Wednesday, December 12, 2012

My First Craft Fair

On December 8, I participated in my first ever craft fair, the Holiday Arts + Crafts Open House here in Seattle. It was a great success and I had such a fun time. It was wonderful to receive in-person feedback about my work, to meet new customers, to befriend other crafters and artists. I look forward to the next fair!

Here are a few photos of my booth...


Jenny Bartoy booth at Holiday Arts + Crafts Open House

Jenny Bartoy booth at Holiday Arts + Crafts Open House

Jenny Bartoy booth at Holiday Arts + Crafts Open House

Jenny Bartoy booth at Holiday Arts + Crafts Open House

Jenny Bartoy booth at Holiday Arts + Crafts Open House

Jenny Bartoy booth at Holiday Arts + Crafts Open House

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holiday Arts + Crafts Open House in Seattle, WA

I will be one of the vendors selling handmade gifts at the Holiday Arts + Crafts Open House at Red Square Yoga, this Saturday, December 8 from 12:30 to 6:30PM in Seattle, WA. I would love to see some friendly, local faces and meet you!

Aside from my fabric art and handmade goods, other unique items for sale will include beautiful earrings, cashmere gloves and hand warmers, art kits for kids, organic jams, natural soaps, and much more! There will also be live acoustic music and treats to enjoy.

You can join the event on Facebook for updates and reminders.

And here's the flyer:


Holiday Arts + Crafts Open House: Dec 8 in Seattle!


I hope to see some of you there!!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mug Rugs

Happy Wednesday!

** Reminder ** Tomorrow, Thursday November 15, is the LAST DAY to place custom orders for holiday gifts. Please let me know if I can make something special for your friends and loved ones. You can email me at jennybartoy AT gmail DOT com.

I recently made some fun little stocking stuffers: Mug Rugs! A mug rug is a special coaster, a little large and a little cushy, for your favorite mug. These are made with a modern patchwork of grey, white and natural linen. You can find them in my shop on Etsy in the Coasters & Mug Rugs section.


Mug Rugs by Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs

Mug Rugs by Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs

Mug Rugs by Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs

Mug Rugs by Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs


Check my shop soon for more NEW gifts and stocking stuffers! I'm working away on a lot of new items and hope to have them listed in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

Friday, November 9, 2012

New Table Runners!

Hello there!

I forgot to share a while ago that I listed a bunch of new table runners in my shop. These feature a new design: bold, modern fabric quilted with a large zigzag and bound with earthy natural linen. I love the simplicity of this design, yet it packs a striking punch. It's all about the fabric -- and these are made with some of my favorite recent prints by designers like Lotta Jansdotter.

Here are some pictures. You can see more by visiting the Table Runners section of my shop on Etsy!


Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs

Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs

Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs

Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs

Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs

Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs


I will continue to make Wonky Stripes Table Runners as well, since I love that design and it's been quite popular. Keep your eyes open for a couple of Christmas-themed runners coming soon! And of course, let me know if I can ever make a custom table runner for you. (I am accepting custom orders for holiday gifts until November 15.)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Announcements for the Holidays!

We're well into November already and the holidays are upon us!! Here are a few announcements and important dates:


- I will accept holiday custom orders until November 15. If you have something in mind that you'd like me to make for Christmas, please contact me as soon as possible at jennybartoy AT gmail DOT com.


- I am working very hard to stock up my shop in time for Black Friday, which is coming early this year: November 23! Please visit me on Etsy for great gifts like coasters and mug rugs, pillow covers, table runners, tablet covers, artwork and more! I'm so excited to share everything I've had in the works... Soon!


- I just signed up for my first art sale ever! It will be December 8 in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, WA. It sounds like I will be in great company. The line-up of artists and crafters is wonderful and there should be fabulous gifts to browse and purchase. Saturday, Dec. 8th 12:30-6:30 at Red Square Yoga Studio, 1911 10th Avenue West, Seattle WA 98119


- I will be shipping items from my shop until Wednesday December 19, after which point I will take a break to spend time with my family and enjoy the holidays! All purchased items after December 19 will have to wait until the New Year to ship.


Thank you so much for your support of my little business!! Please let me know at any time if you have any questions or if I can create something special for you.

Branching Out With Burlap Art

In the last few months, I had a chance to create two different piece of custom burlap artwork which stretched my skills and creative vision.

The first piece was commissioned by my friend Deia for her sister-in-law who had recently graduated with a Doctorate in Audiology and would work with children's speech. The theme of the piece was "Listening to Whispers".


Jenny Bartoy: "Listening to Whispers" Burlap Art

Jenny Bartoy: "Listening to Whispers" Burlap Art

Jenny Bartoy: "Listening to Whispers" Burlap Art


The second piece was commissioned by my husband! He recently transitioned to a new job and wanted to give his awesome boss a thank you gift before leaving the team. This boss is none other than the lovely Alli who has purchased many of my pieces.

I wanted to do something a little different, that would represent "Gratitude". Nothing says "Thanks!" like a pretty bouquet of flowers, so I followed that theme and found the basic design for the pretty flowers on iStockPhoto. I embroidered the logo of the organization for which Alli and my husband work into the central leaf. I also found a piece of upcycled burlap with the date 2009 -- the year my husband started working with Alli -- so that is the backdrop for the piece.

(Pics taken at night, sorry!)


