I wanted to use this cool vintage cowboy-themed fabric from a cotton flannel shirt that LDub gave me in some sort of project. The shirt is really voluminous–apparently designed for a hip troll–and would take a lot of tailoring to be wearable.
We revamped our Secret Santa gift exchange at work a few years ago, and it’s been really nice. We lowered the limit from $25 each to $10 each and banned gift cards. It had gotten to the point where we were all just trading gift cards! Now we send out a note with hints about what we would like to receive. It’s a lot more fun to shop this way, and people have been getting quite creative.
Weens said she’d like a potholder. I considered making one from scratch for about a millisecond, but realized that I couldn’t make one with a nice safe rubberized pad like the one that’s on the other side of these. So I took a bit of fabric with me down to Ye Olde Target store and bought two of these ready made potholders. Because I am well aware of my capacity to mess things up beyond repair and I didn’t want to have to run back into Palmdale to get another one after I cut through something important.
All went well, though. The fabric I embellished the potholder with was SO cooperative. Responded very well to ironing, which was a real relief. This sample is from the sleeve, so I have quite a bit more to work with, tra la!
As luck would have it, Weens and I drew each other for the exchange! I added some hot chocolate and some firewood to her package and stayed under the limit since we grew and cut the firewood ourselves. I said surprises and handmade stuff are always welcome and she did a great job of putting together a package of appropriate things: pen, notebook, and an amazing home made Christmas ball. Which oh so tragically fell to the floor with a sickening splat about 15 minutes after I hung it on our tree. I feel really rotten about that, because it was gorgeous and her own unique idea. 😦
Anyway, that’s one of the things I’m up to. I’m looking forward to finding more ways to use the rest of the fabric!
p.s. This is the sweet tea cup I did not bring home with me from The T Room in Montrose. The white and wisteria one on the left. Quite delicate and unusual. For sale, but no price on it. I refrained from asking. Sigh.