Monday, January 31, 2011


So, I guess when I told you that you would see a project or two that I made using the new "Soul Blossoms" fabrics, you might have said to yourself... O.K., yeah right, but how long from now... right? Well.... ha! Here it is and just before the last day in January... wheh! That was close.

I've been having a really great time making these loop scarves (inspiration found here) with a few adjustments, especially on the width and length. So far they have simply been Christmas and birthday presents, but my fingers are itching to start a big production line of these...

Speaking of Amy, did you know that she's coming to Germany! That's right, here in good 'ol Deutschland! She will be at the Internationale Fachmesse für Handarbeit + Hobby in Köln... but she'll only be there Friday and Saturday if you plan to go... let's just say that it's already written in my calendar.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Same 'ol Love Song

Each time I get a new fabric collection in, I spew out a flurry of love gushes, over the top adorations, and claims that THIS collection has now become my favorite collection of them all. Sometimes I feel like such a fair-weathered fan... so quickly bestowing my affections on the new "flavor of the month" and forsaking the one before that I had sworn all-time allegiance to. But this time instead of pouring out my claims of undying love (yes, we are still talking about fabric here), I thought I would just let the new fabrics from Amy Butler's "Soul Blossoms" line speak for themselves...

... and then you can sing your own mushy love songs.

Despite my efforts to restrain myself, I must admit that I am totally infatuated with the "Fuchsia Tree" fabrics... but with good reason. When I was in college, I had written a paper about Art Nouveau. Immediately I was in awe and completely captivated by the distinct design style. The nature inspired style, earthy lines, with flowing, climbing movements really spoke to me. These two fabrics in particular remind me of time period and make me think of one of my favorite artists from the period, Alphonse Mucha.

So, it's not so difficult to see why Amy's fabrics have been the source of inspiration for several new things that I am working on... if you're lucky, they'll show up here very soon. Do you need a little more time to ohhh and ahhh?... check out the "Soul Blossoms" collection here.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Pay it Forward

It appears as though it is a good thing thing that I am not one to make New Year's resolutions... I would have already done quite poorly at my first attempt to post more regularly. (it's already the middle of January and this is the first!) But I have so many things that daily keep me so unusually busy, which to tell you all about it would be breaking the second of what I would have resolved NOT to do for 2011. (if I were a resolution making kinda girl)

Quality time things would make the top of my list like writing more beautifully decorated "snail mail" letters (thanks Kathrin!), actually keeping up with my e-mails, visiting more often with friends, and the list goes on. How is it that we have such a tendency to get so busy that really important things often get left on the back burner. Time is always so precious, but gone so quickly.

But despite the fact that I never make resolutions (maybe it is the realist in me that doesn't want to over-promise and under-deliver), I did decide to take on one that I plan to keep. A friend sent me this and I decided it would be fun to do:

Pay it Forward 2011: I promise to send something handmade to the first 5 people who leave a comment here... They must in turn post this on their blog and send something they make to the first 5 people who comment on their status. The rules are that it must be handmade by you, and it must be sent to your 5 people sometime in 2011.

Wow, a whole year to Pay it Forward... I think that is doable, how about you?
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