Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Extra Extra!

Just out today!!! The Autumn 2008 edition of Somerset Life! Meet up with old friends and get to know new ones in this beautiful fall issue!

If you love strolloing thru beautiful gardens you MUST visit Clarice Fox-Hughes. Viewing her garden, in this issue, is as if you are there, soaking up the warm sun and all of the beautiful aromas of her garden. As you turn the pages there are paper dolls, beautiful packaging... Every page brings new feasts for your eyes. How do they do it in every single issue!!! Instead of linking you to these web sites today, I am going to let you discover these talented women for yourself. You will "ooo" and "Ahhh" as your mind swirls with the beauty and talent in this issue and behind the scenes of Somerset Life.
Well, here is one gal who sends Thanksgiving thanks early to the Stampington Team, especially Jenny Doh. Thank you for finding me and OH THANK YOU for bring us this wonderful publication, Somerset LIfe.

This is a special project I was thrilled to be involved with!!! I decided upon a tote bag and combined my love of embroidery.


And to be green, I used vintage material for the handles and edging fabric :)

i like this one for detail shot, but cant really see bird maybe

Jenny, thank you so very much for encouraging us all to challenge ourselves, not just in projects that are feasts for our eyes, but also those projects that feed the hearts of those in need! Cheers to you and Maurine!!!

With Love,


Rose Garden Romantic said...

Hi Mary!! I love the bag!!

Karin said...

The bag is gorgeous! I can't wait to get the issue Mary...... Will you autograph it for me? :)

CuteStuffInside said...

The bag is beautiful! I can't wait to get the next issue of Somerset Life - never miss it!


Sugar Bear said...

Oh Mary! That bag is absolutely darling!

Renee said...

What A beautiful bag that turned out absolutely adorable! I just love the embroidery and the vintage fabric. Thanks for sharing with us!

Sarah and Jack said...

Hi Mary,

I wanted to answer your questions about the bottle brush trees, but am lacking an email address, so I will just leave it here for you.

You *probably* can use other brands of trees. It looks like the photos from last year's group in Flickr certainly use other trees. My first batch I did use ones with the snow on them, but do be aware that the snow doesn't always completely melt off in the bleach, so those might not be the best ones if you are doing a Halloween version. (Obviously that is fine for Christmas!) I haven't yet tried wreaths because I couldn't find a large amount of them, but they will work the same way and they are on my to do list for this year!

Hope that helps.


P.S. You can see the pastel ones in the link on the sidebar that says pastel bottle brush trees tutorial, in case you missed those.

andyann said...

Oh, Mary, you are so talented.
I love the embroidered bag with fabric trim. I found you in a Somerset issue. Thank goodness!
Phoenix, Arizona

Cathy said...

Mary, This is an absolutely beautiful bag. So sweet and refreshing. It has the wonderful look of summer coming and all of us here in the cold temps of N.E. trade in our wools for cotton clothing.

It is just perfect.

xo Cathy

Carol said...

Congratulations dear Mary for being published in Somerset Life with your beautiful work, how exciting for you
Congratulations again for winning my give away, the random number generator has picked YOU!
So now I just need you to email me your address to
Just use the @ for the at ;-)

Carola xox

ShabbyInTheCity said...

That bag is just so sweet Mary! I have heard lots of recommendations on that mag...must go find it!

ShabbyInTheCity said...

That bag is just so sweet Mary! I have heard lots of recommendations on that mag...must go find it!

Naturegirl said...

What a charming looking that
certainly is good enough for a magazine layout. Congratulations on your being published..many friends I see in the magazine!

Lorrie said...

It's a beautiful bag. I just got my magazine and am loving slowly absorbing all the beauty and inspiration in it.


Naturegirl said...

Mary I had to stop by and tell you that I lived in St Clair on the Canadian side!! Views of the lake were wonderful!

jenny holiday said...

Incredibly sweet!!! LOOOOVE it to bits!!! The lil birdie in his cage makes me melt!!!!

Hope you are doing great!!!

After an insaaane week....I have a new blog home!! Come visit!

Luv ya!!
xoxo Jenny said...

That is definately my favorite magazine!

KarenB said...

This bad is VERY VERY CUTE!

Amy Sutter said...

Congrats Mary! I love it when great things happen to even greater people! Just stunning, I know someday I will own a piece of your work...each one is truly a piece of your heart :-)
Blessings to you my dear,