Friday, February 13, 2009

Complete Randomness aka Strawberries, Chocolate, Bunting, Swaps, and Tikis

While at the farmers' market two weekends ago I picked up a half flat of these beautiful strawberries. Some were sliced for easy munching, others were transformed into a delicious topping for strawberry shortcake. But the best of the bunch were dipped in that heavenly chocolatey goodness!

These babies were consumed nearly immediately. I like to call it a poison check, just to make sure no one gets sick from them...

This set was able to make it a few more days, but not many.

The lovely folks at Sew Mama, Sew! blog are spending the month of February in the world of Fat Quarters. Daily projects, swaps, interviews and of course fat quarter giveaways. Last week one of the projects was making bunting. I took the opportunity to make a string of bunting for my friend's son's birthday. It was very easy to make and makes me smile everytime I see it. I hope he enjoys it to. It was sent off to him with a little chocolate covered popcorn for the rest of his family.

SMS is also hosting a fat quarter swap. Sign ups end Friday, so go there now if you would like to join in on the fun.

Another great swap is about to start again. I started the Bend-the-Rules Sewing Swap using projects from Amy Karol's awesome book last year. We did three projects and took time off for the holidays. In the mean time I handed the admin duties over to Adrienne of A Cultivated Life. She's asking for suggestions for the next project and will start the sign ups on Sunday. This was a great swap with great projects and you should join it, too!

I know this is a random change of subject, but my guy is an amazing artist. He owns DCsurfaces, a decorative concrete company where he applies and sells acid staining materials and concrete countertops among other things. He always has things swimming in his head and when he gets them out it is truly amazing. Several weeks ago he made these tiki masks. Three very different styles, but all made by hand from concrete. Once they cured enough he acid stained them for color.

The one above is an island style mask. It really looks like it was carved out of lava rock.

The tribal style tiki mask was acid stained in several colors to show off the details.

This Mayan style tiki mask is huge. It's between 3 and 4 feet tall and 2-1/2 to 3 feet wide. If you are interested in any of these, you can contact him through here. He's amazing, I know.


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