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Zoey's Nursery

Jessica wrote me this summer with some fabric ideas from Spoonflower. She picked out some of the most gorgeous fabrics from designer Heather Dutton and of course I was thrilled to use them. I had never ordered from Spoonflower before and the prints were stunning. I would love to say that I have figured out how to design my own fabric, but that will have to wait for another day.

The colors in these fabulous fabrics are a coral pinks, blues and greens amoung others. Stunning with her white crib, don't you think?

This is what Jessica had to say about her bedding:

We are thrilled with the bedding and curtain order you made for us! Our daughter was born just a few days after everything was ready. We couldn't be happier!"

I really love the way she has put together this room. Makes me want to duplicate it! One of my favorite parts about this room is the changing table. She tells me that it is an IKEA bookcase and she simply changed the knobs out with new ones from Anthropologie. Love it! That gorgeous green lamp is from Home Goods (love this store), the rug from Cost Plus World Market and the frames are from various stores, spray painted white.


There's nothing more easy than taking a piece of fabric and inserting it into a frame or covering an inexpensive canvas, they make wonderful wall decor! I also adore the blue-gray color on the wall. It's very popular and so chic. Perfect for either gender.


Thanks to Jessica for her wonderful decorating taste and for the gorgeous pictures.

Happy Baby!


Goodbye, Timber

One of my favorite (new) lines comes from Jessica Levitt. I have recently acquired news that her gorgeous fabric line, Timber has sadly been discontinued. By far one of the most popular color palettes in my shop, I will especially miss the gorgeous colors and graphics.

I have written Ms. Levitt, hoping to hear back that Windham Fabrics has been mistaken and that it's still be produced.

We will see, but I'm guessing that the manufacturer gave me correct info...boo hoo.


The Sun is Always Shining Somewhere

Welcome Rain. Here in Colorado they say that it's sunny over 300 days of the year. I find this to be true. It's gorgeous. Occasionally though in this spring/summer month, I will find myself hibernating inside the entire weekend due to rain (namely this weekend). This is not common here, but it does happen.

On occasion my 4 year old will comment, "It sure is a beautiful day". Naturally, this makes me beam. To me, I've done my job. I strive constantly to ensure that my two young children appreciate all that this lovely planet has to offer; both visually and nutritionally;) We are so fortunate to gaze at these Rocky Mountains every day and I know this to be exceptionally true due to the fact that I grew up in Illinois (where there's barely a damn hill).

Yesterday, my toddler asked me, "Mommy, why are the clouds covering up the blue sky?" Someone other than myself answered her with a "because it's a miserable day". Usually my answer would be somewhat about the science of why clouds exist and why we should appreciate the rain because of the flowers and trees blah, blah, blah. The unsatisfied toddler just lowered her head as if disappointed, because she knew not of a miserable day.

It made me realize that our outlook on life is only measured in the way it is viewed. My 4 year old will look at a storm cloud and appreciate it, but only because I've taught her to do so. I'm fairly sure this is because my mom taught me to look the same way at a dreary day.

This may make you throw up in your mouth a bit, but seriously people, take what's around you and find the positive. Why make life crappy if you can change your attitude and be happy; find something enlightening about that cup of milk overturned on your kitchen floor. (btw, I haven't found something positive about that scenario yet, but will let you know when I do).

Take a look at that rain and realize that now you don't have to pull weeds all day or sweat your ass of washing your car. Spend time with your kids, letting them know just how lucky they are to be living in the city, or on the plains or next to those gorgeous mountains. After all, they only know what you teach them:)

Have a rockin' day



Pretty Bird!

I love the new fabrics coming out this year. Pretty Bird is Pillow and Maxfield's newest creation for Michael Miller and I absolutely adore. These fabrics resonate a passionate movement, bright with fresh designs and feelings.

3 different colorways are represented: Aqua, Blue and Spice (my personal fav).

