Friday Share: Sew Beautiful, Where Women Create and Other Stuff

I’ve had some things I wanted to share with you guys for awhile, but just haven’t had a chance to get them up here on the blog.  So I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you all………..

Have you seen the most recent issue of Sew Beautiful Magazine?
It’s the July/August issue that is on newsstands now.  
And guess who has a five page pictorial in this issue?  
The Cottage Mama!

I was so thrilled when Kathy Barnard (Editor, Sew Beautiful) contacted me asking if I would be interested in them doing a pictorial featuring my sewing patterns.  Of course I said yes!   I sewed this collection of clothing almost a year ago for this pictorial using my sewing patterns.

I primarily used the fabric line from Sarah Jane Studios ‘Children at Play’ for most of the garments.  But did include a little Anna Griffin and Heather Bailey in there as well.

Aren’t those boys just darling?  Both the shirt and vest pattern / tutorials (free) will be making an appearance on the blog soon so be on the look out for those.

I did not take any of these pictures.  I sent the entire collection of garments to Sew Beautiful and they used their own photographer to should the pictorial.  I love the shots they got of all the kids wearing these garments.  So perfect!

It is truly an honor to be featured in Sew Beautiful Magazine.  So many pattern designers that I admire have been featured in the pages of this publication over the years, so I am really flattered to be included in such good company.

If you have never picked up an issue of Sew Beautiful, it is a magazine dedicated to heirloom sewing.  Most of the articles are geared towards children’s clothing, but there are a few adult pieces and accessories  here and there.  While the magazine is still incredibly traditional and classic, they are starting to feature some more modern fabrics and sewing.

Another recent publication feature was in the Summer 2012 issue of ‘Where Women Create‘ magazine. The Cottage Home Blog was named one of the Top 25 Inspirational and Educational Blogs.  Pretty neat.  My mother-in-law introduced me to this magazine several years ago and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw my blog mentioned in this beautiful, inspiring publication!

It was my birthday a couple weeks ago and my mom made me this adorable notebook cover.  I always like to have notebooks around so I can jot down my ideas, draw pictures of new designs that pop into my head, make do-to lists, ect.  Right now I’ve got about three different notebooks scattered around to make sure I have a place to get my thoughts out on paper.

I love this notebook cover because when I fill up the notebook, I can simply slide the cover off and put in a new one.

There’s a place for my pencils.  I prefer to draw designs in pencil.

And my mom included one of her sweet labels which makes it all the more special!

Also included in the package from my mom was fabric!  She gave me a jelly roll of Lily Ashbury’s ‘Gypsy Girl‘ for Moda which I L.O.V.E.

And she gave me two charm packs of Vanessa Christenson’s new line ‘Simply Color‘.

And finally, she found this really cool old stamp in a fabric store in Taos, New Mexico last month and thought I might like to use it to try hand printing on some fabric.  Mom knows me so well!
Last weekend we went to our local farmer’s market and I got this beautiful bouquet of flowers.  They make me so happy!  And the painting behind the flowers was a birthday gift sent from my dad who lives over in Italy.  It’s my first real piece of fine art and I absolutely love it.  The colors are stunning in person and the frame is beautiful as well.
And lastly……look what arrived on my doorstep this last week………
Imagine my delight to open up this huge box of fat quarters from Dear Stella.  Yep, they sent a fat quarter of every single print in their last 11 collections.  Wow!  I couldn’t believe it.  They just sent these fabrics for me to play with.  I feel very lucky.  I have been so blessed lately.  I am just thanking my lucky stars.  Now what to make…….so many options!
Here are some pictures of this fabric eye-candy…….

If you would like to check out Dear Stella, please visit their website.  They are a new fabric company that I think you guys will really enjoy.  They have a great mix of modern, traditional and vintage charm.
So that’s it!  Just wanted to share some of those fun things with you all.  
Thanks so much for stopping by and reading The Cottage Home!

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  1. Oh my goodness Lindsay, I don’t know where to start. So much goodness all in one post! First off – HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Looks like you had an amazing day! That painting from your Dad – WOW – just gorgeous. Ok – now onto your feature in Sew Beautiful – CONGRATULATIONS!! That is awesome Lindsay! Such a great boon to all of your hard work and talents. You deserve it! And lastly, your fabric from Dear Stella – ok, that is just awesome. . What a fantastic present to receive!

    Congrats on everything, what a fun week you must have had!

  2. There are awesome goodies!!Hope you had a fun birthday and congratulations to be in Sew Beautiful,that`s must be very exciting,you must be proud and your new fabrics are fabulous,happy sewing and can´t wait to see your new project with them!!

  3. Congrats on the features, and love the all the goodies :o)

  4. Congratulations on all your success! So well deserved!

  5. Wow, everything is so awesome. I just love your Mom!! And wow, to be featured in a magazine, get wonderful fabric in the mail, as well as a beautiful painting… you truly are blessed! Enjoy 🙂

  6. Love the journal your mom made for you! I too keep an idea book of things I want to sew or recreat. You just never know when an idea will hit you! Congrats on the Magazine Spread Woot Woot!!!

