From Cotton Time:
These photos are from the Nov. issue.
The Jan. issue is on its way!
Jenn : )
I thought the holidays were busy BEFORE I had a baby!
Good Lord – I still have Christmas presents to wrap!
But, I did manage to get one crafty Christmas project finished…
…finished at 11:59 pm Christmas night…
…but finished nonetheless.
I wish you all a wonderful 2010!
Jenn : )
(P.S. I got this stocking pattern from Martha Stewart. I added the embroidered names and substituted French knots for sequins. I am very happy with the results, but I found the sizing of this pattern was a bit wonky (how does Martha let that happen??) and cutting out the felt for the cuffs was a bit tedious… but, as most Martha projects come with some ultra time-consuming component, this wasn’t a surprise, and I think it was worth the effort in the end.)
Well, readers, if you haven’t already figured it out,
our regularly scheduled Two Spoonfuls post has been delayed this week.
My foodie partner is neck deep in boxes, so we’ll skip this week and will post again on the 22nd.
Now unpack those pots and pans, Ginny!
We’re enjoying a lovely sunny day here.
Josh is out for a bike ride with the guys and I’m going back and forth between the kitchen and my studio. Yesterday I was inspired to start a new project for my shop, after receiving the latest issue of my favorite Japanese craft magazine: Cotton Time. (I’ve been stalking Superbuzzy like crazy waiting for the new issue to arrive!)
I had to get just a bit of this Matryoshka linen blend, too.
Last night I collected my scraps of Japanese linen and canvas fabrics,
gave them a good wash and ironing, and started cutting.
I’ll have more photos of what I’ve got in mind for them as I get more done.
In the meantime – here are some photos from Cotton Time that might inspire you:
The little sheep pouch…..*sigh*.
Isn’t this purse pretty? I’d be afraid to spoil it by using it.
Have a great day!
Jenn : )
Hi there – I hope you all had a nice weekend.
Yesterday we stayed in. There was an America’s Next Top Model marathon on,
so I camped out infront of the tv and finished embroidering a flurry of these little guys:
I recently got my November issue of Cotton Time magazine.
Here, I’ll give you a peek inside!
Tiny ornaments – I may have to make these for next year.
An interactive felt book for kids – fun!
I think we should all take a day off and make fuzzy hedgehogs - who’s in?!?
Have a fabulous day!
Jenn : )
Here is how the little owl needlebooks turned out. I used tiny beads for the eyes. (You can click on the photo to zoom, and don’t mind the purple mark on the right… that’s just some disappearing ink that hasn’t disappeared yet. Sometimes that stuff fades in seconds and sometimes it hangs around for awhile.)
So yesterday I decided to put aside my to-do list and instead,
worked on some random things that I just felt like doing.
And in the afternoon I tackled my first Japanese sewing pattern. This is a little bag that I fell in love with almost a year ago. So cute! I’ve been meaning to give the “pattern” a try ever since. I say “pattern” because not only are the instructions all in Japanese, but this pattern didn’t even have much in the way of measurements. Some Japanese patterns give the measurements in centimeters, which is very helpful. But this one didn’t. So I was basically winging it on this one.
All-in-all I’m pretty happy with how my first attempt came out.
It’s not perfect, but now that I’ve done it, I know what to change on the next one.
When Josh saw it he started describing how he’d go about photographing it for the shop….. so I guess I’ll be making some of these in the future (??) He thinks I should make a little carrot coin purse to go with it…. I’ll have to add that to the long list of things on that to-do list of mine.
Now that I’m back to being “Frugal Jenn”,
I’ll show you a few things that I splurged on over the last couple weeks:
A button bouquet! From Lilfishstudios.
(She has a poppy bouquet in her shop right now – red and black, gorgeous!)
I bought this lovely necklace from deciduoussoul.
It is really pretty in person – the ribbon is such a nice touch.
And I bought “Lusty Lip Lush” from DressGreen and I love it!
I also got her grapefruit exfoliating scrub and it is wonderful.
It’s fun to use, smells great and really does leave my skin so soft.
I went back and got her moisturizer, too!
Today I’m working on business card wallets and monster bath mitts….
….or was that monster card wallets and business bath mitts?
Thanks so much to all of you who left me comments on my little quilt: Ginny, mikiye creations and Megan!
Josh and I were in such a rush to get everything together, that I didn’t have time to post that we were headed out on a red-eye flight for a long weekend in Florida. We went down to visit my Grandparents – it was wonderful to see them! (I even gave Grandma the little quilt that I made for her – it got rave reviews.)
I decided to take a technology break and left the laptop in Seattle. I was a little hesitant at first – but Grandma and Grandpa kept us so busy I hardly thought about it.
We had good weather and saw lots of neat things and played a ALOT of card games!
Here are a couple photos of the peacocks that we saw at the Fountain of Youth, in St. Augustine. The Fountain of Youth is located near the approximate spot where Ponce de Leon first came ashore in Florida.
