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February 2015

Are You Happy?



Howdy! How's your Thursday? Are you happy? I know I am. I guess you could say I am "Happy-Go-Lucky." I woke up at 5am, hit the cardio (I needed it after all of those cupcakes) and am here ready to start the day! It's true what Elle Woods says, "Exercise releases positive endorphins which make people happy." If you don't know who Elle Woods is....wait for it. 

I thought I'd show you some things that make me extremely happy this week but first up, how could I not think of Pharrell and this song?


Anytime my buttocks twitch in my seat, I know a song makes me happy. How are yours? To the the the left to the right to the right. And ....repeat. 

Again. LOL. 

I suppose you could always do the "Bend & Snap"....(hint: Elle Woods). 


Seeew what else makes me happy? Well talking to you fine people is always a thrill but when you don't talk back...this Spring green (pic below) makes me very happy! I could stare at it for hours. There's definitely a lot of  that green fabric in our "Round & Round" Quilt kit. Someone asked me if I would consider removing the green fabric from the kit. The kits are already prepared to how our sample was made. My suggestion: buy the kit and do what you want with the green...even though it looks amazing as a Round & Round. You'll then have some charm packs for another project and a pattern too! Score. 


 "Niner" in Miss Kate makes me extremely happy. See the quilt on the ladder? Bright. Scrappy. Nine patch. How can you not be happy with that? Of course, you know I'm a huge believer in the Jelly Roll. What's that?  Uh...Jelly Roll Recap 101: 2-1/2" strips. 42 of them in a roll. Amazing things can be done. The end. 

P.S. These are Junior Jelly Rolls which do not have 42 strips - which is why they cost less than a Jelly Roll. Are these not gorgeous? Are you dreaming in color? 


It also makes me happy when a new sample comes back! Our Miss Kate Cozy Quilt just happens to be flannel. Melissa's quilting always makes the "Mothership" happy...and when she's happy, I'm happy. 


Obsessing over details...surprisingly, makes me happy! Ba ha ha ha ha ha. Like-prints together people! Chop. Chop. LOL. Our staff tell me they can't go anywhere without straightening something. What have I done? Mini-Me's. Oops. 


When four fabulous designers drop by the Shoppe as if we were in their local rocks my world into a happy orbit. 

"Oh you know. It was just a plane ride away."

A hop, skip and a jump!  

What do ya think? Do they look happy? 


I'd say seeew. Shut the door! This was just epic! Four talented designers all together under one roof outside of a Quilt Market. The complete cherry on top of my day. It was wonderful to see all of them! Laurie Simpson, Camille Roskelley, Carrie Nelson and Moda Lissa. Ya know, if Gretchen Weiners' dad invented the Toaster Strudel, I'm pretty sure that Lissa's children can lay claim that their mom invented the Jelly Roll, Layer Cake and all of that quilted deliciousness.

And if you don't know who Gretchen Wieners is...I'm not sure we can be friends. 


But what makes me the most happy? When we can reward you for telling us what makes you happy! Leave a comment telling us what makes you happy in life or what makes you happy about your trip to Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe & Mercantile! Do this by Friday, February 13 at 11:59pm PST and you just might win one of three (3) Honeycombs! 

Everybody got it? Good. All of these wonderful things are available for purchase on our website! I know! Who would have thought? Now...get happy and of course I thank you for your participation and support! ~ Brian




It's All About That 'Cake...



'Cause ya know... 

I'm all about that cake...'bout that cake. Lotsa frosting...

Yeah it's pretty clear, I didn't eat just two. Seeew I'll shake it...shake it... like I'm supposed to do. I think I got that boom, boom? Don't I? Is that how it goes? "All the right junk in all the right places?" Right?  


I, along with 500,000,000 other people just can't seem to get enough of that "Bass." The song by Meghan Trainor has literally become an anthem for accepting we are. GASP! You mean we are not supposed to tweak our Selfies? I warned you that I love my Pop-Tarts and Pop Queens around here. 

For the record it was three. 

Cupcakes that is. 

Or four.

Oh was about a dozen. I'm here to tell ya...I'm bringing booty back. Bringin' it back yo and into a sugar coma we go!

Seeew what's up my little blog-lings? What's the 4-1-1? What's the hot gossip? Don't be shy. I know our cutting counter can quickly turn into the local hair salon seeew talk to me. If you don't talk, I will. In fact, would you like to know some gossip as to what the "Mothership" has been up to? In addition to our new website, designing Breakfast Club projects and event planning, she's been working on this...


Clearly she's got us involved in an upcoming Shop Hop! The Snowflake & Stitches Shop Hop begins Saturday, February 7 and continues through Saturday, February 21, 2015. This is good news because in addition to our regularly scheduled Tuesday thru Saturday we will be open Monday, February 9 & Monday, February 16 from 10am-5pm. Um...score! Two extra days of shopping!

But before we get into all of that, let's take it back frame-by-frame and besiege your tastebuds...

Photo 1

What can I say? The "Mothership" knows how to prepare for a Shop Hop (among many other events). I know that I would be lost without her. I've said it before and I'll say it again until I'm on the floor from a sugar coma, I need her as much as she needs me...and we work on our Shoppe together. For this particular Shop Hop she designed two projects that will be offered and then some others that are merely for inspiration. 

Photo 3

During the Shop Hop all stores will provide a pattern and fabric to make a 6" block using the themed fabric to Shop Hop participants. For our Shoppe, the "Mothership" designed this sweet block she titled, "Jenna's Cupcake" (named after my little niece). The themed fabric is the Laurel Burch Glitter basic from Clothworks that we used for the frosting on our cupcake (see picture above). BTW Each store was able to select from a few colorways of the themed fabric, seeew there will be a variety out there! 

As for the blue cherry border, she is providing a finishing kit available to purchase seeew that you can finish your block just like ours! The finishing kit will include fabric for the border (shown), embellishment kit (for your sprinkles...gotta have sprinkles) and the backing. 

Super cute! Small projects make you feel good because they almost always are finished! Doesn't it feel good to get things done? X0X0!

Photo 2

Are we drooling yet? I should warn you...don't be opening doors around here that are unmarked. You may find me making out with a cupcake in a distant corner. Lately with the dismantling of Christmas to set up for Spring around the Shoppe...I'm making love to pastry carts, french toast, pancakes, and of course...cupcakes. In other words the process of display work is daunting, I get stressed...seeew I eat. I offer full transperency to all of you. I'm famous for asking, "Are you going to eat that last one?" No one ever argues with me or goes to battle...they just know, "Give it to Brian." 

The "Mothership" designed the above table runner using our block and fabrics from the "Hey Cupcake" collection by Dan DiPaolo also by Clothworks. Isn't it sweet? What a darling table runner for a little girl's birthday party! Heck...I'll use it at my own birthday party. I'm not afraid. We will of course have kits of this table runner available for purchase starting Saturday, February 7. Special shout out to Monica on the quilting! She's only quilting shop samples at this time, seeew we are very lucky to have her back along with Melissa. The two M's.

  Photo 4

Details are important around here and she doesn't hesitate to go the extra mile on everything we do, including our kits. Love the "Mothership." All of this will be available in the Shoppe starting Saturday, February 7. 

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to "work my photoshop" to make myself into a stick figure silicone Ken doll. 


Come and enjoy a cupcake with me during the Snowflakes & Stitches Shop Hop! 

Now, "go ahead and move along" ~ Brian