Thursday, March 19, 2009

In the Mail...

Look what arrived on my porch! It's from French General which means it's my Pants Pants Revolution prize!


To my delight, there was an autographed copy of Kaari Meng's new book, Home Sewn. I had forgotten that, in addition to a $100 gift certificate, I was also receiving a copy of this book.

And a beautifully presented book it is. The binding for this book is one of my favorites. A hard linen-like cover enclosing a spiral so the book can lie flat open but looks great on a shelf as well.


I loved that Kaari wrote a note of congratulations on the inside -- it adds to our memory in such a nice way.

And, I took it upon myself to briefly peruse this book on your behalf. It's full of over 25 sewing patterns for linens for your home. Home Sewn is a very good title since I cannot think of another item that I would sew for my house that wasn't included as a pattern in this book. Kaari starts out with a chapter discussing antique french linens, their types and their care. To be honest, I didn't know so much about hemp, linen and nettle as fibers and I found this section really educational.

As for the projects, there is everything from bedding, to bathroom linens, to floor poufs, you name it! What I liked, was that the patterns are basic and provide the perfect canvas for hand embroidery and embellishment.

I loved the scallops on this table cloth and ottoman cover...


And how can I not love this notions keeper? The picture alone is adorable!


I can't wait to see what the girls will want to make. I thought this market bag was adorable...But I liked the idea of pillowcases as well -- I think they'd use them more. Of course, I'll have to wait to hear what they say...


Patterns for three lavender stuffed hearts are also included. And what a delight to receive this one made by Kaari herself using antique french linen collection and included in the box that held my pants.


The smell of lavender coming from the box -- the entire presentation -- was a beautiful conclusion to such a fun chapter in our lives.

10 comments:

Lynn said...

Such a deserving recipient! Congrats again!

Carol said...

Definitely a Memory Forever. I can't think of another person who would deserve the recognition more!

Debra said...

Did she enclose a pattern for a notions keeper the size of a room??? *wink* or the instructions on how to return notions in said keeper?

What a wonderful prize for a wonderful entry!

Chris said...

What a wonderful prize. That book looks like it is full of wonderful ideas. Congratulations!

verobirdie said...

a well deserved gift! and it came to a place where it will be most valued.
Congratulations.

Allison Ann Aller said...

This was so classily done!...the projects from the book have "that look" that I always wish I could have for my own home. Genteel, organized, serene...
Next life, maybe!

paulahewitt said...

Now I'm thinking i coulda, shoulda, won this. If only i had 9 nieces, boundless enthusiasm and a fabulous idea - I could have been the one reading this great book and planning how to spend the voucher. well done!

Judy S. said...

What a lovely prize for you wonderful project! Your nieces will have a lasting memory of a very fun time.

Rengin Yazitas said...

You deserve that wonderful prize! Congratulations!
Rengin, in Istanbul

Mary Timme said...

How neat of you to share your bounty with us. I love that ottoman! Is that super or what! Love it all. I really like the idea of the french heart with lavender.

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