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Last Minute Gifts

December 15, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

Scarf FleeceNeed some last minute gifts? Using fleece is a quick and easy way to turn out unique handmade gifts quick as a wink! With our easy instructions and some colorful fleece fabrics, you can make a stunning boa and hat for a girl and a handsome scarf for a boy. These Debbie Mumm fleece fabrics are available at Jo-Ann Stores.
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ALL-SEW DAY

November 26, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts, Creativity, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting, Scrapbooking GiftBags Take it easy on your feet and make it Fabric Friday instead of Black Friday. With an assortment of panel prints you can whip out a fun selection of gifts and décor.

BuiltBook We have some darling soft books that your favorite little ones will enjoy. Coordinating Christmas tree skirts in your favorite family themes of Penguins and snowmen are available for your quick-sew pleasure. 

New this year, we developed a couple panel prints to make gift bags and tags for the ultimate custom gift. (plus, you’ll love knowing that for years to come people will really enjoy re-gifting these special fabric bags.)

Set your goals and make it a SEW DAY, all day long.  Happy Fabric Friday!

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Grace your Table

November 24, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Family, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quotes, Scrapbooking TableCard Grace your table with this quote of Thanksgiving to remind us all to express our gratitude on this day of thanks and everyday. We all seem to need little reminders (I know I do). Download this quote and post on a scrapbook paper tent card on the table as a reminder this season.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Love, Debbie

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Get Scrap Happy!

November 21, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Holidays, Home, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Scrapbooking

Product We’re having so much fun at the studio working with our great new Harvest and Holiday scrapbook papers and embellishments available at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts Stores. This month we made place cards and menus for the Thanksgiving table and wait till you see our cute projects for December! (No peeking until December 1!)

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One pack is over 180 sheets with three
12” x 12” papers in each of 60 designs. Just about every kind of harvest and holiday theme is represented in this huge paper pack. I love to use the matching glitter paper pack to add a little sparkle to my projects. I especially love the candy stripes and penguin family coordinates. Plus, you can use the snowflake patterns all winter long.

Use scraps from other projects to make your own gift tags. You'll love how easy it is to make a cute gift tag with just a pretty paper and a sticker or jewels from the matching embellishment kit. These sets are also fantastic gifts for your scrapbooking friends. This is one scrapbook pack that keeps on giving!





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Easy Fall Décor

November 15, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Holidays, Home, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Candle I love all those assortment potpourri bags that you see everywhere from Target to Pottery Barn to JoAnn’s. Combine your selected assortment in a wooden bowl with a color coordinated candle for a very quick décor item for your table.  It’s an idea you can easily change up for every season. Store your off-season potpourri’s in zip lock baggies for quick change up’s.


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Veteran’s Day

November 11, 2009 in Books, Crafts, Creativity, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting

Quilt Today we honor our Veteran’s and we have the perfect quilt to make for a special Veteran in your life. It is actually called “Veteran’s Lap Quilt” and can be found in our newest book called “I Care with Quilts.” BookThis book was created because the most giving and caring people on the planet are quilt makers. Quilters are always looking for opportunities through their craft to support people who are in need or lend a hand to support a cause that is near and dear to their heart.

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Harvest Table Decor

November 4, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting

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BOO!

October 24, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Scrapbooking

Boo Don’t be scared – all you need are paper-mache letters, shadow boxes, and fabric or scrapbook papers to create this whimsical Halloween décor. Display on a shelf or table for a unique Halloween accent.

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Fright Night is Near!

October 1, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting

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Only 31 days until Halloween! Fright Night has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love the cast of characters that includes jack-o’-lanterns, playful ghosts, haunted houses, cats and bats. The spooky frights and fun-loving delights of the holiday make decorating for Halloween especially fun and with my new Spooky Town Fabric Collection for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, you’ll be able to scare up some great decorations and costumes in just a few hours.

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The collection includes pillow, apron, placemat, and treat bag panels as well as a great collection of glittery and ghostly coordinates. The panels make for fast sewing and we turned one of the pillow panels into a great door banner. So, sew up some fun before the bewitching time is here!