At the Fountain of Youth you can actually take a drink from the water that flows from the fountain.
(And for those of you who are curious – youth tastes kind of funky, like sulfur! Go figure. Ha!)
We had a wonderful time – but now we’re back and we’ve got plenty to do.
I’m going to be participating in a craft fair over in Phinney Ridge here in Seattle in the beginning of April. This will be the first fair that I’ve done – so I’m very excited about how I’ll set up my tables and get more items created to take with me. I’ll be very busy right up until the show. I’ll try to get some photos of the fair to share – and some of my table, too.
And tomorrow night is LOST – I think I’ll make a fish pie in honor of our British friends who I hope will join us for the show : )
Thanks again for your great comments -
It’s good to be home!
Jenn : )
Josh and I have had a fun Saturday so far. We slept in (ummmmm) and then took a trip to Uwajimaya this morning. Uwajimaya is an Asian market located in downtown Seattle in the international district.
As we drove into the parking lot we noticed that the market validates parking for up to two hours. “Ha!” I laughed, “We won’t be here anywhere near two hours.”
As we left – the parking attendant was kind enough to overlook the fact that we had been there for 2 hours and 3 minutes…
I can’t help it – when I go there I just want to look at every single thing in the store. And before you know it – 2 hours have flown by. The front of the market is a grocery store – filled with beautiful produce and meats and seafoods, etc. Then there are shelves of non-perishables, a bakery, a bookstore, a Hello Kitty section and more. Then there is the sushi counter and the food court. We had a tasty lunch of chicken and rice and a little salad.
I wish I had taken my camera with me. I don’t have any photos of the market itself – but I can show you some of the goodies that I brought home:
This book is filled with plush animal projects and is titled “The Cute Book“. Now, how could I pass that up?!? (This book is the only one that I bought that is in English – the other two are in Japanese.)
These are some of the foods that we brought home – some Pocky, bread and papaya cakes. I also found these little plastic containers that I’ll use in my studio. I can always use containers for buttons and little bits and doodads.
And this is a gift for my brother. Each April (when we remember to do it) we send each other something that we think will make the other person laugh. This package is filled with dried little fish and shrimp – heads, eyes and all, and it says “Let’s Party” on the package. It will go nicely with the belly-dancing instruction tape I got him a couple years ago.
Have a great weekend everyone!
: ) Jenn
Good Morning 2007!
I’ve been meaning to do a post about some of the materials I use, and since I woke up this morning to a nice comment and question here – I thought I’d go ahead and say a word about felt and fabric.
I started out using craft store felt and found that there really is a difference in quality between the less expensive variety and the kind you pay a bit more for. That’s not to say that I don’t ever use craft store felt, but I look very closely at it before I buy it. I have a craft store near me that carries good white felt that I use for the pages of my sewing books. You’ll know right away if it is of lesser quality because you’ll be able to hold up cheap felt and see through it (yuck!) and it will have a kind of shiny look to it, which I don’t like.
When I want to buy a really nice “felt” for my projects I go to Pacific Fabrics. But I don’t go to their felt section. I go to their wool section. Wool or wool blend is the way to go to get beautiful colors and that great soft texture. I look at the texture of the fabric very closely and the edges to see how cleanly it will cut (some will fray more than others). These wools are about $20 a yard.
For fabrics I like to shop at Pacific Fabrics and also online. There are many great sites to find fabrics that you won’t see in regular stores. Japanese fabrics are unique and very whimsical and popular. Here are a few of the online shops I like: Superbuzzy (they also carry Japanese craft magazines which are great inspiration), Reprodepot (they also have a very nice ribbon/trim selection), International Fabric Collection (I’ve been to their shop in PA – I could spend days there!) and Purlsoho (they have a lovely shop).
Investing in good quality felt and fabric can be intimidating at first. I started slowly, incorporating what I could afford into my projects. But I find that my felt projects tend to be smaller in scale – so a little felt goes a long way. You can cut the cost by buying a 1/4 or 1/2 yard instead of a full yard and by all means save your scraps! I keep three bins for my felt scraps: one for large pcs, one for small pcs and one for teeny tiny pieces : )
Hope this answers some questions and gives you direction for finding great materials to use in your projects. Once you use the good stuff you won’t want to go back to the cheap stuff again. And your work will look so nice!
Jenn : )
Hello! Just thought I’d take a couple quick photos of a project that I’ll be finishing soon and then listing in my Etsy shop.
This will be a little sewing set that includes a
pincushion and a sewing book (also called a “pin book” or “needle book”).
The sewing book will be similar to my larger ones, but scaled down to a smaller size. I thought it would be fun to offer a small sized set for folks who like little things (like I do!) or want a travel sized sewing set.
I will only be making two of this particular set, but I have a few other themes in the works, including: hedgehogs, Scotty dogs, dragonflies, butterflies, bumblebees and kittens.
Can’t wait to get them in the shop – new items for the coming New Year!
And Happy New Year to you!
: ) Jenn