I'm painting these little knick knack shelves a gorgeous pumpkin orange. Picked them up at a yard sale this spring for $1.00! They are handmade! Score for sure. I'm using Benjamin Moore's Oil based Wood and Metal Enamel which has sadly been discontinued. Thank goodness I still have some cans of this stuff left in good colors. It is awesome.
Yesterday I spent some time with a pretty shade of embroidery floss.
Here's a stack of orangey felted sweaters and fabrics which have been migrating into the new book project.
If you do embroidery, have you ever tried Sulky's Tearaway Stabilizers? I had a sample packet left from a trade show. Thank goodness because my fade away marker wouldn't show up on the dark shades of wool I was working on. To use the Tearaway, you draw on it and then pin or baste to your fabric. I did all the stitching I needed to using my drawing as a guide. The stabilizer then rips away. It is awesome. I'm sure this product has been around for a while but I never had need for it.
For my new book, I am trying to use things I find around the house to help design. I live 45 minutes from any craft store so it is not easy to run out and get supplies. I have to have a list to make a trip worthwhile. Too bad I don't know any folks at the big craft companies for samples but oh well. Yesterday I used a plastic cup and deli container for my project. When I started looking around my closets, I had all kinds of things I could use for shapes. I decided to stay simple so that everyone can do the thing I was designing.
While I was working, I listened to this Grace Bonney (of Design*Sponge) interview with Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul Magazine. It was a great chat and nice to hear back story on someone who has become a big success (but worked incredibly hard to get there). Check it out here. One of my favorite quotes was this one....
"Everything used to be free online and that's the biggest mistake people made. We have to do something about that." Paul LoweHere here Paul! If you don't know Paul Lowe and his Sweet Paul Magazine, check it out here. He began as a blogger and stylist and you can still read his blog here although it is no longer active. Paul is a huge talent and funny to boot. He tells it like it is - loved that.
Back to embroidery.....
Check these incredible embroidered costumes out from Game of Thrones. Wow! All hand embroidered by Michele Carragher. You've probably already seen this artist's work as her work is frequently seen on the big screen.
How do you feel about ORANGE?