So I happened upon a link to these cute raffia flowers somewhere in blogland. Cathy Callahan did a spot on Martha's show which you can see here. She has a wonderful blog of vintage crafts and you can even buy kits of the flower looms needed to make these beauties in her etsy shop.
I can't tell you how easy these are. A total no-brainer. Although they're not super-fast or anything.
My plan for these is to make a bunch and use them in centerpieces at Aurora's birthday. We'll see how many I get done...
I was away on a family vacation with no internet. Man, does it feel strange to break off from that connection...both good and bad.
And I think that's my general feel on family vacations...they're kind of a double edged-sword. On the one hand I love to spend the time with my kids creating memories away from the pressures of everyday. We get to do so many cool things, and their smiling faces are just the best. Then it comes time to pack. Ugh. And there are all the details of life away from the comfort of home, not to mention that exhaustion involved in taking two kids to the beach all day (actually they are quite good, but bathing them when you really just want to collapse after a long day is a pain).
Anyhoo, we've made the long drive home and I'm finally plugged in again. So just to say "hi" and tease you a bit, I thought I'd share these lovely threads that I bought to do some sewing with my Timber fabrics. So I guess they give you a clue on colors, although I must say, they don't look at all "rainbow-y" like this. Plus, these pix from a rainy, dreary day do not do them justice, but I'm too lazy to do another take.
So, I hope you don't get too attached to these and get disappointed when you see the real thing. I believe I'll be able to truly reveal the designs in a matter of weeks! I can't wait. Maybe I'll figure out some more acceptable peeks before then....hmmmm....
I know there's been a lot of rumbling about all the rain, rain, RAIN much of the country has had this summer (me, included), but I say "shhhhhh! Your're gonna spoil it!" Really this summer has been just the nicest! Usually at this point it's so stifling hot out here, you don't want to stay there for more than a few minutes before you escape to your very expensive air conditioning. And whatever mild temperatures we have are usually when I'm totally incapacitated by allergies. So right now I'm living the dream...cool breezes at night with warm sunny days.
Ok, now I'm feeling a little lame for writing a post on the weather. It's like I'm making small talk at a dinner party or something. But really, that's just what these photos of Aurora reminded me of.
She's wearing her new pillowcase dress. It's a big hit because the butterflies are pink and yellow, her favorite colors.
I used Anna Maria Horner's instructions for the general how-to, but there are plenty of different ways to make one. I used a vintage embroidered pillowcase that I bought specifically for this purpose.
I actually feel it's a bit big (and I think I made the arm holes too big) but then I'm hoping she'll get to wear it next summer too. It has kind of a nightgown feel to it...but I'm diggin' the simple, innocent look.
As for the photos....don't try this at home. She did end up with a little tick, which was no surprise since the field is like the ultra hang-out location for the deer.
I hope you all are feeling happy and energized from the sun. I myself will be heading to the beach soon without much internet access, so not only won't I be replying to many emails, but I'll be so far behind on blogs, I'm sure I'll have to hibernate when I get back just to catch up.
I can't help myself. I remember being younger and being amazed how much fabric my Aunt could buy before using all her other stuff...but now I'm just the same.
Anyway, I was working on a project recently and wanted a little bit of a solid fabric to go with it, and I discovered I really don't have any. Literally, I had like 6 different pieces of solid color cotton and considering how I have hundreds of prints...that was just a shame.
So when another blogger posted about Kona solids at Fabricshack.com for $3.99, I decided the time had come. And I ordered a whole palette. Apparently I kinda focused on blue. I'll have to balance it more later.
It's so fun to look at all the colors and to know when I go looking for something, I might actually have something usable in my stash.
Some of the colors were strange...which, of course, I expected. I think my least favorite is "pistachio". And I must say "denim" is not remotely denim colored (although it's a pretty enough blue). The lovely people at Fabric Shack were kinda enough to label all the colors as I had requested. Coal, teal blue, chartreuse, and squash are just yummy!
Yup, that's how many times I had to try my little giveaway winner choosing scheme before I got an actual winner. I wasn't anticipating quite so much work...
