it sometimes happens

The original.

It was back in January when I got the email, it was from Vickie Howell saying she had stumbled across one of my photos online and was wondering if I would mind if she used it in her upcoming book. I was shook, cripes I watched Vickie on PBS and Knitty Gritty when I was first learning to knit!

A few things ran through my head:

No.1 I still really love the Beekeepers Quilt and I still really love my Constellation Charts.

No.2 Holy Shit!

No.3 Why did I stitch a Taurus chart and photograph it? No one in my family is a Taurus, and my original picture was from 2011 and for the absolute life of me I can’t remember why Taurus.

No.4 Feeling pretty justified in watermarking my photos. I’ve always debated with myself if it was worth the extra effort to do so, or if it just came across as pretentious. I never did it thinking it was going to stop people from stealing them, I did it just to make sure no matter where they ended up that hopefully people could track it back to me. (Granted it only took 8ish years, but it worked ..haha!)

The publisher needed a hi resolution version of the image and I panicked, not knowing if my then early 2000s Nikon Coolpix point and shoot even took publisher quality hi-res images (back in the day image files were huge and my little 32mb SD card embarrassing by todays standards) ..did I even kept the original ..what if I didn’t keep the f’ing original!!!! Anyways, after sifting through old flash drives I finally found it, I sent off a few images not fully knowing what I was doing or what they were looking for, then a little while later Vickie asks me what are the odds I have something even higher resolution, I didn’t, but I still had the puffs, so we decided a reshoot would be the fix, it was, and now I have a picture in a book. 💕

Wild Clover for Bees and Bunnies

It’s been far too long since starting this, a little while back a good friend and I began dreaming again of our beekeepers quilts and how much we loved our projects, but had let the blurgs & blahs keep us from them. Now I am finding a revived love for working the small peaceful puffs (slow and steady)

..and so it all begins ..again :)

I’ve designed this little Wild Clover Chart for all of us puff makers ..or really for anybody who wants something completely pretty to stitch on my Merit Badge pattern ..or anything else that needs some instant vintage sweetness ♄ (you can click the above image to get the free Wild Clover Chart PDF download :)

I seem to be putting it on everything..

 ..now so can you ♄

Patterns to make the bunnies : Boy bunny with a piebald patch & bunny girl in a dotty dress both by Julie Williams of little cotton rabbits. ♄