Friday, August 27, 2010

Afloat in a new Patchwork

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Today in the studio, I am playing with scant new samples from Innocent Crush, mixing them into the well-worn favorites from Little Folks. New patches swimming around with familiar patches, and I am afloat.

To pick up a bit where I left of in fabric, I wanted to answer questions in regards to the Innocent Crush Sneak Peek - right after I say thanks so much for all the excitement!!!- (even if most of is was for the tights!- that's okay- I chose those myself, so no insults!) No one is more excited than me, and here is the low down on what Innocent Crush will inlcude: 22 quilting weight cottons; 14 home decor cotton sateens; 10 cotton voiles; and 8 cotton velveteens (!!!!) I'll be sharing 3 free patterns for the collection and we're working on loads of inspirational sewing to share for all the different fabric substrates. I am so excited. I am jittery right now and the coffee finished its job a little while ago- these are bonafide fabric jitters. I will share all the images next week!

About the darling "dress" in the photo: Its made from one of the new voiles called "Shattered" and it is not a dress at all! The top is a Roundabout Blouse (we just left the lower band off) and it's tucked into a "Flirting the Issue" skirt which will be one of the free patterns due out at the same time as the fabrics (Oct/Nov). Making the blouse and skirt of the same fabric achieves the lovely dress look, but with the obvious advantage of wearing the pieces separately too, if ya wanna. Make note of this with an ink pen on your palm.

The tights are from Anthropologie and I picked them up a few months ago. They are from one of the their in-house brands, called Eloise, otherwise I would stock them and sell them to you. I would get say sentences like "I stock stockings in my store". So it would be worth it for that alone. I think I may have helped sell out the last of them the other day once it was figured out. Sorry. I mean, you're welcome Anthropologie. The shoes are red suede pumps from Steve Madden that are so perfect to behold, but so hard to walk in. Perfect for shoots.

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Now. I can't say enough how much I appreciate your comments ever since I wrote a mini-novel. Like a beautifully woven, fine net, catching me before I fall too deep. Thank you so very much. I have read every word and happy to be in accord with so many kind souls. This is new. And while I realize that the indulgence I take here every so often with my thoughts is more than some of you might expect, or even care for, from just a mother-artist-business-owner-designer-fabric-lady, what I'm sharing with you, I am sharing with myself too. And it helps.

I cried at the meat counter in the grocery yesterday. I kept buying things that she likes out of habit. But every minute, it gets a little better. After wrapping up a very busy day of work yesterday, still catching up from that lost rainy day in Astoria, I got the meat in the oven, potatoes prepped, peas ready for steaming, a few started on their homework, Jeff had started a bath for Roman and I dared to think I could go out for a quick evening run before everything/one came to need me for something. I quickly changed into my gear and headed for the door. Then in one single instant Roman pooped in the bathwater and helmut-less Nicolas slammed his head into the driveway curb after skating something fancy on the quarter pipe. I stood frozen between the two, trying to figure out if I should give Jeff a pack of ice and give Nicolas some wet wipes and the tub cleaner....or the reverse.

I snapped to. I am needed here. Everyone got taken care of and I headed out for my run. Each pound on the pavement was accompanied by knowing that my life is full and these changes are new patches being sewn onto the familiar. And it is all so beautiful, no?

with thanks, xoxoAnna
(the tub & Roman are both sparkling and Nicolas' head is fine)

100 comments:

  1. Your fabrics speak to all of us so clearly--only because so much of your heart and soul goes into them. And for that, I am so grateful.

    I also like the idea of mixing the old and treasured collection with the new and exciting one. Just like every transition in our lives, we take the past with us and incorporate it into our new adventures.

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  2. i am so excited for the velveteens!!!

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  3. Thank you, thank you for all the info on the outfit, tights and all... but what about those shoes?!!! They are gorgeous! More info, pleeeeezzz.

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  4. I can never get too much of:
    1. Your writing.
    2. Your fabric.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  5. love you and love hearing your voice - and your fabric's not bad either!! :)

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  6. Keep on running! It does wonders for the mind. It helps clear mine.

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  7. *swoon* So delicious. If you ever need an extra hand at sewing that gorgeous fabric.... :) Since I have expanded my sewing beyond handbags and home goods to clothing, I have decided that I really need to start collecting all of these different kinds of fabrics. I really have no idea what a velveteen feels or drapes like. What kind of projects would you use it on?

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  8. Beautifully written post. Definitely looking forward to your new fabric range with much anticipation.

    Rita

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  9. Honestly, you should really write a book. I mean another book, about your life, and how you came to be where you are today. You're a very gifted writer in addition to being a very gifted designer. Love the sneak of the new fabrics. I am saving my money and can't wait to see more reveals!

