4.24.2014

Spring Cleaning || Save 25% off your purchase at Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory

25% off any purchase at Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory



Hello!  I hope you all are doing well.  I am staying busier than ever.  There is so much in store for the future owen's olivia, and I am truly excited and a wee bit nervous.   I'm also sorry that I'm not around to see what YOU are doing in your homes or sewing studios.  I feel a bit out of the loop at the moment.

But fabric cheers the soul, right?  Or at least that is what I tell my husband.  Right now is a great time to stock up on some prints.  Over the past year I've been collecting more yardage than fat quarters, so any bit of sale is helpful.  Plus, don't we all loathe collecting fabric for quilt backs??  Oh, no?  That's just me?  Ok.   If you are in need of modern quilting prints, head on over to Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory.  Chelsea is spring cleaning and offering 25% off any purchase with the coupon code SPRINGCLEAN.  This sale runs today through Tuesday, April 29th, 2014.  (Where has the time gone?!?!)   She needs to move some of her inventory, so she can prepare for her new website that will be launching soon.  She has to a lot to offer, so I am sure there is something for everyone.  


So click on over to get your savings!

xx nancy

4.11.2014

Hi!! || + free printable





My husband told me I should poke in, even if it's just to say to hi.  He's such good husband.  I know some of you have seen my rug post that went live maybe a week or two ago.  I still have it in my draft folder ready to be published ... again.   You can probably even see it if you read this blog on Bloglovin'.   I loved that post.  It took me a year to gather my information for that post.  I feared that post was read totally wrong, and it began to make me feel guilty.  It made me feel that I was bashing, when in reality, I was not and simply stating the truth about a company I would purchase from again.   Blogging can be hard at times for that particular reason.  This space is a place for me to share.  Share my home, share my life, share my makes, share information I have gathered over time or through experience.  Would I seem fake if I didn't share true experiences with you?   I find myself in such a bind in this particular moment in my life, and I know that you have no clue as to what bind I am talking about.  I hope you don't mind that I'm just writing.  I rarely do that here.  I rarely babble on this blog.

The real reason I popped in is to let you know I am here.   I've got some really exciting news heading this way soon, so stay tuned.  That's why I am not here on the blog.  I wish I could be.  Bear with me.  I did make you a free printable though.  Enjoy that while the posting is infrequent.  I shall return!  Promise!





"She believed she could, so she did."

I'm believing and doing, and I cannot wait to share with you my good news.

Click here to download your free printable 8" x 8" copy.

xx nancy

P.S.!- Did you know I leave for the United Kingdom really soon?!?!  Probably not, but I am telling you now!  I have plans to visit Scotland, England, Ireland, and hopefully Sweden and Denmark.

P.S.S.! - I am waaaayyy more active on Instagram, so follow me there!  Plus you'll see loads of pictures from my trip on there too.  Not on IG but interested in my photos?  Let me know, and I might collage them here on the blog.

One year ago: Horse Stamp Tutorial
Two years ago: Lulu DK

3.20.2014

sweet as honey





Hello!  Today is my stop on the Sweet as Honey Blog Tour hosted by Bonnie Christine of Going Home to Roost.  She is the creator of this line, and it is sweet indeed.  When she asked me if I wanted to participate, I immediately said yes.  Matt and I raised honeybees for awhile before the unexpected mild temps during one winter killed them.  We lost our hives.




My fabric did not start out as strips.  In fact, they were triangles for a quilt, but it just didn't seem right.  I knew I had to take a different path.  I've never worked with courthouse steps before, and I wanted to give it a try.  The Essex linen in Steel juxtaposes the bright colors.  I paired it with Art Gallery's Squared Elements in Seafoam to calm my selection of fabrics.


As you can see, this collection is fun and cheerful and centered around a woodland theme.


My favorite photo of all though is probably this last one.  It was a bit underexposed, which made the fabric radiate, in my opinion.  The photo was so moody and dark, and it was just the perfect opposition to the sweetness found in Sweet as Honey.



There are 25 bloggers participating, which means 25 projects you can see using Sweet as Honey.   Tomorrow's stop is with the miss Bonnie Christine herself, so you won't want to miss that!

Here's the roundup.

Monday March 3rd – Jennifer | Hopeful Homemaker
Tuesday March 4th – Jessica | Haile and Co
Wednesday March 5th – Meg | Milk and Rhubarb
Thursday March 6th – Meghan | Eat Live Make
Friday March 7th – Sarah | Crinkle Love
Monday March 10th – Amy | During Quiet Time
Tuesday March 11th – Corey | Little Miss Shabby
Wednesday March 12th – Amanda | Material Girl Quilts
Thursday March 13th – Sarah | No Hats in the House
Friday March 14th – Caroline | Sew Caroline
Monday March 17th – Ale | Golden Willow Quilts
Tuesday March 18th – Emily | Beautiful Hello Blog
Wednesday March 19th – Melissa | Lulu The Baker
Thursday March 20th – Nancy | Owen’s Oliva
Friday March 21st – Bonnie  | Going Home to Roost
Saturday March 22nd – Cindy | School House Patterns
Monday March 24th – Melissa | Missouri Mel
Tuesday March 25th – Shannon | Very Shannon
Wednesday March 26th – Heidi | Hands Occupied
Thursday March 27th – Barb | Knack Studios
Friday March 28th – Caitlin | Salty Oat
Saturday March 29th – Karen | Celebrate Life With Us
Monday March 31st – Kellie Kraft Nurse Quilt
Tuesday April 1st – Krista | Everyday Miija
Wednesday April 2nd – April San Pedro | I Am Artisan



Want to buy Sweet as Honey?



You can purchase from BobbieLou's Fabric Factory.

xx nancy

One year ago: Dresser turned Activity Table
Two years ago: How to fix veneered banding


3.17.2014

Fabric Basket and Bucket || Tutorial





Hello!  Today I'm over at Somewhat Simple sharing a somewhat easy sewing tutorial that's perfect for Spring.  Depending on the choice of fabrics, these are great for children or adults.  Perfect for small storage or for an upcoming Easter as a custom Easter basket.



I had picked up this wood basket last summer in San Deigo, CA, and I loved it shape, size, and awesome graphic print.  Every time I look at it though, it reminded me of the Easter baskets I had growing up, and I knew it would be fun to make a fabric version.






There are two options - with or without handles.  These baskets measure approximately 5" high (excluding the handle) and 8" in diameter.

Get the full tutorial here.

xx nancy

One year ago: Creating with the Stars
Two years ago: Etsy || Illustrations

3.13.2014

4 cross quilts || New colorway









Well, hello there gold cross (or plus) quilts!  Are you swooning?  I have to admit there was a small moment of burnout.  I did not want to look at or make another plus quilt, but after completing them and taking photos, I am back in love.  Will this style ever die?  Nope.  I think this trend will soon become a classic.  Three of these are for sale and are listed in my shop.  There will be more gold quilts coming in the future, possibly venturing away from this print, so stay tuned.  I hope you like them as much as I do!

xx nancy

Quilts can be purchased here.

One year ago: Modern Quilts
Two years ago: Flea Market Finds

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