Monday, March 29, 2010

Burlap and Linen

Urban Home Goods Project?Burlap Coffee Sacks
I have been drawn to burlap for a long time and have yet to do anything about it! Then the Urban Home swap came along and I had to be prepared! The partner pairings will be handed out today, so the timing for my new package of linen and burlap could not have been better timed! I have been loving the Maya*Made baskets and have had the pattern for awhile. Now I have the burlap so nothing should be holding me back. I am thinking that once I make one, perhaps I can do a little something for my partner.
Linen is also something I love to use and receive in swaps. Especially linen paired with patchwork. I have been getting linen at JoAnn's and then using Essex cotton as a faux linen, but decided it was time to have some in the stash in fun colors. I just needed a little nudge and this flickr picture and recommendation from Penny at Sewtakeahike. Looking in Penny's photostream alone has me in linen project heaven. I think it is going to be fabulous!
Finally I have been busy getting ready for Ellie's birthday and Easter . . . convenient this year because she turns 3 on Easter Sunday. I am making all her gifts except the American Girl Bitty Twin that her grandmother picked up for a joint gift to both kids. I almost have a matching dress made for both girl and doll and will share a photo soon, they are too cute! I did finish off a little sample stitching piece I have been working on to hone my skills a bit and thought why not make it into something. So here is another gift for Ellie and her bunnies!
Birthday Gift for EllieBirthday Gift
The pattern is a Sublime Stitching Pattern from the designer Black Apple. It is a great pattern and I hope to stitch them all up! Ellie was given a pink snuggle bunny as an infant and it quickly became her comfort item, she doesn't go anywhere without bunny. I searched many a store and finally found a second bunny or as we called it "back-up bunny". Which turned out to be a bad plan. She quickly caught onto the two bunnies and has to have both bunny and "udder-bunny"! Everynight and many times during the day, she puts a hand towel on the bunnies and puts them to bed. I thought that making the stitching into a bunny blanket would make a great birthday gift. We will see, Miss Ellie is a creature of habit and might just not give up the hand towel!
Finally I was able to ship off a box with some project kits today for my SIL's upcoming birthday. She has been sewing up a storm since the holidays and her gift I was making her for last year's birthday is in a UFO pile somewhere, I thought perhaps she would enjoy a gift she would actually see! So she will have a coaster kit, a needle book kit and also an apron panel with the directions and pattern pieces coming her way. I think she will love them. The apron panel is available at KC Custom Fabrics.
Apron Panel and threadSome thread tooBirthday Gift to SIL


Heather said...

YOU are gonna rock this swap!! I can't wait to see what you come up with... using all those goodies!!

and your stitching is too cute... lucky baby girl!! :)


sewshesews said...

I LOVE those baskets, holy cow! I can't wait to see what you make! Happy birthday to cute little Ellie :)

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