Sunday, May 31, 2009

Only Thirty More Minutes!

Our giveaway ends tonight (Sunday) at midnight. Angie will be reading tomorrow and getting the entries ready for Madison, who will pick the final winner. I can't wait to mail our prize away to the lucky winner! Thanks to everyone who visited us during this giveaway...your comments were very uplifting to a couple of newbies!

We hope to see you often!
-- Cheryl

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

May Giveaway to Celebrate our Grand Opening!

Hi all,

In celebration of our Etsy Store Grand Opening, we are participating in the May Giveaway Day hosted by Sew,Mama,Sew!

Here is our Giveaway:

We are giving away 2 yards of Michael Miller fabric: 1.5 yards of the beautiful "Gerberalicious" and .5 yards of coordinating "That's It Dot".

Giveway Instructions:

1. Leave a comment to this post with your plans for the fabrics. (Angie will be picking the most creative plans for this beautiful fabric.)

2. After choosing the top five creative plans (no way she'll be able to pick just one, right??) Angie and I will award up to two extra entries for each of the top five who have also:

a) posted at least one other comment on our very first week of colorful blogs, and

b) visited our Etsy shop. (After visiting the shop come back to this blog and tell us about your favorite item).

How we'll pick a final winner:

Angie's "Top Five" will each be written on a 3 x 5 card. Up to two extra entries for each will also be written on separate cards. All cards will go into a mixing bowl and Angie's granddaughter, Madison (age 2), will pick the ultimate winner of our giveaway.

A few more details:

Yes, we'll ship the fabric internationally.
Our first giveaway is open until May 31st.
We will ship the fabric to the winner by June 3.

Any questions?

Email us at ladybugsewingstudio (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thanks for celebrating with us!
-- Cheryl

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day - May 25

We honor those who have given their lives supporting United States military causes. And, we also honor those currently serving around the world.

If you'd like to do something special this Memorial Day, visit This organization has developed personal contacts in all armed services who have volunteered to accept and deliver encouraging cards and packages and redistribute them to others in their units. It is 110% volunteer (as the site says) on both ends. Folks at AnySoldier have provided a safe and secure way to send love from home, without compromising the safety of our loved ones.

Pass it on,
Ladybug Sewing Studio

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Steel Blue Sunday - May 24

Hi all,

Months ago I picked up a few yards of Moda's Marbles Pacific Blue to coordinate with a jelly roll filled with Charisma by Chez Moi. I just the love the color...very rich and surprisingly close to the color of the Pacific Ocean for those who have never been. I guess Angie loved it too, because she bought some for a quilt she is making her brother.

While Angie and I were sewing the other night (with our great friend, Roxanne), Angie ran out of thread. I loaned her my spool that matched that the Pacific Blue fabric exactly. When she returned it, she said, "thanks for the green thread." Immediately I said, "Green? Don't you mean blue". We both shrugged our shoulders and moved on with our projects. I thought about it later and wondered why Angie thought the fabric and thread were green.

Maybe now I know the answer. I learned on Wikipedia that in many languages blue is the same word as green. Check out this detailed list of languages and how they handle blue/green.

Who knew?? I guess Angie and I were both right.
Whatever the color, enjoy today's Etsy finds!

-- Cheryl
Ladybug Sewing Studio

Permanent Etsy Store Links:

Coleen Olson Art (top left)
Sally Magundy (top right)
BrownBirdMarket (middle left)
Lillian Olive (middle right)
Alchemic Muse (bottom left)
she bear designs (bottom right)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Sienna Saturday - May 23rd

Hi all,

Have I mentioned that I love looking things up in the dictionary? And now that we have great dictionary resources on the internet, there is no excuse for not learning unfamiliar words. That said, after I read the sienna definition, I had to look up ferruginous.

sienna si⋅en⋅na  [see-en-uh] –noun
1. a ferruginous earth used as a yellowish-brown pigment (raw sienna) or, after roasting in a furnace, as a reddish-brown pigment (burnt sienna).
2. the color of such a pigment.

1750-60, "earth of Siena," from a city in central Italy,
where the coloring material was first produced.

ferruginous  [fuh-roo-juh-nuhs] –adjective

1. Geology. iron-bearing: ferruginous clays.
2. of the color of iron rust.

Permanent Etsy Store Links:

Scheri's Abstract (top left)
Le Petit Poulailler (top right)
evarose1900 (middle left)
fancyfarmdestash (middle right)
Janette Maher (bottom left)
Honeytree Photography (bottom right)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Forest Green Friday - May 22nd

Hi all,

Green is probably my favorite color, except I usually tend more toward the pale lime variety of green. But forest green is deep and earthy and makes me think of the rolling hills in Western Kentucky where we lived for several years. Brilliant and relaxing at the same time!

I talked to Angie last night and we agreed -- our giveway for May 27th will be Michael Miller fabric: 1.5 yards of "Gerberalicious" and .5 yards of coordinating "That's It Dot".