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Perfect Picnic Cloth

August 6, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting

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Pear-PerfectionTableCloth Around here if you want to have a picnic, you’ll need to do it before noon or after dark or you and your meal may melt from the heat. But maybe it’s perfect conditions if the air conditioning is cranked to stitch up this beautiful tablecloth. A simple plaid in the center that is bordered with strip pieced squares set on point is a classic look that will dress up any gathering whether you’re inside or out.

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Cookies, Candies and Nuts - Oh My!

June 18, 2009 in Food and Drink, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

Wilton Planning a Shower, a little Garden Tea Party or just feel like sharing some goodies with your co-workers?

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)

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Garden Fabrics Galore

June 7, 2009 in Crafts, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting

Setting Are you in the mood for Spring and some Glorious time in the Garden without getting any dirt under your fingernails? Take a gander at my new collections of Spring Garden Fabrics.

“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.


Fab2“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. Fab1Inspect 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.” 



Fab3Who doesn’t love herbs? “Herb House” is done in Lavenders, leafy greens with a touch of brown and ivory and features all our favorite herbs planted in pots and with the all important markers. 

If you see something that tickles your fancy, please make your way over to JoAnn Fabric Stores to add these to your fabric collection.

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A True Fabric Fan

June 3, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting

106--February-8,-2009---finshed-Debbie-Mumm-Quilt 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! 

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Baby Contest Winners

May 31, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Scrapbooking

Frames BasketLook at these wonderful Baby project ideas.

Michelle from Monroe, WA constructed a magnificent gift basket. The face of the basket is covered in Mother Goose scrapbooking paper and embellished with ribbons and the word BABY on the handle. It's filled with an assortment of baby gifts. What an impressive shower gift.

Teresa from Hudsonville, MI sends us a series of
framed prints all mounted on a yellow gingham ribbon. The art is all cut out from our Nursery Scrapbook paper. 

Baby-invite And Louise of Denver, CO sent us a quick and darling idea for a Shower Invitation.

Thank you for sharing your creative projects and please enjoy your drawing prizes.

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Project Pics!

May 3, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

Runner1Runner2 I always love it when you send me photos of your projects. I recently received photos from Kathleen of Naples, Florida (it’s been a big Florida week) of the Easter table display she created.  Kathleen recently got back into sewing and made up a darling tea cozy and table runner that coordinate perfectly with the mugs and egg cups in her setting. She even planted real grass in the egg cups – Clever! Kathleen – thank you for sharing how you used my products in your home and I hope sewing and decorating continue to add pleasure to your days

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Great Day for a Ribbon Cutting

April 30, 2009 in Current Affairs, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Media

DebbieScissors My ongoing recovery from the long winter was enhanced even a little more when I got to visit Jensen Beach, Florida for a JoAnn Store Grand Opening. FabricDressNot only were the temperatures toasty, but I was also greeted by about 60 very warm and sunny locals that showed up with some very friendly “Hello’s” and to witness the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. This shy, but darling little girl came by (okay, she might have been nudged a little by her grandmother and seamstress whiz) to model her dress that was made out of my fabric. I maneuvered the biggest pair of Fiskars on the planet to slice in half the ribbon that had been pieced together out of some of my fabrics. It was very satisfying! Thank you Florida for supporting this very busy Grand Opening Event.

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Garden Boots – Practical and Decorative!

April 6, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Gardening, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

Flowers Does it get any simpler? And could anything look more like Spring? JoAnn Stores provides free “How To” project sheets in the store and this one features our fun new polka-dot rubber boots. Artificial Forsythia stems placed in these sunny yellow boots make a unique Spring statement when displayed on your front porch. And when you’re done with your display, slip your feet in them and look stylin’ while you clean out your garden beds. What a cute gift idea for Mom for hosting Easter Brunch.




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Ahhhh......Signs of Spring

April 2, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting

WallArt_Full We love creating coordinating looks and this group really sings! Birds are such a welcome sign that Spring is in the air and so does this sophisticated collection.  We created these simple-to-make appliquéd wall hangings for the Website this month.

