"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."

Thomas Moore

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

New dress: New designs...


With my 55th birthday looming in a little over two weeks I've decided to embrace a few changes.

There are a couple of big ones on my list which I'll gradually share with you as my birthday month progresses and the changes have moved from idea to a reality, but today you get to see the first exciting change - a total overhaul of my blog!

Do you like my new logo and header?


I'd be rather chuffed if you decided to add this to your blog sidebar with a link back here. 

The design for the new Jenny of Elefantz logo has been a closely guarded secret, even at my house! Over the past couple of weeks I've been working on a completely new set of designs for 2014, and though I can't show them all to you yet, I will show you a little sneak peek of one.

You know I love stitching my shabby roses, right? And after Daisy Days I think you got an idea my heart had a soft spot for them too?
 Well, it just seemed right to bring my floral loves together and so, blessed by the Lord's hand in mine, I birthed ten sweet 'rosedaisy designs'...


Can't wait to show you the rest, but as I'm still stitching them we'll both have to wait for the finished projects.


Each year I like to buy myself something small, but special, for my birthday as a 'gift to self'. 
Recently I discovered an artist whose talent left me breathless - Michelle Palmer
Michelle draws with ink on fabric, and I can only sit in awe and wonder as she regularly adds new works of art to her Etsy shop. Choosing which pieces I wanted to own was incredibly difficult, but I eventually decided on these two, which arrived in the mail yesterday, all the way from the USA...



It's Blossom's birthday in May so I purchased one for her too. They are exquisite, and the perfect size for embellishing a little door hanger, journal, lavender sachet, or any precious little gift made with fabric.
Mine is the little bunny drawing at the bottom.

Take some time to look over Michelle's work HERE and HERE
You can't help but be inspired.


I have some tidying up to do now as my friend Heather is dropping by for a coffee this afternoon and I can't wait to see her. I missed our sewing day on Monday with a nasty migraine, and I'm definitely overdue for my Heather fix!

have a glorious day,
be inspired, 
and inspire others.

hugs


 

29 comments:

  1. The new designs are GORGEOUS Jen!!! I am always so amazed by how your designs come together so quickly!!! Praise the Lord for his creative gifting upon you sweet sista in Christ!!! ... The two designs you chose from Michelle are simply adorable!!! Every one of her designs I see, I want it for myself, but I need to have a good think about what I'd use them in and for - before I can narrow down my favourites :) She is so talented!! Thanks for 'introducing' me to her work earlier in the week!!
    Looking forward to watching the direction you are taking over the coming year with your blog and designs!! I just know that whatever you turn your hand/needle to will be stunning :) Hugs xx

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  2. Congrats on the new logo. It looks great. Oh my the little bunnies are adorable.

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  3. Hi Jenny. I love your new logo and the direction your blog is heading. I am looking forward to seeing your new designs over the coming months. You are sew talented and again I am sew thankful for you sharing them with us all. I have also fallen in love with Michelle Palmers art. I bought one of her cute elephant pieces for my niece. She is going to love it. Many more blessing to you as you continue on your life journey. Hugs from Salt Lake City, Utah

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  4. Love your new logo Jenny and the new designs too. Hugs ......

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  5. Love your new header. And your roseydaisy design, want to see more!
    Patricia

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  6. I love your new header although I must say I love the clothspins on yur old header.Looking forward to your new designs and sweet messages.
    Pat McDonough
    P>S> In case I forget, happy happy birthday and many more.

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  7. I love the new header. I'd be delighted to add it on my sidebar. Birthdays always make me rethink the way I look at things. It looks as though the changes your planning are positive ones.

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  8. Your new header is SO pretty, Jenny. And judging by that sneak peek, your new design will be a treat too.

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  9. I love the new header. It's so pretty!

