Welcome to my Wonderful Things blog tour day! As always I am incredibly excited and jazzed that I get to be a part of something so cool. I have enjoyed each and every time that I have been asked by a designer to make something to showcase their work. Albeit I am totally stressed about it as there are so many incredible makers out there and I always feel like I struggle to find something to make and put it together in a timely fashion. As per usual I am a day late and a buck short. Working till the wee hours and making up things as I went along. Thankfully despite the stress of it I managed to put together something that I am quite proud of and above all I had a lot of fun doing and I learnt some stuff along the way. So let’s get to it.
Living in Canada it always takes me a little longer to get my fabric and being in full on market season I knew I didn’t have time for an extensive project. I wanted to make something that would be simple but still creative and would really put a spotlight on Bonnie Christine’s gorgeous designs and show off the premium fabrics that Art Gallery Fabrics makes. I decided to snatch up some canvas as I had envisioned a uber flashy tassley picnic or beach blanket of sorts almost turkish towel-esque. I used the Aquarelle Study Wash in Canvas and made the tassles just using a bulk teal yarn grabbed from the local box store. I used Art Gallery’s blue bottle field denim for the back.
I had some amazing help this time prepping for this project. I am truly blessed with some awesome ladies in my life. I bribed one of my crafty gals with my company and a bottle of wine if she helped make a bazillion tassels. I had two other friends who made the trek out to my neck of the woods to help me stage, shoot and offer up their kids as models for some clothes and of course my awesome company.
I drafted a simple knit top for the youngest using the Sweet Bubbles Sugar knit and the Joy Crossroads Azure knit for leggings and then again using the sweet bubbles sugar knit for the cuff to make a complete outfit.
For my older model I ordered in some of the wovens to make a lovely cheerful vintage feeling dress. I even had a local maker friend Britt from Southern MB Comforts donate some lovely felt headpieces for the girls to wear.
It’s interesting or lovely how things work out for a reason or fate or just sheer coincidence. I originally thought we might have to do this shoot in my home as it had rained all morning and was calling for thunderstorms. We decided to chance it when there was a break in the clouds and when we got to the beach the skies parted and the sun shone and we were able to capture some great photos and the kids had a lot of fun playing in the water and sand too.
As always I had an absolute blast putting everything together, being a part of this tour and working with Bonnie Christine and Art Gallery Fabrics. If you would like to grab some knit from this line I have some in my shop Boreal Fabrics. If you would like something made in any of the pieces shown or interested in having something made for your little, you can head over to my other shop Wild Forest Handmade and send me a message or grab something ready to ship. If you would like to follow along head on over to Bonnie’s site Going Home To Roost and you can see previous makes and see who is coming up.
Tomorrow Maria is up on the blog tour block so make sure to check her out here: https://mariaelenabliss.wordpress.com/
*Also if you are looking for even more inspiration Art Gallery Fabrics puts together amazing lookbooks with all of their collections and they are packed full of quilts, pillows, bags, apparel patterns and more. Their lookbooks are one of my go to’s for any form of inspiration whether it be pattern or fabric inspo and you can view it here. You can also view the whole collection here.
Tell me have you made something with Art Gallery Fabrics before? What was it? What do you think of the Wonderful Things Collection? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.