Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Handmade U Sixth Semester!

Rachel just posted on Facebook the dates and registration link for the next Handmade U!
I've been to two semesters of Handmade U here in my hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.
My first semester was in October of 2012.  We made some fabulous journals and had fun swaps.
I met lots of lovely crafty friends and I saw some of them again for the spring semester last April.
The sixth semester will be May 15th-17th.  It begins with dinner on a Thursday evening and ends Saturday at 5pm--but the party usually continues with dinner out that  night.
I hope to see you there!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

A Breakfast at Tiffany's Fabric Book

So my last post left off with a little teaser before showing you the completed Breakfast at Tiffany's fabric book.  I needed to do a separate post to share the pages everyone did.
Did I mention what an honor it was to be part of this project?!
The work everyone did is just so beautiful!  This book is just a treasure for me.

Opening this package was an experience in itself.  

Laurie included a fabric bookmark made with vintage fabrics, laces, beading and of course, a key to Holly Golightly's apartment.

Isn't the cover simply gorgeous?

Our hostess spared no detail in finishing the cover front, back and inside.

The inside cover is made by our hostess, Laurie Jackson.  I love the typewriter fabric she found!
She included a list of all the participants very cleverly sticking out from the appliqued typewriter.

Terri Wilkerson's first page is a glamorous black gown with a handstitched pearl necklace, and a beautiful ribbon rose coursage.  The background features the lyrics from the song Audrey Hepburn sings while sitting at her window in the movie.

 Terri's second page is an homage to the scene when Holly Golightly's neighbor "Fred" has a Cracker Jack ring engraved for her at Tiffany's.

Lisa Stanton did a beautiful page in black velvet with a legendary image of Audrey Hepburn with hand-stitched pearls and some lovely rhinestone bling.

 Lisa's second page reminds me of the black satin dresses Audrey was so famous for wearing.
You can read her post about the project here.

My own pages come after Lisa's.  You can see details of them here.

Suzanne's page is the quintessential Tiffany Blue package tied with a white satin ribbon.  Oh how I have hinted for one of these packages for Christmas over the years!!  Maybe someday I'll send it to myself, or maybe it could be an idea for another kind Breakfast at Tiffany's swap!  Hmmm.... ;)

Suzanne's second page has such lovely detail with rhinestones added to the photo of Audrey and then the gorgeous chandelier!

Laurie's first page features some vintage loveliness with the vintage lace doily and the pretty dress fashioned from pink lace on a satin striped background.  I need to rephotograph the edging on the page which has a very pretty pink lace ruffle.

Laurie's second page features beautiful vintage buttons, pretty lace and ribbon and a quote from the movie: "You can always tell what kind of a person a man really thinks you are by the earrings he gives you."

These are perfectly lovely earrings!  How could they not be if they are sparkly vintage buttons?!

Linda McMillin's page is fabulous!  I love the skyline done in Tiffany blue, the satin gown silhouette and of course, cat nearby.  The beading details for the windows are such a lovely touch.

The second page has lots of images from the movie scenes and is titled "Breakfast at Tiffany's Remembered."  I love how colorful this page is.

Tami Hacker's page features a photo of Audrey Hepburn and lots of rhinestone detail.  Can a girl have too many rhinestones?!

 Tami's second page with lyrics from the Moon River song, also has a beautiful rhinestone button and ribbon flower.  You can read Tami's post of this project here.

For the inside of the back cover, Laurie found this fabulous fabric in just the right shade of blue!  Isn't the little button kitty so cute?

Laurie's back page features a silhouette, vintage laces and beautiful buttons--she's a button collector and you can read more about it at her blog Button Floozies.
Laurie really went above and beyond in putting this book together.
I can't say it enough how happy I am to have been part of this project.
The best part is...
We got published!!!!!!

We each made an extra page for Laurie to use in a special book to submit to Somerset publications in the hopes they would publish our project.  After weeks of waiting, Laurie heard back from them.  The fabric book was featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Somerset Studio Gallery magazine.  
Sadly, my pages were not photographed, but I still have my name in print!  That should give me some bragging rights, don't you think?
*Sigh*...I'm a Tiffany Girl!
Laurie made these fabulous tags to wear when we attended Birdsong 3 at Karla's Cottage.  More on that coming soon.

