Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Playing with Graphics

I am spending a bit of time today to update some graphic content for my blog and website. Hmmm . . . it seems like it has been such a long, long time since I worked on this blog, and even the website. It has been sitting idle for far too long. I need to take my camera into my sewing studio and get some good photos to use of current things I am working on. It just now occurred to me today that I have been neglecting to take photos of some things I have been sewing. Boo, that's not very good!

Think back, I don't think I bothered to post anything after working to re-paint my sewing studio. It looks so much newer, crisper and fresh down there with new paint. I'll have to write up a new post on that.

For quite some time I have been working one reducing my huge stash of fabric. I started using my AccuQuilt fabric die cutter to create a stash of fabric pre-cuts to work from. I am still in the process of reducing my stash, but managed to get quite a bit of it reduced down by cutting it up and organizing it better.

My goal now is to set my alarm clock earlier by half an hour or forty-five minutes so I can start sewing right off, earlier in the morning, before I head out the door to go to my full-time job. With fabric already pre-cut and organized into projects I should be able to keep working away at that stash. I told myself I would refrain from buying more fabric till I could work through some of this. Guess I'm not too good at saying no to fabric. I ended up picking up a couple charm square packets after eating lunch with my sewing friend. Then I brought some new batiks home from work for a project I need to get done. I bought some extra of the batiks thinking they would make a very pretty quilt on the bed in the yellow room. Those consist of some pretty pinks, yellows and such. I didn't have a whole lot of those particular colors to work with in the stash.

Okay, then . . . off to work on stuff in the sewing studio before the day slips away from me. Happy stitching!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

More New Updates to Website

I was working on updates to the website again today. I made some progress adding to new pages and connecting links to some of the images on the 'Studio' page. It's still a work in progress. I believe I will be ready to add some free sewing projects in about a week. I just need to finalize the copy and turn it into a .pdf file so it will be easy to print out when you take it to your sewing machine.

Yay! progress is being made!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Buzzing Right Along

Here's a view of some funny flower lapel pins I made.I decided to use these pins as the initial images for my Sew-N-Bee website just because they're fun and cute. I have not made time to sit down and draw out any images for my Bitsie Bee mascot yet. That's something that has been on my mind a lot lately. I think I will need to grab some paper and a pencil and start sketching up ideas. This should help my brain to start working on it. So I am making that one of my tasks for this weekend.

Once I get rolling on a few images my brain should kick into gear and I'll be able to pin it down more to a mascot and logo that will work. I find with the help of a few visuals such as sketches I can walk away from it or awhile and my subconscious mind keeps turning over the idea while I do other things. Then after a bit of being away from it, distracted doing other stuff around the house or the studio, it will just come to me . . . a solution presents itself. I've just got to get the ball rolling on it to start the process.

To side-track a bit, I'm going to be putting in a 'Square Foot Garden' area in the back yard this summer. I picked up this book last fall after seeing a neighbor grow tons of stuff in her square foot garden. She recommended it saying all she did was follow the instructions and it worked just like it says in print. My hubby already started some work to clear the way for it. Perhaps working outside a bit this weekend will give me some time to let this Bitsie Bee logo image jell for awhile.

In the meantime, while I deliberate on the logo idea, these images of my flower pins will stand-in for Bitsie over on the website.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sew-N-Bee Website Progress

Spring flowers are blooming! Yay! It feels so good to have springtime here again. I was glad to be able to throw the screen doors open wide to let in some fresh air. I love this time of year.

I have been working on websites this week. New pages will be uploaded to my Sew-N-Bee website soon. There are still a few things I need to change before I upload the new pages. Meanwhile, I thought it good to come to this blog to let you in on my progress.

I want to come up with a catchy and clever idea for a new logo for this website. I have a somewhat nebulous idea of how I think it should be, but not firmly set on anything at this point. I'm open to some input. So I'm opening it up for suggestions. If YOU have a unique idea, please let me know. Submit a comment below telling me your thoughts.

Here's what I'm looking for:

1. Logo mascot will obviously be a 'bee' - need input on what YOU think the bee should be doing in the logo image. (such as sewing at a machine? holding up something that she has just sewn? doing some hand sewing? quilting?)

2. Suggest a catchy tag line - you know, a short, clever saying that will become synonymous with 'Sew-N-Bee' and this bee mascot. At this point I think her name will be Bitsie.

Thanks so much for your comments and input. I'll put together a great Thank You gift package if your suggestion is used. There will also be a free Thank You offer for everyone that responds here on this blog. Please leave enough contact info so that I can respond back to you (either in your comment, or via my contact page at the website).

Thanks in advance for your input.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New Sew-N-Bee Website

A bee in the thyme from one of my garden photos, Summer 2009.I am starting this new blog in order to snag the name 'Sew-N-Bee' on blogspot. This is the name of a new website I am currently working on. It will be geared toward quilting and sewing with free projects as well as a line of patterns and books for purchase.

The aim of the website, is to create a fun, relaxing place to find quilting ideas and help to create a sense of community with others through sewing and quilting. It will be a modern spin on the old-fashioned Quilting Bee where groups of women meet on a routine basis either as a Virtual Quilting Bee or in small groups of people who meet locally all across the country. We will learn to create a variety of different quilts and quilt projects, get to know one another, and provide support and encouragement for one another. There will be a monthly project (or two? or more?) presented through a monthly newsletter/announcement to be used as a basic outline of possible meeting activities.

It is my hope to launch this sometime within the next couple of months. Perhaps with a starting date in January 2010.

More info to come . . .