Friday, October 17, 2014

Etsy Feature Friday and a GIVEAWAY!

Welcome back to ETSY FEATURE FRIDAY! Each week I select an Etsy shop that jumps out at me, and share it here on the blog! This week we are lucky to hear from Deborah Muller of ChubbyMermaid! She graciously agreed to answer a few questions and has also offered a free coloring book for the winner of this week's giveaway!

To enter the giveaway:
1. Comment on this post! (one entry)
2. Favorite ChubbyMermaid on Etsy (leave a comment letting me know that you did)
3. Follow me on Facebook or Pinterest (again, leave a comment)

The winner will be selected at random by Monday, Oct. 6 at 8pm. If you are a no-reply blogger or aren't sure if you are, please leave me your email so I can contact you!

Now let's get to know Deborah! Here are some of her awesome creations and the genius behind them :)


Q: What is your favorite part of the creative process?

A: My favorite part of the creative process is simply sitting down every day and drawing or painting for the pure joy of it. It is therapy to me and where I escape reality. Even though my reality is pretty great I still like to escape to other worlds. I doodle on everything and just love to draw so I can't even imagine a world without sharpies. 


Q: What is the most challenging step in creating your art?

A: I don't have a challenging part to the creativity, I have a hard part with the getting my art to market part. I want to create but sitting on the computer listing art is the part I struggle with. I love creating but the technical part is just boring to me...




Q: Where do you get your inspiration?

A: My inspiration comes from a mind that is constantly filled with images, I day dream a lot! My husband often says "Earth to Deborah". Music plays a huge part and so does surrounding myself with colorful, bright and happy colors and images in my studio. I hate white walls, they depress me. I don't have a favorite color because I love them all!




Q: What do you do when you get creative "writer's block"?

A: To get unstuck so to speak I simply close my eyes and meditate. Silence for a few minutes or hours always helps. The other thing I love to do is ride our motorcycles through the hills, that is an instant soul cleanse.

Thank you SO MUCH to Deborah for letting me share!!! I hope you will all be sure to head over to her Etsy shop

Check out Last week's E.F.F. !!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

October Etsy Treasury!

We're a couple weeks into October and I'm finally getting around to making this month's Etsy treasury! In honor of HBQ and all the bees flying around, I present...Bees Everywhere!!!

Here are just a few of my selections, starting with a sweet print from TheWheatField by Katie Daisy that should be arriving at my door any day now!!! It is going to look so perfect above my sewing desk!!! :)




This cute little card from 1canoe2 would be perfect for someone's birthday...speaking of which, mine's only three weeks away!!! 





I love this canvas tote bag from Ceridwen Design - although another bag is the last thing I need! Check out this UK-based shop for more unique tote bags, paper goods, and more.




For more cute bee-related products, head over to my treasury and please feel free to leave a comment! I love hearing your feedback!

Thanks!
LB


Friday, October 10, 2014

ETSY FEATURE FRIDAY

Hi everyone! It has been a crazy week around here and I am just now getting around to our Etsy Feature Friday! It's going to be quick this week, but I've got a really unique one to share with you.

A long-time family friend of ours recently received a request from her new daughter-in-law. She was looking for a cute "sleeve" to wear that would cover up her PICC line. For those of you who don't know what that is (because I don't really know either), it is like a permanent IV that delivers fluids/medicine to the body. Did I get that right?






Of course, Robin Otto was up to the challenge! :) She came up with a great pattern and uses some really cute fabrics. I present to you...PICCsies!!!!!

In her Etsy shop, The Gifted Nut, she also sells cancer caps, scarves, etc. If you or someone you know has a PICC line, be sure to check out Robin's shop. She really understands what creative passion is all about - bringing joy and comfort to others!



Thank you all for checking in for E.F.F. and be sure to come back next week for a sweet GIVEAWAY!!!!!

Toodles,
LB

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

New Blog Planner!!!

I love organizing! But I'm not so good at keeping things organized. When it comes to HBQ, I have a hard time staying on top of the logistics of it all. I forget to blog, post on Facebook, and check my Pinterest and Etsy accounts.

All you creative professionals out there surely know how frustrating this can be!!!

After searching through some very cute "blog planning" printable on Pinterest, I realized that I really just needed to make my own. My business is unique and so are my priorities and goals.



I found some free clip art and went to town!!! It was so much fun! I even had this cute binder to put it all in.



Aside from my checklists, I also have sections for patterns, commission quilts, and business cards from other artists.



I got this great set of fabric from Asheville Cotton Co on the way home from GAF. My hubby spoils me. I can't wait to use it for my latest pattern - stay tuned for my unique take on hexagons :)





Not much time for sewing this week but it has been a good one! Hopefully I'll get back at it soon.

Come back soon for ETSY FEATURE FRIDAY!!!!!!
LB

Friday, October 3, 2014

1st Ever ETSY FEATURE FRIDAY!!!

It's here!!! The first ever HoneyBee Quilt Co ETSY FEATURE FRIDAY!!!!! I am so excited to start this new tradition and I have a few ideas that I will hopefully be able to implement in the next couple of months. If you have any comments, suggestions, or you/someone you know has an Etsy shop, PLEASE comment on this post or email me at honeybeequiltco@live.com...I welcome your thoughts and opinions :)

With that being said, I present to you this week's featured shop...drumroll please.....

