Thursday, April 17, 2014

LEARNING BY DOING

I have always been a firm believer, the only way to learn is by doing.  Being creative has always been an integral part of my life.  As a child, I was always drawing this or that.  While in my twenties, I learned not to take life for granted.  I learned we can not wait until tomorrow, next month or next year to follow our dreams. It took me some time to put what I learned into practice.  I had to wear various hats for a while before I came into full circle with my creativity.

With that being said, you are probably wondering why I am writing the above.  If you're aware of having creative talents and, wondering where to start, the only way you can start is to jump in with both feet.  Find an area that sparks your interest and take a class; many classes or if you want to take the self taught route, there are many free classes you can take online (YouTube is a good source).  After exploring your various talents, you will find exactly where you need to be in the world of creativity.

Today, I made sure to design a surface pattern for my art licensing business.  Everyday, you will need to be creative in one area or another.  Go from Dreaming to Doing!! This is how you will grow as an Artist!!

The many looks and feel of a surface pattern!


Besos! xox

Franchelle

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A SMILE TO MY HEART

I am so happy the week is almost over, this month is about property and incomes taxes. Did you have the same?  Every time, I jump back into the world of creativity, tasks jump out at me that need my attention. Although, today I am happy to report, my day is free to create and, full of creative ideas.

As most of you know, my favorite flowers are roses.  Two years ago, my husband planted roses for me in our front yard.  The rose bushes are now in full bloom.


Beautiful roses above from our front yard. 

Surface pattern above inspired by the roses in our front yard.
The surface pattern will be included in my next artwork collection.
  
Before I close out this post, I want to wish everyone a "Happy Easter" Sunday.  I hope you and your family have a wonderful time.

Besos! xox

Franchelle

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NEW ARTWORK IN THE MAKING

It has been a few weeks since I posted my last message.  I have been working on new artwork.  To say the least, it was a little difficult to get my creativity going again. Although, I was not going to give up, because I knew within me all things creative have been yearning to get out and, splash the world with color, once again.  I have been creating all my life in one form or another, whether painting, mixed media, ceramics or crafts (you name it), I have probably jumped into that world of creativity. The last couple of years have been very difficult for me, especially last year.  We really never know what is going to come around the corner, so to have my artwork to fall back on has been wonderful. Returning to the drawing board feels really good.


As many of you know, working within the Art Licensing industry, I am only able to show tidbits of artwork.  I hope you enjoy the surface pattern above in various colorways.

Until next time...

Besos!! xo

Franchelle

Thursday, August 2, 2012

I WILL RETURN

Dear Readers of this web blog, I am sure you may be wondering what happened to my blog and, current fabric collections.  Below is an update:

Two months ago, I was in a serious car accident (other driver's fault) and, three weeks
later, I came down with acute pneumonia.  I am still on the mend and, promise to return to my web blog, soon as I am fully recovered.

Thank you for reading my web blog and, for checking on blog updates.  It really is greatly appreciated!

Hugs,
Franchelle

Friday, October 14, 2011

INTERNATIONAL QUILT MARKET - HOUSTON


The long awaited fabric collection "Song Bird" will go into production next week.  I am so happy, it's being printed sooner than expected.  This month is the International Quilt Market in Houston.  If you're a store buyer and happen to be attending, please stop by the Henry Glass Fabrics booth 144 and 245 to review the Song Bird collection.  Please ask for Harriet Clemens, she will be more than happy to assist you with your order.

Please, visit my web blog often to be on the look out for a fat quarter contest of the "Song Bird" collection. I know you will love this new collection.  There are so many projects you can create from the fabric.
  
 
I hope everyone had a wonderful summer!

Hugs, xo
Franchelle

Sunday, August 28, 2011

FABRIC TAGGED ON FACEBOOK


My Sonoma Rose pattern has been tagged on Facebook.  This is such an adorable toddler dress designed by Momi Boutique.  Rachel always designs such fabulous wears for little girls.

You can visit Momi Boutique at http://www.momiboutique.com

Hugs, xox
Franchelle

Saturday, August 6, 2011

OH WHERE OH WHERE IS SONG BIRD

Update for the Song Bird fabric collection.  I know it has been a long time coming, although, I need you to hang in there with me, because the fabric collection is now being auditioned to specialty fabric quilt stores world-wide.  Currently, the Song Bird collection is making its rounds with the fabric Distributors such as, Troy Distributors, Needle Craft, Inc., and Checker Distributors.

