Now on Etsy: Heart Banners

Ahem Ahem!, Arts & Crafts, Colors

A batch of heart banners is now listed at the Playfully Grownup Home Etsy shop.

Heart Banner Purple HB003b

They’re made from a variety of prints and solids, and are designed to hang either horizontally or vertically against a wall or another flat surface.

Heart Banner Blue HB001g Closeup

I used up a variety of remnants and scraps to make them, which reduces waste, as does filling the hearts with clippings (thread and shredded fabric).

Some of the banners, like those in pink and red tones, have an ombre effect, with the colors graduating from light to dark shades.

Heart Banner Pink HB005a

Apart from the ombre banners, there are cheerful floral ones in a colorful, graphic print that I love.

Heart Banner Floral HB004a

Find them in the Playfully Grownup Home > Hang Me section. And as always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

Multicolor Coordinating Bag Tassel

Arts & Crafts, DIY, Fabrics & Materials

Do you ever make tassels? Back when I was playing with book bag prototypes, just on a whim I made a tassel for one of them:

Fuchsia Book Bag w Tassel Closeup

It’s attached to the top of the side seam, so it’s not really a bag charm.

Fuchsia Book Bag w Tassel

 

I made it with yarns that match the fabric colors, with fuchsia on the outside and pale yellow and two different greens on the inside.

I still like how the other shades peek through the hot pink. I’m just not sure how practical it is. Thoughts?

Colorful Book Bag Prototypes

Arts & Crafts, Colors, DIY

Some prototypes from a past sewing project:

Past Projects Book Bags

These small book bags / fold-away shopping bags all have slightly different construction or proportions. I kept changing details until I found a solution I was happy with.

The colors still make me smile. 🙂

Shop my book bags here.

Close Quarters: Floral Print Sofa with Geometric Rug

Colors, Design & Designers, Fabrics & Materials, Room of Awesome

Incorporating colors, especially strong colors, into interiors can be intimidating. Add to that floral pattern, and the task might seem insurmountable.

Not so for Melbourne-based interior designer Camilla Molders. She creates contemporary rooms with plenty of color, clean-lined and elegant furniture, and lush textiles and rugs. In her Prahran Flowerhouse project, what might otherwise been a grandmotherly floral print sofa instead becomes luxurious, almost throne-like.

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Prahran Flowerhouse. Camilla Molders Design.

The neutral walls and curtains allow the furnishings and rug to stand out. The repetition of flowers in the upholstery as well as wall art is very clever – prominent but not overdone. The geometric rug is the perfect antidote to the flowers, and brings the saccharine factor down immediately despite its unapologetically strong reds and fuchsias. And did you notice that the sofa legs are painted a matching color?

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Prahran Flowerhouse. Camilla Molders Design.

It’s really impressive how well Ms. Molders has matched the colors in the rug with those of the sofa upholstery. The room wouldn’t work nearly as well if they didn’t coordinate so perfectly.

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Prahran Flowerhouse. Camilla Molders Design.

I don’t think the rug could ever come home with me, but that sofa is looking more and more appealing. And I might have to try the trick of repeating the same motif in textiles and art in a room – very effective.

Found via Desire to Inspire.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Cold Toes

Colors, My Spaces

For a long time, this winter was unusually mild. Last week, seasonable temps finally descended. From around freezing, the temperature plummeted quite suddenly to 13-17 Fahrenheit / -10(ish) Celcius daytime and to nights of around -4 F / -20 C. Even warmer days only stayed around mid-20s F / -5(ish) C.* Glad I have many, many vibrant wool socks to tide me over! 🙂

Cold Toes

*) It’s definitely been colder before, even in my few years in Massachusetts, not to mention back in Finland. In fact, the coldest day I was out riding my bike was -18 F / -28 C. That was cold. (Let’s hear it for layers and wool!)

Favorite Handmade Xmas Presents from 2014

After Hours, Arts & Crafts, Fabrics & Materials

Happy New Year to each and everyone! I had such a relaxing Christmas and a great break in general. I hope that was also the case for you. It’s good to be back to a fresh start, though, with some fresh snow outdoors. I just love how everything looks so clean and clear and soft after snowfall.

Speaking of soft: Every year, I try to include something handmade in my Christmas presents. Here are some soft projects from 2014 that I most enjoyed making:

2014 Handmade Xmas Presents

Clockwise from top right: three nesting bins in the recipient’s favorite colors; simple gift wrapping with a hunter green envelope, a bunny paper clip and a recycled Christmas card cut down to size; freeform hand-embroidered rosemary sachets, cotton on cotton muslin; two nesting bins out of blue Marimekko poppy print fabric; and eight fabric coasters with felt innards and fringed edges, complete with a small custom storage bin in coordinating colors.

In this case, part of the pleasure came from being able to use for personal gain a fabric bin construction technique I developed for my business.

Any handmade gifts you either made or received that you’d like to share? Please do!

Making Progress: Breast Cancer Awareness Themed Items for 2014

Ahem Ahem!, Colors, Leveling Up

So far I haven’t created any products for specific campaigns or themes (apart from my usual business charitable giving). This year, I wanted to do a test batch and chose October and breast cancer awareness.

There are some gorgeous pinks and reds in my fabric stash. I selected a few to make a small quantity of lavender sachets and mini storage cubes. Some sachets are plain, some have a heart applique in the front and some were inspired by the Tardis; all are limited run and sold singly. A part of the sachets are in darker colors – burgundy red and purple – as a nod towards male breast cancer. I also sewed two unique sets of two mini cubes; the rest of the cubes are limited run and sold singly. Here is a group photo:

2014 PGH Breast Cancer Awareness

They are now available in my Etsy store; more photos can be seen on Flickr. Five percent of the proceeds go to Susan G. Komen. It will be interesting to see how a themed set like this performs compared to my usual selection. At the very least it has been educational to think in terms of a specific collection or purpose.