Thursday, April 29, 2010

{ it's giveaway time again! }



It's time for another giveaway here! I had so much fun with the last few giveaways, and I know this one will be great too. The prize this time is the winner's choice of a custom initial shirt! Choose any fabric that I've got in stock and any color of tee or onesie, and we'll design it together. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below. That's it! But, if you'd like additional entries, you can also do any or all of the following:



{} visit my etsy shop and tell me what your favorite item is


{} follow my blog


{} become a fan of Olive and Ollie on Facebook


{} follow me on twitter


{} tweet the giveaway on twitter, and be sure to include @oliveandollie in the message



That’s a total of six chances to win! Please be sure to come back and leave a new comment for each entry. If you already follow my blog, are a fan on Facebook, or follow me on twitter, just leave a new comment to let me know. Also, please be sure to include your email address in at least one of your comments. The contest will run until Friday, May 7, 2010 at 7:00 pm EST and I’ll use the random number generator to pick the winner. Good luck, and thanks again to all of you!


{ p. s. } to tempt your fabric-loving taste buds, take a peak at some of my in-stock fabrics

Sunday, April 25, 2010

{ quilt blocks for Kate McRae }




A few weeks ago I was reading the blog of Jenny Garland, who is an awesome crafter and one of my twitter friends, and I came across her post on making a quilt for Kate McRae and her siblings. Kate is a six year old little girl who was diagnosed with brain cancer in June 2009.







I immediately knew I had to contribute to this project for Kate. I was so moved and honored { and humbled } to have taken part in the Love for Layla Grace project, and I feel the same way about this one. Here are the blocks that I sent to Jenny that will be included in the quilts.

















I know that making a few blocks for a quilt isn't much, but to me it's a means to show my support for Kate and the McRae family, and my prayers for Kate's health, healing, and treatment. No child should have to go through something like this, and while I know it's not much, my hope is that I'm helping just a bit to raise awareness of pediatric brain cancer so that one day a cure will be found. Please visit { and support } The Cure Starts Now for more information on the fight against pediatric brain cancer.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

{ new designs }





I've been hard at work on some new designs and here are a few sneak peeks for you. Jeff even created a new banner from one of my new photos and I absolutely love it. Can you tell how excited I am that spring is finally here from them?!





























I'll be getting about eight new fabrics in the next few weeks too, so keep your eyes open for even more new items.

Friday, April 16, 2010

{ yummy vintage goodness }

This week my mom and I took Aidan and Olivia to our local thrift store. I hadn't been thrifting in way too long, and we lucked out and found some amazingly yummy vintage goodness.





We spied this awesome Fisher Price farm set. It's from 1967 and is in great shape. It came with eight { wooden } little people, a horse, a pig, a sheep, a tractor, fence pieces, a ladder, and a trough. And the barn { moos } every time the door opens. It's so great, and of course my two little farm-loving kids were in heaven. { And Aidan has actually slept with the entire set every night. }









I also scored some amazing vintage linens, including these three beauties which will become a quilt { one of these days }.






And check out this vintage Mickey Mouse Clubhouse sheet set. I have no idea how old it is, but it is so cool. It has all of the Disney favorites and is in great shape. I was thinking of using it for a quilt, but I think I'll just keep them intact and use them for Aidan and Olivia's big kid beds.












We also found some yummy vintage Pyrex, including this sweet floral casserole dish and carafe.







And these cute little guys, which will soon sport a lovely shade of aqua { or red? } enamel. Love them!




Have you found any great vintage finds lately?

{ and the winner is }




Maha! Congratulations on winning my fabric giveaway! Please email me at olive_and_ollie(at!)yahoo.com to claim your prize. Thank you to all who entered, and stay tuned for more giveaways, soon!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

{ fabric giveaway!!! }




In honor of reaching 200 fans on my Olive and Ollie Facebook Fan Page, I'm giving away a half yard of two of my favorite fabrics! The lucky winner will receive a half yard of Heather Bailey's Pop Daisy in Red from her Pop Garden line and a half yard of Amy Butler's Sun Spots in Turquoise from her new Love line of fabrics. I've used these fabrics together in a new peasant dress design that will be available soon in my etsy shop. I absolutely love these two fabrics together and I hope you do too! To enter, just leave a comment below and I'll use the random number generator to choose the winner. The drawing will take place on Friday, April 16th at 5 pm EST. Good luck!

P.S. I'm sorry for the confusion on my Facebook page, but this is a better place to host the giveaway!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

{ everyone could use a little sunshine }





Last week Monica of Little Buttercup's Studio bestowed me with my first blog award, the Sunshine Award! Isn't that exciting { and so sweet, too } ?! So, I am passing the Sunshine Award to some of my favorite people.



