Friday, May 7, 2010

Thing 17: Red Dahlia with a Yellow Center

I spent an hour or so at a friend's house today watching her two youngest while she attended a Mother's Day Tea with her third youngest at school. I had my son with me while his big sister was at a birthday party. It was definitely the easiest babysitting I've ever done! My friend's two kids stayed asleep for the hour I was there, and my son just ran around the basement playing with the toys and trying to feed me blocks. Piece of cake.

While I suffered through the (insanely quiet and easy) afternoon, I worked on this. From start to finish, it took me one hour, one change of ric rac (I ran out of the red...but perhaps it's a happy mistake?) and four changes of thread. Not bad for an afternoon's work! As you can see, it's rather large - probably four inches across. I could see it adorning a headband, or becoming a brooch. A very large brooch. Yeah.....
This one very well might end up in the shop. The shop which is currently empty, so I'm not even going to bother linking to it. However, I put together a package today with a few aprons - donations for a friend's auction at work. I included a stack of business cards in the package. So...I guess I'd better put something in the shop? Yes? Seeing as how I'm playing "business" by sending the aprons into a REAL $1,000-per-table auction. Eek!

If you had all the time in the world, and the necessary skills...what would you most love to sell? I love to make aprons. I'm also really enjoying making quilts right now, and have been dreaming about sending a few of my babies out into the world. A quick search on Etsy revealed that the most expensive quilt available right now is $4,000. For a quilt. It's a wall - hanging. (It reminded me of a Show Pony - the quilt won a worldwide competition a few years ago, and then toured the globe doing its celebratory lap.) More normal quilts (baby sized) will set you back about $150, but those are generally made from designer cottons. I focus more on...repurposed bed linens, to put it politely. They are inexpensive, colorful, and it's always a surprise what you get. I like the challenge!

ETA: I take it back. Apparently, the most expensive quilt is actually this one. It's $12,000. But if you buy it, you can't have it until 2011, as it's currently in a show in Oslo. Huh. 
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5 comments:

Catherine Hansen Peart said...

Definitely a happy accident! I just can't get enough of these... How long til' your move? Our removalists are coming in two weeks to start packing...eek!

Myrnie said...

Fun! I likey the 2 colors@

Casey said...

I need to do a total shop overhaul. I had it closed for a long time but now I'm thinking I need a change. I'd love to do something like clothing or blankets or quilts but we'll see. I think you should do quilts; you have made some really nice ones. I also love your aprons. :) Oh and those brooches of yours would look fabulous on purses.

My Ice Cream Diary said...

I love love love the yellow center and think you should try more multi colored ones.

If I had all the time in the world I would make and sell my button necklaces, the mummy doll I stillw ant to make, my tea cup pincushions, and a gajillion other things that are swimming around in my head. Maybe after this next move I can finally reach that goal...

Megan said...

How do you make these flowers? Do you have a tut, or are they just for sale?