The idea for these lavender sachets came to me after I finished stitching up this cross stitched one I made from a small kit I recently picked up at the thrift store.
It was a twenty-nine cent kit from the early 90's called Heirloom Thistle. The project was simple enough...just stitch the design on a long rectangle of fabric, fold in half, stitch up the three sides, and stuff with lavender.
Simple enough, but the cross stitching is a bit time consuming.
Tomorrow, I'm attending a Mother's Day lunch with some friends. The theme for the get-together is mom's celebrating mom's. Just this morning, I thought it would be fun to bring everyone a little gift but needed something quick and easy to make and these lavender sachets made from some vintage trims I've collected were the perfect thing.
I started by gathering materials. I used my widest trim which measures one-to-two inches across.
I cut a length of trim about eight inches long. Then folded it in half and using blanket, whip, or straight stitch I stitched the three open sides together stopping once at the top to add a bit of seam binding, ribbon or rick-rack for hanging, then again to fill with lavender. Even hand stitching, I managed to make these six in about an hour-and-a-half.
Won't they look pretty on a hanger or hanging from the rear-view mirror of the car? freshening the air with the scent of sweet lavender.
My sister hosted an art party at her house last weekend and very sweetly asked if I wanted to invite Jen and Anna to join us. I think Jen was happy for once to not be on the hosting side as she has been creatively planning pARTy's for years.
I had a lot of trouble describing this project to the gals, and am still at a loss of words, so I think I'll just blog it with the visuals.
Here is the canvas my sister made last year that was the inspiration behind the theme to this party. I've loved this piece since she first made it. And I love how my eye always catches something new to look at.
The project involves using photos, ephemera, wrapping paper, magazines, etc. and using a square paper punch, we each cut out enough squares to randomly (or not) cover an entire canvas. Using the paper punch as a viewfinder and moving it around the paper we were able to crop the pictures in ways that were pleasing to us. Once we had enough squares we glued them down on the canvas then covered the entire piece with one or two applications of a gel medium to give it a polished look.
Here's the busy work table
I love how we all came to this project in such a different way. Deb chose to go with a well thought out placement of her squares. I love how the border frames the rest of the canvas.
Anna came to the project with several beautiful watercolor postcard prints of photos she took of her garden in all four seasons.
I love all the softness of the colors.
Kelly not only brought some interestng papers with her, but I love that she used darling photo booth pictures of her daughters in her mosaic.
Jen went with a color theme, mixing solids and german text.
I love the muted tones of this one.
I had so much fun with this. I was trying to use just one magazine for all of my images, but in the end I was still short about twenty squares. What I love about working these kinds of projects with friends is they know just when and where to step in. My sister found some piano sheet music of our mother's when she was a little girl, which I happily added. Then Jen said...wait, I've got the perfect paper and handed me some Marimekko print she got from Kajsa. Can you spot the Marimekko?
My sister also made boxes, which I think are quite cute.
It was a perfect night...I really enjoyed the company of all these talented women and the most satisfying part is going home with a piece of artwork ready to hang on the wall. Thanks gals! I had so much fun with you all.
Did you ever wonder what 245 mushrooms look like? Sonya found out. She is the Handmade Mushroom Swap hostess. Of course I signed right up. I've had this teeny dried morel mushroom hanging out in my inspiration box for many months and I thought now would be a good time to try and make one.
But then I saw Sara's. And I think hers are perfect...so, no sense in my trying to create them then.
So I tried a weird mix of felt, wool sweater and needle felting.
No, that wasn't quite right.
Then I tried making the cute red spotted type. I went with my igloo pincushion for the top and added a stem. I made some red, some pink, some navy.
For some reason I wasn't loving them.
Maybe it was because all that stitching began to feel a little tedious. Anyway, they were done and packed up and I had even carved a little stamp to attach to them.
And then I missed the mail to deadline. (I'm having terrible post office phobia these days). So I wrote Sonya to tell her they wouldn't arrive in time. She said I actually had another week to mail them. So what did I do? I started from scratch and made these.
At the pARTy last Friday night, Jen taught us all how to make these spectacular mobiles. She was incredibly organized and is such a wonderful (and patient) teacher. We each got our own packet of supplies and all community items were carefully labeled. Good thing, because after a glass of wine (or two) it's easy to get a little careless. But Jen's a pro, she knows what she's doing and she's done it before and I certainly hope she'll do it again.
It had been a looooong time since I had been out without my boys. It felt great to have uninterrupted adult conversation, meet some new and fascinating women and create a beautiful piece of artwork all in one evening.
Thank you dear Jen, I hope we can do it again soon.
We were able to find a little something blooming in our garden this morning.
I'm not even sure what they're called, but they're tiny and sweet.
For a May Day activity today we (or rather I) made little baskets (while Peanut built a fort out of the sofa cushions). We have no flowers to fill them with, so instead we embellished this one with some felt ones using Mimi's wonderful tutorial.
These tiny roses are quite easy and addicting to make. Before long I had a little pile in front of me. A good craft fix if you want to make something but have little time. (Thank you Mimi!)
Earlier today while blog hopping I read about Shona's visit from a garden fairy. I fell in love with the idea and so I copied it. This was a perfect activity for Peanut. I'm not sure how Shona's were made, but here's what we did:
we added enough water to one small bucket of garden soil and mixed it with our hands
then we added one package of wild flower mix and thoroughly combined the seeds in the soil
next we rolled them into golf ball sized balls
we let them dry a little then packaged them up
Since I had so many of those little felt flowers made it was the perfect way to prettily package them up.
In case you can't read the instructions, they say:
Find sunny spot in garden
Dig five small holes six inches apart
Place one cookie in each hole and cover with dirt
Enjoy wild flower blooms all summer
These are going to our not so green thumb friend who is sure to appreciate them.
I have high hopes of going to my favorite May Day Festival this weekend, but rumor has it, it's supposed to snow. Darn. And as we speak we have tornado warnings. Crazy spring we're having.
...but you would never guess that around here today. We've been getting hit hard all day with a winter storm. It has become yet another pajama day.
I want to thank everyone for all the love and support you've shown me after I wrote about my devastating news on my last post. I'm still reeling from the disappointment, but am just trying to move forward. Your comments, emails and even phone calls have meant so much to me. Some of you offered great ideas that are helping me consider all of our different options. I know it may seem odd to many of you that we are choosing not to take legal action for the broken contract, but we do feel it would serve no one to try and battle this thing out. So, we are moving on and we will just see what direction we'll follow next. And, hopefully I'll get out of this funk I'm in.
For now, it's all craft therapy for me.
Peanut and I dyed eggs yesterday. I tried the technique of adding a tablespoon of vegetable oil to the dye and I love the results. I was expecting a more marbleized effect, but I like how they came out spotted...like bird eggs. Then lucky for me I read Leah's post today on wet felting birds nests and that was just the perfect project for us to do this afternoon.