Thursday, February 9, 2012

Au Courant - Finishes and a WIP

In an effort to actually CREATE instead of 
simply reading and being inspired,
Thursday's posts are all about my latest crafting efforts.

Did you spew your coffee or beverage of choice onto your computer screen when you saw this blog post title? I know. It's been FOREVER since I posted an Au Courant finish. I not only have two, count 'em, two finishes; I also have a Work-In-Progress. Can we all shout a big "Wa-hoo!" please? ☺

First finish is a roll, make-up roll, that is. While in the midst of the Big Cleanout of 2012, I purged my make-up drawer of its expired contents. Contrary to popular belief, I really don't have a lot of make-up. I have the basics (foundation, mascara, lipstick) and just a few other enhancements to make me presentable to the public.

Since I was going through everything anyway, I decided that throwing all my brushes in a bag just wasn't cutting it anymore. I completed the purge and ran to the sewing room. In a matter of minutes (measuring the fabric and deciding on the number of pockets took the longest), I had a new make-up roll. To complete the roll, I fished threw my vintage button collection and found one that compliments the fabric. The closure is an elasticized hairband.

I LOVE THIS ROLL!  It just makes me happy to see those sweet faces smiling at me when I open the drawer. I purposely have a larger pocket at one end for holding my powders, though they are not in this photograph. Description:  Designed by Maureen C. McNaughton for Elizabeth's Studio. Colors include cobalt blue, yellow, olive green, crimson, orange, rust, purple, burgundy, black and ivory with metallic gold accents throughout.

The red floral is something from my stash. It was purchased at my LQS. I'm sorry. I have no idea the name, designer, or manufacturer of this fabric. I know I need some more of it!

My second finish is, you guessed it, another Mug Rug. This is for an acquaintance who is recovering from surgery. I thought the Mug Rug, along with some baked goodies, would be a nice pick-me-up. It's from the Magic Garden line that I featured a few weeks ago in the Ruby's Auction.

With two finishes under my belt, I started on a very-late-but-I'm-hoping-I-get-it-done-in-time Valentine's Table Runner. This is supposed to be a gift; however, I'm thinking it will be gracing our year.

Charm Squares -  Always & Forever by Deb Strain for Moda
from Fat Quarter Shop

Still debating on which way to turn the strips.
What do you think? Should the outer strips be turned the same direction as in the photo above?
Or would it look better (and more 'random') to place them as in the 1st runner photo?

There you have it. That's what I've been crafting this week. It feels so good to get back in the sewing room. Far too long have I stayed out of there. When I walk into that room, I feel like shouting, "I'm Ba-aack!" ☺

What have you been crafting this week?

Happy Thursday! 

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