January 20, 2015

Taking Back the Joy | Scrapbooking

So you will never guess what I did last night?

Yep, I made page 1/52 for 2015.

I haven't scrapbooked in months. Yes, months.

In the Fall of 2014, we started seeing a fertility specialist which caused a chain reaction I was not ready for. These appointments, tests and procedures brought to the surface depression and anxiety, both which I've been able to cope with without medication or therapy for 10 years.

Scrapbooking and creating has been a form of therapy for me since I was introduced to it in my early teenage years. I didn't realize the therapy it provided until I was about 18 - but it has been a serious part of my life ever since then.

With the new year, goal setting and narrowing in on my one little word, I realized that in 2014, I let infertility take this special part of my life away. The creative process that I love and cherish, I had been robbed of - which is why I decided to make creative goals this year.

I decided I was going to take back the joy of creating.

So I did.

Holly & Company  www.hollyhumbert.com

I made this page last night. I was worried that I would be lacking in layout ideas or feel lost, especially since I have been sewing so much lately. Nope. This page came together fairly quickly. I think it only took 2 episodes on Netflix. (Yes, I use episodes on Netflix to keep time. Don't you?)
I shopped my stash for this layout. It felt so good to dig through my boxes and boxes of supplies (more on that in a different post...) and find unopened sheets of stickers and uncut paper.

I have plenty of pictures from the last 7 months that haven't made it onto a scrapbook page yet, I'm anticipating that I'll reach my 52 page goal much ahead of schedule.

Holly & Co.

January 18, 2015

Envelope Clutch | Fort Worth Fabric Studio

One of the best parts of my job, is creating projects to showcase our fabric and notions at Fort Worth Fabric Studio. My newest creation is up on their blog, with complete instructions to make your own!

Head over there to see the tutorial and the gorgeous fabric that is inside this clutch!

Holly & Co.

January 14, 2015

Cat Nap Quilt | Quilt #1


It's less than 2 weeks into 2015 and quilt #1 is done! Granted, I did have the top done last year, but I finished it this year, so I'm counting it for 2015. 

The pattern for this quilt is available for free from Andover Fabrics here. The Fabrics I used are from the Catnap line by Lizzy House. The line is no longer in print, but you can find pieces of it online. 
I followed the pattern in looks, but not exactly in size. I bought a fat quarter bundle and had to shirk the blocks a bit to fit in the fat quarters, but I made up for it by adding 1 additional row and 1 additional column. 

Square corners!
The backing is this awesome black and white script print - it's 108 inches wide, which makes backing large quilts so easy! It's available here. The binding is pieced from various fabrics that I had left over from making the quilt top. 

I quilted it diagonally along both sides of each seam. With my sewing machine, this was about the biggest quilt I could work through my machine, anything bigger and it's won't fit.This was the first time using a skinny binding and I loved it! I was finally able to get square corners - something that I have never been able to achieve before.

Having creative goals is definitely motivating and I'm hoping to keep up the pace for the rest of the year!

Holly & Co.

January 10, 2015

Scrappy Reader Pillows | Room Re-Do

When we moved to Texas, we had to get a new bed for Zoe. We contemplated whether to purchase her a twin or queen size bed. Ultimately, we decided to give her our old queen mattress and purchase a new memory foam mattress for ourselves. (It was a good choice for both parties)

She adores the giant bed, and we have a nice big bed for visitors to stay in. However, we don't have extra queen size bedding. Rather than purchase new bedding, I decided to make some for her with this gorgeous fabric I've been holding onto for quite some time.

Her quilt is in the works right now. I'll share more on that when it's completed. While I was waiting on some extra fabric to arrive, I had enough scraps to start making some pillows.

I made these Scrappy Reader Pillows to hold Zoe's ever-growing stash of books she likes to read at night. The finished pillows are 14 x 14. The front pockets are quilted and the pillows have an envelope back opening.

Fabric: Briar Rose by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics - it is out of print,
but you can find various prints available on etsy, ebay & Fort Worth Fabric Studio

These pillows are a staple on her bed right now. They currently hold these adorable abridged and illustrated classics from the Target $1 spot.

The pattern for these pillows is available in this book. I've had it for almost two years now. I love it, but I've never made anything from it - until now!

On a side note - If you are new to sewing or are looking for easy to follow patterns, Allison Harris from Cluck, Cluck, Sew, is by far my favorite. Her designs are beautiful and clean, and her patterns are so user friendly!

Look for more posts on Zoe's Bedroom Re-do coming soon. I'll be making standard pillow cases, a bed skirt and quilt!

Holly & Co.