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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Thanksgiving Banners

Give Thanks Banner

We have been busy creating at Averylee Designs with several fall and autumn decorations to choose from. Our most current holiday item is a Thanksgiving banner, just in time for the family gathering.  Banners have become the perfect way to dress your holiday decor from accents...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Candy Buffet - Wedding Reception

Candy Buffet - Averylee Designs
I recently attended the wedding of my Goddaughter, Allison to her handsome groom, Travis, in Texas. The setting was stunning under a gazebo on a lake. I love weddings and was brought to tears as I saw the hope and excitment of these precious young people pledge their lives to each other and to their heavenly Father in a covenant of marriage.

For the reception I volunteered to create tags and banners for the reception candy buffet. My friend, the mother of the bride, had ordered an assortment of purple color candy in varying heights, color, texture and flavors. She purchased several glass jars throughout the months leading up to the wedding knowing that she wanted to create a candy treat feast not only for the eye but for the tummy as well. Most of the candy was ordered on-line and sent directly to her house, eliminating chaotic running around to find the right color of candy. From the photos below you will see that the jars were arranged in an attractive placement including adding boxes under some of the jars to add dimension to the buffet.

The tags and banners were cut using my Cricut machine and embellished with rhinestones and feathers. I also used a glitter tulle' for the banner. I decided to hand write the names of the candies to eliminate the need for my friend to send a detailed list and add to her already full plate of preparations. What was helpful was having her do a preliminary staging of the buffet, photograph it with her phone, and text me several pictures of the display so that during the set-up I referred to the photos and left her to overseeing other areas of event set-up. I also had her use post-a-notes and write the name of each candy and stick that to the jar. This was very helpful when I went to write the names on the decorative tags and again when I set up the buffet at the reception site.

Pictures say it all and I think you will agree that this was one fantastic, delicious and delightful candy buffet. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Hunt - may your marriage be blessed with grace, unconditional love and endless moments of happiness. ~ Sheryl

Wedding Reception Candy Buffet

Mr. and Mrs. Hunt

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Baby Quilt Complete

Last posting we shared ideas about how to incorporate our line of baby quilts in your Childs room. This time I want to share with you the quilt that I recently completed for my granddaughters room. Below are several photos that my daughter took to share with you the quilt as well as the inspiration that it evoked in the room. Once my daughter selected her main paint color her very good friend, as a gift, painted the tree mural, add the silk flowers and embellished the branches with stones and a letter K (for my granddaughters name). All of this was done with fabric swatches from the quilt as we live a distance from each other and found it really easy to cut scrap pieces and send them for the color inspiration. When I visited I made the crib skirt from our own design in a super easy, three sided, pleated design, attached by velcro strips - did I mention it was super easy??? Anyhoo, we know that baby Kindelynn will be able to enjoy this cheerful room for many, many years to come:)

By the way, our shop www.etsy.com/shop/AveryleeKids has custom pillows to also embellish your baby nursery or Childs room. We'd love to create a handstitched custom pillow for your little ones room too!
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Personalized Baby Pillow

Personalized Pillow for Baby Boy

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Baby Nursery Ideas

Looking for inspiration for your baby's room, child's room or nursery? Well, we have several ideas gathered in our shop for themed baby rooms. We also have some new and exciting ideas on the horizon (personalized pillows with your child's name and date of birth)! The bonus of using our shop to complete your nursery is that we stock handmade, one-of-a-kind items, so that your child's room will be your own unique design.

Our expert quilter Michelle has opened the door to some amazing themes per color or character. We have ideas that either lend themselves to a boy, girl, or are gender neutral. Visit our shop too for other accessory pieces that will add whimsy to any nursery or child's room. www.etsy.com/shop/AveryleeKids.
This is one of my favorites! I love pinwheels and polka dots and the color combination that this adorable quit offers. What a great launching point for paint color in either a soft blue or bright pink bold stripes. How about using the pinwheel design throughout the room on walls, banners, pillows or window coverings? Pinwheels are so joyful:)

Here is another great idea for the baby boy on your nursery room list. Whales and the ocean in a bright bold color scheme lends itself to using brilliant color accents in an ocean themed nursery or bedroom. The whimsical and colorful bubbles on the accent backing add to using bubbles on the walls, throw rugs or furniture pieces. This quilt offers a huge variety of color to use throughout the room as well as offering a fun loving theme for a newborn to young child to enjoy!