Kim of Evermore Photography
Dana of Old Red Barn Co.
Jenny Garland, who is Crafting an Authentic Life
Paige Hill
Katherine of Sevi Designs
Shauna of Lemon Drop Studio
Candace of Cotton Candie Fabric
Liz of EC Design & Illustration
Jana of Izzy & Ivy Designs
Sarah of Bit of Whimsy Dolls
Terri of Sew-Fantastic
Suzy of Suzy Homemaker


...I pass the torch onto you.
Along with the award, comes a few responsibilities and they are:
1) Put the logo on your blog or within your post
2) Pass the award to 12-well-deserving bloggers
3)Link the nominees within your post
4)Share the news by leaving a comment on their blog
5)Link to the person from whom you received the award


Share the Love!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

{ olive and ollie review on the Gerber Babies blog and a giveaway, too! }





Julie, of The Gerber Babies blog just reviewed two of my custom birthday shirts that I made for her cute little guys. Here's a little of what she had to say.
Last year I discovered Olive & Ollie. Sam was decked out in a cute matching tee and bib for his first birthday. It was the most adorable set that I've ever seen. And I see a lot sets. This year, I didn't hesitate to contact Olive & Ollie. I didn't consider anyone else. Heather took the time to create the most adorable birthday tees for Logan and Sam. Here are a few pictures! I took these several days after our party and they have already been washed. The colors didn't fade and the appliques survived a wash and a tumble. Everything is intact without any loose threads!


Thank you so very much, Julie! I really appreciate your kind words! She is also hosting a giveaway for a $25 gift certificate to my etsy shop, so head on over to her blog to enter and win. The contest is open until April 30. Good luck!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

{ ahhh, fabric }




Last week my newest four bolts of fabric arrived on my doorstep. It was tough finding room for the 60 yards of fabric, because I'm running out of room in the studio. But, it sure is a lot of fun to have all of this on-hand. Please excuse the mess...it was a work-day when I took these photos.















And speaking of fabrics, I've finally created a folder on the Olive and Ollie Facebook fan page with my current in-stock fabrics that are available for custom orders, and there are a lot! See, I told you I am running out of room!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

{ a surprise feature and review on Sew-Fantastic }





I recently made a pair of custom peasant blouses for Sophia, who's momma is Terri of Get Sassed. And I was so pleasantly surprised when I logged onto my Google reader yesterday and saw her latest blog post. Terri featured my work and wrote a very nice little review of my etsy shop. Here's a little of what she had to say

I choose the fabrics (flora and fauna), sent her measurements, and she got to work. They arrived yesterday as if she was in the room when they were made for her. They fit perfectly . I couldn't be happier with them. Sophie loved them so much, that me and dad could not get them off her just after trying them on. She wore this pink one until bedtime. (with bright blue pants I might add)

The product arrived so professional looking, The clothes had care tags as well as the size I had ordered, packaged beautifully as if I had purchased them in a very high end boutique.. I am glad that I hired Heather for this Job, I am thrilled beyond with the outcome, and my Sophie is happy as well. What a win win.


So, so sweet. Thank you very much Terri! I'm so glad you and Sophia both like the blouses and I hope she gets tons of use out of them.

P.S. Terri makes the cutest crayon wallets and I can't wait to get Aidan and Olivia's.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

{ Happy Easter }













I hope your day was filled with lots of family, fun, and love. Happy Easter!

Friday, April 2, 2010

{ our adventure at the Cincinnati Zoo }



Yesterday was such a gorgeous day in southwest Ohio, and Jeff is on Easter break, so we decided to take Aidan and Olivia to the Cincinnati Zoo. We have a membership, so we go there often, but it was the first time we've gone this season. Here are some photos of our fun day!


{ Olivia smelling the flowers }



{ getting ready to ride the rails! }



{ chugging along }



{ and boy oh boy, did that train go fast! }









{ Aidan checking out the gibbons }



{ swan lake }



{ hundreds of hyacinths that smelled so divine }



{ Aidan trying to catch a few peacocks. By the way, he's dressed as his two favorite characters: he's wearing a Buzz Lightyear shirt and a Woody hat }



{ Aidan broke out dancing as soon as he heard the music that was playing in the zoo pavillion}


{ just one example of the gorgeous architecture at the Cincinnati Zoo }


{ my sweet baby girl }


{ my brave boy, riding the escaltor for the first time without me holding him }


If you're ever in the area, you should defintely check out the zoo!
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