our modern dog

Attention hound that she is, our Lola was not about let her brother Graham be the only one in the family to get some press. Don't get me wrong, she loves her boys, but this girl was born for modeling and now she's got a glossy magazine spread to prove it. :)


We were really chuffed when modern dog magazine asked us to feature Lola and the pet pocket tutorial I'd written for the b-line a while back. They did a wonderful job (and how flattering to be referred to as a quadruple threat?  blushing here....). And it's a beautiful magazine. Head to your newstands now and check it out. Here's a preview:



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textile tour



Hi, all!
Just thought I would share my latest fabric creations with you. These designs are part of my Amy Bethune Photography collection. As you might guess, I designed them with my business in mind---inspired by my branding colors (navy, scarlet, and pink) and the par avion theme. I'm using them for packaging and I just love how they turned out. Let me know what you think!

bag-IMG_1434 lattice
new prints for spoonflower
XO Chandelier and bloom bead curtains ABP!
wallet and rep card presentation

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Yowza!

I feel so blessed. During a random little check on facebook I saw a link to the Spoonflower blog that made me curious. I just wanted to see what the top ten fabrics of 2011 looked like. And what did I see as soon as I got there? My own profile pic staring right back at me! Totally shocked to read that I am one of Spoonflower's top ten designers of 2011! And in VERY good company, I might add!

top indie fabric designers of 2011
The top ten!
I never planned to be a fabric designer (nor do I really consider myself one)--I just printed a few things that I wanted for the boys' nurseries. I'm so pleased to know that others like what I've done and have really enjoyed reading emails and comments from other spoonflower customers over the last couple of years telling me how they are using my fabrics. Such fun! Thanks, everyone!

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nursery redux: revealing room #2

Drumroll, please! Our youngest's nursery is finally finished! We all really love the space. It has a very calm, sorta grown-up feel to it and it really seems to suit our littlest boy, who seems to have a bit of an old soul. That, or maybe he just does the grumpy old man face really well. ;) Andy and I love the crisp, clean lines of the space and the gentlemanly feel of the room. And big brother loves to play on the cozy carpeting. And our little one is a big fan of the crib. He also seems to be attracted to the mobile.

Just to put this in perspective, here's what it looked like back in May, before we started. Brace yourself.

OK, that was before. Dark, dingy, mismatched. A furniture catchall. Not exactly inspired. I'm sorry to put you through that.

And now, without further delay, here's the space now! I hope you like it!
 Even from the doorway, I think you can see that it's a big change. And a big improvement!


This room is the smallest in the house (roughly 9'x9'), but even so, it has to serve as both our littlest's nursery and our only guest room. So, we opted to fill the space with a substantial bureau/changing table (there is no closet in the room), the crib, and a queen-sized sleeper sofa.
Besides having two walls with large windows, the full-sized door to the attic is also located in here. Since we never go in the attic, we opted to camouflage the door by placing a large mirror in front of it. Not only does it help disguise the attic access, it also reflects a lot of light from those four windows and brightens the space quite a bit. We also decided to paint the walls and trim shades of white and opted for a fairly light carpeting to keep the room on the bright side. We also chose white to provide a nice contrast to the dark grey bureau and navy honeycomb curtains.


 Since there's not a lot of real estate in the room, we've used picture ledges to display books face-out. And we put a few other pieces of art and knickknacks up there as well.
Felt bowls help keep the boys' toys tidy. We also had a ceiling fan installed in the room (replacing the awful nipple light fixture from before) to help keep the room cool and circulate air (not a lot of room for a table fan).

Here's a close-up of some of the artwork in the room. On the right is a portrait I took of our sweetie when he was 5 days new. On the left, our new family "crest", which features the four of us racing along. And in the center, a colorful hot air balloon mobile made from paper.

And there you have it! Hope you enjoyed the tour. And just in case you're curious, the source list is below.
Nursery resources:
Paint
  • Wall color/ Benjamin Moore Designer White (Eggshell)
  • Trim/ Valspar Semi-Gloss White
Furniture and fixtures
  • Crib: Ikea Gulliver
  • Dresser/changing table: Ikea Edland 6-drawer dresser
  • Sofa: West Elm Henry Sofa Sleeper
  • Book shelves: Ikea Ribba picture rails (3)
  • Table lamp: Repurposed from this room (bought at Target years ago) 
  • Clip lamp: Ikea Jansjo in white
  • Ceiling fixture: Westinghouse Lighting 7876400 Three-Blade Indoor Ceiling Fan (Amazon)
  • Mirror: Ikea Monstad
  • Carpet/Lowes
  • Woven Tray: repurposed from another room (bought at Target years ago)
  • Hamper: Lands End canvas storage tote (medium)
  • Peg rail: Lowes
  • Curtain rods and rings: Target
  • Picture frames: Ikea Ribba and Target RE wide mat frames
Textiles
  • Quilt: made by Mom! (Rowan's Grandma)
  • Striped throw: Ikea Elver
  • Curtains: made with navy honeycomb fabric (printed at spoonflower)
  • Pillows: made by yours truly with regatta and navy scales fabric and West Elm napkins  
  • Crib skirt: made by me with grey arrows fabric 
  • Felt bowls: made by me (tutorial here)
  • Crib sheet and changing pad cover/ Babies-R-Us
Art, etc.
  • Crashing waves water color: painted by a family friend
  • Standout portrait of Rowan printed by WHCC (an ABP project :))
  • Birth announcement, prayer, and race cars family "crest" designed by me
  • Balloon collage: made by me (used a paper punch to cut out balloons and then adhesive squares to place them on craft paper)
  • Balloon mobile: made by me from paper (tutorial here)
  • Wooden race cars, house blocks, and little boys: painted by me (plain wood pieces purchased from JoAnn Fabrics)
  • Letter "B": decoupaged with Paris maps made by moi
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