Monday, June 30, 2008

The Giveaway Winner Is . . . . .

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NAN from nannybird! Thanks, again, to all of you who commented on my giveaway post and left me sweet messages.

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1. Frenchie Totebag, 2. Welcome to South Carolina, 3. South Carolina welcoming, 4. Hand Towel/Golf Towel/Baby Burp Cloth

Nan was contacted and quickly replied that she would most like to have a totebag and even had a special design request. Nan moved away from South Carolina in the last year or so and misses this place. South Carolina has a really nice state flag design, and embroiderers and artists have gone crazy with it over the years embellishing everything from clothing to home dec to foods with our palmetto tree and moon. You can see my Palmetto State embroidery designs here. I'm looking forward to making the perfect bag for her.

You'll have to stop by Nan's blog and see everything she is into. She's a big crocheter and spends lots of time on Ravelry. I'm a member of Ravelry, too, but I just haven't had the time (brains) to get into it and figure it all out, so she sent me an e-mail sort of mapping out the way.

Well, the last three weeks of June didn't go as I had planned. I had intended to be at Camp Chisholm and stay home this month, get into new habits, organize papers and rooms, and box up items for the flea market or garage sale. However, early on I caught a summer bug that turned into nearly pneumonia by last week! The coughing and decongestants practically made me delirious, and it was hard to stay on track even with my "real" work. Thank goodness for a good old Z-Pak and some cough syrup with codeine! Saturday morning I woke up for the first time feeling rested and ready to go. I sewed all weekend getting out some postponed orders today. Now I need to get to that sewing I promised Camille. By the time I make the dresses and tops we have planned, summer may be gone. Not really, though, this is South Carolina, and we could have a heat wave all the way into October!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Adding To My Repertoire

Etsy shop

A big "thank-you" to whomever began that flickr meme earlier in the month. It was fun to do, and I am so happy that I learned to use the mosaic maker. Using the mosaic as my post photo makes things nice and neat and uses less space.

I've been getting summer orders for the hand towels and dishtowels above and my little makeup bags. These are repeat pictures but good examples. The handtowels are usually ordered as part of a larger towel set, but they are also designed for guest bath, sports/golf towels with a grommet included for hanging, and baby burp towels.

Another big thanks goes out to all of you who have commented on my first blog anniversary below. Bloggers have come from everywhere and have left sweet notes. I'm anxious to see whose name is drawn on Sunday and what prize will be chosen.

So, now that I have a year under my belt of blogging and checking out the way things go for other craft bloggers and home entrepreneurs, I decided to open an etsy shop, calicodaisy, of course. I've had an e-bay shop for a couple of years but with no real success, as I didn't really work that hard at it nor do I understand all the ways to be successful there. However, I do find the etsy shop to be VERY affordable and easy to manage. I was so surprised to get featured along with several other South Carolina vendors pretty much in the first couple weeks of opening the shop. I didn't understand what was happening first with the "treasury" idea but soon figured it out. Some South Carolina etsy vendors have put together a "street team" of Palmetto State shopkeepers, and participating with the group is giving me great ideas for marketing and etsy-how-to's as well. I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds in my little store.

I hope you'll stop by the calicodaisy shop and find something perfect that you just have to have for yourself or give as a gift. Obviously, much of what I do is custom made, so if you check out the clubbmish studios flickr site and see what work I have already done, you might find just what you are looking for.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

First Blog Anniversary Giveaway

First Blog Anniversary Giveaway

1. Sassy Apron Swap - Spring 2008, 2. Custom Wristlet 3, 3. Frenchie Totebag

Friday, June 27, 2008, is my first blog anniversary! Just as everyone has said before me, it has been a quick year. It seems like just a few months ago, I was sitting in the recliner with the laptop on my knees googling about embroidery when I came across Feeling Stitchy and Nikkshell. I had noticed the term "blog" previously when reading the websites of Sublime Stitching, Alicia Paulson, and SisBoom fabrics after spotting features about them in various magazines, but the term didn't really stick with me as I had no idea what it meant. However, everything finally connected in one moment of understanding, and I knew instantly that I had to have a blog, too.

After lurking about a bit, checking out the different blog services, and following the path to other bloggers' favorite sites, I got down to business. Most important to me at the time was getting involved in the swaps in which I have had such a great time giving and receiving and getting to know new blog friends.

I want to thank everyone who makes regular visits to my blog, sends me comments and e-mails, and is interested in keeping up with the postings of new creations from my craft studio and letting me brag about my family. This opportunity makes our world a smaller place and allows us to learn so much from one another from both near and far away. I am really grateful to be part of this crafting blog world and can't wait to see what happens in the upcoming year.

