May 3, 2013 : My story, Textiles

2013 spring wedding textile line! YAY!

WAHOOO! :) It’s here, it’s here…….I’m finally able to announce what many hours of working, sketching, sewing, ripping, re-sewing and ideating have come to!

As many of you know, I am a maker and sewer at heart….I LOOOOOOVE (and thrive) when I am able to get behind my sewing machine during one of Zeke’s naps and let my heart (and hands) wander. Sometimes I’m working on something specific (like a beach bag for this summer or a sun hat for Zeke), other times I’m just sewing things together and seeing what I come up with (like that time I made those plush cameras…..still one of my favorite creations) and other times I am working towards a vision of mine. This was one of the latter. I had a specific vision. A specific vision for weddings. To bring some textiles (meaningful textiles) to a wedding day. Not just your typical DIY items (although I DO love easy DIY projects)…I wanted these to be whimsical and thoughtful….to fill opportunity for great details in a few specific spots on a wedding day! I wanted a story behind these items! :)

I know that it’s a small line (and believe-you-me do I have more ideas for the FALL and WINTER and next SPRING) but I had to keep in manageable as I start to tread the waters of retail sales. And I’ve even had a few people pick up certain items for wholesale too…so you may even be seeing some of these whmisical creations at your local boutique shops (all over the nation. YAY!) You can also buy these items in my SHOP, and if you’re interested in larger quantities or something custom, please feel free to e-mail me (you know I always love to customize things and make them extra special! :)

So, here you have it folks……the EMILY STEFFEN 2013 SPRING TEXTILE WEDDING LINE! :)

Taaaa Daaaaaaaaahhhhhh! :)

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March 11, 2013 : My story, Textiles

It’s birthday week! YAY! :)

I’ve always been excited about color and imagery…..for me, it’s not only photographs and beautiful brides and framing in camera and details and wedding day emotions, but I also have a HUGE passion for textiles! For sewing pillows, rugs, and baby toys, and designing quilts, fabric and home goods! :) I would like to blame it on the creativity that my Mom surrounded me with: bolts of fabric, jars of buttons and idea after idea that ran through her sewing machine and on her doodle book pages. It was awesome as a kid….I felt like I was empowered to MAKE anything that I ever dreamed of. I remember a book project for 4th grade (ya know, the literature project of writing, illustrating and publishing your first little book)…I came home and started recreating my book in fabric pages (like the little kids plush books that I had seen my younger cousins have). It was some story about a ladybug and giraffe….pretty cute for a 4th grader (and I was quite proud of it, I might add)! :)

So, this leads me to today….I feel like my voice in both of these “worlds” (both photography and textiles) gives me something that I need for my creativity as an artist! :) I am just in the beginning stages of this textile world and I have MUCH to learn about retail and selling patterns and selling goods, but I’m LOVING it so far! :) I’ve been able to launch 2 patterns and sell endless plush cameras, toys and other goods online! :) And this week is IT…..more patterns and more ideas to celebrate birthday week! :) I have endless things up my sleeve that we’ll be releasing every day! :) YAY!

YES…it’s birthday week. Today is my amazing husband’s birthday and on Saturday is my birthday (we LOVE having birthdays in the same week because it gives us a reason to celebrate for a whole week straight)! :) Right?

So….this week, there are great things ahead. Be sure to like our Textile facebook page, follow me on Instagram, and stay tuned via Twitter so that you don’t miss a beat! :)

TODAY, we are giving away the amazing and SUPER EASY to sew Spring Bunting quilt pattern! It’s a super fun PDF pattern that is easy to make and so colorful…it’s a fabulous addition to any baby room, family room or picnic outside with kiddos! :) I promise, you’ll love it! :)

So, leave a comment below and you’ll be entered to win the Spring Bunting Quilt Pattern PDF….share the post on FB and you’ll have another chance to win as well! :)

The winner will be chosen (with a random number chooser) at midnight central time TODAY! :)

HOORAY! And here’s to a great birthday week! :)

**update** congrats to Emily and Brielle for winning!!! :) check your email ladies, a fun PDF is on its way! :)

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March 6, 2013 : Miscellaneous, My story

Our little (snowy) world…

Dear baby Zeke! :)

One of the thing that I LOVE about being your Mommy, and never expected to, is being able to introduce you to the world! :) Feeding you new foods, teaching you how to pet the pugs, showing you how to jump on Daddy and wake him up, or seeing and experiencing snow for the first time….those things that make our world “OUR WORLD”! :) I look back on my world with Grandma and Grandpa….learning how to load the wood-stove with Grandpa so that we’d have heat at night in our tiny little house, Grandma teaching me how to use a sewing machine so that I could start to sew treasures and what our little family vacations meant (usually that involved a lot of fishing with Grandpa and doodling with Grandma, but that’s a whole different story!) :)

As a Mommy, I have the opportunity to help shape our world as a family! To show you what family times means, to have regular meals around the table, to color and draw with you and read books and walk the pugs and run outside and garden….to start shaping what OUR WORLD looks like as a family! :) It’s pretty cool! :) I pray every day that those moments of “firsts” teach you…teach you about shape and color and texture…but more importantly about values and ideals. About how to stand up for yourself. About how to react in certain situations. How to love and have compassion. And how to trust in God for everyday! :)

Yay for snow and yay for amazing little boys, like you, that show Mommys, like me, what life’s little moments are really all about! :) I LOVE YOU EZEKIEL! :)

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Hi! I'm Emily! :)

I am an artist; a WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER by day, TEXTILE ARTIST by night and mommy and wife in the middle! :)

I am an encourager, believer-in-love, every-day doodler, pug-wrangler, joy-spreader, and ice-cream devourer!

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