22 February 2013

You’ve Got Mail

Our local Variety Store closed last summer, making way for a Family Dollar store. Progress? I think not. But what are you going to do?

With the disappearance of the Variety Store, we also lost the touristy type postcards. Our local supermarket sells greeting cards, but that wasn’t what I was looking for when I decided to send a complete stranger a birthday card.

DutchGirlOriginals Felt Postcard (1)

I resorted to making a card myself. With one or two exceptions, I am not the card making type. My mother is the one who makes elaborately embroidered cards, not me.

DutchGirlOriginals Felt Postcard

My new sewing machine is capable of sewing the alphabet. Actually, since it also an embroidery machine, it is capable of much more, most of which I am still in the process of discovering.

DutchGirlOriginals Felt Postcard (2)

I think the white thread does not stand out enough, to be honest. The red letters are much easier to read. Other than that, I am quite pleased with how my card turned out.

DutchGirlOriginals Felt Postcard (3)

Since the recipient of this card lives in Holland, I sent the card in an envelope. However, I was curious to see if it would hold up in the mail by itself. For that, I made some changes to the back.

DutchGirlOriginals Postcard 2 (4)

After several failed attempts, I figured out that a 3/4” border sewn onto 3.5” by 5.5” cardstock gives the card the sturdiness it needs and enough room to write a short message.

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The lines are sewn with the sewing machine. A single, short straight stich works best. I taped the thread ends to the back, to keep the stitches from coming undone.

DutchGirlOriginals Postcard 2

My cousin and his wife are working very hard on opening a new restaurant & cafe in Milwaukee: the Blue Jacket Bar. I butchered their logo a bit for this project, I hope they’ll forgive me.

The card goes in the mail today. I’ll keep you posted (pun intended) on its journey.

While I was busy designing cards for strangers and yet to be opened bars, I let the birthdays of one of best friends, my sister, and my sister-in-law pass me by. Hmmm. Not good. I better get to work.

I will be linking my postcards up with:

Friday’s Nature Table at The Magic Onions
Creative Friday at Natural Suburbia

15 February 2013

Heart Warmers

No Valentine’s candy in this house. Well, maybe just a few conversation hearts. Other than that, we kept it simple. Partially because we care about the wellbeing of our teeth, partially because Miss Lola is recovering from a short but intense bout of Norovirus.

Instead we made heart warmers for her friends at school. Little heart shaped pouches filled with rice. Just pop them in the microwave for 30 to 60 seconds, put them in your coat pockets, and enjoy toasty hands all day long. I used colorful fleece scraps left over from my owl pillows.

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Packers and John Deere fleece for the boys, lots of pinks for the girls. Lola wrote the tags. All by herself.



I am linking my heart warmers up at:
Friday’s Nature Table at The Magic Onions
Creative Friday at Natural Suburbia

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