Mola work

I’ve been reading about Mola work recently and thought I’d share some of what I’ve learned with you. It’s an interesting technique that originates from South America and is an important tradition of the Kuna people – the indigenous people of Panama and Colombia. Essentially, a mola is a textile created by sewing two or more layers (sometimes up to seven layers!) of fabric together. The more layers used, the higher quality the Mola. The top layers of fabric are cut away in designs to reveal the bottom layers, as with a reverse applique technique. Traditionally, they are handstitched and used in blouse panels that the Kuna women wear.

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Lovely butterflies

IMG_0570 Anyone who follows me on Facebook or Instagram will know that I have a thing for monarch butterflies. In fact, we’ve been rearing them from eggs to caterpillars, catching the metamorphosis into chrysalises  and then watching in wonder as butterflies eventually emerge. We’ve come to consider these amazing little things as pets and the children will often name the butterflies before we release them outside.IMG_0571 So when I saw the new Butterfly Flight Clear Stamp Set, I felt that it was personally made for me. I stamped the large butterfly design onto cardstock and used orange and yellow gelatos to add color. I blended the gelatos with a few drops of water on a fine paintbrush to get a real orange/yellow glow.IMG_0572 Then I used my micro-tips to fussy cut the butterflies and mounted them to a card blank. I love the oversize butterflies and how they are flying off the front of the card.IMG_0578

Springtime crafts round-up

Spring crafts Collage

Bunny Ear Macarons

Mini Basket Place Settings

Floral Wreath Crowned Easter Eggs DIY

DIY Paper Spider Mums

Springtime is such a refreshing time of the year. Colors begin to appear on the landscape and everything seems fresher and cleaner. I definitely feel the need to start afresh, to clean, tidy, sort and organize when April/May roll around, how about you?

I’ve made a little compilation (see above for photos and links to each page) of some of my current favorite spring crafts I spotted around the internet. I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking those little Easter eggs with floral crowns are simply adorable!

Have a springtime craft of your own to share? Post a link in the comments section so we can all see it.

 

Datura by Deer and Doe

This has been the kids’ last week at school before Spring Break and boy are we ready for a week off.  I used to be a teacher and so I can also imagine how their teachers must be feeling! Considering I’ll be spending more time with my littles than usual next week, I spent this week trying to tidy up a few odds and ends and finishing a few projects I had started. I also had a package arrive from France – a new pattern I had ordered a little while ago and had forgotten about! Yippee! I swiftly pushed aside my other work and WIPs and I managed to squeeze some time out of a couple of days (and nights!) to sew up the Datura by Deer and Doe.IMG_0322I just mentioned that I used to be a teacher. Well, I was a FRENCH teacher, and it has been a while since I had the chance to practice the language I love so much. Happily for me, the Datura blouse pattern instructions come complete with two booklets – one in French and one in English! Two great loves of mine colliding – French AND sewing – I’d never have imagined that was possible.

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