Monday, September 19, 2005

Happy Birthday Sampler

I got my first anniversary birthday Sampler today. It really made my day, which was mostly spend running dreary errands. So coming home and finding the Sampler in my mailbox definitely gave me a boost.

This cute little notecard from Sprout Studio was one of my favorite things. I also loved a red and green seed bead bracelet from Erin Elizabeth. Very simple with great choice of colors!

Ohbara gave a cool little packet of supplies for making kanzashi. I don't know what kanzashi is at the moment, but I know I'll be making some, because the fabric in the little packet is beautiful and intriguing.

Pink Thread & More put in the coolest thing- a keychain with a seamstresses' tape meaure inside a cute little sewn pouch. I've been needing a tape measure-- it's the best!

The Sampler is great & I love it! But one of the things that makes it uniquely The Sampler is that I always get something really weird in it that I have to throw away. Sometimes I think I'm really too old for The Sampler, because some things in it, I just don't understand. The thing I threw away with a shudder this time was a little Sculpey fetus from FeTo . I just don't get it. Forgive me. It gave me the creeps. Can anyone explain?


Allison Paskett said...

definitely can't explain the creepy fetus, but i love the adorable notecard! the sampler sounds like so much fun.

Aimee "Roo" said...

Ewww... creepy! I don't know why people make things like that.

Fern Lady said...

Well, at least I know I'm not totally insane being creeped out! Thanks for the reality check.

But, yeah, The Sampler is awsome, not despite the the creepy stuff, but partly because of it... makes the Sampler more exciting.

Anonymous said...


I'm the girl who runs, and I am so glad you like the fabric! I haven't heard of anyone getting one of my samples yet, so although I know they are out there, I never know where they are or whether they are liked. Which kit did you get?

If you'd like, there are directions for making kanzashi on my site. Kanzashi (specifically here tsumami kanzashi) are traditional Japanese hair ornaments. Tsumami kanzashi are made of folded fabric and often take the shape of flowers.


Eireann (

Fern Lady said...

Yes, I saw the directions. I got the olive greenish fabric and then also some with a floral print on a yellowish background. Can't wait to make it!

Fern Lady said...

Oh, and Eireann, I love your site--it's wonderful!

Anonymous said...

thank you!!

that yellow print is called bingata, and it's a kind of stencil used traditionally in Okinawa.