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Announcing my NEW online store!

Studio Updates, Shop SmallAbby Leigh EckerComment

I'm thrilled to announce that my New Online Store has launched! I'm starting off small with this new store. My hand screen-printed pillows and tea towels are available as well as handmade aprons and gicleé art prints. My Etsy Shop is still open and will be continuing to have everything that I make available as well as my fabric stash. My website online store will have my products that feature my own textile designs and artwork. Over time these two stores will evolve and I'm happy to have more opportunities to sell my products online as well as in local shops and at art markets. It's about to get really exciting this fall so stay tuned!!

Enjoy and Happy Monday!

July Product of the Month

Featured this MonthAbby Leigh EckerComment

This month we are featuring For the Love of Pattern handmade and hand screen-printed pillows. The designs on these pillows are inspired by the charming ironwork in Savannah, GA.

For the Love of Pattern Handmade Screen-Printed Pillows

These handmade pillows have our own original textile designs screen-printed on cotton or cotton/linen blends. They have a coordinating solid cotton/linen backing and an invisible zipper at the bottom so they can easily be unzipped for cleaning. The pillows are 16" by 16" and the pillow forms are included with purchase. These are great gifts and because the designs are inspired by Savannah ironwork they would also be perfect to bring a little southern charm into your home. 

For the Love of Pattern pillows sell regularly for $42.00 and are on sale this month for $36.00

The product of the month is only available in our etsy store in the Featured this Month Section and only applies when you purchase through etsy. This deal is not available where other For the Love of Pattern items are sold or at local art markets. 

Enjoy and Happy Wednesday!

Featured: Lily Bay Studio + Bazaar

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Lily Bay Studio + Bazaar

I'm so excited to share that a selection of For the Love of Pattern products are now available in one of my favorite stores in Savannah, Lily Bay Studio + Bazaar! One of the things I love about Lily Bay is that it's a store that supports handmade finely crafted items. Everything is unique, handmade, and beautiful. It's my favorite spot to shop for one of a kind gifts, especially for kids. I just love how the store is curated with handmade and vintage items, while also offering workshops.

Above you can see some of For the Love of Pattern Children's Aprons, Lavender Eye Pillows, Coin Purses, and Heart Ornaments that are available at Lily Bay Studio + Bazaar in Savannah, GA. 

Just a few pretty things I couldn't leave behind while shopping at Lily Bay Studio + Bazaar. Scotch & Mahogany Soy Candle by  Julie Kay Design Studio ; Friends for Life Paperweight by  Sugarboo Designs ; Weekly Desk Pad by  Rifle Paper Co ; and a beautiful Poppy Art Print. 

Just a few pretty things I couldn't leave behind while shopping at Lily Bay Studio + Bazaar. Scotch & Mahogany Soy Candle by Julie Kay Design Studio; Friends for Life Paperweight by Sugarboo Designs; Weekly Desk Pad by Rifle Paper Co; and a beautiful Poppy Art Print. 

It's such an honor to have some of my products alongside so many other amazing artists and artisans work and just all around beautiful items. If you're local I'm sure this is already one of your favorite places to shop and if you're planning to visit Savannah make sure to check out this lovely store. Lily Bay Studio + Bazaar is located at 412 C. Whitaker Street in Savannah, GA 31401 - 912.777.7621.

Enjoy and Happy Monday!

Children's Aprons

Studio UpdatesAbby Leigh EckerComment

I've been busy working in my studio and quiet on some of my social media accounts lately but I'm back now and ready to blog! I have so many fun new things I'm super excited to share about. Today I want to talk about my Children's Aprons! Art smock, play apron, tool duds, whatever you choose to call them, they are adorable! These are durable vibrant aprons for children to wear while playing, helping a parent in the kitchen, during an art session, or just for fun. They have ties at the neck and waist so they can be easily adjusted and two lined pockets at the waist.

