While trying to capture images of the jade in bloom, I had the distinct feeling that I was not alone. I looked around–nothing, no one. The feeling persisted. I moved my focus a little higher and lo and behold…There she was, hiding in plain sight, and perfectly poised with a naturally occurring bokeh effect behind her.She’s good at camouflage, don’t you think?
Starting to notice the drafts under your doors? The official start of winter may still be weeks away, but the weather seems to be uninformed. You’ll find my answer to those pesky drafts dressed up in Parson Gray prints in the latest issue of Sew It All Magazine, Volume 7. The magazine officially goes on sale December 10th.Image courtesy of Sew It All Magazine
Congratulations, Marly! Check your Inbox for my email. As I read through each of your comments, I had to chuckle. Wherever would we be without our stashes! They may be “shamelessly huge” as Kitty admitted or even “out of control” as Cindy confessed, but we’re always ready and willing to add a bit more color and diversity. It’s that open minded attitude which exposes us to new possibilities and unexpected attractions. Just the thing I love!
The Thanksgiving holiday is behind us. Our trip out to the desert for a family reunion went well: the weather was beautiful, there was far too much food and we were able to visit with family members we don’t often get to see. Part of Friday and Saturday were spent with my brother and his family who came out from Colorado. On Sunday we drove up to Anaheim with them and Monday was spent at Disneyland.
I have many fond memories of Disneyland. When we were little we went often. Through the years, we went with different nieces and nephews, watching them enjoy the magic for the first time. My favorite ride, since I was big enough to ride it, has always been Space Mountain. We would ride it over and over and over again with our father, who enjoyed it every bit as much as we did. Yesterday, we were able to watch my niece discover the thrill of that ride for herself. It was, as she said, “AWESOME!!!” As we pulled up at the docking area, I turned to look at her. Her eyes were huge and an enormous grin stretched from ear to ear. “I want to do that again!” Yes indeed, we had fun yesterday.
I am now back into the regular routine doing housework and laundry, sorting through fabrics for Christmas gift ideas, etc. An Arctic storm is headed our way and we will soon be feeling a bit more wintry and Christmassy here in San Diego. (Yes, I know. Christmas in Southern California seems very anti-festive to some of you. At least my Australian friends understand how palm trees and Christmas can still be festive.) It will be time for yarn and embroidery and hot chocolate. I am putting together some last minute handmade gift ideas for you and hope to post them late this week. Stay tuned!
With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday shopping season is undeniably NOW! I thought we’d take a break from the insanity of it all and do a little sweepstakes (aka giveaway) here on the blog. This roll has 24 – 2 1/2″ strips of Dena’s Little Azalea. There are pinks, yellows and blues–perfect for a happy, upbeat look. Here’s how the sweepstakes will work:
- Leave a comment on this post before the deadline to enter. Tell me something about your fabric stash. It can be anything from the size of it to the predominate style or color.
- One comment per reader. Duplicate entries will be deleted.
- You have until 12:00 midnight Pacific Standard Time on Monday, December 2, 2013 to enter.
- International entrants are welcome.
- Winner will be selected by Random Number Generator.
- Winner will be notified by email and will have until December 7, 2103 to respond. If winner does not respond, a new winner will be selected by Random Number Generator and notified by email.
Good luck! I may not have time to reply to each and every one of you who enters, this being the holiday season and all. So to everyone who stops by, “Thank you!” I’m looking forward to hearing those comments.
‘Tis the season for ornaments, stocking stuffers, gift wrapping and tree trimming. With less than five weeks until Christmas, there isn’t a moment to lose. Today, I want to share a project that uses small pieces of wonderfully lush ribbon.I love my ribbon scraps as much as my fabric scraps. Showing them off in an ornament seems like a win-win situation to me, especially a bit of Amy Butler’s 2″ Brocade Renaissance Ribbon.To make it, you need the following items:
- Wood frame (this one purchased from Michael’s)
- Plaid Folk Art Paint (Dove Gray)
- Plaid Extreme Glitter (Hologram)
- Brush for paint and glitter
- Phoomph™ by Coats and Clark
- Ribbon, approximately 2″ x 2 5/8″
- Scrap of solid fabric to coordinate, approximately 2″ x 2 5/8″
- Narrow ribbon, yarn or other material for hanging, if desired
- Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue
Follow these steps to make the ornament:
- Prepare the wooden frame by painting it with several layers of paint, drying between coats. If you want to make a lot of these, I would recommend spray paint to save time. Paint front, back and sides.
- Cut a piece of Phoomph™ 2″ x 2 5/8″.
- Peel off paper backing from one side. Apply ribbon wrong side down. Be sure to center the design element you wish to highlight. Trim the ends.
