October 14, 2016

Norman's Winner

I announce to you, the winner of the Bates Motel giveaway...

Congrats, Lynn.
I hope Norman doesn't come looking for his key and towel.
But that's your problem now.
(insert evil laugh here)

Thanks to everyone that entered-
You'll have another giveaway opportunity soon.
Have a great weekend!

October 11, 2016

The Giveaway- Norman Returns

Hi y'all.
As Halloween approaches, the very first thing I put out
are my Bates Motel towels.
I was always curious about nutballs Norman.
He really scared me.
I'm crazy enough to want a reminder of that fear in my home.
And I know you do, too.

Here's your chance to win a Bates Motel handtowel
for your creepy Halloween bathroom.
Oh, you wanted the room key, too?
Of course you do.
Because it's really cool with the towel.
Would I lead you astray?

To be eligible to win,
leave a comment here on the blog.
That's all.
No hoops to jump thru.

I'd love for you to follow me on Instagram
if you are so inclined, but it's not required to be eligible to win.

Winner will be selected on Friday afternoon- Oct.14- so I can get them 
in the mail to you for maximum use before Halloween.
I'll announce it here on the blog, on IG and FB.

Comment away, friends.

Mother Bates says so.

Please remember that I cannot contact you if you are a no-reply blogger.
Also, if you'd like to enter but don't blog- leave your email address in your comment or email me directly at whatwekeep@gmail.com for your entry. 
I promise not to share your email with Norman or Mother Bates.

October 5, 2016

Don't get your tinsel in a tangle and other fun stuff...

This summer, I bought a book of fabric samples from Bella Notte.
They make beautiful, luxurious bed linens. And gorgeous linen tunics.
The samples are a perfect size for embroidering.
I started playing around with designs and knew I'd frame a lot of them
in the house- especially for the holidays.
I did a few last year that you can see here.
I have beautiful pre-cut pieces of distressed velvet
to embroider and this makes me extremely happy.
My machine is behaving.  My software is behaving.  Life is good.

I'm also going to offer some for sale.
Yay, I know I heard you say yay.

I've staged a couple for you to show you how easy it is to take these
and create special moments for your home.

For this one, I started with a shadow box from Hobby Lobby.
Fifty percent off, of course.
I pinned down the fabric, tucked a battery operated string of tiny lights underneath and topped it off with unbreakable ornaments.

"Don't Get Your Tinsel In A Tangle" in rose gold hues-
I'm loving this color combo right now.  It's so soft and pretty.
It was a big pain in the wazoo to get a decent photo without 
too much reflection but this was gorgeous, girls.
Like a very fancy sign and we all love signs.
I'm bringing fancy back.

Hmmm, he didn't heed the tinsel warning.
Side peak of the shadow box.
I love this box and have many plans for it.
You should get one before I buy them all up.

The blue version has been framed in an oval 8x10 frame.
Easy peasy.

It's just way too late for Edith...her tinsel has been tangled for years.

Sparkling elf magic...this watermelon pink is so pretty with 
green velvet ribbon and glass glitter.

Extra Jolly- not just regular- extra.

There's a million ways to incorporate these into your decor, 
but you get the idea, right?
I'd love to see what you do with one!

These velvets are muted and soft- there are no bright colors.
The lighting is really affecting the colors in my photos but here is the photo from Bella Notte that shows the truest tones.
These are the swatches of fabric:

Holly Extract - pale, pale gray with black thread.
Extra Strength Holiday Spirits- minty green with blue, mint and cream thread. 
Pumpkins- Taupe with burnt oranges and greens.
Deer- gray with chocolate brown thread
Jack O'Lanterns- navy with orange thread.
Elf Magic- white with pink and taupe-y gray thread
Tinsel in a Tangle- peachy, blushy pink with ombre pinkish thread.
Dogs- pale blue with medium blue thread
Blue Tinsel Tangle-  blue with ombre blue toned thread.

Each one will be $20 which includes shipping.
Email me at whatwekeep@gmail.com to purchase and I'll send you an invoice.
More are on the way- and I have one full set of samples yet to be embroidered if you have a certain colorway in mind.
Email me to reserve it.

My next post will be the long awaited giveaway post. 
Woo Hoo!
Andi, I know you are excited. 
You guys know the drill- I'll giveaway something I'll show you
but when a winner has been chosen I like to make a couple of personal items for you. That's the fun part for me!

As always, thanks for coming by and 
I hope you like the new embroidered items.