September 30, 2010

Sketch for the SavVy {Seasons} Swap

Fun Fact #8 about me...I'm a sappy, sentimental Christmas junkie. I love Christmas cookies, Christmas movies (esp Elf and It's a Wonderful Life!), gathering with family, snuggling in front of cozy fireplaces with flannel blankets, and the absolute one & only time I miss Chicago winters is during the Christmas season. For the first five years my husband and I were together, our Christams tradition was to walk to Marshall Field's ("Macy's") with scarves and rosy cheeks, eat in the Walnut Room beneath the big tree, and then stroll across to the Christkindlmarket (aka German Market) for roasted cinnamon almonds and apple cider in boot-shaped mugs. Last year was the first time that tradition was broken :(

Anywho, because I love Christmas so, so much...I found my first ever holiday-themed swap to participate in (yay!). Heather of a la mode fabric recently put together the SavVy {Seasons} Swap and as soon as I heard about it, I pounced on it like a monkey on a cupcake!

I got my secret swap partner info right before I left on vacation, and I figured out almost immediately what I wanted to do. My partner mentioned a bunting in her list of "Likes", and here's what I came up with. I hope I'm able to describe this well enough that everyone knows what I'm talking about!

There are two buntings pictured above, but there will really only be one. The reason I drew two is because there will be two interchangable themed sets. One set will be Cookies + Milk, and the other will be Santas + Christmas Trees. I thought the Milk + Cookies would be cute to hang over the fireplace around Christams Eve for Santa to "snack" on ;). I also thought it would give my partner a more muted palate than the bright red and green Santas + Trees. So she can swap back and forth, depending on what her decor and mood are :)

The string will be a Christmas-y green bias tape with a D-ring at each end for hanging. The flags will be the only part permanently sewn on, and I'm using Amy Butler's Full Moon Dots in Lime for the background and a dark green Kona to match the bias tape for the letters. The two sets will have metal snaps on the back so they can be easily removed and switched. The look of the Santas + Trees will be pretty much as pictured, but the cookies will look like these gingerbread ones, except made out of light brown fabric instead of felt. I think I'm gonna make the top part of the milk bottle out of linen, the "milk" out of a slightly off-white Kona, and the embroidered MILK out of a medium gray thread.

Hopefully I can pull this off and it'll look as good in reality as it does in my mind, haha! It's always disappointing when things don't translate well :(

Cross your fingers for me!


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