One of my most distinct memories of Alli in high school is a bit embarrassing. And, hey, this is just a public blog open to everyone in the world, so why not share! Well, OK. I really admired Alli's clothes. I liked her style. So one day at our lockers she told me she bought a whole bunch of new tops and some new pants at Marshalls. That very afternoon I begged my mom to take me spring clothes shopping at Marshalls. I scoured the racks and bought everything that Alli had bought! I am pretty sure there were days that we had the same outfits on.
This is the only picture I have of the Limited pants bought at Marshalls.
(Total aside, that baby- my little cousin is getting married this May!)
I cringe at this memory. How annoying that must have been!
Anyway, 20 some odd years later, I hate to copy anyone literally. Oh sure I am inspired by hundreds of amazing crafters every day. But I rarely make a project verbatim. Usually I try to take inspiration and shake it up. So, after the success of the ducks, I was itching to create my own design. I scoured Alli's book to see what she had not yet come up with. Not easy. Alli has hundreds of awesome designs!
Some like these snowflakes are crazy beautiful. This alphabet is so adorable!
I have a good friend who has just been hospitalized and is in for some long weeks. The thought "hang in there" has been sort of my prayer mantra for her. At the same time, this little vignette from the Crafts Convention has captured my imagination.
So, I decided to go off on my own and try to make a laundry line card.
The bird was easy. Basically blue ducks. The dress was based on Alli's ballerina pattern with teardrop sleeves and collar added. The t-shirt is my attempt at some basic square shapes. It's a bit wonky. The boxers turned out just the way I imagined. The clothes line is just a bit of embroidery floss. Of course, the scale is way off. That is either one huge bird or one tiny shirt! Who cares! It was fun to make!
Actually, I have been thinking of sending this friend a Begginer Quilling Kit. It is very portable, easy and could be a great way to while away some long lonely hours.
Tomorrow a design idea that didn't work the way I wanted. Hey, the duds can be interesting too.