, over-the-edge, and destroy their last nerve!

For left-brained people, crazy quilting is like trying to stand in the corner in a round room...Not a pretty picture.

Left-brained artisans can force themselves to complete the technique, but they won't enjoy the journey, or their results. All-in-All, it's an exercise in frustration.

I have several Left-brained friends that have tried crazy quilting and each one has thrown up their hands in absolute disgust. Their reactions vary from - What, no pattern? No diagram? No right or wrong? NEVER! And what's the point of all the added stitchery? It doesn't serve a useful function!

I think of crazy quilting the same way I view my fiber art, as an emotional sewing adventure. These projects are not planned in detail, begin without a prescribed ending, and take many off-road diversions. These projects become an entity themselves, having their own will and voice. Right-brained artisans will tell you that their creations talk to them, lead
them, giving them direction until somehow, at an unscheduled moment along the way, you know you've reached the mysterious destination you never envisioned. How do you know when you get there? You feel it!

I know it sounds crazy, but that's how it works. So crazy quilting is aptly named, don't you think?

Are you a left or right-brained quilter? Do you plan or feel your way from beginning to end? Leave a comment below, I'd love to hear about your sewing journey.


Check out my Etsy shop for destashed fabrics by the box and crazy quilting mystery fabrics.





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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Quilting Supplies - Fabric Mystery Sets - What Can You Do With Them?


WHAT can you do with these Fabric Mystery Sets. Well, my guest today, Stacey Sharp, was kind enough to share her creations with all of us. Thank you so much, Stacey!

Stacy, why don't you introduce yourself to my readers and then I'll ask you a few questions.

Good morning everyone. I'm Stacy and I live in Cape Canaveral, Florida - although it would be more accurate to say that I live on an island off Florida that can only be accessed by crossing 2 bridges and a causeways. Just a tad off the beaten track...

How long have you been quilting/crazy quilting? 
Only about 3 years. I'm constantly learning - I'm that person at Show and Tell who just keeps asking questions and poring over things and asking more questions.

What is your favorite part, piecing or hand embellishing? 
Planning the theme and layout is my favorite part. I'm so left brained that I'm still struggling with the 'crazy' part of the piecing, but once the embellishment part starts, I'm thrilled.

How were the fabric sets helpful in your project? 
Your fabrics were beautiful and wonderfully coordinated. I used all but one in making my blocks, and that one is going to be used in another smaller project that I already have planned. The embellishments work so well with the fabrics.

Were you satisfied with the variety of fabrics? 
The variety was wonderful- there were silkies and pretties and textures and patterns and bling oh my!

Would you purchase more of the fabric sets for future projects? 
In a heartbeat. You and my Paypal account are going to be buddies lol.

Complete details on these Mystery Fabric Sets can be found here.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Loads of Adorableness - Stuffed Animals and Raggedy Dolls

Welcome Diana! Thanks so much for being my guest today. I love your fun and whimsical creations and am so pleased to showcase your work here on my blog. Please introduce yourself and then we'll get into your interview.

Thanks for having me, Lynda. 


Hi I'm Diana! I started Sew Cute Patterns in 2008 after spending years creating plush toys for my own sons. Based in Chicago, I created a sewing studio out of one of the bedrooms in my home and it’s my get away when creativity strikes. It’s a total mess of fabric, stuffing, plastic eyes, yarn, fur, glue guns and sewing machines but I love it! 

I have a Bachelor's degree in accounting from Loyola University of Chicago. My business side and my creativity side came together to create Sew Cute. 


Can you describe your target audience?

My target audience is anyone that loves to sew for kids. Children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, they are the focus of Sew Cute Patterns. The stuffed animals and raggedy dolls are made for the young or young at heart. I’ll admit, even as an adult, I still love stuffed animals!

How has technology, such as computers and the internet impacted on how you conduct business? 

The internet has given businesses of all sizes the ability to interact with people from across the globe and expand to an unlimited customer based. It is so exciting to connect with someone on the other side of the globe in a country I’ve never even heard of as if they’re in the same town.

How did you get started in this business? 
I began making stuffed animals for my own children when they were younger, staring with a teddy bear I made for my son Alex when he was three years old. He cherished that bear and there was a lot of drama when it got lost! As they grew older, they outgrew their toys but I never outgrew the joy of designing and making them. That’s when a hobby turned into a business.

