(Sorry about the gigantic photos. I'm having issues with Blogger right now - most likely me, not them.)
Right about now my dear friend Ayumi is on a plane headed for Tokyo. And this time she won't be coming back. I'll certainly miss her but I'm also really excited for their new adventure in Japan and very happy that she gets to be back with her family.
It didn't take long to decide what I wanted to make for her going away gift. A few months ago we had this plan to make matching potholders, from one of Kumiko Fujita's books, and applique our initials in the center of the flower (Ayumi's idea - I'm not that creative). Like all Kumiko Fujita's patterns - the potholder pattern is tedious and without much in the way of directions. And we talk...a LOT. So, the potholders fell by the wayside.
I decided to take another crack at the pattern and I'm glad that I did. They turned out cute - although the one I made Ayumi is so so so much cuter. Even she said that :) Gotta love a friend who tells the truth! Mine was used as the test run and what a good idea that was because I messed up the center. As luck would have it, I did not have to attempt to monogram or applique our initials because I found fabric with large letters. YAY!
Now for the good part. Even though she's the one leaving, she still made me the cutest wall hanging. After we tried our hand at image transfers she told me about an idea she had and it sounded so cute. How lucky am I to receive it? Also, as my husband said, "it is the perfect gift for someone with an unhealthy relationship with taffy." true true. I'm working on it. I love this wall hanging to pieces.
Can you believe all the details? I'm not surprised by the details but definitely amazed. So. Darn. Cute. I have a fairly vintage-y kitchen so this wall hanging is a perfect fit! However, it's not going in there because I don't want to risk getting it dirty. Instead, it's hanging in my sewing area - I spend more time there anyway! I almost died when I saw the cute little strawberries and the heart cut out on the bird is just darling. I could go on.
If the amazing wall hanging wasn't enough, I was also gifted with her famous scrap bin, which will obviously be put to good use.
Thanks Ayumi! I will miss you and I'm already excited to see you in January.