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  10. Honestly, you should really write a book. I mean another book, about your life, and how you came to be where you are today. You're a very gifted writer in addition to being a very gifted designer. Love the sneak of the new fabrics. I am saving my money and can't wait to see more reveals!

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  11. JennX8:06 PM

    The Bridge has haunted me all day- as I remember my own first day at Uni in 1991 and my own tears (and my mother's) and as I look at my own 4 month old daughter who will inevitably leave me. Ya got me.
    And then you got me again- with more beautiful fabric with colours that make life worth living.
    Lovely.
    Thank you.

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  12. You sure had me weepy yesterday. I read your post and my heart broke a little for you. And then it broke for me even though my oldest is only in fifth grade. But tomorrow he will need to go to college and his sister right after and I hate the very thought of my children not being underfoot all day. I love these years of motherhood. I learn so much from them and love them so much I could crack in two. Thank you for sharing your beautiful point of view.
    I can't think of a better match than your fabrics and cotton velveteen. Perfect!

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  13. Ashley Avilez8:27 PM

    So excited about the new fabric...thank you so much for sharing your life with us, it's comforting to know the person who designs/makes such beautiful things has a crazy busy life filled with lots of work and kiddos and normal human stuff. You write so eloquently what many of us feel everyday..including the poop in the tub..that happens at least once a month in our house and makes me laugh every time ; )

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  14. I say ditto to the first comment, and oh my goodness!!!! to the veleveteen. I am so very excited!

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  15. mini novel... perhaps you should write full memoir someday. That post was so touching that I shared it my husband last night on our way to Nashville :) It was a loooooong drive.

    Thanks for another sneak peak!

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  16. Annie C.9:50 PM

    Whenever someone I know wants to know what a "blog" is, I always point them toward yours -- it is entertainingly written, always beautiful, and does a wonderful job of selling the product. Amazing. Can't wait for the new line!

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  17. My little one is little yet, just two months younger than Roman, but time already seems to slip by too quickly for my taste. It is definately the burden of a mother's heart.
    On a lighter noye.... your new fabrics looks simply splended. It makes me want to start a new project. Thank you for shating.

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  18. Anna, your words are as beautiful as your fabrics! Thank you for sharing!

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  19. It is beautiful, and maybe a little inspiring :)

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  20. I love listening to you talk about your daughter, from her unexpected beginning to her journey to college. Mine are young still-7, 4, and 1, but I think of those colleges days and how exciting it too be but mostly how hard. My heart hurts for you!
    Your new fabric, of course, is spectacular! I can't wait!

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  21. Always a treat to stop in and visit with you...or at least that's how you make me feel and thank you.

    It will get easier with your daughter being away....my oldest is going on her fifth year at school, but I still remember the first few months clearly. Now there are days where I'll be thinking of her and my phone will ring and I'll hear "hi mama", so see, there's still a strong connection.

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  22. Pah, tights... look great in the photo but they would definitely make my legs look fat.
    Anna could you please possibly share a little sewing know-how... I have laid my hands on your gorgeous voile for the first time ever and wonder what sort of thread you would sew it with? My fabric shop recommended polyester, but I was thinking cotton... or is there something else, say, finer? The poly is coming out okay but their reasoning was 'it's stronger' which sounds, um, silly for such a delicate fabric.
    (I'm in Australia and can only find your fabrics online.)
    Many thanks if you can share!

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  23. I absolutely love your writing and your fabric. Both go hand in hand and tell a perfect story!

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  24. I love these sneak peaks of your new collection coming out. I can't wait to see the entire reveal. I'm super excited to hear it's going to include cottons, sateens, voiles, AND Velveteen! Perfect for the bags I love to make! What a brave soul you are to be sharing your moments of change and transition.

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  25. Meredith1:22 PM

    your fabric jitters are contagious. I'm so excited I could just pop!

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  26. I couldn't leave a comment on your previous post as I was so choked. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story; it was so poignant. You touched my heart - my youngest goes to college next month and we will have to face an empty nest for the first time in 23 years!
    I think I will certainly be buying some of your gorgeous new fabrics for a very special and therapeutic project. Am I right in thinking that as I'm in the UK I can only get them online?
    Best wishes Anna to you and your amazing family and thank you. xxxx

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  27. Okay those patches are to die for! I am in love with those color/patterns. And cotton velveteen!?! Be still my heart!

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  28. we pre-ordered all of your collection sight unseen as soon as I saw your sneak peak! Cannot WAIT for some new AMH cottons and velveteens...perfect for winter!

