Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thanksgiving Aprons on Etsy!!!

The holidays are coming soon and I have indulged in many of the perks. Pumpkin spice everything, baked goodies, making holiday displays at work, and of course I've started a marathon of Christmas music/movies.

I have always loved decorating for the holidays, and there's no reason why that should stop with our house. Holiday apparel is a must! I'm excited to reveal some new, albeit past due, Etsy listings for some truly adorable Thanksgiving/fall aprons that my mom created. Take a look!











Didn't she do an awesome job?! Make sure you check out those listings, as well as this wall quilt that I just finished :)




Thank you for visiting HBQ!! Until next time!
LB




Monday, November 10, 2014

Catching Up - My Virtual "To Do List"

I'm back! I have taken a couple of weeks off from blogging because of my ridiculously busy work schedule. October is our craziest time of the year, and it really takes it out of me! I've finally caught up on sleep...and some sewing!

Here's a quick update on this month's happenings at HBQ!

Made some progress on my first quilt design, using Moda's new line Persimmon. These fabrics are so beautiful, and the colors are exactly what I had in mind for this quilt!



Did a little sprucing up by my sewing desk with a Katie Daisy print and a quick DIY dream catcher, inspired by Maureen Cracknell's blog.




Finished up this fun little project to add to my Etsy inventory. I added a precious yellow binding...pics of the full finish soon :)




 Add to the list four Etsy sales this month and it's been pretty great! Despite me being so busy and not having time to add to my inventory, HBQ has continued to grow. I couldn't be happier!

I have a growing list of projects, designs, and commissions that will keep me quite busy this holiday season. I'm looking forward to bringing my designs from paper to fabric, repairing some vintage quilts for friends, and adding some really fun art quilts to my inventory. I've been working on my raw edge appliqué technique and I've really come to enjoy it!

In an attempt to get back into the swing of things, as well as finally bring my blog up to date, I did a little mini photo shoot yesterday! It always helps to improve my photography skills, and taking pictures of my upcoming projects really helped inspire and motivate me, not only to finish the quilt but to enjoy the process. Every quilt has a story and sometimes I forget to tell them :)




These colorful fabrics are for a Christmas quilt that I'm planning. I found a picture on Pinterest of a mini quilt with a white background and multicolored bookmarks. I sketched out my own version of it and plan to make a 60" x 60" throw. Not sure if I'll keep it or add it to Etsy...we'll jump off that bridge when we get there.






These cool blue and grey fabrics have been sitting on my shelf for quite some time now. I bought them to use for my hexie quilt, but they just didn't seem to fit the pattern. After a lot of searching, I finally found a picture of a quilt in a book that I bought and decided to figure out the pattern. I think it will look great with these fabrics!






That about wraps it up for HBQ this fine Monday morning...and now I'm off to my day job ;) Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers!
LB





Wednesday, October 22, 2014

HBQ's New Addition!

JT and I are parents!!!!! On Saturday, the humane society was raising money at work and they brought three puppies with them to be adopted. I was really drawn to one puppy in particular, and couldn't seem to stop going out to see her. I spoke with the volunteers for a while and learned all about her...she was a 2-yr-old australian shepherd mix, found by a Dollar General, had a bad leg and would possibly need an amputation in the future, and her adoption fee had already been paid! I sent some pics to my hubby on a whim and...well...we picked her up the next day :)




They believe that Sadie was hit by a car, which cause permanent damage to her leg. She does not have use of the leg but she is pain-free! Unless it starts causing her pain or we see that it is impeding normal life, then it will not have to be amputated. Thank goodness!!! For now, we have ordered her a couple of sturdy boots to try out...to prevent any more sores on her paw that could potentially get infected.





She is easygoing and loving, sleeps through the night, is house-trained, and LOVES to ride in the car. She even tried to go to work with me on Monday. I mean how am I supposed to resist that face?!?!








We took Audrey with us to do a meet and greet, which went great! They get along fine, and actually don't seem as interested in each other as they are with us. They both LOVE the attention :)




Welcome to the family Sadie!!!!!! We love you!!!



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