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a seahorse compilation

Did you know that the female seahorse lays the eggs but the male seahorse carries the unborn youngins in his pouch?  Seahorses also like to swim in pairs with their tails linked together. Pretty cool.  Here is a roundup in homage to this incredible creature.

Make a paper seahorse wall sculpture with a printable PDF pattern.

seahorse wall decor
seahorse wall decor from EcogamiShop

Or crochet your very own seahorse!

seahorse crochet pattern
seahorse crochet pattern from lalylala

I like this nautical-themed mini dish set.

seahorse Ceramic Platter Set
ceramic platter set from Creative Co-op

And here’s the same seahorse design on a canister.  Simple but lovely.

dolomite canister with seahorse design
dolomite canister with seahorse design

Or get this fantastical pillow from Roostery that’s filled with mermaids sleeping on the moon and riding seahorses.

mermaid seahorse fabric pillow cushion
throw pillow with mermaid/seahorse design made from Spoonflower fabrics

They have lots of color options…

Or adorn yourself with a seahorse pendant necklace cast from an actual dried seahorse.

brass cast seahorse necklace
brass seahorse pendant necklace from monteazul

Can you find the seahorse in this art print from society6?

society6 art print
Rainy Days by Judith Clay

I stumbled upon this French site that has many old engravings, often in large format and in color.  I really like botanical illustrations.  Most botanical illustrations are all over Pinterest, but this old image is new to me.  The description reads: “Fish color drawing after ‘Universal Dictionary of Natural History’ Atlas Zoology Volume 2 reptiles and fish by C. d’Orbigny – Paris.”

vintage seahorse illustration
vintage seahorse illustration

Mix the old with the new with this custom vintage iPhone.custom iPhone case with seahorse illustration

Check out this seahorse crest!

seahorse crest from Fairbairn’s Book of Crests
seahorse crest from Fairbairn’s Book of Crests

 

 

 

 

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breakfast-inspired fabrics

Spoonflower is an amazing online fabric store based in North Carolina that custom prints anything you design onto premium cotton or upholstery fabric. You can also buy other people’s designs. Here is a selection of my favorite breakfast-inspired fabrics from the site.

breakfast fabric
A perfect breakfast by Scrummy
Flapjack stack
Flapjack stack by Pattysloniger
soft boiled egg
Egg and spoon stripe by Scrummy
donuts and coffee
Donuts and coffee by Jaydesign
breakfast food fabric
Retro kitchen by Leighr
Mod breakfast fabric
Mod breakfast by Cynthiafrenette
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Best Kept Secrets: The Rotary Cutter (entry no.1)

Welcome to the first installment of Best Kept Secrets, a running list of useful and often overlooked tools for creating.

Fiskars Rotary Cutters & Blades
Fiskars rotary cutters & blades

Rotary cutter

  1. A tool generally used by quilters to cut fabric. It consists of a handle with a circular blade that rotates, thus the tool’s name.
  2. Rotary blades can be found in different sizes: usually smaller blades are used to cut around corners, while larger blades are used to cut to straight lines.
  3. Several layers of fabric can be cut simultaneously, making it easier to cut out patchwork pieces of the same shape and size than with regular scissors.

rotary cutter - fabric

A few months ago, on a whim, I purchased a Fiskars rotary cutter from a sewing supply store in midtown Manhattan, took it home, read the instructions on the back of the packaging, and immediately started slicing through fabric.  The tool (in combo with a mat and ruler) makes perfect cuts.  It’s basically the textile version of a pizza cutter.  I find it especially useful for cutting thin, slippery fabrics.

FYI, the Purl Bee has a great tutorial on rotary cutters.

 

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Fabric Friday

 

 

Hi everyone!  I wanted my first post to be about  an early love of mine, fabrics. When I first learned how to sew, I couldn’t get enough of our local fabric store. I would spend hours rummaging through rows of calico fabrics like a kid in a candy store. And apparently, nothing has changed. My new obsession is California-based fabric designer Alexander HenryHis fabrics are conversational print designs, a description that sounds contrived but makes perfect sense once you take a look at his latest collection.

Here are two of my favorite collections: Twin Peaks & The Ghastlies. At less than $10/yard, the prices are surprisingly affordable.

Twin Peaks Fabric    Ghastlies