Thursday, August 16, 2012

from blank pages... #4

*** this post is not connected to the Winterkist Blog Hop. While I love comments, they will not count toward the giveaway. I'm sorry for the delay in getting my post up. Today is one of those days where life happens, or rather is happening, and I do expect to get the post up shortly (need the kiddos to fall asleep for their nap first). Thanks for your patience.
The Master List

***** FYI - I want to let you all know that there is a giveaway open until the 22nd for the Charming Travelers!! Go to Pinks Sweet Treats to enter. Have you looked at the map lately? Where are all the west coast peeps?! Come ya'll, represent! lol. (that was so dorky.) ****

*** I also added a grab button to my sidebar for The Master List of Linky's, so if you have linked up your party, or even if you don't, grab a button and share it to help spread the word! :) ***

After a bit of thought and consideration, I've decided to change my linky just a bit. Instead of sharing projects that haven't been created yet, I think blank pages are all about the beginning. So whether you've started or even finished your project already, maybe you are stuck in the designing phase, or perhaps it's the beginning again on an old UFO. Whatever the scenario, I hope you'll come celebrate the beginnings of your projects with me! I think it's fun to reminisce how great projects began. And perhaps this will open the doors a little wider to get some more participants as well. hint hint! ;) 

I also updated the linky button, so if you already grabbed it, or not, you can grab the new one from my sidebar.
from blank pages... linky party

Today I'm going to go into a little more detail on a sneak peek beginning that I shared with you before. Since my post for the Winterkist Blog Hop goes up today, I figured it would be good to tie the two together. I'll put my story here, and a tutorial on the blog hop post!

As I mentioned, I first started out with this idea...


and then received this amazing fabric from Katey! Wowzers! I was SO excited to get some fabric that hasn't even been released yet! I am still geeking out about it. ;)

all spread out on the couch

I was originally going to make a holiday banner, but just wasn't feeling it. I think some of the ideas would be cute, but not for this fabric, at least not right now.

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As you can see I kind of went back to the first design, and just decided to do an all over pattern of it. I wanted to make sure to make some functional that I would actually use! This fabric is TOO AWESOME to let it just get pushed to the side and forgotten about. Thinking about Christmas often makes me think of food. How great would this be to have as some serving mats and bowls. I went through a few different kinds of fabric bowl designs, and ultimately decided to go with a more boxy design... as a two-in-1 design! (always a bonus!) Have you seen the boxes that you sew a flat piece of fabric and then fold the corners and sew a line up? Well, that's kind of what I did. Anyway, I LOVE them. :) You'll definitely stop by in a little bit to check out the full tutorial and see how I made them into non-permanent "boxes".

It's always interesting to me how projects evolve. Does that ever happen to you? Or is it just me?

Now it's your turn! Will you share some beginnings with us??? :)

A few simple guidelines:
1. Only link to a post that shares the beginning of a project. It can share all the way to the end if you want, but please include the beginning story since that is what this is all about. :)
2. Link to a post, not just your blog.
3. Be sure to grab a button and link back to this post so others can come join the fun!
4. stop by a say to the other "beginners" *wink wink*

Linky will be open until Saturday night.



  1. Hi - not sure what to do for the yummy Winterkist giveaway, but I think part of it is to post a project of mine with a start picture - right? Oh man... am cleaning my sewing room today and it is giving me a fuzzy, dusty, linty brain.
    Here is my post:

  2. I found you through the Winterkist giveaway...great blog! I am in the Vintage Holiday quilt along...signed up and am currently finishing my fabric selection. I don't have a blog, but love the opportunity to read new ones. Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. That's funny to come up with a load of designs then revert back to the first one! They are such gorgeous fabrics! =D

  4. Oh it is funny how plans evolve and change - all part of the creative process isn't it! Plus yay - ideas for future projects too!


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