DIY: Striped Spring Tablecloth

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Spring is coming and I can’t wait for my garden to begin blooming! I love to see the bursts of bright fuchsias, yellows and oranges just outside my studio window. These fresh flowers are the inspiration for my fabric collection, The Painted Garden, which we used to create a lovely striped tablecloth…perfect for throwing a beautiful garden lunch!

 

Gather:

* Mix and Match fabrics

* Sewing thread

* Sewing machine

* Fabric Scissors

 

Create:

  1. Measure your tabletop to see how large your tablecloth will need to be. You will have the width, “Measurement A” and the length, “Measurement B”. Add about 5 inches to both measurements for tablecloth drop and hem allowance. This will determine the final size of your tablecloth.
  2. Cut your fabric strips out of mix and match patterns for a fresh look. Cut them so that they are as long as Measurement A. The strips can be any width, as long as they add up to Measurement B. I cut out a lot of strips in different fabrics and different widths, that way I had a lot to choose from.
  3. Lay out your fabrics on the floor so you can see what order you’d like them to go in for your tablecloth.
  4. Stitch the strips together and hem up the edges.

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Decorate your table with flowers from your garden in vintage vases for a pretty mix and match look. You can even create coordinating napkins!

Spring 2014 happi by Dena™ Collections at Lord & Taylor

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We just heard that our newest happi by Dena™ baby apparel is available at Lord & Taylor! We love the bright mix and match patterns and colorful appliqués that adorn the collections for girls and for boys. Whether it’s lovely painted florals and colorful teapots or happy jungle animals driving cars, happi by Dena™ will make you and your baby smile. Take a look at the entire collections on Pinterest!

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Lovely Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we’re sure your sweetie will love these pretty patterned cupcakes! We love the idea of mixing and matching Embellish by Dena™ Papercrafting Papers with Dena™ Designs Edible Designer Prints™, creating special cupcakes for your special someone.

Gather:
* Cupcakes
* Patterned Paper – We used paper from the Embellish by Dena™ Papercrafting Papers available at your local JoAnn Fabric store
* Scissors
* Hole Punch
* Craft Punches in a Variety of Shapes
* Pinking Scissors
Create:
1. Bake or buy a batch of cupcakes. We made Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting!
2. Download and print this Cupcake Wrapper Template and cut it out. Gather the patterned papers you’d like to use as wrappers and trace the template to the wrong side of the paper. Cut it out and tape the ends together to form the cupcake wrapper. You can pink the edges of the wrapper like we did, or you can keep the edges straight.
3. Pick out some fun, coordinating Edible Designer Prints™. Peel them off of their paper backing. We used craft punches to punch out pretty shapes like hearts and flowers. You can use a plain paper hole punch to punch out edible confetti! We cut out lots of shapes in the beginning, so we had a bunch to choose from.
4. Place your cupcakes in the wrappers and frost them.
5. Let your creativity run wild as you decorate your cupcakes!

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Use a coordinating fabric for a sweet table display. We used our Eye Candy Confetti fabric from P/K Lifestyles!

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happi by Dena™ Owl Blossom

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Did you know the happi tree bedding by Dena™ set now comes in lavender? We’ve created a second line of this popular bedding for those who love soothing lilac with pops of purple. BabySuperMall.com sells the set and all the accessories, including the adorable owl lamp. You can also find the 4-piece crib set on Amazon.com. I hope you love it as much as we do!

 

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DIY: happi boy’s scrapbook page

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I have been having a great time coming up with projects for my happi scrapbooking paper. These heavy weight, textured papers are great for paper crafting projects of all kinds. Designs from  happi Boy, happi Girl, Haute Girls, Kumari, and Little Azalea collections can now be found in both assorted packs and single sheets at JoAnn Fabrics. Here’s a cute page for the special little man in your life!

