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Arbor Blossom Blog Tour

Hey there! Thank you so much for stopping in. It’s my turn for Nadra Ridgeway‘s Blog Tour, and I’m so excited to finally share what I made. Long have I admired Nadra’s work and fabric collections. So I was absolutely honored when she asked me to be part of this. 

Today we’re looking at her current fabric collection, Arbor Blossom. Have you seen it? Have a looksy..

Sooo gorgeous. Now let me show you the selection I chose..

Ugh! To die for! I also chose Riley Blake‘s Le Cremè Swiss Dots as a background fabric in Hot Pink. Aren’t these florals just darling? Add dots and checkered floral hearts, what more could you want? Sooo beautiful, I couldn’t wait to make my project! Are you ready? Here we go!

Tada! The prettiest little mini quilt I’ve made to date. This cutie was inspired by a handsewn block I made awhile back using Japanese fabrics.

Don’t Nadra’s florals scream 30s Japanese fabric to you? Now the tiny block was completely handsewn, but the larger blocks were pieced together using my machine. Completely winged it here. I looked for a pattern, but gave up on the third day. I think I did pretty well don’t you?

The selvage was also soo pretty I had to use it in my project. The last thing was quilting it. I just love the look of quilted two inch squares. The texture is so fun to touch.

A little red cotton tape to hang this bad girl and ooooo! So cute.

Sooo pretty! Now if you haven’t picked these pretties up, I suggest getting on it! If you’ve missed any previous postes, here’s the line up..

6-12-2017 Heidi Staples fabricmutt.blogspot.com

6-13-2017 Kim Kruzich retro-mama.blogspot.com

6-14-2017 LeAnne Ballard everydaycelebrate.blogspot.com

6-15-2017 Allison Jensen woodberryway.com

you are here –> 6-16-2017 Veronica AM vividfelicity.wordpress.com

6-17-2017 Nadra Ridgeway ellisandhiggs.com

Oh! Make sure you follow the tour all the way to the end folks! Nadra has a little giveaway waiting for you on her end ;)! Don’t forget to leave me a little comment here. I always love hearing what you all think! My other social media links are in the About the Author tab up top, so have a look around.

One more…

Thank you for stopping in, and I really hope I’ve inspired you!
xo, Veronica

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Molly and Mama

How’s it going out there? Hopefully you have been sewing up a storm! I, however, have been out of commission for a few weeks after being assaulted. Yes, you heard right. The culprit you ask? My rotary cutter, the evil adversary of the sewing community. If you haven’t already heard or don’t follow my IG account, that sucker hit the edge of my acrylic ruler, jumping over the top and catching my finger tip. Yikes!!! It was quite an ordeal as we rushed to UC and dealt with all the gory details. Not fun. Anyway, I’m now able to move my finger and every bump is nearly pain free, though it is a little stiff and a bit raw. But my finger is healing, and I can sew again!! Whoop!!! 

Let me share a little surprise I got from a very sweet friend! Do you know Lauren Wright of Molly and Mama? Yes? Fist Bump! No? You’ll want to! Well, I once posted the need for a little friend for my doll house shelf. Let me show you..

Cute right? Husbands can sometimes be the sweetest guys! You see that little attic space up there? That’s the perfect place for little friends, don’t you think? I’m obsessed with Maileg & Bunny Girl, have you heard of Maileg and Mini Bunny Girl? ..


Ugh, so adorable right?!?? Well until I decide which one I want, I thought a handmade friend would be great. Then my sweet friend Lauren offered up one of her Felted Bunnies. So we did a little swap! Ready?! Let me show you..

Tada! Isn’t it darling?? A sleeping baby Bunny, a carrot sleeping bag, a matchbox bed, blanket and pillow?? I’m dying! It’s just the loveliest little bunny! You can grab the pattern from the link here. She also sent over a pretty mini quilt..

Goodness! She is a serious talent. It’s just soo pretty! This is her Love Heart Mini Quilt! It’s a free tutorial on her blog. I have got to make one of these, once I get my act together ;-). Such a gorgeous package. Her patterns are so fun and whimsical. Check her out! 

