Vermont Quilt Fest 2015

It was that time of year again! 

Yup, you guessed it! The Vermont quilt festival. This is where us fabric crazed quilt lovers gather and let me tell you it’s a beautiful thing 🙂 

  

http://www.vqf.org

 This year marks the 39th Vermont quilt festival. Almost 500 quilts where in this years show! 

This was my second year attending. I really enjoy these works of art and getting a glimpse inside these creative minds. Super inspiring and just so cool to look at even if you’ve never picked up a needle and thread. 

I remember as a little girl going to craft fairs and quilt shows a lot (and I do mean a lot..Lol) with my family. I’m really glad to still be doing it and even shared the expirance with my boyfriend. Just your modern day mrs + mr bobbins 😀 he was a good sport. 

Sponsors include Janome, Bernina, Vermont PBS, Lake Champlain Chocolates and Cabot! 

 
 
Here are some of the quilts that caught my eye! 

   
  

                        

Tula Pink!

          

18 that is all thread detail you are looking at FYI!

  

Hello kitty quilt yay! 🙂

    

Love dementional quilting!

         

Yesssss there was an Alice in wonderland quilt 🙂
That’s all folks!

Xxx ashley

Bleeding Hearts, a mixed media collage by ashleymarydunlop

 

This piece is a little bit different from what I’ve been doing.. I took my mixed media in the direction of collaging.  My mixed media style has been incorporating a lot of vintage pieces and evolving them into my art. I came across some really lovely vintage post cards and included them on my collage. 

  

Bleeding Hearts by ashleymarydunlop 

As you can see I’ve incorporated a lot of techniques lol…I’m not sure if I may have used too many but, it’s interesting I suppose. Basically, one thing lead to another. 

I’ll try to sum up what’s going on here.. 

I came up with this idea of collaging with postcards as a mixed media project

I had the vintage post cards and spruced up the carnations that were originally black and white with a little bit of color and I added some pink cheeks to the little girl. 

I took some sketch paper and stained it with a tea bag. The paper being initially white was stained with the tea bag to give a aged look. 

I had some really pretty music paper that I knew l wanted to layer onto the stained paper…but first I glued on my postcards onto the music paper. 

I cut three heart shapes out of regular white computer paper and used them as stamp.

I covered the heart cutouts with modeling paste and pressed the hearts onto the paper. It took a a few times of covering the hearts with molding paste to get the desired look. 

I let the modeling paste dry and then filled a small spray bottle with water and some paint, mixed it up and sprayed the watered down paint on the hearts over and over to get the runny look. 

Once this dried I layered the music sheet paper onto the tea stained paper. I outlined the music sheet paper with charcoal and outlined the carnation postcard with charcoal. 

I painted some lace trim I had with black paint and used it as a stamp under the carnation postcard. 

Once the paint dried on the lace I sewed the lace onto the corner of my collage. 

Lastly, I added the dried bleeding hearts to the vintage post card. 

   
 

A Vermont Winter Wonderland

The holiday season is always a very busy time of year! I can’t believe Christmas is practically here! Can you tell I’ve watched the Grinch?! One of my favorites! Can’t go wrong with a little Dr. Seuss 🙂

Before I jump into holiday stuff I need to explain how wild the weather has been in the good old state of Vermont! Indeed, we get snow and are use to it but last week was crazy! With all the snow we got we lost power for almost four days! I resorted to resourceful ways and buried my groceries in the snow! I guess this was the positive side with how cold it was and all the snow on the ground. Mother Nature saved my groceries! Lol

I’ve been busy in my shop! I’ve added a few items!

I also participated in a swap on Instagram called #swapsgiving around Thanksgiving time! We all swapped embroidered hoops with our partners! It was very fun and will deff do it again! I’m in another swap but haven’t started too much on it just yet. Once I get going on it I’ll share more but I’m waiting for Christmas to pass before I start working on it! 🙂

I can’t believe tomorrow is Christmas Eve and then Christmas! We certainly moved right through 2014! I was busy yesterday getting all the last Christmas finishing touches completed. I finished my homemade gifts and got all the Christmas cookies made! A lot of work goes into these holidays and I love doing all the holidays things like shopping, decorating and everything else that goes along with it but, I can’t wait to finally be able to enjoy it all and relax with my family. Another year is coming to an end and it still boggles my mind with how quickly it goes by.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone! I’ll see you in 2015!!

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A New Adventure

Well I’m not sure where to begin, I had to look back on where I left off. I’ve been extremely busy, so much is going on. I’m just trying to stay optimistic that i am going to get threw it all!

Let me show you some of my projects I’ve been working on and completed!

I finished another patchwork quilt that I had been working on. I had mentioned in my previous post that I was making a quilt for a scholarship fundraiser. The turnout was really great. My quilt went to the highest bidder and I couldn’t be happier with the home it went to. This person holds a special place in my heart. I was honored to be able to do this.

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 I’ve whipped up a picture and memo board made with some chicken coop wire! I thought this was so cute because as you know by now I love vintage/antique looking things 🙂 and this does just that! And how cute are the mini cloths pins, just the trick for pictures. I didn’t have a whole ton of time to dig up old pictures for my board… I found an old homecoming picture from high school, I think this was 9th grade lol and the other is of my sister and I when we were itty bitty 🙂 my dad made the swing for us

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 I’ve came up with a textile design that I’ve called “the enchanted garden” I put this on a cardigan and I’ve had many people message me about how much they really liked the design. I’ve had a few custom order requests from people asking me if I would put the design on their cloths. I just thought that was so neat.

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I’m also working on making some prairie curtains and pillow cases. Once I have those completed I will be sure to share a picture.

