So, my first issue of Blueprint arrived yesterday, & I still haven't decided if I want to pony up for the whole year yet. I probably will, just to see if it grows into itself, but I have to say that my first read-through left me pretty ambivalent. The most interesting feature, I thought, was the one about using giant photo enlargements as art -- although I've seen this idea a variety of other places & it's the one that kept showing up on the mag's promo materials, so it felt...pretty but not fresh, I guess. Overall, I think it's trying to do too much, & I think that Real Simple is generally better at the whole cover-all-bases thing. (Plus, too much makeup, not enough room makeovers!)
I was happy to see the Laura Zeck ad, though -- she's a Seattle artist who does these wonderful tiny etchings. I've got a couple single images, but would love one of her excellent big grids.
In crafty news! I finished my fruit-themed pincushion for the May challenge, & because I see my crafting free-for-all window closing a little bit, I went a little wild with it & combined my first attempt at two-color screenprinting, my first effort at designing a fabric print, & my very first log cabin square in this first challenge pincushion, which, come to think of it, may actually be my first pincushion to boot. Never let it be said that I think small when it comes to craft projects, ok? (Think tiny, sure, but that's a different issue.)
"It's like a lemon garden", said my daughter. That's my lemon fabric from the other day in the middle, surrounded by the super-excellent piecing fun of a totally uneven log cabin square. I tried out finger pressing on the seams, & it worked like a charm, with bonus of not having to use my crummy iron. (Oh, & those lemon pins are fimo, of course.)
The back is a snip of the lemon fabric + some happy little sheep along with some stripes that I thought were regular old straight stripes but which turn out to undulate, so that's not just wacky sewing on my part.
(It says "sour" in that far back corner.)
So fun! I'm already wondering what the next theme will be...maybe I'll try out one of those adorable MSL tomatoes in the meantime.