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And, they coordinate with our new Desktop backgrounds and a lovely Thinking of You card that you can send Just Because. Just in case you missed it, take a peek at the Songbirds fabric. Songbirds-BackgroudsIt was so popular that it will be reprinted with additional coordinating prints too.  (coming out in a couple months) Tweet~Tweet :-)

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Spring Fleece

March 31, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

Fleece Fleece isn’t just for winter projects. I don’t know about you, but I’m on the lookout for the colors and signs of spring, but I still need a cozy throw to keep me warm in the evenings. This comes especially handy when I’m curling up with a bowl of popcorn and watching the latest installment of American Idol. (even if you live in Arizona or Australia – you need to keep that cool air conditioning at bay) Luckily, we have a great new assortment of fresh and lively spring colored fleeces coming out. These cheery colors and designs are also great for a baby or toddler blankie too. A friend of mine is home convalescing after hip replacement surgery and I know it will make her day (and the many days to come) when I deliver her a new springy fleece blanket.

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Get Organized!

March 9, 2009 in Crafts, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting, Scrapbooking

CropTotes It’s snowing like the dickens out there today – but I’m still thinking about Spring, Songbirds and National Craft Month! In honor, I wanted to share some new Craft Storage items available at JoAnn’s. A couple of the items include this Carry-All tote with a subtle Robin’s Egg blue paisley with a scattering of sweet little orange flowers and a great little Organizer with a lovely bird pattern in coordinating colors. Get ready for a class, a crop or just to tote your projects from one room to the next with these great new products. Happy (almost) Spring!


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The One-Armed Scrapper

February 8, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Scrapbooking, Staff

Kriscroppin Kris recently had an incident on the ice and ended up with a broken arm, but do you think that can stop her from doing her scrapbooking? Not a chance! Especially with these awesome new products at her fingertips. There are two new Nursery Kits that are packed full of a darling assortment of coordinating papers and embellishments and even includes a brag book. This is a perfect Baby Shower gift for the Mom-to-be, especially if you include a "coupon" offering to spend a couple hours helping her put together her Baby's first scrapbook. And what a great way to get Grandma involved too.

Check out these new stinkin'-cute Nursery-themed Paper Crafting kits now available at JoAnn Stores or on their website.

Page Choose between Baa Baa Black Sheep and This Little Piggy themes

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Also NEW: 12” x 12” Nursery Rhyme Paper Stack which contains 48 sheets of glittered paper.

The good news is that all these new products coordinate perfectly with the existing Debbie  Mumm® nursery paper crafting products available at Jo-Ann Stores.

Any of the scrapbook products can be used to make these "sweet as pie" nursery accessories and 1-2-3 frame, baby shower party invitations and decorations, baby announcements, congratulations cards, and so much more!

Go ahead - Make something Adorable!

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NEW Block of the Month Quilt

December 28, 2008 in Decorating, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting

Block1-ForestFloor The new year is right around the corner….
….and so is our new Block of the Month!

The Natural Wonders BOM celebrates the beauty of nature with twelve different blocks highlighted by a colorful sashing. Select your own fabric colors or duplicate ours with a kit. Each month we'll present a new block and at the end of the year, you'll have a quilt to treasure. Watch for yardage, cutting instructions, and the first block in just a few days! Enjoy!

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Rodeo Scrapbook Collection

December 8, 2008 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Scrapbooking

 
B-pg1 G-pg1 Yee Haw and Wagons Ho!! The new Debbie Mumm® Rodeo scrapbook collection is now in stock! Cowgirls and Buckaroos alike will love the colorful, double-sided papers, bright stickers, and fun embellishments. Check them out in our online store.

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Pajama PARTY!

