Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Enjoy The Journey-My First Fabric Line

One of the fun things about being a licensed artist is seeing your illustrations come to life on a product. Opening the boxes of samples is like Christmas Day. It’s always a thrill to see the end results and to hold an actual product that you designed in your hands.
From start to finish, it was almost a year before my boxes of fabric arrived from Henry Glass. And when they did, I tore into them with reckless abandon, squealing at each new bolt that I unwrapped. As the photo below demonstrates, I was delighted with the results.

Enjoy the Journey
See how excited I am!

Enjoy the Journey
Seeing my name printed on the fabric was pretty exciting too.

Enjoy the Journey

Enjoy the Journey

All was happy in the Kingdom of Paula, but it was about to get even better……

A couple of months ago I noticed that someone going by the moniker Aunt Henri was stitching up some beautiful bags and totes using my friend J.Wecker Frisch’s “Draw Near” fabric collection and posting them on Instagram. After getting my fabric samples, I wondered if they would want to sew up some lovelies with the “Enjoy the Journey” collection. I made a quick phone call to Janet to get the low down and then I contacted Aunt Henri (turns out they are a mother and daughter team). They were funny, professional and just all around wonderful. More importantly, they agreed to stitch up some goodies for me. The results blew me away, and once again, I was delighted.

Aunt Henri
Small bag stitched up by Aunt Henri I think it's my favorite!

Aunt Henri
Well wait, maybe this large shopping tote is my favorite.

Aunt Henri
Hmmmm, this vinyl tote sure is cute, maybe it should be my favorite.

Aunt Henri
I can't decide, they are all my favorites! Especially this cutie!

The Kingdom of Paula was ecstatic at this point.

For years I have wanted to design fabric and my dream finally came true. It has been a wonderful journey from beginning to end and the wait was well worth it. I have learned a lot, made some new friends and have caught the sewing bug. I enjoyed every minute of it.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

Where to buy “Enjoy the Journey”

If you retail my line and aren’t listed, please contact me and I will add you.

Where to find Aunt Henri:

If you are interested in what inspired this collection
for a past blog post

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Spread Some Love and Make Someone’s Day

Normally this time of year finds me in a major funk. I become a hermit and prefer to just stay inside and keep to myself. The funny thing is that this was the first year that I recognized that this is an occurring theme and it starts at some point in January.

The rush of preparing for back-to-back holidays and setting up showrooms is over, the days are short and, for many, the weather is dreary and cold.

I am fortunate that my funk is pretty mild and short lived. For others, it can be pretty rough. Judging by many posts on Facebook and Instagram there are a lot of people suffering with seasonal depression and this year, I decided I wanted to try and do something about that.

A simple act of kindness can absolutely turn around someone’s day, really. A smile, a compliment, an offer to help someone carry a heavy package, can make someone feel good, and as a bonus, it will make you feel good too.

My plan for the week is to get out and spread as much kindness as possible. In addition to handing out smiles, compliments and buying coffee for strangers I will be calling people who I think might need a little pick me up. I also plan on making some Valentine’s and putting them on people’s car windows and maybe handing them to passer-sby. Some of these activities will be putting myself way outside of my comfort zone but that’s ok. I firmly believe that we do our best work when we are out there in discomfort city.

I hope that you will join me in making someone’s day. Reach out to a friend, pay it forward or hand out some Valentine’s at a local senior center. Even if you pull someone out of his or her funk for just a few minutes, it will be well worth it.

Oh and let me know in the comments how it goes, I would love to hear what you did!

Thanks for stopping by xop