Well, Hubs and I are all a-flutter over our Soup Swap Party coming up. What to make, what to make? Here are a few ideas. What is your favorite soup? Do you have a great recipe you’d like to share?
eat make read’s Butternut Squash Soup with Pear, Cider, and Vanilla
smitten kitchen’s Baked Potato Soup
Soup Chick’s Double Goodness Tomato Soup
A Thousand Soups’ Cream 0f Broccoli Soup with Bacon and Cheddar
Deja Vu’s Split Pea and Ham Soup
January 22 is the 5th annual National Soup Swap day. You make a big pot of soup, freeze it, and call up a bunch of friends. I’m totally in! Now I’m going to have to figure out what soup or soups I’m going to make. Soups on folks!
First of all if you haven’t heard of Joel Henriques and his blog, Made by Joel then you need to drop everything you are doing and go there immediately. Seriously! I love this guy’s projects. One in particular that looked, (and was) easy and lots of fun is his fabric nesting dolls project. I made a set for two of our closest family friends and one set for my youngest, but these won’t be the last that I do I can promise you that! It combined both sewing and drawing, two areas where I’m really hoping to expand my talents this upcoming year. Drawing the little figures which I based on the actual friends I gave the dolls to, was such a kick! And the dolls themselves are very versatile. Since they stand on their own they can be moved as dolls or puppets. You could probably even turn them into game pieces if you wanted!
I joked that people would think my 4 year old drew them, but everyone seemed to be able to see themselves in their doll. Pretty cool since I consider myself someone who can’t draw at all. I’m realizing that thinking of myself as such has been a major barrier and I’m hoping to really get over that in the next months. Hmmm… sounds like what I said two years ago when I decided to start this blog and teach myself to sew and now look at me! I’ve been selling my hand sewn clothing and accessories for almost a year now!
I also had a lot of fun making a Pippi Longstocking doll for PZ based on Laura Child’s illustrations and a Lowly Worm doll for PZ’s best friend E from the Richard Scarry books.
The Pippi doll I made using my own adaptation of the Tag Along doll pattern from Hillary Lang’s Wee Wonderfuls book. (Great book!) The body is some of my favorite fabric, Denyse Schmidt’s Flea Market Fancy. The rest of the body is made from wool felt that I got at Gossamer.
I’ve been wanting to make one of these ever since I saw one as a giveaway prize on a blog (sorry, can’t remember the name!) during last year’s Sew, Mama, Sew‘s Giveaway Day. It is super easy. I couldn’t find a tutorial anywhere, but it wan’t too hard to figure out. If you are looking for help on this one just let me know and I’ll try and dig up my numbers for this one. Hubs put a thick wire inside of Lowly so he’s super bendy and tough. Just perfect for a 4 year old little guy.
I’ll have a post soon about what I’m hoping to concentrate on crafty wise for the upcoming year and a few projects I have floating around inside my noodle. Pretty crazy stuff in there, let me tell ya! Well, Hubs is tearing the tree down and the kiddos are running around like crazy so I better get back to it. Happy holidays!
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I just got a chance to see Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox movie last night and thank goodness I did! WOW! It was such a delight. I loved it just as much as Life Aquatic which is one of my all times favorites. From this first opening scene I was completely enthralled with all the textures and colors. My only disappointment was that I’d forgotten to bring a notebook so I could write down all my sewing ideas. This movie turned on the creative part of my brain and kept it chugging throughout the entire film.
Here is pt.2 of my Park City Girl Fall Festival Quilt favorites. Enjoy and have a great weekend!
crafty tammie- I LOVE the colors in this one. Just beautiful! Continue reading
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Amy from Park City Girl hosted her online Fall Quilt Festival last month and got over 600 entries! So far I’ve looked at 228 and these are some of my favorites.
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Wardrobe Refashion is this great blog all about restyling something unwearable into something fabulous. To join the fun, you must take a pledge to not buy anything new for 2,4,6 months etc. up to LIFE (you choose how long you want to pledge for) and to restyle something from your closet or the thrift shop at least once a week posting about it on the blog. You are allotted ONE Get Out Of Jail Free card that you can use every two months just in case there is some awesome sale or some item you just can’t live without. Here are some of my favorites.
Men’s suit jacket refashioned into flattering cowl-neck ladies tunic. By Pieces of You.
Tiny dots t shirt, ruffle jumper & psychedelic tights made by Astronette.
Dress made from men’s ties handsewn together and a secondhand corset. The train is 2,5 m long. By OutsaPop Trashion.
OutsaPop Trashion also helps admin the Trashion Nation – New Stuff From Other People’s Trash Flickr group. I found some great artists here doing everything from clothing and accessories to sculpture, furniture, and toys. It’s truly fascinating!
Carney Baby vintage toy xylophone boy 1000 Pieces no. 108 by Cat Bishop.
eco.scarf made from a glorious repurposed vintage linen tablecloth, and quilted with fresh new batting. By rikrak.
Cut from the sides of various beer and wine bottles–aspen, elm, ginkgo leaf mobile. By Western Art Glass
I’m not sure I’m quite ready to take the pledge at Wardrobe Refashion yet, but I’m working my way there. I’ll have to get better at BIG girl clothes first, not just kid’s stuff. I do like to recycle as much as I can in my projects, not only is it cheaper, but I can’t help but love all the old vintage fabrics and notions. I did my time working and running resale clothing shops, so for me that is “old hat”. Ha! But some of the stuff these crafters come up with is just amazing. I’m so inspired. How about you? What inspires you to create? Do you have a favorite recycled material?
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If you like 60’s fabrics and Scandinavian design you’re going to love Jane Foster. I do! I recently discovered her blog and now I can’t stop staring at it. Such great colors and fabrics, trinkets and doodads. Jane’s an artist who does just wonderful silk screen printing and is currently designing for the relaunched Clothkits.
She actually inspired a random purchase I made today while shopping at the Knittn Kitten. (I LOVE that place!) While Rome was ringing me up for all my great fabrics(yards and yards of great stuff for only $34!!) I spied this little lovely perched on a shelf. She just flew right into my bag. I’m going to keep ribbon in her.