My reasoning? Well, I can no longer remember what I've posted about and I actually have to go back and read my own stuff. Generally I have a very good memory, so it's not really like me. The problem is I've composed many a post in my head and never actually typed it up. And, I have some pictures sitting all nice and edited, but they've never made it online.
These are some of those shots.
When I posted about Aurora's birthday invites this year, I took a few shots of some from past years.
This first one is for her second B-day. It was a very simple circle theme. We did polka dots and lots of fun with MANY balls of varied kinds. The invite is circles of cardstock attached by a little gromit (shown fanned out).
The next year she had a teddy bear picnic done in plenty of pinks and browns. I didn't design this invite. My very talented graphic designer sister did...with lots of (probably annoying) input from me. This particular copy has seen better days, but you can imagine it without water stains...
And finally this is the invite from a halloween party we had a few years ago. No I did not do the awesome art. It's a complete rip-off from Target. I screen captured their web site and then added the text. ( I smudged out the address and phone numbers on all of these to make my only slightly paranoid husband feel better. :) ) I cut the front panel in half up the middle and stitched up the side to make it open from the center.
Someday I'll post more details but that's all I've got for now.
And, you'll all let me know when I start repeating myself too much on here, right?
I did manage to make one house before I lost my momentum. I ended up using the directions from BHG, except that I made it half the size and changed a few details.
It's pretty much complete except for some landscaping (trees and such). I do intend to make at least 2 more before Christmas, but for now I've put them aside. It was fun to make but very detailed and time consuming.
Do you like the little train decoration in the front yard? My husband shook his head like "only you..." when I repainted it to fit the color scheme of my future village. :)
What a wonderful sentiment. Makes me smile just to read it so I guess it kinda works, huh?
Recently I was antique store shopping and I got sidetracked by all the gorgeous cards. But what could I buy for myself? Surely not happy birthday or happy valentines day. Then I stumbled on the general good wishes category. Perfect.
No, I'm not beneath buying warming fuzzies for myself. Somebody's got to do it.
I have envisioned a beautiful, colorful inspiration board as really the only decorating I've done in my studio. So I thought some lovely vintage words of encouragement would be a nice touch.
Please don't be surprised when I post about the wonderful board I just finished...like a year from now. You know how I am about these things.
Well, I embellished this little number for Aurora some time ago, with plans for a tutorial before Valentine's day. Now I'm just squeezing in some simple instructions (no pictures....sorry!) just in time. It's VERY easy, I promise, so if you need a little something for your sweetie to wear on heart day, you should be able to do it in an evening.
Plus, nobody says you HAVE to do for the holiday...I think it's a good "anytime" pattern.
So I started with a pre-made dress, but this could also be done on the bottom of a shirt.
Next trace this (not the beak part) onto the Steam-A-Seam. Make sure you trace the reverse of the final design you want. Cut loosely outside the lines you just traced.
Peel the paper without the drawing on it. Stick the pattern piece on the wrong side of your fabric. Now cut along the lines through the Steam-A-Seam and the fabric at the same time.
Peel the remaining paper off. Place the hummingbird wherever you want on the garment and iron in place.
Then I did a straight stitch very close to the edge on top of the hummingbird. The edges will fray slightly with wash, but I like the look.
Finally, satin stitch (a wide zig-zag) for the beak.
I added little heart flowers that rim the entire bottom of the dress. Cut out little hearts of varied sizes and fuse to the dress the same way you did the hummingbird. After stitching around the edge of the hearts, I stitched a stem to the edge of the dress by using a straight stitch and going over it 4 times.
I've been pretty swamped lately with very un-glamorous stuff, so I thought I'd show you an older project.
This is Aurora's "baby" quilt. I'm pleased to say I did complete it before she was one year old. Actually I had the top done before she was born and then quilted it after.
As you can see, it's not pink but also not all that gender neutral, and I didn't know I was having a girl. But I was undeterred. I even painted her dresser pink. I figured what would a baby boy care, the nursery was really for me to enjoy.
Her room had/has a garden and bugs theme. After she was born I added some fairies. No, I didn't go THAT far before finding out her sex - oooh...now I've written "sex" on my blog! :)
The butterfly design in the quilt is from a pattern, but I made up my paper-piecing pattern for the ladybugs/beetles, dragonflies, and bees. If you look closely you'll see that they are intentionally not perfectly symmetrical, as the design was more "casual" and "sloppy" than that. The fabrics are 1930s reproductions that are much cuter up close.
I quilted it with an all-over loopy meander in the background of the blocks. It was pretty tiny....hence the reason it took me a whole year to complete.
And the border I quilted with free-hand butterflies. I don't know how well you can see it in the picture.
The only thing it's missing is a label because I'm still holding out to embroider one...
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