Yesterday I saw Carly's post and thought: "Heeeyyyyyy! Where's my book?"
And when I got my mail today - it was here! more softies. And I'm in it.
This is Victor. Named after my Great Grandfather.
And this is Olga. Named after his wife - my Great Grandmother.
Note: 'Strössel' fabric by the marvelous Elisabeth. Hope you like it...
I just bought this FAB print from Mati's etsy shop. I am such a fan of hers, so now I will take the long trip to IKEA for another frame for my wall and oh yes there is plenty of room for more wonderful art! I just found Matte Stephens etsy shop and I truly can't decide which print to get? They're all so great! And I must say he has an impeccable interior dec style....geez....
And of course a little jeu de paume for decorating my new apartment. (Can I still call it new after 2 months?)
To brighten up my thoughts, the book came! I was so surprised to see that my bunny made the front page!! The book will be available August 13th. I will find out where before then.
I am in such good company. I am very honored to be among such people as:
They are just a few of the 14 designers from around the world, who have submitted patterns for this lovely book.
Take a peek inside here.
I want to thank you all, for taking the time to comment on my "troubled thoughts". I really appreciate your thoughts, suggestions and support and I know a lot of us are in the very same situation, so I wish you the best of luck as well.
I also want you to know, that we are not starving, without a roof over our heads or without clothing. The thing is that we downsized, when we chose for me to stay home with our daughter and now that we've been stretched for so long, we miss the luxuries of a car to get to visit friends and family. Finish our house, so we don't have to live in such disorder, as one does during house renovations. Travel to other countries. Go to museums, events, concerts, whatever. All this without having to "turn every penny".
As you can see, my troubles are very luxurious....
My plan is, here and now, to do various odd jobs to get us afloat.
While doing so, I will continue to craft and get my etsy shop running, for it to (later) turn into a regular on line shop, with other products than my own. I hope the new book and my participation in Plush You, will give me some notice aka more costumers ;o)
In the long run, I intend to try to do some interior styling for magazines. You see, some of the great advice I got in my last post, came from Sue:
I was totally in the same situation. Here is the advice that someone gave me. Take some time and really think back to your childhood. Start with your earliest memories and work your way through each year of your life. Remember times that made you happy. Think about what you were doing that made you happy. Keep going through the years and jot down on paper everything that made you feel glorious. There is a connection between those times.....and what inspires you today. It will come to you....it will....!
My happiest times were making houses for my Barbie dolls. I would knit, sew and collect odd things to make homes for them.
This advice will keep me thinking though....
I thought it was time to catch up on the Danish parenting-magazine-scene. As I haven't bought these for a while, I thought I would see if they had some new designers for fun toys, interiors or funky clothes, but to my huge disappointment there was nothing new to report, apparently. Instead I enjoyed my "koldskål" with "kammerjunkere" and my daughters art.
The kids were both home today, so we had some "slow time" and a little crafting going on. My son has asked me for the longest time, to sew him something, so after he saw the Bunny Bed Bag - he was sold! That's what he wanted, except for a little twist and turn, here and there!
He surely has an opinion for everything! Of course the overall look of fabric, animal and style but also, he made it very clear, that he wanted me to use the right color thread. What type of handles the bag should have, which he thought hard about and wavered between a few options! The size of the pocket inside. The size of the beak on the penguin. The shape of the FEET of the penguin. And so forth. Phew. At one point Mommy wasn't having that much fun!
We worked around a penguin - the one to the far right - from an old MS Kids magazine and even though I had some similar fabric, the boy said "dark blue, orange beak and feet and white belly!" For the bag he was very excited to see that, I had both dark and light blue Rasmus Klump fabric. The light one went for the bag and the dark for the pillow and quilt inside.
Now he's on to fish for the penguin, but that'll be another day......they will be orange, he said....right now my husband is tucking both kids in and I like that.....
Yes it's time for the Friday SHOPdate in my etsy shop!
A Moomin tote bag and the 2 Cone Cats I just got back, from their Australian photo shoot adventure. They will (along with their patterns) appear in the Australian book Softies, which will be out in September. I also submitted this bunny.
*OK, the Moomin Tote was sold before I even finished this post!
Now, I thought I would've made a few more tote bags, but I got sidetracked by Open Secrets, which kinda reminds me - scenery wise - of my favorite show at the moment: Men In Trees. The book I ordered along with this book, at my local library recently, after reading that Tracy was reading it! See I can take Tracy's word for recommending a great read, because I once saw she had listed The Time Traveler's Wife in her sidebar and I looooved it! Thanks Tracy. Oh and when I had finished Open Secrets, I dove right into Hateship, Friendship.....
Anyway, back to the update (see I do get sidetracked!!!), next update will be next Friday.