April 10, 2015
A New Studio Pup and His First DIY ProjectPosted by Julianna Heck
Hello handy people out there. It’s time for another studio DIY, but this time it is coming to you courtesy of Julianna and the newest canine member of studio East.
Before we dive right in, I’ll give you a little history about the way this new addition came to be…
Cathy and Jim of the Austin studio (who also happen to be my mom and dad) Skype with me multiple times a day. We discuss everything from color to coding from our shared screens. About two weeks ago, after a couple of hours on Skype, discussing our newest project (coming soon), I casually held up a photo of a furry little friend that was about 6 weeks old and said, “I’m getting a puppy and I’m picking him up in two weeks … okay, bye!” Luckily, I am an adult, married, and have a full-time job, so it went over way better than it had the many times I begged to bring home a dog in the past. Cathy’s only worry was that the new puppy might take the spotlight off of our family blog hog, Neville. So we’re not telling him about the new studio pup until he’s really ready.
Now, let me rewind even further…
Four years ago, I traveled to Copenhagen with Anton to visit his family and to see Denmark. One of my favorite memories from the trip was an evening excursion to Tivoli Gardens. It is the second oldest amusement park in the world, and many people say that it is the place from which Walt Disney found his inspiration for the Disney parks. As the night ended, I leaned over to Anton and asked, “If we ever get a dog, can we name him Tivoli?” Happily, he agreed. So, below is our new puppy, Tivoli Larsen.
Now, on to his first DIY: A Scandinavian-ish napping bed. I have been pretty obsessed with modifying Ikea furniture lately with staining and small additions. My favorite new discoveries whilst Ikea-hacking are the pencil legs that I used for this DIY doggie bed. I found them at Lowe’s and I have used them on four other pieces of furniture. Anton suggested that perhaps I stop using them after this DIY. I think he may be right.
Supplies you will need:
Wood for the base, wood for the walls, nails, legs, the thingies into which you screw the legs, wood stain, pillow, fabric, hammer, screw driver, and a needle.
As you can see from my casual supply list, I wasn’t super specific about measurements … that’s because I just kinda winged it when I went to Lowes’ and Walmart. I did have them cut the wood to fit at Lowe’s, which is super handy if you don’t have a tool shed yet. In total, this bed cost $28. But, the bigger the dog, the bigger the bed. So if you have a Great Dane … well, yikes.
Directions: All you have to do is nail everything together, screw in those fancy modern legs, stain it and voila!
Making the sham for the pillow took longer than making the bed frame. But, that’s because I’m dreadful with a needle … my fingers literally look like I have been playing with a cactus. I was able to get two pillows out of the one I purchased at Walmart for $5, because I cut it in half like a bagel and made two shams!
So, if your pet would like to sport a modern vibe while lounging in a clean mid-century bed, you might want to give this a try!
And for one more peek at our new spokesdog, here is Tivoli after his first bath. This is before he curled up in his fancy new bed for a few hours of beauty sleep.
And Neville, don’t worry, you can still be the blog star … I promise I will not be dressing Tivoli in the number of costumes that your human mom has dressed you!
April 4, 2015
A Clipping From the Easter GazettePosted by Cathy Heck
To all of you who are secret facilitators for Mr. E. Bunny: we wish you a successful evening and a joyful (and restful) Easter day.
From all of us at Cathy Heck Studio
March 29, 2015
Mr. E. Bunny’s California StudioPosted by Cathy Heck
Every year about this time, we try to find a day (or two) to pull out the dyes and wax and make a few sort-of-Ukranian eggs to add to our stash. This year, that day happened when two of the Heck sisters were together in the California studio. Fortunately, they took a few pictures so that the Texas office could see them in the making.
The Easter elves were so focused on their work that they didn’t take a lot of in-progress photos, but here are a couple that Ellen took of Margaret during the early stages of egg-shell magic. (Can’t you just smell the happy Easter-time scent of white vinegar?)
We hope you are having fun preparing for your holiday festivities … and that next to the vinegar-y dyes, there might be a tastier bowl of eggs (perhaps of the chocolate variety!)