- Cut solid fabric to 2″ x 2 5/8″.
- Peel off paper backing from other side of Phoomph™. Apply fabric with wrong side down. Trim if necessary.
- Apply Extreme Glitter to front side of frame. I chose to go easy on the glitter. If you like more bling, add multiple coats of glitter.
- Once the glitter is completely dry, flip the ornament over and glue around the center of the frame.
- Carefully place the ribbon/Phoomph™/fabric piece onto the back side of the ornament. Let dry.
- If adding a trim hanger, place a small amount of glue on the back side of the ornament just above the center section. Place both ends of the trim you selected for hanging into the glue. Let dry.
And that’s it. You’re finished!
Renaissance Ribbons has plenty of beautiful ribbons to choose from. Here’s a sample of other options to consider:A beautiful trinket like this one doesn’t have to be for Christmas only. It would also liven up your desk space, cubicle or sewing area. Use it on a special package to add a pop to simple wrapping at birthdays as well as holidays. Or make enough to fill your tree. Hop over to Renaissance Ribbons and start dreaming up your very own ornamentation.
It’s been cloudy and rainy here–not my favorite kind of weather. This native Southern California just does not do well without sunshine and warmth. I made up for the lack of sunshine by indulging in some gift making using bright fabrics and coordinating yarn. A couple of aprons and matching dish cloths will make a great hostess gift. (Thanksgiving is only a week away!)
The simple half apron is done in Jane Sassaman’s Hothouse Garden collection with a knitted dish cloth to match and the chef’s apron is Kaffe home dec weight fabric with a crocheted dish cloth. I think they’ll be well received.
As for making up for the lack of warmth…I may have had some help keeping warm today. A little black cat was scratching at the back door and I let her in for a visit. You can see she made herself right at home. She ignored all the fabric mess and went straight to my chair. She purred so loudly that I had to turn the volume up on the TV. Have a Happy Friday!
noun \ˈnik-ˌnak\: a small object used for decoration (from Merriam-Webster Dictionary)I wanted to start off the holiday idea posts with something quick, easy and inexpensive. Something you can make and have on hand for last minute gifts, package decorations or even place settings. I was at Michael’s last week and found small resin frames for $2 each. They’re perfect for making knick-knacks. You can easily tailor them to recipients by your choices of color, fabric and embellishments. Let’s get started!
Here’s all you need for the project:
- Fabric Mod Podge and applicator
- Fabric scrap slightly bigger than the framed space
- Small resin frame
- Wax paper, aluminum foil, or butcher paper to protect your work surface
- Embellishments such as embroidered appliques, chip board letters, buttons, bling, etc.
- Craft knife and scissors
To make, follow these simple steps:
- Apply Fabric Mod Podge to the right side of your fabric scrap and let dry completely. Use wax paper, foil or butcher paper under the fabric to protect your work surface.
- While Mod Podge dries, use the craft knife to remove the clear plastic film from the frame.
- When the fabric scrap is dry, trace the frame back onto the back of your Mod Podged fabric. Cut to size.
- Apply fabric to frame back using Mod Podge. Let dry.
- Apply the embellishment of your choice to the fabric. Use Mod Podge to secure.
- That’s it! You’re ready to share, gift or keep for yourself.
I used pieces of fabric from Dena’s Little Azalea collection for these two pieces. It gives them a youthful, playful look. Choose different prints and embellishments for a totally different look. You don’t even have to use fabric. Scrapbooking papers work just as well. Or print out a page of sheet music. Maybe a page out of the dictionary. Whatever style suits your fancy. It’s entirely up to you.
You could also use these slightly larger frames for silhouettes like this one. I particularly like the idea of making silhouettes of the family and hanging them together on a wide ribbon, each frame running vertically down the wall–a great present for grandparents.
I wish I had time to exhaust all the ideas I have for these inexpensive frames. Unfortunately, I do not have that kind of time, nor do I have any minions. Instead, I’ll leave you with a bit of inspiration and some ideas. Now it’s up to you to take it and make it.
The last five days seem a bit foggy to me. I don’t feel like I really accomplished very much. But when I start thinking about the details, I realize I was bit more productive than I thought. For instance, I added to my stack of 3/4″ hexies in Kaffe prints.Loom knit a baby blanket for a soon to arrive grandniece.Played with Mod Podge and Phoomph. (I’ll have all the details on this one and how to make it within the next day or two.)I even managed to knit one and half socks this weekend. On top of all that, I read Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, White Fire by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston and am near the end of American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodward.
Phew! I’m ready for a new week. What about you? Was it a productive weekend? Are you ready to begin a new week?