I also have to share another little package I received from Michaelanne Neal, or known as zmama03 on IG..

Don’t you just love it?! She sent me a little mouse and mug rug! How cute is this mouse?!! I really love how fluffy it is, and those ears? Oh my gosh. Now I have two little friends for my doll house. I have to say, they’re getting along splendidly. And that mugrug is perfect! I know exactly where that’s going ;-). Thank You Michaelanne!

Well, I’m off to do a little brainstorming, and hopefully see some sewing action today! Meanwhile, I’ll be playing with my bunny & mouse. It is my first doll house you know. Thanks for stopping by & stay tuned ;-)!

..we might need some furnishings & a little fresh paint..
 
Happy Sewing!

xo, Veronica

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Bunnies & Cream

Hey there. So, can you believe this fabric line by Lauren Nash? She had me at bunnies. When my package from Penny Rose Fabrics arrived, I could barely contain my excitement! Have you been following the tour? Then I’m sure you’ve already seen Lauren’s enchanting debut collection, but i can’t help myself. Let me show you her photo again..

Soo pretty and really soft. Really love how Lauren made her own fancy paper label. Crafty ;). It was so hard to choose from all these darlings, but in the end I had my favorites. Here are the ones I chose..

Florals, gingham, sweet bows, strawberries of course.. that cross-stitch print? Had to have it! Did you spot the gorgeous bunny selvage?

Mhm. Rainbow bunnies on this one. I’ll be saving that for something special.  It was so hard keeping this on the dl, but I did it. Now it’s my turn, and I’m so happy to show you what I’ve made! I really hope you like it. Are you ready to see my projects?  Here we go..

Eeee!.. So? What do you think?? I always get so nervous sharing my work. Anyway, sewing house shaped -well, anything -is something I’ve always wanted to try. They’ve always tugged at my heart strings, but I’ve never gotten around to making one. When I saw the Mamma Bunny in the kitchen, with her little apron on? Ping! The idea was instantaneous. I sketched, I poured over inspirational photos, I sketched some more. Once I had a plan, it all came together. My favorite part is adding all the details..

Like this fabric stamp. You know how I feel about strawberries. Love how perfect this line is for fussy cutting. This particular project was inspired by one of my favorite blogs. You can see it here. I think it’ll make a great place to put letters, recipes, note pads, lists, pens.. I love this little bun house.

I embroidered a little pink bunny above the smaller pocket. You can find the pattern here. Isn’t it cute?  Then I thought, why stop at one project. So i also created this..

This time I went with a storybook theme, and made a wall hanging with a neighborhood of houses. Each with its own picture window. Just so we could see what those elusive bunnies are up to.

I added the embroidered tag on the side and pretty white lace trim on the bottom. Some hand quilting using Perle no.8 floss on natural linen, and embroidered grass & tiny flowers with Como embroidery threads. Perfect gingerbread houses.

I’ve always loved gingerbread houses. Do you know the ones I’m talking about? The cute victorian type homes with lots of trim, steep roofs, window boxes, flower gardens and green grass, and little picket fences.

Yeah I’m a fairy-tale girl. Pink, magic, sweet forest animals, twirly dresses, tiaras. I grew up watching almost every Disney film and checking out books from the school library, dreaming of one day owning a sweet little home in the forest with my prince charming. Having a family of my very own.. I’d be baking cookies, watching them play in the garden.. all in my little charming gingerbread house. OH, back to what we were talking about! What’s better than a Mamma Bun in her sweet little kitchen burrow, baking cookies for her wee bunnies? Adorable. Are you gonna grab this fabric line? Because you really should if you haven’t.

Ahh, SO pretty. Perfect for these warm seasons coming up. I can see a few more projects in my future using these up.