A couple of observations:
1. There seem to be a lot of Jessicas who read my blog. I know there are a ton of us out there, but at least 3 times a Jessica was chosen but they hadn't entered the giveaway. I had to double check all the Jessicas who DID enter the giveaway to make sure they weren't the same person.
2. I think I scared a lot of would-be enterers away with my fancy scheme. More people de-lurked and said hello in post #103 than entered the giveaway. And several times a name came up of a regular commenter that I recognized, but they hadn't entered. :( I won't mention who it was so you don't feel bad. And next time, I guess I'll do the giveaway the regular way....
OK so without any further ado...dum dah dah dum....
The grand prize winner is Doris at Threads of Conversation. Doris has be a loyal reader and commenter for quite some time, so while I wish I could send a quilt to all you nice people, at least I know this one will have a good home. Doris said: " love it...esp. with the frayed edges! I would have liked to see you buying the extra big jeans...it paints a great picture!"
The two runners up are:
Tiffany from the giveaway post #107. Tiffany said: " Great idea for a quilt - I'm gonna look at my goodwill for huge jeans too! They already think I'm crazy so I'll just add to the mystery :) How fun!"
Karen from the gearing up for giveaway post #103. Karen said: " found your blog last December when looking for a pattern for felt crowns and found your tutorial. I made a whole 5th birthday party full of them--8 in all. I have enjoyed reading your posts ever since!
So congrats to you three winners. I'll be emailing you for your snail mail addresses.
Sorry for the picture-less post. I didn't want to wait to post this and I need to get my act together with more pictures I haven't processed yet.
Several people guessed what the pattern would be. I saw it at this tutorial. I didn't particularly follow the directions, but used the general idea. It has no batting and is made from circles of recycled jeans with fabric inset.
Not MY jeans mind you...but someone's. I didn't want to do very small squares because of time limitations, so I had to go to the thrift store and buy the biggest jeans I could find. The sales people though I was crazy as I could literally fit in one leg of some of them. But I didn't want to pull off pockets and such and have them have changes in color.
The instructions recommended zig-zagging the edges but I really wanted the frayed denim edges. That means this quilt is by no means a study in perfect sewing. I washed it again after I was finished sewing and had to go back and re-sew the edges that frayed a little too much. I suspect the new owner may have to do that as well during it's lifetime.
But I like the rough-around-the-edges look. It feels like a great picnic blanket. And I think it will get better with age. Sorry I can't get it to your for possible 4th of July picnics. :(
So, "how do I win such a beauty?", you ask. Well, if you've never before commented on my site, you can't. Sorry to new readers! I'm not doing it that way to be elitist, but since it's a whole quilt I wanted it to be somebody who's not just passing through for a giveaway. Hopefully whoever gets it will really love it and use it.
But don't fret if you are a lurker. I have consolation prizes. There are two sets that come with: handmade zippered pouch, three fun, bright fat quarters, six 8 1/2" squares of recycled denim, and a little flower I crocheted (I didn't attach them to the pouches but that certainly might be cute). I will be givng one of these prizes randomly to someone who leaves a comment on this post and one to someone who has already left a comment on this previous post where I drew out all the lurkers.
My method for the grand prize selection is this:
1. Randomly pick a number between 1 and 106 (the number of posts before this)
2. Randomly pick a number between 1 and the number of comments on that post (comments left after now won't count)
3. Check to see if that commenter also entered by leaving a comment on THIS post
4. Repeat as necessary to find a winner
So, you have to leave a comment here to win. I won't be overly picky about what you say. If you want to be fun, you can send me your favorite cookie recipe. I'm particularly interested in finding a good shortbread-like sugar cookie recipe for big, thick cutouts. I bought the most amazing ones for Easter with a slightly lemon frosting that I'm hoping to re-create. I'll leave the contest open until Tuesday at midnight, just in case some of you are too occupied with the holiday.
AND....if you can be the first to tell me where I can buy PEACH colored raffia, I will make a special prize just for you. It has to be peach, not coral, or orange, or terra cotta, which I already have.
**** UPDATE: I should have mentioned I'm looking for synthetic raffia!
So good luck to you all.
You should know I appreciate all my readers so much. When I started this all a year ago I never knew how much fulfillment I would get from sharing with you and getting to know you too. A whole year....wow.
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