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  • Roman Shades

    I've been in a bit of a sewing funk lately. There's a stack of items that I cut out before Christmas laying in my studio and whole bunch of new cute fabric; I just haven't had the motivation {or inspiration} to sew them. 

    I've been coming up with little projects to do in an attempt to "jump start" my motivation again. One of these projects was to make roman shades for my studio. Theses two windows look right out to my drive way and are about chest height when you walk up to them, so they really needed something so that prying eyes couldn't look in and see my fabric stash.

    A few years ago, I received two burlap coffee sacks for Christmas. I decided that, since after my dog and cacti I love coffee the most, these would be the perfect material for my shade. I followed this tutorial to make the shades. The instructions were incredibly clear and easy to follow and after a few hours, I had a gorgeous new shade! I found some awesome wooded skull beads in my stash that made the perfect pull!

    I'm feeling much more inspired to create now. Up next: throw pillows for my couch, {belated} birthday present for a friend, a housewarming gift, {maybe} a wedding present, and maybe some Dr.Who pincushions. And, I'll finally sew all of those items that have been waiting for me. 

    Follow me on Instagram to keep up with all of my projects and new fabric purchases {and see adorable pictures of my dog}! And on Pinterest to see what inpires me!

  • 4pm Project

    Those of you who follow me on Instagram have probably noticed that I take a photo every day at 4pm. Last week, I finally sat down and organized all of my 4pm photos and ordered a book. I've been asked to share my inspiration of this project, so here we go.

    Last January I was d̶a̶y̶d̶r̶e̶a̶m̶i̶n̶g̶ pondering how the light looks different at the same time through out the year. So I arbitrarily picked the time 4pm and started taking pictures. At first I attempted to get the same view every day (or something similar), but soon realized that I didn't want to have to plan my day so I would always be in the same place. The 4pm Project slowly evolved into taking a snap shot of whatever I was doing at 4pm. 

    I used Instagram as my main format for these pictures, though I do share it on my personal Twitter and Flickr. I created what I thought was an original hashtag to organize the photos, #4pmProject, but soon discovered that there are a couple of guys in the UK who were also doing it. I've enjoyed looking at their photos and kinda getting to know them. 

    My collection for 2014 doesn't have 365 pictures in it. There were days that I forgot and I began the project around January 5th. I'm being much more diligent this year. 

    You can see the entire collection on Flickr or by searching the hashtag #4pmProject on Instagram.

    One of my New Year's Resolutions this year was to be more healthy, so I've been being much more conscientious about what I eat. But, like with any diet, I started craving sweets and melted cheese. Through an intense rationalization process, I decided that the best way to eat sweets was to make them myself (to avoid unneccessary chemicals and preservatives). So, Friday, I made Homemade Snickers bars. Oh. My. Word. They are sinfully delicous and fairly easy to make! Go make some! Your loved ones will love you for it!

  • Sacred Geometry

    If you follow my personal twitter or my instagram account, then you probably know that I subscribe to Birchbox. In my November box, I got a sample of Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Firming Tea Treatment Mask. While I love the mask, the packaging really caught my eye. Or more importantly, the pattern on the label. 

    My second fabric collection for 2015, Sacred Geometry, is based off of that pattern. The idea of Sacred Geometry is based on geometry found in nature, like the hexagons that form a honeycomb. The pattern I created is of hexagon and flower/star burst shapes. It is currently available in five different color combinations: spring (green and navy), stream (light and navy blue), valentines (pink and marroon), plum, and snowflakes (blue and gray). 

    Sacred Geometry can be purchased from my Spoonflower shop.

    In other news, I'm participating in a giveaway over at I Have A Messy Bun. You can enter to win a $10 gift certificate to my shop, a set of 4 Valentine's Day Cards, and a Da Bomb ad space on IHAMB!

    This past week also saw the closing of another wonderful gallery, Studio 116 in Brundidge, AL. While I never made it down there to visit, I did enjoy seeing all of their photos and updates on the wonderful things they were doing. I'm so sorry to see them go and wish them the best of luck in their future endevors. 

  • Humble Honeycombs

    I've been interested in designing my own fabric since, well, since I started sewing. Fabric patterns and colors are part of the reason I'm drawn to sewing. 