THE WHEATFIELD by Katie Daisy!!!!!



I am sure that some of you have seen her work, so you know how lovely it is! I have been searching around lately for ways to decorate our [unidentified future living space] and the best thing I could come up with was art prints - they're pretty affordable and take up hardly any space without a frame. I scoured the Etsy pages for prints that would embody what JT and I are pursuing in this season of our lives.

Then I happily came across Katie Daisy's work. The subjects of her paintings as well as the quotes she uses really relate to us and things that we love. Her whimsical style and vibrant colors just sealed the deal and [once we finally make a decision] we will be ordering a few prints for our [unidentified future living space].



When I read her "About Me" I was so excited to learn that she is a wanderer and a lover of all things outdoors. This comes as no surprise, considering most of her work is centered around nature and outdoor activities.

Be sure to jump over to her shop and check out her fabulous illustrations. You might just end up with a few in your cart...I know I did! Katie is also on Facebook and Pinterest, for you social media lovers.


 

  


Thank you all for stopping by and be sure to check back next Friday for more Etsy love :)
LB

NOTE: items pictured above are original creations by ©Katie Daisy 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

It's GAF time!!!

It's that time already! The car is packed, last minute sewing done, and I think I finally picked out an outfit. JT and I leave (very early) in the morning for GAF and I couldn't be more excited to get outta here! We have a cabin near the Nantahala, which makes the first time JT and I have gotten a vacation by ourselves since our honeymoon. There's a hot tub, indoor/outdoor fireplaces, WIFI and tv. WOOP WOOP!!! We are in great need of some R&R since our Orlando trip didn't go exactly how we planned.



This is a quilt that I started several months ago. JT insisted that I finish it before GAF because he's convinced that it'll sell immediately :) His confidence is always much greater than mine.

I'm not exactly sure what the weekend is going to look like. We're planning on getting to the festival by 7 or 8 in the morning. I know we'll be set up all day tomorrow, but we're going to decide about Saturday and Sunday once we get there. We are driving down to Huntsville on Saturday afternoon for a wedding, so I'm not sure that we'll want to set up the booth for just a couple of hours.




I'll try to post when I can, most likely on my Facebook page. But there will definitely be a report with lots of pictures on the blog when I get back! :) 

Stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed!
LB

Monday, September 22, 2014

Totes Finished!

T-minus four days until GAF! I finally finished all six tote bags! Yes, you heard me right. That's half a dozen tote bags, in two days. It has been a long week at work...lot's of changes happening and tons of stock rolling in. We're preparing for October, our busiest month of the year, which means we've been paying "catch up" all week.




It was easy for me to panic. When I got home from work on Saturday I felt overwhelmed. It seemed like I had SO MUCH to do and I was still suffering from the sniffles and the coughing. I couldn't focus and I felt like I was gonna shut down.

 


But I pushed through, with the help of some Grey's Anatomy. At about 11pm I finally gave in and went to bed. Yesterday I woke up late and got straight to work. It didn't take long to get them done, and boy was I glad to be finished!!!!! I've always struggled with handles, and until recently I couldn't even make them with batting. These are probably my best so far though, and I'm actually pretty proud of them. The seams all turned out straight and they feel very sturdy. Yay for accomplishments!




I love the vibrant colors of this little collections. It's awesome when I get to cut into some fabric of such good quality. I found all of the main prints at the quilt shop that we went to in Orlando. I went crazy in there! I could've bought five times as much! This Kaffe Fassett floral is gorgeous and the fabric is SO soft. All of the accent prints are from Joann's (excluding the yellow dot, which is Ty Pennington).




I just love this batik...especially the color combo. It is so unique, and the circle and semi-circles reminded me of the moon. I thought it went splendidly with this navy print. It will be the perfect Fall accessory! The hippie in me adores this combo.




This Ikat print from Ty Pennington's collection instantly caught my eye. The colors were so different! JT's Nana pointed out this dot print on the clearance rack. It worked quite nicely I think. I got a little extra of both, so I might have to make something for myself with them :)



This feather print was a must-have for me. It has all my favorite colors in it, not to mention I love birds and all bird related things! With the perfectly coordinating print from Joann's, this bag hit a home run! I kinda want to keep in for myself...but I'm resisting ;)




Last but DEFINITELY not least is this artistic beauty. A few months ago I found a stunning print by Carrie Bloomston for Such Designs at The Quilt Shop here in Boone. I bought it with the intention of using it somewhere in the kitchen area of our bus. It has coffee mugs, pomegranates, and birds. Could that not be more perfect?





Anyways...in Orlando I found several prints from the same designer, and finally settled on this one.I want everything that I make to be unique. I strive to make things that people can identify with...things that "have their name written all over it". I want people to see my creations and think, "that is SO me". So this bag was created in honor of all you artists out there, whether a brush is your instrument of choice or not. Keep creating.




I can't wait to see how these totes do at GAF this weekend. I will be posting the ones that don't sell on Etsy after the weekend, but if you're interested in a particular bag, let me know and I will set it aside for you! I hope you all have a wonderful first week of fall!!!!! I know I'll be enjoying the chilly weather :)

Happy Monday!
LB