Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Wednesday Showcase

What a week it has been! It started off with jury duty on Monday. I can't complain too much as we have a pretty good deal in Illinois. It's basically a serve one day deal and you're off for at least another year, unless, and the unless can be a very big deal, unless you end up on a jury :/ Around 10:00 my number was called, and I thought, "here we go." We arrived in the court room to find out that the case had been settled out of court. Great!!!! At that point we all thought that we would be finished for the day, but nooooo!!!, we were sent back up to the jury pool room. There I sat for the entire day. I brought things to read, but by 3:00 that afternoon, the clock just seemed to stand still. When it was finally time to go home, freedom never felt so good!!! Isn't it amazing how we can suddenly appreciate the simplest things?!!

Now, on to the day at hand. Back in January, I asked the question, "why do your read this blog?" What truly surprised me was how many of you commented on how much you enjoy the Wednesday Showcase posts. I've always felt that they were a nice thing to do and I really enjoy taking a little time to try and get to know some of you who follow the blog, but I had no idea that so many of you enjoyed the posts as much as I do. I'm glad that you do :)

Our first new blogger today is  Mads from https://lifeinamadshouse.wordpress.com/ A little about Mads.
"I blog about my travails and triumphs as a newly-minted home sew-er. My favorite things include cats, good pizza, grammar, guitars, naps, reading, sarcasm, shoes, soda, and white chocolate. I will probably talk about most of those things (and more) at some point, but I intend focus primarily on sewing and related matters."
As Mads said, she does love her cat and just to prove it, she participated in the Crazy Cat Lady Sew Along. I'm not making this up, there really was one!! Below is her cat and the super cute fabric.
 Mads has a sense of humor and loves detail, like the cat button she added to her skirt.
Here's the final piece. Cute and versatile.
She not only sews for herself, she does a little for her husband as well. This is the is the Cooper Backpack from Colette Patterns. Great bag!
If you've followed my blog for more than a minute, you know that I am a push over for a girl and her dog picture. How adorable! Mads made the tee and it is the Scout Tee from Grainline Patterns. A beautiful piece of Ikat too!
Be sure to pop over to Mads blog as I know you will enjoy getting to know her. 

Next up is another very talented lady, she actually has 2 blogs. Her name is Tina and not only does she sew, she designs the most beautiful fabrics. On her blog https://fyllayta.wordpress.com/ you can find a gallery of some of her beautiful designs.
The design below has a companion piece and is actually in production for the fashion brand Maja Roos.
The blog where Tina showcases her sewing is https://gavannasewing.wordpress.com/
Below is a coat that she designed. It was initially inspired by a Navajo blanket coat.
Tina is also working on creating a pattern line and the dress below is called Askim and should be ready soon. She's one busy lady!
Between Tina's 2 blogs, I know you will find a tremendous amount of inspiration.

I hope your week is going well and that you are productive and happy.
Enjoy your Wednesday!

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  1. Lovely women, with great talent! I'm so happy that you so generously bring these wonderful blogs to our attention.
    big hug,

    1. Hey Janice! Hope to see you at the next ASG meeting. It was such a pleasure to meet you a few months ago.

  2. Lovely blogs. I love both the cat fabric (and skirt) and the one with the feathers. The Askim pattern looks very nice. Thanks for sharing these blogs. Xx

    1. Tina has done some amazing prints. Such lovely work. And I think Mads is just so cute. I really like the cat print too and would love to have some. Like I need more fabric ;)

  3. I like the details on Tina's future pattern. It's nice to see more detailed patterns being made by bloggers and her designs are lovely.

    Mads's outfit is really cute and such pretty colors. Thanks, Rhonda.

    1. What about the picture of Mads with her dog?!! OMG, the dog is beyond precious :) I really like her okay top too.

  4. Rhonda!! Imagine my shock as I was scrolling through my Bloglovin' feed and saw a very familiar picture (that'd be my super-ladylike Saoirse, sitting on my nearly-finished Cat Lady set) attached to someone else's post! Once I got myself un-confused, I couldn't believe you'd shared my little blog on your site! I certainly never expected to have my online silliness featured on a blog as wonderful and inspiring as yours, but THANK YOU. Truly! And now I have found out about Tina's blogs, so it's a big win-win!

    PS: Mulder (dog) likes to make appearances on the blog pretty regularly, so you'll see more of him. I sometimes worry that he is *too* cute and will distract from my project(s), but it's a risk I'm willing to take!

    1. I feel like a broken record as I say this so often, but the Wednesday Showcase is truly my favorite post. I gain so much from doing these. So this is truly my pleasure.
      As for Mulder, I love your dog!!! What a beautiful dog and I can tell that he is in love with you too. Just as it should be :) My husband would give me hard time about my dogs being spoiled and I would always reply, but their little lives are so short, shouldn't they be happy? He gave up years ago ;)
      I so enjoyed scrolling through your blog. Thanks for taking the time to drop by mine!

  5. Oh wow, what a nice surprise to find my own blog here!!! Just got home from a (work) trip to Italy, so I'm busy catching up with all things and this was a bit of a shock! ;) Thanks for all the nice words, and all kind comments, and last but not the least, all new followers. Big hugs to all of you!
    (By the way, that coat was a big success on the trip, perfect for the early spring weather in northern Italy)