Saturday, January 17, 2015

New England Winter | an inspiration mosaic contest

Rachel over at Stitched in Color is hosting a little contest sponsored by Cuts of Cotton in which entrants select nine fabrics from the shop's offerings to create a mosaic that represents winter in some way, our interpretation of "iced parfait." I created my mosaic using fabric from a few of my favorite designers - Lizzy House, Alison Glass, and Carolyn Friedlander, plus a couple others. It's made up of deeper hues which evoke a New England winter: snow falling silently in the woods, frozen ponds, and days of harsh sunlight. Midnight is cold and deep. We sip steaming mugs of tea and wear wool sweaters. Frozen moss crunches underfoot when I step outside. Rhode Island has been absolutely freezing lately, and this palette seems perfect for the frozen Ocean State. I'd love to make a winter quilt with this collection of fabrics, perfect for warming up by the wood stove with hot chocolate after a snowy walk around the neighborhood. Visit Stitched in Color to create your own mosaic, or check back on Friday to vote for your favorite! If you like my New England Winter mosaic I'd love if you would click over and cast your ballot! :)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Mug Rug Giveaway Winners & a Coupon Code!

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway last week! There were almost 100 entries, though not everyone wanted both items up for grabs. The winner of the mug rug is Megan who kindly suggested an alternative to chocolate chip cookies in response to my call for gluten free and dairy free desserts. I actually have a bag of the chocolate chips she suggested I use in the cabinet right now, but I've been snacking on them by the handful. I really should make some cookies out of them! The winner of the fabric is Kelly who also suggested a really delicious sounding dessert for me to try. I'm adding it to my list! Megan and Kelly, I've sent your packages out today so watch your mailboxes!

To those of you who didn't win but would like a mug rug of your own, I'm offering a discount until early next week! Just use coupon code EVERYONEWINS20 when checking out and you'll get $4 off the $19 price tag, so mug rugs for $15! Pair them with a cute mug (some of my favorites - this one from Target, this one from anthropologie, and this one from cb2) and some homemade hot chocolate mix and you've got yourself a great gift :) Visit the tiny hummingbird shop to see all the mug rugs listed... I added a bunch of new ones to the shop last night, including the ones you see in this post!

And since I have a feeling someone will ask, here's a link to the Matilda mug. The zoo animals mug is from Starbucks, maybe five or six years ago, but I couldn't find it anywhere online.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Giveaway Day! | mug rugs and some moda

Hello! Thanks for visiting the tiny hummingbird, my little corner of the internet where I write mostly about my adventures in quilting with a few party posts and pictures of my boys thrown in for good measure. I'm excited to start perusing all the giveaways and I'll be on the lookout for new blogs and instagram accounts to follow for sure. You'd probably like to see what I'm giving away though, so without further ado, here are the goods! You may enter to win each of two prizes - the first is any mug rug from my shop or one pictured above (they're unfinished but just say the word and I'll get the one you like done and in the mail asap :), and the second is a partial honey bun (a collection of precut fabrics that measure 1.5" x 44") of Wonderland fabric by Momo for Moda.
You can see a quilt I made with the other half of this honey bun here. I like it so much that I wanted to share the fabric love! The Japanese inspired prints are so cute and fun - I love the scissors, butterflies, and polka dots the best.
Here are just a few of my current favorite mug rugs. I might have a really hard time parting with the bears! If you win the mug rug giveaway you can choose one from my shop or any you see pictured in this post.

In order to win, all you need to do is comment on this post! Please specify if you're entering to win a mug rug, the fabric, or both. Any comment will do, but if you'd like some direction, tell me what your favorite dessert is. Bonus points if it's gluten and dairy free because that's my current diet, unfortunately ;)

Thanks for stopping by, and good luck! Oh, and if you'd like to follow along the best place to do so is on instagram - I'm @taracceleste! Now I'm off to enter a few giveaways myself :) Don't forget to visit Sew Mama Sew to check out the rest of the giveaways!

Giveway Guidelines
- You have 4 days to enter this giveaway (closes Friday, December 12th at midnight EST)
- anonymous comments will be ignored so make sure I know who you are and how to contact you!
- winners will be chosen randomly and announced on Monday, December 15th 
- winners must respond within five days to secure prize

Monday, November 24, 2014

high tea with Rose | Besos

My friend Hillary and I used to to have tea together often. If you were a regular blog reader a couple years ago then you may remember our tea tour! We visited little cafes and tea houses around RI and blogged about our experiences at each place. Well, we had gone to one last place (our ninth stop on the tea tour!) before Hillary moved away which was just before the time I went on my unplanned blogging hiatus. It's been bugging me that I never wrote about our last stop on the tea tour, so here it is...
We went to Besos in East Greenwich for their afternoon tea service and enjoyed their spin on a traditional tea. We had mini Mediterranean wraps, salad, and cucumbers stuffed with cheese, and then profiteroles, tiramisu, and strawberries with fresh whipped cream. Of course we had tea, too, but I honestly don't remember that much about the tea! I think we shared a pot of peppermint.
It's been a little over two years since Hillary moved out of Rhode Island and I still miss her! I wish she lived closer so we could continue to enjoy each other's company over cups of steaming tea.
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea." 
- Henry James

Friday, November 21, 2014

a quilt for Luke

I made this quilt for my new nephew back in January - it's hard to believe he's almost one! I took  photos on the morning he was born. We knew what his first name was going to be but his middle name was a secret so I had to wait until I found out so I could write the label.

I cut lots of half square triangles with these boyish fabrics a while ago with a different plan in mind, but when it came time to make the quilt I couldn't remember it! So I played around with a few designs and came up with this kind of random layout. I don't love it, but it was difficult working with the directional prints, especially the chevron. I think it will be well loved anyway! Babies aren't usually too picky about their quilts ;) The quilt I made for his brother uses some of the same fabrics, Alexander Henry 2D zoo, which I think is nice. They don't share a room, but I like the idea of the quilts coordinating anyway.

The backing is a soft blue seersucker and brown and white polka dot. Both were from my stash which is always nice.

The binding is my favorite part of this quilt - polka dots are always a good choice!
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