Monday, April 7, 2014

SHIMMER WINNER!

SHIMMER BLOG HOP!

I hope you are reading all of the posts on the
BLOG HOP
posts about
S H I M M E R!


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PERSON WHO LEFT COMMENT NUMBER 12
(I'm gonna make you all LOOK!!!!;)


please email me your mailing addy
and I will pass on your info
to
Jennifer Sampou
and
Robert Kaufman Fabrics

and your precut of
SHIMMER
will be sent to you!


HappiestDays!
Natalie.

be.do.create



Saturday, April 5, 2014

JENNIFER SAMPOU - BLOG HOP - SHIMMER

s h i m m e r

you can't say the word without thinking
about all of those great moments
in life

laying on the grass, looking up at the leaves dancing on the breeze
sitting on the old wooden pier, watching the sun on the water
or, toes in the sand, watching the sun set on the Pacific
Jennifer Sampou
and
Robert Kaufman Fabrics

created a really wonderful new fabric
s h i m m e r
Shimmer Fabric by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman
I wanted to know more about the person behind this unique fabric design
so I asked if Jennifer would answer a few questions:

1.  Dog or cat, whale or dolphin, rose or orchid, and why? 
Used to be dog. Now cat. Result of living with 3 boys :). 
Whale- So incredibly impressive in size...And their plight is powerful. 
Orchid -complex and rare. 

2.  Favorite cookie (that you remember from your childhood)? 
Easy peasy- My mom's peanut butter cookies. It's my favorite kind to make with her. 
Who can resist the rich peanut butter and iconic fork mark. 

3.  Travel by camel or by horse, and where were you?  And if you haven't yet, which would you choose and where? 
Done both. Camels though exotic especially at sunrise in Egypt, I prefer horses. 
I love to gallop and they are such gorgeous, perfect creatures. Patagonia, Andes Mountains, Argentina and San Migule de Allende, GTO Mexico. 
All with my family and close friends. 
Pretty divine. 

4.  Shimmer....how did you choose the name for your new collection?  (With the exception of the obvious....) I thought about Glimmer and also Shine...but Shimmer is best because you got to "pucker up" to say it. 

5.   You always keep it fresh.  Do you a.  Read  b.  Sketch and journal  c.  Photograph a multitude of things d.  Meditate or otherwise 'rest' your mind between collections? 
Thank you. It's easy for me... My constant is change. I am not a creature of habit. 
I am curious.  I love to experience new things. Bit of a wanderluster! 
I do yoga and exercise regularly and meditate when I am feeling unbalanced. 
As much as I enjoy people, I also love to be alone, especially in nature. 
I don't know what it's like to be on autopilot....that phrase always hit me in a funny way. 

6.  What edible are you growing in your garden at the moment? 
herbs- cilantro, parsley, basil, chives.

7.  Who are you listening to at the moment? 
My tastes vary extremely. Right now? Ozomatli. 
Great dance music.

8.  Who are you reading at the moment? 
The Divided Mind by Dr. John Sarno. 

9.  Favorite veggie? 
A perfect heirloom tomato right off the vine, slightly warm from the sun. 

10.  Favorite ravioli - or are you a candy junkie? 
What can I say....Good ole California See's nuts and chews have been my favorite since 1988, the year I moved to San Francisco from Boston. 


I also had the pleasure of working with these beautiful fabrics
I wanted to make something that would showcase Shimmer
so I worked on a
colorBlock tote and clutch
with plenty of room for everything you'd want to bring home
from your local farmer's market
(it's a bag in a bag!)
If you'd like to be included in the giveaway for the fabric bundle, please sign up for Jennifer's mailing list, and leave a comment on her blog before the end of the blog hop (see below).  Let her know which projects you liked the best, and which project you'd like to make for yourself or for a loved one.

There's also a charm pack giveaway for people that leave a comment
here on this blog
what do you think of when you hear the word
s h i m m e r?
        


please remember to check out all of the great posts
on the blog hop
and for more inspiration
check out this great Look Book
finally, if you'd like to order fabrics now
is taking advanced orders!!
thanks again to 
for this special opportunity

natalie.
be.do.create



Sunday, March 9, 2014

Fabric Giveaway #2

How many of you
left a comment
Saturday
about
Daylight Savings Time?

It's another fabric giveaway!!
Here are more of
fabrics
for you!
(sorry, kit not available)
this pattern is
KAHAKAI
and it was a pleasure
to make our pattern from
Stephanie's fabrics

leave us a comment
and let us know
do you use
grey
in your quilts?

HappiestDays.
Natalie.


Friday, March 7, 2014

Fabric Giveaway

I had the pleasure of
making
KAHAKAI
from
fabric
I had a few extra fat quarters left
after making the project
and thought I would pass them on
here are four of the black/white fat quarters
for a
SATURDAY
giveaway


SUNDAY
we will do a giveaway of the greens


please leave us a note
and let us know
whether daylight savings time
throws you off
(or not)

HappiestDays!

Natalie.

ps - we'll post the pattern on our shop site
(sorry, kits are not available)


Friday, January 31, 2014

Kitchen Stitches Giveaway

I am so proud....

by
Martingale
it was an honour to be asked to contribute to this book
full of projects from many different designers
compiled by Karen M. Burns
and yes, I cried when I saw my projects on the cover
as the saying goes
"the kitchen is the heart of the home"

so why not give a gift from the heart
when you're headed to someone's home
for a special dinner or event

bring your hostess a gift she will use every day

click on the link above
enter the great giveaway being sponsored by Martingale
and you could be one of the 15 people
randomly chosen
to win a copy of the book or a great gift certificate to shopmartingale.com
get to know the designers in the book
and see why they were inspired to design their specific projects


"Which project are you itchin' to stitch
for your kitchen?"
(leave that comment with Martingale)

be.do.create
natalie.

ps - once the Martingale winners are announced,
we will post a
"Vintage-Inspired Kitchen"
fabric giveaway






Monday, January 20, 2014

ROAD to CALIFORNIA - GIVEAWAY

it is a
GIVEAWAY!!
for
TWO TICKETS
TO 
ROAD TO CALIFORNIA
www.road2ca.com

the best part of vending at a quilt show
is that I get to stand in one place
and see
tens of thousands of my favorite type of people
happy.
quilters.
it has become a real treat for me
to see all the 'generations' quilters
that attend quilt shows

I just love it!!
who wouldn't be happy at a quilt show?
especially surrounded by those that you love....
family....


please leave a comment for us
telling us how many generations of quilters
you see
in this second photo

and by Tuesday nite
we will announce the winner of
two free tickets
to 
Ontario Convention Center
California
(this weekend!)

please post a comment
only if you are certain you can attend

can't wait to see you!!

be.do.create
natalie

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year 2014

simply put,
happy new year
this little heart
is
a mosaic on a busy sidewalk

people walk back and forth
over around and by this heart
day in and day out

it doesn't get much attention

in this moment where we
begin again
I want to suggest that we take time
to see the heart
over, around and by
us
every day

show some heart.
give some heart.
have some heart.

my new year wish for all of you

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

be.do.create.
natalie.
happy.new.year
2.0.1.4