Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A sneak peek…and a Partridge in a Pear Tree!

Boy oh boy – I am loving this lead up to Christmas! I get as excited today as I did when I was five years old! I even bought myself an advent calendar this year – an ‘old fashioned’ one with pictures - as opposed to chocolates!! :-)


I have been busy designing and creating, but there’s nothing I can show on that front just yet. But here’s a sneak peek of something that I WILL be sharing with you REAL soon!


Xmas project sneak peek


All will be revealed in a couple of weeks! :-)


I am also enjoying creating projects from others’ patterns, and have just started on this gorgeous wall-hanging by one of my favourite designers, Laurraine Yuyama from Patchwork Pottery. :-)


This is the project – on the front cover of the first issue of Quilter’s Connection – the gorgeous Canadian magazine for, you guessed it, quilters!


Laurraine quilters connection


Isn’t it divine? I love the way Laurraine marries muted country colours in her stand-out signature style. What a talented artisan she is – and an absolutely beautiful person, to boot!



Here are the fabrics I have chosen:


Partidge in a pear tree fabs


Very similar to the original – but why change perfection?!!! he he…


I purchased the magazine through Laurraine’s Etsy store, together with Cotton Life – a Japanese publication featuring another of Laurraine’s patterns.


Laurraine cotton life


Laurraine’s parcel arrived a few weeks ago, wrapped beautifully and containing an extra gift for me…


Laurraine package


One of her sweet fabric birds…


Patchwork Pottery birdie


Thank you Laurraine for your sweet gift – and for your inspiration, enthusiasm - but (most of all) for your friendship! x


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There’s something so special about hand-made isn’t there? Nothing tops it! Over the past few years I have been gifted handmade creations by dear friends, and they are so special to me. I think it’s the energy that is passed through the fabric from one person to another.


My family and I put up our Christmas decorations a couple of days ago and it was so sentimental to hold the handmade holiday decorations that have been hiding in boxes for the past 10 months. I had a smile on my face as I thought of each person in turn and what they mean to me. That’s one of the best things about this holiday season isn’t it? Remembering our loved ones and dearest friends. :-)


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So! On a final note… are you all set to open the first door of your Advent calendar tomorrow???? How exciting!!!!


Catch you soon!!! Hugs! Vikki :-)

15 comments:

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Your sneak peek looks so tantalising! :-)
Vik, can you understand the Japanese magazine? Are there step by step piccies or do you have to guess??

Hugs
Jen
xxx

Wickedly Divine Creations said...

Love your sneak peek
The kids have already decided what order the calendar will be opened and chokkies eaten ;)

Maria said...

Looking forward to the reveal of your sneek peek.
Great projects in the mags.

Joy said...

Oh goodness ... you just reminded me that I forgot to get the advent calendar out!!! I know, Bear is almost 18 ... but she's just a kid at heart ;o).
Love your tantalising sneaky peek ... can't wait to see what you're up to ;o).
Love n hugs,
Joy :o)

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Vikki,
Great to see you're getting into the spirit of Christmas with special hand made goodies.
Hm, sneak peek looks cute!
Hugs,
Anna

Kerryanne English said...

I love Laurraine's designs too and can't wait to see your project finished.

Hmmmm... wonder what the sneak peak is [giggle].
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Allie said...

We've never done an advent calendar, I guess I'll have to try one next year. Love your sneak peek, darling Vikki!
Your little birdie is delightful - I like the look of Laurraine's patterns.

PatchworkPottery said...

Oh Vikki! Thanks for this post! I can't wait to see your Partridge in a Pear Tree!!! The fabrics you have chosen are lovely! You inspire me too, my friend!!! Hugs, Laurraine

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Your latest magazines look lovely - I really admire Laurraine's work, and have a weakness for Japanese sewing magazines.
Enjoy your Christmas projects Vikki!

Vicki ♥ said...

Lots of lovely inspiring ideas there Vik and I too love Laurraine's designs....they are very unique. Its fun having an Advent calendar with the kids.
hugs sweetie...enjoy your special times with your kiddies :) Hugs Vicki xx

Sharon (Stitches on Mars) said...

Hi Vikki,
My message seems to be missing grrr
Love your sneak peek...and where did you get an old-fashioned advent calender? How divine is that :)
Hugs, Sharon

clare's craftroom said...

I love the glimpse of your wallhanging , clever girl !

Elyte said...

You seem to be enjoying your new creative life and embracing the Christmas spirit. Look forward to seeing your creations in the new year. Saw a lovely photo of you with Gail on her blog.

Micki said...

You are definitely getting into the spirit of Christmas...Handmade items are so nice!
Micki

Monica said...

Thank you Vikki for your lovely comment! Your blog is also very beautiful and colourful. I can see you are a very talented "girl".

Ciao from Italy
See you soon
Monica

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