This week seemed to end up being an array of circles, as far as pictures go.
We're in the middle of Brazilian summer, and we have had a great amount of rain at our house in the mountains/rainforest. We live in São Paulo state (just like New York, New York, state and city have the same name), which the majority of is currently in a really tough drought. We happen to live in an area which is recieving a lot of rain, though, so I am very thankful for that. Our water comes from a spring (or a well? I'm really still a bit lost on the translation), so thankfully, we have plenty of drinking water. One consequence of many years of drought followed by heavy rains is flooding and mudslides. We've been safe from flooding, as we live on the side of a hill, with good drainage, but our roads have had a little bit of mud action. Again, though, thankfully, we really haven't been harmed at all.
We have a BOB stroller, which usually when I see in public I go, sheesh, that's such a big stroller, what in the world am I doing, but when I see in situ, at our house in the muddy mountains, I think, oh, that's why I have this. We live at the end of a dirt road, and were stuck in the house for a few days after mud blocked our road. Without the BOB we really would have been stranded. I took the picture to show how caked on the clay-like mud got around the tires, but it really doesn't do it justice. With a toddler in all that mud we were a huge mess.
Also in my world of circles, I started cutting into Garden Secrets, and I love it so much. The large Bouquet print is so amazing, and it's voile, so even better! For where to find it you can check Cloud 9's website, they have a great 'where to buy' section.
I started cutting some circles for some circular placemats, the bright colors go great on our rustic(ish) kitchen table. I used the scraps to do a bit of a test, and am going to turn them into coasters (you know, so that our "rustic" table is protected from water marks). I sandwiched a bit of felt in between the voile and a nice chambray and hand stitched it on, a bit of a trapunto technique. It raises it a bit and looks so nice. And I love the scraps from this gigantic print, it seems like it might be daunting to cut it up, but I like it just as much in small pieces as I do whole.
The last in a series of circles (seriously, though, I looked through the camera and it was all circles) was the inevitable picture of something I ate. I really try not to do that, but it happened. We were sorely lacking in lettuce from the garden, so I picked some nasturtium petals and leaves, marigold petals and rose petals, as well as some leaves from a cabbage that doesn't seem to be turning into a cabbage. I didn't tell my husband what was in it until he finished, because, I mean, you never really want to tell a guy he's eating flower petals, I feel like that just wouldn't go well.
That's all in my world. Back to working, drawing for a new collection, and hopefully making some tutorials that I can share with you soon.