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Congratulations to designer Sharon Wilson of New Zealand. Her "ant swatch" won the most votes last week and you can buy her cute little creepy-crawlies in the Spoonflower Etsy shop as a limited edition fabric through Sunday.
I don't know about y'all, but I'm in serious need of some springtime cheer these days. I know it's just February and all, but I am so over winter at this point! Which is perhaps why SmileRecipe's adorable little gadget pouches jumped out at me while I was browsing our Flickr pool today. They're so cute and springy to me, though I have to admit I had to look up what a Nintendo DS Lite was. I'm sure my digital camera would fit very cozily, though! You can see more of SmileRecipes's cute projects at her Etsy shop here.
On a somewhat unrelated note, I was just noticing that our pool had passed the 1,000 member mark over the weekend. We're now at 1,001 members, which seems to me like a fine reason to celebrate. Woo-hoo! Thanks for playing, everyone!
For those of you who receive our weekly contest emails, if you use Outlook to read email you may have received (another) mangled missive this morning. If so, apologies. We're going to try to work with the MailChimp help department to figure out how to avoid that particular problem.
Congratulations to Charlene Lam, whose birds stole the show this week.
Her "Pigeon Parade" now joins the elite ranks of the Spoonflower fabrics-of-the-week. You can buy it for yourself for the next six days in the Spoonflower Etsy store. Final results for voting last week were:
[For those who received a mangled version of our weekly email, you can view the pretty, pretty version here. Sorry about that!]
Nissa Prohaska's "colorleaves3"" won the most votes last week, but only by a hair! In our closest competition ever, we saw Nissa's design beat Cate Anevski's "Pink Bears" by just a few votes. The other designs weren't far behind, either. It was a good week for the contest, no?
I have a love/hate relationship with the internet which I suspect many of you out there might share. On the one hand, I really hate how much time can be sucked away before I've even realized I've been reading blogs for an hour during my girls' naptime when I had planned to actually sew something. But on the other hand, sometimes I run across something so brilliant and amazing that I know I never would've found out if I hadn't been dorking around online.
Courtesy of an archived podcast on dress forms by Lori at Sew Forth Now!, I present to you this fantastic video on how to make your own dress form. Out of duct tape. Really.
When I'm cutting row after row of swatches at our cutting table, the thrifty part of me sometimes wonders what people do with their swatches once they've made sure that their design prints the way they want. I imagine that the professional designers do something...professional with them. Put them in a swatch book or tack them on a bulletin board with a bunch of other swatches or something. Personally, I've felt a bit guilty chucking mine into the scrap basket, though it's true that my daughters use them heavily for tiny doll blankets, makeshift doll clothes (tied on with skinny scraps), etc.
Enter Rae, "professional home executive" of Made by Rae. Rae figured out a very virtuous and extremely cute and practical way to use up a swatch if you've got loose ones lying around. Her toy bag is pictured left and she's posted a tutorial on her blog. It's intended for her son's loose toy train bits, but who's to say you couldn't turn it into a little jewelry or lingerie bag for traveling? Thanks, Rae!
And Stephen? You can now refer to me as our "professional home
executive" when you're not referring to me as Spoonflower's