Friday, October 30, 2015

Handmade for the Holidays Blog series

Handmade for the Holidays

Throughout the month of November, ByAnnie.com will be featuring quick and easy gift ideas for the holidays. Please check back daily to find short introductions to both some of our fun patterns AND other great patterns from some of our friends in the design world! The list of friends will include, Michael Ann Made,  A Bit of Stitch, and Clover and Violet!

We hope this will inspire you to get out your sewing machine and make some cute personalized gifts for those you love AND for yourself. We all deserve a treat!

Before we close, we also want to send out a quick THANK YOU to everyone that we met at International Quilt Market last week and HELLO to everyone that we are meeting this week at International Quilt Festival this week. It has been busy, busy, busy  and we are loving the opportunity to share our newest creations and spend time with all of the passionate quilters here.

Here are a few photos for your pleasure!


Handmade for the Holidays

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Bonfire Color Inspiration

Bonfires seem to be a universal human attraction.

Casey’s story: This photo was taken during Christmas time in a small town outside of Madrid, Spain,
 called El Alamo (the oak tree in Spanish). The local government planned this bonfire along with many other activities for the night in order to bring the residents together and spread joy.

When we build a bonfire we bring large amounts of potential energy together into one place, piling it up and up until we cannot reach any higher. Throughout the afternoon, the tangled mess of branches, logs, boards, paper and trash stands there as though some giant had forgotten to finish sweeping. Then, just as night is falling and the sun’s splendor is beginning to recede behind the horizon, we strike a spark with a tiny match and the whole pile takes life. Heat, light, smoke, color, sparks, and noisy crackling come roaring out of this once inert pile of rubbish calling us to come watch.

And we, the community, come. We circle around that mini-sun that we have created and we share precious moments with each other. We rest. We play. We create new memories. We make new plans.

And, we find new relationships. It is beautiful.

And can’t a bonfire simply be a metaphor? What are you doing in your business, personal life, and day-to-day to bring potential energy, even trash together, and from it make something for and with the community?