    I've been tinkering with different designs for the past few years and have really enjoyed it. So, this year, one of my "creative resolutions" is to start posting more of my designs. My goal is a minimum of 2 designs a month.

    For my first design of this year, I choose hexagons. I've been really drawn to them lately and thought it was a good place to start. I choose 5 different monochrome color palettes to begin this collection - rose, spring green, light blue, brown, and gray. They are available for purchase through Spoonflower here.

    Please, let me know what you think! I appreciate all feedback - good and bad. 

  • New Year, New Plan

    2014 was unbelievably wonderful for me. I saw items fly off of my "shelves" from online sales and from craft shows. The best part was that I got to meet so many of you lovely lovely fans.

    Though there was some sadness in 2014 as well. Last week it was announced that The Switch House, where I've sold my items for the past 3 years, will be closing at the end of January. While I will miss having a physical location for people to visit and see my work and the work of all the other incredibly talented Huntsville artists, I will be using the next few months to reorganize and reset goals for The Happy Cactus. I have some ideas that I think you will love!

    That being said, I've listed all of the items that were in The Switch House in my shop (and I've put some on sale too)! 

    I can't wait to share my 2015 with you!

  • Merry All The Way

    Its that time again! Do you think Aunt Margret would love a clutch, but only if it had purple elephants on it? Or that cousin Jim's new baby would look adorable in a Christmas themed baby apron? Send me a message! I'm now accepting custom orders for Christmas. Sadly, I cannot take any orders after December 15th so that I can insure that you'll get your items before Christmas.

    And don't forget to get a stocking! They come in 2 sizes: Large (approx. 18") are $20 and the Small (approx. 12") are $15.

    I'm making my husband and I two of the large ones and our dogs the small ones! Keep an eye on Instagram! I'll be posting pictures of them and everything else I make for Christmas!

    And don't forget that you can take 30% off your purchase (thorugh 12/6) with the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2014

  • Thank You!

    I don't say enough, but thank you. Without the support of all of you lovely people, I wouldn't be able to grow this tiny business and pursue my dream of supporting myself with sewing.

    To say thanks, I'm offering a coupon code for 30% off your purchase from now until Saturday, December 6th. Just use the code: BLACKFRIDAY2014 at checkout!

  • 2015 Calendar

    Every year my mom and I swap calendars at Christmas. A few years ago, I started designing and making the calendar that I give my mother. 

    This year's calendar features the different zodiac star constellations on a two-tone blue background.

    The inspiration for the style of this year's calendar came from the illustrations in Two Dots game. Not only is game fun (who knew connect the dots could be so fun!), but its absolutely gorgeous. It features simple illustrations that are shaded on one half.  Since I've started playing this game, I've filled my sketchbook with drawings done in this style.

    Calendars are $13 each! You can find them in my shop here.

  • The Many Uses for Folded Wallets

    These wallets are probably my favorite thing in my shop right now. They're so versitile! I keep coming up with new uses for them. Here are a few of my favorite uses for them.

    1. Business card holder - This is the original use for these. I was having issues with finding a business card case that I liked, so I created my own. I can fit around 16 of my thick business cards in one and its small enough to fit in my pocket for when I go to events.

    2. Gift card holder - I have a ton of siblings, so I normally resort to giving gift cards to them for Christmas and birthdays. I normally don't like the flimsy cardboard holders that come with gift cards. I've started placing them in the Folded Wallets. I've found that its a more personal touch and they get a 2nd gift!

    3. Wallet - This has become my favorite use. Most of the time I don't carry a purse with me, so the Folded Wallets are perfect. They'll hold a few cards, some cash, and my ID and it fits snuggly in my back pocket! 

    4. iPod Nano case - This use was discovered during one of my many brief stints in a gym. I kept loosing my iPod in my gym bag; my headphones would end up tangled; so I started using a Folded Wallet to transport them.

    5. Tea wallet - I just discovered this use the other day. I drink a LOT of tea as work. I prefer loose leaf, but typically have at least one pre-made tea bag and honey pack in my purse at any given time. Keeping the wallet helps cut down on the chances that the tea is going to squished in my purse!

    Find all of my wallets here. What do you use your wallet for? I'd love to hear some new ideas!