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Gather:

Dena Designs

  • happi boy Wheels (GX-6000-27)
  • happi boy Plaid (GX-6000-28)
  • happi boy Mulitdot (GX-6000-29)
  • happi boy Chevron (GX-6000-26)

Other items:

  • Adhesive
  • Misc. wooden embellishments
  • Twine
  • Core’dinations Core Essentials Cardstock
  • Core’dinations Spotted Cardstock
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Create:

1.  Start with a sheet of the happi boy Plaid paper as your layout base.

2. Cut a 2”x7” piece from the happi boy Chevron paper.

3. Cut a 4”x7” piece of coordinating green cardstock  and add your journaling.

4. Cut a 6”x7” piece from the happi boy Mulitdot paper.

5. Next, punch some 12” scalloped pieces out of coordinating Core’dinations cardstock.

6. Adhere these 3 pieces horizontally along the layout base. Adhere off center (approximately 3” from the top or 2” up from the bottom) along with the scalloped strips.

 

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7. Hand cut some of the animals from the happi boy Wheels paper and adhere them in the bottom right hand corner of the layout and in the right hand corner of the photo.

8. Now begin to construct the small banner in the upper right hand corner by cutting small pieces of cardstock and happi boy papers.  You can hand cut these or use diecuts. This is a great way to use some scraps.

9. String the pieces along some twine, adding embellishments and adhere.

 

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Customizable Expressionery Cards

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For the rest of January, you can get free shipping and 10% off your order at Expressionery.com with the code JANSHIP! Those are really great savings considering how reasonably priced their customizable stationery already is.

I have a brand new set of high end floral note cards with them, using my favorite mix of hand painted intricate designs with bold, modern geometrics. There are dozens of fonts to choose from, and you can customize your stationery with your name or a favorite message. Their website previews your text in your desired font right then and there so you can try out many variations! You can even add photos to many card designs. See all of my designs here, including thank you cards, memo pads, address labels, shower invitations, birthday invitations, and so much more!

Below are some of my favorites.

 

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Snapshots from London

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At the end of last year, Danny and I took a quick trip to London to do some business, and of course window shop and get inspired!  These aren’t the best photos, I  know, but I totally loved these two massive artistic glass light fixtures in a department store. Wow!

 

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And then while shopping in John Lewis, a large home store, I ran into some of my fabrics! They had Tangier Ikat, Love & Joy holiday, and happi by Dena all displayed by collection. What a fun surprise!

 

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Holiday dinner at my home

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The holidays come and go quicker every year, don’t they? Who else can’t believe it’s basically mid-January?! Over the past season, Danny and I were happy to have our kids back home for winter visits, and to get the extended family together for a big dinner. I only throw a handful of big dinners like this anymore, so I love to go all out and make everything super special. Here’s what my bright magenta and tangerine tablescape looked like.

 

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CR Gibson umbrellas as gifts

 

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My son David and little Lucy!

 

I love using small whisps of green vines from my garden to decorate the table along with fresh cut flowers.  I also gave everyone a little gift at their place setting, sometimes wrapped in hand painted tissue paper. Little touches put together create a big impact!

 

Fox Playground Fabric

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I have always had a huge love for fabrics and pattern mixing. When my son, David, was born (many moons ago), I had trouble finding a fabric that was just right for his nursery. As I began thinking of ideas for a new Free Spirit baby boy collection, I wanted to create something that would make you and your baby feel happy. Foxes riding bikes seemed to be the perfect subject to start out with and it just naturally developed into a collection using fun color combinations and patterns.

 

 

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Foxes and their woodland friends can be found riding bicycles, driving cars, and posing in hand painted picture frames. These fun foxes are just what I would have wanted to create everything from bedding to pillows to curtains in my son’s room. There are also small scale coordinate patterns like chevrons and wobbly polka dots that would make fun mini-flag bunting, or for trim around a pillow.

 

 

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The hand drawn animals with big personalities could even be fussy-cut and adhered onto a onesie or jacket for a quick, simple embellishment. In my studio, we used the multicolored collection to create a special little teepee that’s perfect for hiding out on a rainy day. Fox Playground comes in a variety of color ways, so you can play around with mixing and matching the patterns together. I hope you enjoy it!

 

 

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2014 Dena Calendar

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Can you believe it’s almost the end of the year? I’m glad that means I can finally use this pretty floral 2014 calendar… I think we’ve had it sitting here in the studio for 6 months now! It’s made by Rizzoli, so it’s a great quality with beautiful bright colors, my favorite! Every page is hand painted, of course. You can pick them up in Barnes & Noble stores, or many sites online with a quick search for “Dena 2014 calendar.” Here’s a link to the wall calendar for sale at B&N.

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