Gifts for a GardenerJune 29, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Gardening, Home, Scrapbooking
Are your gardening friends just loving spending every waking moment in their garden or are they feeling a little overwhelmed by endless weeding? Either way, whether it’s a summer birthday or a sweetly timed “just because” gift, your favorite gardener will squeal with detail if they are a recipient of one of the following.
The Garden sign is all purpose for anyone, but could be customized by changing to a first or last name. The clipboard is a cheery way to review your gardening chores. Keep the dirt at bay and look like a million when you sport this vinyl covered Garden apron. Deliver your gift in an all purpose Garden pail, tied with a bow and attached seed packets.
Tom Harlow is our Graphics Manager and has been working with me and my team for a decade now. He is our expert when it comes to the computer and if it can be figured out, Tom will figure it out. Tom has that wonderful right brain, left brain balance of creativity and logic. He does lots of great fabric designing or as he describes, "I take art and create "stuff" with it." In addition to that he does all our digital photography for our books and designing of our website.
The LED name abbreviation on the phone in our Photo Studio reads Photostud - so we have nicknamed Tom our "Photo Stud!" He loves the title and it seems appropriate since he is the only guy in the Art Studio. Luckily he copes pretty well with all the estrogen and brings us the guy’s perspective when needed.
Tom and his lovely wife Kim are the proud parents of three rambunctious boys, ages 6 to 11. So you can only imagine how lively that household is. Tom is the Dad of all Dads’. He coaches some of their sports teams and is very involved in every aspect of their lives. Tom's watch alarm goes off everyday at the time when each of them was born. Awwwww.....now isn't that just the sweetest thing! Tom and his boys are all big sports fans and when Tom isn't watching his boys play, he loves to watch college and professional sports. Like any good local - he loves Gonzaga basketball!
Tom is also a music fanatic and relies on iTunes to keep him up to date. His musical taste is very diverse and at anytime he may be listening to anyone from Nickelback to Elton John, Pink to Alison Krauss, or the Beatles to the newest Alternative Pop group. He has recently been to concerts by Sarah Bareilles, Jason Mraz, Rush and Nickelback.
Tom is generally known around these parts as just a really good guy. He would help out anyone with anything if you just ask him. He has rescued me on several occasions with things I needed help with around the house. When he’s not assisting someone else, he always keeps busy with a whole assortment of do-it-yourself projects and home and yard improvements.
You can always count on Tom for a kind word, support and occasionally out of left field he'll zing you with his slightly twisted humor.
Happy Father’s Day and First Day of Summer!June 21, 2009 in Family, Friendship, Holidays
For your upcoming summer Parties, use our easy to send e-card invitations. Just fill in your details and you’re done!
Cookies, Candies and Nuts - Oh My!June 18, 2009 in Food and Drink, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
Just in time for the wedding season, we have a brand new line of party favor boxes, small candy boxes, and treat bags in sweet designs and colors that are perfect for showers, rehearsal dinners, and other special events. We even have a new molded cookie tray so you can home bake treats for these special celebrations.
(Made by Wilton for JoAnn Fabric Stores)
Happy Flag Day!June 14, 2009
Hurray, Hurray, It’s Flag Day! Back by popular demand is our “Land of Liberty” wallhanging project. It is a quick project and if you get
started now you’ll have it done in time to display for
the 4th of July.
Scrapbooking for DadJune 11, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Holidays, Scrapbooking
What Dad wouldn’t appreciate some special attention to his favorite hobby? Ask everyone to start capturing photos of him in action (along with a few good fish tales) and use those photos to create this accordion album. For the finishing touch cleverly package it all up a decorated Tin CD case. In appreciation, I bet he’ll even share his “catch of the day!”
Garden Fabrics GaloreJune 7, 2009 in Crafts, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting
“How’s it Growin” is printed in lovely soft shades of sky blue, fresh greens and a very sunny yellow palette. In addition to Garden Labels and a Word layout with lots of fun garden phrases like “Bless this Dirt, Planted with Love, Happy Thoughts Bloom in my Garden, Everything’s Coming up Daisies, you’ll also find a fun vine pattern along with coordinating flower and garden tool tosses.
“Teatime in the Garden” combines two favorite pastimes ~ Tea and Gardening. The periwinkle, yellow, orange and green color story adds to the serenity and sense of well-being that these two themes bring together. Inspect the fine quality of the printing in the close up of the frog sipping his tea while propped up to a pot that reads “Not Easy Being Green Tea.”
If you see something that tickles your fancy, please make your way over to JoAnn Fabric Stores to add these to your fabric collection.
A True Fabric FanJune 3, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting
I recently received photos of a quilt made by Julie McGee that has been in the works for many, many years. She has been a longtime collector of Debbie Mumm fabrics and decided to display her collection in the form of a quilt. Even though there were no fabric stores near her, when she traveled she made it her mission to search out fabrics to add to her stash. And thank goodness for the internet where she rounded out her collection before she started piecing this beautiful Star Quilt. There are 108 stars in the quilt (each made out of a different fabric) and when you include the background and cornerstone fabrics her total count was 110 FABRICS! When Julia attached her photo to her email, she stated "I thought someone out there might appreciate seeing what lengths Debbie Mumm fans will go to." I think it's just FABULOUS!