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Amorette! Congratulations. Mallory from Amy Bulter will be contacting you with the details. Thank you EVERYONE who entered! I was truly smitten by the thoughtful responses.
Have a lovely rest of the week!
My customers and friends know I end most of my emails with the quote from Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
That small group committed to organic cotton just added a BIG NAME endorsement with the impending release of: Organic Soul by Amy Butler for Rowan. The collection contains nine prints on 44/45" wide organic cotton fabric. You don't have to wait very much longer; the fabric will be shipping to retailers in mid August. Here are some photos of the loveliness in action . . .
Amy is a dear friend and so this is EXTRA special and exciting for me. I thought I would take the opportunity to ask Amy a few questions...
Why did you decide to release an organic collection?
It's something that I've wanted to do for years, and we finally found a great source for high-quality, GOTS certified organic cotton. It's close to my heart, and I want to support it in any way I can. I'm hoping that by supporting the industry through making choices to buy organic, that it can eventually become "the way" and not the exception.
What does organic mean to you?
I want to live my life and run my business as sustainably as I can. It's a consciousness that we have in our home and studio. Simple choices we make like raising our garden organically, buying local organic foods, walking or biking instead of driving, just being healthy and living simply. How we affect our surroundings gives us an appreciation and respect for ourselves. Supporting the organic movement to me is not revolutionary, it just makes sense for the long term health of everyone. I feel that choosing organics whenever I can supports an optimistic vision of my future, our future, and every little bit helps.
Thanks Amy! I am hopeful that your commitment will get the attention of many more people as we strive together to make sustainable living/eating/crafting/dressing/being the norm. I too agree that it is the simple choices repeated daily that create our lives and the world we live in.
If you are interested in learning more about why organic textiles are a sustainable option, please visit these 2 informational pages on the Harmony Art web site: Why Organic Cotton? and The (r)evolution of textiles.
In the spirit of sustainability, please leave a comment about what small step(s) you are taking to live a more environmentally thoughtful life and you will be entered to win a selection of Amy's sewing patterns. Comments must be posted by Tuesday, August 2nd for a chance to win.
Thanks Mallory for organizing and including Harmony Art in the blog tour! Be sure to continue Amy's blog tour as she visits with the ladies at See How We Sew on Tuesday, August 2nd for more information about her new Voile fabrics!
Thank YOU for participating in the Lunch Bag Freebie sponsored by our dear friends at The Green Bag Lady project!
I will be contacting the winners directly by email but I thought I would post them here as well. If you are a winner and haven't heard from me yet, please email me your mailing address so we can get your winnings out to you.
1. The Grand Prize Lunch Bag Set - Michelle Bellavance
2. The Fat Quarters - Mary & Danielle Jankowski
3. Harmony Art Green Bag Lady Bags - Jessica & Stardove
I also wanted to share with you this video made by my 12 year old friend on Child Labor. Yes, you read me correctly... she is TWELVE! Note that almost all of the images of child labor are of textile plants in the USA! Yes, it is easy to think of other countries (China, Bangladesh, etc.) when you think of child labor but the fact is that here in the good ol' USA textile mills were notorious for such labor practices. Take three minutes and watch Margaux's video. I think you will find it and the images of textile mills fascinating.
First of all, Happy Valentine's Day to all of you sweeties! Thanks for being Harmony Art Organic Design readers!
Here is something sweet for you! Harmony and Green Bag Lady have teamed up to bring you a great freebie: Organic lunch bags. Yup. Made from Harmony Art organic fabric.
You can win this Eyes of the World one right here…
It is made from Harmony's Eyes of the World and lined with Moonless Night Black. You also get 4 coordinating eco-friendly snack bags to go with it! All made by the most excellent and generous GREEN BAG LADY!
But, that's not all…we are offering 2 stacks of fat quarters to go to TWO additional winners! Yay! These two winners will get 4 fat quarters, one each of Silent Stumps (sateen), pink rib, Blue Moon Flannel, and Pink Moon…
AND, there's more…TWO people will win Harmony Art Organic Green Bag Lady bags…
And, that is STILL not all. (Does this sound like an infomercial yet??) You can also enter to win this cute lunch bag below AND TWO MORE fat quarter stacks and TWO MORE Harmony Art Green Bag Lady bags on the Green Bag Lady Blog. It really is a SWEET day with TEN chances to win! Wahoo! Remember, to enter for the pink (Sweet Jane) lunch bag, hop on over and visit The Green Bag Lady…
Here is what you need to do to win the Eyes of the World lunch/snack bags or a fat quarter stack or a Harmony Art Green Bag Lady shopping bag:
•LEAVE A COMMENT, IN THE COMMENT LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN THIS FORMAT: name(at)something(dot)com it is important to spell out dot and at so you don't get spam, if you DO NOT leave an email address, we will not hunt you down to send you a freebie, thanks.
•In your comment tell us which Harmony Art fabric is your favorite.
