Now on Etsy: Canvas Pouches

Ahem Ahem!, Arts & Crafts

I listed a few canvas pouches at the Playfully Grownup Home Etsy shop.

Canvas Pouches Collage

They’re made from a variety of prints and solids. I used up remnant canvas pieces to make them.

The light green one has a really great, understated but elegant floral pattern outlined in white. I added a coordinating green and white polka dot accent for the drawstring channel.

Canvas Pouch Green White Floral BB001a

For the blue and turquoise floral, I found two good accent color matches but couldn’t decide which I preferred, so I made two versions. Problem solved! 🙂 One has a turquoise-on-turquoise polka dot print…

Canvas Pouch Blues Turquoise BB002c

…and the second a solid bright blue cotton. The latter makes a nice, strong contrast.

Canvas Pouch Blues BB002a

Both colorways have a round bottom made from solid-colored canvas – pale mustard for the green and navy blue for the blue and turquoise bags.

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

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!

Blue, Turquoise and White Ombre Effect Wall

Colors, House Tours

I was leafing through a home dec magazine looking for something else, when this wall with an ombre mural in blue, turquoise and white caught my eye. It’s from the home of designer Petri Hiltula in Finland.

Avotakka 04 2015 Ombre Bedroom Wall1

Sameli Rantanen / Avotakka magazine, April 2015.

Featured in the Avotakka magazine (April 2015), the wall was designed by Susanna Sivonen. The name of the design is Origami kasvoi taivaalle (‘an origami grew into the sky’). The mural replaces the headboard in the bedroom.

Avotakka 04 2015 Ombre Bedroom Wall2

Sameli Rantanen / Avotakka magazine, April 2015.

Gorgeous. At places the effect almost looks cloud-like due to the shapes in the paint treatment. The wall looks especially good in contrast to the plain white bedding, the original, exposed square log wall and wide plank floors. I think the extra-wide floor moulding is unusual these days, too, which contributes to the charm. Kudos!

I love the sense of blue sky the mural creates; it’s especially nice at the end of winter. I’m hoping spring will come early this year!

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.

Cute Rainbow Heart Banner

Arts & Crafts, Colors, Fabrics & Materials

What a cute crocheted heart banner!

Ooly Sam Thrive 360 Living jars-with-hearts

Sam from Thrive 360 Living; at International Arrivals / Ooly.

By Sam from Thrive 360 Living; tutorial at International Arrivals / Ooly. This photo is actually from a tutorial for the jars, not the heart banner. But don’t you think that the banner would make a nice treat for your color-loving Valentine’s Day sweetheart, if you happened to be so inclined…? Looks like there are plenty of free crochet heart patterns available all over the Internet, too.

Thanks for sharing, Sam!

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

Online Finds: Desktop Wallpaper for Organizing Tasks

Bits in Spaaace!, Colors, Inspiration

Diane Henkler made and shared this clever organizer wallpaper:

Diane Henkler Computer-Desktop-Background-to-help-you-organize-what-you-place-on-your-computers-desktop-screen

Diane Henkler at In My Own Style.

Being a visual person, I love the idea. It’s simple but helpful for arranging your tasks and finding them at a glance. Love the cheerful colors, too; just the thing to counter grey fall skies. 🙂

The .jpg is available for several screen resolutions either with the default categories (To Do, Files and Misc) or with blank label holders in case you want to use your own. Visit In My Own Style to download.

Thank you for sharing, Diane!

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

First Batch of Reflectors Is Now on Etsy

Ahem Ahem!, Arts & Crafts, Leveling Up

The first batch of reflectors is now listed in my Etsy shop.

1st Batch of Reflectors

These 2-sided personal safety reflectors are meant for pedestrians. They are designed to attach inside a coat pocket and to hang down at your side when in use. The reflectors come with a safety pin and string for hanging. Like so:

Reflectors in Use Not in Use

The concept is based on the reflectors I wore in my childhood, growing up 2 hours south of the Arctic Circle in Finland. In fact, I still use them – even though Massachusetts isn’t nearly as dark as Finland in winter, here in the south it gets dark year-round. The reflectors increase your visibility so much in low light conditions that I almost feel naked without one. Each of my jackets has its own dedicated reflector, and I keep extras around just in case. (They do occasionally break or get lost.)

Made with polyester felt and reflecting fabric in three silhouettes: heart, minimalistic feather or dragon’s head. Each of the three designs comes in two or three different colors.

Dragons Head Reflector Colors Collage
Feather Reflector Colors Collage
Heart Reflector Colors Collage

Check out Flickr and Twitter for some work-in-progress photos.

It’s exciting to get a new project out into the world! 🙂

A Feathery Sneak Peak

Arts & Crafts, Behind the Scenes, Colors

…of my current project:

Turq Feathers Partly Done

I’m making reflectors; this batch is based on my feather doodles. I’ve already done turquoise and white feather reflectors. I’m still trying to decide whether I’ll make other colors. Any input?

P.S. Other behind-the-scenes photos connected to this project are included in my Flickr (July 2016).

When Serendipity Delivers: Saturated Rainbow Hues

Colors

Just by happenstance, my recent Internet browsing is full of saturated rainbow hues. (Content note: large, hairy spider at the bottom.)

Rainbow-hued origami street art by French street artist Mademoiselle Maurice, this one from Italy:

Mademoiselle Maurice Italy Fate Festival Glass Sphere

Mademoiselle Maurice, Fate Festival in Italy, photo by Antonio Sena.

Recycled and painted cans as planters by Claire at Pillar Box Blue:

Claire Pillar Box Blue Tin-Can-Planters-GL8

Claire at Pillar Box Blue.

Free printable feather wall art by Linda at Burlap & Blue:

Linda Burlap and Blue feathers-on-brick-768x512

Linda at Burlap & Blue.

Barista Mason Salisbury on Instagram makes me wish I liked coffee (or that someone did this with tea):

Mason Salisbury Instagram Green Blue Latte

Latte by Mason Salisbury on Instagram.

Handwoven kilim wool and sari silk rug from 1800getarug.com:

1800getarug Kilim Wool Sari Silk Rug

1800getarug.com.

A rainbow of eggs by Brittany Wright / Wright Kitchen on Instagram:

Brittany Wright Instagram Rainbow Eggs

Brittany Wright / Wright Kitchen on Instagram.

Gooty sapphire ornamental tree spider by William Foster on Flickr:

Flickr William Foster Gooty Sapphire Ornamental Tree Spider

William Foster on Flickr.

Saturated colors tend to make me happy even if they’re not all personal favorites. It’s always a treat when randomness results in something enjoyable.

What has serendipity delivered for you lately?

Online Finds: Adventurers Free Printable

Arts & Crafts, Bits in Spaaace!, DIY

I’ve been staring at my previous wallpaper, lovely as it is, long enough to want a change. And what better than a little adventure at the beginning of a new season:

Adventurers Laptop Wallpaper

Since this free printable was designed as a 8”x10” pdf, I saved a screencap and set that as my wallpaper. Looks quite as good!

By Katie at Upcycled Treasures (for personal use only). Thank you, Katie – I love it!

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