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.

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.

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:

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

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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.

Cell Phone with Jesus Rays

Arts & Crafts, Geek out!, My Spaces

Some time ago, I drew a simple cartoony sun with a smiley face for A Thing. It sat for a long time on my desk, covered by whatever I was working for afterwards, until I cleaned my office. The other day I happened to set down my phone on top of the sun just in the right spot to make the phone have jesus rays. 🙂

Cell Phone Sun

And, being a linguist and a non-native English-speaker, I had to check whether there are any other terms for the phenomenon, since jesus rays is the only phrase I know. Apparently jesus rays are more scientifically known as crepuscular rays. Crepuscular (from Lat. crepusculum ‘twilight’) is a reference to twilight hours when these rays often occur.

The intriguing thing is that there are also anticrepuscular rays or rays that seem to converge from an antisolar point, for example the horizon opposite a sunset.

Isn’t the world just amazing?

 

 

When Even the Waste Looks Good

Behind the Scenes, Colors, Fabrics & Materials

Recently I’ve worked on several small projects with colorful fabrics. One of the delights of working with bright colors is that even the littlest scraps look cheerful!

Colorful Clippings

It’s especially nice on grey days. This weekend’s forecast looks rainy; I’d better bring out my scraps bin again for more projects. 🙂

Flying Geese in Rainbow Colors

Arts & Crafts, Colors, Design & Designers

Work in progress: a prototype with flying geese piecing made from scraps in rainbow colors.

Work in Progress Apr 26

This is one possible layout. I was originally thinking two mirrored table runners or small mats, but seeing them on the floor like this makes me wonder whether one lapquilt might look better after all. Clearly I will have to experiment! 🙂

Hyvää ystävänpäivää!

Arts & Crafts, Colors, DIY, Fabrics & Materials

Happy Valentine’s Day! Or, friends’ day as it’s known in Finland!

This year, I made my own heart-shaped cards:

Valentines Day Cards Minimalistic 2017

They look pretty nice even in their raw form:

Valentines Day Cards Cut 2017

I experimented with decorations, but ended with this minimal design: understated pen lines with some color coordination (but not too matcy-matcy). The only problem was the placement of text on the heart shape; it was almost impossible to do neatly. I’ll need to work on that.

I also made custom envelopes by recycling magazine pages:

Valentines Day Cards Envelopes 2017

Being able to make things from scratch really is one of the enduring delights in my life. 🙂