I am so excited about the pretty, colorful package that just arrived from Katie, who organized the second Vintage Sheet Swap — perfect timing to receive on about the hundredth gray, rainy, dreary day in a row. I really needed the colorful pick-me-up! I sent in ten vintage sheet fat quarters and got these lovelies back from swappers all over the place. Katie was a magnificent organizer (with a super cute Etsy shop) and the variety of prints I got back is so cool — totally surpassed my expectations!
These two are my favorites of all, I was beaming when I saw them. The pink one is a print I especially love, that I have had in the blue/green colorway for years and have made many favorite projects with (like this sunglasses case for CRAFT:), and I have seen a photo of this other color palette, but now I own some! Heaven!
And the blue is Vera… heart. I actually have the matching pillowcases in my linen closet, they’re total treasures.
Here’s what I sent. I was too frazzled to take a photo of my actual 10 FQs but these are the linens I cut them from: I sent one of the one on the left (lightest floral, this was the sweetest pillowcase), and three each of the three on the right. I really do like these four together, very cheery.
Last, I would like to sincerely apologize to my fellow swappers — I got horribly sick earlier this month (which is also why I haven’t been posting, like, at all) and was just down for the count, and bedbound. My package went out late and Katie was so cool about it. I’m sorry, everyone else! I hope you’ve all gotten your packages and that you love yours as much as I do… and that whoever got some of mine is happy, too. And wow, for those who sent in and received the maximum 80 FQs, you must be on pretty-print overload!
Hope you have a wonderful long weekend!
Wow, two weeks since I posted last, huh? Things have been so crazy lately — first there was the excellent and busy Crafty Wonderland weekend, then Pearl turned two (yay!) and there was plenty going on for that… plus lots of work and regular stuff, and then in the middle of that whirlwind (thankfully, after the birthday festivities) I ended up super, super sick. It’s taken a week to feel even slightly like myself again, but boy, I am glad to even be this much better!
I have gotten to do a few fun craft projects lately, so I thought I’d finally share those. First, I signed up for a really great handmade kids’ clothes swap and we sent out our packages earlier this spring. I’ve been longing to post these photos, but my recipient in Scotland didn’t get my package for a few extra weeks (thanks to the volcano tangling everything up on that side of things) and I didn’t want to spoil the surprise!
In the swap draw, I got a sweet little almost-one-year old who loves bright colors and bold patterns. Of course I grabbed my trusty favorite kids’ pattern, Burda 9772, and used some extremely bright and bold fabric from my stash (I remember lining a bag with this about four years ago, but hadn’t touched it since) to make a simple pair of pants and a matching embellished t-shirt. Her initial is I, so I used that as part of the shirt decoration!
My swap sender turned out to be a super crafter in Brooklyn who made this lovely dress for my tall, lanky Pearl… she paired this awesome soft olive green corduroy with a cool large-scale paisley print. They look so nice together.
The back has an ingenious button closure that can be moved, so when she’s bigger and taller, it can evolve into a smock top to wear with jeans. Such a great idea.
I also made a Mother’s Day craft project that I highly recommend! I used this tutorial on Design*Sponge to turn an 8 x 10 side-view photo of Pearl into a template to cut my very first silhouettes.
It was a surprisingly easy gift that everyone loved — I made one for my mom (pink background), one for my mother-in-law (blue), and one for us (patterned) in about an hour, with one practice version to try things out in there too. I had a terrible time getting a decent photo behind glass (btw, they’re in Ribba frames from Ikea), but it really is a fun project to try. I’m excited to do one every year now — maybe a smaller version to put in a photo album with snapshots, or for a holiday card?
Oh, and the garden is super happy (except that all kinds of sneaky things seem to love eating my chard), I’ll post some Week 5 photos tomorrow! I was excited to see how much everything has grown.