Birthday Goodies

I wanted to include some pics of some of the gifts I received this weekend in my last post, but didn't want to make it too long.

letterpress letters

I received this awesome set of framed letterpress blocks from my hubby as a surprise. Well, it was a surprise that he bought it, but I actually accidentally found it a couple days early. I was looking in the garage for an old onion sack I saved (I'll be posting on that project soon) and my gift happened to be right underneath--I promise I had no idea he was hiding anything for me! Anyway, he saw the onion sack with my crafting stuff and asked if I'd seen anything with it. I broke the news and we both had a laugh--it did get him off the hook as far as wrapping it up though. It's now hanging above the fireplace in our sitting room--my favorite place to read at the end of the day. 

birthday gift

On the craftier side, my in-laws sent me a bundle of this cute fabric and thread--I think I can come up with some sweet little girl things to make with the fabric and I always need a variety of different colored thread--it was a nice surprise in the mail last week!

alabama studio style

They also sent me a copy of A Rainbow of Stitches which I blogged about not too long ago, and Alabama Studio Style. I'd heard of this book before, but hadn't had the chance to look through it. After flipping through a few of the projects I realized that everything in the book is sewn with cotton jersey (i.e. t-shirt) fabric and I love it! I love making things out of old t-shirts but this book brings sewing with cotton jersey to a whole new level. 

inked & quilted camisole dress 
The garments in this book are more couture than anything I've ever done and I'm thoroughly intimidated, but I know that I have to try making one of these dresses sometime (post-pregnancy-body of course). My favorite is this hand-inked and quilted camisole dress--it's so intricate!

colorful twill

My parents also gave me some spending money (yay!) which I took with me to Saturday's craft show. I also used some of it to by this colorful twill I plan on making into some floor cushions for the kids. Living With Punks has an awesome tutorial that I'm going to try out for these. I'm also gonna try using up some of my giant stash of fabric scraps instead of fiberfil  so we'll see how they turn out!




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