{daisy janie}

I have a big girl crush on Jan DiCintio.  She is a powerhouse of art and design.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jan last October at Quilt Market in Houston and have the pleasure of calling her “friend” as we have kept in touch over these last few months.  She’s a really good Mom, fabulous wife to her hubby, and she is a very successful risk taker.

I say that because Jan self produces her own line of organic fabrics. I love what she has done with her business and love her fabrics (you’ll find one of my new sewing patterns has Shades of Grey gracing the cover).  What I love is her love of design AND her commitment to sustainability in business.  Read HERE and HERE.

My Monday and everyday inspiration, Jan DiCintio…

{Since the feature is called Monday Mornings Inspiration, can you tell me what inspired you to a career in art and design?}

The initial spark that started me down this artsy path came 13 years ago, when my son was born, and I began sewing and painting home décor accessories for his room, our house, gifts for friends, etc.  It wasn’t long before I became a juried artist with the PA Guild of Craftsmen and sold my wares by commission and at craft shows.

A series of  stepping stones later, including painting funky repeat designs in clients’ homes and designing fabric for Daisy Janie handbag collections, and, voila, here I am! (Except that it wasn’t nearly as simple & easy as voila!)

{What continues to inspire you each day and how do you keep your art fresh? Inspiration each day}

I’m inspired by just about everything I see because I cannot NOT see the world through an artist’s lens. From textures, colors and patterns in nature to lines & shapes created by sun and shadows dancing through a window, it all seeps into my psyche and comes back out in the form of doodles and drawings that become designs.

I also love design from the late 1920s to early 1970s, particular mid-century modern. It’s not only the actual styles of these periods, but also the stirring nostalgia I feel when I look at them.

Keeping my art fresh: I have learned to trust my instincts, rather than questioning myself too, too much in the initial stages of creating new designs. I let myself go and see where I end up. Unbridled exploration and happy accidents make great art!

{What 3 words best describe you?}

Passionate, analytical, loyal.

{What could you not live without to get through each work day?  Your phone/computer, sewing machine or your coffee?}

Hands down, my computer. If I had a penny for every minute I’ve spent on my computer in the past 5 years, I might not need it so much. Funny how that would work.

{What is the best part of your job as a designer?}

Seeing my fabrics come to life in all sorts of delightful handmade goodies! I always have ideas for things I’d like to make, but I rarely have time to sew for pleasure. It really lifts me up when I see or hear about the variety of items made – people are sooo creative!

{What advice would you offer to someone when it comes to living a creative life?}

Above all, make sure you keep a sense of balance in your life. You have to find a balance between work & family & the rest of the world. Unchecked self-absorption begets more self-absorption…it’s a vicious cycle b/c you never step outside yourself long enough to know there’s more to the world than your deadline, your project, your work. Stop taking and give back instead. You’ll be much happier when you share yourself; your work will feel lighter, your ideas will flow and you’ll become much more efficient & effective. Took me 10 years to figure that out!

{What can we expect to see from you in the coming year in terms of new projects and design?}

I have a few exciting things in the works! First, I just shared my next collection of organic fabrics, Tilly, on my blog this past Friday (available Oct 2011). It’s near & dear to my heart for many reasons, and it’s also the first collection on a beautiful, new base cloth for Daisy Janie. I’m so thrilled b/c this new cloth will allow me to bring down the pricepoint a bit, making my fabrics much more accessible to those who are watching their pennies but still want an eco-friendly fabric. Secondly, I am working behind the scenes with another well-known designer, whose work will be licensed with Daisy Janie. I think everyone is going to love her fabrics!! Look for these in early 2012. Thirdly, I am working on establishing a core group of 1-color mod prints, offered in an array of basic hues; these would be a stock item, and hue determinations will rotate by season or by popular demand.

{if you haven’t sewn with Jan’s organic fabrics yet – here’s your chance at some of her goodies!  Jan is offering a fat quarter bundle from her Shades of Grey line to one of you!} THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Here are the details – if you’d like to be entered in the giveaway for the FQ bundle,
1) simply leave a comment telling us why organics are important to you.

For extra entries, you can do the following:

2) Become a follower of Jans on her facebook page.  Come back here and leave a comment – 1 entry.
3) Share this feature on your facebook page with your friends – leave a comment you have done so – 1 entry.
4) Do you Twitter?  Tweet this feature, “Go Green. Go Sew.  Daisy Janie FQ bundle giveaway http://twopeasinapoddesigns.com OR something like that.  Leave a comment that you tweeted!

4 chances to win but if you don’t win – hit up your local fabric retailer to get some for yourself!  This giveaway will be open until Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 5pm EST.

