I have a weakness for pintucking on any fabric, but on linen it's even better. I can't help myself from buying clothing with pintucks, I just love them.
Years ago I bought a linen pintucked blouse on the clearance rack at Old Navy, it was some ridiculous low price around $5. The only problem was, it was fluorescent yellow. I did wear it but not very often and I could never bring myself to give it to goodwill. It hang in my closet for many years. Fast forward to last summer, I was tub dyeing with some friends on our kids clothing and I threw the fluorescent yellow top in with a batch of blue. It came out a beautiful blue-green. The bummer is that when I tried wearing it, it no longer fit me. It was too big, which is better than it being too small but still I couldn't really wear it anymore.
Anyway, this long story brings me to today's post. I wanted to make my sister-in-law a birthday present and I've been wanting to try Amy's pattern for the Artsy Clutch from her book. I cut up the blouse, matched it up with some pretty fabric for the lining, found a big button in my stash and whaa laa! A cute little clutch that I hope she will enjoy.
I spent the last couple of days cleaning up my crafting space and it is really starting to come together. I don't have any before and after photos here to show you, but it has become a bit of a mess lately. I am in need of more storage space and all of my unfinished projects were beginning to take over. I still need to make a trip to Ikea and buy some shelving, but for now my cutting table is cleared off and I feel like I can get some crafting done in there.
I was in bed last night reading Lotta's Simple Sewing book when I came across the pillowcase pattern. It seems like it should be a no-brainer to make a pillowcase but I had never made one before and she has a technique to fold over a flap which becomes a nice finished edge. Johnnie and I were in Joann's about a month ago and Johnnie fell in love with some race car fabric, I bought just a 1/4 of a yard and told him I would make him something out of it. So, last night while reading the pillowcase pattern I thought, I'll make him a pillowcase...now! I hopped out of bed, found two coordinating fabrics to make up the two pieces that I would need, sewed it all together, sneaked in to his room and stole a pillow, put the new pillowcase on and was back in bed an hour later. I think I owe this success to the cleaned off cutting table, it felt so accessible, I knew I didn't have other projects laid out all over the table and so it felt like I could do this project right then and I'm glad I did. What a great start to the weekend, and Johnnie loved the pillow. The adorable Raggedy Andy was made by my very talented Mom for Johnnie when he was born.
Once upon a time I worked for a really wonderful company called Broderbund Software. I was there from 1990 until 1999. It was a fun place to work, I looked forward to going to work every day.
Every two or so years, we get together for a reunion, and amazingly a couple hundred people still want to get together and see old friends that they worked with a long time ago.
The former founder and president of the company hosts this event at his big beautiful home. Most of these photos are from the tea garden, it is really amazing.
This is where we spent the day on Saturday reconnecting with many old friends. My husband and I met working there together so the reunion is really fun for both of us.
I have to give credit to my husband for these lovely photos. On the crafting front, I still seem to be in bit of a fog, but a couple of projects are moving along slowly but surely. Turkey Feathers is hosting a "Finish What You Have" challenge, and I am joining in! Maybe this is just what I need to get me moving.
Also, just wanted to say that Gena over at Monkeyporkbun has been so kind to me lately. First, she gave me a "Nice Matters" award! I am so flattered, what a thoughtful award. And then, she sent me the cutest little stuffed fish that is stuffed with some lavender. It smells divine! I haven't taken a photo yet, but I see a photo of it on Gena's header over at her blog. Gena and I live in adjacent towns and she is the only crafty blogger that I know in my immediate area, so I am glad to have found her. Thanks Gena!
Finally! I have finished this wool felt Christmas wall hanging. I started this little project well over a year ago. I love this folk art look for Christmas decorations and the wool felt is really easy to work with. I got to practice a LOT of french knots on this little project. Santa's hair is all french knots. I picked up this pattern at a quilt show a while back, the pattern is available here.