Thursday, January 27, 2011

Oh my, I am blushing!

I wish I could say I haven't even been trying. Or that it was out of the blue. I wish I could honestly say that I don't check my Google Analytics with anticipation every day at around 3:00 to see if maybe today is the day my numbers will soar.

Well — the honest (darn it anyways!) truth is that I have been working my little butt off trying to figure out how to get someone to — well —take notice.  Maybe just a little notice that would create a little buzz ...

I was starting to think it just was —  N E V E R — going to happen. And then it kinda did!

Don't get me wrong. It wasn't Martha Stewart that decided to feature me on her blog. Or Oprah calling to have me explain what a Ketubah is to millions of viewers. Or even a good word on Design Sponge or Print and Pattern or Etsy Stalker (god knows I have sent them all more than one email!).

No it was nothing huge, but it meant the W O R L D to me. It really lifted my spirit!

It started with a very nice story on the Poppytalk blog that was enough in itself to make me smile from ear to ear. THEN I showed up on Carolina's adorable Illuminession blog. AND then I showed up on Paper Crave!

My cheeks are really red and I am blushing and flushing at the same time!
Thank you world! it has been a very good day!

Have a freeValentine download to celebrate!

So now I just have to figure out how to get on etsy's front page at least once ... And how to get a whack of people to follow this blog ...  there is no rest for the weary!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Fresh ideas I can relate to: Vintage Zipper art by Heather

Re Zip It Zipper Flower Brooch or Hair Clip

I am still picking myself off the floor after finding these amazingly beautiful flower brooches and hair pins at benjamin2008. The shop is called re zip it. Yes — these jewels are made out of vintage zippers! Look closely and you will see that they are in fact coloured zippers fashioned into flowers. each masterpiece is about 3" wide, so it makes a real impression.

That is what I call fresh!

Re Zip It Vintage Zipper Brooch or Hair Clip

Red Rose Vintage Zipper Brooch or Hair Clip

Friday, January 21, 2011

Dad's last bottle of Old Colony Maple Syrup

My dad was the pancake king. He didn't make the batter from scratch, but he had experimented with all of the mixes and had found the perfect brand that always worked and tasted great. I can see him now over the griddle, knowing just how much batter to ladle and exactly when to flip them so that they were perfectly done inside and just a bit crispy on the outside.

I certainly can not even pretend to know when he bought the case of a dozen bottles of Old Colony Maple Syrup. Dad's been gone for 14 years, so it is at least 15 or 16 years ago.

I remember shortly after he died, and mom was moving out of the house into a smaller apartment, I noticed a couple of bottles left in the original carton and asked her if I could have one. She gave me one, but was not willing to part with more than that!

Needless to say, mom didn't make pancakes too often without dad there to make them for her, and when she died in August 2009, there was one unopened bottle of Old Colony Syrup left.

It took a year and a half, but this morning Marc and I used the last drops on the toaster waffles we had for breakfast. Like good whiskey, dad's case of Old Colony Maple Syrup, aged beautifully and was as good today as it was 15 or 16 years ago. I thought of him every time I opened the bottle, but I never really thought about what it would feel like to finish the bottle to the last drop.  When it happened this morning, I wasn't really prepared for it. The bottle sat on the counter for several hours and then I decided to wash it and photograph it and sat down to tell the story.

For at least the past 15 years there has been an open bottle of Old Colony Maple Syrup in either mom's or our fridge. All from the same batch that dad bought probably on sale at Super Grocer in Steveston.

I think for both of us, it was a sweet reminder of dad. Perhaps my lingering over this empty bottle is a sign that they are together again flipping pancakes and thinking of us.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Poppytalk: Love transforms market opens today

I decided to set up a table at the Poppytalk market that opened today. The theme couldn't be better for Fresh Creations and I am very excited to work my way around the virtual tables, getting to know the other amazing artists and craftspeople at the market with me.

What I thought I would do this time around, is peruse the market on my own and let you know what really got my attention. Then you can pop down yourself and check out the rest! Happy shopping.


illuminated perfume

vic and albie
spread the love

Art School Girl

just noey
no tengo miedo clay
owly shadow puppets

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Free Valentine download love

In honour of the my virtual table at the Love Transforms poppytalk market (starting Monday — yay!), I have decided to — share the love — with a printable valentines card free download. I had a lot of fun dreaming it up for you and I hope you will have fun making it for your special valentine!

