Sometimes I get caught up a little in the monotony when I am creating too many products at one time. I will often work with several different fabrics, but stick with the same general construction for each item. Not a ton of creativity is involved past the initial creation of a new pattern. And frankly, the process can become boring.
One of the reasons I really love getting custom requests and orders is that I can focus on that one piece or series of pieces and take time to put a lot more creativity into it/them. I can imagine what the customer might like to see and bring it to life. And so it goes with a recent request from a Farmer’s Market customer two weeks ago. This woman bought a couple of items and said that if I had anything with strawberries, she’d buy it for her mom who loves strawberries.
Will I ever even see this woman again? Maybe, maybe not. But I am ever so glad for her suggestion. It was a great excuse to buy this beautiful strawberry fabric designed by Sandi Henderson and to play up the red (my favorite color) with this sweet polka dot fabric and red thread. I love the ruffle and the decorative stitching on the bottom. I have yet to finish this one’s mate and start to put together a couple of potholders to match.
Then fate will see if the requester comes to the Market on Wednesday! Can’t wait to find out!
Note: I bought this little shelf at a garage sale. I just wanted a little something on which to store my pin cushion and pot of flower pens near my sewing machine. When I found this one with the rod, I thought it would be perfect for displaying and admiring towels I make from time to time. The shelf was an unstained wood when I got it. I just cleaned it off and then spray painted it with some antique white.
Update: Tomorrow is my visit with the surgeon for my thyroid nodule. I’m hoping he will go right in and do the biopsy that day and it is not just a pre-consultation. In general I have been in better spirits recently, just really tired. Thanks for your thoughts, prayers and support.