Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Parasol Craft Magazine

I came across a fabulous find by Holly at decor8 the other week: Parasol Craft Magazine. I just purchased the first issue - a steal of a deal for $2.50! There are 111 pages packed with inspiration and creativity. This is my first time purchasing an online magazine and I am thoroughly enjoying it! It was extremely easy to download the file and start flipping through (I mean clicking through) right away. If you haven't heard of the amazingly talented Yasmine Surovec from her blog A Print A Day, you must click on over and check her out.

image: Parasol Craft Magazine

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Big Patches-Big Love Quilt

Isn't it fun to see this...

turn into this...

Country Mouse and I used the Big Patches-Big Love pattern from Amy Butler's software for this quilt. It was part of a wedding gift for one of my dear friends, so the name is very fitting don't you think? Fabric is from Joel Dewberry's Deer Valley collection.

We've been extremely lucky with our weather lately, nice and warm! Each nice day we have, I can't help but think is this going to be the last one before it turns cold? Soon it will be time to cozy up under a warm quilt like this one and hibernate! But until then, I'm going to spend as much time outside as possible. Wishing you a Sunday full of sunshine!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Puppy Love

Puppy love...ahhh...need I say more?? This little guy stole my heart and I haven't even met him yet. I told you how heartbroken we were when we lost our Lady over a week ago. My mom (Country Mouse) wasn't sure she was ready to have a new puppy quite so soon, but after several days of silence in her house it was clear that the pitter-patter of paws was needed.

Say hello to Junior!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Our First Pattern!

I mentioned a while back that we would have some exciting news to share. And we've been oh-so-busy working on this project :)

It all started when we had a request from a sweet customer (Lori), wondering if we would ever offer a pattern for our oven mitt. Country Mouse and I had talked about several ideas for a pattern but it just simply had not made it to the top of our priority list. That is until we heard from Lori.
We sprung into action putting our instructions and photos together.

We just needed the skills of a graphic designer to help us with the finishing touches. Our dear etsy friend Whitney of Whisker Graphics created a dreamy layout while we struggled with a name. Just when we were about to settle on one, Whitney emailed us with a suggestion from her daughter and it was perfect...drumroll...Please welcome the very first City Chic Country Mouse PDF sewing pattern: Sew Hot Oven Mitt!

Just in time for you to start sewing your holiday gifts (yes, it's that time already!) This is a fun pattern for a beginning-sewer as well as advanced. There are a few options for extra creativity (like adding an applique or yo-yo). 6 color pages filled with step-by-step instructions and color photos to guide you through making your oven mitt.

It will be emailed to you within 24 hours and you can start sewing immediately! No waiting for the mail. And the other thing we really like about this pattern is that it takes a small amount of fabric - just two fat quarters! If you are like us, you probably have tons of fat quarters lying around just waiting to be made into something beautiful.

You can find the Sew Hot Oven Mitt pattern for sale in our shop now. Happy Sewing!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

New Chevron Fabric

I'm slowly getting back in the swing of things this week. Thank you for your kind words while we remember our little doggie that we lost almost a week ago. I am happy that the sun is shining and it feels like summer (where was this weather back in July??). Mother nature is confusing me with the seasons, especially when I am deciding what to wear in the mornings.

I spent part of today photographing some new covers for the shop. What do you think of the chevron pattern? I've seen it used for
rugs and cards, so why not ironing board covers? I really like how they turned out.

They will be available in the shop very soon. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Little Break

We have been working on some new things that we can't wait to share with you. But we lost one of sweet doggies this weekend and need to take a break to let our hearts start to heal.

My mom's dog Lady has been with us from the start of our sewing business, always in her little bed in the sewing room when we are working. Sadly, we lost her to complications with congestive heart failure today. So I hope you understand if we are little quiet here. Hug your special ones extra tight tonight.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Lovely Clusters - An Online Gallery

I was introduced to a lovely new gallery the other day by Vicki of Simply Hue. The new gallery is appropriately named "Lovely Clusters" and features artists and designers with dreamy type products. It truly is lovely!!

The gallery is designed by Rachel of
Design Lovely and her assistant Vicki who did an amazing job of putting together a wonderful collection of beautiful items (ours included!) . The fun part is you can shop by color cluster (genius!) or by product.

Here is an example when you click on Pink:

If you are interested in having your shop showcased in the gallery, contact information is here.

And a huge thank you to Vicki for introducing us to this gallery as well as featuring our shop as part of her Spotlight on Designers this week! Click on over and see all of the talented artists and designers on Simply Hue as part of the series (and for specials and a giveaway opportunity!). Thank you so much for supporting the artists and designers of small shops!