I really liked doing this interview: Hello Holiday meets the Big Plate

This is a little bit old but I forgot to share it and it’s still relevant. Last month Todd Long from The Big Plate interviewed me about Hello Holiday. This was one of my favorite interviews I’ve ever done because Todd asked such personal, interesting, well-worded questions that required a little thought on my part rather than just stock answers that I’m used to giving. Great experience interviewing with them, and I’m grateful that they shared it on their blog. Here’s an excerpt:

TBP: What do you find exciting (or challenging) about the shift from designer to buyer?

MH: Honestly it was such a relief to back out of the independent design cage I had boxed myself into. It all happened so fast for me, and I don’t think I went into that endeavor with enough preparation. I started as an accessory designer in 2005 and grew that business to be pretty successful by my own standards–it had a ton of potential. Then I decided to launch a line of bridesmaid and wedding dresses, and I had sales and really loyal and supportive customers, but the overhead involved in producing a fashion line just dragged my business into the ground. I was riding this emotional high of fast growth and took a foolish risk. I learned a lot from that–I consider it a huge milestone in my career, that failure. It was a sick burn.

And then he asked me some stuff about women in business and I got to flex my feminist muscle a bit, which I always jump at the chance to do.

Check it out if you’re inclined to read those kinds of things! I think it’s one of the better interviews I’ve ever done.
xx

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A Pretty Bridal Bouquet Inspired by “Dusty Jewel Tones”

About a month ago I was contacted by a bride to create a bouquet inspired by a muted, pretty palette of rich colors. I loved the combination and was excited to take on another bridal client, which led me to finish the bouquet (plus a few bonus boutonnieres) within a few weeks. It was nice to be working on flowers again, and I followed my whim and inspiration to do things a little bit differently this time. Each flower and leaf is much more highly embellished than work I have done in the past, and I created more types of flowers (many of them found in my book, Fabric Blooms) to arrange into the bouquet.

Embroidered Things for Rebecca

Lately I've been embroidering really small things--portraits, simple objects, flowers, but much more detailed things, and all at about three inches square. I made these three pictures and framed them for my friend Rebecca Forsyth on her birthday today.

Awful things

Awful things
> When people throw cigarette butts on the ground
> When all your underwear is in the wash
> When you have to get up to get your charging cable
> Shower curtains that stick to you
> People who leave their carts in the middle of the aisle while they browse

Bye old friend: Quitting Diet Coke.

It's now been one month since I quiet Diet Coke cold turkey. I had been drinking 6-8 cans per day, from when I woke up to when I went to sleep. That's a lot, but I'd been drinking more or less that for about 10 years. I don't like coffee or tea, so soda was my only source of caffeine, which I thought I needed to exist.

Letter to Alice no. 32

As I look back over the letters I’ve written you in the past, I feel like there’s a theme of reassurance, joy, and calm in the gifts you give me as your mother. You seem to always make my life easier exactly when I need it most. My heart is always yours, and it will always be yours, in every world, in every life, in every drawing you make, in every dream you have.
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