Monthly Archives: August 2017

Inspirational Applique & Embroidery Tutorials

I’m excited to introduce you to my friend Beth Colletti and share our lovely collaboration projects with you today!

Beth creates beautiful embroidery art and patterns, and she created these awesome hoop art using new fabrics from my Spoonflower shop

Because she’s such a generous person, she’s sharing her patterns and helpful step-by-step tutorials on her blog for free!


You can see her “How to Create Appliquéd Inspirational Succulent Hoop Art” post here.

And her veggie garden lettering embroidery patterns here.

Thank you, Beth, for creating such beautiful art and tutorials with my fabrics! You’re a gift to us all ❤

Be sure to follow her on Instragram (@bethcolletti) and check out her shop for more inspirations 🙂

Take care!


p.s. I’m going to be on my mini sabbatical this coming week, and there won’t be any new post next Sunday. See you in a couple of weeks!

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4 Ways to Enjoy Your Blank Note Cards

I don’t know about you, but when I travel or go to craft shows, I always end up buying blank note cards.

Here are some of my greeting card collection.

It’s not that I “need” them… And I make greeting cards for a living, so you know I’ve got plenty! It’s just when I see pretty cards, I can’t help myself 😀

I’ve got several blank note cards in my shop and wanted to share how you can enjoy them!

1. You’re ready for any special occasions that sneak up on you.

Because they’re not meant for any specific occasions, you can use them for pretty much everything: birthdays, wedding, sympathy, congratulations, thinking of you, I love you, I’m sorry, baby shower, going away… You name it, it’s gonna do the job.

For example, maybe you’re gonna see a friend for lunch and remember her birthday is in 3 days. You can grab a blank card like this Eat a Rainbow card from your stash and turn it into a birthday card. Perfect for a summer birthday! (And bonus points if she’s a veggie gardener.)


2. You’ve got a small (and inexpensive) artwork to enjoy.

I live in a small apartment and don’t have much wall space. So when I buy blank cards what I often end up doing is hanging them up as an artwork.

Because they’re small and less expensive than buying an actual art print, I can buy and hang up more pieces, and it’s easier to switch them up as I get more cards!

(Currently, I have 10 cards posted at my desk, and they all give me the visual inspirations when I do my work. )

A customer told me she’d framed my Rooster Friends card and enjoy them as a small art, too 🙂

3. You have a beautiful gift item that’s easy to ship.

Since they’re not meant for any particular uses, it makes a great gift. And your friend can use them as a greeting card or an art to display.

Giving an art work to someone as a gift is often tricky because it’s so personal, but small artful greeting card is less commitment, and it’s easier to ship if your friend lives far away.

My Block Print Figs card comes in 4 color ways, and you can purchase and gift them as a set.

4. You give your loved ones a warm blanket for their heart ❤

When was the last time you sent someone a handwritten note? We’re so used to emailing and texting nowadays. And I’m so guilty of that!

I used to write letters a lot to my friends in Japan when I first moved to the states 20 years ago, but now we connect mostly on Facebook. There are lots of great things about internet and social media, but handwritten notes are so much more special.

Unlike email or texts, you can actually hold the card in your hand, see their handwriting (which is my favorite part), and physically display and store them to enjoy later.

I have a shoebox full of letters and cards I got from my husband, Dave, while we were dating – we were in a long distance relationship for almost 5 years and only saw each other a couple of times a month.

Of course, we’d talk on the phone or email (neither of us had a smartphone then, so not much texting), but we also wrote and send each other cards and letters just to say hi and give each other updates about our life.

I’d get his notes in a mail at random times, and his handwriting and little smiley faces (the original emoji!) made me feel loved and warm. I felt like I could hear his voice and feel his presence more closely.

I could picture him sitting down at the small folding table in the corner of his little cabin on the farm after a long day of work still steaming from the nice hot solar shower. I could picture him writing with his black ball point pen he always carries around in his pocket and thinking of me as he wrote me a letter. He’d take the time to find cute kitty stickers to put on the envelopes because he knew I loved cats!

Anyone who’s been in a long distance relationship knows it sucks.

It was always bitter sweet when we did see each other in person because I knew the visit would end and we’d be separated again. I remember being overcome by sadness every time we said good bye, and it’d take me a few days to feel normal again.

When I was feeling sad, I’d take my “box of Dave” out of the closet and look through the cards and letters he’d sent me. Sometimes it made me cry because it was so tender and I missed him even more.

But they also gave me the strength and kept my heart warm.

It still lights me up to read those old love notes from him. It reminds me to not take our time together for granted and helps soften my heart when something he does annoys me 😀

My Cat Violinist card is a perfect vehicle for sending a loving message to your favorite person ❤

Bluebird of Happiness greeting card

I hope this post has given you some ideas of what you can do with your blank note cards!

Let me know your favorite use for them 🙂


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Fun & Easy Sewing Project Ideas

Hi friend!

I’m really excited that my brand-new fabric shop just opened on Spoonflower!

To give you some inspirations, I wanted to share some of the fun projects I’ve worked on with my new fabric collection.

If you’re not that into sewing or you’re a beginner like me, you’d be glad to know there are still lots of things you can make!

For example, check out these hoop art with my Eat a Rainbow fabric. There is no sewing involved (winner!) and yet so cute. Wouldn’t they be perfect in your kitchen or in your kids’ room?

I also made a few zippered pouches – which, I confess, was harder than I thought, but with more practice I know it would be a fun thing to make more of!

(There are many tutorials on the interweb, but I followed this one and this one.)

I carry my favorite drawing markers in my pencil pouch when I’m on the go. I used a bright-colored fabric for the liner inside to make it extra cheerful and easy for me to see what’s inside.

I made a small coin purse as well with my I heart Seattle Mug fabric. How adorable is this??

It’s a perfect size for my business cards and I keep them organized in my bag.

I shared this bag on my blog a few weeks ago, but these Azuma bags are pretty simple to make. It’s constructed with just one rectangular Succulent Plants fabric and sewing straight lines.

(You can follow the instructions here.)

I can carry my wallet, phone, and keys in this bag to go grocery shopping, or throw in my favorite snacks to go when I go to my pottery class.

And these coasters are a great way to use up your scraps! Easy, peasy.

(Basically, sew around two squares right sides together with 1.5″ hole, turn inside out, press and top stitch all the way around.)

Now, if I were a more skilled sewist, which you may be, I’d be making cute summer dresses, more zippered pouches, aprons, bags, table linens etc. etc. Can you imagine making anything kid-sized with these?? SO ADORABLE ❤

You can shop these fabrics in 24 different materials in my fabric shop now!

Make fun things and share your photos with me 🙂 Tag your pics on social media with #honeyberryfabric so I can see them.

Have fun!



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