Monday, June 4, 2012

Gifts sent and received etc!

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I've missed you all so much! I apologize for my long absence here once again! I have so many things I want to share, so many to the point I am a bit overwhelmed! Of course I have tons of pincushions pics I want to share, but maybe it wouldn't hurt to talk about something other than log cabin pincushions just to give fresh air to this little blog?

The leafy potholder (or a mug rug?) above was a gift for a friend I whipped up last week. I used Leila's Scrappy Leaf Key Fob pattern that I had purchased a while back. (You can purchase her pattern in her shop!) This pattern has so many possibilities! Have you seen how she made not only some key fobs but also coasters and a potholder by altering the size of the same pattern? So fun! I was especially inspired by her potholder and basically couldn't help myself copying her! It was a lot of fun choosing fabrics for this potholder with the recipient's taste in fabrics in mind. I can't say any more about this gift since it hasn't made its way to her.. ;)


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This is a teeny tiny spool pincushion I made for Tara a while back. It made my heart sing to hear from Penny that Tara liked it so much that it is attached to her sewing machine now. I've made several of these pincushions for gifts but this is the only one I didn't forget to take a photo of.


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Along with the pincushion, I made these for her too; a fabric basket and a scrappy organizer. You probably know the basket pattern (hehe, the tute is here!). The organizer was made using a tutorial, once again, by Leila. (Yep, I admit I am a huge fan of her works!!)


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This too is something I have to make one for myself as well ;)

*Part of Purse Palooza*


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And this is a quilted tote I made for Amy using one of the signature bag patterns in Kumiko Fujita's ABC book. Although this book is out-of-print and is very hard to find, the construction of this tote is quite simple enough for most folks with some bag/purse experience to figure out how to make it pretty easily. I'd like to talk about this bag as a part of Purse Palooza (more about the event in my previous post.) Here are some questions Sara of Sew Sweetness, the lovely host of this fun event, has kindly prepared for us.


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1. What materials are needed to make the bag? What type of interfacing did you use?

    Cotton print, linen, fusible web (for applique), cotton batting, and medium weight interfacing (for handles).

2. What fabrics did you use to make yours?

    Most cotton prints I used for are Japanese fabrics. (Suzuko Koseki, Kumiko Fujita, etc.)

3. Illustrations/Instructions (were the instructions easy to understand? Were there step-by-step photos or graphics? Was anything unclear?)

    It is a Japanese book, so all the instructions are in Japanese, but just like many Japanese craft books, every instruction has at least a few step-by-step graphics that basically explains the flow well.

4. Modifications (what changes did you make to the pattern and why?)

    I enlarged the pattern so that it's good enough for a library tote.

5. Difficulty Level (beginner, confident beginner, intermediate, advanced)

    Maybe confident beginner.

6. Conclusion (any final thoughts about the pattern...did you enjoy it? Would you make it again?)
    I really enjoyed making this bag. Even though I've made this type of quilted totes many times in the past, this instruction called for quite a few things I had never tried before. For example, the way handles are sewn right onto the bag like this. You can see the stitching from the exterior. The short edges of the handles were raw when they are sewn to the bag. The raw edges were then to be covered by some fabric. I hand-stitched this linen tape instead to cover up the raw edges. Another thing new to me was that the lining fabric was used to bind the raw edges inside the bag. Basically, your lining is at the finished size plus extra at two side edges. These extra parts are used to cover up the raw edges inside the bag! Clever!

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I have been terrible at remembering to photograph my hand carved stamps before sending them. Here are three stamps I didn't forget to take a picture. Can you tell I am having so much fun curving stamps?


Lastly, I'd like to share with you some handmade lovelies that made my weeks!

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Oh you know how much I covet them, don't you? Charise has been such a sweet and generous friend who never ceases to stop spoiling me, hehe! Receiving these lovelies finally convinced myself it's the time I got a wall shelf for my craft room to display my favorite small crafted gifts ;)

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Doe is too aweome. Period. I am constantly inspired by all her projects, but lately we had a chat about dolly dresses and I told her how much I'd like some of them to hang up on the wall. And look what I found in the mail! I love them so much I could probably eat them no problem!


71 comments:

  1. oh ayumi, I love all of these, so amazing. and your stamps are so so cute and perfect. Lovely!

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  2. Oh Ayumi, sooo many pretties in one post!! I absolutely adore your leaf potholder, love the bit of hardware in your scrappy organizer. Your tote is simply gorgeous and handcarved stamps too?!! Wow, just wow!

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  3. You deserve all those gorgeous gifts A! And what a feast for the eyes of things you've made. You have been busy! Especially love the mugrug! Don't forget to build in some time to sleep, eat and breath!! Jxo

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  4. Love everything !!

    So pretty...

    Love your hand stamps, you should definitely add a few to your shop !!

    Love and hugs Claire x

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  5. Love everything !!

    So pretty...

    Love your hand stamps, you should definitely add a few to your shop !!

    Love and hugs Claire x

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  6. All of these are Adorable!!!

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  7. I agree with Leila, what a pretty post! I need to mention again how much I adore my bag! I carry it with me to my Daisy Scout meetings :) Thank you so much for making it for me!

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  8. So great to "hear" from you! Yopur beautiful work never ceases to amaze me - everything is so fresh and pretty and perfect. What a treat to see so many lovely things all in one place!

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  9. Wow i"m totally swooning over the leaf pot holder!

