{New Finished Guestbook Quilts}

I’ve been getting lots of orders for Guestbook Quilts // Guest Book Alternative Quilts.  I shared some a while back HERE

Here are couple recently completed quilts (& I’m working on  several more that are awaiting their turn to be sewn up!)

Gorgeous Wedding Guestbook Quilt{NorthernCottage}

They add just a lovely textural component to a special day…

I thee WED garlands {Northern Cottage}

 

If you haven’t heard of a Guestbook Quilt….it’s where a you purchase a quilt (we get to pick out the perfect fabrics ToGeTHeR) and then I send {Happy Mail} containing the squares that will be signed by guests on the big day.  Guests get to leave special lovenotes ♥ or little tips for the happy couple – so sweet!

{NorthernCottage} Gorgeous Guestbook Quilt

I ADoRe receiving the squares back in the mail to be sewn together into the finished quilt and getting to read the amazing notes that are left for the couple.  It is truly touching!  My very very favorites are the notes to a bride left by her loving groom (oh get the tissues ready!!)  Serious love!

this is one of my very favorites from a groom: “you’re my today, tomorrow, my forever, my life & love are yours” – how romantic is that??!

Capture the moment with Quilted love notes {NorthernCottage}

Rag Quilt {NorthernCottage}

I just adore how cozy & ruffley the edges are after they’re freshly washed when the sewing is done!!

{NorthernCottage} Cozy Guestbook Alternative Quilt

Custom Wedding Guestbook Quilt {NorthernCottage}

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If you like this color palette – there are a couple sets of handcrafted dinner napkins available in the shop.. wouldn’t they be gorgeous for a special family dinner, a bridal or baby shower, tea party, etc.?

Lovely Handmade Dinner Napkins {NorthernCottage}

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I’m smitten with this below one too….it was ordered by a sorority for their retreat to be signed by all the girls (current & past) ohhhh – what a great idea for a group activity AND it gets to be made into something that will be forever cherished…rather than stuffed into a drawer somewhere! 

Remember your special event with a{NorthernCottage} Guestbook Quilt

Retreat Quilt {NorthernCottage}

{NorthernCottage} Rolled up Beauty

here is the back of the same quilt…see how the reversible format uses the same fabrics as the front of the quilt but on the front, the seams are exposed and exquisitely ruffley and cozy where the back looks more like a traditional patchwork quilt.  Both sides are BeauTiFuL and totally unique.  This feels like you get two quilts in one – yay!!  This reversible format can be done for Guestbook Quilts and regular Quilts too (from crib quilt, to throws, to twin size, etc).

{NorthernCottage} Rag Quilt Reversible Back - Signed Quilt

The quilts are fully intended to be well used & well loved!!  ♥

{NorthernCottage} Guestbook AlternativeRemember a special event with signed quilt squares {NorthernCottage}

Ready for snuggling!!  I’ll be sharing pics of other quilts as they are ready!!! 

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{Book Review–CRaFT FaiL}

Heather Mann, author of the new fun book {CRAFT FAIL} sent me a copy to dig into…

Craft Fail book

Being an avid crafter (pretty much my whole life & certainly a  BiG piece of my current life!!) – I can certainly relate to the title.

Flipping it open…reading about the tries & awesome photos made me literally laugh out loud, sometimes feel sad for the outcomes (& actually made me feel pretty stinkin’ good about myself!  and apparently so very humble – ha!)

My mom was an artist (oh how I miss my mama!!) and was creating something all the time.  She was very edited and neat and not what you think of when you think of the word ‘artist’.  She did not flit around painting here & there – rather she knitted and scupted and decorated and sewed… She went back to school in her 40’s (after working in the airline industry for decades) and got first her bachelors and then her master’s in art.  Not for a promotion, not for a career… just for her… for the love of learning… for the love of creating.  This love of creating certainly rubbed off on me.  She instilled this love in me (thanks mom!) and I utilize it every single day.

The CRAFT FAIL book was hilarious but I also found a deeper meaning within these pages… that not everything is as easy as it looks… that you sometimes have to try and adjust and edit and shift things around and practice, practice, practice before a project might work out.  We might not be able to create like the professionals do (who might have teams working on creations with amazing photographers and lighting & have, themselves, probably practiced to perfect their craft!)

Being a handmade artisan/creator with the NORTHERN COTTAGE SHOP – I know from personal experience that items are not perfected quickly or without many, many prototypes and trials and re-do’s before they are exquisitely ready for customers to bring home, to give as gifts, to cherish.  There is a much bigger investment in creations than just the one product being created and shipped!

But… All of us can (& should) approach projects knowing they might turn out fabulous or….they might not!  But to remember to enjoy the process of creating… not just for the end product but for the journey!!  And to LauGH along the way….big ol belly laughs…and then maybe start over (or not!)  Maybe tweak/finetune it to make it your own…um, maybe read the directions (ha!) … or maybe just enjoy that you created something whether it worked out or not (regardless of whether it looks like the inspiration photo!)

Who hasn’t been perusing pinterest, saw a gorgeous project and thought…”I can sooo make that”… if you go look at my pinterest boards, you’ll see I have inspirations to create many many many crafts and recipes, etc.  They may or may not actually get created, they may or may not actually turn out…but I’m fine with that.  You can see more of my in process creation on instagram if you want to follow along there.

I just love how Heather is a real person, trying real crafts and not afraid to show us the ugly (though sooo funny) results – she is a brave girl indeed!  She has founded two super popular websites: CraftFail.com and DollarStoreCrafts.com so she is no stranger to the world of crafting and yet…she can’t always create with perfect results  - Love that!!

