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Breath Of Spring March 12, 2008

Filed under: Sewing and Crafts — katieosborne @ 9:26 pm
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  My Ginger Blossom fabric arrived today. Just what I needed after a rather rough week. It is gorgeous and P3120001perfect for spring. It is the first line by Sandi Henderson, who’s blog Portabella Pixie, is one of my very favorites.

I spent all my birthday money, plus a little, on this lovely stack. Plenty of fabric, but after seeing it, I already want more of some of these prints. I’m terrible, I know.  I guess my thing is that I’m usually reluctant to cut into pretty new fabric unless I have more than a couple yards, but I most often only buy two yards of a print unless I have a specific project in mind that requires more, or I am totally in love with it.

So, what are my plans for Ginger Blossom, you ask?

Well, I bought the green and turquoise fabric to use in the kitchen. My thought was to paint some old wooden chairs a buttery yellow and make seat cushions of the tile print (the top fabric in the picture on the left), or possibly P3120002 mix and match the cushions.  And I was thinking curtains from the blossom print – the one beneath the tiles.

I must say, the green is brighter than I thought it would be – very lime green. It doesn’t look so bright in the photo. I’m getting used to it, but I wish it was just a little more subdued. I’m actually not sure if butter yellow will be the best paint choice. It might fight with the lime. I was under the impression that the lime green (the lighter color in the tiles) was more of a yellow, but it is not.

I really love the pinks, and I thought I would prefer the greens. The pink group is so sweet and fresh. I plan on using it for some clothes and a bag or two. It would be absolutely perfect for little girl clothes, but we don’t have any of those around here right now. Guess I’ll just have to make sure I save some! P3120003 

I’m thinking about a skirt with the Waterlily fabric on top – maybe with a ruffle on the bottom with the stripe fabric. I may also make a skirt of the second floral fabric. And I want to use the pink Ginger Tiles for a bag and maybe use the pink dots for the interior.

So much I want to do, so little time. I’ve barely sewn a stitch in a week. Jonas has been sick with what I think is Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. At first I thought it was teething, and it may be that too, for all I know. He was feverish to start with, barely eating, drinking or nursing, super fussy and just wanted me to hold him and sleep by with him. He would not stay asleep without me, which means I don’t get to sew. Then a few days later, I noticed little bumps on his hands an feet. Anyway, it’s been a trying week, but he is in pretty good spirits today, so hopefully we’re about done with whatever it is.

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Weak In The Knees February 20, 2008

Filed under: Home,Sewing and Crafts — katieosborne @ 1:54 pm
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Yes, Joel Dewberry makes me swoon.

(But not to worry, Ben. It’s purely a fabric thing).

P2190002 He quickly became my favorite designer after discovering him last August. Almond Sparrows from the Aviary line and Forest Ironwork from Chestnut Hill are the two most cherished pieces of fabric in my collection, and I love many of his others too, as you can see from my little stash.

And now, he’s done it again with his new home dec collection, Ginseng, that is coming out this spring. I am salivating, especially over the Spice Collection. Stunning. Gorgeous. Inspiring.

I am already dreaming up a living room around this palate. Granted, we are still living in this old duplex, with no immediate plans to move, but we do hope to buy within the next year, hopefully a little sooner. Hopefully. And we’re going to have a living room, right? So, I figure, I can’t go too wrong, on buying some yardage at a discount now, through my fabric coop. We’ve talked about buying warm brown furniture, when we replace our current beat up, stained up sofa. It will work perfect.

And Ben, this is nothing to raise an eyebrow at because I’ll actually be saving us money since I always pay for my fabric out of the money I make sewing. Think of the curtains, pillows, etc you won’t have to spend money on!

So, back to my dream of a Ginseng living room: Taupe walls. Nice, warm, inviting. Comfy, child friendly, brown sofa, as was mentioned above. And then, here we go:

Orchid Print in Ivory for curtains. Nice and airy.

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And then, I’m thinking, we buy a sofa, right? But instead of dropping a bunch of money on matching chairs, (good furniture is SO expensive), we look for one or two interesting and well constructed arm chairs at antique and resale shops and reupholster them. I’m sure that’s a project I can handle.

I’m leaning toward Bloom in Chocolate colorway or perhaps Wildflowers in Flax for the chair(s). Maybe one of each? I think that might g et too busy. I do love them both, though. Wildflowers would make lovely bedding. Uh oh.

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Throw pillows in Modern Bud, Rust. And some floor pillows in Spade Damask, Rust.

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Fabulous.

Now what about Anna Maria Horner’s new home dec line? Dining room?

Okay, I am getting a little ahead of myself, but a girl can dream, can’t she?