November 21, 2015

DIY Thanksgiving Table with a Thank You Note Surprise

Posted by Cathy Heck

We love Kraft paper when it’s spelled with a K, because it means craft with an extra dash of kool. As this year’s Thanksgiving dinner approaches, we thought, “Let’s skip the white linens, and go for a casual maker vibe with black and white and kraft all over.” Here are a few ideas if you would like to join us as we prepare for Kraftsgiving.



We inspired ourselves from a little thank you supper that we prepared for some friends during the summertime. We like the fresh whites with the kraft, but we plan to add a few persimmons for this holiday as a nod to fall bounty.

First, we used big fat Sharpies and a little white paint to create round and square place mat shapes. Then we loosely cut them out. Did the white paint make them a little bit wrinkly? Yes, it did. All the more makery.


Then, we wrapped the table with the crunchy recycled paper like a giant krafty present, and placed the marker masterpieces on top.


Here’s the best part. You can surprise everyone with a little thank you note hidden underneath each plate. It could be a phrase or a prayer. It could be about friendship or gratitude. Or, one special something about each person at the table.

And, if you are lucky enough to have children attending your feast, invite them to do the calligraphy, or better yet, to create the phrases themselves. There is nothing better than thank you thoughts from the mouths of babes.



And if we were writing a thank you note under your place setting, we would say, “Thank you for reading our blog, sharing ideas, watching us make new art and cheering us on.

We are grateful. From all of us at Cathy Heck Studio



August 10, 2015

From Sketch To Stitch

Posted by Julianna Heck Larsen

If you haven’t heard already, Mej Mej is open! We are having a blast putting up new product every single day. We have had a great response to one of our favorite collections, Made With Love. So, guess what … when you like it, we make more of it! That’s how it works at Mej Mej! Here is a quick look to see the journey each piece takes from sketch to stitch!


In the studio, everything (and I mean everything) starts with a sketch. Above, Cathy H (or as I like to call her … Sketch Master Flex) is working on the first iteration of one of our newest pieces of personalized art, Bouncy Bear.


Above, Sketch Master Flex, I mean Cathy, I mean Mom … has now taken her sketch and translated it to thread form. I wait to add my creative flair until after this step because the first time I tried embroidery was also my last. Let’s just say that it looked like I sneezed thread on my hoop. Oh wait! I have a fun fact! Do you see that tiny little dot on my Mom’s index finger?! That is a battle scar from my mother’s many years at the drawing table! She stabbed herself accidentally with a super-pointy Rapidograph pen and now she has that special dot! It’s her very own teeny tiny tattoo. Sorry Mom … these are the kinds of stories that might be revealed when I blog for you!


And, here is the final product … This is where I step in! I’m the anchor, the last leg, the big shabang at the end of the relay race. I would say that I’m the most important leg of the race … but Mom has technically already raced the previous 3 legs … still, that last leg is pretty darn important, right?! Anyway, I take what Cathy has created and with a little computer magic and coding flair, present you with a super cute personalizable cloth wall decal.

So visit Mej Mej today. And tomorrow. (We create new designs every day.) Okay, back to the Sketch-To-Finish Relay. Go Team Mej Mej.

July 26, 2015

Awesome Dads Award

Posted by Cathy Heck

Recently, while Jim was acquiring a few more coding tips from one of our expert WordPress ninjas, he learned that Toyin and a group of dads take turns arranging monthly events for their 6-and-7-year olds. The Saturday outings include visits to different businesses to learn how they work. How cool is that? Awesome Dad award!

Monthly field trips have included everything from a water treatment plant tour to a volcanic explosion experiment. Imagine our delight when Toyin asked if the budding entrepreneurs could come to our studio to learn about art as a business. Here is a photo montage of our young studio interns discovering the process of creating a product from sketch to finish.


  • Project: Personalized Fabric Decals
  • Materials: Pen, Colored Pencil, Marker, Imagination
  • Background Music: Disney tunes

Above, the three designers were hard at work. They had nailed down their concepts, and were busy with color and style choices.


While the artists were developing their projects, the dads, (an engineer, an architect and a web developer) learned about the production end of product making … from paint to pixels.

At the work table, the creativity began. Look at this adorable penguin! Coincidentally, penguins have been showing up in the studio frequently, as we are working on new products for Christmas 2016. Sometimes you just have to start singing Christmas carols, no matter how hot it is outside!




A stong fashion sense is very handy for a product designer. This drawing reminded me of Andy Warhol’s early fashion illustrations. Watch out dad, this gal may be moving to a stylish townhouse in Manhattan before you know it!




You just can’t go wrong with hearts of  pink for a girl’s room. Just ask this expert on pink-ness … she completed her border with every possible pink Prismacolor made.