Some of the more bold prints being "Pretty Bird", "Dancing Flowers" and "Twirling Tendrils". Of course, no line would be complete without coordinating stripes, which are present here.

Here are just 3 of the Pretty Bird prints in this lucsious collection. You can view the whole collection on Michael Miller's website.

Some of this season's hottest trends lend towards Aqua (of course) and blues. What I love about this collection is that it will be hotter than ever later this summer and into fall with it's Spicey side. The warm tones of red and golden amber are going to be perfect as the temps heat up.
For those aren't familar, Pillow and Maxfield have also created the Whimsy collection, which is already on backorder with manufacturers and getting harder to come by.
Happy Sewing!


Happy YOUR Day

Happy Mother's Day to all. On this day out of most (hell, let's just say all), I find myself smitten with joy to be a mom. So many other days of the year I am impatient, worn down and withered away by my two young girls. I can say that today is my recharge.

My husband is great. There's no arguing today, even if he wants to....it's not allowed. He just looked at the pile of clothes on the floor in front of our bed this morning and even though he wanted so hard to bitch at me, he just said, "Happy Mother's Day".

My kids won't be the best behaved today, but at 6:30 this morning my 4 year old, Shea, woke us both up to a toothy, "Happy Mother's Day, Mommy!!" . Really? Could this really be any better?

When I was a college student in my early twenties, I worked 3 jobs, one of which was at a florist. So often during Mother's Day week after finishing up a sale, I would walk a woman to the door with her new plant or home decor item and she would turn to me and say, "Happy Mother's Day". Now, I wasn't a mom, and I'm sure she knew that, but because she knew that one day I would most likely become a mom, she chose to give me the sentiment of "happy mother's day". It was comforting. Like, a special club that you don't actually have to be a member to be included.

Even though a woman cannot have children or doesn't' yet, to me they are moms to children of the world. Ever notice how your kids can just tell that someone is a grandma? Your child's shyness just melts away at a few older women and they just say, "well, she knows I'm a grandma". It's so true, kids just know. They know that whether or not you have children, some women just have that, "I could love you anyway" smell to them or something.

Happy Mother's Day, all. Make your own rules for today. Do what you want to do, go where you want to go and eat what you want to eat. It's your day. Every other day of the year it's your children's day, but today is YOUR day.

Happy YOUR day.



Pretty Much Picasso

Gardeners everywhere rejoice with wonder and delight as the Proven Winner company has introduced one of the most popular annuals in recent years. Pretty Much Picasso, a delicious new supertunia has made the world take notice at it's incredible colorway and non-stop trailing habit.
I'm lucky. My parents own this awesome (not so little) greenhouse biz in Central Illinois. Hart's Greenhouse. They send me starters every spring that I transplant into 4" pots and later transplant again into my container gardens.

Pretty Much Picasso stole my gaze this last March. It has that vibrant deep pink as it's predecessor purple wave and a spectacular lime green edge. I spend most of my day gazing at amazing fabric and this flower reminds me so much of that. Lime, fuchsia...what more could a girl ask for?!!

First came the petunia. Gorgeous, spring to fall bloomer, lots of care (deadheading). Then came the wave petunia. It was amazing. Nothing we'd ever seen before. You plant 3 plants in a very large container and it would spill out, over the edge, uncontrolled.....perfect. Then, the Supertunia. An even stronger trailing habit, yet this annual has elimanated the need to deadhead. Even though I still find myself plucking off those dead blooms, if I don't get to it for a few weeks, the blooms will keep on coming.


You'll have to head to your local garden center to see if they carry this amazing annual. It will go fast so don't delay! Here's a look at my Picasso newly planted in it's 4" pot home for the next month. Not to worry. You'll get another look in a month or two as it grows, as it paints a home that is, well.....pretty much picasso.



