Ok, so as promised I'm back tonight with something cool! I hope you think so too!
Back in January of this year, I had a good ol' time having a bit of show and tell with you, because for Christmas 2009 I had challenged myself to make all of my Christmas gifts by hand. I had never taken on a handmade challenge before, and this was a lot of fun, as well as a lot of work. I had some pretty late nights back in December pulling it all together. One of the things that I especially liked was the Twilight pillow that I made for my niece, Ana. Remember?
This was also about the time I discovered Flickr (I know, late to the game as always) and had started loading my pictures there as well. So, just for shits & giggles I added this pillow into a Twilight Craft group on that website. I thought it might be helpful to other people, because when I set out to make this pillow I searched and searched for inspiration. I found nothing. All I could find when I Googled "twilight pillow" were silk screened pillow cases with giant Edward faces, not that there's anything wrong with that, but not exactly what I was aiming for either.
Anyhoo, a couple of weeks after I'd added this picture to the group, I got this email...
...I'm contacting you on behalf of ECW Press, a Canadian
the fan response to Twilight, part of which will focus on
Twilight crafters and the ten best Twilight crafts. We'd
love to include a picture and short description of your
Twilight related pillow. It's fantastic! You would be fully
credited in the book and would receive a copy.
Well of course I was like, beyond flattered! So I replied yes! I would be happy to have them use my picture. OMGosh, like so totally radical! But really... on the inside I thought, well maybeee... and didn't hold my breath. Other than my immediate family, I didn't tell anyone because I didn't want to have egg on my face if nothing materialized.
In a subsequent email from ECW, they said that the release of the book would coincide with the release of Eclipse, which as you Twihards know, is fast approaching... yesterday I came home to find this in my mail.
At first I thought "hmm, what's this? I haven't ordered anything... Canadian post mark? weird"...
(yes, I converse with myself, just like that. Often.)
Then it dawned on me.
!!!!!!!!!! I know what this is!!!!!!!!!!
I ripped open the envelope!
Oooh, glossy! Lots of fantastic pictures!
Aww, isn't that nice??
Ok... where is it?!? Flipping to the back... Aha!
Yeah baby! Team Twilight!!
There it is, page 196!! Woop! Woop! Raise the roof!
Hey look, my pillow is right next to Floresita's "Stupid Lamb". I love that piece!
I'm honored, seriously. Floresita is a major talent, and is a writer for one of my favorite blogs, Feeling Stitchy.
Actually, all the crafts featured here are amazing, the journal (made by Nikki Pitcher, pitchmom.etsy.com) is a great example of paper craft, the mittens (made by Erin Smith) are beautifully knitted, Bella's moonstone ring (made by Desiree of fallenhearts.net), the Edward-themed necklace (made by Paula McDonough, venbead,etsy.com) are all wonderful.
All kidding aside, I am truly, truly flabbergasted that my little pillow, a Christmas gift for my niece, was selected to be in such great company as these other pieces. I'm not a professional crafter, I don't do this for a living (I wish.), I'm just a regular chic, goofing around with fabric and floss...
Wow. It's still all I can say. I know, this isn't *that* big of a deal, it's not like I have my own book or anything, I'm just really happy to have been included in something like this. I am an unabashed Twihard myself, a bigger fan of the books than the movies, but still... a fan none the less.
Ahh... I've done it again, prattled on and on.
If you've made it all the way to the end of this long winded post, thank you most sincerely for taking the time to read this, I know there are a lot of really awesome blogs out the, and I appreciate that you've popped in to read mine.
Goodnight sweet blogsters!
p.s. Wanna own a copy of Love Bites? Here's a handy~dandy link, just cuz I love ya!
We're busy as ever around these parts, and I have lots to share with you, but check it out! I was tagged for a Beautiful Blog Award, woohoo! Have you ever checked out Felt Like Stitchin? If you haven't, mosey on over there, it's a comfy friendly place!
Now I'm supposed to share 10 interesting things about myself... hm. Let's see what I can come up with... I'll try not to be a bore, and I'll try not to ramble, but you know how I can be sometimes...
1. Year before last, I'd had enough of looking the way I did and feeling bad about myself, so I set out to change something only I was able to. My weight. I lost (although "lost" isn't the right word... "forced off" is more like it) 100 pounds. No magic bullet. A lot of sweat and a lot of very careful choices. This last year has been very challenging for me physically & personally, and I've slacked off my healthy habits. I've gained a little back. Losing is easier than maintaining. Getting back on track is a struggle, but I'm getting there :o)
2. In my early 20's, my greatest ambition was to take a year off and follow the Grateful Dead with my brother and a couple of our buddies. Ahh... good times. I still go see the remaining members whenever I possibly can. Great music. Their reputation overshadows their talent, which is vast. Need any recommendations? I'm your girl.
3. I could take down an entire carton of mint chip ice cream if left to my own devices. But not just any mint chip. It has to be Thrifty's Mint Chip. Don't even need a bowl. Just a spoon... dangerous. Might have been a contributing factor to #1, ya think? Chocolate Malted Crunch comes in a close second. Close.
