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Saturday, June 27, 2009

What my hands have been doing

This project is a first for me. It's a fabric post card. Tina, who I met though a secret sister swap months ago sent me a fabric post card she had made. I've seen the idea online before but hadn't tried it myself. When I received the beautiful one Tina made, I knew I had to reciprocate!
I couldn't wait to show the post card, so even though Tina has not yet received it, I have to show it!
I named the piece During the Night for a couple of reasons. I think the setting looks like a quilt emerging through a dark night and I realized that I had created most if the card during the late hours of the night, my best time to create.
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Tooele Arts Festival Find
If you read my previous post about simplifying, you may remember that I don't often purchase items unless I need them. Clarification: If the item is recycled, there is a chance I will consider the purchase. If the item is in any way associated with or contains Diet Coke, I'll probably buy it!
Christine recycles aluminum cans by using a die cut machine to create popular shapes then puts a magnet on the back. She calls it funky junq. I fell in love with the idea and of course the Diet Coke cupcake!
Other shapes available: turtles, cars, hello kitty, frogs, seahorses, motorcycles and on and on. One of my favorites was a pig that had been cut from the nutrition facts area of a can.
She uses Red Bull cans, beer cans, cans that contain tea as well as just about all the other fizzy drinks you can think of.
Check out her Etsy shop at
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I don't know if you remember that I got an awesome book by Suki of transfers while we were in Moab (UT) a month or so ago.
I couldn't wait to try one out, I thought about stitching around the images with some embroidery floss. I love it!!
I still don't know what I'll do with this yet. I was thinking about making a small purse, or a pin cushion or . . . perhaps you have an idea?
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I've been making more wool covered magnets, they are easy to take along projects and I'm addicted to making them! I bought a bag of wool scraps (inexpensive) on ebay and they are perfect for this type of thing.
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I'm also working on my Basket BOM from Bunny Hill and will show you my progress on that another time.
While I sew and stitch I love to listen to audio books. I've recently listened to Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet, and am now listening to Fountainhead by
Ayn Rand.


OsageBluffquilter said...

I love the buttons. Will you actually use them on clothing?

Nancy said...

Oh, I just finished reading Pillars of the Earth the old fashion way!! LOL Did you just LOVE IT!! I hated for it to end.

Those buttons are really cute and the stitchery is a great idea...

Pat said...

I love the buttons!!!

Screen Door said...

I love fabric postcards! Great job!!!

Lurline said...

Those wool covered buttons are so interesting - I can see they would become addictive !
Hugs - Lurline♥

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh my gosh so many cool things in this post, I do not even know where to start, so I will say thanks for a great post I enjoyed reading it!!
I need to try a postcard sometime, it looks fun, and I love the buttons!!

belinda said...

Yes...I agree with Jane...good stuff on this here post!!!

Annette said...

Your wool button magnets are so fun! Very clever. Reading Pillars of the Earth is on my to do list.

Shari said...

I love everything on this post! And what a great postcard - just love it! Thanks for sharing!!!
Hugs - Shari

Anonymous said...

"Pillars of The Earth" is also one of my favourite all-time books; walking around Notre Dame de Paris and other cathedrals in the Uk and Canada is even more breath-taking after reading of the work that went into their building...whew!!

Sue Caissy
Down Under

Micki said...

I love the buttons! You are really having fun with those.

Carrie P. said...

Fun post. Love all you have been doing.

Hillary said...

So many cute projects Mel!!! I saw my wool covered magnet in your picture and I'm linking to your post so everyone can see my famous magnet! I love your post card! And just went to check out the link on your side bar to Karens hexagon tutorial, hexagons scare me but yours are so dang cute I may just have to try them!

Amy (lilme2_99) said...

Oh my goodness Child! I stumbled upon your blog by following a comment you left on Dawn's (Piece and Love) blog. I've only spent the last 15 minutes perusing your site, and have to wonder if you've met one of you "Attempt to do's in 2009" -- namely "Go to bed before midnight!"

LOVELY blog you have! Looking forward to spending some more time with it to see all you have.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Busy busy hands Mel. Love all your goodies. I have read Pillars of the Earth and the follow-up World without End many times. I finally got them on ebook so I could listen to them. I love learning about the history of that time and the building of cathedrals. So amazing.

dotti white said...

Mel...I love seeing what you are working on! It is all very nicely done and lovely to look at! Thanks!

Tracey said...

Love the bright hexie`s there great with the black fabric behind them,
Love the little bird too,

Take care