March 20, 2015
Hello Spring!Posted by Cathy Heck
It’s the first day of Spring and everything is blooming in Austin,Texas! And, rain is drenching the baby leaves, too. It’s definitely a yay day.
And we have some fun new products hatching to celebrate the happy arrival of springtime. We created them for Primitives by Kathy. We actually stitched these in the heat of the summer, but we were in a springtime mood. Here are some photos of the piles of fresh floss to set the color story for the Made With Love collection celebrating fresh new growing things.
And this is the magic that happens when our stitching is applied to artwork for brightening home decor and tablescapes. And, by the way, you are allowed to start putting these all around, even if it’s still snowing outside in your neighborhood. In fact, you might need them the most! Happy Vernal Equinox!
March 17, 2015
Some New Bunnies Just ArrivedPosted by Cathy Heck
Look who just hopped into the studio! Lots of fun Easter products to put you into a springtime mood … even if the white outside your window isn’t a bunny.
If you need to add a few new accents to your Easter tree, you might like to collect these ornaments from our Made With Love collection. We stitched lots of bunnies and borders to adorn wooden ornaments, frames and box signs for your Easter and Springtime tablescapes. The printing is so amazing, they look like we stitched through wood.
Wishing you lots of fun surprises from Mr. E. Bunny.
March 8, 2015
Planning the Wedding You Imagine: From Paper to PerfectPosted by Cathy Heck
We had a wedding right in the middle of the Christmas holiday. And both the bride (Julianna) and her mom (me) were also working together on a number of studio deadlines. Whew! Now, we are coming up for air and we are happy to share our tip for making a wedding that looks just the way the bride imagines (even if you’re juggling other work or life projects).
MOOD BOARDS! These little paper planners help everyone involved truly “see” the bride’s vision. They are an excellent way to inspire your florist, caterer and even to give some clarity to your own mom. (In this case, that would be me.)
You can make your mood boards on paper, or happily, now, you can make them on Pinterest. We did both. However, sometimes one has collected so many moods on a Pinterest board that it’s hard for the vendor to decipher. So, cull your vast Pin board to make a “Seriously, This Is The Look I Would Like To Have For My Wedding” board. Print them and keep them with you as you are searching for everything from cake to nuts. Here are some of the mood boards that we created to inspire our vendors … and ourselves.
Julianna was a winter bride, and from the beginning, imagined it all to be white and twinkly, with classic black for her bridesmaids and accents of gray and rose-gold all around. Her wonderful groom is from Denmark, so she wanted to keep the look clean and elegant like she had observed in so much Danish design.
Julianna loved the casual but chic wedding ensemble (above) that the beautiful Olivia Palermo wore for her wedding. (However, we both nixed the wedding shorts since it was a winter wedding, after all.) Like Olivia, Jules wanted to find a full tulle skirt and pair it with a soft cardigan. And she was hoping it could be the perfect length to show off some sparkly shoes. Below is the final ensemble. I am pretty sure she is happy with the result.
For her bridesmaids, she imagined a timeless look that Audrey Hepburn might have worn in 1965 or today. And her little flower girls would wear dresses that Jackie Kennedy might have chosen for her own flower girls.
Below you can see the way these mood boards came to life. There were smiles all around … especially when our flower girls (one from Denmark and one from Texas) walked down the aisle with purpose and cuteness. And, I mean cuteness with a capital C.
We started with the invitation.
Mom: “Jules, what kind of invitation would you like? Engraved? Letterpress?”
Jules: ”Mom, I think I need to design my own, or else it would be rude to my degree.”
Mom: “Oh, well we certainly wouldn’t want you to hurt your degree’s feelings.”
The invitation set the tone. Modern, simple, black and white and gray with a little touch of rose-gold bling. It included a nod to the fun fact that the bride and groom found each other, even though they grew up across the sea. Once the invitation was created, all the other pieces fell into place.