Why are you in this type of business? 

Very simply, because it’s fun! Toys have the ability to bring a smile to people regardless of age.   Especially if it’s a toy someone made themselves. I enjoy the process of designing the plushies the most. I love starting with a chalkboard drawing and then making it 3D. Sometimes it’s a lot of trial and error with mountains of fabric that didn’t quite look the way I had hoped.

Do you think people should continue to make things by hand? 

Absolutely. There is something amazing that happens when you give a gift that you’ve made yourself. Gift-giving becomes a gift in and of itself. There are few greater joys in life than knowing that someone would take the time to create a gift that is made only for you.

When do you feel the most creative?

I’ve always been a night owl. For whatever reason, I start to get motivated and creative when the rest of the world is winding down. I usually start a project in the evening and keep going till I’m either finished or finally get tired enough to go to sleep!

What are your can’t live without craft room essentials? 
As a seamstress, the sewing machine is definitely on top of the list. Fabric and stuffing is next on the list. I’m like a kid on Christmas morning when it’s time to go fabric shopping. I mostly work with fleece fabric because it’s softness makes it perfect for plush toys and it’s available in so many colors and patterns. Makes it so much fun to shop for. I purchase my stuffing in a 25 pound bulk size so the bag of stuffing is as tall as I am when it first arrives!



Website: www.sewcutepatterns.com
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PatternsSewCute 
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/sewcutepatterns
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/sewcutepatterns1
Craftsy:  https://www.craftsy.com/profile/sew-cute-patterns
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sewcutepatterns






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FABRIC AND TRIM MYSTERY COLLECTIONS

Mystery Fabric Sets at Icky Chic Designs



Multi-colored Mystery Collections are now available.

Fabric types may include, woven, tapestry, linen, suede, leather, sheers, cottons, evening wear, fancy, AND many, many more options, enough diversity to satisfy the most adventurous designer.

Collections contain assorted fabric pieces, swatches, and small cuts. Included are a few along with trims and embellishments that will inspire your creativity. All handmade items listed in my Etsy shop (Icky Chic Designs) were created from comparable collections. There is no limit to how these items may be used. Designers, crafters, and quilters will all find these collections inspirational.

If you've ever wanted to design something unique but didn't know where to start, these collections will give you the inspiration you need. For ideas and examples of how these collections may be used, just browse my shop at Icky Chic Designs.




Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Do You ShopLatitude? Young Artisan Interview

I'm happy to welcome my guest today, Mahika, a young artisan who has a keen perception of beauty and design. Be sure to visit her Etsy shop, Shoplatitude, and browse her unique jewelry listings.


Mahika, what are you doing when you’re not creating? 
I love singing, playing the piano, and playing the guitar. I also love volunteering to help out my community!

Do you have long-term professional goals? 
I'm looking into careers in psychology and human rights, although that's a long way down the road, as I am currently in high school! I would love a career that gives back. 

Do you travel for inspiration?
Yes, I do travel, since my business is grounded in inspiration from my travels. I sell travel-inspired jewelry, and the culture I soak up from the places I visit all around the world helps me get inspired

What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials?
I have got to have at least two pairs of pliers, a hot glue gun, an assortment of jump rings and chain, and whatever beads I happen to be working with.

When do you feel the most creative?
Creativity for me comes in sudden bursts of inspiration. However, I will admit I am a night owl and definitely not a morning person. 

Why do you think people should continue to make things by hand?
Handmade items are unique and made with love! So often people find poorly constructed mass manufactured items in stores and buy them just for the brand name! Buying handmade means buying something that comes from the heart, that's made just for you, and that will support the artisans creativity and possibly their family. 

Why are you in this type of business?
I have always been interested in fashion and design. I've naturally always been creatively inclined and so jewelry making was very interesting and enjoyable for me.

Was your business planned, or did it naturally evolve?
Two years ago I set up a handmade jewelry and hair accessory stand to raise money for autistic children in San Francisco. That was the beginning of my mission to form a link between fashion and philanthropy.

How has technology, such as computers and the internet, impacted on how you conduct business?
Technology has helped me immensely. I've been able to meet and interact with so many amazing people through Etsy teams and social media. I love the Etsy community!

