Feb 26, 2015

Tickled Pink

Welcome to a world of fun...

...with Tula Pink!!

Hello my lovely friends!

I hope this cold winter day (or maybe not so cold for some of you around the world) is treating you well. Right now, a few flurries are slowly falling through the cloudy skies - makes me want to curl up in a beautiful quilt. How about you?

Well, I cannot think of, hunt down, or even begin to create any quilt that equals Tula Pink's talent and unique style. If you don't know this lady because you are thinking, "well I don't quilt," let me tell you that you are cheating yourself out of a tons of inspiration for whatever passion, craft, or hobby you may currently be engaged in. She is a fabric designer that creates fabrics like no other. I had the great privilege to photograph her for the current issue of Artists and Makers (Spring 2015 issue).

This is a great magazine that highlights artists and not just their craft, but as a whole person. Tula Pink has a fabulous feature with lots of info and of course, lots of pics that I shot for the feature. I thought you might enjoy a few pics and seeing her FABULOUS studio/home. 

If I didn't love Tula so much, I would be green with envy, but instead...I am just tickled pink! (I know, that was bad, wasn't it?)


Is this a great space or what? I flipped when I first saw it. She lives in a very old renovated dairy barn!! How cool is that?

I love this chandelier and it came with the barn! Now, that is once fancy-schmancy barn, if you ask me...

Tula hand-painted this table as a reminder that while creating a new creation, we can be like tender fruit when others render their opinions - especially when they weren't sought. We artists don't really want to hear what you think when we are in the middle of creating, and especially when we haven't even formed our own opinion of our own unfinished work yet - yup - totally get that - thank you!

Okay, I really love Tula, but in her spare time she loves to sew by hand and sit in her favorite area to do it. I love working with photography, and yes, in some of my spare time, I will just shoot for fun...but Tula is fanatical about her sewing - which  makes her such an expert at what she does. Me, after a shooting gig, I will garden, cook, or whatever, but won't shoot for a bit to refresh. Sewing IS Tula's downtime/refresh time. I was just amazed at that. Would love to poke around in that head of hers to see how her wires are stitched together...could learn a lot from her, I am sure.

Love her fireplace with the deer head and her Tula Pink boat - which of course, she made herself. If I didn't love her, I would be sick by now - hahaha. But seriously, her talents still amaze me after knowing her since her first book.

I know, I know, I am dying too!! Can you believe her patio???? I swear, it looks like something right out of a little town in Europe. Those are the original barn doors-  L  O  V  E!  Okay, that's it, I'm finding me a darn barn next week, can't stand it...ready to pack up and live with the livestock! :-)

I hope you enjoyed this little tour of my photo shoot with Tula Pink. If you want to see more and read her story, pick up an issue of Artists and Makers - lots of great info and stories in this issue. 

Also, on another note, I am soooo waiting for warmer weather - I got my bike and all its fixins'!! I can't wait to ride it and of course, take pics of it and share with you my first riding experience n almost three years. Also, thank you so much for visiting my new Instagram site - I have had several friends over the years ask when I was EVER going to get on any social media? Well, a little over two weeks ago I decided to jump in and I received such a warm, warm welcome from other Instagrammers (I think that is a word?) and I so appreciate the reception!

Have a great, creative evening, even if it is just in your mind, while snuggled under a fab quilt, and staying warm!

from my house to your house,



Mrs. Kelley Dibble said...

Oh, Tula's place might be awesome, but not as spectacular as she is. The work of her hands... unbelievable! Oh, my goodness! Love her smile, too!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for the sneak peek! It is WONDERFUL!!!!! Maxson and Pink...the PERFECT pair! You introduced me to Tula and I have been following her more recently. I LOVE your posts and photos! I can't say it enough. THANK YOU for you continuing INSPIRATION!!!!!!
Mary Saunders
author of "Spread Your Wings and Fly"

Lisa Garber said...

Beautiful Photography...not only do we all love Tula but your photos so bright and beautiful really makes everything come together! LOVE!!

Vicki Parker said...

Beautiful studio. Beautiful photography. Beautiful girls. I love sewing and photography. This was the perfect piece. And don't get me started about the barn doors. AWE.SOME.

Curtains in My Tree said...

What a gorgeous studio, has she ever been in the magazine Where Women Create?
her choices of material all are so pretty and her work area is so picture perfect.
I quilted a few years ago and it was a way to long process for me, like it takes a year to make a quilt, no thank you i'm an instant gratification perfection if it takes more than 2 days i won't even go there LOL
Thanks for turning us on to this new young artist

ps I played in the snow yesterday I think I got 8 inches and loved it, even old ladies can play in the snow LOL

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful artist with us! What a fabulous talent and I could die over her ahem, barn.
Stay warm!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Hi Elizabeth! I saw your comment on Rue's blog and loved what you shared about your thoughts about being a blogger. I feel the same way but MORESO am happy to see your post!

I sew and appreciate quilters. Such an amazing gift to be able to quilt...of which I don't do. Tula is a DOLL and artist. I LOVE her rockabilly style, her choice of colors, her fabrics, that chandelier and her home! Where does she live? Texas? Wow, wow, wow! I'd love to spend a day with her to hear about her passions in life. Perhaps through osmosis, some of her artistry would rub off on me. :)

Your photos are just beautiful, like you. Please keep on blogging. I have added you to my blog roll on my blog for others to see.


Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Kelley

Yes it is and so is she! She really is a beautiful and talented person.

Thanks for visiting!
Big hugs

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Thank you Melisa - me too. Loved the weather these past couple of days - spring should be here soon.

Happy trails!
Big hugs

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Thank you Mary for the lovely comment - so glad you know about Tula now - she is one very talented person with a lovely spirit.

Big hugs

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Thank you so much Lisa. Shooting her quilts is like eye candy - so much to see and I could shoot all day long.

Big hug

Elizabeth Maxson said...

You and me both Vicki!! Those doors are perfect!!

Big hugs

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Thank you Janice! Tula is young, but not new in the professional quilt/deign world. She is really famous for her designs and even has a new quilting sewing machine named after her! She has a fan base that is huge! And a lovely person too.

Glad I got to introduce you to her - she is fab!
Big hug

Elizabeth Maxson said...

I agree Tina - ahem, barn.....I would be so lucky to have such a barn! Those were some pampered cows at one time, I think :-))

Big hug

Rhonda said...

I am just catching up and have to say, WOW. Love her studio and that patio almost made me cry, it's gorgeous.

What a feature and wonderful artist.

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Rhonda!

She has a fabulous place, doesn't she? I am so glad you stopped by for a visit!

Big hugs
Elizabeth :-)

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