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone. Huge hugs and thank yous’ to Lauren Nash of Transient Art, and the girls over at Riley Blake Designs for the opportunity to play with this endearing fabric line. Thanks so much girls! I really hope I’ve inspired you all today. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram and keep up with all my shenanigans, and come back again because I promise I have a lot more to share with you! As for the tour, Lauren will be finishing up tomorrow, so go over here to check it out. And just in-case you missed anything, here’s the lineup of the tour:

March 6 Faith Essenburg  www.SaranaAve.wordpress.com

March 7 Bridgette McNay  www.TheFamilyHearth.com

March 8 Elea Lutz  www.EleaLutzDesign.com

March 9 Taunja Kelvington  www.CarriedAwayQuilting.com

March 10 Veronica AM  www.VividFelicity.wordpress.com <- you are here

March 11 Lauren Nash  www.TransientArt.com

 

Happy Sewing!

xo, Veronica

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Heartfelt Gift

A few days ago, as I was picking up Samy from school, I had a thought. He’s doing so well now! We got home, we unpacked his backpack and were going through his homework. He was so happy he had passed his spelling test! It hit me how excited he looked and how hard it was for him to get to this point.

Before this, he had been struggling with reading. He just doesn’t care for it. It’s so hard to even get him to sit down and read a simple sentence. I work with him everyday after school. Practicing spelling, reading phonics books, writing sentences, playing word games, anything just to get him to do it. It’s been such a struggle with him missing so much school -he’s just been sick so often since moving here. Making him fall way behind. He was so overwhelmed & discouraged last semester.

Mrs Pulvino, Samy’s 1st grade teacher, was working hard with him during class. Trying to get him caught up with his reading. So much so that when he finally took his benchmark test last month, he passed and is now at the same reading level as the other kids! Yay!! I mean, I know we’ll have to keep working at it, and can’t let up. But I feel so grateful and honestly a little relieved that he has such a wonderful teacher this year! Last year was just a nightmare, no help whatsoever. However here, right now, and the reason I feel absolutely blessed, is having such a great staff that’s willing to help my Son succeed. There is nothing more encouraging, than seeing my Son excelling in his acedemics. He’s a real handful. No thanks to two grateful parents who adore him and feel so thankful just to have a son. We spoil him to no end. Not always the best choice obviously. It seeps into other areas of his life. He is just so determined to get his way sometimes, but this year has already taught him so much. Mrs. Pulvino is one of the main reasons! So, I thought, and thought, and thought some more. The more I did, the more I realized I’d like to show our gratitude somehow. What did I do? I made her this..

A Big Sister Totebag from Atsuko Matsuyama’s Happy Flower Quilts book, translated by Lindsay Fair of Zakka Workshop & Kristyne Czepuryk of Pretty By Hand (thank you again for the copy girls 😘). You can read more about it here. I used Jera Brandvig‘s High Tea Collection (thank you Jera 😘). Here’s a shot of my choices, I forgot to get a snapshot of the inside of the bag..

I was working on it last night, and I really hope she loves it. It was so hard to let it go of! But it helped haul all of Samys classmates Valentines treat bags for tomorrow! Along with Mrs. Pulvino’s Ferrero Rocher chocolates, cute washi tape, a set of Orla Kiely mini notebooks, and the treat bag Samy put together for her. Whew! She’s all setup for Valentines Day! I really wish I would have taken a photo of it all. I had to deliver everything to school this morning though, so I didn’t have a chance.

Oh! I also improvised by adding little appliqué strawberries from the book. The pattern called for ready made Atsuko M. cherry handles, which of course I didn’t have on hand. With a little Lecien Cosmo floss, it really made them stand out..

All in all, I feel good giving her a heartfelt gift. Something pretty and useful! She deserves it. We’ll see you tomorrow on IG? It’s almost Valentines Day!

xo, Veronica

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New Digs

Good morning everyone. See anything different? Cute button page breakers, pink fonts for links, an actual menu above.. Yep. I’ve been working on my blog, figuring out how it works, trying out something new. It was time, and honestly I was a little hesitant at first. The old blog was fine, and I know how to work it, but the app wasn’t very good & for some reason my site would keep freezing on me. It was time for a change. Sure it’s been a little over a year since I started this one, but who’s keeping track? This one will more than likely change a couple more times. It’ll be fun!

