Hi friends. I just listed six new headbands in my You Go Girl shop. Whew! I always forget how much work it is to list items. The photos...gah...I think it is exhausting to take the photos. My footsies are near froze off. It is a beautiful sunny day in my neck of the woods, but the temperature was 12 when I took my photos. The snow on the ground looks like glitter and makes a little tinkling noise when you walk through it. Magical, but oh so frigid.
I'm thinking Libbie, my very lovely headband model, is a very good sport! I wonder what else I can get her to do for a bag of Skittles. Thanks darling Libbie. You are my rockstar today.
Sun is shining. Birds are singing. Trees are blooming. Bees are buzzing. And this little slice of heaven is supposed to continue ALL WEEK long. I'm so happy I might lose my freakin' mind. Wait. I don't want to do that. Let's have a sale instead. All pillowcases in my You Go Girl shop are 20% off through Mother's Day, the best holiday EVER invented. Find my shop here. Use coupon code TWENTY at checkout. Happy shopping. Toodles. I'm going outside to frolic.
PS--Good light (a.k.a. a lovely spring day) really does make pictures better. Look at the lovely color in the photo. No photoshopping. Honest. My photos for my etsy listings are wanting for light. Pretend they are bright and lovely. Okay?
Thanks so much for all your comments and suggestions regarding the blanket stitch on the Posh Pillowcase. I tried almost all your suggestions. Here's my take:
Skip Stitch Blade: Ummm. No thanks. Some people love this blade. My insane battle with perfection would not allow me to embrace this blade. I did not like the holes it left in the pillowcase. In fact, I have a pillowcase that will never leave the house. It will probably be repurposed into wallets or some such thing.
Single Length of Yarn (photo above): This was a viable option. The yarn did not tangle and was easy to pull through the fabric even when it was a long length. A single length of yarn also seems to provide an adequate foundation. I personally do not like the look of the single length as well as the doubled yarn.
So what is my new solution? Sew the blanket stitch with a shorter-length doubled yarn in two separate pieces. Start your stitch as you normally would in the "pocket" by the seam. Sew around to the other seam ending in the "pocket". Remove your needle. Thread the second piece of yarn. Join your second length of doubled yarn to the first. Continue around the pillow case and join to your original yarn. You end up with two knots instead of one. I'm okay with that. This is probably only make sense to those of you that have tried the tutorial. So sorry if you are reading and wondering.
Now if your head is hurting from reading my drivel and you've decided to NEVER EVER EVER try to make a Posh Pillowcase, I have good news. I just listed ten new pillowcase in the shop. Woo Hoo!
I had a custom order for a wallet to match this purse. Out came my fabric friends. I dove in, mixing and matching patterns galore. Oh, bliss and heaven. Piles and piles of fabric dancing around me. When I finally crawled out from under the mountain of fabric, I couldn't make just one wallet. No. I made three. I made one to match the purse and two others just because I was in love with the fabric combos.
Here's the matching wallet, inside and out.
And here are the two that I couldn't resist stitching up. Introducing...
Who Gives a Hoot:
And, Little Miss Red:
I like to open these two wallets and find the little peek-a-boo friends inside. It tickles my fancy.
The two peek-a-boo wallets are in the shop just in case they tickle your fancy, too.
I took a little break from my hook to stitch up some zippered coin purses for a friend's wedding. This project was fun, fun, fun. Fabulous felt, flowers, and floss. Mmm. Mmm. Mmmmmm. She only needed ten but I couldn't stop. I've fallen and I can't get up. I mean, I'm stitching and I can not stop. I put the four extra coin wallets in my store, just in case you can't live without one.
I best go. There are 10 thirteen-year-olds, yes TEN, 4 boys (gasp!) and 6 girls in my back yard. They were saying something about starting a fire. Perhaps I should be out there.
I sure wish I had a model for this little crocheted hat. My picture doesn't do it justice, I'm afraid. I am dying to see what it looks like on a real baby. I'm telling you the truth. This Baby Bloom Hat is sweet as sugar and soft as dandelion down. I'm sure a wee little chick-a-bee baby girl would look like a delicious gumdrop wearing it. Who doesn't love a gumdrop?
I had no one in mind when I made the Baby Bloom Hat. It's just that my divine Baby Bunny yarn wouldn't quit calling my name...Look at me. Look at me. I am so soft and yummy. You know you love me. I finally gave in and grabbed a hook. Now I have a very cute hat without a home. It's living in my shop right now. It is sized for a baby, probably 3-6 months old. Hat, anyone?
I just read what I wrote in the first paragraph. It sounds like I think I am all that and more. Not so. It's just that this hat is all aqua and red and little and sweet. I just want to eat it up. The cuteness makes me want to squeeze something. Hard. I feel like Agnes on Despicable Me...It's so fluffy sweet I'm gonna die. Watch Agnes at the end of this clip. That's how I feel.
The pile o' posh is finished. Pictures have been taken. Shop listings are updatedAdoption opportunities are available for three posh pillowcases deserving of loving homes.
Introducing Ms. Blush and Ms. Jade Flower Power. The two Flower Power gals are anxious for homes to call their own. Ms. Blush and Ms. Jade are friendly, attractive, and exceptionally good with children. They want a home where they will be loved and admired for both their beauty and functionality. They are happy to stay together, but willing to part ways and keep in touch on holidays and birthdays. (Not really. Just kidding.)
Felicity Redbloom is a vibrant personality with blossoms that will light up any room she is in. She is looking for a happy home with a nice soft bed or an overstuffed chair for her to relax upon. She has enjoyed her stay with the Flower Power sisters in the land of You Go Girl, but is anxious for a space of her own.
Charm and Poppie Butler have already been adopted into a stable and loving environment.
They are joining Miss Daisy Meadowsweet at an undisclosed location.
We miss them already, but wish them well.
If you would like to welcome a little posh into your home, click here for details.
I know. I know. This isn't much of a post. It is a shameless self-promotion of my little Etsy shop. But, you see, I have fallen deeply in love with a technological gadget. I've never fallen for technology before. Wii? No thanks. Blackberry? Yikes! Kindle? Nope. When it's right, though, you just know it. The Apple ipad whispers my name and teases me mercilessly. Oh, sweet ipad, I have a crush on you. I am stockpiling a pile of shekels in hopes that you might be wooed into my home someday. Oh, please. Oh, please. Say you will come live with me. I adore you!
I love pink. Even after five baby girls, I still love pink. I've always loved pink. You know how they make up silly predictions about the future of senior classmates in high school yearbooks and school newspapers? Well, when I was a senior, the speculation concerning my destination was that I would become an interior designer for the White House and paint the Oval Office pink. This love affair with pink is long standing for me. Recently, I had a request for a pink Zippy Wallet. Oh, goody! Pink! I started pulling pink off the shelves of love. Here are the results.