Tuesday, June 17, 2014

On My Worktable

Tuesday June 17th 2014

Looking back at my last post, I realize I didn't say anything about that little heart shaped pebble.  I don't know where it came from but I included it because my daughter gave it to me recently!  Over the last few days I've been working on more Moleskine notebooks.  I had ordered some more small ones because I think they might sell well at the Quilt Show in September.  They are approximately 3inches by 5inches and have squared pages, just the right size for tucking in a handbag.  I have one in my bag and it is full of random things, paint color swatches, phone numbers, notes I've made when I've been out shopping, that sort of thing.  I sometimes doodle ideas in it when I'm waiting to pick up my daughter from school.  I enjoy embroidering on the tags and then making them pretty.  I use a sharp paper piercing tool from Tim Holtz to pierce holes in the card after pencilling in the word in cursive.  It makes it easier to sew.  I found the tool pretty quickly after finding that I couldn't pierce the card successfully with a needle without injuring myself!  I like to use a variegated thread for embroidering the words, it helps to pull together the different papers I choose. 

I gently edge the papers with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I love this ink, it comes in so many great colors and goes on beautifully.  I use a special foam applicator that gives a nice soft finish.  The ink helps to accentuate the layers of paper.  I do this when I'm scrapbooking too.  

I've also been working on some bunting for my booth in September.  I want to hang some behind my table and also on the front of my table.  I have made two strands so far and have one more to go.  It was much easier than I expected and I used THIS simple tutorial that I found online.   I made the strings (white bias binding) extra long so I would have plenty of wiggle room in terms of the length of the banner since I don't know the exact dimensions of my table yet.  It was a fun project.  I really enjoyed picking out fabrics and it was so easy to do so with my fabrics all organized by color in my new cabinet, see This post from May.  

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