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!

My Con or Bust Donation for 2018

Arts & Crafts, Geek out!

Here is my donation for Con or Bust‘s yearly online auction for 2018: a rainbow heart banner.

Rainbow Banner

Each heart measures approx. 3” / 7 cm, and there’s one of each color (purple, red, orange, yellow, green and blue). They have vibrant fronts made from a variety of cottons and cotton blends, and the backsides are made from a linen blend in a neutral greyish beige hue.

Rainbow Banner Back Fabric

All fabrics come from my scraps bin, which reduces waste, as does filling the hearts with clippings (thread and small waste fabric).

Rainbow Banner Hexagon

The hearts form an approx. 53” / 135 cm banner with the help of baker’s twine, with loops at both ends for hanging.

Because of the neutral backing, the banner looks best hung against a wall or other flat surface.

Rainbow Banner on Bookcase

However, as I strung it up for photos, I noticed that the hearts have a tendency to swivel, which would make a nice effect if hung somewhere where air currents can gently sway the banner.

Rainbow Banner on Door Frame

Bidding will start next Monday, April 09, 2018. Before that, you can have a look at the 2018 auction info, visit the Con or Bust website for more information or browse the 2018 auction tags.

Con or Bust, Inc., is a U.S.-based, tax-exempt not-for-profit organization that helps people of color/non-white people attend SFF conventions. Con or Bust isn’t a scholarship and isn’t limited to the United States, to particular types of con-goers, or to specific cons; its goal is simply to help fans of color go to SFF cons and be their own awesome selves. It is funded through donations and an online auction held annually.

As I’ve had firsthand experience of being on a miniature budget and having to limit my geeky hobbies accordingly, I decided to add Con or Bust to my list of things worthy of support. This is my third time donating.

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

Pieced Prototype Placemats: Progress on Quilting

Colors, Fabrics & Materials

I’m slowly chipping away at the small piecing / quilting prototypes that I started in February.

Piecing1 WiP Half Quilted Top View

My goal is to find a good-looking, neat, satisfying and fast way to machine quilt this kind of a pieced surface. I’ve figured it out halfway: I’ll sew diagonally across the small squares to create diamonds at 45-degree angle to the edge.

Half the battle is done! 🙂

Pieced Prototype Placemats

Colors, Fabrics & Materials

I’ve had a hankering to do some piecing and quilting lately, so prototypes it is! At this stage, I’ve been working on placemats made from two different sizes of squares.

Piecing Purple Blues Greens

The placemat colors are based on a rainbow, with each color moving diagonally across instead of the more static horizontal or vertical layout.

Piecing Purple Blues Greens Yellows Reds

After piecing the top on the first one (the photo above), I re-did some color selections for the second one.

Piecing2 Ready Purple Blues Greens Yellows Reds

Better! There are still improvements I could make, but it seems my stash is getting too low on the shades I’d need.

Even though I haven’t yet fully finished the placemats, I can tell that the math seems to work – the dimensions are suitable. That’s the most important part; colors I can always tweak ad infinitum. 🙂

Now on Etsy: Two Yoga Mat Bags

Ahem Ahem!, Arts & Crafts, Colors

I made and listed two more yoga mat bags.

The first has a cheerful, modern floral print. The outdoor fabric is stain and water resistant (but not waterproof), and the bottom and shoulder strap are made with burgundy red canvas.

Yoga Mat Bag YB001b

For the second yoga bag, I repurposed a remnant of a calm paisley print in pale aqua and brown. A dark brown cotton with tiny white polka dots makes a nice, strong accent on the shoulder strap.

Yoga Mat Bag YB002c

Both are in my Etsy shop now!

Bright Colors for an Antidote to November

Books & Mags, Colors, Inspiration

In the northern half of the world, we’re approaching the dark time of the year. For me, November is typically when I start wanting more light and bright things around me. (Candles! Snow!) When that’s not possible, pictures will do. This rainbow-hued glass collection from a home dec magazine fits the bill:

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It’s from the Country Living magazine, and the collector, Elsie Larson from Nashville, TN, says this of her Depression glass collection:

“I was inspired by my travels to Palm Springs and specifically stays at the very colorful Parker Hotel, which was designed by one of my heroes, Jonathan Adler. The rainbow effect of their colored glass collection made me smile every morning.”

It’s a beautiful arrangement, and the range of colors is fantastic. (The Parker Hotel colored glass display that Larson mentions can be seen at a Whorange article from February 2014. Personally, I think Larson did a better job than Adler.)

A bonus entry: a color wheel mirror frame in mosaic by Karen Johnston:

Mosaicworksca Blogspot Karen Johnston Colour Wheel Mirror

Karen Johnston at Mosaicworksca.blogspot.com.

The mosaic is so neatly and carefully made. Just gorgeous!

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

Close Quarters: Oval Rainbow Rug and More

Colors, Design & Designers

French home decor magazine Marie Claire Maison toured jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge’s London home. The rainbow rug in this sitting room is an interesting take – and certainly catches your eye, even with so much color elsewhere in the room:

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Jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge’s London home. Via Marie Claire Maison.

While there are pieces of furniture with very modern lines, they go quite well together with the ornate stained glass windows, moldings and laurel and vine motifs on the painted ceiling.

There are also rooms where a single color dominates, for example in this aptly-named Sunshine room…

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Jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge’s London home. Via Marie Claire Maison.

…with plenty of playful details:

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Jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge’s London home. Via Marie Claire Maison.

I really admire Ms. Azagury-Partridge’s skill in pulling together such different elements into a cohesive whole. Visit Marie Claire Maison‘s article for more!

Found via Making It Lovely.

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

Now on Etsy: More Mini Storage Bins

Ahem Ahem!, Arts & Crafts

So far I’ve made two batches of storage bins for my shop this spring. First, there are sets of 6 mini cubes in rainbow colors:

Mini Cubes Rainbow RC001b

Second, I used up a variety of remnants and scraps to make a hodgepodge of low bins and cubes:

2017 May Jun Bins Collage Sm

Find them in the Playfully Grownup Home shop > Store Me section.

New Art: To Live by Likhain

Arts & Crafts, Colors, Design & Designers, Thumbs Up

I’ve been waiting for an envelope for almost two weeks, and finally, finally, it arrived!

To Live by Likhain Unpacked

This gorgeous print is by Filipina artist likhain. As soon as I saw it, I knew I’d have to get it.

Likhain says they made this piece in response to the question “What do you really want?” and the calligraphy in the background reads:

“to survive. to grow. to study without being bullied. to work without being under threat. to walk around and not be harmed. to meet people and not encounter abuse. to take public transport and not be harassed. to hold each other’s hands. to marry. to raise our families. to build our homes. to be safe. to know peace. to access care when we’re sick. to help when we can. to have help when we need it. to contribute to our communities. to be equal under the law. to belong. to sing. to dance. to create. to speak our truth. to be happy. to love.”

I will frame it as a present for a loved one.

(In case you’re interested in buying a copy, here’s my experience: The print itself is beautiful, and came very well packaged / protected. However, the delivery company that InPrnt used, DHL, was annoyingly slow. It took them 11 days to get the envelope from Florida to Massachusetts, where USPS took over and end-delivered my envelope in one additional day. I’d have no qualms about bying again quality-wise, but if delivery time was an issue I might consider something else.)

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