Nursery Decor
The newest color trend in a baby's room is the color of tangerine. Here we offer two different quilts that not only carry this yummy bold color but also offers several other color choices to compliment your room decor. What a fun and sunny space that you can create with either of these cheerful quilts!
Baby QuiltM i c, K e y, M o u s e - Mickey Mouse! Yeah Mickey! This adorable mouse will bring out the always in vogue styling of Disney to your baby's nursery or child's bedroom. The bold red and black with strong white accent is complimentary to the scientific research that newborn babies see and develop well in red/white and black. These high-contrast colors will captivate and hold baby’s attention and bring years of enjoyment!
 Mickey Mouse Quilt

We welcome you to drop by our on-line shop, www.etsy.com/shop/AveryleeKids to view these quilts and other quilts that we offer. We'd love to belong to your family:)

Sheryl - Averylee Designs and Averylee Kids

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

An interview with our newest contributor to Averylee Kids, jewelry artisian, Kacy Ritter, who is specializing in custom order jewelry pieces for Mommy and child.

I grew up in Seattle Washington. I have two young adult children and they are both very gifted artists. My hobbies are photography turned profession, traveling and gardening. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family.

My inspiration for jewelry design came about from a very challenging time in my life. In May of 2010 I was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer and I started treatment in October 2010 to February 2011.

My husband gave me a bracelet as a graduation from chemotherapy. It is an orange beaded bracelet that represented my cancer color. I loved that bracelet. The more I looked at it I became inspired to recreate it. I took several beads that my daughter had left behind when she left for college, and my sister sent me a shoe box full of seed beads so week 5 of treatment I set up the items on a table and began to create a bracelet that I liked. My favorite mix of beaded bracelets changes with the wind. I love the last one more than the one before. I choose bead styles and colors to fit my mood or the personality of the newest recipient. My mom requests pastels, sisters get purple black and pink, nieces get school colors, a bride received pearl and champagne and a new mommy received pink mommy and me matching ones. I don’t think any two are alike with the exception I created for a team that walked in the Avon Walk. They all had similar bracelets but seven very unique and sentimental statements. I prefer to make each bracelet with someone in mind. I can put the jewelry together as I pray or put happy energy into making them. It just feels right when I have a person in mind when I design jewelry pieces.

I have always taken apart jewelry and recreated another fabulous piece from it. So creating something from scratch is new and something fun for me.

I continue to fight this cancer and want to make bracelets as therapy for my recovery.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy making them.

The colors on the shop website are only guidelines and I am very willing to be as creative as you need.

We are so excited to have the talented Kacy join our shop. To view her newest jewelry pieces, Mommy and Me bracelet sets, visit, www.etsy.com/shop/AveryleeKids . Also, if you want to know Kacy more deeply and hear about her journey with cancer, you can visit her journal, www.caringbridge.org/visit/kacyritter

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Quilts by Michelle

We are so excited to announce our newest contributor to Averylee Kids, Michelle LaLonde. Michelle is a talented quilter and has already created four beautiful quilts for our shop - one of which has already sold!  Below is an interview with Michelle so that you can get to know her.

Michelle with her husband Ed. Notice the daffodil field.
I'm 52 years old and have been married to my husband, Ed for almost 25 years.  We have 4 children and 3 grandsons. Our oldest 2 children (and 3 grandchildren) live a few hours away but we get to visit our precious grandboys one weekend a month or so!  We live in a farmhouse that was built in 1910.  In 1918, the owners planted a field of daffodils which have been offered for sale (U-Pick) for many, many years.  They are 50 cents a dozen (still!) and we get such delight from watching little kids who come pick flowers for mommy or gramma :)  My hobbies are reading, running, transcribing almost 60 years worth of my great-grandmas daily diary and quilting (of course!).  I am in a quilting group which has met for about 11 years.  These ladies have taught me everything I know and we have been there for each other through kids growing up, health issues, and all the other special events in our lives.  I thank God everyday for the many blessings in my life!
The LaLonde 1910 Farmhouse
The group of quilters that keep Michelle inspired.
I learned to sew when I was in high school.  A very patient friend tried to teach me to sew clothes and I made some outfits for my little nieces, but everything changed when I made my first quilt in 1987.  I really didn't know the basics of quilting yet, but was able to throw together a cute little blue flannel/heart quilt for my daughter.  Quilting didn't really become an obsession until I joined my current quilting group and saw some of the beautiful creations they made.  They all have different styles, so I've learned a bit about several different types of quilting. Oftentimes, a couple of us will be making the same quilt at the same time, but they always end up beautiful, but quite different from each other.
Michelle's current quilts on Etsy.com/shop/AveryleeKids
When I make quilts for others, I usually let them choose from several of my favorite patterns and also choose a basic color scheme.  When I don't have a recipient in mind, I often pick a pattern I haven't done before (for the challenge).  As far as the fabric, I usually have some colors in mind, but I do love to browse the fabric stores, too.  Sometimes I change my mind completely while I'm there!  I love polka dots and stripes, so those types of fabrics are in most of my quilts.
My favorite part of the process is the hand/machine quilting I do after the quilt is sandwiched.  I'm convinced that this final step is what "makes" the quilt and I really enjoy thinking through what I want the quilt to look like and watching the change take place.  Overall, I just wake up in the morning excited about what I'm working on that day and making plans for future projects!  Hopefully, I can express my talent, joy and love for this process through the quilts I make for Averylee Kids. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

