Windham Fabrics announces Natalie Barnes as a part of the Fabric Design Family!

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



91 comments:

Nancy Evans said...

When I hear the word shimmer, I think of sunshine across rippling lake water, a cool breeze on a warm summer day, hearing the leaves rustle in that breeze as is sit on the bank enjoying it all.

Emily C said...

I think of shiny, pretty things. For example, the sun on the beach.

Vicki H said...

This winter the sun was shimmering across the snow.

Julie said...

When I think of shimmer I think of the reflection of the water in a lake or a pool. A fond memory from childhood is the reflecting pool in Washington, DC. Fitting name for this fabric line!

VickiT said...

When I heard the word shimmer I think back to sitting on the deck at my Father's cabin in the quiet. My children would go to bed and I'd make a hot coffee then sneak out to the deck near the lake and sit in the peace and quiet watching the moonlight dance across the ripples of the water. SO relaxing.

Jessica Young said...

I think of eyeshadow! :)

quilter said...

Shimmer makes me think movement, love the fabric

tac73 said...

Shimmer makes me think of sunshine rippling across the golden fields or water.

Quilting Tangent said...

I think of raindrops, puddles and the wind blowing across them.
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Cecilia said...

I think of a beach with the sun shining on the sand and the ocean. Thank you for the interview and the giveaway. I love the tote.

Jb1 said...

Shimmer....the full moon rise over Lake Superior....

Connie Cain said...

I think of the sun shining on a lake or the ocean. Or the mirage type of shimmer on a very hot day driving down the road. :)
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Diana said...

Shimmer takes me back to my childhood when the sun shone off the lake in the early morning and late evening, just a fabulous sight. Thanks for the giveaway.

Tamie said...

Bling. Don't know why.

Betsey said...

Heat shimmering off the pavement on a sweltering day.

Therese Ruff said...

Sultry eye shadow, rippling water at sunset, Sun on sand

JANET said...

Shimmer reminds me of sun gently reflecting off of something shiny, like water, snow, ice. Especially moonlight on snow!

Tracey said...

When I hear the word shimmer it makes me think of sunlight reflected on the water.

Sylvia said...

The ocean, and light reflecting off it!

Kathryn said...

I think of a slinky dress

AM VE said...

I think of beautiful eye shadows when i hear "shimmer" - falling in love with this fabric line and starting to think of that instead :-)

scottylover said...

Thanks for the great interview! It's fun to read the answers and get an insight to the designer.

When I hear "shimmer" I think of a sparkly dance dress with layers and layers of tulle under the skirt, high heels and soft music playing in the background.

Sandy A

Marni @ Haberdashery Fun said...

I love the fabric you chose! The color pop you chose!!

Anita said...

Shimmer, for me, is sunlight sparkling in the surface of water with small ripples from a light breeze.

jackie said...

Sun skipping along the water at sunset on Lake Michigan.

Rhonda Davis said...

The word shimmer makes me think of a beautifully cut diamond with the sunlight shining through it. I also think of sparkling, glittery and starlight.

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

Shimmer makes me think of glitter. And of light reflecting off the ocean!

Anonymous said...

shimmer makes me smile
Susan in MD

Chris Matsche said...

The light of a full moon shimmering off the snow. Love this fabric. Thnk you for the chance to win. Matsche.christine@yhoo.com.

anna brown said...

When i hear the word shimmer i think of a fish in a lake swimming buy my feet

GTlady said...

I think of glitter and Christmas stars, reflections off water and sunshine off windows.

Lisa Marie said...

I think of sunshine on the water.
Sorry if this is a duplicate comment, I tried a bit earlier and it didn't seem to work. Probably user error!

VR said...

Light shimmering on moving water!

Karen said...

Shimmer...I think of dew drops on spiderwebs in the morning.

delaineelliott said...

When I hear shimmer, I think of sunlight on the water on a hot day. Thanks!

Diane Beavers said...

Shimmer reminds me of my first glimpse of white turquoise ....as effervescent as the fabric. Spiritual as is nature.

OhioLori said...

When I hear Shimmer...I picture a soft sparkly ripply place in the water, with sun shining across it.

Debbie said...

When I hear Shimmer I think of shiny elegant things.

Janarama said...

Shimmer reminds me of ice covering tree branches on a sunny day.

java diva said...

Natalie, I love your bag!!
When I hear the word shimmer I think of sunlight reflecting off of water.

Sarah said...

I think of my daughter, who likes all things "shimmery" and has a personality that just shimmers! Thanks for the giveaway. sarah@forrussia.org

Kim said...

The word shimmer reminds me of the moonlight over the water at night. It's a beautiful site to see.

mary mahoo said...

Shimmer makes me think of a summer day when I was a kid, and the sun shimmering through the leaves of the giant maple tree I was reading under.
Love your bag & clutch!

GranChris said...

The sun on the lake in early morning. The water just shimmers.

darlene macdonald said...

Shimmer sounds like a fresh snowfall, diamond shimmers as the full moon hits it and there is no wind. Bunnies run across the snow looking for something to eat. Coyotes yowl in the woods. How's that? Thanks for the giveaway!

Linda Perry said...

I think of prom and brides maid dresses.

Farm Quilter said...