My logo has also changed a little. I adore the original (you can see it here), but thought trying this version for a little while would be nice. What do you think? Do you prefer the older logo, or this new one? I’d love to know what you guys think. All my other sites will hold my original logo, until I figure this out. There are a couple other versions I’d like to try out too before settling. 

You can also see my cute new link buttons for my other social media sites, in the About The Author page when you click the menu above. I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t able to see my old links before. Probably because I’m mobile these days. Yeah, my dinosaur computer is still packed away. Even though I desperately need it to write up patterns, but that’s a whole other story. I’ll be going to the local library to check in and do some editing soon. 

But enough about the new digs. What’s been going on with you all? Here, I’m still very homesick, and hoping I can adjust, but I still see no light at the end of the tunnel. Send good vibes our way? Please? We’ve also had two strains of flu, which seem to be running rampant in our home. Yech! Though making homemade organic kale & chicken soup was awesome. Very comforting! I would share a photo, but it went so fast i didn’t even have a chance to snap one. It was soo good! 

As for sewing, I don’t have much to share. But I can leave you with this.. I’m working on a couple of projects that I’m unable to show you. I know, I know! I can, however, share a photo of the gorgeous fabric Lauren sent me..

Bunnies & Cream! These prints are just adorable aren’t they? I have so much to share, so be sure to come back for more!

Alright, we’re officially late for school (well Samy is), so gotta run! But see you soon?

xo, Veronica 

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Happy Flower Quilt 

Hey everyone! Welcome back, it’s so good to be on the blog again. Especially after such a long span of holidaying. I hope you all had a wonderful break, and hit the ground running for the fresh & exciting new year ahead. We’re finally settling into our new place. It’s amazing how long it can take to settle in after a move, isn’t it? Oh! I cut off my long locks! A little over 12 inches. Yikes! It barely hits my shoulders. I’m impetuous. Sometimes it seems I need to pull myself back. A lot. I mean, I miss tossing my hair around & running my hands through it. Its nice that it takes half the time to do my hair, and not have it up in a messy bun. Those messy buns were settling in permanently though. Happy that’s over! Anyway, never mind my hair right now. 

I’ve started sewing more regularly. Yay!! This is what I’ve been looking forward to ever since our move. Right now I’m sewing a bunch of teeny tiny pincushions. You’ve heard me mention Minki Kim, right? She’s hosting a pincushion SAL, and, well how could I resist?? If your not familiar check out her website here, and check her out on IG here. Be sure to pop over to my IG account to catch up on all the cute happenings as well.

In other news. Did you know I’m a huge fan of Atsuko Matsuyama, & collector of her books and fabrics? Have you heard of Atsuko Matsuyama’s Hanairo Quilt Book?? Or better known as Happy Flower Quilts. It’s been a few years since I’ve purchased the original book. Let me just show you..

Sooo pretty right? Pink, cute, yes please! Well a few years back I attempted a couple of projects. I even had my husband try and recalculate the measurements for me. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. I was so intimidated by all that handsewing. Fraidy cat style. So, I just started picking it up, flipping through all the glorious projects (for inspiration only), never to made by these hands. Wah-wah. So sad. Have you heard that the folks over at Zakka Workshop, mainly Lindsay Fair & Kristyne Czepuryk of Pretty By Hand recently released an English version of Atsuko’s Happy Flower Quilts book?? Look!

TaDa!! Oh. My. Gosh. It’s just as beautiful, well laid out, excellent translation, easy to read step by step instructions, tons of photos.. I mean this book is fabulous! Let’s ooo & aaahhh over a few snapshots..




Gorgeous. Just beautiful. If you have an original copy, you’ll understand why this is all so exciting! Did you also know that Kristyne, Wynn Tan, and Melissa LeRay are also hosting a Happy Flower Quilt SAL soon? Eeep! I don’t know about you, but I’m excited about that. Still wildly intimidated, but very excited! Are you ready to join in??