Earlier in the week, I held a little poll to see what I should offer as a giveaway prize. The choice is hard for me, because I think everything I do is already done and all the crafters on the blogs has one anyway! However, after comments and e-mails, there is a three-way tie: Apron, totebag, and wristlet. I made the mosaic above to show an example of each.

The prize, then, will be a choice of one of the three above, monogrammed, of course, created in your favorite colors. On Saturday, June 28, 2008, I'll draw the winner's name. Be sure to leave your comment here if you'd like to be part of the drawing and, if I can't reach you through your comment profile, please be sure to leave an e-mail address so I can get in touch with you, otherwise, I'll have to pick a new name from the hat.

I'm looking forward to finding out who leaves their name and whose name gets drawn!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

A Lovely Surprise

"waiting sarah"
** please read my 06/17/08 posting below and help me decide **
** what I should use as a giveaway for my first blog anniversary **
"You WIN!" This was the surprising message I received last week from Lorajean. She pulled my name from the hat for her 150th posting giveaway, and I was able to choose some of her artwork. I fell in love with "Waiting Sarah," an original acrylic painting by Lorajean. Sarah is no longer waiting but is home with me. I'm looking forward to framing her and hanging her in my office. Both my daughter and husband said this favors me when I was younger. Now I'm deciding whether to purchase a companion piece. I'm really loving "Lydia."

Lorajean has many talents. She makes softies, stationary from her prints, and paper mache sculptures. I was happy to learn that she knows the paper mache, because, as I answered the other day on the 20 Questions, #5, an art I would next love to learn is paper mache and making holiday folk art people and accessories. Maybe LJ will coach me from afar.

This is her blog: Lorajean's Magazine
This is her etsy shop: little lolas
Here are some more rabbit trails for you to follow:
1. bura ellen - Don't know how I got there, but that is where I heard about Lorajean's giveaway. She lives in Atlanta, which makes me feel like a kindred blogger since I went to high school there and think of it as "home."
2. Flossie Teacakes - Lovely lady in England. She writes very well and reminds me of Nigella Lawson, by both her descriptions in writing and looks.
3. Feeling Stitchy - All about hand embroidery. One of the very first blogs I came across.
4. Lee Lou Blogs - This one looks fun. She has free and custom blog designs, but I can't figure it out. When I tried to do this, I lost all my categories on the sides. Good thing I saved the original template - take my advice and do that first! Maybe one day I'll write her and ask her how to get it right.
5. Tiny Happy - I found her through Ravenhill. She moved to Norway from New Zealand. She does lovely sewing and embroidery.
And finally, at risk of bugging you, but I have been taking you down rabbit trails, don't forget to comment on my 06/17/2008 post below about what might be a good giveaway for my first blog anniversary. I'll have to get that started next week.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Come Surf With Me and Celebrate

Though I haven't been in my sewing room much the last couple of months while getting ready for the end of the school year, I have been surfing the blogs and finding loads of inspiration. You know, my first blog loves are off there to the left under the "inspiring blogs" category. However, starting at those sites, I've made a bunch of rabbit trails hopping from one blog to another and thought I would share some of my new finds with you, maybe a few each time I post to give you a chance to look around.

1. How About Orange - Fun and Informative.

2. You Can Make This - Not a blog but all kinds of great craft patterns to buy and download, some free.

3. Spoonflower - Very cool. They can print-your-own fabric for you from your graphics. Too bad I can't participate; I don't know how to do anything on PhotoShop or the like. However, Camille is taking PhotoShop at school next year, so I might set her on that path for me.

4. True Up - All Fabrics, All The Time

5. Pimp Stitch - If you know the conservative me, you know I might not love the name. However, the art is fun and all about the new wave of embroidery.
6. A Year of Crock Potting - Exactly what it says. This chicky cooks something in the crockpot everyday and then tells all about it.

7. Just Lilla - Lilla is the mother of my first best friend in college (lucky me, I have several BFFs). We met the very first day while moving into the dorms - in 1982! Anyway, I went home with Beth through the years but didn't get to know her mom very well - as we were always running around as college girls do. I knew Lilla was a crafter and loved antiques. A while ago, I received an e-mail from Lilla, who lives in Hawaii and is from New Zealand, and she blogs. She has also gotten some press in Somerset Magazine Altered Couture -- and Haute Bags, I think. I'm looking forward to visiting with her and Beth in October when I hopefully make it out to Houston to the International Quilt Festival.
If you stop by any of the blogs, leave a comment at that blog and tell them who sent you (Michele at calicodaisy). Maybe they'll take a trip over here.