Sun (and moon) light dancing on the water, laying down a path for the feet of my imagination to follow.

aayancey said...

Great interview and insight to the creator of Shimmer. When I think of the word 'shimmer', I think of of the shine and shimmer of a 1960s beaded tassel go go dress that someone is doing the shimmy in! Such an iconic period in fashion.

Janet said...

I think so many of us think the same thing when we hear shimmer ... sun setting or rising over water. That's it for me, too! Thanks for another great giveaway!

Lee said...

I think of the sun shining on a diamond! thanks!

SIMPLESEW said...

shimmer;; the sparkle on a lake with a full moon

Sandy said...

I think of the full moon reflecting on water. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Jacklynn said...

The work Shimmer makes me think of shiny things. Thanks for the give away!

Jeanne Gwin said...

Shimmer: Early morning dew on the garden spider web on my deck, ice crystals in the air, unbroken snow with the winter sun shining on it, waves breaking on the lake and the sun winking the droplets of water. Shimmer:

Erin said...

Evening sun and the warm, glowing light it creates during the summertime.

Pat S. said...

I would describe shimmer as the light's reflection off of water while relaxing on a lounge chair at the lake. Ahhhh...shimmer! Thanks sew much for this chance to win. :-D

Havplenty said...

Shimmer makes me think of flashes of light as a woman strolls through a room dressed to the nines. I think of a confident, sexy woman when I think of shimmer.

Jen Olson said...

It makes me think of disco balls and dancing!

Donna Baker said...

Great bag! I think of eye shadow but now I would rather think of this gorgeous line of fabrics instead

Mara said...

Shimmer, the sun scattering rays over flowing water.

Diane said...

I think of bright shiny objects.

Nana Jo said...

I think of raindrops in the sunlight after a shower.

Gill said...

Moonlight on the water!

Ali said...

I think of a good chunk of my eyeshadow collection... Thank you so much for the giveaway, I'm excited about this line!

Anonymous said...

To me shimmer means some sparkle and movement when you use the fabric in a project.
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Lauriejo said...

The word shimmer conjures of the memory of looking out the window of my grandparent's home to see the moonlight on the lake. It makes me think of summer and family.

Kathy Sue said...

Shimmer reminds me of the summer sun complete with waves of heat. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

Marianne said...

I think of graceful movement, shining beauty, soft, lovely colors melding into each other and the light.

Cindy Dahlgren said...

When I hear the word shimmer, I see my then baby boys blue eyes shimmering up at me in happiness and contentment.

Lynne Tilley said...

I think of sunshine on the water at the lake in the summertime, while I'm fishing. :)

BarbaraN said...

I think of the shining ocean waters as the sun is setting... Beautiful!
Shimmer...

sandyb said...

Shimmer reminds me of the full moon on the water - a lake or the ocean maybe. This fabric is absolutely beautiful and the name is perfect.

Thank you! sandy720 at gmail dot com

Linda V said...

Makes me think of sparkles in eye shadow.

natalie. beyond the reef said...

THANKS EVERYONE! THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED, AND THE RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR IS GOING TO SELECT A WINNER FOR THE PRECUTS FROM ME! Remember to sign up for Jennifer's email notes to win the large bundle....THANKS EVERYONE! Hope you'll "Like" us on fb or instagram....and now for the bundle winner!

Shar said...

I love to make half square triangles. And try all the different way to make them. Then put them in my stash for a big quilt.

Anonymous said...

Water.... moving water in a river, on the ocean, coming down as rain from the sky, rippling across a pool, bubbling in a tub. So beautiful, they all SHIMMER.

Teressa P. said...

I think of nailpolish :)

WhoMom said...

Shimmer-I think of the sun glinting off the water at the beach in San Diego.

MoeWest said...

I think of sunshine on water!

Denise Russell said...

Shimmer reminds him of parties, you know, when you get all dressed up, put some shimmery eye shadow on, panty hose with tiny shiny dots. Then, the good times roll!

Audrey said...

Shimmer suggests an indescribable elegance and beauty in nature and people. It is that moment or sight that takes your breath away.

Darlene Jacolik said...

Shimmer brings to mind sunshine on water.

natalie. beyond the reef said...

Congratulations to Comment number 12! You are the winner of the precut bundle. Remember to visit Jennifer Sampou's blog and sign up to be in the drawing for the bundle!!

Debbie said...

Beach umbrella sock yarn. So bright and cheerful!

Lisa said...

A sunrise bouncing over the ocean surface....aaaaaah.

Karen said...

Shimmer is the sun coming through the ice on the trees that we've had here on sunny days in Maine this winter.

Julie Johnson said...

When I hear the word shimmer, I imagine the sunlight reflecting on the top of the ocean, almost blinding one with its radiance.

Chirpy said...

Love what you did with the fabric. It would make a beautiful modern quilt...but which one? =)

Cindy P said...

I think of a gentle breeze rustling a light curtain in the moonlight!

Fiddlin' Dandi said...

This fabric is really inspiring me to sew!

fran18 said...

The word shimmer makes me think of a couple of things. Nature- the sun hitting still water or freshly fallen snow with a full moon. It also makes me think of something slinky I would wear when I was much younger and thinner. This word really identifies this line. How could it be anything else.
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