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  29. I love your fabric, love the gorgeous photos that you take and style so well, adore the patterns and inspirational EVERYTHING i see on your blog but what i love most is your personal recounts of your real life, real moments and real feelings. i so appreciate hearing how *i sometimes feel* recounted here by someone who is such an inspiration to me:)

    i was surprisingly pregnant at 20 and am currently 32 and expecting number 6. when I found out we were having a 6th baby the first image that came to my head was that of your gorgeous children sitting on the couch outside. 6 little blessings with a talented, creative mother who has time and love enough for all of them as well and i felt encouraged that i could do it too!!

    keep your thoughts coming because they speak to the hearts of other women more than you know!

    when you shared about your daughter going to school, i was quickly counting in my head how many precious years i have left with my oldest...possibly only 7 years till she is off on her own journey! i was encouraged to dig in to these moments and breathe in every second with her and all the others!

    anyways, thanks for sharing:)
    colleen

    www.banmanland.blogspot.com

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  30. water works7:41 AM

    Ha! Code Brown in the bathroom! Happens here, too. Love the idea of more voiles. Might even be brave and try the velveteens. Love the look of the new and old mingled.

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  31. Thank you for helping us step back and appreciate the exquisite beauty and pain and comedy and tragedy of life with your lovely voice. And the promise of doing and making and creating and decorating with your amazing fabric and patterns is magic for me. Thank you.

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  32. Those new fabrics look so rich! Every time my baby makes a serious face in the bathtub, I get to worried about a poop incident!

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  33. Anonymous3:14 PM

    Can't wait to get my hands on this fabric! My children will all be in school full time in a few weeks and I will have time to sew (and cry).

    margie

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  34. Barbara3:24 PM

    Stunning and awesome! (but does Roman have pants, yet?)

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  35. have I mentioned yet that I just love every word and every picture here? Well I do...and I have....and I will again...
    :)

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  36. Wow, some high and highs and low lows with so much going on. I'm sure Juliana is loving her life and desperately missing home just as much as you are.

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  37. I just love how real and relevant your life/thoughts are. You are not just a mom-artist-owner-designer... you are true to yourself and I really find that inspiring in a super woman kind of way. Thanks for sharing it all!!!

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  38. Ms. Anna Maria I just love your posts. My little birds have grown and flown the nest (and added three little grandbirdies) but I remember those wonderfully hectic frantic something every minute days. Looking back everything went by so fast although at the time it seemed to go so slow. It took me awhile to stop buying a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread every time I was at the store. Enjoy every second.

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  39. I truly don't know how you do it all!!! But I'm glad you do because you make me smile. Definitely inspiring stuff.

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  40. oh my goodness, what beautiful words.
    i just read your post about julianna. what a story. a story that keeps on going, huh?
    & it's just as simple (& complex!) as that - children are a gift.
    thanks for saying it :)

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  41. The new collection looks beautiful! I am very excited for the velveteens! Thanks for the info. So fun!

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  42. I came, again, to you today for inspiration and, like you always do, you delivered inspiration to me wrapped in words that make me feel like you are my friend writing just to me (a mom, wife, artist, lover of fabric and felt and wool as well), telling me of your day to day. Thank you Anna!

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  43. OOOhhhh!! I'm so excited for that fabric! Yay! I love reading your blog.

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  44. beautiful colors....

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  45. Okay I just went back read The Bridge and I am sitting here bawling, holding my 4 month old. Very well written and a tear-jerker. You are in my thoughts today!!

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  46. I very much appreciate you sharing some of your thoughts or days' events. As a woman with a similar existence, your blog is a little pick-me-up. I reminds me of the beauty in the craziness! Thank you, Anna!

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  49. Those pants are rad!

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  50. love the fabrics and the stories. we've had some baby ruths in our tub a few times too :)

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  52. Your fabrics helped me send my firstborn daughter to college last year. I spent the weeks before (and after...) her departure sewing pillows and covering bulletin boards for her room. "new patches on the familiar" is a beautiful way of thinking.
    "Labor" is how I described what I was feeling when I sent her off for her freshman year; labor of the heart that came in waves. I couldn't believe it when you identified your feelings with the beautiful story of Juliana's birth.
    Thanks for sharing it.

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    I just love reading your blog posts, which read much like a memoir and are always beautifully written. And your artistic talents - well, let's just say you are a fabulous designer! I am way ahead of most of you here posting, as I am a grandmother of 3, one of whom is in medical school. I've been through what you all have been through with the empty nest, and now with the grandchildren growing up! Life moves on so quickly, remember to treasure it all, it is so precious!

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