Today I can get to a blog post I’ve been looking forward to for a while. A couple weeks ago I took some time off from my shop, just so I can plan my burn out rather than have it overwhelm me when it’s most inconvenient. So, I worked on a couple very different projects, one of which took much longer than I expected, but is thoroughly rewarding.
In the process of taking pictures for this blog post, and while I was finishing the second project, I had to take pictures of some other stuff, so this will be a very photographic blog post! Very eclectic, but I always enjoy these. On the left are a few of our very own zinnias – some of my favorite flowers now – which happen to match the fabric below. There’s a little less orange, but, as you can see, it matches wonderfully!
And here is the first project! I’ve had some left over fabric from Bangladesh, which is just too special to leave around, so I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with it. Suddenly, it occurred to me that it would be perfect for a fabric necklace scarf, because it’s crazy, light and there wasn’t really enough left over to do anything else with it!
So, with only a few days before my week off, I made a quick study of fabric necklace scarves- and I think I want to keep going with them.
You can see the original piece of fabric, which looks like a strange baby (or Buddha) and a nice close-up of the fabric. In the bottom left corner is a collection I had of my pieces, including some interesting silver rings. I decided I wouldn’t go with that, however, because it might be too much and I felt like they didn’t match. The largest picture is, of course, the final version, with pretty leather braids (which I did not do). Hannah nicely twisted the three fabric sections, and one has the same leather braid twisted with it. I love how it turned out!
On the right are some yummy spices I roasted for dinner yesterday. I included it because, like I said, I took lots of pictures while I was finishing my second project. So this picture represents the passing of time.
I finished the second project last night and I am wearing them now. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of the process.
I’ve seen some cute Summer slippers (I don’t know if that’s an official term) and been wanting to make some for a while. I finally gave it a try!
I made several changes, including having the rick-rack on the outside (because I forgot to put it around the edge) and elastic all around the edge instead of just in the back. Mummy even let me use some official slipper soles! They are just a little too small, but they’re so comfortable I keep forgetting to take them off!
Of course, even though this was a week off, I can’t help but test both these projects to see if I’d like to sell them on Etsy. Please, tell me what you think!
And that finishes the two projects I worked on a couple weeks ago! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and look forward to my next week off, at which point I will have fun working with my burlap canvas. I will definitely feature it on a blog post!
Now for a short bonus, since this has ended up being a what’s been happening with me lately blog post:
I sold one of my pink girls dresses on Etsy! I am especially pleased with this because the lady wanted a couple adjustments, so it’s officially my first custom order!
Apparently she has a tall almost-3-year-old so she wanted the dress lengthened. There were several possibilities, including adding a midriff and/or band, making a new dress, adding a contrasting ruffle or adding lace. I decided on the last option, and I really like the way it turned out! I also made a small lace flower to go with it, detachable, but I forgot to get a picture of it.
And that’s what been going on in my life recently! How about everyone else?
Next up: August is just around the corner, so it’s time for Autumnal and Christmas preparation! I agree, it’s too soon, but I’ve heard rumor there’s Christmas shopping on Etsy!
Thanks for joining me for this adventure!