This week's treasuries tended to reflect a longing for Spring, and incorporated bright colors -- a sharp contrast to the cold, gray days of late February.
CameoLLC featured my gray and yellow Uptown oven mitt in the treasury, Spring Chic: Kitchen Accessories. This treasury is jam packed full of wonderful gift ideas for your favorite foodie.
CameoLLC turns photos into inspired pieces of glass art. Here is an example of a personalized glass picture from the CameoLLC shop.
Duni of PeriDotbyDuni and DunisDesignStudio featured my lavender floral oven mitt in her treasury, Foggy February. Duni's PeriDot shop is a treasure trove for those who love cottage chic. This cottage chic laundry bag is one of my favorites.
Kathy and Wayne of Rocks2Gems2Wire featured my leopard print zip pouch in their treasury, Weekend Getaway. No weekend getaways for me until after tax season -- but I'm already planning some trips to visit grandkids. I love Kathy and Wayne's unique jewelry designs -- like this crazy lace agate necklace.
Valerie of NandysNook featured my aqua chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Goodbye February Hello March! My feelings exactly! This spring green coffee mug cozy is a colorful way to welcome Spring -- and fun to sport at the office on St. Patrick's Day -- or after work, with a touch of Bailey's Irish Cream, perhaps.
Brooke Baxter Howie of BrookeHowie featured my green chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Shop. I think I could redesign my kitchen, inspired by this gorgeous blue still life acrylic! Or perhaps I'd save it for my fantasy retirement space --a tiny house by a babbling brook.
Nancy Sieling of RetroSewingPatterns featured my baby owl plushie rattle in her owl-themed treasury, What a Hoot. "What a hoot!" was one of my mom's favorite descriptions of something that caught her fancy. This vintage girl's bathrobe pattern looks granddaughter-friendly to me.
Seductive Body Works featured my pink floral oven mitt in the treasury, Pink and Teal. What a striking color combo! This feather and turquoise ear cuff set is one of many tiny but elegant seductive jewelry pieces you will find in this shop.
Rossiter Lisa of PNLJewelryDesigns featured one of my key fobs for guys in her treasury, Trendy Gifts. I just love this colorful chakra necklace from Lisa's shop!
Susan McAnany of McAnany featured my pink ripple key fob in her treasury, Perfectly Pink for Spring. My teammate, Edi, would love this treasury! Susan's shop features photo wall art, and this baseball wall art immediately caught my eye. My dad was a great baseball fan. We would get a bye from doing evening chores on the farm if we would listen to a baseball game on the radio and keep a play-by-play record in a scorebook, so Dad could relive the game by looking at our scorekeeping. My brother continues the baseball fanaticism, but revved it up a notch. He has an entire room devoted to baseball collectibles. He has a scorebook from every baseball game he's attended since age 9, and he and his college buddy make annual week-long baseball trips, where he collects souvenir hats and shirts at each stadium. This may need a home in his den.
I resolved to read at least one book per month in 2015, and to share my thoughts about the book with my readers. After last month's intriguing but thought-provoking read, I went looking for something a bit lighter.
While strolling through my neighborhood library, this book caught my eye. Okay, I confess, sometimes I DO judge a book by its cover:
The Pink Suit: A Novel by Nicole Mary Kelby immediately brought back images of the stunning pink suit worn by Jackie Kennedy on November 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Although we only had black and white television back in the day, I remember seeing colored pictures of the First Lady wearing that beautiful pink Chanel-style suit and a matching pillbox hat -- soaked in blood.
The story is historical fiction, based on events leading up to that fateful day in Dallas. Kate, an Irish immigrant seamstress, works at Chez Ninon -- a haute couture fashion house that caters to the rich and famous, including the First Lady, who is referred to in the book as "The Wife" or "Her Elegance" from Maison Blanche.
As a sewist, I loved Kelby's description of the fabrics, and the intricate processes used to create high fashion garments --- many of them boldfaced rip-offs of French designer originals. And I was intrigued by the cut-throat competitiveness and politics in the world of high fashion.
There is a constant tension in the novel as Kate lives her life in two worlds -- one the high fashion studio where she works her artistry, and the other the Irish neighborhood where she drinks half pints of dark beer and eats fish and chips with her butcher boyfriend, Patrick.