Included in the pdf is a template for an accordion folded valentine card that fits into a extra-cute decorated envelope. There are three cut-out hearts to use for decoration on this project or to add to other DIY projects you create.

Just click here for the download and enjoy!

{copyright freshcreations 2011: My gift to you to print out as many times as you like for personal use only please. Not for commercial use. Respect the free download love.}

Friday, January 14, 2011

The “Promises” Ketubah: from Kelsey to Tyler with love

Kelsey had no idea what a ketubah was until about a month before her wedding.  Completely understandable, since Kelsey and Tyler are not Jewish. But she had seen a beautiful piece of art hanging at her good friend Allison’s home and was always drawn to it. You guessed it—what she was admiring was her friend’s ketubah. Allison shared photographs of how the ketubah signing is incorporated into a Jewish wedding and explained the meaning behind the document. Although Kelsey didn’t know it yet, the seed had been planted for Tyler’s special grooms gift!

Fast forward to three weeks before the wedding. “I still hadn’t thought of the idea to use a ketubah as a Groom’s gift” Kelsey muses, “I did, however, know that I wanted to create something unique and special for Tyler using a list of promises he gave me when he proposed. I always felt they were the most special part of his proposal and thought that I maybe wanted to have them scripted by a calligrapher and framed”.  She discussed the idea with Allison, who suggested taking a look at ketubah designs online to see if a customized ketubah could work. “That was when the idea of the ketubah took hold” she explains, and I became certain that this was what I wanted to give him”.

What better place to find a unique customized ketubah than etsy! Allison and Kelsey started searching for a design that would work for a fall wedding. “I wanted to be able to work with an artist who would allow me to insert my own text into a ketubah design” Kelsey remarks “and I also quickly became attached to the idea of a tree in the design.”

Plug in: tree and ketubah, in the etsy search engine and you will likely come up with my Fall Tree of Life. And luckily for me that is what Kelesy and Allison found! “Once we finally found the Fall Tree of Life ketubah on Naomi’s site, I knew it was perfect! Allison and I both loved the simplicity of the design, yet also the vibrant combination of colored leaves, curve of the text, and unique look of the tree roots. It was perfect, and I instantly contacted Naomi! 

photo: Julian Allen Photography

The rest as they say — is history. What an honour to work with Kelsey to create such a unique gift for the love of her life! She sent me the amazingly tender list of promises (adding a few of her own) from Tyler’s proposal — and together we filled the trunk of their Fall Tree of Life with them, creating the “Promises” Ketubah.

Honestly, I get teary every time I think of them ...

photo: Julian Allen Photography

I asked Kelsey recently what kind of reactions she has received, having a ketubah signing at her wedding. Here is what she had to say.

“We have received nothing but positive reactions and words of praise about the ketubah since we got it. I chose to display the ketubah on an easel at the wedding for guests to view when they entered the church (as well as later that night at the reception hall). We were then able to share the special story and tradition with so many family and friends. Our friends and family thought it was a beautifully unique aspect of our wedding and that it was a wonderful representation of our commitment to one another. It now hangs on the front wall in our home for all guests to see when they first enter the house. We still receive compliments on the piece and even more opportunities to share the story behind its creation for us”.

Thanks to Kelsey and Tyler for sharing their story and for letting me be a part of their special day.
(the beautiful photographs were taken by Julian Allen Photography)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Fresh ideas I can relate to: Handmade Portraits: Stellarquilts

I imagine this has gone viral by now, but I had to post about it. Love the video and love the quilts. I hope my friend Barbie is watching! May the force be with you!

Friday, January 7, 2011

This week’s spoonflower contest — Botanicals

poppies on black 
Spoonflower has a weekly contest that hundreds of surface pattern freaks like me flock to each week to view and vote on our faves. Aside from the fun involved in seeing what everyone has come up, the big plus for me is all that I can learn from the talented designers who submit great designs every week.

This week’s contest was right up my alley — botanicals. The special additional stipulation was that we all had to use a specific color palate. It was a fun challenge! There are a huge number of amazing submissions. If you have a minute, check it out — Wish me luck!

New year brings fresh new designs

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It has taken some time to get this organized, but I have a new series of exciting ketubah designs being sold exclusively at in their signature collection. Not only that, but I am working as we speak on a new series — based on my doodle trees (that have been very popular at the shop).  I am really excited about these and am having a lot of fun. Hopefully I will manage to get my act together before wedding season is really upon us!
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