Some funny excerpts:

ummmm pretty?

craft fail funny

and this one really threw me for a loop – I was thinking pasta for dinner but perhaps not… maybe next time you try out spaghetti stuffed garlic bread (oh yum that does actually sound good!) – it WiLL turn out and look/taste like perfection! 

autopsy garlic bread craft fail review

Here is what the books creators have to say about it…

CRAFTFAIL (Workman; November 2014) illustrates the hilariously gruesome underbelly of the creative process. Inspired by her own craft experiences, Heather gathered real-life home decor fails, fashion fails, holiday fails, food fails, kid crafting fails, and best of all—EPIC fails (those projects that are so inspiring that they are attempted again and again by members of the crafty tribe to, quite frankly, disastrous results)! Filled with over 100 full-color photographs of the hoped-for outcome and the underwhelming reality (plus captions pointing out what went wrong), these embarrassing and often pathetic crafting attempts are the stuff that gets the “A for Effort” and LOL for outcome.

But amidst all the terrible failure is a celebration of those among us who are brave enough to pick up the scissors and get crafty! Because even if you can’t make a handsome Papier mâché stag to hang on your wall, why shouldn’t you try? As Heather says, you learn more from trying and failing than not trying at all. And when it does go wrong—as it inevitably will—you can always find solace in sitting back and laughing at the ridiculous results. As one anonymous crafter said: “It wasn’t supposed to end this way.” Luckily for us, it did.    

I dare ya to go grab a copy for yourself (or for a gift to the craft mavens or craft-challenged in your life) & bring on some laughs and remember…

Enjoy the Journey & Savor the Moments!

Happy day to you!!

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{New Northern Cottage Creations}

Whew!!  This business thing is keeping me busy!!  I am thankful that I’ve always loved creating.  My creativity seems to be on hyper-drive lately!!  There are so many many many things I WANT to CReaTe!  Seriously – my list is about a million things long… you might just get a glimpse of some of those things with my stocked up pinterest boards!!  some of those things will have to wait but I sure do have a large bucket list.

But I have been able to be creative in new & wonderful ways recently….

I’ve been creating lots of new quilts using new and lovely fabrics

And…

I’ve been playing with felt blooms….they are very satisfying to create & put together….I have lots of ideas for these babies…

Did you see the BLooMiNG CRoWNS in the shop?

Felt Flower Crown Headband {NorthernCottage}

Blooming Headband Crown ♥ {NorthernCottage}

Handmade Felt Flower Crown Art {NorthernCottage}

 

Blooming Crown Headband {NorthernCottage}

Wouldn’t these make the most gorgeous crowns for a rustic wedding (for the bride, flower girl, bridesmaids?), or perhaps dress up time for a favorite little girl, or just for everyday…just because…

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This is what’s been keeping me busy…

I sew, I cut, I plan, I post, I list, I photograph, I contemplate, I pin (with actual pins and on pinterest – ha!), I strategize, I cook, I bake, I instagram, I love, I teach, I clean, I organize, I try, I brainstorm, I stain, I paint, I mow, I garden, I read, I study, I discipline, I revise, I eat, I drive, I walk, I adore, I sigh … I get to do it all!  What a wonderful life!

 

I’ve kind of fallen in love with INSTAGRAM!!  you can follow northern cottage on instagram here – it is just so happy & positive & encouraging & well…if you’re there, you know!! ♥

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I’ve listed these GoRGeouS Dinner Napkin Sets in the shop – only two sets of 8 are available – when they’re gone they’re gone…

Wouldn’t they make a tablesetting // family dinner so special and pretty?  They have the perfect tones and color combination of peach and purple and grey and creams….all rustic and vintage-inspired goodness!! Each individual handcrafted napkin is unique and features a mix of delightful designer fabrics patchwork quilted together with a soft neutral linen backing sigh!!

Couture Dinner Napkins {NorthernCottage}

{NorthernCottage} Dinner napkins{NorthernCottage} Pretty Dinner Napkins

{NorthernCottage} Quilted Dinner Napkins

Of course, I’ve been making lots of garlands and quilts from the shop too but thought I’d share some of these NeW creative endeavors with ya!

I love crossing stuff off my to do list (but there always seems to be more to add, doesn’t there?)  Such satisfaction in getting it done!  I don’t sleep a ton – but that’s pretty normal, right?

Happy day to you!!

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{Custom Caramel Apples Bowls}

 

Caramel Apple Bowls {NorthernCottage}

Autumn is setting in!  Isn’t it funny how our food and eating changes with the seasons?  We really like caramel apples around here but they are so messy and so much work and after you’re done eating the outside layer, ehhh – what’s the point?!

Caramel Apple Sundaes yum {NorthernCottage}

So…we create them our own way…

Caramel Apple Sundaes {NorthernCottage}

We cut up apples into wedges or bite sized pieces, drizzle with caramel and then pop on the toppings of our choice.  Usually half an apple (fyi…honeycrips are our FaV!!) is enough for each person – just a nice little treat.

Of course, ya have to make the toppings cute, right?

Why NOT place them in a vintage muffin tin?  A cute display makes them all the yummier!!  It turned out to be a very nice little after school snack!!  bit hit with the kiddos!

{NorthernCottage} Caramel Apples and more!!

This round we offered mini chocolate chips, heath bits, chopped pecans, shredded coconut (you could also use crushed up pretzels, mini m&m’s, oreo bits, peanut butter chips, etc etc etc)  You could even add ice cream or whipped cream to the mix (if ya really really wanted to) Really the possibilities are endless and each person can make their own concoction to suit their mood & tastebuds!  YuM!!

Individual Caramel Apple Bites {NorthernCottage}

Caramel Apple Bar {NorthernCottage}

HaPPY FaLL y’all!!

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