I’m so confused as to what day it is! We drove home from St. Charles Needlework Market on Monday & it’s already Thursday…wow, where is this week going & could we skip Monday every week???
Before I get into Market “things”…here is my tribute to #TBT. I don’t have many pics of myself as a kid (youngest of 3 here – they were tired), but I always love this one. I am about 3 here…I look terrified of that snowman!
Enough of the memories…on to market! I don’t care how many times you have gone to market as either a vendor or a shopper (& I’ve done both!), it is always a good time. Now I don’t get to do as much shopping as I did when I had my shop, but I managed to sneak out Sunday afternoon.
I am looking forward to having my winter cup-of-soup lunch in this mug. I have been wanting one of these & I finally snagged one! (I also have the t-shirts to match)
I picked up some other goodies as well. Some will work their way into a future design & others are just for me!!
I had 6 New Releases for Market a large number of them went home with shopowners – yay!
I want to introduce Indigo Star first. I had several influences during the design process. I had purchased a grouping of hand-dyed indigo quilting cottons and spent some time “playing” with them…that’s how the 5-pointed star took shape. Next, I was shooting some pictures for a website…some new Polish Pottery pieces. I stopped taking the pictures to examine the beautiful patterns…you see what happened here. (I have told you before, there is always a story behind every design…it just happens that way!)
I was thrilled when a shopowner told me that she showed my design photo to a Polish Pottery dealer and they agreed that they could really see the influence!! Very cool.
Here is the cover shot & a few extra close-ups of the hand-painted/stenciled box.
There are step-by-step directions to make the cross-stitch 5-pointed star pincushion. The fun part is that it is really not that hard to construct! (I promise!)
Close ups of the box – I started with a good old paper mache’ box – several layers of paint, a stencil, then a lot of elbow grease with sandpaper! (better directions are in the chart!)
There is a secret 3rd pattern included in the chart. You get the template for the 5-pointed star and directions to make these basic but adorable wool star pincushions. Stack them and adorn them with buttons, charms, all kinds of cool stuff. (I went for a simple twine look.)
Have a great weekend. I am getting to the end of my post market to-do list just in time to help move my baby back into his dorm room this weekend. It has been a different summer with just plain weird weather, lots of work & deadlines, but good having him home for a few months. He is excited to head back & how can I be anything else but happy for him!
Enjoy the stitch!
Thanks so much for taking 2 hours out of your day to chat with us. THat was a little longer window then I expected. Love all of your designs and I am soooooo happy that everything is working out for you.
Aww such a sweet post..
The mug is so beautiful and I love your designs so much..
Sweet hugs xx
Cathy Habermann says
It was wonderful to get to visit with you and June!
Very cool design.
Congrats on your sales at market.
This was one of the very few things that I was enticed by during Market previews. It should be winging its way to me very soon. You had me at blue!
Have a fabulous weekend!
Robin in Virginia