We packed up the camper and headed to the coast on Saturday morning with Daisy (the moped) in tow. If you ever see this camper bumbling around Ireland, do pop over and say hello. I would love to meet you and chat a bit.
|Here we are in Kinvara for a quick breakfast. Yum!|
A weekend camping means a weekend sitting in a lawn chair while chatting with friends, so I had to bring hand work to do. Recently, I have been thinking of inviting our neighbours over for a 4th of July BBQ. They are so nice to us, so I wanted to do something fun for them. Dinner outside on our long summer evenings seems like a great way to spend time together. This is a classy BBQ - no texted invites. They are getting a bespoke hand made request to join us.
I packed up my stamps that I bought in Liberty of London last summer and my blue and red ink pads, then set to work Saturday night after dinner. It's my first time really stamping at length. I could use some practice. There's no confusion that this was hand made, is there?!?
|Their surname is cropped off on purpose...don't think I'm that miserable with a camera, please?|
It is signed from the dog only because I miss calculated how much space it would take to write out the whole invite, so I couldn't fit on the full 4 names in our family. I thought since our dog and their dog are best friends, it suited.
On the front, I wanted to make an American flag. I brought a Kona FQ with me to hand embroider white stars, but I was VERY not impressed with how "organic" they were.
Instead, I thought I would carve a star stamp and use a silver ink pad to make the stars. Bad decision. The silver ink was lost on the blue fabric. I tried embroidering over star prints that were in the shop, tried to forget the star and instead just do french knots on blue Kona, etc but they all looked pretty awful.
And then it finally hit me! My Blueberry Park charms might work! I pulled out a Blueberry Park panel and paired it with Riley Blake gingham to make this liberal take on an American flag. I love it. Looking at the photo now I wish I aligned the gingham on the top and bottom, but in real life I am 100% pleased with how it turned out. It's bound in Kona white with the little invite serving as the backing fabric.
So I pinned it to Molly's collar this evening and let her loose in the neighbour's yard. The girls were absolutely delighted to have a hand made invitation and wanted to know more about how it was made, how to stamp fabric, etc. I'll make crafters out of them yet! Needless to say, the whole family will be joining us on the 4th for burgers, home made ice cream and a few pints. Molly's friend Oscar is coming too.