Yep, moved back to Blogger. Come visit (but I'll warn you now, as of tonight there isn't much there).
Yep, moved back to Blogger. Come visit (but I'll warn you now, as of tonight there isn't much there).
Over Christmas I was involved with a Secret Santa gift exchange. It was so much fun. Making gifts and then waiting for my own gift.
About a week before Christmas I got a package in the mail. It rattled if I shook it. Hmmm, I wanna open it but I was a good girl and didn't open it til Christmas morning. Ohhhh inside I got this:
The fabric thing is a fabulous Infinity Scarf. The seamstress used fabulous colors and I love that I can turn it this way or that way and get a couple of different color combos. Here is a tutorial for you.
I got 3 winter/Christmas cards designed by Drea aka Ttoz at Spoonflower. Look at them here as a kit for Christmas ornaments. Aren't they great? I love the detail on them.
The other thing in the package, the rattling thing was (yes, was because I already used them, hahahaha) were bath salts. Ahhhhh, perfect for relaxing after the hustle and bustle of Christmas (shopping!).
Thank you Drea!
A sewing kit that was light pink but I dyed it orange. I made a lavender/flax seed eyepillow to go inside. Because I had extra lavender I made a little lavender sachet out of some fab orangy organza; the organza has teeny flecks of glitter in the fabric. I wanted to dress that up so I made an organza flower and beaded the inside of it with orange and gold beads. Bwhahahah, because I loved that flower so much I made a second one and turned that into a pin.
I use this fabulous olive oil soap and found a brand that has olive oil and lavendar mix. Yum, the olive oil is great because it doesn't dry out your skin like regular soap does and the lavender is just plain relaxing. I had some orange wool roving so I covered the soap and felted it down. Soap and a washcloth combined!
Then I got a wild hair and used some of that orange wood and created little felted balls, beaded that and turned them into earrrings. The earrings needed to be in something so I sewed up that little bag using a tutorial similar to this one. That tut uses a full FQ but I only needed a small one for the earrings so I used the scraps from the eye pillow.
It was a couple of days of fun crafting for me. Now I only hope she's not allergic to wool or lavender!
Here is my possible novelty plus coordinates design. Gators on vacation and they brought along some friends. I still have a week or so to change my mind and do something else. But I like these gators. They're friendly and they dress well...for gators. But maybe, since I'm on vacation - I'll do a watercolor or something.
Sigh, I'm sooo bad at updating my blog! Must.get.into.the.habit.again.
Today I did some dying. I found something that was covered in cute fabric but it was the wrong color. So I dyed it. And I made a cute flower out of fabric. And am planning on sewing up some things.
'Cept I can't show you because it's a gift. A secret Santa gift.
Bwhahaha, this is why I don't post blog posts...I have nothing to show!
Nor do I have any words of wisdom. Hmmm, do I have a funny story to tell? Ummmm, how about....nah, that wasn't really all that funny. What about....nah, not funny either.
Ok, that's it I guess. Nothing happening here, all's quiet on this front.
Last Friday I got the whole collection of colorways for my collection. It's beautiful, gorgeous and so yummy I want to eat it. LOL.
Connecting Threads changed the name of the collection and came up with a better name than Laundry Day. Really only 2 of the designs had actual laundry/clothes on it so the name they came up with is much better. I'm really happy with it.
I designed a logo for it. I didn't realize it was for the collection so I did one with my name. This is it sorta kinda (this is quite modified but the flavor is there).
They did it in black and white, replaced my name with the new collection name and my name in regular font. Seeing it gave me a thrill. The font they used is better than what I used and it's just so danged cute seeing it all together.
I won't be showing it here until it comes out but I was dying to give you just a little taste.
It's tasty isn't it?
Halloween is fast approaching. My kidlets are older now, they make their own costumes although they usually come to me for help. Which is perfect. Gives me an opportunity to be involved but I don't have to sweat thru making an entire costume. I miss how cute they were but I don't miss the days and nights it took me to make their costumes. Because I'd go all out. My daugher is going to be Zipperface.
Scary eh? But very, very easy.
The son has been in the big city so he hasn't said what he's doing. Danger, danger! That is usually a sign that at the last minute I'll be helping him pull something together. Hmmm, we'll see.
At work someone is doing this pass it forward type of thing. You fill a bag with candy and leave it anonymously on someone's desk. It's not that I'm not into paying it forward but really Halloween isn't a big reason for me to give a gift. hahaha, nobody comes to our house so I don't even buy candy.