I’ve also have some shops selling my cabochon earrings!

So it’s been a really busy past couple of weeks for me and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to slow down. And I’m really pumped. It’s taken so much and I’ve had people literally tell me well you can’t do it all. Well let me tell you I certainly can, I am doing it and been doing it. I have been coming to find and learn that life goes more smoothly when you don’t have things weighing you down. Of course some things in life we have no say in but you just shouldn’t do it to yourself if there is a choice. Don’t weigh yourself down.

I also have some other exciting things that are still up in the air but if it all works out they maybe some really great opportunities, so keep your fingers crossed for me

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage sheet patchwork quilt

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Well the spring weather has finally sprung it’s way back into Vermont. I can’t tell you how much I’ve been craving this wonderful weather! There’s nothing better then seeing nature coming back to life and not to mention all of the lovely things that come along with the spring season. I am reluctant to say that the mud on our dirt road hasn’t been too awful neither of our vehicles have gotten stuck! (Hopefully, I’m not speaking too soon) Keeping my fingers crossed.

So far I’ve been busy working on a few projects but there are always more to be done. One project in particular I’m happy to say I’ve completed is making my first vintage sheet patchwork quilt. I started making this just before spring came because I couldn’t take not having some color in my life. I say the more the marrier! Don’t get me wrong the winter has it’s good parts but my spring fever happened to itch so early for some reason. I like to think that my quilt was just encouraging the spring to get here a little faster 🙂 I also had to get some little mini roses to celebrate spring, how I love them!

I now offer crib size patchwork quilts in my shop as a custom order item. Which I find to be kinda nice because you can basically have whatever type of fabric you want or have it go along with a theme or match colors.

And I actually just ordered some fabric for a very special quilt that I will be working on and that’s really all I can say on this.

Decorative pillows are available to order at Heart2HomeCreations. I’ve made some really pretty pillow covers with decorative trim! They would make a great gift for Mother’s Day!

 

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by!

 

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Sew much to do… Sew little time!

This seemed to be the reoccurring theme here for December!

I had my biggest orders this month and not to mention all were custom! You learn a lot about people with customized items I am coming to find. Such as..likes, interests and a little about the person. I find it interesting. I enjoy doing them. I had to stop taking custom orders on Heart2HomeCreations (only until after the holidays) I was busy with the orders I was working on plus the rest of life. 

I think the sewing machine and I need a quick breather!

 

 

Decorative bottles & fabric button earrings 
Scarves for days! 

 

Snowboarding pillow cases 
Having fun with a little trim! 

 I literally had one free weekend to complete all my orders and get them out on time and fortunately I did! I also took part in some Christmas caroling! It was really awesome to be around such incredible people! Hopefully, this is something I will be able to do more of. 

 This left Lucky & I little to no time to get a Christmas tree. I came to a point of accepting that we may not get one this year. I very much enjoy Christmas tree hunting… but on the 23rd Lucky & I got one! Very exciting but very last minute! haha 

 

Our little Christmas tree! Got one 🙂 
More buttons for my collection! These were a great find! 
Very important reading material. This will take up the rest of my afternoon with a cup of tea.




I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season! The next time I write will be in 2014!

Custom Mr. + Mrs. Pillows

Part one of the bridal shower: 

A very dear friend of mine just had her bridal shower! Congratulations Cassie! It was a wonderful shower. I love showers because you get to catch up with people you haven’t seen and celebrate!

 For this bridal shower I wanted to make some type of personalized memento gift. Something for the bride and groom to remember their special day and something for the home. I decided to go with Mr. & Mrs. pillows.

 For the Mr. pillow I used black and white polkadot ribbon as a border around the pillow with four black buttons one on each corner. I cut out letters from black fabric and embroidered each letter with black thread. For the finishing touch I gave the Mr. a bow-tie.

 For the Mrs. pillow I knew I wanted lace, pearls and sparkly gems. I used the lace as a border around the pillow and stitched beads and pearls all throughout the border. This was the most time consuming part about the project but, totally worth it. It really added to the lace. Again I cut out letters from fabric and embroidered the letters with white thread and four white buttons on each corner. For the finishing touch on this pillow I gave the Mrs. a vail made from tule and more pearl beads.

 I had a lot of fun making these pillows I loved getting the materials I wanted to work with. I also wanted to include materials the bride liked as well. Cassie likes lace so I knew I wanted to have this material on the pillow. My personalized Mr. & Mrs. pillows are great because I can customize the pillows almost any way.

 Here is a picture of some of the materials.

 

 

The finished Mr. & Mrs. pillows.

 

 

Dandelion Day

A couple of weeks ago I was able to get the photographs taken of my apron, tea towel and a couple of scarves. It ended up being a pretty successful day! I’m still working on adding a few more listings to the Etsy shop but I’ll get there. For my apron I used three different floral prints. I really love mixing different designs of the same prints together. Kind of my thing at the moment. For me I find having some similarity in how the design of the print looks and going off of a color scheme worked best in creating this piece. My apron has the concept of mismatch but has some sense to it. If you going for complete mismatch toss my concept out the window!  Haha well that’s it for my little spiel 🙂  Here are some pictures from the day!

Buttons, Buttons & Buttons!

Buttons, buttons and more buttons! Swapping out old buttons is a great way to revamp cloths you already have without digging too deep into your pocketbook! I switched the buttons on a plaid coat to give it a new look 🙂 I really loved this lightweight jacket the red and black plaid is just so classic but the plastic skull buttons it had gave a much harsher look then what I wanted. Being able to see the potential in this great find I knew with a little TLC it would be totally different. Adding buttons is really easy and takes little to no sewing skills! Give it a try!