June 6, 2015
Our Little One Visits LittleburyPosted by Cathy Heck
Three years ago, Ellen designed a collection called Littlebury. Little did she know that her own baby boy might be modeling for his one-week-old photo with a Littlebury baby quilt under his soft, sweet self.
If you would like to see some of the original drawings for Littlebury, click here. Most of this collection sold in Australia, but, if you are in America and feeling inspired to make your own Littlebury baby quilt, we found a few of the designs here at Dutchland Quilt Patch.
Or, if you would prefer to just hang out and admire our cute new studio spokesmodel celebrating his first week on earth, you can stay right here.
May 27, 2015
A Peek and a Sneak PeekPosted by Cathy Heck
Here is one of the very excellent reasons that we had to miss Surtex this year.
Ellen, one of the writers of this blog and designer of many of our collections has, along with her precious husband, introduced her best collaboration ever.
Here’s a peek at our very own studio spokesmodel, born this week! We are all in love with this little fella.
A gift within a gift.
We can’t wait to watch this little peanut grow.
May 14, 2015
On You GoPosted by Cathy Heck
It’s that time of year when a new group of graduates is stepping out into the world to make a difference. Whether you will find new ways to feed the world, care for others, or make this old planet we call Earth a prettier place to live … thank you and best wishes.
Happy graduation Class of 2015!
May 12, 2015
DIY: A Fresh and Tidy Kitchen Herb GardenPosted by Cathy Heck
Even though Mother Nature forgot that it was springtime in some parts of Colorado on Mother’s Day (her own special day, for Pete’s sake), it really is time to put on your gardening gloves and smell the terra firma.
And, if you need a bit of inspiration, you might want to buy some of our fun new kitchen garden markers by Primitives By Kathy and start your own jardin des l’herbes. Or you might make one for a friend in Denver, with a card that says, “Happy springtime! I promise, it’s here.”
Each marker is made from a print of our original stitching, then decoupaged onto wooden signs attached to stakes. They are for inside gardens only, which makes them even handier, because you can clip your fresh herbs and add them to culinary masterpieces without even putting your shoes on to go outside.
Here are the super easy DIY instructions for making this aromatic garden for your kitchen counter or windowsill:
1) Find six pots in the garage. If they are too dull for the season, paint them a bright color. We chose kitchen-friendly white. You don’t even have to paint them perfectly. Loose brush strokes add to the character.
2) Place a few pebbles in the base of each pot (about 1 inch).
3) Add one herb plant to each pot. The herbs we stitched for the garden signs are: parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme … and basil and oregano, too.
4) We added pebbles on the surface, but you can also top with moss, or just fill in with dirt.
5) Add the fancy herb markers, water every now and then, and enjoy.
April 30, 2015
Grown in California: Berkeley Best Bets, SpringtimePosted by Cathy Heck
This is not the way our blueberries are sold in Austin grocery stores.
When we found our way to the Monterey Market in Berkeley, California, we knew we weren’t in Texas anymore. I LOVE blueberries, and not only were these berries abundant (a 4-ft x4-ft bin full), they were perfect … just the right balance of sweet and tart.
In fact, I might have eaten a few too many. I was a little afraid I was going to turn into Violet Beauregarde. Thank goodness I did not have to be juiced.
The reason we were visiting Berkeley is that one of our Heck family designers (and a co-writer of this blog) moved there several years ago (here’s one of our first Berkeley posts), but Ellen and family will soon be moving her studio to the other side of the country, so we knew we had better enjoy one more springtime visit and report our favorite finds from a local. We couldn’t have chosen a better time. Berkeley was in full bloom. (Below are photos of flowers along our neighborhood walk.)
After we picked up our farm fresh produce, we sauntered across the street to the Berkeley Horticultural Nursery. S-l-o-w-l-y, we walked around this amazingly tidy floral maze to study all the gorgeous and unfamiliar-to-us foliage that had been surrounding us as we had been strolling through the Berkeley hills. Below are two you might want to try if you live nearby. The one on the right is named Mrs. Cholmondeley. I think she could be a storybook character.
After we finally forced ourselves to leave the orchid house, we headed to one of our favorite places in the Gourmet Ghetto, the Cheeseboard Collective. If you have a chance to go, you will want to enjoy their daily pizza selection. We were there for sourdough baguettes to take on our hike in Tilden Park.
This regional park is amazing. It’s hard to believe that it is so close to downtown Berkeley. At the top of our hike, we could see to the Golden Gate bridge and beyond. We had planned to have our picnic there with our fruits, cheese and two baguettes, but when we almost stepped on this fella, I suggested that we take our picnic to a different locale. (Even though I once was a brave girl scout, I don’t really love snakes.)
When we arrived at the Berkeley Rose Garden for our picnic, it was one of those days when the sun is hot, the breeze is cool, and in this particular place, the air smelled of roses.
There were roses of every color and variety … and on the way home, we even spied a rose that wasn’t a rose.
And home for us, this time, was just across the street from the Rose Garden. For the first time, we tried an Airbnb, and we can officially report that it was excellent. We were much closer to our peeps and the room was clean and comfortable. We felt as though we were locals.
So, if you find yourself in Berkeley in the springtime, we hope you will enjoy some of our favorite finds … especially munching on blueberries and baguettes in a rose garden.
April 10, 2015
A New Studio Pup and His First DIY ProjectPosted by Julianna Heck Larsen
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.
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