>> Tuesday, April 04, 2006
As you know, I've been joining in with "Use what you have" month, but today I had a little trip to the Goodwill. Before I go on I will say that I was going with the intention of getting something for the house. More specifically, a basket (which I didn't find). And while I was there I saw this gorgeous pink floral linen tablecloth:
Now, obviously I'm going to take this home. It was $2.99, but more importantly I got a little thrill when I saw it and I think it's very very beautiful. Here's a detail:I wasn't going to look at the textile section at all, so I had already caved in a bit at that point, but I did think about it as I was walking home. In terms of "using what I have" what I "have" is an addiction to thrifting and I've "used" it to find this tablecloth. But seriously I'm planning to use this as a tablecloth so it doesn't really count as crafts supplies, right? Incidentally, while I was there I also found this sewing box for $2.49 (it was empty - those are my things in it):
Once I got home I started working again on odds and ends for my illustration work and for my etsy shop. Generally I just work all the time these days, being a freelancer means I don't really have a 9 to 5 work day, but I don't mind because I love what I do and I can take breaks and meet friends for lunch and coffee, take naps, go over to Goodwill, etc. Not being in an office has made me much more creative, because I'm not coming home tired at the end of the day and then trying to sit down to paint. When I'm inspired I can go ahead with my ideas right away. In fact I've been a bit overwhelmed with things I want to make and draw, and so I took a little break this evening and decided to make something just for fun.
I had big plans to make things for Ingrid (who came from the talented Stephanie at little birds - she's back!), and so this is the first thing, a little handbag for her to keep her ribbons in. It's made from the piece of thick blue wool felt she arrived with, it's just the right size for her things, and it has a little pocket with her initial on it. I blanket stitched the opening, so it looks a bit like a zipper, but it doesn't actually have a clasp. Bradley mentioned that it's probably for the best since she doesn't have any thumbs. I must go to bed now, but I'll leave you with some close-ups of Ingrid's new handbag. I think it's perfect for her because she is such a dainty little cat.P.S. I just noticed the colours theme suggested by mecozy. I made my April 3rd post yellow just by coincidence. But today I am way off the mark because it's meant to be blue and I went pink! But of course the most important part is blue...