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Shrooms and Rooms

February 26th, 2009

I’m so excited… the current issue of Quilts & More (Spring 2009) is hitting the newstands! Inside this issue is my little mushroom needlebook project and pattern. So fast, so fun, and I’m so thrilled Q&M wanted to publish it, and just as giddy because my project is in my favorite color combo…  Red. White. Aqua. Mmmm. I couldn’t be happier how it all turned out and what a beautiful job (as always) the good peeps at Meredith did with it!
Quilts and More - Spring 2009
Cover-girl alert!  Look, look, it’s Roseann! Roseann’s beautiful “no diamonds to sew” quilt is definitely on my to-do list, and looks like it would be a fun quilt to make at a retreat (I’m having retreat withdrawls… I need one.  Bad!). Also on my to-do On my done-list, because I couldn’t stand just looking at the photos and not making one fast enough - is the ADORABLE “Sweet Slice” cake pattern by Cindy Taylor Oats.  DAR.  LING!

I was so excited to make it, that I took a short-cut (that I SHOULDN’T have), and didn’t use fusible interfacing as directed.  Bad me, because my cake got a little lumpy, saggy and out of shape (but I still love it).   Note to self: add fusible interfacing to my entire wardrobe.

More magazine love… my teenie tiny little studio is being featured in Cloth Paper Scissors STUDIOS (Spring 2009)! Holy scrap, my head is sure to snap off when I see it. I couldn’t be more honored and flattered to be in the issue, especially since my goofy little Happy Zombie Hideaway will be amongst the great studios of Melissa and Betz! And speaking of cover-girls… that’s Melissa’s studio on the cover!
Studios Spring 2009
From the super wonderful STUDIOS editor Cate - The Spring issues of Cloth Paper Scissors Studios is now available for pre-order. It will be available on select newsstands March 31. If you’d like to pre-order a copy, you can do so here.

A little behind the scenes about getting my studio ready.  Sure, it was one thing to get my studio cleaned up and lookin’ pretty, as well as cooperation from the weather (Oregon = dark days)… but the biggest task was getting ME all cleaned up!  Super-Cate wanted a photo of me.  OF ME???   Ugh. Ugh again.  I don’t do pics of me, so I wanted to submit these:
Me… Simpsonized.
A no-go.
Simpsonize me

Me ala Juniper Creek (when I was deciding what to wear at PDX quilt market).
A no-go.
Fashion - My private Hell

I even sent pics of the real me… in a hoodie, Hurley hair and no make-up.
A no-go.
So I did my parents proud… I foof’d my hair, foof’d my face with mascara and lip-gloss, and I even donned a blouse (with buttons and everything!).  So if you see the issue, know that a lot of time, effort and elbow grease went into jazzing things up.  My studio was a piece of cake.

And speaking of studios… THIS is my version of heaven.

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51 Responses

  1. The fabulous lilyhaven allegedly said:

    I love your little slice of cake. You did a great job.

    I can’t wait to get my issue of Quilts & More so I can check out the mushroom needlebook project. Fun! Fun! Fun!


  2. The fabulous Bonnie allegedly said:

    Damn girl, you are awesome!!!
    And, they missed a great opportunity to show a Simpsonized Version of Her Royal Zombiness(but, I’m sure you scrubbed up nice and pretty!)!
    Congrats on all the honors. The are much deserved!!
    From Seattle, where we had 2+ inches of “winter wonderland” this am (no more, please, no more!!),

  3. The fabulous Jackie allegedly said:

    My eyes nearly popped out of my head… oops! I saw the new Quilts and More magazine while on vacation and the first thing I thought of was you. Yes, believe it or not, I thought Ms. Zombie is sure to have a project in here. So I scooped up the LAST on their stand and quickly rifled through every page and low and behold the beautiful mushroom. I knew it was yours right away without even looking at the credits!! Amazing, huh? Kind of psychic or psycho, depending on how you look at it. Okay, now I am off to pre-order the wonderful Studios magazine. I love it… ahh to dream! By the way, I so remember that last picture of you with the lovely white athletic socks and black sneaks. Gorgeous, I say, simply gorgeous! Congrats to you on all fronts!!

  4. The fabulous Sherri allegedly said:

    Congrats…I can’t wait to see your latest project…and of course now I’ll have to get the magazine with your studio in it as well!

  5. The fabulous rachel allegedly said:

    omg…SUPER happy for you & your studio!!!

    okay ummm…you ala juniper creek…
    i about choked on my mountain dew. for real.

  6. The fabulous Amanda allegedly said:

    I can’t wait until Quilts and More hits the news stands here in KY! Your piece of cake looks great. I love the yo yo!

    You always look pretty. You should see me around the house when I’m sewing! Well, maybe you shouldn’t. I might scare you. Let’s just say that it takes a lot of elbow grease around here, too.

  7. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    Ahh Mon, I would be happy to see your face in person no matter what. I can’t wait to see your piece of heaven, even though I’ve been. I wish we were sitting and sipping on some coffee. I miss you tons. I’m so happy to see your success, you deserve it.