November 24, 2008 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

Jammies Since our office is piled high in fabric – we thought, let’s get together and have a PJ Making Party and use up some of this fabric. Picking our fabrics was the hardest job since we had so many choices. By taking turns cutting out our pieces, we managed to all share one pattern. (Butterick #B5153) We were too excited to stop for dinner, but snacked on brownies and Pinot Grigio. It was only a matter of two hours before we all emerged with our new Jammies. We hit Target to pick out coordinating tops to get ready for our “photo op.” (Fancy Jackie cut out and appliqued horses to her top.) We also made our get together an excuse to gather cash and food donations for our local food bank. Next day I hauled off five bags of groceries and a $100 check to Second Harvest!

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Since we’re neighbors, let’s be friends!

October 29, 2008 in Crafts, Friendship, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting
3 Logo We had 22 representatives from the Management of our 4 local JoAnn Stores in the house today for a tour and a little face time. And just like at home when you have guests in, it’s a great incentive to do some long overdue cleaning. So for the last week the feather dusters have been flying around the office. I thought they might be interested in knowing our process for developing art from sketches to painting to fabric layouts and how the art is utilized in the design of hard good products as well.

What a friendly and attentive bunch they were. It was fun to show them the art for the Christmas product that is currently in boxes in their back rooms right now. Insiders tell us that the product will “set” on Saturday. Between touring and talking, we served them up my homemade Pumpkin Bread which is a recipe I’ve had for 40 years now! (Luckily they didn’t eat it all and we’ve been nibbling on it all afternoon – I’ll jot down the recipe for you) It certainly is more fun when you get a chance to know the people you are working with and the JoAnn team members were a delight!

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Froggies, Poppies & Stickers, Oh My!

October 21, 2008 in Crafts, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Scrapbooking

To get your creativity hopping, we have a great new assortment available to you. PC Crafter has just introduced FREE monogram downloads in addition to a collections of clip art, backgrounds and borders; plus Creative Imaginations offers colorful Hangtentoaddouble-sided papers, cardstock and fun-loving epoxy stickers all in this coordinated art. Mix and match all these officerings to make your own custom wall art, greetings cards and scrapbook pages. Have at it!

Scrapbookproduct1 Monogram Shadowbox
Cover backing board with fabric. Print monogram, adhere to heavyweight cardstock, cut out. Mount letter in center of shadowbox backing board using foam mounting tape. Adhere frog and snail stickers.


“Hi” Card & Envelope
Print “h” and “i” monograms, cut out, adhere to 4” x 6” blank card using foam mounting tape, dot “i” using poppy sticker. Trim along bottom of card with poppy background paper, glue rickrack along seam. Adhere frog sticker with foam mounting tape. Adhere poppy sticker to outside of envelope.

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Monogram Wall Art
Print monogram.
Adhere to mat board, cut out.
Tie various ribbons around letter.
Attach frog sticker.
Spell out name using rub-ons or letter stickers.
Hang using a lightweight adhesive picture hook.


Luggage Tag

Layer “D” monogram and frog image on a 4 1/2” x 2 1/2” background block, add name and address information, print. Adhere to back side of luggage tag cardstock sticker, trim around sticker. Tie with coordinating ribbons.Ribbitfrog

Sherrieandsadie “Beautiful Girls” Scrapbook Page
Layer backgrounds, frog image, “B” monogram, and photo. Insert text block to complete ‘Beautiful Girls’ title.






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SPOOKTACULAR!

October 10, 2008 in Decorating, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

JaproductDmjaslogo My son may be grown, but I still enjoy decorating for Halloween. Fanciful and fun and downright magical, Halloween is a holiday that kids of all ages enjoy. This year I’m decorating with some of my cute new products at Jo-Ann Stores. A whimsical sign like this one will hang on my door and I’ll mix some of these spooktacular holiday tins with the real pumpkins on my kitchen window sill. Some special friends will get tins filled with candy and this scarecrow and other ceramics will greet trick-or-treaters in my entryway. There are lots of boo-tiful products to choose from this year so have some fun decorating your Halloween home!

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Quick & Cute Halloween Pillows

October 1, 2008 in Crafts, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting

Pillows_full Spider We create lots of fun fabrics that we call "Sampler" and "Repeating Stripe" layouts. It's a great way to feature all the art we create and give the sewer lots of options for usage. We just made up a couple of Halloween pillows utilizing designs from these layouts. Don't be scared ~ these are so quick and easy ~ you can whip them up with plenty of time to enjoy them this Halloween.