Mother's Day Gift Guide


We love our mothers. Even though they may drive us slightly crazy some days, this is one day of the year that it's appropriate to show some sort of "thank you". You may ask yourself, "what makes a good mother's day prezzie?" Well, in my opinion (being a mom), it's something that will be enjoyed by just mom. Not a blender, not a new jug of laundry soap. It's about selfless giving. Some of my favorites being flowers in a vase or even bedding flowers to plant, concert tickets and a babysitter (for some day other than mother's day), or even a day at the spa.

Mother's Day this year is Sunday, May 9th. If you choose to give a gift, it doesn't need to be much more than a handmade card but can range all the way to a new car for those husbands who are overly eagar. (Honey, may I point you to a new Honda Pilot?)

I've assembled a nice little gift guide for some ideas, and hopefully it'll help you choose the perfect sentiment for your wife, mom or grandma.

This makeup bag/clutch from KaraMiaSofia is a great ETSY find for any mom, modern or traditional. Ranging in fabrics from Amy Bulter to Sandi Henderson, there are many colors and designs to choose from and with a price of $14, this is a great gift for a tight budget. It's lined and has an inner layer of interfacing, making it sturdy and best of all, washable. If you have a bit of extra cash left over, I suggest pairing this with a bunch of fresh cut red tulips from your local shop.


I love this necklace from LoveStamped. Two Sterling Silver discs handstamped with children's names or anything you please, I suppose. I just love the family tree on the top disc. It's earthy and chic all at once. At 1" in diameter, it's not overly big, but just the perfect size. It even comes with a chain, which is great for mom to put on her neck out of the box. The price for this handmade treasure: $22.50.


For the sewing mom, this is perfect!! I actually bought this pincushion from TheDailyPincushion for my mom's birthday back in January and she LOVES it! It's handmade and handsewn and is much more gorgeous in person. It was gorgeous out of the package, perfect for the mom that lives in another state. Purchase this beauty for only $28. Cathy was great to work with and has many other great designs, like her pillows...so gorgeous!



Of course, a basket full of body essentials is a time-tested favorite. This gift set from ETSY's savannahsoapkitchen is great, because for $25, you can choose 5 products from her store, in the flavors/scents that you want. The products include handmade soaps, yummy salt scrubs, body lotions, solid perfumes and much more.


Dads, for those of you who don't already know...this is supposed to be essentially from the children, so having them make a handmade card may be the best present of all. Also for those of you who may be expecting your first child when Mother's Day approaches, giving a little something for the mom or even baby-to-be will score you extra points. Even if she's preggo, she's a mom (I guess that should read, "especially if she's preggo..."). Pairing the above body basket with say, this book and a shoulder/foot massage; you'd make up for any stupid comments made over the last 9 months.


Like mentioned before, it's not the gift, it is truly the thought. I promise. Treating her special or baking cookies for instance, are all things that don't cost a ton, but the thought is enriching.

Thank you mom, for all you do for me and molding me into the best mom I could possibly be. Without you, I simply, would not be.



Reveals and Revelations

I gasp! Amy Butler has revealed a new fabric line, Soul Blossoms that is coming out in September of 2010. You can view some of the fabrics on the manufacturer site, Westminster Fabrics. Oh, I live for this day, when Amy Butler reveals her newest genious.

Looking at the fabrics, it's obvious that the Laurel Dots will be outragously popular.


Right away I notice the colors periwinkle and mist that are present in her previous collections, which means that these should coordinate just perfectly (picture me drumming my fingertips together).

I'm also infatuated with the Temple Tulips design.


Wanna know what else I discovered today? Amy Butler sells rugs. That's right....gorgeous, stunning rugs that are available for purchase. I visit her site at least twice a day, but I only go for the fabrics. I guess I'm after something specific so I don't dwadle, but holy cow!! Wall decor, rugs and so much more.


But, my most favorite of all is her Desktop Collection inspired by her most recent, LOVE collection. Seriously, how fab is this stuff? Do you mean that I could use file folders and binders decorated in the same designs as my most favorite fabrics? WoooHoooooo!

