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a couple weeks ago a friend’s husband contacted me about some matching aprons for mother’s day.  he was kind enough to let me be a part of the surprise and the gift.  i had a lot of fun making these and love knowing his amazing girls will be cooking up something delicious together!

(the half apron design is from amy karol’s “bend-the-rules” sewing book.)

(thanks to laurel for taking these great photos!)



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no matter how far in advance i know about a market, i still find myself cramming the week before…bringing back not-so-fond memories of school. no wonder i used to go through family-size bags of twizzlers…this is not the way of the calm crafter!

here’s where i’ve been:

monday: playdate with olive’s cousins; drop olive off at nonna & papa’s; finish goodie bags; use scraps to create a couple of striped pillow covers (get very excited about their beauty and consider keeping for self); work until 8:30pm at part-time job.

tuesday: iron, cut and pin fabric for dinner napkins; take olive for haircut and lunch with her nonna & papa; quickly sew 4 napkins while olive plays fairies instead of taking a nap; take break for episode of “new girl;” come up with final list of supplies needed for wednesday’s shopping trip.

wednesday: buy pillow forms, piping, more fabric to back pillow covers and dinner napkins; tell olive she is taking a nap today; sew dinner napkins and iron to prep for topstitching; wash new fabric (and olive’s syrup/milk coated pj’s); finish last chocolate chip espresso scone (sorry carter!); cut ribbon for goodie bags; iron, cut and pin fabric for last set of dinner napkins; get in bed before 10pm.

thursday: operation wear olive out commences…2 hours at park with friends, chick-fil-a lunch (forgot wallet…thank goodness i was eating with friends!), stop off at library…olive falls asleep in car and i thank the nap gods; stitch last set of dinner napkins and iron for top stitching; top stitch napkins; write this post.

one set of napkins done:

here’s where i’m going:

this afternoon/evening: finish top stitching for napkin sets and cut/pin fabric for pillow cover backs

friday: get cash for market; finish pilllow covers; package/label/price inventory; get supplies together for market; finally, tell myself i did enough and there’s always the next market.

saturday morning: set up at 8am and keep eyes peeled for first food truck to arrive…fingers crossed they have caffeine. sit back & enjoy the day!

you know, as crazy as this week has been and as crazy as the next market prep will be, i really do love it. my creative juices are flowing and i can’t wait to show my friends what i made.

wish me luck!!

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it’s so funny where inspiration comes from. you really have to be open so when it shows its face you’re ready to go!

a customer just bought one of our poufs (yay!) and is giving it to her daughter for her first birthday along with a stack of books. what a cool gift!! i’m really honored she’s letting posy be a part of this big milestone so i wanted to send along an extra thank you!  so, to go with her book theme i thought a bookmark would come in handy. i found this neat idea here and loved mixing in my own fabrics. (what a great use for scraps!) i definitely love the idea of a cloth bookmark and am looking forward to exploring other ideas and styles. but this was a good first start!

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this little nook is one of those places where i quickly realized that less would make more of an impact.  sometimes the appearance of a bunch of little things, in this case, pillows, makes a spot look crowded and not-so-pretty. in fact, the whole wall was once like that with a piece of furniture for every purpose…tv stand, chair, end table, book shelves, etc. so we scrapped it all and built a solid chunk of bookshelves. the room looks twice as big as a result. and with a small home, it’s always good taking advantage of vertical space. anyway, i ditched this random grouping of pillows for a couple of biggies in a bold print and i have to say, the spot’s gone from a catch-all feel to a cozy spot for chilling out!



(the fabric was a great find at the mill outlet village in raleigh. it’s high-quality upholstery fabric marked down to $5.95/yard.  love that place!)



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apparently, we gals at posy have found a good niche…banners. folks love them! i’ve just mailed out one personalized “happy day” banner, am almost done with another and have just begin communicating with a customer who wants two for her daughters’ birthday photo shoots. this makes me really happy, not just for the business, which is nice, but for the fact that even in the middle of a recession and coming off a bit of a rough year, people want to celebrate the big and little life moments. cheers to that and a fun project that adds some personality and color to the occasion!


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into the wild

it’s so neat getting to make something that becomes a part of someone’s home…and it’s even cooler when you get to see what it looks like once it’s there.

i feel like a proud mama releasing her young (in this case placemats and napkins) into the wild and seeing it thrive in it’s new habitat.  hmm, possible national geographic/hgtv reality show?!

thanks for sharing this pic becky!

ps. love your apartment! and the tulips are so very amsterdam…beautiful!

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i love getting happy mail…a note from a friend, fabric scraps from nana, my niece’s caterpillar birthday party invitation and a handmade goody from charm design.

how cute is this clutch?! even better, i won it off of suzanne’s “love to zaria” fundraiser.  ranja lee is super talented and pretty darn awesome for lending a helping hand for a good cause.

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