  7. Anonymous says

    Your hard work and determination is paying off – Congrats!
    GayleB [email protected]

  8. I would probably pass out if I got a package like that. I love that butterfly fabric, beautiful!

  9. You.ARe.Amazing! Seriously.

  10. Wow!! You are very blessed indeed!!! Congrats on being in the magazine and what wonderful things you received!!! I was blessed with the box from Crafters Vision yesterday. I couldn’t wait to get home and open it up!!! I got busy right away and made 5 Key Fobs!!!! Thank YOU so much!!!!

    • Yay! I’m glad you got your prize. I’ve always wanted to try making a key fob. I am forever losing my keys down in the depths of my purse……might make it easier to find them. I think I may have to order some of my own supplies from Crafter’s Vision. Congrats on winning the giveaway!

  11. You reap what you sow and you my dear are sewing some pretty great things! Congrats Lindsay, you certainly work hard enough and I can’t think of anyone more deserving. Happy Birthday pretty lady :o)

  12. Wow! Congrats on the magazine, and what a cute notebook cover! And wow!!! That fabric! Amazing! And Happy Birthday!

  13. Amazing, amazing things happening for you, Lindsay! Congratulations on all that you have accomplished. Your garments for the Sew Beautiful feature are just gorgeous – you must go to bed at night and just pinch yourself over and over. Have a wonderful weekend and happy birthday!

  14. How totally awesome – ALL of it! I used to subscribe to Sew Beautiful. I have stacks of old mags that I just can’t get rid of!
    What a fun thing to find on your doorstep! I would be in heaven!
    love that notebook cover – I’ve been thinking I need to do something like that for myself because it is just so much more fun if you have a cute notebook to write in!

  15. That was awesome to be featured in SB. I’ve taken that magazine for years. I hated to see all of the changes that are coming with F & W media. I had 2 outfits selected for the idea book that has been put on hold. 🙁
    That’s a whole lot of pretty fabric! I would just love looking at all of those pretty little bundles! Have fun creating!

  16. What wonderful accomplishments!! Congrats to you! You deserve it all! I just love your blog & style & have been a follower & fan for a long time now!Have fun playing with all that pretty fabric! That is every fabric lover’s dream!! 🙂

  17. WOW! I’m not sure which comment to make first. LOL

    Congratulations on the article in the magazine. AWESOME!! That has to feel great.

    I LOVE the present your Mom made you. Any chance she can be sweet talked into another of her amazing tutorials on how to make one of those? Beautiful cover. I really love the pencil/pen holders she’s added inside. So many I’ve seen don’t have that option.

    And HOLY COW! I’ll be sending you a bill for the replacement of my laptop thankyouverymuch! You really should warn us when you are going to post an insane amount of gorgeous fabric like that and THEN? tell us they sent that all to you to play with. *faint* WOW! HOW LUCKY for you!

    Have a great weekend.

  18. Congratulations:) Very well deserved and Happy Belated Birthday:) You are amazing and I appreciate all your time devoted to blogland!

  19. What a happy blog post today! And with good reason. Congratulations on your feature article – you deserve all the kudos and recognition. Enjoy your notebook cover, and have fun playing with all that fabric – awesome!

  20. So cool! Congrats on the magazine feature that is AWESOME! And Happy Birthday, love the gifts your mom gave you! My birthday was the 16th and my mom came over from the a couple hours away and took me shop hopping at some quilt shops in our area and let me pick out some fabric. The best gift! Enjoy your goodies!

  21. What a wonderful, amazing, lovely post!!! I love it so much! Congrats on the Sew Beautiful spread. I have picked up this magazine now and then and love it. You are so talented and deserve the recognition. Your posts brighten and inspire my days. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A GREAT LADY! hugs, Kerrie ♥

  22. You guys are all SO sweet! Reading your comments makes me so happy ~ thank you for all your kind, encouraging words. I wouldn’t have all these opportunities if it weren’t for all of your support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

  23. Congratulations on the printed press! So great to see you “glossy!”

  24. Congratulations to start your sewing work. I like your fabric design and like. It really vice nice.

  25. Congrats Lindsay! I’m cheering you on!

  26. Anonymous says

    Curious how you have made time for your work and your children? I can’t find the time for anything and I only have one little guy. I must get easier as they get bigger?

    • Yes, it does get a little easier as they get bigger. But my little guy is 11 months and he keeps me pretty busy during the day. The girls play really well together. And I have a sitter coming to the home for two days a week right now while I’m writing my book…….that helps……A LOT. Also, I find getting the kids involved makes them excited about my work. I let them play with fabric, sort trims, ect……so they feel like they are helping.

  27. cAtching up on my blog reading…congrats on the sew beautfiul feature! ahhhhmazing and also where women create.

    Love all the pressies and the fabric…oh my! Dear Stella is awesome! Lucky lady you are.

    BTW – love your moms labels. So cute!

    Life has been crazy and I think I wished you happy bday on the day but just in case happy belated bday m’love! Phone chat soon?