So, the show yesterday was a sweet little thing: 10 artists, cute house, nice people, a fun afternoon. I made some great trades, particularly with the woman across from me, who had the most, most amazing collection of vintage planters kitted out with lovely tiny plants. Her table was such a breath of fresh air in the midst of the usual trunk show stuff (don't get me wrong, the other vendors were great too, but this was the first time I had ever seen this kind of product at a craft show) that I think most people ended up walking out of the house with at least one plant. I, personally, made off with three, including:
(this was the first one I snapped up.)
(this, I think, is my favorite. I have a thing for white ceramics, turns out.)
One of the ways I unwind after a show is to make something small that has nothing to do with work or any ongoing projects on the to-do list -- a palate-cleanser, if you will -- although it takes me a while to stop wandering tiredly around the house thinking about all the things I should be doing (work, pillow for second auction, birthday invites, work, class valentines, shade project, work, etc), so inevitably these projects start very late at night. Luckily, this one was pretty easy. I've been wanting to make a felt box like this for a while now (yes, it's from a Japanese book, isbn 4893968491), & last night was the night.
Aside from the fact that I think felt boxes are just fundamentally great, the thing that really makes this project for me is the stitch detailing at the corners. Love! I used some of my stash of wool/rayon felt for this, & while it worked fine, structurally speaking, it's just the teensiest bit floppier than I'd like. I think that in the future (because, dear reader, there will be a future for these boxes, oh yes) I'm going to investigate either 100% wool felt or maybe adding some interfacing -- though interfacing might just ruin the excellent simplicity of the entire process.
And now, although writing about the box makes me want to rush off & make another one, I think it's time to get to work on those transformer-themed rollerskating party invitations that have been hanging over my head. Wish me luck.