Fabric shown is from the Debbie Mumm for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Collection.

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Online Fabric Sale!

April 14, 2008 in Crafts, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting

Dmsalefabric_2 Check it out – Order online and save 50% off of DM Baby & Everyday Quilting Fabrics through April 20. Take advantage for your fun spring projects. If you don’t have a project in mind – here’s one for ya!

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NEW Fabrics in store!

March 14, 2008 in Crafts, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting

Dmwfabric I’m excited to say that piles of new fabric are arriving and in store for you at Jo-Ann Stores. There are wonderfully springy blues, greens and ivory in both cotton and flannels in “Love Letters” Collection. In fact we whipped up a quick quilt idea for Mother’s Day using these fabrics! (This quilt will be available on our web site on April 1)

For all you pet lovers, you’ll find fun turquoise, orange and browns in “Cat’s Meow” (kitties), and red, gold, and brown on Ivory in “Furry Friends.” (dogs). You can create great Nursery décor and baby friendly projects with two new Juvenile groups called “Kids Talk” (hot, fun colored animals) and “Bumbling Bees” has a great assortment of fresh, cheery greens, blues and pinks in sweet little bees and bugs. You’ll find some great number patterns in this collection too.

We also created a darling baby quilt design using these fabrics that you can download for FREE! I’m starting to see a smattering of some of our Summer Collections trickling in as well. I’ll keep you informed. I’m just so excited about these new fabrics and I’m thrilled with the quality of the color and printing. Hope you love ‘em too!

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Showin' my art

March 10, 2008 in Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

Trendpres1_3 I was just back in Ohio to present to the JoAnn’s Marketing and Merchant teams some of my collections for next Spring and Summer. It’s quite a preparation! We do a DVD movie that shows the art and product ideas with enhancing and appropriate music. We also create Presentation Boards and mock up some product samples. Amidst a recent snow storm and very chilly temperatures, I presented to an attentive audience at JoAnn’s headquarters. Trendpres2_4 I talked about each theme, color story and why the collections are trend appropriate. This is always stepping out of the box for me. Artists as a lot tend to be “behind the scenes” kind of people. I guess I’m kind of a mix of both – comfortable being tucked away in my art studio and capable of being gregarious on other occasions. I wish I could show you the art and tell you more about the ideas – but I would be “off’d” by the Fabric Mafia if I did.

Anyway, phew……glad it’s done.   

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Behind the Seams - Getting Glamorous!

February 7, 2008 in Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

I was recently in Ohio doing a photo shoot for an upcoming JoAnn's flyer.  I thought you might be curious about how that all goes.

JoAnn’s Marketing team starts out with a very specific sketch (and plan) for the photo.  They pass it around to all the marketing management teams at JoAnn's to get all around approval.  They send it to me with a variety of wardrobe and color requests. Now at this point I'm usually "required" to go shopping to find suitable choices - because I certainly don't want to wear something that’s already hanging in my closet!

Debbieatjoanns_2 I pack a huge suitcase full of options (new and old) and head to Columbus.  What a nice little city that is!  I go to a Retail Marketing company called Kreber.  They have a great big photo studio there and have everything ready to go when I arrive.  I meet with a wardrobe stylist and we review the options that I brought with me and then the Creative Director makes his favorite choices. Next is make-up and hair.  That is the best!  When I do photos in Spokane, I typically do my own hair and make-up so you feel very glamorous and special when someone does it for you.  Plus, they put a LOT more make-up on than I do. Everytime I catch my reflection in the mirror, I double-take because I think I see Angelina Jolie - Ha! (LOL - I wish!)

Lips This all somehow manages to take a couple hours before I head over to the set.  (Oh, they iron your clothes too - nice, huh?) At that point you can't sip coffee or dip into the snacks like everyone else is.  You've got to preserve the lipstick and avoid things in your teeth.  (That's just a little tip for your next photo session :-) They take many, many shots and constantly move little things around, adjust the lighting and tell me to tilt my head this way, then that way. Oh, and "Smile Pretty!" 'til your cheek bones hurt.  Every few minutes - someone fusses with the collar on my jacket, pulls my sleeve every which way, glosses my lips, powders down my shine or tries to control a few hairs that have gone awry.