If you're following my web blog and, happen to own a specialty fabric quilt store, please click on one of the websites below to order the Song Bird fabric collection. 

Checker Distributors:
http://www.checkerdist.com/products/fabrics/?f_l=6519&page=1&f_v=H300&f_a=1


Troy Distributors:
http://www.troy-corp.com/grp/baaaaad698/cg/001.shtml

Needle Craft, Inc.
http://www.needlecraftinc.com/cgi-bin/fabricshop/gallery.cgi?Category=2069&View=All&v=1

I know you will enjoy the new fabric collection.  There are so many items you can create with the fabric, although, first and foremost, the collection is going to make for a beautiful quilt.  We will also have a contest for fat quarters of the new "Song Bird" collection.  So, please do not go anywhere, check back often, you never know when "Song Bird" will fly into my web blog.


Hugs, xoxo
Franchelle

Thursday, June 30, 2011

LITTLE GIRLS + BIG STYLE


Here We Go! Something very new! Diane Ledesma from Fresno CA designed the adorable girly girl headbands.  Diane is actually my Cousin's wife and she offered to show me how South Hampton and the Sonoma Fabric collections worked together for trendy headbands.  I really love how Diane was able to blend the two collections using various rosettes to offer a unique style for little girls.

Thank you Diane for your generous offer.  It's always inspiring when another Designer enjoys
working with my fabric collections. 

Hopefully, you will find inspiration in creating your own headbands for the little girls in your life.

Hugs xox
Franchelle

Monday, June 27, 2011

REFLECTIONS
A toddler dress using the South Hampton fabric.  I really love this photograph, because the toddler looks so adorable and very peaceful.  I'm always so happy when Mommies enjoy creating new designs for their toddlers using my fabric collections.


Hugs xox,
Franchelle

Monday, June 20, 2011

DOCKSIDE TOP



The two photographs above were tagged at Momi Boutique's web site.  I really love when Rachel uses my fabric collections to design her girly girl toddler clothing and, the Dockside Top is no exception.  The top is trendy, playful, and beautiful all at the same time.

The South Hampton geometric pattern was used to tie this design together and it's actually one of my favorites, because of the way Rachel designed the back of the Dockside top.  Rachel's designs are so unique, I'm always auditioning her clothing line.  I'm hope you don't mind all the wonderful eye candy for girly girls worldwide.

You can visit Momi Boutique at www.momiboutique.com or Rachel's Etsy store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/momiboutique?ref=ss_profile

Thank you again Rachel for another trendy and plaful design using the South Hampton geometric pattern.

Hugs xox,
Franchelle


Sunday, June 19, 2011

THIMBLES, BOBBINS, PAPER, AND INK


A photograph has been tagged on the Thimbles, Bobbins, Paper, and Ink web blog.  Jennifer gave me permission to audition the adorable toddler dress using the Sonoma rose fabric.  There is also a cute little bunny from the same fabric on Jennifer's web blog.


Jennifer also has a Martha Stewart video on how to sew the smock part of the dress using elastic thread in the bobbin.  The toddler dress only uses 1/2 yard of fabric, which is wonderful for Designers creating toddler boutique clothing.  Below is Jennifer's web blog address:

http://thimblesbobbinspaperandink.blogspot.com/2011/04/one-yard-easter-gifts.html

Thank you Jennifer for designing such an adorable toddler dress and for using the Sonoma rose fabric.

Hugs, xox
Franchelle

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

CREATIVE CHICS



Photographs have been tagged on the Etsy web site.  An apron designed by Creative Chics using the Sonoma fabric collection.  The pattern has a sexy halter back, which makes the apron very adorable.  I really love when I come across Designers using my fabric collections.  It makes the creative process of designing for the fabric manufacturers a pure delight.  When another Designer can earn a living using my collections, I get a very warm feeling in my heart.  My prayer for each collection is that someone will come across the fabric and fall in love with it and will want to use it for their creations.  Creative Chics sent me a very nice message about the Sonoma fabrics, which I will always keep close to my heart.  Thank You Creative Chics for a very trendy, adorable apron.

If you would like to see more of Creative Chics apron designs, please visit their Etsy web site at
http://www.etsy.com/listing/72524821/sexy-womens-hostess-halter-apron-in-deep
you will not be disappointed.

