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Fat Quarters and an Award

So I would like to start off this blog post by giving a shout out to Veronica over at Agujas, for bestowing the Illuminating Blogger Award to First Bar. Thanks for the love Veronica! And in return I get to pass this on to 5 other bloggers too, which I will be announcing in a separate post. What a great community of people I have found here in the blogging world. You all are amazing.

On another note, my fabric proofs have arrived! I actually ordered these last month but haven’t had the chance to take photos of them. I am very excited with these and pleased at how they turned out. There are a few things I’d like to tweak before I make them available for purchase over at Spoonflower. In the meantime, here is a sneak preview (pardon the bad lighting). Oh and happy Fat Tuesday everyone!

Clockwise from the right:

Chinese Pistache in teal
Koi Fish
Japanese Maple
Chinese Pistache – grey
Ginkgo Biloba

Textile Design – Koi Fish

Hello everyone! Sorry for not posting in over two weeks, which in blogger time is more like 2 months.¬† Hope you’re still there and haven’t unfollowed me yet. It seems like I had lost my momentum after the elections and all the natural calamities¬† that have recently happened. And by natural calamities I’m not talking about the Patraeus scandals.

Anyhow I have been fairly busy at work and at home as well, but I did find some time over the week to work on a few textile designs. I’m pretty excited about this one. Growing up I always loved watching koi fish in fancy ponds and remember how excited I would be when I saw one. Did you know that Koi fish, or more appropriately called nishikigoi in Japanese, can live up to 50 years? And that if you release them in the wild they lose their coloring over just a few generations? I just recently found out about this last bit. I personally prefer them to remain the domesticated fish that they are and keep their bright coloring. And the ponds look better with them in it!

DIY: Fabric Covered Pots

A fun and inexpensive way to spruce up your terracotta planters is to wrap them with fabric (and these make great housewarming presents too!). I stumbled upon a few websites and blogs that show you how to do it, and to my surprise it was a lot harder than I thought.

Getting the fabric tight around the pots was the most challenging part for me, and my first several attempts were less than spectacular. In fact, they were pretty damn sloppy. I had to ruin two pots before I finally got the technique down. Tip: have a towel on your lap to wipe your hands off of excess mod podge as you work around the pot!

Full instructions here:
Emmaline Bride

Christine Chitnis

Photo documentation of my efforts here:

I followed about 90 percent of the instructions on Christine Chitnis’ blog (thank you Christine!), except that I cut the fabric to size after wrapping it around the pot (much easier that way in my opinion), let it dry, and then I coated the entire pot with the mod podge to seal it all the way through and give it a painted-on look.


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