I had a sweet surprise yesterday. My friend, Tricia, whom I've known for several years now dropped by. Our girls have played volleyball together, currently go to highschool together and Trish and I have been in Bible study together on many occassions. She saw this book and thought of me. I love that!
The author, Erin McKean, has a blog called A Dress A Day where she chronicles her love of vintage clothing and patterns. She began writing a series of posts which became the makings of the book. It looks to be a very fun read. Thanks Tricia!
Last week I showed you the many petals I was making. Today I'd like to share with you the finished blossom pin. I have been busily making them as a baby shower favor for my friend who's shower is this weekend.
I found the tutorial for the pins here. They were really fun to make and are a great way to use up scraps. I really enjoyed stringing the petals and seeing how the different fabrics came together.
Most were made while watching a movie. It goes really fast when you have everything ready to go. For my flowers I used eight petals on the bottom and six on the top. I made a couple of pins with the left over petals and I like those the best, each petal being different.
They are cute pinned on a sweater, jacket or purse. So many different ways to package them, but this reminded me of spring. We are having a rainy day today and I can see some green poking it's way through the ground. I will enjoy these flowers until the real ones come!
For Valentine's Day my husband had me do alittle online shopping with Cath Kidston. Ordered on Feb. 9, it arrived yesterday. Something about a delay in customs. Pure torture on my end. Look at the beautiful mailing envelope!
This is the bag I chose. I'm in love. Roses in March, I'll take them anyway I can get them! It feels like I'm carrying a garden on my arm.
I also couldn't pass up this darling little card of buttons. I don't know if I'll ever be able to take them off the card as they are too cute to remove from it. It's amazing how a little Cath can brighten a day.
I'm in the middle of several projects that I wish I could share with you but some are custom order gifts for people who read my blog and others that can't be disclosed yet either.
The past few days have found me making these fluttery petals for a project I will show you when finished. It's quick and easy and is boosting my spirits with colors of spring. I got a kick out of my daughter yesterday when she saw me piling the petals in my favorite vintage pyrex bowl. She started to laugh and gave me that "of course you would" look. It made me think about the things I love that I use that other people might not ~
I wear the vintage aprons I buy at flea markets,
I carry crocheted hankies in my purse and use them,
I prefer random floral, chipped plates on my table
over matched sets,
I burn the bunny shaped candles sitting on the vintage tablecloths that don't fit my table
I will wear a hat if the occassion calls for one (in my opinion)
the list goes on and on...
I have a hunch that most of the people who read my blog do the same things and I'm so glad to belong to a blogging community that shares the same interests as me as well as the many things I learn from the ones that have other interests than mine. What a blessing you all are!
I found this darling image on Flickr today. I'm amazed at how we take scary children's stories and turn them into pretty little books and cards. This is a get well card! Oh my, get well or you might be eaten by the big bad wolf!
My teenage daughter and her friends are anxiously waiting the arrival of this movie set to come out next week. Ok, maybe I'm alittle excited too!
Jodi, from Pleasant Home has been doing a series of posts on taking better pictures for your blog. Teresa, from Meadowbrook Farm has been doing a series on photography as well. I have been practicing.
no flash - auto mode - natural light
I can tell that the natural light is much better except I do like the first picture, even though that might be because I like the richness of colors and patterns around the vase.
no flash - auto mode - artificial light
This picture, of my new book, however, doesn't photograph well under artifical light. Sometimes, when the skies of Michigan are seemingly forever gray, I have to take pictures in artificial light.
no flash - auto mode - natural light
Jodi is going to be doing a post on taking pictures in artificial light so I'm looking forward to those tips. Compared to these women, I have a long way to go. Practice, practice, practice. My camera is a Canon Rebel XT. Have a wonderful day today, friends!