Hugs, xox
Franchelle

Sunday, June 12, 2011

ARTISTS IN THE MAKING


The last four days have been wonderful.  I was able to spend time with my family.  Last Wednesday, we gathered together to attend Sarah's High School Graduation.  On Friday, everyone gathered at our home during the day, so Leila and Saven could have a play date and, as you can see by the photograph, both of them were having a great time watercolor painting.  After, the paintings dried, I made sure to add their name, month, and year.  The toddlers decided to hang their paintings on the pantry door.  My great-Nephew Saven thought that was really something.  Leila is already use to auditioning her paintings on the walls of our home. 

Friday evening, we all went together for a family dinner at one our favorite restaurants (Luna's Italian Restaurant in Clovis, CA).  Every Friday, during the summer months, Clovis, CA has a Farmer's Market where fresh fruit and vegetables are sold.  Old Town Clovis even hires a band and everyone dances as the band plays, the event even has games for the kids and pony rides.  The evening with my family was very nice and the weather was beautiful.

On Saturday, the time came for my parents to leave back home to Morro Bay, CA.
I will always remember the weekend when we gathered for Sarah's graduation.  As we know, nothing is guaranteed in this life, so spending time with family is very important.

Hugs, xox
Franchelle


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION


Tomorrow Evening, The beautiful young lady in the photograph will be graduating from High School. The years have gone by very fast. I am so honored she has allowed me to be part of her elementary, junior high, and high school years. The years will be forever etched in my heart. Sarah, I am so proud of you. I will love you forever! Love, Auntie Franchelle

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

JULY 2011 RELEASE - SONG BIRD FABRIC COLLECTION

Update:

My new fabric collection "Song Bird" will be released July 2011.  To say the least, I'm very excited. This will be my third fabric collection with Henry Glass Fabrics.  My Art Director relayed the collection did very well at market, which I'm very thankful.  Also, once my fabric samples arrive, I have a Fat Quarter Contest.

So...please stay tuned, I will write again, once all the details are final.

Hugs xo,
Franchelle

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

SONG BIRD COLLECTION - NEW VIDEO



Today, the International Quilt Show started and, my new collection of surface patterns debut at the Henry Glass Fabrics trade show booth. If you happen to be attending Quilt Market, please visit the Henry Glass Fabrics booth to preview the new collection called "Song Bird".


Hugs,xo
Franchelle

Sunday, May 8, 2011

SONG BIRD - SPRING QUILT MARKET
I'm sure you have noticed some changes going on with my web blog. Well, the time has come to introduce a trio of my new fabric patterns from the new collection called "Song Bird". The collection will debut at the International Spring Quilt Market this month, May 13-15, Salt Lake City, UT. Henry Glass Fabrics will be representing the new fabric collection. If you happen to be attending the Spring Quilt Market, please visit Henry Glass Fabrics at Booths #1929 & #2028. Please ask for Harriet Clemens, she will be happy to show you all the new patterns to the "Song Bird" collection. There will be 18 sku's in the collection and the colorways will range from pink, cyan, lavendar, green, and various shades of tan and brown. The motifs in the new collection are roses, birds, musical notes, bird cages, geometrics, dots, and damask patterns. The new fabric collection can cross over from Spring to Fall. There are so many wonderful projects that can be created with the "Song Bird" collection.

The collection lends itself to trendy and nostalgic all at the same time. We do hope you stop by and visit the Henry Glass Fabrics booth during your days at the trade show.


Wishing you much success at the Spring Quilt Market.

Hugs,xo
Franchelle

Saturday, February 19, 2011

SUNDAY MORNING VINEYARD


Sonoma has been tagged on the Etsy website. The Toddler dress above is by Momi Boutique. I have featured Rachel's clothing on my web blog in the past and, now she is also using the Sonoma fabric collection for her new "Sunday Morning Vineyard" toddler dress. Rachel always makes my fabric collections look so trendy. If you have a little toddler and would like to purchase any of Rachel's designs, please visit her Etsy shop at Momi Boutique.

Hugs xo,
Franchelle

Sunday, December 5, 2010

SEW FUN QUILTS




SewfunbyMonique has done it again with a very trendy baby quilt. Monique has mixed and matched fabrics to create a very unique look and feel to her quilts. Actually, I purchased the quilt in the photos. It's so cute and trendy, I just had to own one for myself.

