1.21.2011

Things that make me happy

I joined this lovely swap group recently, and it's like taking a sewing vacation to make something with no obligation other than to have fun and hope that my partner loves it. It is so fun to see what everyone else is up to, too. With a few hints from my secret swapee about what she likes, I dove into my fabric stash and emerged with this:

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I never used to be an orange person, but those orange prints are some of my most favoritest (you read that right) prints of all time. And I love those gray FMF prints too. And don't even get me started on how much I love Amy Butler's Lotus fabric line.

When the midmorning sun started peeking through the windows in my Room, I stole upstairs to start playing sewing.

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Happy blocks. I love their simplicty. I was aiming for a slightly more calm, neutral look relative to my usual wowza-that's-bright color schemes. Still, I couldn't resist throwing in those pops of orange. I like this so much I'm considering changing the accent color in my kitchen from red to orange.

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This is the front...Don't you just love the texture of linen? *happysigh* The blinding white backdrop is my snow-covered backyard.

I haven't yet decided what to do for the back, think I'll leave this hanging for a couple of days to let it inspire me.

And getting back to the title of this post. A few things that make me happy, in a secret particular order, why? Because it's the middle of the winter on an especially frostbitten day and I need a little something to keep me feeling cheery:

1. my family (especially when not grumpy but chipper and snuggly)
2. the old pink chair I found at a thrift shop for under $10
3. linen
4. hot cocoa on a frosty cold morning
5. re-reading a favorite book
6. fabric (slightly redundant, but necessarily so)
7. wood embroidery hoops
8. Colin Firth (Have you seen The King's Speech? I really want to.)
9. my camera
10. slippers

What things make you happy?