This post is dedicated to the memory of Linda McMillin, a fellow Tiffany girl I didn't get to meet in person but who will always have a special place in my heart as a kindred creative spirit.

My Breakfast at Tiffany's Pages

In summer 2012, I was honored to work on a group project with some very talented ladies.
We made a fabric book based on the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's.
I am a HUGE Audrey Hepburn fan so naturally, this was a fun project for me.  The hardest part was narrowing down all the inspiration: Tiffany blue, diamonds!, sleek black dresses, kitty cats...

In the end, I went with a theme of Holly's apartment.  When I was first asked to do the project, I read Truman Capote's book.  It just seemed that everything happened in Holly's little New York apartment. 

The Brownstone building used in the movie
 During high school, I dreamed of having my own apartment in a big city, having my glamorous career and spending time off having lots of fun with friends.  I never really got to live by myself.  Reality after college was that I would need roommates in order to afford rent anywhere!  Then came marriage, and with five children, it's not likely that I will ever be alone which suits me just fine!

For our fabric book, each of us was to make a page with a front and back.  The first page I made is called "Holly's Crazy Apartment."  Being a quilter, I couldn't resist using a crazy quilt technique.  I was able to do an online crazy quilt class this summer and learned a few new things.  I started with an image of the New York apartment used in filming Breakfast at Tiffany's.  I chose colors that represented Holly's wardrobe, and the springtime scenery of the film.  They are mostly neutrals and greens.  Tiffany Blue was brought in as an accent in beading, ribbons and trims.

A photo of Audrey standing outside her apartment was added along with some pretty buttons and beads.

The finished page was bound with a black grosgrain ribbon.  When I was first asked to participate in this project, I knew I wanted to do something that included "Cat."  He sits above the apartment building which I thought was appropriate since Holly allowed him to roam at will.


 For the second page, I went went with the more traditional Tiffany blue color.  My inspiration was the opening scene of the movie when Holly is window shopping outside Tiffany's all decked out in satin and diamonds while eating a croissant and sipping coffee. 

I found images to represent the glamour girl life and ironed them onto a piece of blue satin.

 I used tulle to represent windows with tiny ric-rac trim around each window and then finished it with blue ribbon and a rhinestone.

 After stitching a piece of black ribbon to the outside of each page, I sewed the front and back together and my pages were ready to send off to our swap hostess Laurie Jackson.

The beautifully wrapped package from Laurie containing my very own completed Breakfast at Tiffany's fabric book!
My next post will feature the truly fun part, receiving the finished book!
Tune in for part II of this exciting project!

Christmas Stocking Swap

I'm doing some review of the previous year and trying to catch up on posts I should have done looooong ago!
This is one of them.

This is the "kitschy" style stocking I made for my swap partner Michelle.  The swap was hosted by Cerrie of Little Pink Studio.  I love the vintage items she sells and follow her Pinterest boards.  That's how I found out about the stocking swap.  It was one of those moments when I didn't even think, I just sent an email and asked to join!  We had to answer a few questions about ourselves and our preferences to be given to an assigned swap partner. 
I went with kitschy since I LOVE 40's and 50's Christmas decorations.  There's just something about the images and the colors that make me happy.

The stocking front with the pom-pom fringe added
Detail of the cuff
 It was fun gathering goodies to fill the stocking:  a snowman filled with white chocolate cocoa mix, handmade soap from a farm in the town of Milford where I went to high school and Baker's chocolates made in Greenwood, Nebraska along with lots of vintage sewing and Christmas crafting supplies.

This is the chenille stocking I received in return from Michelle.  It is so beautiful!!

There is a sweet little vintage candy cane with holly, jingle bells and a peppermint candy.  It's trimmed out with red and white crocheted pieces.

 And the stocking was filled with lots of goodies!
Michelle is from Oregon so she included locally made coffee and chocolates.

A very fuzzy photo of a box filled with Christmas tags, stickers and tiny Santas
 Michelle also made this very sweet angel ornament using a vintage cookie cutter and lots of glitter and tinsel!

Christmas ends tomorrow with the Feast of the Epiphany so it's certainly not too late to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!!