Hope all you awesome Mom's had an awesome Mother's Day! Being a mom has to be one of the greatest gifts in the world. But I think the second greatest gift is being at home by yourself for a couple of hours. Thanks honey, it was grand! Not exactly what we had planned for the day, but that's how it worked out. The silence was wonderful but almost deafening I must admit. I spent much of the day watching old movies, finishing a project, and reading this lovely book that my hubby bought for me for Mother's Day. "The Prairie Girl's Guide To Life" is the title and I absolutely love it!
Right up my alley I must say. Such a sweet and charming book that I think should be in every crafter's library. Learn to lay a fire, spin yarn, make candles, make rock candy, knit a shawl, bake a rhubarb pie, braid a rug, and heaps more! What I love most about this book is that it almost gives me the feeling that I'm getting the chance to chat with my great-great-great grandma and learn all of the wonderful things she knew how to do. It's a nice little read to say the least, my only problem with it is that there aren't any photos in this book. I'm guessing the author is trying to stick to the old time charm of the simple pioneer life by doing that, which is wonderful. But I'm a very visual learner and like to see how things are done. So if you're like me and like to ooh and aah and pictures, then this book might not be for you. I still find it so endearing and encourage you to swing by the bookstore and check it out!
So, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to do some creating this weekend and managed to crank out this little pretty. It's one of those ideas that's been in my head for a while and I just had to get it out of me before I popped! It's a calendar! Weeeeeee!
I've had this idea in my head for quite some time now, so I went ahead and got all the supplies that I thought I would need........the stamps, the inkpad, the buttons, the velcro, the glue, etc. I had everything I needed by Wednesday.
I actually started making this at 2am Thursday morning! I was tossing and turning and just couldn't sleep because I had this silly idea dancing in my head, so I got up and started picking fabrics, covering and stamping buttons, pulling the stems off the buttons and gluing velcro coins to the backs like a mad woman. I finally went back to bed at about 5 am, satisfied that I started something worthwhile.
I finished it all up yesterday and here are the fruits of my crazed and frenzied late night labor! I know! I'm a nut! I'm telling you there was steam coming out of my ears from all of the wheels and gears turning in my head! Sometimes you just can't hold yourself back from creating when the notion really hits you!
I made enough buttons for 31 days + 7 blank ones for the "other days" of the calendar and for leap years.
and then I stamped up some linen ribbon for the months!
I left the back very simple with some waffle fabric and some gentle embellishments.
I like my projects to be things that would be useful and not just sit around a collect dust. Is this just fun to look at or would you actually use this? You know I always welcome your feedback! I love this so much, but I plan to pass it along to someone I know loves red and blue very much. I hope she finds it useful! I think I'll make one in some colors that are a little more me next round. I'm off to buy more buttons!! Ciao!