By the book

Some of you might remember my sketchbook - the precious one I have learned to use after enough times of making something pretty and NOT remembering how many stitches or rows there were *ahem* I have scribbled down many, many my own patterns there and so much else too. When ever something important comes to mind - my sketchbook is always near - and there it goes. So it's almost full and also... no that pretty anymore. Precious, still, and much used too, but I thought a new year needs a new book, and here we go:

Say HI! to my new book! And as gray and dull the old one was from the outside - this is the clear opposite, the brightest I could find! The cute kitty on top is the original version of Göstä Knuttson's Peter No-Tail (Pekka Töpöhäntä in Finnish), his adventures were most treasured in my childhood. But even the book is the prettiest, and I had all the good intentions to keep the pages tidy...

My sketches are messy! Something little here and there, scribble, scribble... *sigh* But that said, I sometimes surprise myself too by following my own instructions aka make something by the book. Take a look at the sketch above and...

This! A foxy-pillowcase! And buttons on back and all!

I've been wanting to make these pillowcases for ages (over a year at least?), but the time has never been right. This and that and those to make... Not anymore! I finished my first cushion cover just by the book, and even used the tweed I bought for it last year (oh yes, I spotted this tweed-skirt in a local thrift store and saw it as a foxy-cover! I visioned the original buttons being used and all.). I am thrilled!

And then... you know me... I can't just make one of anything... So here we go:

A kitty-cover in colors of re-white-green and yellow! This one was made of tweed too, but there were no buttons to use, so I made some loops of the red ricrac-trim and chose a few pretty buttons for closing.

What a great feeling: to accomplish something you've been thinking about for a long, long time! And when it even turns out just about as you've visioned...Yippee! These little guys will hop into my shop, and many more will follow I'm sure. 

Lovely Tuesday, everyone!



greenrabbitdesigns said...

They are gorgeous Mia and ever so clever, I think you'll be making lots and lots of those!! So get that pretty notebook and pens ready. :)
Happy Tuesday,
V xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Mia! Better later than never. Fantastic idea to use your sweet creatures on pillows! These are going to be so loved and you'll be busy making more! I love the smiling Foxy! Your notebook looks very well to me. Happy hooking! x Teje

Mia said...

Hello Vivienne,

The new sketchbook makes me smile every time I see it, so happy designs should pour out of it this spring...

Happy Tuesday!


Mia said...

Hello Teje,

Thank you! I am happy you liked the fox, and I will fill my Pekka Töpöhäntä-book with happy designs this year!

Have a great day!


Jane said...

Your notebook gets mine and Billy's approval Mia, such a fun cover. I loved seeing your design come to life as a cushion. These look really great, a new line for your lovely shop! Have a great week my friend,
Jane x

Megumi said...

Hi Mia,
I enjoyed peaking your notebook. It's fun to see your creation started forming....... It is a very bright note book. Very cute. Is is a picture book? I have some special storybooks and picture books from my childhood. Aren't they sweet?

As you already know, I love your cushions(s). Looking forward to seeing more to come.


Helen Philipps said...

Gorgeous, Mia!! Your sketch pad looks lovely and how wonderful that you brouhgt your ideas ot life so beautifully!
Helen x

Mia said...

Hello Jane,

I knew you AND Billy would approve :)

I wish you the greatest week too, hopefully warm and sunny!


Mia said...

Hello Megumi,

My Kitty-book has the blank pages only, but Peter-No-Tail stories are originally storybooks of cats, wonderful pictures and very good stories. I still have a few "originals" from my childhood, pretty worn and very well read :)

Have a wonderful day!


Mia said...

Hello Helen,

And thank you! A new book with bright white pages gets imagination rolling :)

I wish you a creative, sunny and happy week!


mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Sweet Mia, How did I miss this post. I adore your sketchbook. So fun and I can see why it would be inspiring to look at and keep your ideas and designs. Pillow covers, wow, they are great. There is no end to your talent. Happy day to you my friend.

Pam said...

They are going to be sooo popular! I adore that foxy cushion ... can even see where it should live1
p XX

ANNE said...

Hi Mia, I saw the pillows in your shop right away (but then had some computer problems) so, I couldn't write anything.

So creative ideas from an old skirt....... I love to see your notebook and then the finished items.
I still have your Pekka Topohanta post card.

Happiest last day of January to all,

Mia said...

Hello dear Anne,

And happiest February! I wish your pc-problems are behind you now, and we can get together via net all the time?

I wish you a wonderful weekend!


Lalav said...

Love the pillows! The birdies look pretty safe though on top of cats/foxes'noses!

Well done, thanks for the inspirations.


Mia said...

Hello Lavinia,

The birdie on cat's ear is just about landing with only one feet ;) - no, they're all friends really!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Beth said...

Oh another genius idea! (sorry, I'm a bit behind in my reading). They really are lovely and fit so well with the other things you make, they are unmistakably 'Handmadebymia' in every detail. Again, loving Mr Fox. Bethx

Mia said...

Hello dear Beth,

Take your time, with your reading - I am so happy to have you visiting me here! And Mr.fox is my favorite too, and oh I can see more of these pillowcases will be made in the future...


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