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Dripping Kitty button

Dripping Kitty button

I’m almost ashamed to say how long this project took – and it’s not even done yet!  It all started with a set of 4 fabric-covered ‘Washing Day’ buttons from Creamrose on Etsy.  I saw them and had to have them.  The dripping kitty and laundry-basket doggie were just too cute.  I knew they’d be great for a pillow, so I bought some embroidery threads in matching colours and decided that it would be practice for hand-quilting.  For the pillow top, I used a piece of fabric measuring about 40x40cm, cut from one of those shoe bags that they give you with fancy shoes that you never ever will use for storing the shoes because you already have a system for shoes, which is usually to shove them in your closet and have them fall all over the place, and then the battered old hiking boots suddenly get on top and are shedding crusty mud flakes everywhere…

Laundry Basket Doggie

Laundry Basket Doggie

My plan was simple.  I would embroider diagonal lines along the fabric and then sew the buttons in place.  I would use the three colours (light rose, butternut orange, and baby blue) in whatever order I liked, and the lines didn’t have to be evenly spaced (or even that straight – and they weren’t).  It was actually really fun to do it as something to have in my hands while watching DVDs, and it was also very soothing and relaxing (although I did poke myself an uncountable number of times with my very sharp needle, causing disruptive adrenaline rushes).  But it took so long that I must admit that I embroidered through the entire Season 1 of The Wire on DVD (plus some full-length Poirot mysteries) before I was done!

I have to go out and get a pillow form today so I can finish it up.  Then that’ll be one project I can check off my list!

Washing Day buttons and embroidery

Washing Day buttons and embroidery

Welcome to my new blog, SmaBoutique – Inspired by Design.  SmaBoutique is the name of my new business.  It’s technically not a business yet, but it will be soon – and I’m planning this blog to go along with it.

My new SmaBoutique will be on Etsy, and on it I’ll be selling handcrafted items – mostly jewellery and small sewn items, but there are many other possibilities that may eventually find their way into my shop.  I’ve been selling jewellery on Etsy as Nadia Design Studio, but that business was registered in Canada and now I’m in the UK, so I’ll need to open a new one over here.

I chose the name SmaBoutique because I make small things, but also because SMA stands for Saturday Morning Activities.  That’s usually the time I’m most likely to be crafting, creating, or planning.

I’m inspired by many other blogs about design and craft that deserve recognition, so I’ll be listing them soon.  Here’s to more art, craft, and design in the world!