We held the reception in our home, catered by the amazing Eddie Bernal of 34th Street Catering. All was warm, rosy, twinkly and easy. Photos below: For rose-gold sparkle, I gathered every piece of mercury glass I found from near and far. I am still having mercury glass dreams. And, here are some of the flowers by Westbank Flower Market. The floral pieces looked as though our mood boards had burst into full bloom.
We wanted to welcome our new friends and family from Denmark, as well as embrace some Danish traditions. Below is our version of a Danish Gate of Honor. Later in the evening, we were introduced to the curious tradition of cutting off the toes of the groom’s socks. You can read about that here. (P.S. If you are a Danish groom, don’t wear fancy socks!)
And the twinkle continued inside. Thank you to Amanda Pomilla Photography for capturing all the sparkle. Below left clockwise: 1) Petit Fours in rose-gold and ivory were made by The Cake Plate, and were as delicious as they were pretty. 2) The hand-painted Happily-Ever-After Globe was the one thing on my list that I thought I would have to give up due to time, but luckily, Ellen stepped in and painted the base, so I could embellish with abandon. 3) Here are more flowers by Westbank Flower Shop 4) And, the party favors were hot-chocolate-for-two kits, inspired by our pin boards and assembled (and taste tested) during some sisterly pre-wedding craft sessions.
After smiling until our cheeks hurt, the evening ended with the rose-gold sparkle Julianna imagined on those mood boards months ago.
So, if you are about to begin making some wedding plans, start pinning to your Pinterest board … and be sure to share it with your mom. Happy Wedding!
Tillykke (congratulations) and best wishes to Julianna and Anton.
Okay now Jules, back to work! :-)
February 13, 2015
Made With LovePosted by Cathy Heck
Just stitching up some love in the studio for Valentine’s Day.
Hope your day is full of hugs … and perhaps a bit of chocolate … and maybe even a little bacon. Now that would be a perfect love potion.
Happy Valentine’s Day from Cathy and the studio stitchers
P.S. If you are desperate for a quick and awesome Valentine surprise for your loved ones (little and big), here is a one of our most popular Valentine DIY posts. Happy sugar day!
February 1, 2015
It’s Caldecott Eve!Posted by Cathy Heck
Since most of you are probably watching a little football tonight, you might have forgotten that today is Caldecott Eve! And, in fact, by the time you are reading this post, the Caldecott awards for 2015 might have already been announced.
Even though I am right on top of it, I will probably still have to sign up for a waiting list for the quickly snapped-up winners. This is a real dilemma, because we have a February-born niece to whom we like to give the most recent Caldecott winner every year. Alas, her package usually contains a note (an illustrated note) saying “Caldecott coming soon.”
This year, however, I thought I might beat the system, and try to predict the winner … my own little mock Caldecott group of one. If I guess correctly, then our neice will actually receive her gift on time. If not, well then, I guess I’ll just have to keep all these beautiful books for myself.
Don’t worry, I think I know some little ones, (and big ones) who will curl up with me to read about Henri, Leo, Frida, Gaston, Sam and Dave. Happy Caldecott Eve!
By the way, if you are on the edge of your seat, like I am, the winners will be announced at 8 am in Chicago. You can even watch the webcast here.
Here are some of my favorite choices.
1) The Iridescence of Birds A Book About Henri Matisse Patricia MacLachlan and Hadley Hooper
2) The Farmer and the Clown Marla Frazee
3) Gaston Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson
4) Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters Oliver Jeffers
5) Draw Raul Colon
6) The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus Melissa Sweet and Jen Bryant
We would love to hear which Caldecotts are your favorite (prized, treasured, dearest, best-loved, wished-for, desired) … oh, excuse me, I just finished reading number 6 above.
December 25, 2014
Joy!Posted by Cathy Heck
Have a wonderful day with friends and family! From all of us at Cathy Heck Studio.
November 27, 2014
Happy ThanksgivingPosted by Cathy Heck
This year, we have felt especially lucky to know such a wonderful and caring group of friends. We are thankful for the little things, because they are so big.
Happy Thanksgiving from everyone in the Cathy Heck Studio family.
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