Red and White Heart Valentine Quilted Fabric Postcard
This red and white Valentine from FabricGreetings is simplicity in itself. It features a red heart appliqued to a red and white floral background. The applique is done with a decorative machine stitch and features a small heart. A printed “happy valentines day” ribbon is also appliqued to the… details »
Garnet and 14k gold filled hoops
Small 14k gold filled circles have been wire wrapped with smoothed, faceted garnet rondelles. Each circle features 15-16 of these gorgeous magenta red gemstones. They remind me of little raspberries. Each hand formed and hammered circle drop hangs from small hand formed and hammered 21 gauge 14k gold filled… details »
Kangashrew the flannel monster
Kangashrew is flannel with securely stitched felt detail and measures 12″ in height. Like all of the flannel monsters, Kangashrew was designed to be cuddly yet durable. I make all of these adorable monsters with the same care I put into the original monsters I made for my son’s… details »
The Broken House: Square paper mache boxes, painted white, bright red, and black. They have been sanded and stained for a time worn look. These are great for storage or your little keepsakes:)
Modern Linen Quilt in Green and Red
Using improvisational piecing, I made this modern quilt using green linen, off-white cotton and a variety of red-hued linens. The “crushed” cotton gives the quilt an antique appearance, while the linen has a wonderful weight and drape. This is the perfect quilt for laying at the bottom of the… details »
Sunshine Yellow Button Ring
This ring of Sunshine was made with love and BUTTONS! details »
my lady purse
A useful little purse with a vintage twist, so elegant and … fresh at the same time, can you feel it? You can put your money and a credit card inside. details »
Commercially speaking, Easter doesn’t really get the attention Christmas does. No matter how hard the Bunny tries, he will always play second-fiddle to the Big Man. This is okay with me. I can only handle one big holiday a year, which is why Easter, the most low-key, is also perhaps my favorite. (Daisy photo from Country Dreaming.)
Growing up, I looked forward to getting the Easter basket. What kid doesn’t love a basket full of chocolate eggs, marshmallow candies, and a over-sized chocolate bunny? I couldn’t tell you what the basket looked like, but it had that green plastic grass in it that hid lots of chocolate treats. The Easter egg hunt was also a lot of fun. My brother and I would run around the house finding plastic eggs filled with jellybeans. My brother, four years younger, needed help from my parents
A grown-up Easter basket from All Decked Out Boutique
I wouldn’t mind a basket full of these delicious-looking cookies from Holiday Candy Lane.
The second part of Easter after the egg hunt and basket unveiling, was less exciting at least for a kid. It involved getting dressed in a new dress, going to church, and then having a big family dinner. Frilly white dresses with lace and Easter bonnets were popular among me and my fellow 10-year-olds.
A stylish hat from Katrina Couture.
Laid-back yellow halter dress from One Avian Daemon.
25 years later, Easter is a bit different. There are no baskets or Easter egg hunts. However, we still go to church in the morning, I still manage to eat chocolate, and we do have a big family dinner. Also, I always find an excuse to buy myself something new—not necessarily white and frilly, but something for Spring.
Tie dye is classic hippy style, but I don’t actually always like it. I think it works best when you’ve got subtle shades of the same colour happening, rather than as many different bright colours you can throw onto a t-shirt at once. Shades of pink from bright to pale to white looks girly and pretty and can be quite fairy-like. Ocean blue greens look lovely together and remind me of summer holidays and mermaids.
When I was pregnant with my first child, we were kindly given lots of hand-me-down baby clothes, including several baby-grows and vests that were once white, but were now stained and looked a bit grubby. Apart from that, they had plenty of life left in them, so we bought a couple of packets of dylon and set to work making various patterns. Not yet knowing the sex of the baby, we went for purples. We got so many compliments on those baby grows – I wish I had set up a hand-dyed baby grow business there and then. Oh well! Never mind, other people thought of it too and you can now buy some fabulously dyed outfits for babies.
A dark colour and black always looks good too; especially purple or red. This often has a pagan or witchy feel about it and is great on long dresses.
You’ve also got to be careful of the pattern. My preference is when the fabric has been scrunched and dyed for an all-over random effect. Lines across the item of clothing usually look good, but be warned of circles – the technique where you put a marble or something into the material and tie up the area around it so that afterwards you’re left with circles spreading from a central point. For some reason on men’s t-shirts, the point is right in the middle, highlighting even a slightly over-weight stomach. On women’s tops, two circles seem to always highlight the nipples – fine if you’ve got the confidence for this eye-catching look, but not so good when one of the tie-dyed circles is a bit wonky!