•Do a blog post/email/facebook/twitter, etc. and tell everyone to come and enter this freebie. If you do, leave ANOTHER comment with the link for a second chance to win.
•DEADLINE TO LEAVE A COMMENT FOR THE FREEBIE IS MIDNIGHT (CST) TUESDAY, February 15, 2011.
Good luck! Happy Valentine's Day!!!!! WE LOVE YOU!
PS-YES, we will ship internationally!
Ever wondered about sewing with knits but were afraid to take the plunge?
I am super excited to break the news about the GKFE! In collaboration with Stitch Simple, 6 Experimenters took their pick of pre-washed Harmony Art organic cotton knit fabrics and are sharing their Great Knit Fabric Experiment with you. Click the Stitch Simple link (or logo above) for a list of participants and also to link to their FREE knit tutorials.
These brave souls took the challenge and are sharing their experience and tutorials with you! For those of you interested in getting in on the action you can purchase ALL of the Harmony Art knit fabrics PRE-WASHED from Stitch Simple.
I look forward to getting your feedback about this experiment and your own experience with knits. ENJOY!
Yep, it was six years ago this month that we took the plunge and made the shift to working exclusively with organic fabrics. In that time, we have produced over 50 fabrics, supported over 200 small businesses and given at least 10 lectures all centered around organic cotton. We have watched as successful businesses sprouted to life, and have grieved when some have closed up shop. I would be lying if I said it had all been fun and painless. There have been many bump and bruises but I can say with all honesty that it has been the lovely, thoughtful, committed, caring people I have met along the way that have made it all worthwhile.
BIG thanks to everyone who has supported, purchased, shared, laughed, cried and sewed with us over the last S-I-X years!
In honor of the new year and our birthday, we are going to once again offer our gratitude challenge. The first person to send me a list of 2,011 thoughtful, unique things they are thankful for will win a FULL ROLL of the limited release or clearance fabric of their choice. All you pay for is the cost of shipping! Let the gratitude begin and spread! I'm grateful for you!
Note: this year was the 11th year that we made such a list to welcome in the new year.
How about starting the new year with a commitment to avoiding single-use plastic bags? The Green Bag Lady (my friend and hero) is offering 11 Harmony Art organic fabric bags in her current giveaway. All you need to do is comment on her post and then cross your fingers and let other people know her generous mission. Even if you don't win you can download the pattern for free (see link on the right hand bar of her web site) and make your own reusable fabric bag. Act quickly, you only have until tomorrow at midnight to be eligible for this giveaway.
Did you hear that Italy has banned single-use plastic bags as of 1/1/11? I think the new year is off to a fabulous start!
I am SUPER DUPER happy to announce, after close to 4 years, my contest for a FREE ROLL of fabric has finally been earned. Three Cheers for Tanya for completing a list of 2,010 unique and thoughtful things to be thankful for. She is still deciding what roll of fabric (limited release or clearance) she is going to choose. Her list is more than words on paper it is a work of art. Here are some photos from the list I received in the mail yesterday. I love the way her son obviously got in to the gratitude spirit too. Thank you Mary for introducing Tanya and for helping inspire this contest's completion.
For those of you who are saying, WAH, A FREE ROLL OF FABRIC and all I had to do was create a list of 2,010 things to be thankful for.... take heart, a new year and a new list is right around the corner. Stay tuned... a 2,011 list to ring in the new year is a likely occurrence. Hopefully it won't take 4 more years to reward another winner.
There is so much to be grateful for.
The winners from last week's Pink Fabric Giveaway are Kristy and Beatrix. They have been notified by email. THANK YOU to everyone who participated.
Are you curious to find out how I picked? Well, it was all very scientific. Well, actually, my husband and I have been doing our I Ching every morning lately so we decided to let the coins decide. His readings this morning were 37 changing to 17. Since we didn't have that many entries, we added the numbers together to get 10 and 8. Not familiar with the I Ching? It's an ancient Chinese text that is full of wisdom and advice on how to face life's challenges and changes. I am personally a fan of Brian Browne Walker's interpretation. (Like the Bible it has many different translations.) I have been a user of the I Ching for the last oh... 12 years or so. I hold the I Ching personally responsible for keeping me sane through several challenging times.
In other exciting news... TODAY is Harmony Grace's (my namesake's) 1st birthday. Wish I could beam to New York to join in the children's musical jam session happening tonight. sigh.
October was breast cancer awareness month. I know I am a few days late but wanted to pass on this information (recently posted on Grist) about preventing breast cancer. To me, prevention makes the most sense. If there are known causes, by all means let's stop our exposure to those things! Ask Umbra's post identifies these things to avoid:
In honor of this important topic, I am giving away of 2 yards of solid pastel pink organic sateen OR 2 yards of Pink Moon 2nds (also organic cotton sateen) to 2 people who post on this entry about some way they are helping prevent breast cancer in their own lives or the lives of others. They will be selected at random one week from today.
I would love a cure, but in the meantime let's stop the nonsense and avoid these known causes.
Founder of Harmony Art organic design.