After the assassination, both of Kate's worlds are shaken. Innocence lost, she longs to return to Ireland.
The book was an engaging read. I'd give it 4 stars.
I have a love/hate relationship with Custom Orders.
I LOVE the creativity of my customers, and the challenge of finding just the right fabric or design, and the satisfaction of making something that is an extra special gift for someone.
I HATE the enormous amount of time and extra expense it takes to special order fabrics or supplies, and (sometimes) unreasonable demands.
But recently I was asked to create a custom order for a wonderful repeat customer: four bicycle oven mitts, all from different fabrics, for her adult kids and kids-in-law who are avid bike racers. This was a custom order I loved.
Here are two of the custom mitts, packaged and ready to ship:
My walking foot (a gizmo that helps me quilt through multiple layers and includes a spacing bar) broke.
(Since I've now sewn well over 1,000 oven mitts, it had probably outlived its useful life!) I have a new one on rush order (no time to go to the local sewing machine repair shop when I am working 7:00 am to 8:00 pm). So the other two mitts will be delayed a bit. Thankfully, my sweet customer (whose name, appropriately enough, is Candy), doesn't need them until April, so she was fine with a slight delay for the last two. Whew!
Brenda of brendamade featured my colorful abstract pillow cover in her treasury, Spring Inside Home Décor. This mini notebook cover would be a perfect gift for those of us who still like to jot "stuff" down. The old thumbs are not as nimble as the grandkids'--and my phone is not so smart.
LaurenceCollection featured my aqua chevron oven mitt in a lovely treasury, Blue Thoughts .
In keeping with the blue theme, I chose to feature this beautiful blue ceramic bead necklace from LaurenceCollection.
And last, but not least, Kathy and Wayne of Rocks2Gems2Wire featured my green chevron oven mitt in their bright and sunny treasury, Tempting Florida Citrus . This shell charm necklace with its pretty coral beads reminds me of a day at a beautiful Florida beach.
And there you have it! Another great week for Etsy treasuries. Special thanks to my TEMPT Team teammates whose weekly Saturday Blast Off Treasury promotions have brought lots of new views to my little Etsy shop.
53 days until the end of tax season ... and counting!
Each Sunday I devote a post to saying THANK YOU to curators of Etsy treasuries who have featured items from my shop, Pasque Flower Creations, over the past week. This week, Valentine's Day was the trending theme.
Jackie T. from FlossFlowersandCraft featured my pink chevron oven mitt and pink floral baby bib in her treasury, February in Baby Boomers Pink. Jackie makes the cutest hand knit critters. This knit bunny toy and this knit chick would be fun additions to an Easter basket.
neta gov of NGTAcreations featured my orange and gray baby bib in her treasury, 11:20, This leather and beads necklace is one of the unique jewelry items you will find in neta's shop.
Rossiter Lisa of PNLJewelryDesigns featured my Parson Gray masculine key fob in her treasury, Today's Picks. Today I'd like to be sitting on a warm beach, watching sailboats skim by, so I chose to feature this unique opal sailboat necklace from Lisa's shop.
Drolleries featured my autumn leaves oven mitts in the treasury, Orange You Glad You're In the Kitchen? Hmm...most days the answer to that is No, but the pretty items in this treasury could make cooking fun. Most days, however, I'd rather be curled up with a good book in a comfortable chair covered by a cozy afghan -- like this wishing well afghan.
Marion S of couva12 featured my green chevron oven mitts in the treasury, TEMPT Team Greens, If Valentine's Day comes, can St. Patrick's Day be far behind? But in the in between days of a cold and snowy winter, I'd like to sport this pretty purple crochet scarf.
Lacote of LACOTEDESIGN was on a treasury-making binge last week, and created over a dozen treasuries entitled Treasury for You. I was lucky to be featured in one of them. This beautiful tulip wall art makes me long for Spring.
SeductiveBodyWorks featured my purple and gold key fob in the treasury, Plum. This belly button ring in purple is something I might have worn 40 years ago. Now it would be lost in a sea of stretch marks and belly fat.
Cassie of CassieVision featured my black cream and tan foldover clutch in her treasury, Peaceful Gray, a calm mid-winter collection. I'm longing for Spring, and this forest spirit bracelet would be just the thing to wear on a casual stroll in early Spring.