Press time! Our three art directors watch patiently as the final product strike-offs are arriving hot off the printer.




Ta dah! Personalized Room Decals, ready to peel and adorn the rooms of these engaging young designers. And since our fabric decals are repositionable, they can be moved from door to wall to mirror to window. Happy decorating!



Thank you to the thoughtful dads for sharing these talented young artists with us. What a perfect way to spend a Saturday … for the girls AND for us. And, just think dads, in a blink of an eye, your field trips will include some college tours!! Enjoy the journey.

The Cathy Heck Studio team

P.S. If you are suddenly wishing for a personalized wall decal for your own child’s room, visit our new shop, Mej Mej. We are making more exciting art to adorn creative rooms every day.

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July 15, 2015

Watch Us Grow: Mej Mej is Open!

Posted by Cathy Heck

Our new online shop is OPEN! If you are decorating a child’s room, or spoiling a new grandbaby, or needing the best shower gift ever, come see us. We adore children and the grown-ups who love them.


Above is a photo of one of our favorite studio models with a new giant wall decal set. This one is from the Naptime Nursery collection. We designed this tree full of friends in three different colorways. These amazing decals are repositionable, so you can move our little owl here and there, and anywhere. They are as much fun to install as they are to enjoy.


We can’t wait to hear about your favorite collections. And we’ll be adding new products every week, so come back often! Hope you enjoy visiting our shop full of happy.



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July 7, 2015

Sneak Peek Atlanta Gift Show: Sunshine Yellows

Posted by Cathy Heck

This is our last sneak peek of our new baby gifts to be introduced at the Atlanta Gift Show this week by Primitives by Kathy.

If you need a shower gift, and you don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl, or even if you do, these sunshine-y yellow pieces will be perfect presents for babies you love to the sun and back!



Printed and decoupaged onto wood from our hand-stitched designs, every piece was inspired by babies we love. If you know a new mom who is looking for one-of-a-kind nursery art, you will be able to find these pieces and lots more in your favorite local gift shops, or our new cyber shop, opening July 15! We know you will enjoy visiting, especially if you need a photo block for a baby who can be described like this:


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July 5, 2015

Sneak Peek Atlanta Gift Show: Pretty in Pink

Posted by Cathy Heck

Here are some more sneak peeks of our new baby gifts to be introduced at the Atlanta Gift Show later this week. Stop by the Primitives by Kathy showroom to see more!

Sneak peeks below are printed and decoupaged on wood from our hand-stitched designs. Perfect for pink and gray nurseries, or shower gifts for new little princesses everywhere.




The banners turned out great. Printed from our hand-stitched letters and characters, they are perfect for a gorgeous baby shower or a welcome home celebration. I love this so much, I might have to hang it over my own drawing table.


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July 1, 2015

Sneak Peek Atlanta Gift Show: Baby Blues

Posted by Cathy Heck

If you are headed to the Atlanta Gift Show next week, be sure to stop by Primitives by Kathy to see lots of new products from our Made With Love baby collection.

Sneak peeks below are printed and decoupaged on wood from our hand-stitched designs. We’ll send some more next post, but here are a few for all of the blue lovers out there. We can’t wait to add some of these to our very own baby boy’s nursery, and our new nursery shop opening on July 15!





And here’s our little guy modeling one of the original stitcheries. If you see us at the gift show … well, okay, we’ll share more pictures or our handsome new model.

Sweet dreams, little fella. CathyHeckStudio_PBK_Blues4


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June 29, 2015

Our New Tummy Model

Posted by Cathy Heck

Our studio spokesmodel is already one month old! Here he is sporting a cloth tummy sticker from the Nursery Daydreams set. (Available July 15, when our new cyber nursery shop opens!)


We are having so much fun watching this little fella grow into every milestone. Next: a big smile that means, “I like you.” CathyHeckStudio_TummyStickers2

We will be sure to keep you posted as we use each of these stickers above. In the meantime, Happy First Month on Earth, little Marty!

June 25, 2015

Give a Little Beach Love

Posted by Cathy Heck

Just in case you need a little something for your friends who invited you to their awesome beach house this summer. Or, just in case you need a little something for your friends who invited you to relax in the blow-up pool with a summer beverage.

Our beach box frames, made by Primitives by Kathy, are ready to fill with a photo and give a happy summer memory. Throw in a notepad with an excellent piña colada recipe … along with the supplies … and you’re sure to be invited back!



Happy Friday. We hope you are able to enjoy some beach time this weekend … even if your beach is made from a lawn chair and the yard sprinklers.

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June 21, 2015

Happy Father’s Day Dads

Posted by Cathy Heck

We hope all the great dads out there are having a moose wonderful day!

Love from all of us at Cathy Heck Studio



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