Pocket full of shells n’ stuff

A little briny salty sea for my land locked heart.

I couldn’t help but make a super tiny thread one too, just because.

Pattern: She Sells Sea Shells by Thomasina Cummings Designs

That’s little girl chalklegs up in the right corner (I’m a girl version of my dad) ..nothing good ever comes from putting a tomboy in a velvet lederhosen style dress for school pictures ..sweetly disheveled.

It has been months in the making, there was blood ..f’ing treadle sewing machine ..note to self: if the treadle doesn’t budge with a few good tries, don’t go at it like a barefoot Mac truck and snap it in half. Scattered days of doing absolutely nothing, I guess being moody and intently lazy never helps! But my workspace/art room/chalklegs studio is sorted and the no longer dusty gears are livening up, I‘ve done a little sewing, with lots of daydreaming in here :)

It just feel so nice to walk in and see tidy organization (this consisted of pairing like things together .. haha!) not an easy task in a room that is one big collection of random weird things. We have mayonnaise jars (oh yes they are vintage tin top miracle whips!) of unused men’s dress shoelaces from the 40/50s, an out of control grouping of glues and glue like products (come on adhesive engineers, make something that is out of this world amazing, that doesn’t stink, works on everything, holds like steel and won’t melt away my brain ..ONE GLUE TO RULE THEM ALL!) there are bins of doll parts, cheesy things from my youth (the 80s fricken totally ROCKED!), stacks of old keys, baby teeth, all cohesively (at least in my minds kooky aesthetic) mixed in, next to spools of vintage lace, antique victorian photos, beautiful cotton fabrics, and mason jars filled with grandmas buttons
(not my grannys, but someones!)

I got rid of a lot, but there is still a lot tucked in here ..I love being swallowed wholly in this space ..turn up the music and make something!

 ..enter potholder, yes It’s that time again, you can find all the 2014 potholder swap details here! This year (well..I guess like always) I’m using cotton thread and I’m going with a pattern that is so beautifully understated and peaceful to work, I cannot get enough of its swirling layer cake texture ..very tarte tatin ala pineapple upside down cake YUMMY! I’m sure you remember the Tunisian Shell blanket, yes that one, just a tiny-ed up potholder version!

Potholder Circus

You might remember every year around this time I participate in the annual potholder swap over on Ravelry and every year I go on a pattern rampage, trying to find the “one”, I even sleuth throughout the year looking for awesome patterns for the next year, and every year I forego all my previous must-makes & past favorites and search out something brand new! Sometimes I can’t be satisfied with ready made patterns, so I make my own, adapting and mashing together several different ideas to come up with something completely me, something I adore and when I have trouble parting with it, I know it’s the “one”.

2013 swap year requirement is only 3 potholders!

 It’s a little Scandinavian cookie-ish, slightly jammie dodger esque, topped off with a sweetly petite black licorice trim.

These have an all black back, to give it the perfect amount of angst!

I know, I know black!? ACK, but it’s just right for hiding any slops, spills or scorch and I really love the contrast.

(I tried to photograph it, but honestly, it ended up just looking like a cartoon hole)

Some of the “sample” potholders from my 2012-2013 potholder trials

Snail Shell Pot Stand.

Pattern: Double Thick Place Mat and Coaster or Pot Stand by Thomasina Cummings.

Lily Pie Potholder.

Pattern: White Lily Blanket by Lena Fedotova.

Pinky Pie.

Pattern: Flower Potholder by Sónia Maria.

Owl Cook.

Pattern: Hoot by Julia Madill.

Over the years I have made potholders of all shapes and sizes, and in all weights of cotton. They are some of my favorite kitchen things to make and gift, because they are as uniquely beautiful, as they are utterly useful.