"Girly" Baby Shower - Tea, Pink, Polka Dots and Birds

Notice the way we used dessert dishes for the individual cake pedestals and the jar filled with glass stones to hold the tree branches.

Each of the baby's names were written on individual cakes for the mommy's. Notice the paper hearts are sprinkled everywhere.

This tea set is from Grammie's wedding 33 years ago.

Guest party favors where boxed loose leaf tea.

We carried out the graphic design on the cupcakes, banner and guest party favors. This design was purchased on Etsy.

The bird house were painted in two different shades of pink and then lightly sanded. They were embellished with hearts and ribbon that was cut from netting.

We also accented with tissue balls ~ VERY EASY to make.

A tea party fit for the new princesses.

The guests honor.
The photo doesn't show this but the frosting was a glitter pink ~ so cute!
This was such a delightfull event
 - a baby shower for my future granddaughters! After six grandsons both my daughter in-law and daughter are due within three weeks of each other and they are both having girls (can you give me a whoot whoot!).  Above are some photos from the pink/girly baby shower that we enjoyed (click on photo for caption and larger view).

I hope you find some inspiration for your future event ~ Sheryl

Friday, December 16, 2011

Butter Stars - For your holiday table!

Here is a quick idea for your holiday table!
What you will need to make butter stars:

A firm surface - I used a cookie sheet
Butter - softened to room temperature
Wax Paper
Small Cookie cutter

Be sure butter is at room temperature.

Spread butter on your firm surface. Do not spread to thin. Put in refrigerator for at least 20 minutes or until firm.

Using a small cookie cutter, cut the hardened butter and place on your dish.

Layer cut out butter with wax paper between layers. Return to refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

Look how adorable on a freshly made cinnamon roll:) ENJOY!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Snowflake Tutorial

Holiday Tip #6 – Create Snowflakes
Many years ago I was inspired by a friends’ creative display of snowflakes hanging from her ceiling in her home.  She graciously sat down and showed me how to cut-out my own snowflakes.  I couldn’t wait to show my children and have them join me in creating our own snowflake wonderland.  It turned out that our home needed A LOT of snowflakes in order to accomplish the task of covering our ceiling and creating a snow flurry.  It took a couple of Christmases before our project was complete, but the fun we had along the way was well worth the effort! 
Gather together; copy paper, scissors
Follow the step-by-step picture instructions
Start cutting on the folded side and DO NOT cut all the way through the outside folds.
Tape to windows, hang on ceilings, use as doilies, use on cards, etc… 
These are the perfect craft to have your “I’m bored” school age children create in the coming days of winter break.  Invite visiting friends and relatives to make a snowflake, be sure to have each snowflake signed and dated by their creator.  Each year when the snowflakes are displayed we enjoy reminiscing about the creator of each snowflake. ~ Sheryl

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We, Peggy and Sheryl, are BFF's (Best Friends Forever)and co-authors of this blog. Our great ethusiasm for life and unwaivering friendship has sustained us through some very challenging health issues that has inspired us to channel our disabilities into unlimitless possibilities ~ thus our blog and Etsy store, www.AveryleeDesigns.etsy.com. We hope that you too are inspired through our blog entries to grow in your own creativity and joyful discoveries. Fun Fact: Our greatest treasure is our grandchildren for which our name is created from. Avery is one of six grandsons that Sheryl has and Rylee is Peggy's granddaughter. If you put the two names together they spell AveRYlee or Averylee...