Over the weekend, we'll get our giveaway details together. I can't wait to celebrate our Etsy Store Grand Opening with you on Wednesday, May 27th!

Permanent Etsy Store Links:

greentrikepress (top left)
Sea Find Designs (top right)
Amber Alexander (middle left)
TippyThai (middle right)
KitMit (bottom left)
Flourish Bath & Body (bottom right)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Tomato3 Thursday - May 21st


Back to vivid color today! This color is called Tomato3 on the CCS color chart. What a perfect description...just like a ripe tomato hanging from the vine in a garden! Enjoy these beautiful Etsy finds.

Next week, Sew Mama Sew is hosting a Giveaway Day. Angie and I are going to host a Giveaway in celebration of our Etsy shop's Grand Opening. So, last night I was working in my studio when Michael Miller's Gerberalicious fabric caught my eye from the fabric shelf. Ahhhh. I love that fabric! I snapped up 1.5 yards as soon as I saw it at Strawberry Patches, a local quilt store. Wouldn't that giveaway be a wonderful end to our crazy colorful week?

I'll confirm with Angie tonight. But, I'm thinkin' those beautiful flowers might be the prize! And maybe even some coordinating black on white polka dots. Mmmmmm.

-- Cheryl

Permanent Etsy Store Links:

storeyshop (top left)
damosel (top right)
karaku (middle left)
Zip It Zipper Supply (middle right)
historicallyvintage (bottom left)
ThePendantFactory (bottom right)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wheat Wednesday - May 20th

Ahh, a neutral breather in the middle of a colorful week. I do really love cream and and ecru and oatmeal and wheat and all the zillions of variations on off-white. Can't you just taste those snickerdoodles??? YUM!

Enjoy the visual sigh.

-- Cheryl

Permanent Etsy Store Links:

JustBakin (top left)
dbabcock, Deb Babcock (top right)
SheepishCreations (middle left)
Geninne, Geninne Zlatkis (middle right)
soapychica, Sue (bottom left)
Leelinau, Adina (bottom right)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Turquoise Tuesday - May 19th

tur⋅quoise [tur-koiz, -kwoiz] –noun

1. Turquois, an opaque mineral. A basic hydrous copper aluminum phosphate often containing a small amount of iron, sky-blue or greenish-blue in color.

2. Turquoise blue. a greenish blue or bluish green.


1350–1400; Turkish (stone), From French turquoise meaning "Turkish"; the original material from the south slopes of the Al-Mirsah-Kuh Mountains (Iran), found its way to Europe via Turkey.

Odontolite. O*don"to*lite\, n. [Odonto- + -lite.]
Odontolite is a turquoise simulant derived from fossil bones, most commonly the teeth of mastodon and other large species of mammals.

-- from and

Enjoy today's Etsy finds in turquoise! And, follow that link to's a cool article about bone turquiose and mastodon teeth. Who knew?

-- Cheryl

Permanent Etsy Store Links:

sweettweets (top left)
vesselsandwares, Jeanette Zeis (top right)
Tanis Fiber Arts (middle left)
yumiyumi, Aline Yamada (middle right)
ellecools (bottom left)
ExoticFlavour, Amanda Yu (bottom right)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Magenta Monday - May 18th

ma⋅gen⋅ta  [muh-jen-tuh] –noun
1. fuchsin.
2. a purplish red.

After Magenta, a town in Northern Italy, West of Milan. The French and Sardinians defeated the Austrians in Magenta in 1859. The dye used to produce this color was discovered the year of the battle.

fuch⋅sin  [fook-sin] –noun
1. a greenish, water-soluble, solid, coal-tar derivative, obtained by the oxidation of a mixture of aniline and the toluidines, that forms deep-red solutions: used chiefly as a dye.

-- from

Permanent Etsy Store Links:

Wooly Knits N Bits (top left)
Love Art Works, Kristin Love (top right)
myssticwynd, Karen (middle left)
VividEarthDesigns, Christina Cortino (middle right)
Tisserande Handwoven Textiles (bottom left)
Zygopsyche (bottom right)


-- Cheryl
Ladybug Sewing Studio

All Things Colorful

Hi! I'm Cheryl. I am one-half of Ladybug Sewing Studio in Bakersfield, California.
My business partner is Angie. Today is the day I actually followed through on creating a companion blog for our Etsy store.

Initially, I want this blog to focus on color. Like the nice orange flower up top. I've always been a 'neutral' kind of girl. But, Angie has introduced me to color...and lots of it! So, I think we'll celebrate all things colorful each day this week:

magenta4 monday
turquoise3 tuesday
wheat4 wednesday
tomato3 thursday
forestgreen friday
sienna1 saturday
steelblue2 sunday

Lovely names, I think. Check out every conceivable color on the CSS Color Chart at Have you ever seen so many shades of grey??

I needed one neutral for old-times-sake (wheat4) but the other days will be crazy colorful around here. See you tomorrow with Esty finds in festive shades of magenta4!

-- Cheryl