{thanks Jan! }




107 Responses

  1. I’m a Facebook fan!

  2. I love that organics are not harsh on the skin!

  3. Organics are important to me because they’re better for the environment and for farm workers.

  4. I tweeted this! (I used my personal account to do so.)

  5. I’m following Jan on Facebook.

  6. It’s very important to me not to bring more chemicals into the house. I use all natural wool batting as a result in my quilting, refuse to use basting spray, and feed my family organic as often as possible.

  7. Organics have a wonderful feel to them that make the product a quality you can not get in a commercial fabric store!!!

  8. I’m a fan of Daisy Janie on fb!

  9. Organics are pure and that’s good enough for me!

  10. They just feel better and are better for us 🙂 thanks

  11. Great giveaway! Organics are important to me because I try to reduce my impact on the planet – and I care about the health of workers. I am thrilled to see more organic quilting cottons being released, and the price points coming down so they are less of a luxury good and more of an everyday option!

  12. I follow Jan’s FB.

  13. Organics are important to me because the more we mess around with herbicides, pesticides and genetic engineering the more nature works to restore balance in a less than ideal (for us) way.

  14. Organics are just better…we all feel better using something that’s good for us.

  15. Organics are important to me due to the impact on our agricultural system. I don’t like to eat pesticides, why would I want to wear them next to my skin which is the largest organ of my body….

    Thank you for this opportunity!!

  16. Going organic is important for our health, our family’s health, our planet’s health – we are stewards of what we have and should be treating it as the precious gift it is. I’m really glad that more and more people are becoming aware and going ‘green’. Thanks.

  17. I tweeted about this post on FB.

  18. I shared this post on FB.

  19. I liked Jan on FB.

  20. I’m a fan on Facebook of Daisy Janie. 🙂

  21. Organics are better for the environment and for our family!

  22. I like the organics because they are kinder to the environment. I try to grow organically myself.

  23. Organic is important because we have to stop poisoning the planet with unnecessary chemicals. :o) Thx for the chance.

  24. I have recovered all of my dining chairs in her fabrics! Plus, I love another Pa girl. It is important for me to use organics, because I feel good knowing that I am doing my part in taking care of our environment and teaching my chidren to do the same!

  25. I believe organic should be important to all of us!

  26. I’m a fan on FB now too! 🙂

  27. I’m very much into organics… 98% of the food I buy & eat are local & organic! I believe in sustaining what we have on this earth, and the less processed the better!

  28. I am a google reader follower of Daisy Jane from her facebook page.

  29. I liked Daisy Jane on her facebook page.

  30. Organics are important to me because I am an original 70’s child.

  31. i just became a fan of daisy jane on facebook!

  32. organics are important to me because of my daughter.

  33. Organic is safer and better for the environment, so I try to use organic products whenever I can!

  34. What a wonderful giveaway! I love organics because they are just one more way we can be good stewards of our planet.

  35. I liked Daisy Janie on Facebook.

  36. Posted on my facebook! facebook.com/DoodlesStudios

  37. Tweeted!

  38. I like organic fabric because it can help protect our Earth.

  39. I do not like the chemicals – so organic is for me – in and out of my body! thanks!

  40. I think organics are respectful to both the environment and ourselves! thanks for the beautiful giveaway.

  41. I liked this designer on Facebook so I could be on the look out for the release of her new fabric line Tilly. That is my niece’s name so I think i need to get me some of this cute fabric. Hehee

  42. I love using a quality product that will last and is safe for everyone.

  43. These are such beautful fabrics – that they organic makes them perfect. I prefer to use organic fabric where I can & buy organic fruit & vegetables for my family, we need to be kinder to the earth & to move away from nasty chemicals & pesticides.

  44. I have posted the link to this page on my facebook page. This is so exciting!!!

  45. i am also a new follower on facebook!

  46. would love to have this fabric! My mind is spinning thinking about what I could make with this!

  47. New follower of Daisy Janie on facebook.

    Thanks so much!

  48. Organics are important as there are no chemicals, etc…as a mom to six kids, this is important.


  49. i’m a new facebook follower! thanks for the chance to win some beautiful fabrics!

  50. i “liked” jans on fb!

  51. i like organics simply because they’re friendlier. 🙂

  52. organic = sustainable + dignifying to us, the earth and the other creatures that inhabit it.

  53. I like the idea of organics because it takes us back to the materials God expected us to use; those he created for us.

  54. beautiful fabrics!

  55. Tweeted! @birdie00000

  56. I like Daisy Janie on Facebook.

  57. It’s always a good thing to stay away from chemicals as much as possible.

  58. I like the idea of using fabric that wasn’t doused with chemicals in the growing process. We need to protect the earth from becoming a chemical wasteland.