    - Sarah
    agirlintransit.blogspot.com

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  10. Yes, I love leaf pot holder too! And the fabric basket is nice and practical too. I like your choise of fabrics :-) And... my daughter is completely out of the little dresses!! :-) Jolana

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  11. Busy lady, your work is amazing and so lovely. You have some very lucky friends.

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  12. What picture treats! I could happily wear each little dress- although they may be a little tight ;) Interesting to see the construction detail on the signature bag, had never noticed that before!

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  13. I don't even know where to begin Ayumi! Everything is so adorable!!!!!!! Oh my...I just keep looking at the pictures. So much eye candy =D

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  14. So many pretty things! Especially loving the basket and organiser. You must have been so busy recently!

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  15. Wow you've been really busy, sewing, swapping, getting things in the mail! All such cute little items. =D

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  16. Your gifts are adorable, as always! The keychain hardware you used for your organizer is super cool. And I love the linen tape you used on the bag!

    I finally bought myself a carving thingy and have been carving stamps. It's sooo fun! Yours are super duper cute! :)

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  17. Such a beautiful swap!! Giving and receiving packages are the best. :) I am so in love with Doe's dolly dresses. :) Happy week and love to yoU!

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  18. Such a lot of neat stuff! The dolly dresses are amazing .. are they Barbie doll size? so cute. The leaf potholder is beautiful! Such a great post with lots of beautiful pictures!!

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  19. Ayumi! I am so glad to see you posting. :) I hope I have time to work up something for the Purse-palooza . . . I've got the pieces for a lunch tote cut out and ready to go. I don't suppose that counts? I mean . . . it's a bag at least! ;)

    Anyway, I love love love all the things you made. How do I get on the Ayumi list to receive handmade loveliness??

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  20. Happy to see your post again!! I just love seeing all your beautiful creations!! Love the leaf pot holder! So sweet!! Have a lovely week! xo Heather

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  21. Well, we did have to wait awhile for you to post, but it was so worth it, just like always! Your projects are amazing! Can't believe how great you are at carving stamps, and, as usual, your fabric combinations give me something to aspire to.

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  22. Ayumi, your gifts are so beautiful and thoughtful! The ones you give as well as the ones you receive.

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  23. wow, so much to see and read. I love the little dolly dresses best of all.

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  24. I love your blog and seeing your pix and reading your posts to see what you've been making and doing. :-)
    I have three of your little baskets to get made to share with friends on my blog for pay it forward. I need to get that little task done soon! Thank you for sharing the tutorial with us readers so we can make them too! I've made several in the past and everyone loves them!

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  25. This post is positively filled with happy images. I really needed a pick-me-up, and I feel better after all oft his eye candy. The leaf potholder is especially cheerful, and you are getting so good at the carving! I've been thinking I need to make myself one of your patchwork baskets. I used the tutorial last year for a swap, but a little selfish sewing might be a good thing! ;)

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  26. As always, the cutest things ever are found on your blog. Perfect cuteness.

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  27. Exelent :)

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  28. What in the world? Everything you make is just incredible. Haha, I LOVE it all. These people that are swapping with you are lucky ducks. And thanks for posting the link to the leaf mug rug, what a cute pattern!

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  29. I love looking at your creations. Your photos are always crisp, your creations are always bright, cheerful, neat as a pin, and so well done. Also I think I am very jealous of your gifted tiny doll clothes. :-)

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  30. I love this leaf potholder, what you did with the original pattern is amazing. It's a real pleasure looking at your work, please don't stop!

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  31. i love everything you do! and i love that i have a hand carved stamp from YOU! you seriously are the best! xo

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  32. WOW!! I loved everything! Those doll dresses are going to look beautiful hanging in your sewing space! ;p

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  33. Wow! You make such wonderful and adorable things...

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  34. Oooh, lots of lovely goodies all round there!

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  35. ALL of your projects are gorgeous!!!!! Definitely wish I had that book!!!!

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  36. Wow! beautiful gift! This is the kind of post that is definitely worth reading. Thank You for sharing it.

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  37. I'm completely overwhelmed by all the cuteness in this post! But I especially love that leaf potholder!! Cutest!

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  38. The leaf potholder is sooo cute, have to do! Thanks for inspiring me (again).

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  39. There is never any shortage of inspiration whenever I visit Pink Penguin. Thanks Ayumi for sharing all of your work with us! Everything you make is just so fabulous and I love seeing the fabric combinations you choose. I can't wait...just cannot wait for the day I will meet up with you at the Tokyo Quilt Festival. One day it'll happen!!! In the mean time, I'm anxiously awaiting your you-know-what project :) !!

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  40. Ayumi, i love all of the pretty photos in this post. you have a style that is so different from my own. i wish i could see the world through your eyes for a little bit :)

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  41. I'm new to your blog and I just wanted to let you know that I love all the amazing projects I've found on your blog!
    Maria

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  42. Thank you so much, lovely people!

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  43. eu adorei teu blog! gostei muito do teu artesanato

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    bjos!!!

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  45. Loving your Blog. Just blogged about my crafty weekend with my girls. I love all the crafty things. So relaxing and great fun :)

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  46. Many thanks for the exciting blog posting! I really enjoyed reading it, you are a brilliant writer.

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  47. I pass ur blog and it's so interesting. <3

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  48. Everything you have shown is just amazing. And because of Charise I have bought the ABC book. Haven't made anything from it yet but I am happier with my cutting and piecing and practice really does sort of make perfect I'm almost there. You are just amazing and I love the bag you made.

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  49. Thanks for sharing...the dolly dresses are so cute! Love it.

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    I loving your blog, the doll dresses are beautiful.

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