Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Painted Garden

Its showtime for me again. Headed to New York tomorrow for my design show where I'll meet with clients to go over new ideas and product concepts. Not just quilts and fabrics this time, pals. It's hardcore product pitch time in many categories and normally I work on this show for a few months. I didn't quite have that much prep time this go-round. We'll just let the art speak for itself.



Anyway, for visual aides today we have my "Painted Garden" series. Above you see the first painting in the group called "floral frenzy".



And here you see some melamine dinnerware, that was created from it. Cute huh? And perfect for the patio and slippery fingered children (and adults).



The next painting in the group is called "Beautiflies".



And these are the cute little giftbags that were created for that collection. Fun. I never quite get over what a thrill it all is. Work? Yep it's work. But getting my product samples in is like Christmas, every few weeks. Especially when you are working with very good companies who are masters at replicating your art. All those butterfly goody bags have Isabela set on a butterfly party for her august birthday. Easy enough.

This art was done about 18 months ago and its all just now hitting store shelves, if I find which shelves exactly I'll pass along (do I have a person for that? I need one). I've been busy working on needlepoint pillows, rugs, more table linens, aprons, greetings and so forth too. Ya know, cause I get bored and I have nothing but spare time. Can't wait to show you though! Oh and I found an online retailer that has their first shipments of those linens I was bragging about a ways back in case yer lookin.

Now you can see the loopy life I live balancing fifteen pieces of fruit on my nose, paint brush in one hand, phone in the other as I unicycle around piles of laundry with children chasing me. If I don't actually do just that, it certainly feels like I do that.

Just when you had me figured as a fabric designer. Which I totally am of course! I have two new lines in the pipes! OH and the book. I need to go lay down.

I will be back from NYC in a week with pictures. This time I promise, I barely took any at Quilt market. I will do better, peeps, I wanna take you with me.

Have a great week! xo,AM

35 comments:

  1. Sandi Henderson1:32 PM

    Ooh Anna-have fun! That was so cool to see it done out like that..

    Am I the only one that sees this post 3 times? LOL

    Sandi

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  2. refresh, I think I fixed it :)

    I think if you were having vision troubles you would see only two (ha)

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  3. I love your cute bags and the dishes, and, and, and.........you are A for ANNA the AMAZING!!! Keeping us on our toes.....good luck in NYC!!! Should be beautiful there this time of the year....fingers crossed for ya. :) Hugs, Laurie~

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  4. the creativity and inspiration just oozes out of you! good luck in New York! I am sure it will go well for you!

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  5. Love the dishes -- PERFECT for a picnic in the garden!

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  6. Your blog is always such great eye candy! Love it! Have a great time in NYC.

    dana

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  7. I'm exhausted just reading your post. Where do you get all that energy? I need some. I love the bright artwork.

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  8. Anna, you are soooo talented! My hubby & I have been in the housewares/gift business for over 13 years. He was the national at BIA & Boston Warehouse before starting his own import houseware business. We know a ton of people in the industry if you'd like any *names* or such. Have you contacted any bag makers, like Vera Bradley? I know Barbara if you'd like me to call her. You are going far my friend. I just know it! Good luck in NY!

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  9. Wowsa! You are one busy chick. Everything is lovely, as to be expected. Those tablecloths are making me hungry!

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  10. Wow! I'm dizzy just reading about all! It's so cool. You are an incredible inspiration!

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  11. Ay, ay, ay -- you're amazing. Don't forget to sleep sometimes!

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  12. Ewww...such pretty fabric and fun stuff! It's all so bright and cheerful...like you!
    Have fun in N.Y.

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  13. Oh, Anna Maria, that is just wonderful. I love the bold colors!

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  14. Janet clare2:56 AM

    It is so exciting to hear what you get up too! I would LOVE to be such a successful designer. Good luck at Surtex.

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  15. You must be talking about the National Stationery Show. I'm a designer for Inviting Company and I used to work for Design Design too so I know all about it - well kind of, I've never actually been there for it :(

    I can't wait to hear from you when you get back! Good luck - I know you will be a huge hit!

    Your work is incredible, Anna, it's just wonderful!

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  16. You must be talking about the National Stationery Show. I'm a designer for Inviting Company and I used to work for Design Design too so I know all about it - well kind of, I've never actually been there for it :(

    I can't wait to hear from you when you get back! Good luck - I know you will be a huge hit!

    Your work is incredible, Anna, it's just wonderful!

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  17. Anna, I'm so happy for you. I love the beautiful colors! You're amazing! Have a great trip.

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  18. Anonymous11:38 AM

    lovly popping colors as your usual style Anna Maria! :o)
    cant wait to get a look at your pics when you come back...have a great time!!
    lori-lissilulu

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  19. It always looks so full of color and flowers over here, I always know I'll get a big wake up of color when I click over. Best of luck on your pitches!

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  20. I'll be there too! At NSS in booth 2030. I'll try to visit you - what booth will you be in? Hope you have a fabulous show!

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  21. Mary Ann/Ca9:16 PM

    I am so excited, I just got my batch of Chocolate Lollipop from Fat Quarters, its even more fantastic to have in my hands, all the fqs and yardage in a couple of patterns. Can't wait to get started!

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  22. I am a new reader of your blog ... and I am going to go find some of that fabric! SO. Cute. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us, you are inspiring! (and tiring! FIVE KIDS?!?! I am tired just thinking about that!)

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  23. what a whirlwind - but an exciting one! Can't wait to see your pics when you gt back!

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  24. Very nice blog!!!!

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  25. Have a great trip! Can't wait to hear about it when you get back! :)

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  26. so nice to meet you and Jeff at the show!...mentioned that bit of fun in my post today.

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  27. Okay Missy - you need to get back here - I miss you!
    xo,
    Kim

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  28. sheree10:26 AM

    how do you get it all done? and so beautifully!!

    bravo to you. :)

    sheree

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  29. I already love your fabrics, and now my daughter is crazy about the Beautiflies!

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  30. I simply love your artwork and your blog! The colors--the richness--the creativity. All amazing!

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