How are you? Our weather turned Seattle on us today, after a week of some gorgeous sun. Good excuse to stay around the house. I am feeling quiet today. Let me share some links instead.
-I am completely in love with Jan Eleni's home. Be sure and check out the wonderful way she combined some of her child's artwork into one amazing print (4th picture down).
-I'm wondering if anyone in the UK has seen the book, Homemade by Ros Badger? I have been meaning to mention it for ages, I really love her work and am curious about the book, its not available in the US.
-I'm undecided on the Liberty of London collection for Target. Its a lot of flowers. I wear mostly black, I'm afraid I might feel a little clownlike. I like the ties!
-I just picked up Rashida's book, I Love Patchwork: 21 Irresistable Zakka Projects to Sew. What a lovely book. With so many craft books out there right now, when the color combinations of the projects feel fresh and the projects are, not only photographed beautifully, but are clearly made really well, I pay attention. This book is a really good example of getting all that and more right.
-I also got a copy in the mail (thank you Erin) of Alabama Studio Style. This book continues explanation of Natalie Chanin's philosophy and methods surrounding her love of her Southern roots and her passion for the Slow Cloth movement. The projects in this book are absolutely lovely, I will have trouble picking what I love most. I loved her last book so much and it inspired my projects for the better part of a year.
-Speaking of getting inspiration from others, get a look at Kathy's Cog and Wheel quilt. Beautiful. I love her explanation in that same post of why we do other designer's patterns, and how we get our own inspiration from that. Sometimes I feel that there is an expectation of me to always do things that are purely unique, of my own design, because of my blog. But I too, realize that I learn so much for simply going through the process of creating a quilt (like the Hills & Hollers quilt I'm currently working on). It pushes me a little in some new direction, be it color combinations, techniques, or new methods I hadn't thought of. Truth is, I've been coming up with original things behind the scenes for months now, I just can't show you unfortunately (soon). Its nice to pick up a pattern that's had all the hard figuring done for you.
OK, I guess I wasn't that quiet after all. Time for some afternoon coffee though. Hope you all have a rejuvenating weekend!