Look what came in the mail yesterday! Delightful!
For now, our desk is the new habitat for a hippo and a birdy. I included a bit of their surroundings so you can get the real "desktop jungle" feel. Thank you so much, Gerrie.
I also wanted to report back on the jewelry designer I fell in love with on my birthday outing last week. It was Laura Baxter. And here is the little pin I particularly swooned over. That piece that looks like it's just flat on the top is actually a flower opened to the top. You know?
Last week I threw this together. It's a needle book.
I adore Deanna Hartman's needle books. And her appearance on Crafter's Coast to Coast (now That's Clever... but Joanne says it's usually not) was a gas! You can buy a pattern for her needle books, or you can buy her actual needle books. Or you can read the step by step instructions on HGTV. I kind winged it.
I had a ridiculous little "needle nest" made of blue and clear plastic and a piece of magnet inside. The clasp was broken and I got irritated every time I used it. Irritation does not make for good handwork.
I used two pieces of felt inside to create four pages. I could even keep needles with different colors of floss already threaded. Then I wouldn't have to switch out all the time.
Here's the outside. It's an orphan piece I created in a class from Diane Hire. This was way before the whole red hat explosion, I swear. Anyway, I liked the piece and this seemed like I good way to use it.
I could add some kind of clasp. I could put my name on it somewhere. I could sew a little pocket in which to put inspirations or scissors or thimbles or whatever. Or I could just stash it away and use it. In fact I think I will, I've got some hand sewing to do tonight during the SAG awards.