Yesterday I found a big orange bag at my desk. See? Here it is:
Today I come into work and there is ANOTHER smaller orange bag filled with candy, an orange plastic cup and this time a different brand of cornbread mix. Yes, cornbread mix.
Larry the Cable Guy cornbread mix.
What? Why cornbread mix for Halloween? I'm scared. 1. I can't figure out why 2 diff people gave me Halloween gifts. 2. What is up with cornbread mix? Especially Larry the Cable Guy cornbread mix?
Weird, very weird.
Shut the front door! Guess what? I WON the Connecting Threads Design Contest. With this collection of design. Photo credit by Connecting Threads.
There were some really good designs in the Top 5 and I was sweating it when I saw them. Leslie Walton, Lee Heinrich, Alexandra Coyle, and Jessica Majers. We all have such different styles and each one of them stands up as fabulous. Each day that CT posted one of the collections I had to step back and look at them and give them points for what I saw as fabric that I'd buy for different projects I might sew. And yes, I could see myself buying some of those fabrics.
So I knew it would be close. I know each of those designers put forth a whole lot of heart and soul into their designs and I'm happy we were all in the Top 5 together. I loved seeing the comments on each of the designs: having support from people is pretty awesome. I was struck with how loyal some of the posters were to their chosen design/designer and thought how cool it is to have the support.
My support system is made up of my family and friends, and,my friends who have a common interest in textile design. I have to thank them for being unfailingly supportive and for listening to me wonder how the contest would go. I love that my friends will tell me when a design isn't working; it makes me a better designer to know why and decide whether it's a personal choice or it's a design issue. And doubly love the people who read the CT blog who don't know me and who posted sweet things about my designs. I want to make them happy with my fabric designs.
I have to thank Connecting Threads for the chance to participate in the contest, and the support they gave me to come up with a cohesive collection. Melissa was awesome, she answered every question I had and communicated timely and quickly. She gave good feedback and is a fabulous spokesperson for CT.
Credit also has to go to Spoonflower. No, they didn't have anything to do with this contest but I'm a designer there who's learned how to design by putting my designs up there and am learning by hook or by crook what sells and what doesn't. It's been invaluable to me. And my community there? Fabulous is the word.
Yesterday morning I woke up to my flatscreen being dark. Dead. It stared at me with a dead eye. No light emanating from it. Is it plugged in? Yep. Cables attached to the cpu? Yep. It's dead. I can't say it didn't warn me. The last week or so when it was sleeping and I nudged the mouse it took a few minutes to wake up. Kind of like a really old dog that just opens one eye and looks at you when you nudge her because she's 18 and no longer wakes up when you step over her.
Remember the days of teeny tiny monitors? I'd forgotten how teeny they are and how bad the resolution because for the last 2 years I've worked on a flat screen widescreen monitor. It's not huge but it's 22 inches.
I have extra monitors (who keeps extra monitors?) I have a 20 pound behemoth with an 18 inch screen that I lifted up onto the desk, plugged it in and yay it worked! Urrrgh, yes, it turns on, but it has no RED channel. Everything is green. White pages are seafoam green (not my favorite color). Peoples faces are dark green with brilliant green lips.
This is not going to work. I have design work to do!
I pull out the second monitor - actually I asked my husband to do it as it was outside in the barn. This one has a teeny screen, maybe 12 inches. But the colors are ok so in a pinch it will have to do.
Reluctantly I'm going out to look for monitors. Something affordable because Christmas is coming and I wasn't planning on spending money on household things (is it weird that I think a monitor is a household thing?) hahaha, it's not weird to me because I spend so much time on my computer.
Puts a hold on my fabric buying spree for this month tho. Now I'm bummed and am going to start keening.
I have some faves that always entertain me, wow me or give me fits of jealousy errrr, inspiration.
Here are a few: Ryan Walsh. Just Arting Around, Scrummy Things, Crazy Aunt Purl, Shiny Orange Dreams, Beck and Lundy, and the one I've read the longest is Small Works in Wool. Oh, and I can't forget Notions because I'm in it!
Some of the bloggers here are friends, people I've met via the Web, others have no idea I check in at their blogs for inspiration and chuckles. In any case, I should thank them because they make me want to do better at what I do and they all make me laugh for one reason or another. Many of them have tutorials too...go look at them. Be ready to read for a long time tho!
Oh, btw, I have others that I read, but I didn't want to overwhelm you with reading material.