Jenny Bartoy: "Gratitude" Burlap Art

Jenny Bartoy: "Gratitude" Burlap Art

Jenny Bartoy: "Gratitude" Burlap Art


I am pleased with how these two pieces came out. It's definitely fun to try new techniques and styles! Let me know if you ever have an idea for a custom piece, I'd love to discuss it with you.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Painterly Table Runners

I love custom orders. They never fail to challenge me and push me out of my comfort zone. I usually always learn or discover something.

This past summer, a new client contacted me. Corrie was looking for two large table runners in the style of my Wonky Stripes runners. She needed them to be 2 ft by 8 ft, one for her and one for her mother. After some back and forth about fabric choices, she settled on Laura Gunn's Dogwood Stripe in Olive and Gallery Fiori's Large Poppies in Teal, each to be combined with natural linen. I loved these striking and painterly designs and got to work!


Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs: Custom Table Runners


My mission with this project was to create really large pieces in my really small home studio work space! The finished runners were so big it was difficult to take a proper photo, but they turned out straight and stitched in all the right places, thank goodness.


Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs: Custom Table Runners


Here are some better photos of the runners I sent Corrie in September. I love how they turned out (though I really should have ironed them more carefully before photographing!! Sorry about the wrinkles...)

Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs: Custom Table Runners

Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs: Custom Table Runners

Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs: Custom Table Runners

Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs: Custom Table Runners

Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs: Custom Table Runners

Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs: Custom Table Runners

Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs: Custom Table Runners

Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs: Custom Table Runners

Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs: Custom Table Runners


I am available to create custom orders. Simply contact me at jennybartoy AT gmail DOT com with your idea or vision and we'll go from there! I'd love to hear from you.

Friday, October 12, 2012

A Little Sale for Autumn!

The clouds have arrived in Seattle, and it seems as if Fall is here to stay. Brrr. I caved and turned on the heat a couple of days ago. We brought out the winter comforters. The rain jackets and rain boots are back. I've got a hankering for pumpkin pie, anyone else?!

To celebrate Autumn, and make room in my shop for NEW items, I'm having a little sale. From now through Monday 10/16, take 25% OFF anything in my shop on Etsy with the discount code HAPPYOCT. Happy shopping!

Here are a couple of very Fall-ish items you might like:


Autumn Birch Burlap Art




PDF Pattern for Pumpkin Burlap Art




And here's a sneak peek at the Fall/Winter 2012 Collection I've been working on: table runners, pillow covers, coasters, baskets and more, in lovely shades of grey, navy, mustard, aqua, teal and pumpkin.


sneak peek


Monday, October 8, 2012

Over The Summer...

Hello there!

Long time, no blog. I apologize. Summer with two kiddos at home, needing full-time care and entertainment from mama, went by in a flash. The back-to-school ordeal is now behind me as well, with my oldest starting Kindergarten! A month in, we're starting to get into a good groove and I am BACK!

Something exciting happened this summer. I won a contest! Ellen Baker from the wonderful blog The Long Thread designed a fabric collection called Quilt Blocks and enlisted sewists and Etsy shop owners to create handmade items with it. I made 6 modern patchwork pillow covers and 1 table runner with the fabric paired with natural linen, and WON one of the coveted top 3 spots! Thanks again to Ellen for choosing my designs as some of her favorites.

Here is what I made. You can see more details about the items (and purchase them!) by clicking on the photo to get to the listing on Etsy.


Wonky Stripe Table Runner

Wonky Stripe Table Runner by Jenny Bartoy


Flying Geese Pillow Cover in Grey

Flying Geese Pillow Cover by Jenny Bartoy


Flying Geese Pillow Cover in Blue

Flying Geese Pillow Cover in Blue by Jenny Bartoy


Flying Geese Pillow Cover in Yellow

Flying Geese Pillow Cover in Yellow by Jenny Bartoy


Quilted Star Pillow Cover in Blue

Quilted Star Pillow Cover by Jenny Bartoy


Quilted Star Pillow Cover in Pink

Quilted Star Pillow Cover in Pink and Yellow by Jenny Bartoy


Quilted Star Pillow Cover in Grey

Quilted Star Pillow Cover in Grey and Lavender by Jenny Bartoy


I hope you like these creations!

I will be back soon with more recent news, items to hit the shop for Fall and the holiday season, and a SALE!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Owl Kindle Cover and Pouch

I make a lot of custom e-reader covers since offering that option in my shop on Etsy. A couple of months ago, a lovely customer named Lindsey requested a custom Kindle cover with an owl print from the Critter Community collection. I ordered the fabric, got to work and promptly finished that order.

However, my 3-month-old sewing machine decided it was time to have a tantrum and scratched the top cover fabric, on the very last step of assembling the project. Gah!! The resulting cover did not meet my quality standards and I communicated to Lindsey that I would re-do it.

She was so patient -- through all my sewing machine troubles (I had to exchange the lemon for a new one!), re-ordering fabric and re-making the order (by that point, competing with other due custom orders)-- that I decided to make her a little complementary zipper pouch with the leftover fabric, as a little "thank you" gift. It turned out so cute and I hope she's enjoying her set!

Jenny: Owl Kindle Cover and Pouch

Jenny: Owl Kindle Cover and Pouch

Jenny: Owl Kindle Cover and Pouch

Jenny: Owl Kindle Cover and Pouch

Jenny: Owl Kindle Cover and Pouch

Jenny: Owl Kindle Cover and Pouch