4. I sort of have an obsession with teapots and Jadite Glass. I'm running out of space. Scratch that. I'm out of space. I'm secretly afraid I'm going to end up like one of those ladies on Hoarders. *shiver*
5. I love geocaching! Have you heard of it? It's a fun hide & seek game played with GPS all over the world. I'm still new at it, but it's really addicting. I've gotten a couple of friends addicted too.
6. I'm related (distantly) to Sherriff Pat Garrett. He is famous for killing Billy The Kid. My mothers maiden name is Garrett, and he's her great, great uncle. Cool, yeah?
7. I ride a scooter whenever possible. I'm like, literally in love with my Vespa. I bought a pack of fabric baby diapers to polish her with. If I worked in the same town as I live in, I think I'd be tempted to sell my car.
8. All my life I've been a serious night owl. However, recently I can't keep my lids open past midnight or so... some people say that is late. On contraire mo fraire... 3am. That's late. I still do it on the weekends, but I pay dearly in the mornings. Especially work day mornings.
9. I'm the only one in my family that doesn't have tattoos. Including my mom. She started getting them on her 50th b-day. She has three now... they're all really pretty. I love beautiful tattoo work, I'm just too indicisive. I can't commit. I want to though... someday...
10. I love to read, I'm in two seperate book blubs. One meets every month, the other meets every other month. I don't watch much TV, it's on, but it's like background noise.
11. BONUS!! I have something REALLY cool to share with you tomorrow. Seriously cool. I can't believe I've managed to keep it under my hat actually.
Well hey! I managed to name not 10, but 11 things that you may not have already known about me that are (hopefully) mildly interesting! That's a feate considering what a blabbermouth I am.
Ok, so stay tuned because tomorrow I'm coming back with something timely and cool. Did I mention it was cool??? Oh yes... it's cool allright, and it concerns you, Twihards!!!
See you on the flip side!
p.s. Oh! I almost forgot, I'm supposed to pass this award along by tagging 10 more Beautiful Bloggers...
Hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day! I spent the day up at my brothers house with my family, lots of good food, hot tea and a tour of the new veggie garden (I'll tell you about that later). A great day!
My Mom cracks me up girls. Let me just tell you about this real quick. Sunday morning, I'm shuffling around like a zombie, trying to get my rear in gear, sipping my usual morning cuppa joe. I quick sit down at the computer to wish you all a Happy Mothers Day, but before I do, I check my email and see this...
from: Sandy to: firstname.lastname@example.org date: Sun, May 9, 2010 at 1:06 AM subject: New comment on National Apron Day & International Female Ride Day....
I thought maybe I'd get a sneak peek...I Love My Baby Girl! :)
What?!? My mother is a peeker!! Notice the time people! Mom checked my blog at 1:06 AM (!!) to see if I'd posted yet about what I might have been planning for her for Mothers Day!
1.) I didn't even know my mom read this blog, (hi mom!) and 2.) She was trying to bust a peek in the middle of the night!
Sheesh... This is why we hide Christmas presents in our family. She's a regular Nosetta, that one. So, if you saw the little p.s. at the end of my last post, this is what I was referring to. Honestly, this cracked me up more than I could tell you. Three days later and I'm still smiling...
Here's what she was hoping to catch an early glimpse of.
Freshly stitched just for her...
A pretty place to lay her pretty head.
New pillows & pillowcases for my Mama.
Mom tells me that the pillows are indeed very comfy and she loves them. Yay.
I'm happy, you're happy Mom.
I love you very much.
Sew! A little about the project, these were pre-stamped pillow cases from Bucilla, I got them at JoAnn's. The pattern is called Swirl Flowers. I thought they'd be a quick project, they looked quick... but if I tell you the truth of the matter, I started these for Mom at Christmas. There was no way I could get them done for her then, I'd already commited to too many projects as it was, so I made her this instead. Boy was I glad that I did, because these pillow cases were s l o w g o i n g. Lots of satin stitch, which seems to take me forever.
I don't know if y'all are interested in this, I'm always curious about the length of time these types of projects take. These pillow cases have a repeating pattern which repeats six times. Each pattern piece took, on average about 5 hours... 5x6 = 30. 30 hours. 30. This is why I don't do this for money... it takes too long. I LOVE embroidery, but I'd really need to pick up my pace if I wanted to open an Etsy shop or sell in a boutique like I see so many stitchers do... No, no, no... I do this for pleasure. I don't know how all you crafty, super-stitchy girls do it so fast. My hat's off to you ladies! Standing O's!!
Anyhooo, I can't wait to catch up on all your blogs and see how you've spent your Mothers Day!
Hope you're all doing well and enjoying some of this beautiful spring weather!
Did you guys know that there was such a thing as National Apron Day?? There sure is, and it's this Monday, May 10th, I just found out a moment ago, and I have to share this because it's too cute not to!!
To celebrate National Apron Day, Calamity Kim is having a give away, gosh I hope I win, I LOVE that gnome fabic! Dang, that's cute! If you win, she'll make you one in your size and everything, how cool is that ?!? Pretty darned cool says me!
I found out that today is another national, or rather International day just for us ladies...