  59. We have slowly moved over to organic food-stuff and I am now moving over to organic fabric and yarn. My theory is that organic companies are generally kinder to every part of production: people, the environment and the product.

  60. I follow Jane on FB

  61. I like buying organic fabric because it is one of many small ways I can help protect our Earth. It all adds up.

  62. Organics are important at a global worker, and especially for the farmworkers who come into direct contact with those pesticides. That pleated pillow is so cool.

  63. I am now a follower of DJ on her facebook page!

  64. I love organics because they protect our fragile planet. Plus these fabrics are so gorgeous!

  65. Posted on twitter twice and the userid on Twitter is maryfioretti. Plus I did the share thing on Twitter because none of the young people I’ll be making the quilt for share their tweets with me.

  66. If I share this on FB those whom are getting married will know what I’m up to. I’d do it but don’t want to spoil the surprise. Sorry.

  67. I’m a fan of Jan’s on FB.

  68. I’ll be honest here, organics are very expensive. Not for the wanting of them, there needs to be a way to bring the cost down. They’re desirously beautiful but out of my reach. I’m wanting to create a wedding quilt just similar to the beautiful one you have pictured above and have been picking up fat quarters here and there.

  69. I liked Daisy Janie on FB!

  70. shared on FB

  71. I like organic because it’s a small way for us to help conserve the environment

  72. I’ve shared this page on my fabebook page, thanks

  73. I’m already a liker on Facebook 🙂

  74. I love getting back to basics and what is more basic than natural, organic fabric

  75. I “TWEETED” this!!

  76. I “SHARED” on FB!!

  77. I now “FOLLOW” Daisy Janie on FB!!

  78. Organics should be important to everyone. I am THANKFUL for an Organic giveaway!!

  79. Beautiful fabric! Everything organic is important to me and my family. I am mum for tree ones and I dream about more safe world.

  80. I like Daisy Janie in FB.

  81. I already liked Daisy Janie on FB as Margaret and Marcia – look for the butterfly

  82. Organics because most weeds, etc. are now resistant to herbicides because of overuse. It’s time to start back at ground zero and try to eradicate those weeds naturally. e.g. pig weed has taken over many Georgia cotton fields. I’ve had the privilege of hoeing pig weed from our garden and yards, among other weeds, and it is awful. Unfortunately, it is now resistant to Roundup type herbicides.

  83. I like Daisy Janie on FB. 🙂

  84. By buying/using organic products we can support smaller producers who are committed to sustainable living.

  85. I’m a follower!!

  86. I was doing the natural thing in the 70s… and now I’m baack!

  87. Organics is life – what is more important than that!

  88. I am dying to see if the actual texture of the fabric is different – I am guessing that it IS!

  89. organic is so nice for little ones, as well as us, too … it’s clean and soft and *friendly* and now so lovely ……

  90. Beautiful fabric that treats our environment better! What’s not to love?!

  91. I have liked “Daisy Janie.” I’ll enjoy getting to know her work better. Thanks!

  92. Organics…helpful, beautiful, responsible and Do-able.
    Thanks for the giveaway. Blessings

  93. Hi there
    I love your fabrics – I have not used organic fabric but have been purchasing organic diapers for the new ones in my life.
    I would love to give it a go and try these beauties, thanks for the opportunity

  94. Great interview! I am happy to hear about the new base fabric bringing the price point down. Organic fabrics are really important to me because I am a major consumer of fabric and I don’t like the fact that cotton crops are a major consumer of pesticides!

  95. I think organic fabric is great because not only is it good for the earth, I also would love to use it more in making baby things, it just seems better for a baby to have something more natural around them.

  96. I don’t know much about organic fabrics. Maybe winning this giveaway can be my way of introduction.

  97. Organics are important to me because we are all stewards of the Earth and it is our responsibility for ourselves and future generations to live sustainably. That means fabrics that are grown and manufactured in a way that is non-polluting and Earth-friendly.

  98. I tweeted @lindsaysews

  99. I Like Daisy Janie on Facebook

  100. Organics are important because they give people a choice. 🙂

  101. I’m on facebook and like Would love to have some of this fabric! thanks for the giveaway chance

  102. I like you on favebook

  103. I tweeted about the giveaway

  104. Everything organic is important to me. Why should we use things with harmful pesticides? I am all about reducing my carbon footprint and using organics help.

  105. Beautiful fabrics! Organics is important to our family because it’s respectful to our environment…we don’t own the land so we shouldn’t be able to destroy the land!

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