Most of the time is in prep - and once the shoot starts it doesn't take too long.  It's kind of like preparing Thanksgiving Dinner - everyone works a lot to plan and prepare - but once everyone sits down - it seems to be over in an instant.  See the final result in the upcoming JoAnn circular due out in mid March - and when you see it, "Smile Pretty!"

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Midnight shopping for clothes!

November 26, 2007 in Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

Dmumm4 I had a great trip to Hudson, OH and my interview, book signing and demo went off without a hitch! Well, I guess there was one minor hitch. I made it to Ohio, but my bag didn't arrive until after I was long gone. In fact I had been in Santa Fe, NM for a day and half before it caught up with me. I met some wonderful members of the JoAnn's team for dinner as soon as I arrived in town and one of those lovely ladies took me out to Kohl's midnight madness sale so I could shop for clothes (and underwear!) at 10 o'clock that night. 
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One of the highlights of my day at JoAnn's was meeting Dan (one of the fabric buyers). He really gets into his work (as you can see). He made this shirt out of DM Christmas fabrics and wore it proudly all day in the store. Talk about making him accessible to all the customers (and anyone) who walked in the doors. You go, Dan!

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Shopping Incognito

November 12, 2007 in Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

Md_jalogoDebbielaughing_2 You got my big news about my JoAnn program and thank you for your comments and support. I haven’t received many product samples yet, so like everyone else – if I want it, I need to go shopping for it. Last week I went to my local store and loaded up my cart with gifts and a few things for myself. NapkinI love the gift wrap and tins! There is something kind of embarrassing about buying your own stuff for some reason. I found myself looking at the floor when I was up at the check-out thinking that even though my photo was plastered around in the store, maybe she wouldn’t recognize me. Ha!
DebbiedrinkingThe ladies at the fabric counter wanted to know when they were getting another shipment of fleece because they were running low and so were the other stores in town. Well, I whipped out my clipboard, and told them when their next shipment would arrive – JK!!  (Just Kidding)  I wish I knew and I was thrilled to hear it was selling well. We put the items I purchased to good use – because I’m prepping to do some Table setting, gift and project demos at the JoAnn’s flagship store on Darrow Road in Hudson, OH this coming Saturday. (Nov 17 noon-3pm) If you’re in the neighborhood, please stop in to say hello.  I’ll be posting a new quilt design using the new fabrics on our Website on the 17th – so you can at least check it out there.

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Now at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores!

November 1, 2007 in Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

Md_jalogo I can finally let the cat out of the bag! After sitting on this for a couple of years now, I no longer have to be “mum” about it. I’m very excited to announce to you that I’ve entered into a product partnership with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. Debbie_mummja_4 The official launch date is November 4th and promotion will be in full swing by November 11. You will be able to find exclusive lines of fabric, holiday and everyday décor, yarn, crafts and much more at Jo-Ann Stores nationwide! It was a push to get this Holiday program underway and the product lines will be expanding throughout the year. In fact, we work so far ahead that I’m deep into designing Spring 2009 right now. I haven’t been able to share much of my “behind the seams” at the studio, because it’s all been hush-hush up until now.

I am still designing fabrics and products for the Independent stores and that will be different art and design from what you’ll find at Jo-Ann’s. So the good news is, there will be a lot more product and it will be much easier for you to locate.  There are 800 Jo-Ann stores in the U.S. If you aren’t located in the U.S. (and I realize that many of you aren’t) – you’ll be able to find the product on the Jo-Ann website. (Beginning Nov. 7) DebbieMumm.com will be directly linked to the Jo-Ann site. In fact we will have a Jo-Ann Landing Page where you can access information about new product releases and FREE projects featuring the Jo-Ann products. I’m so excited – the Holiday products are SO CUTE!  Please check them out!  Debbie

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