My friend Jessee
and I have each been following along with Creativebug’s fabric design course
. Creativebug is $4.95 a month, but I used the code Micheals to get a free two month trial so I could check it out first (I believe this code was only good until 3/22 but check online because their might be something else current). I love the way the series is filmed, and it’s been such an interesting look into the world of fabric design. Jessee
and I decided to start challenging each other every week or so with a new theme. This is kind of like the Spoonflower contest themes, but no set deadline. In an effort to draw more we decided with this challenge we should each spend time drawing, then scan and work with our sketches online. Week one was bugs and teacups and there may have been some email exchanges saying things like “ugh I hate these tea cups!” but it felt so great to push ourselves. I printed out pages yesterday with colors and to check on scale. Next up I’ll be ordering some Spoonflower proofs, and I am excited to see what Jessee has come up with.
This month we’ve started something new with crafternoon. Everyone is taking turns holding a crafternoon of their choice at their house, and first up was Jessee
with a fun sewing party. We all brought our machines and worked on projects, Jessee taught some people new techniques, and helped Katie
get her hexagon quilt all ready for quilting! It was such a fun time, so much good food, and I have to say super relaxing to pass off the hosting baton for a bit. I forgot my camera, so I only have some bad phone photos. Above you can see the divided tote
I made at crafternoon & the divided tote
I made to hold my crafternoon white elephant gift (it was filled with candy). Plush you can see the awesome basket I got, so many goodies! Next month I’ll remember to bring my camera and get some better photos. Katie
is hosting a seed swap and garden marker making crafternoon next, I can’t wait!
I love beautiful packaging, the top box I found a few years ago at an antique shop. The box below is something I bought at the grocery store last week. I love how The Professor’s box is so adorable and has a great vintage look. Lots of the Palmer chocolate
has really cute packaging. Their foil wrapped bunnies are also charming with pastel colors, and that old fashion look to them.
Here are a few more current candy companies based out of Pennsylvania that still have vintage style packaging.
: Their butter krak eggs are delicious, and their bunny mascot is the cutest.
Lerro- was started in 1800, and have really cute boxes for their decorated eggs.
Peeps are also a Pennsylvania company, check out some of their old packaging from 1953 here
. I wish they still made whatever the sprinkled things in the middle are, they look quite colorful.
If you know of any other candy companies that still offer classic packaging and graphics I’d love to hear about them!
February’s bag of the month all sewn up in my toy fabric
. This bag was called The Hyacinth Bag
, and was a smaller cross body type of bag. Although I liked the interesting flap feature on this bag, from the bag description- One of the main features of the bag is that underneath the flap is space to store credit cards and cash in the zippered pocket. I thought it might be handy for, say, if you were going to a quilt show (maybe QuiltCon) and needed to quickly take out cash to pay for all of your fabric purchases.
I found myself not using the feature for an everyday bag. I like to keep everything in my wallet because I change purses so often, so if I made this bag again I would just add a few zippered sections under the pouch instead. Ive already started on my March bag, I am just waiting on some hardware to arrive so I can finish it up.