Monday, June 15, 2015

Did You Know.... 10 Facts about Dena Designs!

Did You Know?  10 Facts About Dena Designs!



1. I have 3 chickens, 3 doves, 3 dogs and 3 children. 

2. I am starting a fun and fashion-forward lifestyle brand for girls of all ages called Haute Girls, with my daughters Rachel and Lisa. 

3. I have known my husband since I was 15 years old. 

4. My favorite food is macaroni and cheese with toasted bread crumbs on top. 

5. I am a flea market maniac--I'll go anywhere, anytime!

6. I never painted until after I graduated from college. 

7. I used to have a crafting show on the DIY network called "Embellish This!"

8. I can't cook. 

9. I used to milk cows when I was a teenager. 

10. I'm planning on opening a flagship store in the next few years.

These fun facts about Dena got us wondering what her fans have in common with her...

Congratulations to Linda Newman – you’ve won 10 yards of Dena’s newest FreeSpirit collection, Sundara Oasis. This giveaway is now closed. 




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31 comments:

Michele Deedy said...

Hey Dena! I make a killer Mac and cheese! My secret is crumbled ritz crackers on top! I'd love to win some of your fabric!! And...Atlanta is a great place for a flagship store!!

Dana Gaffney said...

I can't cook either and flea markets are one of my favorite places to be, so many treasures to be found.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I can't cook either and I managed our milking farm as a teen right into college (those cows put me thru college).

Bethany said...

Dear Dena,

I have nothing in common with you except I've known my husband since I was 20 yrs old as my boy friend for 25 yrs and as husband for last 20 yrs : ) and I am totally in love with your designs. Drawing has been my passion since I was in elementary school and I am an awesome cook.

You are no. 1 in my fav designers list. I am total fan of your drawings/fabric . Just curious about your philosophy behind naming your collection. They have East Indian names . I am from India and that was first thing which made me curious about your fabrics.

I have planned couple of bag with your fabrics for summer. Will post it in your FB page once I finish it.

Sandra said...

The only thing I have in common with Dena other than the love of beautiful colors and her gorgeous fabrics is #4.

Virginia said...

In my opinion I'm not a very good cook. I also enjoy flea markets and garage sales. One other thing we have in common is that we both treasure fabric! Thanks for a chance to win.

Kathryn said...

I also love mac and cheese, but I like to pair it with stewed tomatoes!! I've also milked a cow on my grandfather's farm, but not on a regular basis.

Melanie said...

I too love a flea market or a yard sale! I tried painting after college, but unlike Dena I have never been good at it. I did learn how to be a good cook though!

Judy1522 said...

What I have in common with her is that I too milked cows when I was a teenager.

Tamie said...

I have three children too- all girls although now I'm starting to gather son-in-laws too. I also love mac and cheese. What fun facts she shared.

The Little Bird Designs said...

I'm a flea market addict as well! I love thrifty finds and turning them into something new! Oh and Mac and cheese for the win!

Debi said...

I love MacNCheese, have milked cows and chased chickens. I have two daughters and 3 grandkids. I would love to win the fabric yards to share with my sewing buddies.

Katherine said...

I share a couple of things in common with Dena (besides loving her fabrics! ;o). I'm a flea market addict and I also milked cows as a teenager.

Thanks for sharing some fun facts about Dena and the chance to win some of her gorgeous fabrics.

Fryeber said...

Hi Dena!

I love your handpainted designs! You've created so many great fabrics for fussy cutting and fabric collage. I love painting, illustration, and textiles like you. I like that you find treasures at flea markets for inspiration. I love the hunt of finding vintage decorative objects. I've been to many estate sales and antique shops over the years! Oh and cooking. I can do it, but my husband loves to do it more than me and he's a great cook! Lucky me!

Linda Big D said...

Well, I have 2 children and would like to have chickens, maybe when I retire. I have 2 cats, and we do have doves that visit our pool in the back. I too love macaroni and cheese (but usually with just grated cheese on top). My quick recipe is to make the sauce in my blender: place 1 TBSP flour, 1 Tbsp butter, 1/2 tsp salt & 1/4 tsp of pepper (dry mustard if you like too), and 1 cup scalded milk & still hot in a blender. Blend for 1 minute. Add 1 cup cheddar cheese cubes (or shredded cheese), and blend another minute. Makes the smoothest cheese sauce ever. Pour over macaroni and bake (sprinkle with crumbs or extra cheese). If you're making fashion forward clothes for girls/tweens; please include some nice looking modest outfits; they seem scarce these days.

Aaron Reck said...

I can not cook. No joke about that. I have set tea bags on fire before. But, I also love your taste in food. Mac N Cheese with toasted bread sounds delicious heading into lunch hour.

Judy Dziadosz said...

Hello and Happy Monday,

I love Flea Markets and Antique shows as well. My favorite in New England is Brimfield in Massachusetts. Oh, and the Brooklyn Flea is most definitely worth spending a weekend in Brooklyn or NYC!! I enjoy your fabrics and have many customers that request them!!

thanks for this opportunity
Judy

Gill said...

I milked cows as a teenager too!!

Amy Kneifel said...

Mac n cheese with breadcrumbs, flea markets and can't cook- kindred spirits I think!

Penny Doucette said...

I'm sure we have *something* in common, but nothing on that list.

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Ann Buffery said...

I've been a thrift store, yard sale, and flea market aficionado for decades, but don't get so much chance since I gave up the car for both cost and the environment. Been in love with textiles since my mother taught me to sew as a child in the 1950s, and since retirement have taken up knotting, crocheting, quilting, and needlepoint. And I can cook, in fact, was once employed in the restaurant trade. One thing I don't have in common is that I'm a Canadian, so hope this deal is open to us to the north of you.

Jenn said...

I share your love of animals...all kinds! Can't wait to get my hands on some of that cute monkey print!!

Allison CB said...

Hahaha! I have three children, love mac and cheese and can't help but stop for a thrift store!! Love old linens that I find at flea markets and estate sales! Love recycling old napkins into quilts! Love your fabric designs!

Nancy D said...

I like mac and cheese, but without the bread crumbs. I also like flea markets once in a while. Does that count? ndfromsd.at.gmail.com

JANET said...

I used to sell at a flea market, love thrift stores, and mac and cheese! I have been cooking for years, but have been told I cannot cook. lol

Cassandra said...

I've known my boyfriend (and hopefully future husband) since I was fifteen too :) thanks for the giveaway! <3

Crickets Corner said...

The only thing I have in that's even remotely in common is that I grew up on a farm that had cattle.

Mary Roberts said...

My grandparents had a dairy farm so I too can milk and cow. When visiting angels Victorian farm with my grand kids they were well impressed when I won the milking contest! Early skills that stay with you..

Cory said...

I have 3 kids and so does my husband.😀 thank you for the opportunity to win this beautiful fabric. Take care and God bless, Cory coreensquilting on Instagram

Marh Jane said...

I also love macaroni and cheese, so much so that I developed my own recipe, I will share w/Dena!

Judy V said...

Really beautiful line!