Here's a great pic from Amy's website of the Desktop Collection. Notice how the little knobies on the drawer-thingy are covered in Bali Gate as well? Simply awesome.


and a recent cribset I created as well:


Thank you Amy Butler, your designs are divine and leaving me gasping for air. Gotta love that.

Happy Friday!

*thank you Westminster Fabrics and Amy Butler Designs for use of your photos.


My New Favorites

Like a little kid checking the mail every day, every hour, the mail person finally arrives with my new Kona Color Card. I think I even shrieked a bit as my hands were actually shaking with delight as I opened the package. Unbelievable.

Kona is a solid color fabric made by Robert Kaufman. There are over 220 shades. Again, unbelievable. I opened the package and unfolded it like 6 times until I was completely entranced by the most amazing rainbow of fabric swatches I had ever seen. This card of 221 colors is special because they are actual fabric samples, labeled with each color name.

This way, when trying to match a solid to my fabric, I can hold it up to the card and actually pick the right shade and order it online without hauling my butt over to the fabric store. (imagine angels singing here)

My other new favorite is the website www.fabricshopperonline.com It's awesome for those of us who are addicted to fabric through no fault of our own. I order fabric every week and this awesome site tells me which shops are having a sale and the coupon code! I'm a thrifty gal and this suits me well. What's even better about this site is that the shops feature their newest fabrics, keeping ME in the loop about the new lines showing up on the showroom floor every week. Thank you fabricshopperonline, for being so money-savingly awesome and thank you Mr. Kaufman for your ever-so-divine way of making us spend those savings.


I Hate Spring Cleaning

Ugh...that time of year again. I mean, Yay!! That time of year again! I hate cleaning. What's worse than the fact that I hate cleaning is that I have NO time to clean. I sew all day, then make dinner for the fam, kids to bed and then resume sewing.

However, today I made time to clean. I even dusted. Being that I'm allergic to dust, I never dust. You'd think I might keep up on the dusting due to my allergy, but it makes me sneeze so much, I don't do it all all! Good thing I have a husband that loves to clean:) I'm not joking by the way, he loves to clean.

Now that I have successfully cleaned most of my home, I feel like there should be something else I need to do that I have put off. I've been tossing around the idea to start making crib mobiles and start selling them on RockyTop, but I rarely have the time to experiment with the design. I love these birds that my friend made and featured on her blog, Tots and Bottoms...they are so cute!

For the mobiles I'm thinking birds, butterflies, little fabric balls and so on. I could make mobiles to match the bedding for my customer, making the set super duper cute! Much like the cleaning, eventually the time will come when it must be done.

Hobby Lobby has some nice fabric that I love from Brother Sister Design Studio. You can view some of my favorites here and here. I think some of these fabrics would make the perfect experiment fabric for my mobiles. Of course, I could use the several hundred yards of fabric that have already accumulated in my studio. But, that would be so boring, haha.

I guess for now I'll just keep on sewing and ignoring the cleaning and the mobile making. What's a girl to do? I know, I know. I'm supposed to do the cleaning, make the mobiles and run a successful business. Ugh.

Happy spring to you!


The Dots Have It

It was my fault. Staring at those blueberries at the new Sprouts in town. 4 packages for $5. How could I go wrong? Seriously, how could anybody go wrong with 4 packages of blueberries stacked precariously in their fridge one on top of the other. You know how those flimsy little cartons pop open by themselves all the time. I made the mistake of touching the delicately balanced, quivering tower of goodness. It's almost like a car accident. You know it's happening and you see it all in slow motion. I saw them falling ever so slowly. Falling, falling until I saw 3 packages of blueberries all over my (not so clean) kitchen floor.

My girls exclaim with delight as they help to pick up/eat the berries. It's like a speckled mess; eloquent dots all over the floor. Dots...hmmmm...is this what Michael Miller sees when he has a thought for one of his fabrics? I mean, he is quite literally the king of dots. As I pick up the berries one by one I tried to count how many dot patterns this modern master of fabric design has in his present repitoire.

