I was lucky enough to get to hand deliver my back tack to Alicia today at her beautiful shop. I had yet to go there so it was nice to get to see it in all its charming cotton candy beautiful prints and colors glory myself. It was also so very nice to meet the lovely Alicia in person, as well as Andy, who was eating lunch with her at the shop. Its a little odd to know things about people that have never laid eyes on your face! They were both as charming and lovely as you would think from reading Alicia's blog. For some reason though, I always pictured Alicia with shorter hair- I'm not sure whose face with the little bob I have been picturing, but now its been replaced with her actual face.
From reading her blog and from emails between us, I knew she is a girl who loves England and English style so I used that as my point of reference. Difficult, however, to get englishy with black and white but I tried my best. We both agreed that it was a challenging set of rules to stick to but in the end I was happy to have to get my brain to think outside of it's normal creative paths.Here are some details- not very ladylike to show up her dress but I liked the bottom of her feet!
I named the bear Sheila after my English mother in law. I stuffed her with actual wool stuffing and I have to say that I won't use that dreadful poly fil ever again. Wool stuffs so nice and allows you to shape nicely too. I read somewhere that when you cuddle a wool stuffed softie, it warms up. How nice is that? I packed her in a little case that I spruced up with glossy black paint and a great oil cloth remenant along with some English treats so that Alicia could have a proper English tea time.
Another back tack under my belt and I am already wondering what those girls will cook up next. It also got me into a bit of a softie run and I have a few others in the works for little friends birthdays. I love how the little case worked out so I am sure the new softies will be packed in their own cases. I just saw vinyl you can buy with the glitter in it. The kind you would upholster your speed boat seats in. I am going to take an internet break for the rest of the weeksend so I can peck away at the yard. I finally found my chocolate cosmos today so I am thrilled. Also THE MOST incredible "Ebony" Dahlia. I will post when it blo0ms- it has dark dark leaves and the stalk is almost black. A Great weekend to all!