    And Yeah for Roseann too. I have super loved her since I met her years ago. I went to her shop with my cousin and fell in love with the people and the shop and of course the sweetness of Roseann. Now that would be an amazing local store. Too bad they have snow.

    Ok, sigh. Back to the sewing room. It will be featured in Cave Quartery soon.

  8. The fabulous Mary Anne Drury allegedly said:

    How exciting!!!!! Not one but TWO magazines with Happy Z stuff in them!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I can’t wait to see them …. and your fun & (as always) CUTE as PIE project and your cleaned up sewing studio AND your spruced up self to boot!!!(I’m finding there’s much more upkeep in the “getting oneself spruced up dept” these days….not like back in the day (teens and 20’s) when you spent all that primping time because it was fun …. now it’s a thankless never ending job….sigh….)

  9. The fabulous kathleen allegedly said:

    So serendipitous & Rockstar! … This morning I’m commenting how you’re studio reminds me of Jenny’s… and now hearing it’s being featured! I want to see, if I can’t find it promise to scan the pics ok?!

  10. The fabulous Karen allegedly said:

    You GO! I’m so proud to say “I knew you when…..” And, about that retreat, let’s talk!

  11. The fabulous Jodi allegedly said:

    Are you giving autographs, cause I want one. And I must go pre order that studio magazine. I love seeing other peoples work space. ooxx`jodi

  12. The fabulous Kathy allegedly said:

    Congratulations, that’s exciting. I’ll be sure to get a copy.

  13. The fabulous Julie Isa allegedly said:

    congrats! now i’ve gotta get that magazine! how exciting!!!

  14. The fabulous Julie Donovan allegedly said:

    Quilts and More is my very favourite US magazine. I’ve only been buying it for 3 issues, but I can’t wait for the newest issue to see your project! It takes a little while for it to arrive in my local news agency, but I have now reserved one and wait with anticipation for a call to say it has arrived!

  15. The fabulous Amy allegedly said:

    Cooooollll Quilts - n - more is just about my favorite magazine. I pick it up everytime I see one.

  16. The fabulous Cate allegedly said:

    To be fair, Ms. Zombie, I only asked that you change your navy blue hoodie to an aqua, pink, or red one, in order to match your adorable self to your adorable studio. However, you cleaned up real good, kid, and you and your studio are a beautiful addition to Studios. Now, send me that cake!

  17. The fabulous Jennifer allegedly said:

    LOVE Jenny’s studio! I saw her Ikea hutch and immediately informed my husband that if he ever wanted clean socks again, he is to purchase it ASAP! Sometimes you just need to take a strong stance, don’tcha think?

  18. The fabulous MichelleB allegedly said:

    I can hardly wait to get both magazines. I just love your stuff! I really want to see in depth details of your space, too. The pics I have seen of it look so inviting. I love your piece of cake. Those look like the pieces of cake that my kids are always vying for.

  19. The fabulous Jen allegedly said:

    Can’t wait for the new Q&M! I wish that published that mag more often during the year! I will have to find the CPS Studios mag. Never heard of it. I’ll track it down so that I have drool over some really awesome sewing studios!

  20. The fabulous elizabeth allegedly said:

    And here I was thinking I was already on top of things when I got my copy of Q&M last weekend!!

    It’ll be great to have professional pics of your studio since when I was there with my camera I couldn’t get my hands to stop quivering from the awesomeness that is your domain.

  21. The fabulous jen duncan allegedly said:

    Everything you do is wonderfully fantastic so I’m never surprised with news like this but I’m also VERY happy for you. I’ll have to grab that magazine next time I’m up at JoAnn’s! Congratulations miz Monica. :-)

  22. The fabulous Jane allegedly said:

    Oh my, we are so pround of you, I will need to have both magazines!

  23. The fabulous Elizabeth allegedly said:

    I love your lumpy cake! I think I will interface my clothes too! Happiness is ours in getting to visit you through your feature articles. I wish all good things for you! E

  24. The fabulous Candace allegedly said:

    Oh, Monica….my cosmic twin….I am just tickled turquoise for you!

  25. The fabulous Robin allegedly said:

    WooHoo, two magazines how wonderful. And the retreat, yeah Karen and Monica lets talk. I’m sooooooo ready too.

  26. The fabulous blop allegedly said:

    Hey there SUPERSTAR,,,not one, but TWO Maggies..how proud!!!
    You deserve all the accolades!

    I hope you don’t retreat w/o moi!!!!

    Miss you all!

  27. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    Buttons and mascara?! No way. What’s this world coming to when our favorites Zombies get all dressed up?
    My issue of Studio’s is pre-ordered, my fingers are itching to make a mushroom and a slice of cake and my head is swelling from having such a famous, awesome fiend. (Fiend? Freudian slip possibly?)
    Hey, and don’t be making your Bunny Hill block without me and margaritas…

  28. The fabulous Shawn allegedly said:

    Congrats to you Monica, you are very creative and your studio looks like it’s so much fun to spend time in!! I’ll be looking for the magazines!

