Are you looking for a no sew project that you can complete quickly using scraps of leftover fabric? Try making fabric fortune cookies! I realize that this is completely random but after seeing a tutorial for these on a German blog, Frau Liebe, I had to google the idea to see if I could find English instructions. This photo below is a completed cookie by blogger Brassy Apple, her tutorial is linked below. Darling!
This is a fun project to do when you are in need of something quick, but if you have more time you can certainly stitch them closed versus using glue and bonding tape. Below you can find links to cookies you can sew and the no-sew version. There is also a link to making fabric Glückskekse in German. Imagine making red and pink cookies with little love notes inside?
English – sew (via Brassy Apply)
English – no sew (via Michael’s)
German – sew (via Frau Liebe)
(image from brassy apple)
I’m smitten by the illustrative work of Keiko Morimoto today. Born in Japan, raised in England, and currently living and working in Lausanne, Switzerland with her husband Christophe, Keiko’s work is alive with imagination and color.
In addition to her illustrations she creates paper mache dolls as a hobby that are a delight to behold. Keiko has worked with clients worldwide but sadly for us I’m not finding any of her illustrations or dolls available for purchase online. Oh well, they are still so inspirational to look at!
Thanks for the tip, Julia!
(images by keiko morimoto)
Today I wrote about photographer Yvette Inufio at Real Simple and I have a feeling that you’ll really enjoy her work… See?
What a beautiful image to begin the day. This photo reminds me of my grandparents farm in the Spring — freshly dug earth, a vintage floral tablecloth, homemade iced tea sipped from a canning jar, a white cotton blouse with swiss dots, the smell of blossoming field flowers…
(image from yvette inufio)
I fell in love with this Bold & Noble is a design collective in Hertfordshire, England founded by Jane Tobitt and David Wardle. David also runs DesignedbyDavid, a company that specializes in design, illustration and typography for publishing. Jane has created custom design solutions for clients in both public and private sectors for over ten years for several prestigious clients. Together they are Bold & Noble and I’m happy & excited to have found them!
This print is £30 or approximately $43 USD.
Keep Calm & Carry On has a new friend! What do you think? Like it?
(images from bold & noble)
I found a blog that I really connected to awhile back but then I forgot all about it until last night when it showed up again. I seriously could not take my eyes off of the many images and I started to think about creating pretty collaged papers myself. All of the photos that you see in this post are my own work inspired by Record the Day.
a handmade tale
Do you know this blog? It’s lovely. I create books with images inside but lately I hadn’t felt much like doodling and pasting in my inspiration books. Plus my books are so permanent and I wasn’t feeling creative at all last night when I created the collages shown in this post. At least at first. The more I started to play around, the more inspired I became! That is the beauty of sometimes not over thinking something and just doing it! Record the Day encouraged me though her concept is a little different as instead of using words to blog she uses collected images glued to a piece of paper to show her readers what she is feeling or thinking or seeing on that particular day. It’s very cool. My idea was to use a similar technique to hopefully inspire me and it absolutely did!
Looking at the collaged images on Record The Day, I sat down last night with a stack of torn images from magazines, found papers, old wallpaper, some ribbons, a stack of old file folders, and a glue stick and for two hours and I just glued and cut. No music on, no television, my iPod touch and cell phone on ‘off’ tucked away in my handbag… just me in a quiet living room on the floor cutting and pasting. I thought about what inspires me and tried to include a lot of those things into each collage. I tried to think of feelings and experiences that I recently had. Suddenly my manilla folders came to life. I was only going to do one but completed eight. Perfection or artistic skill is not needed (as you can see), just a desire to have fun and enjoy the process.
It felt good to play a little, so today I’m going to encourage you to do the same if you can make the time for it. It was an easy, inexpensive, no frills way to inspire myself and have a little fun in the process. I was also looking for a quick fix, nothing that I needed to work on for days or weeks at a time. Just a quick session and I was finished.
Now I’m thinking of how much fun it would be to ask some of my friends to bring over collected images and things so we can sit around and do something similar as a small group. I guess it’s like scrapbooking or knitting circles… but less fuss and cheap (mostly recycled) materials. Maybe I could call my ladies night “Creative Cut + Paste” and serve some fun cocktails and homemade cookies.
What do you think? Could this be a fun hobby for you? Or maybe a fun girly night with your best buds? I’m always looking for easy, no frills but hands-on ways to get inspired…
(images by holly becker for decor8)
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A special thanks to Show:room owner Karen Young for telling me about this new business venture. I wish you all the best!
(images from show:room)