My first blogiversary is nearly here! Back on June 27, 2007, I had the courage to enter the blog world and get my own started. I didn't know what I was getting into, but I have made some lovely new acquaintances here and have had a lot of fun in the swaps.

Of course, I want to do a giveaway, but I can't decide what of mine someone would really want. Would you take a look through my clubbmish studio set and leave me a suggestion as to what I might give as the gift? It has to be small enough to fit in a large envelope (maybe 11 x 13) - I learned a big lesson on gregariously sending boxes away overseas! Big Dollars! How about an embroidered pillow cover, monogrammed dishtowels, wristlet, or totebag?

If you comment here in the suggestion posting by Friday, June 20, 2008, I'll automatically count your name twice when I post the giveaway dates. Thanks for helping me choose, and tell your friends. Oh, yes, be sure to leave me your e-mail address should I need to get in touch with you.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Graduate and the Fallout

Our son, Michael, graduated from high school last week. We are so proud. He has lots to look forward to in college and great opportunities on the horizon. I want to be 18 again (with my experience in mind) and do it over. College and life on campus was just such a great experience for me with lifelong friends made. I wish the same success for him.

Isn't this cake great? I looked for graduation cake styles on-line and sent the idea to my friend who is a cake decorator. We always have a Teresa cake. She makes a wonderful cream cheese pound cake with butter cream frosting. Look at how sweet my boy was in first grade.

It seems I'm in the fallout time after the craziness leading up to my son's graduation ceremony and party and the company who came to visit. My mind was weary and used up but excited about the numerous tasks I had set out for myself over the last three weeks of June. The house was clean and I had a long list projects, including, continued organizing, finalizing the studio office, completing some custom orders, and rearranging my workday to a new schedule. I also put myself on a shopping moratorium for the month, but I guess pretty much knew how that one would work out anyway.

Well, you know, best laid plans and all that... Sure enough, my brother called me and needed me to hang out with my SIL in North Carolina while he was away. They have a toddler and a new baby, and she wanted someone to hang out with her and be an extra driver in the house. At least my house was clean when I left it! Camille and I went, the baby is darling, my SIL was doing great, so I came home after a few days leaving Camille there for another week. However, I was prime, due to my weariness, to catch a cold, and it is a doozie! Like I'm underwater, and the pressure is climbing! It was so bad that I actually had to give up my place at the university orientation with my son yesterday to my husband. He had a great time learning about all the opportunities at the university, seeing my son's dorm building for the first time, meeting parents, touring, etc. I spent the whole day feeling sorry for myself when I wasn't working or dozing in the easy chair.

And I've been shopping. I shopped while in NC, then I went to the fabric store upon returning home Saturday for a sale, and today when I went to Wal-Mart just to pick up juice, water, and dinner supplies, I happened to see a lady walk by with an odd stack of fabrics and a lot of trims. It occurred to me that she found a sale back there, and, as our Wal-Mart is closing out the fabric department, I made the mad dash back there to find all fabric and trim by the yard on sale at 50% off. A number of my staples were still available, so, $67.00 later....

Ooh, now it is 3:00 PM and time to take more Claritin. I am going to dash off and get some and clear up a bit more.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Time For A New Swap and 20 Questions

I'm participating in the Sweet Goodness Swap again for this summer. I'm answering these 20 questions to tell a little bit about myself, though I'm sure I've mentioned most of my likes before. These and the mosaic meme below, and you'll be able to spot me on the street!

1. What is your favorite Summer Drink(s)? Diet Coke on ice. It's my favorite winter drink, too.

2. What is your favorite Summer Activity? Traveling to visit friends.

3. If you could spend a lazy afternoon reading, what would be in your hands?
Harry Potter, Jane Austen, Shopaholic series.

4. What is your favorite type of craft/art medium? Sewing/embroidery.

5. What is one art/craft supply you absolutely have been dying to have or try?
Paper mache. I'd like to make folk art characters, especially Christmas ones.

6. What are your favorite colors in our 'rainbow sherbet' theme? PINK

7. What is your favorite sweet treat? Chocolate fudge cake.

8. Are there any craft or art supplies you would NOT be interested in receiving?
Candles, beading -- for right now anyway.

9. What is your favorite song today?

10. How do you 'pamper' yourself during the hot summer days? If I'm hot and tired, then going to the dark, cool den and watching movies with the kids.

11. Do you have any kidlets or pets? Son (18), daughter (15), three dogs (sorry to say), two cats.

12. What is your best potluck dish for summer get togethers?
Cheese and fruit plate, dips. My best potluck dishes are for cooler temperatures: Auntie Lynda's Comfort Chicken Casserole and Macaroni and Cheese.

