Category Archives: Books

Parasol Backdrop DIY

Victoria at A Subtle Revelry always has great, unique party ideas and projects going on, so I’m flattered to be on her blog today.

If you have been curious about how to make the parasol backdrop that is featured on the cover of Handmade Hostess, well, here is your chance! Check out the post at A Subtle Revelry for the full Parasol Backdrop instructions and DIY.

Special thanks to Luna Bazaar for loaning us the parasols and to my Dad for helping me design the PVC backdrop. It always helps to have an engineer in the family!

Hope your week is off to a good start. I am working on one last audio fix for my video (fingers crossed). I can’t wait to share it with you!

Catching Up

Catchingup

Hello there. It seems like time to blow the dust and cobwebs off of the blog. It’s been six months between posts which I am pretty sure translates to decades in internet years.

I am not sure where to begin, so I have made a list called “10 Things I Have Been Doing While I Was Not Blogging.”  However, the real reason for my absence is in #10.

  1. Signed copies of Handmade Hostess at Costco
  2. Took fewer pictures and tried to be in the moment more
  3. Wondered if that really worked
  4. Cleaned out the guest room and threw away all evidence that I’m actually a hoarder
  5. Stood by two of our favorite couples as they got married
  6. Congratulated a third friend on her engagement (#yearoftheweddings)
  7. Celebrated the best Christmas I have had in a long time
  8. Fine-tuned my second fabric line
  9. Studied the changing blog landscape and wondered where I fit in
  10. Finished writing a novel

Yes, that’s right. I wrote a (second) book – this time venturing into the world of fiction.

Alas, the blog is not the only thing I have neglected in the big push to the finish. Also: calls from friends, showers, Facebook, coffee dates.

Have you ever had a goal that was greedy, demanding everything you had? This one was like that. I have learned that if you don’t feed the greedy ones, they’ll grow up lopsided and malnourished.

In the meantime, I am still reflecting on #9. Blogging is changing. I am thinking of some new ways to connect more regularly with you, but this will stay my home base. I am very optimistic about 2014. Here’s to creating space for all of the things (and people) who are important to us.

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Costco!

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Hi there. I am popping in after a long absence to share some good news!

Tomorrow, Saturday June 22nd, I’m having a book signing at Costco (Woodinville location, 11-2pm). If you’re in the neighborhood (or have relatives or friends up this way), I’d love to meet you (them). Right now, this is the one and only stop on the Costco book tour — but I’m hoping that if this one goes well, I’ll be able to get out to some other cities.

I have been inspired this past month to finish up a big, creative project. I am on a huge tear, so I’m going to let myself disappear back down the rabbit hole and see where it goes. I hope to be back here soon.

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Handmade Hostess Workshop & Open House!

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Keli of Drygoods Design and I have been working on something pretty special — a Handmade Hostess Workshop & Open House. If you are in the Seattle area, then I hope you will head over to her beautiful shop in Ballard on Saturday, May 11th for this 2-part event. The Open House is free (no RSVP required), but the Workshop spots are limited so be sure to sign-up early!

(Do you wish you lived nearby, but don’t? Well, I have something special planned for you, too. I’ll get to that in a moment.)

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Workshop (5/11 from 1-3:30pm)

My hands-down favorite project from the book are these fabric flowers — and based on everyone’s reactions to them, I think they are your favorite, too. I am going to be teaching a class where you’ll make a fabric flower that you can use as a centerpiece, mobile, or even a really gorgeous gift wrapping embellishment.

The workshop is the week before Mother’s Day, so this would be a fun treat to bring your Mom to or just a chance to get a head start on her present. You’ll need some basic sewing machine skills, but these flowers are beginner-friendly. (And if sewing isn’t your thing, then hold on because I have something for you, too!)

The workshop is $35, and there will be refreshments, goody bags (!), and some sneak peeks of my next fabric line. Enrollment is limited, so if you’re interested, be sure to sign up here.

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Open House & Book Signing (5/11 from 3:30-5pm)

In the afternoon, we’ll open up for a Book Signing and Open House. Everyone is welcome. There will be door prizes, a beautiful, simple craft you can make and take home with you, and refreshments (think: dessert)!

No sewing or crafting experience necessary, but if you’d like to, we’ll be making some paper flowers from the book.

Last year, I got the chance to go to several book signings, and while it was a total treat to meet some of my favorite authors, I sometimes wished there was more to do. I really want every single person who attends to know that there are a few special treats planned just for them.

If you are local, then please help spread the word! I still feel a little bit like the new girl in town and really appreciate the support.

IMPORTANT: To reserve your spot in the Fabric Flower Workshop ($35), go here to sign-up. The Open House is free and open to the public — no RSVP necessary.

For my non-local friends: I always feel bummed reading about cool events that I can’t attend! So, I am going to be giving away some extra goodies from the workshop right here on the blog. It’s my way of saying “Wish you were here!” Stay tuned for details.

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Handmade Hostess (Official Book Trailer)

It’s done! At last!

My homemade book trailer for Handmade Hostess is all finished.

It’s pretty short — just one minute long. I tried to give you some more glimpses of the projects in the book which was fun and also helped me answer my husband’s frequent question. “Do we really have to keep all of this stuff?” (Um, yes.)

If you like it, please help spread it around. You can watch it right here or head over to Handmade Hostess (Official Book Trailer) on Vimeo.

I completely lucked out and the super talented composer, Ashley Jurgemeyer, allowed me to use her song, “Sunday Sundress.” I love it. Which is important, because when you are editing something, you get to listen to the music track. A lot. It’s a good sign when you still like the music as much on Day 15 as you did on Day 1. Thanks Ashley.

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Parasol Backdrop DIY

Victoria at A Subtle Revelry always has great, unique party ideas and projects going on, so I’m flattered to be on her blog today.

If you have been curious about how to make the parasol backdrop that is featured on the cover of Handmade Hostess, well, here is your chance! Check out the post at A Subtle Revelry for the full Parasol Backdrop instructions and DIY.

Special thanks to Luna Bazaar for loaning us the parasols and to my Dad for helping me design the PVC backdrop. It always helps to have an engineer in the family!

Hope your week is off to a good start. I am working on one last audio fix for my video (fingers crossed). I can’t wait to share it with you!

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