That's right, friends! Today marks not only the day that Art By HLM celebrates its 100th post, but also its 3rd year anniversary, and on the same day! Wohoo! Yeehaw! Yippee! (Imagine fireworks, if you don't mind.)
Three short years ago, I started this blog with some hesitation. I had no idea what kind of a commitment it would be, or how much I might like it. The fact that I've been posting regularly for three years is a testament to how valuable this tool and experience are to me. Not only does the blog help me to be accountable and create more stuff more often (no excuses!), but I just love sharing my work each and every time with you. If you're at all interested in a moment of nostalgia, you can read my first month's posts, from August '08, here.
A friend asked me this week how I was going to celebrate. I wondered, should I do something different? In the end, I don't think I will, with exception of a few ANNOUNCEMENTS (see below)! But before that, let me show you one of my recent projects: a pillow. This is not just any pillow, I tell you. This little thing taught me two big lessons regarding piping (that yellow line around the edge) and buttons--specifically made just for this project!
My friend Haley & I made this excellent set of flags to hang in her little one's room. She conceptualized and designed the whole thing--I just helped with the sewing. You may recognize the fabric from the quilt project we did together here. So as a gift, I wanted to make an accessory to the flags, and in doing so I tried out the new techniques on this pillow. This side of the pillow reflects a similar design to the flags (in between the letters).
The piping is something I've never done before, and thank goodness my aunt (whose birthday is coincidentally today--HB Annie!) was visiting just during that week, who had done piping before. She had some great tips, and reminded me that pins can be your best friend. I really love how it turned out, and will do piping again for sure.
I made the buttons using two wooden buttons I already had, then put a fluff of batting over them before wrapping them in the yellow fabric and sewing them closed.
The pillow matches the flags (and the baby's room) brilliantly! Hooray for a fun and unique baby gift!
Alright, onto the ANNOUNCEMENTS!
- Announcing the winner of the 99th post giveaway! Tara, you are the one! Please email me indicating the one you like best in the photo, and the bike band is yours.
- Announcing the OPENING OF MY ETSY SHOP!!! I have actually had it for awhile, but in honor of this occasion, my 100th post, I have packed it with fun things for you to peruse. Please come by soon and often for more that you can choose from.
- Announcing a feature article about me and my work on another blog! Please pay a visit to Brittany's Best to read it and see what another great Fort Collins artist is doing in art and online.
- Finally, announcing my last giveaway for awhile! There is only one way to win this one, and everyone who participates wins something!! Please visit my Etsy Shop, then come back here and post a comment with what your favorite thing in the shop is. If you do this, I will send you a hand-made surprise goodie, made specifically for this particular giveaway. I won't show you what it is--I hope you're ok with being surprised. But I'm sure that you will like it. :)
Before signing off, I want to say thank you to everyone out there who follows my blog and appreciates my work. It means so much to me that you are out there and that you care. Here's to another fruitful and productive and meaningful next three years!
Thanks for everything,