A HUGE Thank You going out to Lindsay of Zakka Workshop and Kristyne of Pretty By Hand for so generously sending me a copy. You girls did an amazing job with this version! The rest of you, hurry! Get your copy HERE!

Happy Sewing, Veronica

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Quilt Petite

Well hello there. Welcome new and old friends, to my little spot on the web. First and foremost, thank you so much for stopping by and taking time to check out what my turn will reveal. If your new to Vivid Felicity, feel free to poke around around and learn a bit about me. Click the “About the Author” tab above to read a little about me, and find links to my other social media sites.

So have you been following along so far? Have you seen all the amazing projects all these talented cuties have made from Sedef’s book – Quilt Petite for Tuva Publishing? OMGeez, I’m in love! Quite frankly, pretty darn intimidated too. It doesn’t hurt that Sedef has come up with the most adorable projects. A couple of peeks.


The directions are easy to follow, there are tons of tips, it’s well written, and the photographs are to dye for. There’s everything from mug rugs to wall quilts, for both beginners and advanced sewists. It’s just the perfect size too. Great to take along on road trips. Or in my case, a move across state lines. 


Speaking of, your all here to see my chosen project. Yes? Well let’s get into it. I chose Sedef’s Bon Appetit placemat for two reasons. My main reason is today happens to be my late Grandmother’s birthday. So in remembrance of her,  I wanted to include a little something in her memory. A set of beautiful dishes she passed on to me..

It’s not much, I really love these dishes. And blue tones, which may actually be the reason blues have long been my favorite color. In return these happened to be my inspiration for the color palette. Also, moving into a new place takes it toll, but when you finally get everything moved in, you have a need to make that place your own. For me, that begins with the eating place. And this placemat was the perfect start. Let me show you..

Isn’t it darling? Let me share a couple of close ups..


This beautiful mat was an easy and super fast make. I hope you all loved it! Now if you’d like to try one (or any of the projects you’ve seen so far), you might want to stick around. Sedef will graciously be giving away a copy to one lucky winner! 

Meanwhile, there’s a list of the line up for the hop at the end of my post ;). Check out all the pretties from the amazing talents listed below. 

Thank you for stopping by, and I really hope I’ve inspired a few makes in the next few days! 

Happy Sewing, Veronica

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November 6: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane

November 7: Wynn at Zakka Art

November 8: Sarah at A Little Happy Place

November 9: Bridgette at The Family Hearth

November 10: Heidi at Fabric Mutt

November 11: Minki at Minki’s Work Table

November 12: Ange at A Little Patchwork

November 13: Lauren at Molly and Mama

November 14: Michelle at Cole & Taffy

November 15: Nadra at Ellis & Higgs

November 16: Amy at Nana Company

November 17: Faith at Sarana Ave

November 18: Debbie at Happy Little Cottage

November 19: Erin at Why Not Sew

November 20: Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl

November 21: Melissa at Oh How Sweet

November 22: Stacy at Stacy Olson Design

November 23: Ayda at Cafe Nohut

November 24: Peta at She Quilts A Lot

November 25: Amanda at A Crafty Fox

November 26: Keera at Live Love Sew

November 27: Sharon at Lilabelle Lane

November 28: Kate at The Homemakery

November 29: Jemima at Tied With A Ribbon

November 30: Jodie at Ric Rac

December 1: Anorina at Samelia’s Mum

December 2: Alisha at Ministry of Fabric

December 3: Xanthe at Wife-made

December 4: Cheri at Tinker With This

December 5: Kristyne at Pretty By Hand

December 6: Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop

December 7: Veronica at Vivid Felicity <- YOU ARE HERE

December 8: Shari at Doohikey Designs

December 9: Jina at Jina Barney Designz

December 10: Emma at Emma Jean Jansen

December 11: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane (wrap up + giveaway winner)