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  10. Oh my, I discovered you yesterday, and after today, you have me hooked forever. Love your new logo, love your designs, your teasers for what is to come, and those adorable bunnies (going off to check those out now). My sister is a HUGE daisy fan, and I'm thinking of using your patterns to create a quilt for her with blocks of your embroidery incorporated. Her 53rd birthday is next January, so I should have plenty of time to get it done (right??) Thanks for inspiring ME!

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  11. Loving your new Header Jenny.. Such pretty colours and fabric in your new project.
    I can see why you fell in love with the fabrics drawings..

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  12. Jenny
    The new Logo & header are lovely but I will miss Ellie. Looking forward to seeing the other changes too.

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  13. Just lovely Jenny... but I loved Miss ellie too... but all things need to change... well sometimes! :)

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  14. I love, love the new look, Jenny! So much nicer than the other one. Very easy on the eyes. I put your new logo on my sidebar.

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  15. Das hast du echt wunderschön gestickt. Gefällt mir sehr gut. Du kannst das einfach unheimlich gut.
    Liebe Grüße Annerose

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  16. Love the new header - I will get Miss H to put it on Baa's blog - so love following your happenings and stitcheries - always inspirational. Love Karen

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  17. Great job with the header!! I see you when I look at it!!
    Also your new rosedaisy is looking soooo sweet.
    I hope you have a wonderful birthday with all the joy and blessings you deserve.
    Barb :) xx

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  18. I can't wait to see what you've got planned! I feel like a little kid going "Tell! Tell! Tell!" in my mind :) Love the new logo! And those bunnies are absolutely adorable!

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  19. I really like your new header - It fits you! And eager to see your new project - I'm sure it will be lovely. Better get Daisy Days finished cuz I feel a new project in my future. :)

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  20. Love your new header! And your rosedaisy. And you little bunny!

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  21. Simply beautiful! Looking forward to seeing your new designs.

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  22. How had spoken in another post, I found you was inspiring to me, I loved the change and loved the arts photographer, I will do with my daughter for her to make the purchase for me because it does not know anything about international purchases kkkk And I'll be hanging around here to see the novelty. Kisses

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  23. Hi Sweet Jenny! Had to tell you I ADORE your new header, it is wonderful and so "you". I'm also madly in love with your choice for a birthday gift. Oh my word, such talent. I have a large collection of sketches that I have done over the last 20 years, but I've never thought to try sketching on fabric! I followed your advise and have been looking at Michelle's work, What a talent!!! Also...your new Rosedaisy designs are going to be gorgeous and I can't wait to see them all come to life. Thanks for sharing a peek at this one and also sharing your beautiful birthday gifts with us. Big Hugs from one of your many friends 'across the pond' and I pray your birthday and Blossoms also, will be filled with blessings of love and joy. More hugs and God Bless...

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  24. Beautiful new designs. Happy Birthday early.

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  25. A beautiful birthday gift for yourself Jenny. Can't wait to see more of your rosedaisy designs -- the first one looks fabulous. Love the new heading for your blog and I will be adding it to my own blog (1cr8ivmiss.blogspot.com.au) for my readers to connect back to your wonderful creations. Oh - happy birthday for next week - wishing you many blessed creative hours in 2014.

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  26. Thanks for introducing me to Michelle Palmer. I will have to buy some of her work. Love the bunny drawings that you purchased. Congrats on the new header and on your upcoming birthday!

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  27. Achei lindo seu cabeçalho. E também costumo me dar algum presente no dia do meu aniversário, que também está chegando: faço 48 anos em 18 de fevereiro. Adoro meu aniversário!
    Bjs

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  28. I love the new look of your blog, it is so pretty. Thanks for the link to Michelle Palmer's shop. Her work is so sweet and I will definitely be purchasing something from her.

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  29. Jenny, your new blog header seems so perfect for you. I haven't been stitching much but I am looking forward to getting back to it soon. Your designs are so inspiring! Happy Birthday to you and may your new year bring health and prosperity to you.

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