Finally my poor sewing machine has made the journey to and from the Brother Repair centre in Tennessee and is home safe, sound and in great working order again. But the wonderful generosity of Tarah meant that I managed to get a few crafty projects off the ground over the winter – especially given how ill we have been. In my previous sewing post I mentioned that I had made some cushions for the sofa. I finished their felt companions recently. They do look a little duller than I expected, but they help to make the futon a little more curl-uppable.
After receiving my lovely button brooch from friends in the UK last month, I remembered that I had picked up a jar of old buttons while rummaging on the 61 Mile Yard Sale a couple of years ago. So I ferreted them out and had a sort through. It was pretty much dross, but I found enough to have a go soon at making a pretty hodgepodge of a brooch like the one I was sent, and the leftovers I glued together this week into some funny little button/felt pins to brighten up my summer cardies:
I also managed to finally complete the bunting I have been making for Kazuo’s room. I was in the middle of making his birthday bunting when I received Handmade Home for Christmas. I hadn’t considered making a bunting a permanent fixture in the home until then, but I loved the idea of the single-word banners in this book. So much so that I barely made any changes to the original idea on the cover – except to pluralise, use my own font and change the end images. I’m not too good at dreaming up my own crafty ideas, though I usually use published ideas to fuel my crafts, but then I stumbled across the delightful toadstools that Janelle at Heartfelt was using to embellish her crafts. They are so lovely and I am totally in her debt for the inspiration – I urge you to check out her Etsy site – her upcycled kids clothes are simply delightful! Kaz seems quite taken with his bunting (a ‘baba’ – just like everything else beginning with/containing a ‘b’ – there are surprisingly many of those!) and it will hopefully create good dreaming karma in his little space:
We made a trip to Hobby Lobby last week (still so profoundly disappointed with fabric selections in this town…) so there are now a range of spring sewing projects in the pipeline. Yayy for the return of the machine! There may be more to come…