Monique is still offering the quilt on her Etsy site, so head on over and take a look at all her quilts. They will make wonderful Christmas gifts for your loved ones. Thank you Monique for using the Sonoma fabric collection for your quilts.

Hugs xo,
Franchelle

Sunday, November 28, 2010

WHAT QUILTS ARE MADE OF


Hello and Happy Holidays! The photographs above have been provided by web blog owner Anorina of "Samelia's Mum." Anorina lives in Australia and has been a fan of the South Hampton fabric collection, since it's debut, last year. As you will read on her web blog, it did take Anorina time to decide what she wanted to use the fabric for and, she finally chose the quilt design featured in the photographs. The quilt came out so beautiful!

If you would like to see more of Anorina's work, please visit her web blog at
http://sameliasmum.blogspot.com

Thank you Anorina for the lovely photographs and quilt.


Hugs xo,
Franchelle

Thursday, November 18, 2010

POCKET CLUTCHES IN SONOMA

The photograph above displays 5 pocket clutches using the Sonoma fabric collection. They are so adorable. BTW, I received my "Wristlet" from the Blue Calla Etsy Store. I can't say enough, the Designers work is amazing. I'm so proud she is using my new Sonoma collection for her City Totes, Clutches, and Wristlets. If you scroll down the the web blog you will find Blue Calla's web site link to her Etsy store. Enjoy!

Hugs xo,
Franchelle

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

MOMI'S GIRL



Momi's Boutique has once again used the South Hampton fabric as part of her new design for Toddlers. The OOAK dress has already sold on her Etsy web store. Rachel always makes me so proud, her designs are very trendy for girly girl toddlers.

If you have not visited Momi Boutique, I encourage you to do so, you will not be disappointed. Rachel always designs such trendy toddler clothing, very unique, one of a kind items you will not see in department stores.

So go ahead, purchase an OOAK dress for your toddler!

http://www.momiboutique.com
Hugs xo,

Franchelle

Thursday, November 4, 2010

BUTTERFLY KISSES

Pocket Clutch - Bluecalla
Check out this wonderful Pocket Clutch by Bluecalla. The Designer does it again and has been really making me proud with using the Sonoma fabric collection for City Totes, Wristlets (actually, I just purchased the Sunflower Wristlet from Bluecalla as a token of my appreciation for purchasing the Sonoma fabrics), and now the new Pocket Clutch. Bluecalla is a wonderful designer and has such a cute Etsy shop. I really enjoy supporting women entrepreneurs. They are so talented and work very hard designing new products, and majority are a success, because of the dedication and efforts they into their business. So, I tip my hat to Bluecalla!!

You can visit her web store at the following address. http://www.etsy.com/shop/bluecalla .
Thank you Bluecalla for featuring my new fabric collection within your products. 

Hugs xo,

Franchelle

Monday, October 25, 2010

ALLEGRO FABRICS

This email is to inform you that Allegro Fabrics is now selling the Sonoma fabric collection at the online fabric store and the Etsy web site.

Allegro Fabrics is a wonderful store selling trendy fabric collections, including yours truly, which I am very excited. Its always wonderful news when Fabric Designers find out a new quilt store has come on board and is now selling our new fabric collections.

You can visit the Allegro Fabric store and Etsy below:


http://www.allegrofabrics.com
http://www.etsy.com/shop/AllegroFabrics/search?search_query=sonoma&search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5674036&shopname=AllegroFabrics

A big "Thank You" to Allegro Fabrics for ordering my latest fabric collection called "Sonoma", depicting Sonoma County located in the heart of California.

Hugs xo,
Franchelle

Friday, October 15, 2010

BLUECALLA SUNFLOWER HANDBAG

Sunflower Pleated Purse - Sonoma Collection
Bluecalla comes through again with the Sunflower Pleated Purse. I really love how she used the Sunflower pattern against the solid beige fabric and lined the purse with the pink and chocolate geometric pattern. The purse is so trendy and fashion forward.

If you would like to take a look at more of Bluecalla's designs, please visit her Etsy site at http://www.etsy.com/shop/bluecalla

I'm sure you have noticed by now, I enjoy introducing Designers that use my fabric collections for their creative business. It's my way of saying "Thank You".

If you own a business and are using my fabric collections, please send me an email with a photograph and I will be happy to post the information on my web blog.


Hugs xo,

Franchelle