(And if that title gets this wedged in your brain . . . well, I'm not particularly sorry. ♥)
Have a happy Sunday.
The sun is shining here today. It's so very welcome after what feels like months and months of gloom, and the two feisty daffodils which have already flowered in the most sheltered part of our garden make me hopeful spring is not that far away.
In celebration of this, I did have a spring-ish Palette Pingpong post planned for you today, until I realised it was my turn to be the challenger and not the challengee, which means you'll have to wait just a little bit longer. Like the rest of the garden, in fact.
So, sticking with today, this is the image I picked to challenge Miss Green Gal, Gabrielle:
It's by Jasna Jankeovic, who makes pretty things and takes even prettier pictures. Visit her Flickr here, but not until you've stopped by at Gabrielle's place to see what she did with the photo-inspiration.
You should know by now it'll be something good.
Were it not considered such poor form to add your own items to an Etsy treasury, I think my little phone case would sit quite nicely alongside those other pieces. Although that would have meant leaving something else out, which really isn't the type of decision I like making.
Maybe there's an upside to playing nicely after all.
Pssst! Have you seen? There's a new boy in the shop.
I'm really quite fond of this little case. The idea popped into my head one afternoon last autumn, and when I made the prototype a few days later, it turned out just as I'd pictured it (and pretty quickly by my snail-ish standards, too). I gave some as Christmas gifts and they seem to be doing ok out in the world, so I thought it was time to share a couple here.
I have a few more things to upload over the next few days, and then I'll get to the giveaway I mentioned earlier in the week. I'm thinking it'll be good for the winner to have a choice of prizes, and that way I also get to be nosy and find out what everyone's shop favourites are at the moment.
However you're spending it, have a happy weekend.
Other things are afoot here today, some of them shop-update-and-blog-giveaway things, so I shall keep the Palette Pingponging brief.
2. I used it to create this pretty, neutral-ish colour swatch.
You might remember this PPP project from earlier last year. It's been downloaded a lot - really, a lot a lot - mostly thanks to a mention on one of my favourite blogs, How About Orange. And as people responded so very positively to it, I thought the least I could do by way of showing a little gratitude was to freshen it up ready for a new season's printing and card-sending.
The new colourway makes it look really quite different, but what's that now? You want a card that says something different, too? No problemo. You can now pick from three sentiments - 'oh, hello', 'happy birthday' or my new favourite, 'you are lovely'.
Obviously, that mention of 'printing' up there only applies to people who have ink in their printer. Not the type of people who never remember to buy inks until they've actually run out and so can't print for days at a time. Know anyone like that?
Nope. Me neither.
It's just a complete coincidence I don't have a printed-out version of the card to show you here.
This was mostly what my day looked like yesterday:
Which didn't work out so well for the ol' photography plans. But never fear, trusty blog chums - I have much goodness rescheduled for next week, including a fun giveaway to celebrate my 50th Etsy sale and 100,000th blog visitor. It's been a milestone couple of days round here, and I'm taking the weekend off to recover with a couple of little pals and some dinosaurs.
Hope yours is wonderful, too.
OK, this is getting beyond silly now. Have I really written three posts in the last week, all relating to Valentine's Day? For fear of ruining my reputation as a stony-hearted ice queen, we'd better get this over with pretty sharpish.
So, Palette Pingpong this week has a distinctly amorous vibe. I picked the image below to challenge Gabs, actually not realising it would fall in this particular week. But it did, and I'm not entirely glum about that.
It's gorgeous, don't you think? The colours aren't your usual soppy 14th February fare, so I'm really rather keen to see how Gabrielle's non-traditional Valentine download works out. You, too? Well, let's all hoik our behinds over to her blog and have a looksee, shall we?
Don't forget to come back later, though. I have a little something extra to share, just as soon as there's enough daylight to photograph it (right now? 7.20am and grey as you like. Oh, British winter, how I love you...).
So, it's been a while since I've posted one of these, and I want to get back into the (occasional) habit. Earlier this week, I was tidying up and came across an old card which seemed particularly appropriate this week.
I love making these woven-paper Scandinavian hearts, and although they can seem just a bit tricky when you first try them, practise very quickly makes perfect. They work in all sorts of sizes and with different types of paper, depending on the look you're after. The one above is obviously mounted on a card, but they make beautiful stand-alone decorations, too. As you weave the pieces together, you're actually forming a pocket, rather than a flat shape, and it's perfect for holding little notes or messages. If you want to give it a try, you can download the tutorial here. To make a decoration instead of a card, just follow steps 1-6, and then add a length of ribbon or thread to the top edges of the heart (front and back) to hang it up. You can see something similar in my Flickr stream.
Please feel free to download the tutorial at any time of year, by the way (personal use only, thank you very kindly). Hearts are not just for Valentine's Day and weddings, y'know.
Although, come to think of it, how cute would these be as save-the-date cards? Or birth announcements. Or . . . well, you get the idea.
Hearts: good for almost anything.