Monday, July 2, 2012

… time for a change

With the hot temps of summer. . . I've been getting any errands that need to be done as early as possible in the day. Then the rest of the day can be spent indoors, in the studio.

The other day, as I met the UPS at the front door, my shoulder lightly brushed against the dried rose & hydrangea wreath that hangs next to the front door. Let's just say that my next move was to get the dust boom & dustpan to gather all the little bits that were scattered all over the floor.

I love this little wreath, but I know that it's time is pretty much done. I got it from Pottery Barn, with a gift card that I had received, & I've loved it for a little over 6 years now. When I went to the Pottery Barn website to see what they now had to offer. . . perhaps to replace it, I read that the life span of the wreath was intended to be about a year or so. (!)  So. . . I guess I've gotten my money's worth!

I decided though, that instead of replacing it with a new one. . . 
I would replace it with this. . .

It's the wreath design from Barb & Alma's (Blackbird Designs) book 'Weekend'.
When I first saw their quilt (that has four wreaths) in their booth last fall at Quilt Market, I fell in love with it. The space that I have (next to the front door) is much smaller, so I took the layout ( for a single wreath) & reduced it by about 1/3 & will be making a little mini quilt to replace my beloved little dried floral wreath.

My plan is to make one for each season. . . & this one (using Blueberry Crumb Cake) will be for the summer months. I also want to make one that is for autumn, winter & spring.
(Then. . . if my shoulder brushes against these. . . no messes!)

The other thing that is going on in the studio are some of these little cuties. . . I got the appliqué fused down & for some of the other blocks I'm using embroidery. 

Such a wonderful way to spend time indoors. . . trying to stay cool!

Hope you are keeping cool!



Carrie P. said...

well, that seems like a very nice change. great idea to make one for each season.

Sue said...

I love that idea of making one for each season. I have that book and should do the same. What a great idea.

I'm sorry your other one bit the dust, but so glad you got your money's worth!

I love Pottery Barn!

Auntie Pami said...

Nice. But Bren it's a dry heat, so that's why it lasted. :-) can't wait to see the wool project.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

That is a great plan for some new wreaths Bren!
It was 99 here today...almost as warm as where you are! We spent the afternoon floating in inner tubes on the lake.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

What a beautiful idea for seasonal your pics and peeks.
God bless you today,