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Friday, August 31, 2012

In the studio- fall textile collection

Yesterday I got my first look at the new patterns for my Fall Textile Collection! Adam from Golden Rule Design hand prints all of textiles and they look even better than I could have imagined- I am so excited to share all of it with you!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

New in the shop and FREE SHIPPING

New items in the shop today and free shipping when you enter AUTUMN at checkout! These new zipper pouches are really great for holding all of your goodies in style ( I use mine constantly when I am traveling and at home) and the new pillows look great with the rest of my textile collection- a perfect pop of pattern for any room.

Free shipping!

I am offering FREE SHIPPING in my shop all this long last weekend of summer! Just enter the code AUTUMN at check out for free shipping off of your entire order! It is never to early to shop for the holidays, or something new for your house or wardrobe for fall...enjoy!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

around the house

BEFORE... so sad.

So, this week I had a lot of time with the girls... A LOT of time with the girls. Keeping them busy can be messy and I thought it would be fun for people to see what it really looks like in a house where kids are playing...blogs and Pinterest can make people (me) feel badly when things are messy and not perfectly styled all the time. But after about 20 minutes it all comes together again!

Monday, August 27, 2012

on the table

I am savoring the last few days of summer...

in the studio

I have been wanting to make stuffed animals again for a long time...I love how much personality fabric and thread can take on, it is so inspiring. I found myself with a few hours with no agenda this afternoon and spent it in the studio making this little lady. I think she is fun for a first draft.  I already have plans for a robin, bunny, fox, owl, maybe a hedgehog.  Today it felt good just to relax and play.

Anna Joyce + Liberty of London

I have been working on a collaboration with Liberty of London (eeeeee!!!!!!!!!) to promote their new collection of crafting fabrics, Liberty Lifestyle Fabrics. The Lifestyle collection is a perfect weight cotton for crafting and the prints are just as charming and lovely as the traditional Liberty prints.
I have designed an exclusive pattern for a small applique pillow using the Lifestyle prints. The DIY post for the Liberty blog will include a free PDF pattern and instructions for making your pillow. As soon as it is posted on the Liberty blog I will share it here as well, so stay tuned! For now you can buy fabric from the Lifestyle Collection at Purl Soho.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

for the girls...

Victor and I do a pretty good job keeping our house tidy, but the one place where I constantly struggle is the girl's room. When it is clean and picked up it is pretty cute, it could use a major edit, but still- not bad. This morning I went in there (before coffee...BAD idea) and it is so destroyed. I have no idea how or when this type of mess was made.

These are my favorite childrens rooms pulled from Pinterest...I can dream! And remind myself that no child's room really looks like this...for long.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

a good reminder

on the table

Fresh corn is almost free right now in Portland and this casserole was the sample this afternoon at my favorite local grocery store, New Seasons.  I was shopping hungry (bad idea) and stopped to taste. This casserole is SO AMAZING! I used fresh corn for mine instead of canned and it is so crisp, creamy, crunchy and perfect. I think it would also be wonderful with a little bit of chipotle or jalapeno added. It was also really easy to make, even with my girls running around.

my week at a glance

that's right- I was in Las Vegas for a really fun bachelorette party for my friend Elaine...then home again, home again!

A few new photos...

from Dane. I love all of these. Pretty no? I am always so inspired to become a better photographer after I see his new work!
And those little house salt and pepper shakers in the last shot were a gift waiting for me when I got to New York for my class at Purl! They are on my kitchen window sill right now. J'adore.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Purl Soho!

I am back from my trip to New York and still catching my breath.  My trip was amazing and the applique workshop at  Purl was so much fun. The studio space at Purl is bright and lovely with high ceilings and the space felt just right. It was personal and I could give all of my attention to each lovely student.  Here are some photos of the classroom space, the store and me just before class. I can't wait to go back! And I also have to give a special thank you to my dear friend Dane - he kept me calm and laughing before class, it was just what I needed!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Here I go!

 I leave for New York tonight on an overnight is kind of a hard way to start off a trip, but it means I get to tuck my girls into bed tonight and have some precious hours in the studio before I leave. You can follow my trip to Purl Soho on Instagram at @annajoycedesign and there is still time to sign up for my workshop. I would LOVE to meet you and see you there- sign up here, and see you when I get back!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Purl Soho or Bust!

I am headed to New York on Thursday to teach a weekend workshop at Purl Soho, and I could not be more excited! Here is a first look at the finished pillows I designed for the class. We are going to have a blast, and there are still spots available so if you live in the New York area please come and join me this Saturday!

Machine Applique Workshop with Anna Joyce!

$150 for a 5 Hour Workshop!

Learn a simple, satisfying and thoroughly stylish technique for machine applique! This beginner level class will show you how to quickly and easily transform your fabric into a small works of art to add even more personality to your home. You will focus on mixing color and pattern together to make an appliqued pillow with an envelope closure that Anna designed specifically for Purl Soho.
You can use these great new skills to personalize almost anything for your home, your wardrobe or your family.
Sign up for the class right here!

Saturday - August 11th from 12:30-5:30pm

Maximum class enrollment: 6 students

459 Broome Street
New York, NY 10013
phone: (212) 420-8796 

* Thank you so much to Purl Soho for providing me with the beautiful fabric, Liberty of London prints for the pillows I designed and the styling and photography!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Anniversary Weekend!

This past weekend was my and Victor's  eleven year wedding anniversary and my mom treated us to an overnight at "The Inn at Spanish Head" in Lincoln City while she watched the girls- BLISS. We had the most incredible time, the weather was in the high 80's (unheard of at the Oregon coast) and they have an outdoor pool! It was so relaxing and just what we needed.
Here are a few photos from our weekend.