My most creative, admired designer and business woman of the year!

We all have people we admire and thinking back over the past year and there is one designer I admire the most. I’m voting her my “Most Admired Designer and Business Woman of the Year”. Who did I choose? Amy Butler!

Looking around my house, I realized I have almost every book she’s written, and I walk past her booth at market with a sense of amazement. The simplicity of her style is so inspiring! According to my friend Nancy, she’s a modern day Laura Ashley with a different, updated style. She is charming, intelligent and sweet; add to that talent that has no limit and you have a 6ft. beautiful designer.

Yesterday Brenda sent me this video from MSNBC called “Who needs Banks?” Give it a minute to load. I think you’ll enjoy it!

Did you watch it? Didn’t you love it? If you’re thinking of starting a business she gives the best advice you can get. Start small and grow slowly.

Oh, and a bit of advice from me…always stay true to yourself! Find your own style and create from that.

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Two days left in 2008 and then ta da!!!! We start fresh! I can hardly wait!

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  • Heidi Ann - Good Morning Anne, I agree, Amy Butler is wonderful &her fabrics & patterns…delightful!…Please check out my daughter Holly's blog….She has just announced an Apron swap using only Amy Butler prints!….How great is that!…I so enjoy your blog!….Your friend, Heidi XOReplyCancel

  • PamKittyMorning - Uhh that cat is killing me.ReplyCancel

  • happy zombie - The cat is killing me too! Anne… you could do a calendar with your great photos!ReplyCancel

  • Anne Marie - Hi Anne, I have been reading your blog since it’s inception and I just had to write!!! My DH and I are expanding our business and we follow the same thinking as the Butlers, I greatly admire Amy Butler and love her products! Now, my daughter and I are huge fans of Chelsea and Bitsy, we love reading about them and seeing their photos — the poor cat sent us into hysterics, I would be afraid to put that onto my cat for fear of losing a limb!!! Thanks for sharing we really enjoyed the photo!!ReplyCancel

  • SarahB - Those little bunny ears on the kitty is quite possibly the cutest thing ever!ReplyCancel

  • Peddlecar Quilts - That was a great video. How smart Amy and her husband are. I work on such a small scale, but already I have more work in just one year. I think it just takes time and patience too. I like what you said, to be true to yourself is so important!
    New cat? Too cute!!! LOL!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Rabbit - That picture of your puddy cat is simply adorable. She looks quite happy with her transformation into a rabbit!!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Genz - Is that poor kitty wearing your homeage to “A Christmas Story” and Ralphie’s pink bunny pajamas?ReplyCancel