Sunday, September 28, 2008

Gifts and Giving...Better Late Than Never

My birthday was earlier this month and I knew I'd be getting some money (thanks mom!)and so back in August I spent some of it on some of Kajsa's work. I got these two lovely prints. Though I would love to have her actual work, these are a pretty nice substitute. I framed them in these frames where they float under the glass. They hang on the wall in my studio as inspiration and to put a smile on my face whenever I look up. Her work is so whimsical, cheery and original. My picture doesn't do it justice. If you haven't visited her blog Syko, head on over, you won't be disappointed. Kajsa's work was also the inspiration for my little quilty neighborhood. She inspired me to give raw edge applique a try.

Late is the theme of this post, so first a late thank you. I actually won a giveaway at Amy's blog, Park City Girl...yes, it does pay to enter. I don't usually because I never seem to win and sometimes I don't because I don't want folks to think I just visit to get something. (that's a whole other post) These arrived last week when I was on jury duty. Talk about mail that makes your day. I popped the bookmark into my book and put my cards in the wallet and I was ready for another day in the courthouse. The bookmark was a topic of conversation throughout the day. Isn't it just the cutest? The little wallet is perfect for me. It's light as a feather and the fabric is so "me". I love them both Amy and be assured they will get lots of use!






















I know you all have been waiting for the results of my giveaway. I did actually do the random number thingy on Friday, but with my folks coming home a week early I ran out of here before dawn on Friday and didn't have a chance to post. Late again, arrg! I would so love to send one to everyone, but the little quilty neighborhood is going to Hawaii. Yup, it will be zipping to Lisa Boyer of Dorky Homemade Quilts. Lisa hasn't been posting much lately, but you'll definitely enjoy her blog and her books are fabulous. So take a minute to check her out. Congratulations Lisa!

Let's see, what else am I late for...hmmm...been awhile since you've seen a Fit Friday post. I'm hanging my head a bit...two weeks ago I made it to the gym every single day...last week...I'm sad to say not one day...not even one. I know that tomorrow is going to hurt, but I'm going. I have to make this a priority and not let weeks like last week sabotage me. I could have found time if I really wanted to.

I caught up on most of my blog reading driving back from my parent's house. I can feel my head getting back above water. I have lots of sewing plans this week. Maybe even a quilt finish. One should always have hope!

26 comments:

Janis said...

Happy birthday to you -- what lovely presents! Maybe your bithday luck helped you win the giveaway, they are adorable too.

Hope you finish your jury duty soon. It never comes at a convenient time, does it?

Rebekah said...

I love those prints. They look lovely in the floating frame.

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

I'm so glad that you did enter! And won :) Love your new art pieces - very inspirational.

I was a little bummed that I won't get to see that neighborhood - but maybe I will just make my own!

There's always good weeks and bad weeks in getting to the gym . . . tomorrow is a new day!

Have a great week sewing :)

Tine said...

The frames really do the prints justice! I love her work too... And congratulations to Lisa!!!

Katy said...

Kajsa's work is great. She is one talented lady! Those frames are perfect for her prints.

Lisa Boyer said...

Whoo hooo!! Thank you sooo much. I love your work and I will treasure it. I already have a place all picked out in my sewing room....

upstateLisa said...

I love Kajsa's work! What a great treat! And lucky Lisa!!!! That neighborhood is going to a good home!

Jackie said...

Lots of neat stuff. Thanks for all the links to the other blogs too. Wonderful and talented people.

Amiechan said...

"I don't usually because I never seem to win and sometimes I don't because I don't want folks to think I just visit to get something."

That´s my problem too ;) I´m reading many blogs, but I´m not big on comments.

Stephanie said...

Beautiful art work and it's looks so perfect on your walls. Love the way you framed them. Oh lovely bookmarks! And a very Happy Belated Birtday to you!!!

QuiltedSimple said...

Love the prints - how pretty. Hope jury duty is almost over for you.
Kris

Darcie said...

Good for you! I plan to head over and spend a little time at the Syko blog. So whimsical! Thanks for the link. (I tend to "travel" in my same little bloggerhood all of the time...I needed an excuse to venture out further.) ;-)

Enjoy your sewing time this week!

em's scrapbag said...

The prints are fabulous. I love her work. I just went over to her blog. Thanks for letting me know about it. Hope you had a happy b-day. Congrats on your win.

MightyMom said...

hold on, did you just say you finished your blog reading DRIVING back home???


huh??

Girl, watch the road! our posts will still be here when you get back!

;-)

Amy said...

Glad you're feeling less swamped!

Doris said...

Love Kajsa's work..lovely!

Question for you about raw-edge applique...do you cut it on the bias? Do you worry about raveling (i.e., can it be used on something that will be laundered?) Do you use stabilizer?

Thanks,

Doris

Penny said...

thanks Jacquie for the link, I popped over to syko's blog and it's SO cute!! I had to add her to my OOC list of blogs on reader.
Sad I didn't win your little neighborhood but so happy for Lisa! And congratulations on winning Amy's giveaway, her bookmarks are so very cute!!

Frogdancer said...

A guy at work had to go in for jury duty duty on the last week of the school term. He was terrified he'd be selected for a jury that would take up all the school holidays.
I told him to look shifty and untrustworthy. It must've worked...

cdnj said...

Beautiful prints. I love how you framed them.

Kate said...

Happy belated birthday!

amandajean said...

I love Kajsa's work. and you framed the prints so beautifully.

I'm so happy for you that you got happy mail during jury duty. perfect.

Jackie said...

I thought your quilty neighborhood might be inspired by Kajsa. Her things always cheer me up too! Hang in there on the fitness thing - it's about a fit life, not necessarily a fit week, at least that's how I try to think of it. That way if I have a bad week I'm not totally down on myself, and realize it's a work in progress.

henny said...

The presents are lovely...
Happy birthday to you :)
I like your floating frame (I had never seen that kind of frame here) and the picture so 'pure' like a kid drawing, we always smile to see their colorful drawing.

Oiyi said...

Kajsa's work is wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

Allison said...

Happy Late Birthday! I love those prints.

syko kajsa said...

Happy birthday! And thanks so much for your kind words about my work! The prints look lovely in their new frames! I love the pillows you make from the vintage quilt!