We are thrilled to kick off the SHIMMER blog tour with a fun personal story from Jennifer Sampou, creator of SHIMMER Fabrics. Take it away, Jennifer!
Shimmer Pixie Hat and Boots from Baby Boutique, by Sue Kim, a Stash Book:
By Jennifer Sampou, guest blogger
As a community of makers, one way we show our love is by giving gifts of things we have made with our own hands. Things that we create require thought, time and skill. It is not bought in a store or ordered online and sent via Amazon with the click of a button. The process of making gives us time to reflect and whether we consciously think about it or not, we are sewing our intentions into every stitch. When we present a gift, it truly is from the head, heart and hands. And it means more.
When blessings such as the birth of a new baby touches our lives, we want to celebrate by making a gift. I’d like to introduce you to Emily. She is the daughter of Julie and Tony Hensley, CFO of C&T/Stash Books and my precious niece. Emily came into our lives over a year ago through a miraculous adoption. Our whole family is so incredibly thankful.
The SHIMMER sun burst fabric was a perfect print and I had some leopard minky to line the interior of the boots and hat. The fuchsia trim, buttons and a hand made silk tassel was the perfect color accent. I passed along this stack of collected materials to Kitty-Grams and she got busy cutting and sewing.
A favorite book for babies by C&T/Stash Books is “Baby Boutique” by Sue Kim. I love the Pixie Boots and Hat Pattern.
Julie, Emily’s mom completed the joint effort of this family project by working behind the scenes. She played “hat on, hat off” games to get Emily ready for the big photo shoot for my upcoming SHIMMER look book.
By the day of the photo shoot, we were all relaxed and ready for anything. This sunny morning was especially delightful because Emily was, sorry for the pun, an old hat at it. Within a few minutes of getting dressed, we put her on a bed of sheepskin rugs, showered her with smiles and she dazzled us right back. Lucky for us, we got that perfect shot within a few minutes…She is a natural.
Thank you all for stopping by and checking out the SHIMMER blog hop. At the conclusion of the Blog Hop, Jennifer Sampou will be giving away an entire fat quarter bundle of Shimmer. Check it out:
Enter the giveaway by signing up for Jennifer’s mailing list and leave a comment on her blog about your favorite projects from the Look Book and why. Existing followers are automatically eligible to win. Please enter by April 21.
BLOG HOP SCHEDULE:
April 1- Robert Kaufman/Jennifer Sampou- announce blog
April 2- Janice Ryan- Better off Thread
April 3- Alissa Haight Carlton- Handmade by Alissa
April 4- Julie Herman- JayBird Quilts
April 5- Natalie Barnes- Beyond the Reef
April 6- Stash Books- C&T Publishing
April 7- Amanda Jean Nyberg- Crazy Mom Quilts
April 8- Lee Heinrich- Freshly Pieced
April 9- Cheryl Arkinson- Naptime Quilter
April 10- Christina Cameli- A Few Scraps
April 11- Elizabeth Hartman- Oh Fransson
April 12- Faith Jones-Fresh Lemon Quilts
April 13- Gemma Jackson- Pretty Bobbins
April 14- Katie Blakesley- Swim Bike Quilt
April 15- Amy Smart-Diary of a Quilter
April 16- Laura Nownes, Pati Fried, Jennifer Rounds- See How We Sew
April 17- Holly DeGroot- Bijou Lovely
April 18- Jennifer Sampou-Wrap Up
April 21- Jennifer Sampou- Announce Winner of Giveaway FQ Pack of entire Shimmer Collection
Want to make your own SHIMMER pixie hat? C&T Publishing is giving away a copy of Baby Boutique eBook to one lucky winner! Enter to win below by April 21 at 9am PST. Winner will be announced on April 22nd.