I made cutting boards for my family two years ago in this sparrow shape and I’ve been wanting to do something else with it ever since. So last week when I had my sewing machine out, I tried a swallow-shaped pillow. However, I don’t think they are going to work as a pillow. I haven’t stuffed them yet, but I think they’ll lose their shape and charm when stuffed. Now I’m thinking they’d make a great applique on a pillow….any other ideas?
My purpose for having out the machine was to make two of these friendly little turtles–a favorite homemade toy in our home, who are now wrapped up and safely on their way to a very, very, VERY patient family.
Melissa sent me an email this week, asking me to blog about a very important project. The Great Sunflower Project is an effort to attract and count honeybees in personal and community gardens. If you sign up for the project they will send you a free packet of sunflower seeds to plant in your garden (or even a pot on your deck). All you need to do in return is take two bee counts (according to their simple instructions) and send in or fill out their online count. The whole count will take less than 30 minutes. I’m going to do it as a school project with Emma and Mary. I hope you’ll join Melissa and me and be a part of this important project. (I’d love to know if you decide to join in!) Here is an article in the NYTimes about our honeybees in peril.
First of all, no. I am not pregnant. But that doesn’t stop me from getting inspiration from an amazing new book that April at Chronicle Books sent me last week. The book is called Nursery Style and it is by Serena Dugan and Lily Kanter of the California-based store, Serena and Lily. I love these kinds of books because I find so much inspiration and ideas packed into them. And I love paying attention to the little details–the artwork, the pillows, how the toys are put away, how an armoire is utilized, the curtains.
Even though the book is aimed at nursery design, there are still so many great ideas in this book for anyone decorating a home with and for children.(stefani, I thought about you with those silhouettes in image 3. Can you do that?! 🙂 So baby on the way or not, this book is full of beautifully designed living spaces, new ideas and fantastic tips and hints for decorating. And April, I want everything on page 74 and 75.
Happy Weekend everyone. Sign up for your bee count, read a good book and take it easy.
See you Monday.