Friday, June 25, 2010

Itty bitty banners

We've had lots of reasons to celebrate lately -- friends' birthdays, graduations, tea parties. Few things are more festive than banners, and I've been inspired by some fellow Etsy folks to try my hand at some banners.

I started small, with a felt banner for Natalie's dollhouse, and a denim and rick-rack banner for her best friend's dollhouse. I also made a few banner cards for birthdays and graduations.

I don't have photos yet, but I'm in the process of making a banner for my craft room. I'll keep you posted...

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Fruit and veggies

In honor of my sister-in-law's graduation -- she earned a master's degree in nutrition -- my brother commissioned a fruits-and-vegetables mobile as a special gift for his dietitian wife. I love a good challenge and was eager to incorporate some of her favorites as well as represent all the colors of the rainbow.

Three-year-old Natalie recognized all the individual fruits and veggies and even wanted to eat the grapes...

I hung the individual grapes on thin filament in a cluster under a grape leaf. The result is a shimmery bunch of abstract-yet-recognizable purple orbs...

The backs of the apple and orange are solid so that when the fruit turn, it gives the illusion of a half of each fruit. I delighted in making this one-of-a-kind mobile, and I hope it inspires my sister-in-law to have delicious daydreams.