Pink Saturday

t’s hard to say where inspiration begins and ends.


oes it begin with inspiration boards from a new and wonderful book, Treasured Notions.


r in looking at patchwork squares inside a new and lovely magazine?


erhaps it begins with finding a parcel filled with new fabric designs in the mailbox.


began to sew by hand a square using my Evening in Paris dress form fabric,

Dress Form Eiffel Tower

ertainly the clear blue skies and fresh air outside painted a serene mood to create. As the curtains swayed with each breeze, I sat totally content creating something new.

toile border

mbellishment inspiration came easy as I found small Eiffel Tower charms, some Antique favorites, peach chiffon ribbons embellished with roses, Vintage ribbon in the same peach color and new lace in dreamy French taupe...all found in my notion stash.


eeing metallic notions and threads, inspired a bit of embroidery using metallic floss.


put my favorite Jane Austen movie on, and watched as words and scenes from my favorite book came alive. My special version which I first watched in the theater in Hong Kong in 1995.


ewing by hand, and listening to Jane Austen lines recited, seemed the perfect company for an old fashioned craft. I occasionally glanced to see a favorite scene.


sn’t it beautiful, when inspiration begins and ends in the most unexpected way?


ewing my favorite things into a Mother's Day creation for my mother . The song for this post is Isn’t It Beautiful.

ishing you a wonderful Pink Saturday, Bev from How Sweet The Sound is hosting another day filled with pink inspiration. Linda from Night Stitcher is a wonderful pink inspiration, so please stop by and say hello.

My creation

y the time you read this, I will be halfway to Vermont. I hope that you all have a wonderful and Happy Mother’s Day.

Happy Mother's Day
The Quintessential Magpie said...

Wherever your inspiration comes from Karen, I always enjoy both the process and the end result. Thanks for sharing that with us.


Sheila :-)

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Wishing you a very happy mother's day...smiles...m..

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

What a lovely tag for your mother - it's so pretty - lavish and elegant.

Have a safe journey and a marvelous weekend.

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Mother's Day to you, dear Karen. Please give your mother my wishes and love.

Your inspiration multiplies because you use it to inspire each of us.

Vee said...

Ah...halfway to Vermont to visit your mother! Mine is coming tomorrow for a Mother's Day Tea one day early. I'm rather surprised that she's making the trek, but I can imagine what is on her mind. Thanks for your lovely visit. It's nice to know that someone is surprised and happy to see me. :D

You know, I often wonder about inspiration looking at all that you accomplish. And I have wondered about the process. It's good to know that you are harvesting inspiration from many sources. You seek it, in other words.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It is a beautiful piece, Karen, your Mom will love it!
Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Mother's Day!

Joyce said...

Totally missed having you sitting next to me in class today. Just wasn't the same without you. Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day. We so need to put together a trip to Tinsel Trading soon!

Kdottie Designs said...

YOU are an inspiration. Have a safe trip!

Draffin Bears said...

Thank you Karen and I am wishing you a happy Mothers Day and weekend.
Love your pretty tag and what a gorgeous peachy/pink colour.


Regina said...

Happy Mother's Day and
a Wonderful Pink Saturday to you Karen.
Truly inspiring and you are loving daughter.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

What a gorgeous post full of great inspiration!! So many lovely things you shared with us today!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

And a happy one to you dear artist! LOVELY and INSPIRATIONAL IDEAS as always! Anita

© Jennifer Raley said...

... inspiring ... inspired ... begun? to be completed? Well, reading from beginning to end. Wonderful! And, lovely tulips! Happy Pink Saturday! Thanks, Jenn

thestonerabbit said...

Your inspirations culminated in a beautiful work of that mother of yours will certainly cherish!!

Hope you are having a great Pink Sat. and wishing you the best of Mother's Days!! L, Dana

thestonerabbit said...

Your inspirations culminated in a beautiful work of that mother of yours will certainly cherish!!

Hope you are having a great Pink Sat. and wishing you the best of Mother's Days!! L, Dana

Charlene said...

Inspiration boards are magical! Hope you have a wonderful time in Vermont. Loved all the images you shared. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Charlene

My Crafty Little Page said...

I always find inspiration when I stop by your blog, Karen. The colors and sounds and sights are always in sync. What a lovely creation for your mother. Have a wonderful trip and Happy Mother's Day to you. xoxo Nancy

Vintage French Hen said...

This is my first visit and I love your blog! You are so talented!

PA Fiber Artist said...

Hi Karen,

I love the coral rosettes! Happy Mother's Day!

Love, Susan

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

Hi Karen!
What an inspiration for us to see your inspirational journey from start to finish! Your mom will love it!! Happy Moms day and have a safe trip!

Marina Capano said...

Hi!!! fantastic post and pics!
and Happy Mother´s day!

see you!!!


Susie Jefferson said...

YOur mini quilt is simply stunning - a real work of art. Your mother will be thrilled with it.

I love your b&w Toile De Jouy curtains - the gingham edging is just perfect.

Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Mother's Day (sorry to be late - Himself whisked off for a day out yesterday, which ended up with dinner, so I'm doing my visiting today).

Lori said...

what a beautiful creation you made for your mother Karen!!!

Kathleen Grace said...

Happy Mothers day Karen! A day late, sorry. Your inspiration, wherever you get it, always produces something beautiful. Have fun in Vermont:>)

Alison Gibbs said...

What a wonderful post
Hope your Mothers Day was special

myletterstoemily said...

i think your inspiration comes from

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Your imagination must not ever shut down! Mine never starts up! I love coming to see what you've created. laurie