13. If you could take a summer vacation anywhere, where would it be? Almost anywhere as long as I could have enough time and money to just relax and enjoy and not be in a hurry to get back to work or have to budget too much.

14. Describe your decorating style. Does that say anything about your personality? Traditional for the family areas, vintage for mine. It says a lot about me. I like the home to be solid and warm and cozy (traditional) for family and company areas and sweet and full of memories (vintagey) for my personal areas.

15. What are your initials? MSC

16. Why do you like to join swaps? Love sharing the art.

17. You have 25 dollars to spend just on you for a little treat. What do you buy? Magazines, books, fabric.

18. What's one craft supply or art supply you absolutely cannot live without?

19. Who's the last person you hugged? My sister-in-law. I've come to visit her and help with the new baby while my brother is away!

20. What's your favorite number and why? Even numbers and 5's. I think because I feel like whatever I am counting is finished.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Special Deliveries

This week, a nice little haul by mail arrived at my house.

I've been following Melissa of
Bridgman Pottery for a while now. I love her style, and she prices her pottery very affordably. Her berry bowls have been very popular; I might have to have one of those. Anyway, I have been crazy to have a butterbell for years but began to understand that unless one uses a lot of butter each week and replaces the water that keeps it fresh, not so good, and the potters I met at craft shows just weren't making them anymore. One day at World Market, I found a tiny little butter dish with cover that holds a few tablespoons, perfect to sit out for a few days. However, it's just all white with a little cow head for a knob, so I was still on the lookout. Until Melissa made this little posting here.
Good thing I started using Google reader for my favorite blogs. I was just checking to see who had a new post one day, and there it was. I ordered it immediately, probably like six minutes after it was posted and scared her, but it was mine and here it is. It looks great on my little cupboard with my other pottery.

A couple of weeks ago I showed you my contribution to Michelle's embroidered button swap. I confessed that I used my embroidery machine because I felt my drawings weren't clear enough, but they seem to have gone over well. I received my little package in the mail on Friday. Wow! It's like a little art show of my very own. Here is what I received.

Giraffe - Starla
Paw print - Anina
Hummingbird - Regina
Whale (see her process at her blog) - Elizabeth
Snail - Lia
Hedgehog (do you see how tiny the butterfly is?) - Val

Michelle sent a little giraffe to all of us for participating. Her eyes must be exhausted; it's so tiny! If you'd like to see more tiny artworks, check out the embroidered button flickr site to see the rest.

Finally, I received a Visa gift card in the mail from one of the contractors I work with. I knew just what I wanted to do with it - BUY MORE FABRIC. Not any fabric. I wanted the "sketchbook" pattern of Anna Maria Horner's Drawing Room set (see photos above). I was set to hit the order button on an on-line store I know well and then remembered Kathy started her fabric shop, Pink By Post, and jumped over to see what she had, and there it was! For just starting out, she has some very pretty lines of fabric. So, I ordered enough to use up my Visa gift card. My package arrived surprisingly fast, from outside Seattle to Lexington, SC, in just two days. Very gratifying. Now I just have to decide what to make out of the fabric. Pillows, I think, will be great to show off the scale of the pattern.

Kathy also included a treat, too, as a thanks for testing her Mail Sack pattern, which, I understand, has been selling very nicely. It's so exciting to have been able to help out with that. Anyway, above are the fat quarters she sent to me. My daughter and I were just loving the designs, decided what would look great in tops and bags, and now we want to order more of the same! Thanks so much, Kathy.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Mosaic Meme - The Game

This took quite a bit of time, but I had a big time creating it. Try one yourself, and then comment back and send the link.

1. Type your answer into the Flickr Search.
2. Using only the first page, pick an image.
3. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

The Questions:
1. What is your first name? Michele
2. What is your favorite food? macaroni and cheese
3. What school did you go to? Towers High School - someone else's mom in the photo.
4. What is your favorite color? PINK
5. Who is your celebrity crush? Alan Rickman
6. Favorite drink? DIET COKE
7. Dream vacation? New York City
8. Favorite dessert? Chocolate cake!
9. What do you want to be when you grow up? Happy, please.
10. What do you love most in life? My family.
11. One Word to describe you. Fiery Mum - I don't know how I found this one!
12. Your flickr name. calicodaisy
I found this game on the creative little daisy blog. You can check out lots of other folks' mosaics at The Game.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Do You Ever Wonder How To ... ???

Well, if you don't spend enough time blogging and need another way to spend time on the computer, meggiecat (above photo from her site) gave us the link to WonderHowTo, a search engine for how-to videos. I've just lost 90 minutes of my Sunday evening to the sewing and embroidery category. I DO NOT need this, but I think I am going to like it.