I was able to count 7 in my head, only to sit down at my computer to find more. Ten. Ten dot patterns that lay in print at this time. Even more that don't actually have the term "dot" in the name of the fabric. Hoopla Dot, Play Dot, Disco Dot, Dumb Dot, Ta Da Dot, Quarter Dot, Lolli Dot, Ooh La Dot, Ring Dot and PinDot. They all come in different colors, some reversed, some just in black. All gorgeous.
medium size
Dots are great. They coordinate so perfectly with most any pattern. Damask, stripe, other dots and so many other great patterns.
Speaking of patterns, did you know the secret to mixing patterns? They have to be of different scale. Ever wander into someone's home and see all of the different fabrics and textiles they have? They have so many patterns, so many colors, and they all seem to go together so well. It's because they are a differnt scale (aka different size). We're not talking centimeters or half inches different, we're talking a large difference that is easy to see. There, that's one of my secrets. I hope you're happy.

So, the dots have it. Not only are they loved across the world, but they're so easy to love. So symetrical; much like a beautiful woman's face. Looking for an easy pillow to accessorize your already-decorated living room? I suggest a dot.

Have a lolli dottie day,



Your Guess Would Not be My Guess

So often I put up a new color palette thinking that one or two of my most favorite fabrics will be the focus of that palette. Not so often I find! I am constantly amazed by the fabrics that emerge as the most popular.
So how do these trends emerge? I suppose most of it comes from the governing minds that decide what colors we will like this spring, this fall and even the next fall for that matter (aka, Pantone). There was a time that I thought colors just became popular for no reason, just like it magically appreared. Ha ha, not so.
I suppose our eye is also drawn to plain, good design. If I were to pick up a brush and paint, I’m not so sure you would be drawn to what would emerge. In fact, I’m very sure you would not be drawn to it. But, I think about fabric designers like Alexander Henry, Laura Gunn, Heather Bailey, amoung others; and how I relish on the design that is clearly the pulling force to ones contentment. Several weeks ago I stumbled up on Laura Gunn’s Line, “Poppy” and practically had to wipe the drool off of my netbook.
I suppose in some ways, the fabrics I predict that will be ‘hot sellers’ do end up being just so, but in other ways, I am way off base. While I like Herny’s 2D Zoo in Pool, I could have not predicted the massive amounts of that specific fabric I would purchase in the last 6 months. So, I will keep on guessing, supposing what my customers will drool over. But, in the meantime, I will keep adding fabric to my store that would not be my guess.


Who Is This Chick?

Hello! My name is Jayna and this is my blog. I’m an optimist by default and to a fault. I will find the positive in anything you put in front of me; it drives my husband crazy I think. I used to be a radio DJ and I was really good at it, too. Someday I’d love to do that again. Speaking of music…what’s your fav? Mine is Bluegrass. Yup. Banjos, mandolins and dancing. Nothing more fine.
I am the owner and main creative force behind RockyTop Design. At RTD, we design and create custom crib bedding. It’s unique because the customer gets to choose the fabric and the pieces and we make the bedding. It’s actually a ton of fun and I love it.
I have one employee, her name is Jennifer. She’s awesome, too. She’s been designing and creating children’s clothes for years. Her shop, Mairsy Dotes is filling day by day with gorgeous children’s clothes. She’s an excellent seamstress, which is why she works for me, too!
Who am I? I’m a young mom of two little girls that has a wonderful husband that fully supports my career. I have my own studio within my home, which makes me super lucky. This is my studio


I started out making things like personalized bibs and diaper bags. I still make those things if requested as I really enjoy the speed of those projects. I was actually pushed into business by a wonderful group of women (thank you, ladies), who saw some work I did as a gift and pressured me into selling my wares. I am forever in debt.

As it turns out, this crib bedding thing just kinda popped into my head one day and there it stuck. I suppose someday it’ll grow, but I’m okay with the size until my kids get into school. Too much too fast is not always a good thing. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you do often.