  29. The fabulous Kathleen allegedly said:

    Oh my gosh, you are getting around this spring! I can’t wait to see more of your studio!

  30. The fabulous Lallee allegedly said:

    Do you see me? I’m giving you a standing ovation on TWO publications. Way to go! I could seriously covet your studio. It is a wonderful inspiration.

  31. The fabulous laurie allegedly said:

    Congrats on the articles - but thank you SO MUCH for making me laugh a lot. LOVED the pictures!!! Thank you for not being politally correct.

  32. The fabulous Jennifer from NY allegedly said:

    I bought Q&M last week, hoping you’d be in there!! I loooove your shroom project, it is the epitome of cuteness. And I cannot wait to get my hands on that studios mag…it is going to be so inspiring! Congrats, my dear!

  33. The fabulous Cheryl allegedly said:

    Over the moon happy for you and now I’m off to pre order my copy of the magazine!!!! We are all so proud of you :-)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  34. The fabulous Mary Ann/Ca allegedly said:

    Oh gosh, now I have even more eye candy to load up the night stand. But the best part is more inspiration for the studio makeover…coming soon! (Don’t tell my DH)I have decided it will feature shelf of adorable pincushions and other geegaws to admire as I stitch away. Off to store to find the magazines, we don’t need groceries!

  35. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    Now see. This is why we come here day after day. Where else on earth, are you going to read a hot tip like “add fusible interfacing to my entire wardrobe.” THAT is pure genius. I’m going to order a whole bolt tomorrow. (Hmmm, I wonder if it might be cheaper just to make one body-hugging-interfaced garment and wear it under everything else. Oh. I guess that’s sorta been done, no?)

    Anyhoo….can’t wait to get the magazines. More Monica Love!!!

  36. The fabulous Anne Sutton allegedly said:

    You take the cake! Just so cute! I just ordered the studio magazine. I can’t wait. If you’d like I could come over and we can pain polka dots on your walls. You go girl!

  37. The fabulous Anne Sutton allegedly said:

    So I can’t type. Let’s PAINT polka dots. I hate the ones that have pain.

  38. The fabulous Laurie Miller allegedly said:

    Wow! You are one busy girl! I can’t wait to see your projects in print!!! Congratulations on everything!

  39. The fabulous Betty @ She's Sew Pretty allegedly said:

    Oh! I need to buy those magazines! I love that piece of cake. I’ve been making little cakes for years and never thought about using interfacing. What a great idea!
    I love Jenny (allsorts) studio too but yours would be on my top ten list too!

  40. The fabulous Cheryl allegedly said:

    Just saw the Swankyness going on over at Moda Bake Shop…………so cute, and great job on the tutorial!!!!!!!!

  41. The fabulous Lori Holt allegedly said:

    Wow! We are 2 times lucky- I can’t wait to see your project and your studio…..:)

  42. The fabulous Deb allegedly said:

    Just got my Quilts and More. Having trouble getting a copy of the Studios mag. Darling Mushroom pattern, and I can’t wait to see the detailed pics of the studios. I need the inspiration!

  43. The fabulous Lemon Tree Tami allegedly said:

    Yay! I’m so glad that your lovely studio will finally be getting some much deserved magazine time. It’s a great space. :-)

  44. The fabulous SoBella Creations allegedly said:

    Congrats on being published!

  45. The fabulous Nanna allegedly said:

    TWO magazines?!? Hot damn, woman!!! If I were wearing buttons, they would pop! Congrats!!
    I love the cake you made - it doesn’t look lumpy to me - it looks loverly.

  46. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    Oooooooh I need both of those magazines! And of course I’ll have to wait patiently for Quilts and More to arrive at my little grocery store. They are let’s say….special, as in they ride the short bus special when it comes to getting magazines when they first come out. And I’m so glad that you posted the Juniper Creek picture. I LOVE it so much, it cracks me up. It might even belong on my fridge. x

  47. The fabulous hunnybunny allegedly said:

    Alright are these on the stands now? I have been patiently awaiting there arrival and will totally have Mr. Bunny stop at the book store on the way home (it’s a half hour away, bangs head).

  48. The fabulous mARY lOU wEIDMAN allegedly said:

    That piece of cake is darling….I want one of those dombed cake holders now full of those slices….and the embellishments you could load them down with too! You have great ideas…keep up the good work…your blog makes me smile.
    Mary Lou Weidman

  49. The fabulous Lissa allegedly said:

    Got the mag today. Do you think those shrooms will grow in Texas?

  50. The fabulous Sally allegedly said:

    Monica, you are famous! I think it’s so cool about your studio. My lime room is VERY envious. I can’t wait to see the magazine. And I’m looking forward to seeing you Friday at Bette’s soiree.

  51. The fabulous Kelley Hart allegedly said:

    I agree with you on the All Sorts studio space! But I can’t wait to see yours. Maybe I’ll get motivated to do a little spring cleaning in my studio. Or not.

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