:: wrapping up handmade goodies :: sending packages off :: spending 3 minutes in line at the post office [hooray!] :: picking up Appah at the airport today [double hooray!] :: happy boys :: very happy mama :: 3 more days until my parents arrive :: 4 more days until Christmas ::
:: more handmade gifts in the works :: holiday baking :: gingerbread house kits :: holiday decorations [yes, we're still working on them!] ::
This wall + pocket was made for the Kim Family Auction. Stephanie + Lisa and their mother Gerrie have graciously organized a wonderful fine art + craft auction which will begin January 3. After browsing through the contributing artists list, I can guarantee you that this is an event you don't want to miss!
As I sat down to create the wall + pocket for the Kim Family Auction, I tinkered with a new design-- all linen, no patchwork, floating pockets. To be honest, this is something right up my alley. I'm a plain Jane type of gal when it comes to my interior decor. But I figured it wasn't the right time to try out a new design, so I placed my half-completed wall + pocket in the "work in progress" pile. I ended up using a similar design for one of my favorite wall + pockets that I created for ReForm School last month. I added some new fabric [don't you love the red owl Superbuzzy fabric?] and I'm happy with the end result. I'm hoping some sweet soul out there will love it too.
So I still had the other all linen wall + pocket on my brain a few days ago when I picked up the January 2007 issue of Martha Stewart Living. And lo and behold, there was a photograph of an all linen wall organizer with pockets [see below]. Oh my! So very similar to what I was working on. Isn't it funny when your craft projects collide with the real world?
[photographs from MS Living 1.07]
And who couldn't use a little pocket for your purse?
How are your holiday preparations coming along? I'm sitting in my kitchen, boys napping, christmas music playing in the background and piles and piles of sewing projects covering the kitchen island. I'm making a handful of Christmas presents this year and hopefully I can finish most of them in the next few days so they'll arrive before Christmas.
For those who are wondering when I am going to open an online shop [yes, I've been talking about this for a long time], it will be sometime early next year [late January/early February]. In order to stick to my "low stress" holiday gameplan, I placed the online shop on the backburner. Thank you for your patience and hopefully it will be worth the wait. [By the way, does anyone know of an efficient + easy way to maintain a mailing list?]
For those who are looking for some last minute holiday presents check out Boiled Art Editionsnew online shop. BAE was featured over at design*sponge a few months ago and my sources say the artist/owner is a really cool guy [I'm a sucker for talented + nice people!]. I'm in love with the school supplies card. Oh how I love old school supplies! And Uniform Studio's new online shop will be updated on Sunday, December 17. Martha has an amazing sense of style + color. I adore everything she makes--cuffs, children's clothing, handbags.
boys' play + time = trains :: dinosaurs :: crayons :: blocks :: forts :: books ::
mommy's play + time = starting to make christmas presents [yes, I'm running behind] :: projects inspired by this kit [love to look at the photo cards (see below), but have yet to use a pattern from the kit] :: still working on christmas cards [which will include a "collage" of the photos] ::
group play + time = making red + blue paper globes [thanks to Jason of Rag + Bone for mentioning this fun project last week] :: still trimming the tree :: enjoying an unrushed + low stress holiday season :: counting down the days until Appah comes home [8!] ::
:: suspect 1 :: male :: age 3.5 :: black hair :: brown eyes :: accomplice- mr. triceratops ::
:: suspect 2 :: male :: age 17.5 mos :: black hair :: brown eyes :: accomplice- mr. styracasaurus ::
:: last seen at casa shim, taking their annual christmas card photo :: suspects fled the scene after 30 frames :: mother is desperate to take more photographs :: more photographs of the suspects here ::
Thanks for all the paper globe love! I foresee a lot more of those globes popping up all over our house. Stay tuned. In other crafting news, I finally finished Baby J's patchwork + scarf. And he actually likes it! I had to bribe him with a bit of korean rice cake [see it in his mouth?] in order to take these photographs. Gotta love that cutie.
My heart is still heavy. So many emotions I was experiencing just two months ago after my brother passed away are resurfacing. It all feels like a bad dream. A dream I know I can't wake up from. To know there is another Kim family aching to see their beloved son, husband and father again is heartbreaking. But once again in the hazy mist of grief there are people in my life who are lifting me up. Friends who call to see how I'm doing. Laughter + smiles from my boys which fill me with hope. And even the process of creating provides me with a bit of joy.
After seeing paper globe ornaments in Martha Stewart's Holiday magazine, I knew I wanted to make my own version. The materials required for this project are minimal. You need a pair of scissors [a paper cutter is even better], hole punch, cardstock [or old Christmas cards], paper fasteners [brads] and string. I wanted some decorations for our family room and was inspired by the colors in this photo.
I printed out simple designs on white cardstock [both sides], but you can always pick up some cute double-sided paper at your local scrapbooking store.
I chose not to make the paper globes into ornaments, rather I put them into bowls and trays. I plan to make another set with Big J for our Christmas tree.
This craft project has endless possibilities--garland, mobiles and even little baskets.