Currently, I have nautical, art, and floral themed aprons, as well as a few odds and ends (turtles, boy scout/camping, retro cassette tapes). I've had an overwhelming positive response to these aprons, boy or girl, your child will love wearing one. I've even had a few requests for adult aprons to match these darling small ones. I always take custom orders when I can in my etsy shop, so don't be shy about asking questions or requesting something special.

That's it for this Monday update and now it's time to for me to get back to work in my studio.

Enjoy and Happy Monday! These aprons are available to purchase in Savannah, GA at Scribble Art Studio and in my Etsy Shop. They will be available shortly in other local stores & more fun prints are coming soon!! 

What's New in the Studio: Savannah Ironwork Collection

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Today I wanted to give you an update on my Savannah Ironwork Collection. Lately, I have been busy in the studio screen printing, sewing and building inventory. I've finished printing a large collection of tea towels and a first run of handmade pillows. I'm very happy with the results and have been getting great feedback so far. The tea towels are perfect for a guest bathroom and useful in the kitchen. I've been using a set of towels that I made for myself drying dishes in the kitchen and they have held up well so don't be afraid to use them. As my grandmother would say, things are made to be loved and used not to be folded and stored away. 

Hand Screen Printed Savannah Ironwork Series Tea Towels by For the Love of Pattern

Hand Screen Printed Savannah Ironwork Series Tea Towels by For the Love of Pattern

The pillows that I've made are 16" by 16" and the pillow forms are included if you purchase one. The pillow cover has a natural invisible zipper in the bottom seam so it can easily be removed and washed. I screen printed my colorful designs on white cotton for the front of the pillow and chose a coordinating solid color for the back of the pillow. The pillows can be reversible whenever you feel like a little change of decor and would enjoy a solid color. I always like to have the option to turn my decorative pillows around so if someone chooses to use it then the decorative side stays clean. 

Below are close up images of the pillows that show how the designs look with the colors that I chose for the back of the pillows. I've paired my screen printed designs with bold Robert Kaufman linen cotton blends. I love choosing color coordinates so this project has been fun and relaxing to work on. This was one of those times where my vision turned out exactly as planned which is always an extremely rewarding process.

All of these items are available in my etsy store. Enjoy!

Using Every Last Scrap

Studio ProjectsAbby Leigh EckerComment

I always find that I have this reoccurring problem. I save every last scrap of fabric and I rarely use them. I just seem to be holding on to these scraps thinking one day I'll find a use for them. I decided to take some time out of my day to finally make something with these scraps that I've been saving. Today I want to share the fun project that I've started to use up all of my fabric scraps. I'm making handmade cards. 

The finished product

The finished product

I collected the following supplies from my studio: fabric scraps, card stock paper, envelopes, and thread. I like to use my sewing machine for projects like this because it's quicker but hand sewing works just as well. 

It's a good idea to first determine the envelope size that you want to use so you can cut the card stock paper to size. Paper Source is a great resources for envelopes and they have lots of beautiful colors to choose from. I decided to purchase A2 envelopes so that I could simply cut a piece of card stock paper in half to make two cards and baby envelopes because I love miniature cards.

Once I chose my envelopes, I determined how to cut my paper and cut several cards to size with a paper trimmer. I cut the paper cards slightly smaller than the envelopes so that they are able to fit inside the envelopes without tearing them. I scored and folded the cards in half with a bone folder. At this point everything is prepared for card making and I was ready to move to the next step. To go along with my theme and business name, For the Love of Pattern, I decided to start with cutting heart shapes to decorate my cards. I made paper heart stencils and started cutting hearts out of all my different fabric scraps. 

After I had a stack of fabric hearts cut, I matched them with the different papers that I had prepared. Then I placed the heart where I wanted it to stay on the front of the card and sewed it around the edge. I did not use a pin, as this will put a permanent mark on the paper. I found that the fabric stays in place just fine so there was no need for a pin, but you could use archival double sided tape to keep the fabric in place if necessary. 

the process of making homemade cards

the process of making homemade cards

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy project. It's a fun way to use up those fabric scraps you've been saving and a way to be as creative as you'd like to be with matching different paper colors, envelope colors/styles and fabric shapes to decorate the cards.

"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul."