Nov 16, 2015

Canvas Pop Giveaway

It never ceases to amaze me how fast 2 days turn into 3 weeks then 6 months and before I can look around a new year is almost upon me. This month we are taking some time to remind ourselves to be grateful of the blessings that we have around us everyday. I, like so many of you, am beyond grateful for the family that surrounds me. My husband and I have been married for 14 years and we have 5 beautiful, stubborn, amazing children! There have been many rough days, goofy days, ordinary days, heartbreaking moments, unconditional love, and pure joy!

My family loves to walk and hike. Often this is what we find ourselves doing on peaceful Sunday afternoons. We had such a Sunday a few weeks back when we all headed out to Fort Vancouver watch the harvest moon rise. The fort is a beautiful location for pictures. While we were there I made my kids line up, muddy legs and all, to take one kid picture. The sun was golden, the setting amazing, my kids, click,click. I was so excited to see how these pictures came out. The next day I was looking through the photos. As always there was not a single picture of all the kids looking at the camera at the same time. In my head I said 'I can fix that.' So I start to look at each image more carefully. That is when I noticed this weird shape behind my children in the bottom right hand corner of the frame....

I clicked to the next image, it was still there. Then in the next image, the Great Pumpkin (as we now call it) had it's tongue out. In the next frame his man sized hands were jutting off the sides of his head like a reindeer. What on earth is it, you ask? ........the Love of my life! YES! My amazingly witty husband photo bombed EVERY frame! Now that the shock has worn off, I have come to cherish this image! It is my favorite photo of the year! There was no way this gem was going to stay trapped on my camera. If I printed only one photo this year - this was the one!

I sent the finished image off to Canvas Pop, an online studio that will turn your images into beautiful products! It was such a pleasant experience. My first worry with the image was that the Great Pumpkin, aka my husband's photo bombing head, was going to be lost in the final image because of where he was on the image. I knew that if we wrapped the photo around the frame of the canvas, his head would be on the sides and not visible. I was working with Steve and he showed me a few options. I could do a color wrap around the edges of the canvas so that the main image would be on the front of the canvas only. Another option was a mirror wrap, but honestly I only needed to see him once. The last option, and the one I chose was a pixel pull on the edges.

Once we figured that out all I needed to do was upload my image, choose my size - I picked the 16" x 24" frame with a .75" depth, and check my email for the proof. The proof was perfect, the order placed, and the poor UPS man stalked! Once the canvas arrived, I was so thrilled to open it!

The print is rich and vibrant and I absolutely love the texture of the canvas. It just makes the photo feel so special! The image is crisp and just as I saw it in the proof. I am so happy with it!

I decorated the top of piano to highlight the bounty of love that I have for this season of Thanksgiving and family! The best part is that I am not the only one who can have a gorgeous canvas in my house. Not only are these canvas beautiful they are economical and worth every penny. And because Canvas Pop is such a generous affiliate; we get to give you all a discount code, PHAT35 - for 35% off your order!

Canvas Pop is also going to give one lucky reader their very own 16" x 24" canvas with a .75" depth! We are so excited for you all! For your chance to win the Canvas Print from Canvas Pop you need to CLICK HERE. To use the discount code for a print right now you simple need to copy & save the code, PHAT35 and click on this link Canvas Pop, and begin your order. It's that simple! We hope that you have an amazing week!

**While this post does contain affiliate links and a giveaway sponsored by Canvas Pop, my experience with this company and my opinions of working with CanvasPop and the finial product are my own.**

Nov 6, 2015

A Pattern Hack & a GIVEAWAY!

We have made a commitment to spend this month celebrating the people and things that we are thankful for, grateful of, and blessed by.  You can read about Jessica from Gracious Threads, Karly from Paisley Roots, and Jessica & Ericka from Violette Field Threads. They have all impacted our lives for the better and we are honored to know them. We want you to be able to know each of them a bit better and so we are going to giveaway one pattern from each of them! Three lucky readers will receive one of the following PDF Patterns from these amazing women; Eclair Blouse, All Spice Dress, Forest Friends Pocket Set. Simply fill out the Raffelcopter at the end of this post for your chance to win!

Today I am going to share with you a pattern hack that I did on Violette Field Threads Forest Friends Pocket Set. While this pattern was designed to add sweet little forest friends as pockets on your children's clothing, I decided to use the pockets for something else...hand warmers! Read on to learn how to complete this hack for yourself. They would make for excellent handmade Christmas gifts!

Nov 5, 2015

Thankful, Grateful, Blessed - for Jessica & Ericka of Violette Field Threads

Over the last few days I have been opening up to you about how, where, and why I began testing PDF Patterns. Today I am overwhelmed to tell you that my 'why' was a success! This summer I was honored to test for the amazing duo behind Violette Field Threads. I have always admired their vintage styling and own many patterns. Never, however, did I imagine that not only would we become friends but we would become a team! There really are not many words that I can use to describe the joy I feel when I think about these amazing ladies and the opportunity that they have provided for me. I am overwhelmed by their faith in me. They have taught me so much already and I know that there are many lessons yet to come. I am so Thankful that they choose me!

I am Grateful to have the experience to work and learn along side them!

I am Blessed by their willingness to take me under their wings and teach me to fly!

I thought it would be fun to share with you a fun tutorial i came up with, for one of their recent patterns, Forest Friends Pocket Set. This adorable accessory pattern includes 4 different animal shaped pockets that you can add to any project. Visit us tomorrow so you can see what I used it for and to hear the details about our first Thankful, Grateful, Blessed Giveaway!

I will give you a few hints; 
(1) It is still a pocket - but not for clothes 
(2) It will warm more that your heart 
(3) It could be yours....

Nov 4, 2015

Thankful, Grateful, Blessed - for Karly Nelson of Paisley Roots

The other day I told you about why I started to test PDF Patterns and how I made more than clothing from my first test, but also a new friend. Today I want to tell you about another friend that I have made. When I started testing I was a very "to the letter of the pattern, don't make suggestions or changes because it is not your design kind" of tester. Slowly I gained confidence not only in my skills but in my role as a tester and how my input was valuable to the designer beyond, yes it fit and no the sleeve was too small. One day while scrolling through Facebook boards to find a new test I came across a dress that I fell in love with. It actually was 4 dresses and one in particular was perfect for me.

I was so excited when Karly Nelson of Paisley Roots allowed me to test her new All Spice Dress! I became scared when I began testing and came to a skill that I had not really done before. I really wanted to develop a good reputation for being a pattern tester and I had skills but somehow a zipper placket had never made it on to my to-do list. It took almost two days to build up the guts to write to Karly and tell her that I did not know how to do a zipper placket and that the instructions in the tutorial were not helping me. I thought she was going to kick me off the test. Not because Karly is mean or nasty - to the contrary she is an amazing person, but because I had revealed a weakness, a fault, a lack of skill. Karly did not kick me out but rather walked me through the process. I still royally screwed it up and had to create a little leather bow to affix of the base of the placket where I had destroyed my fabric.

Karly is now one my dearest online sewing friends- whom I have yet to meet in person! We have plans to party like the crazy nerdy school girls we are come Quilt Market this spring in SLC. I can not wait to meet her! I am very Thankful that Karly did not kick me out of that testing, but rather taught me the importance of my input as a tester. I grew because of her. I am grateful that she has become such a cherished friend of mine! I am blessed to share information, talent, dreams, and life with her!

This month all metallic prints are on sale in our SHOP. We can't wait to show you what Karly is able to do when you send her some amazing Art Gallery fabrics and you will not be disappointed in her skills.So be sure to check back next week.

I am Thankful, Grateful, & Blessed to have Karly in my life!

Nov 3, 2015

Thankful, Grateful, Blessed - for Jessica DeWit of Gracious Threads

I have always wanted to be able to design my own patterns for children's clothing. As PDF Patterns became more popular, I began to believe that this might be a dream that I could achieve. So, in the spring of 2014, I decided it was time to prepare. I wanted to understand all the facets of designing a pattern and I knew that pattern testing would not only hone my skills but also be an invaluable lesson to me. I was right. Jessica DeWit of Gracious Threads was the first designer that I tested for. She was testing the Starfish Shorts and I thought that this would be a great place to start! No only did I learn a lot from testing with Jessica over the next few years, I also gained a friend! We would randomly talk about cows and kids, clothing, and stress. I was able to watch her develop her aesthetic and her business. She is a kind woman and a talented designer. She has created many patterns since we met and has also managed to create a beautiful new baby!

She is a rock star and today I am Thankful for her!!!
I am grateful that she allowed me to test for her.

I am blessed to be able to call her my friend!
This month all metallic prints are on sale in our SHOP. When Jessica showed me one of her newest patterns, The Éclair Blouse, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! I knew that I wanted to use the Eclair to create a something casual but beautiful for my daughter with it. I plan to use Michael Miller Glimmer Glitz Dots and Glitz Chevron for this look. I am so excited to use these metallic prints for a casual shirt pattern. I think that it will elevate it and make my daughter feel as beautiful as she is.You will have to come back next week to see the results and to get a sneak peek at Jessica's
newest pattern!

I am Thankful, Grateful, & Blessed for meeting Jessica!
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