Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Traditions from Fabric Envy


Can you believe there's only 3 days left until Christmas? My kiddos are so excited, and me too! I love this time of year. Everything seems to slow down and the things that are important to me take on a greater clarity. Yes I know there's always the hustle and bustle that abounds with the shopping, wrapping, and holiday parties, but don't you feel like you take it all in more? The smells, the music, the atmosphere, friends and family, it's all just so inviting. I try to get most of my Christmas shopping done throughout the year and stash gifts in the nooks and crannies of my closet. That way during those last few weeks I can try and soak it all up. It doesn't always work out the way, but I try....

I thought it would be fun to post a couple little things my kids enjoy during the Christmas season. I say little because they're simple touches to add to the magic of Christmas.

This is our Santa plate. I have it on display in my kitchen during December and on Christmas Eve the kids layout their cookies and carrots for the reindeer on it. I did this with some friends at church about 6 years ago or so. We just bought white craft pens and picked up some cheap red plates. The kids get really excited about this special plate just for Santa.


This little poem was given to me by a friend a few Christmas's ago and we've loved it since. We like to bring this to our friends with a plate of Christmas cookies. On Christmas Eve just before we head off to bed the kids run outside and sprinkle the Reindeer Food all over the front yard. They all get so ecstatic about the glitter!


I decided this year to spruce things up a bit and designed this cute tag instead of just typing it up and printing it. You can download the free PDF here. It will print two tags on one 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. Tie or staple this tag to a bag of some oatmeal mixed with glitter and you're ready for a splendid yet simple Christmas tradition to be born.
Click on the image above to download the free printable tags :)

This year we're going to have a little Nativity Puppet show thanks to Sarah Jane and her free download on her blog.


Isn't it just adorable? Her artwork is simply delightful. I have a few pieces of her Children at Play Collection on my website. I wish I had more! I can't wait to see what her next line looks like. I've heard rumor of spunky girl pirates.....

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas! Feel free to share any traditions you have in the comments section. Have fun spreading out your "Reindeer Food". Enjoy the blessings and charm of the season.


Monday, December 19, 2011

Great Fabric Combo and Holiday Sale Extended at Fabric Envy

First things first I wanted to give you all a little Holiday gift, so I've extended the Holiday Sale until Wednesday! Act fast before your favorites are gone! All Layer Cakes are on sale plus Yardage from 6.13 per yard on some of your favorite collections.

Second I wanted to show all of you this lovely little Apron that my dear friend Amy from Periwinkle Apparel made. Amy is a fantastic seamstress and might soon be contributing some great tutorials right here on the Fabric Envy blog! She has such a good eye for mixing and matching fabrics and I was so excited when she put Anna Maria's Clippings print from LouLouthi with Michael Miller's Ta Dot in Fuchsia together. Don't they make an adorable couple? You can get these great prints in the shop.




Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Two Free Tutorials for Girls Dress's from Shwin Designs and Fabric Envy

I am so excited to welcome this great pattern designer to my shop! Shwin Designs creates the most adorable clothing for little girls (and sometimes boys and grown-up girly's too). Seriously I would wear most of it and I'm talking about the little girl patterns. She is super talented and can whip anything up in a jiffy. I wish my brain worked like hers when I looked at fabric. Yes, I get inspired to sew when I see a certain print I just have to have, but then I turn to a pattern for direction. Shwin designs dreams the whole thing up all on her own! So after I came across Shwin Designs blog I knew I wanted her to design something using my fabric. I offered her two yards of her choice from the store. She chose Balloons in Aqua from the Children at Play Collection by Sarah Jane and the Neutral Stripe from the Taza Collection by Dena Designs. Now just look at what she came up with!


You can snag the tutorial for Hello Neutral Dress here


Get the tutorial for the Penny Lane Dress here

Can't get enough of Shwin Designs Patterns? Well you're in luck! Fabric Envy is now carrying her patterns available for instant PDF download from the shop!


Enjoy, and don't forget Fabric Envy's got some yardage on sale for the holidays for crazy cheap. LinkHurray sale ends Monday December 19th!


Monday, December 12, 2011

Big Holiday SALE at Fabric Envy


You do not want to miss this, I repeat you do not want to miss this! Fabric Envy is hosting a Big Holiday Sale. We've got all of our Layer Cakes on sale plus lots of yardage for just $7.12 per yard or less! What? No I'm not kidding. Collections like:

Secret Garden by Sandi Henderson
Prince Charming by Tula Pink
Heirloom by Joel Dewberry
LinkOrganic Good Life by Wooster and Prince
Organic Pick A Bunch by Nancy Mims
Peacock Lane by Violet Craft
Little Apples by Aneela Hoey and the list goes on......

So head on over to Fabric Envy for these great deals. Sale end Monday December 19th!

Fabric Envy Making Shopping for Fabric Easy!

Just wanted to take a moment and show off one of my favorite features in my website--the Design Wall. Once you're viewing a product you can click "add to design wall" and a separate window will open up and add the fabric swatch to your design wall. Every time you click "add to design wall" a new fabric swatch will be added, making it easy for your to mix and match fabrics and see what prints and color combos work together.

It's a virtual design board--enjoy!



Thursday, December 8, 2011

2 more Fabulous Giveways from Fabric Envy

Okay you'll want to make sure you're in a safe environment before you continue reading--that way when you start bouncing off the walls you don't break any furniture! Okay I'm a nerd sometimes, (umm maybe all the time!) but those are the things I think of when it's 11:30pm! Really I just wanted everyone to be aware of two more fantastic giveaways featuring yours truly :)

That make's four giveaways in one week, four great chances to win four different bundles of product from Fabric Envy

Stitched in Color is one of my favorite blogs for sewists because of the authors amazing eye for color, detail, and pretty much anything cute. She is hosting a giveaway bundle for these items from my shop:


Hurry the giveaway on Stitched in Color ends tomorrow, Friday December 9th!

You can enter another fantastic giveaway at Shwin & Shwin . I can't could go on and on about how great this blog is. The creativity, the tutorials, the fun ideas, etc. etc. but I'll save that for a "soon to come post" in the very near future! Be sure to head on over there for a chance to win these items:


Giveaway ends December 14th!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

SALE on a great collection: England Swings by Rebekah Merkle at Fabric Envy

I just wanted to take a moment to highlight this super cute collection by designer Rebekah Merkle. England Swings is on sale right now in the shop and you don't want you to miss this price. At only $6.13 per yard you can't go wrong! Take a look at this adorable video. The song will keep you tappin' your toes.

England Swings from Dane Wilson on Vimeo.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Another Fabric Envy Giveaway on Me Sew Crazy

Here's another link to a fabulous blog, Me Sew Crazy where my products are up for grabs! You can enter to win:

Go check it out!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Fabric Envy Giveaway at Little Birdie Secrets

I'm participating in oodles of giveaways this month. Today I was featured on Little Birdie Secrets. This is a super fun blog dedicated to all things crafty. I know the ladies who run this blog and they are so much fun and very talented too! Head on over to their site, check out the feature, and enter the giveaway! If you win you'll receive:

Hurry giveaway closes on Thursday!