Can you describe your target audience? 
My target audience includes wanderlust souls and avid travelers, as well as women and girls on the search for stylish jewelry that gives back!

Are you willing do do interviews, collaborative projects, product or travel location reviews?

I would love to do collabs or interviews!







Mahika Halepete
Founder 
Latitude Design Studio




Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Interview with Fine Art Photographer Georgia Fowler of GCFPhotography


My guest today is Fine Art Photographer Georgia Fowler. Georgia is the Artisan who showcases her work at GCFPhotography on Etsy, and on her website at GCFPhotography

I was personally drawn to Georgia's work. She captures images that compel me to sit and ponder their essence. It's not just their beauty, clarity, composition, or the perfect blending of light and shadow, they seem to have something they want to say...so I listen very carefully.

Georgia, please introduce yourself and let's start your interview. I'm eager to hear about your photographic adventures.


Good Morning, Lynda. I'm happy to be your guest today and excited about sharing some of my work and adventures with your readers here at Between The Pages.

Introduction:
...Hi, I’m Georgia Fowler. I’m a fine art photographer spending most of my time between two gorgeous countries, France and Thailand, and I’ve been photographing the beauty of Europe and Asia for more than 20 years.

I love spectacular pictures of architecture, cities, seascapes, textured vintage items, and tantalizing glimpses of European, Asian and American life and beaches.

I use professional Canon DSLR’s with a full range of lenses. I enjoy working in my ‘digital darkroom’ using Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop to reproduce what I felt and saw when the capture was made.

I try to see the small details that are often missed and create art for you to enjoy.

You can visit Georgia at Twitter and Facebook

Georgia, what are you doing when you’re not creating?

I pretty much live and breathe photography 24/7 but when I'm not I love to read. I love thrillers but also read a lot of inspirational books and books on health and natural living.

When I'm in France I love to cook and BBQ and of course eats lots of cheese and drink wine.
I love travel and seeing new places. I try to visit at least two new countries each year. This year I went to Vietnam for the first time and later on this year I am visiting Australia (although that will be for photography too!).

What is your dream project?

I have two actually!

The first one is because I have spent quite a while in Cambodia and I would love to use my photography to raise money for some of the orphanages there. There are some that are not so good, that exploit the children, but there are also ones that are totally genuine that I would love to help. I just haven't figured out how yet.

The second one is purely selfish! I would LOVE to spend a month or two travelling around the two islands of New Zealand in a camper van taking a zillion photos along the way.

Do you work alone?

I prefer to. I like to get lost in what I'm doing and that's difficult if I'm with other people. Sometimes we combine a family vacation with somewhere I want to photograph but I'm always conscious of everyone else and that I'm holding them up or want to wander down streets that hold no interest for anyone else.

I'm a bit of a loner anyway, so it usually suits me to work alone.

What else should we know about you and your work?

My fine art photography is my first love but I'm also an interior design photographer for luxury hotels and real estate. One of my favorite recent projects was photographing an 11th century castle in central France where apparently Joan of Arc stayed! It has been beautifully restored so was a pleasure to photograph.





What qualities do you think are most important when creating art?

Passion for what you do whether you make money at it or not.
Obsession with your art.

Constantly learning, never thinking you know enough.
Imagination

Was your business planned, or did it naturally evolve?

It evolved really from a hobby and obsession with taking photos. At the time I was a stay at home homeschooling mum but wanted to make a bit of extra money and my sister had an Etsy shop so I thought I would try it out. I didn't have great equipment, just an entry level DSLR with a kit lens. We had recently been on a 4 month trip to Asia and I had lots of interesting pictures. I listed a few and sold a few and so it began!

Where do you see your business in the next year?

In the next year I would like to see my Etsy shop have more regular sales, daily sales is the ultimate goal. Although I opened it in 2014 I only started working on it in January of this year. I also plan on expanding with more Etsy shops for home furnishings like cushions, duvet covers, bags etc, maybe a separate shop for my colour photography as well.

For the other site I sell on, Fine Art America, I have almost 4000 images and plan on making that 5000 in the next year.

For my interior design business I would like more regular clients. I'm currently in negotiations with a large hotel group in the UK and am looking forward to working in Asia and Australia later this year.

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Why not tell us what you love to photograph. Are you a hobbyist or Professional? We'd love to hear your thoughts. ~ Lynda