Right before the wedding, one of the bridesmaids and I hit up the neighborhood garage sales in the Historic Stuart Neighborhood of Kalamazoo. Since the houses there are mostly victorian and their owners tend to be swanky, it's usually a good bet for finding some awesome vintage treats. I ended up not making very many purchases, but at one of my first stops I rummaged through a huge pile of vintage die-cut decorations that must have come out of an elementary school classroom. Imagine my joy when I unearthed an entire set of circus die cuts at the bottom of the pile, and then had the guy running the sale give them away to me free of charge!
They hung on our dining room wall during the week of the wedding, and when I came home, I saw them and got inspired. After a quick trip to the fabric store and the use of my swanky new printer-scanner-copier machine, I cranked out what is soon to be a full line of vintage inspired circus pillows! Check out the first three:
The images are printed onto white cotton canvas transfer paper, and then appliqued onto the cotton fabric of the pillows. Here's the close-ups:
The tiger is totally my favorite, but I can't wait to make more of them. Hopefully they will be available in the WoollyMammothDesign Etsy shop in a couple of days.
In other news, its really hot here. REALLY HOT. Michigan is breaking heat records all over the place this week, and my really long hair was not making me happy. People who have known me for years know that I have only had long hair twice in my life. When I first met Mr. Mammoth 3 years ago, I had the same haircut he has now, which is about 2 inches long, and even shorter than that in some places.
I really only grew my hair out this time so I would look extra purty and somewhat more feminine than usual in wedding photos, and had planned on hacking it all off immediately after the wedding (possibly even before the reception!). But once the wedding was over I all of a sudden had pangs of fear about cutting off three years of growth. If you're curious about the length, scroll down a few posts to the one with the bridesmaid clutches, and add two inches.
Heat has a way of ridding me of attachments to long hair; I called the salon at noon today, and walked out at 3:30 looking like this:
|And feeling heaps better. No hair on the nape!|
|It's so hot I even wore shorts today! In public! This tank top was my first-ever purchase from FAB.com, and I might be in love.|