mspt: quilted coasters

(mspt = make something pretty today)

Following my self-imposed challenge to actually use up my favorite fabrics, I made a set of coasters from the Tilda Apple Butter fabric.

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Very pleased! And our furniture will thank us later.

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mstp: tea caddy

(mstp = make something pretty today)

I saw my sister had given one of these to our mom, and thought I’d like to have one, too. So I copied her design.

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I had been to a diner, which had been out of tea. A restaurant running out of tea?

It made me wish I carried a tea bag in my purse, just in case of such an emergency.

A tea emergency.

Yes, probably the one occasion in my life where I would find a restaurant without tea, but still. Who wouldn’t want to carry this little caddy in her purse?

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It would make a sweet pick-me-up gift for a friend who’s feeling down. Or to give to a co-worker at Secret Santa time.

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Or maybe even leave tucked in the car glove box. You never know when you might need a cup of tea.

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Anyway, it makes me happy, and now I think I’ll make another one. Because it doesn’t hurt to have something ready at hand to brighten someone else’s day.

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pretty rabbit table runner

I haven’t shown off my sister’s Etsy shop in while, so I thought I’d pick out a few of my favorite items that are available right now.

This bunny table runner is perfect.

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I love a covered notebook. The Mt. Fuji works so well here.

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And a holder for chopsticks so you can keep them tidy in your purse or lunch sack? Perfect! (And yes, those are little budgies in there, if you look closely.)

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Do check out her other listings, she finds fabric in Japan that you just can’t get in the U.S.

 

 

mspt: a mug rug and a mat

I’ve wanted a flag-themed mug rug to put on my desk at work for a **long** time. I’d like to rotate these out to match the holiday or season. Even if it’s just sitting under a plant, it makes the office space feel a little cheerier.

I used fabrics from Bonnie & Camille, Handmade, and Lecien, Flower/Sugar, and the dots are Walmart.

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I think what took me so long to make these was that I wasn’t sure what to do about the blue stars area. I could have pieced a quilt star, but my stash is not strong on navy nor stars, so what I had on hand wasn’t suitable.

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The roses, though, seem appropriate, and pulls it all together in a shabby-chic way.

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I’m happy with the mat. Maybe could have made the star area larger? Overall, the piece is about 12″x16″.

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I used the same idea for the mug rug. The flowers on blue work a little better, as there is more blue showing.

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Someone wrote an article about how people who decorate for the holidays are happier people. What do you think? I thought it couldn’t hurt to try a little harder to step up my decorating game. Maybe it’s true?

mspt: make something pretty today – pillowcases

I made two of these, whew, what a lot of work.

Still, I was glad of being able to sit around and keep my hands busy. These turned out so pretty.

I kept the color palette limited so the design wasn’t too complicated, but with enough variation that the result wasn’t cartoonish.

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The variegated purple above worked out terrific; I’m always suspect about why anyone would buy variegated, but I picked up more in other colors for other projects after trying it for this. It makes the color changes in those flowers so simple.

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I still don’t know how to crochet, so I picked up some cotton lace at the craft store to complete the project. Yep, I made TWO of these.

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pretty things: covered journal

Another friend is moving, so I made a second covered journal.

This time with a Flying geese pattern. I’ve only sewn Flying Geese one other time, and they are surprisingly quick and easy, for a sophisticated look.

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I used an obvious pattern toile, and mixed up the part that “shows” when I was assembling the component pieces. The journal cover layers 4 layers which you turn inside-out, and having to double-think which part ends up visible in the end is tricky. At least if you don’t remember the secret: What you see, is what shows when you’re finished. This goat should have been a cute chicken in a tree, sigh.

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Altogether, I’m pleased with how it turned out. A slight flaw, but that’s handmade for you.

You remember how, was it the Quakers or the Shakers? would always purposely put a flaw into their projects because they didn’t want to offend G-d by assuming to make something perfect? I don’t have the problem. They all come out imperfect on their own. 😀