Summer has arrived at last and we have had a glorious sunny weekend. It is so good to open the curtains in the morning and see wall to wall blue sky.
(And not cloud over by 9.30 a.m. as it has been doing recently).
It almost feels like being on holiday. I had to turn the bathroom cabinet out to find some sunscreen as being very fair skinned I turn lobster coloured very quickly. It was a pleasure to potter about in the garden, have meals outside, knit under the sunshade and generally soak up the warmth. The little time spent indoors, after finishing off the washing and other chores that could not be ignored involved making a few cards.
I found these calico gift tags in a sale recently and thought I could probably use them for something creative. At less than a £1 for a pack of 6 they begged to come home with me - honest.
Going to my default mode of flowers I thought some applique would work well.
The calico was sturdy enough to free machine embroider quite easily. I was initially undecided whether to tidy up the frayed edges of the calico with a border stitch, but thought the shabby chic look worked quite well so left them raw.
A brad was added and some ribbon threaded through to complete the "tag" look. It is probably just as well my immediate neighbour is deaf as she might have wondered what I was doing on a sunny Sunday morning bashing away with a hammer. My hands are not strong enough to use the proper brad tool and I find using a hammer much more satisfying (and quicker!).
Colour coordinated buttons were added for a finishing touch.
The tags could have been left to add to gifts but as my card box is still quite depleted I thought I would use them to decorated cards.
This card pack was another bargain buy in the sale and with some pretty papers added...
...they made an ideal background for the tags.
They needed a little something else to finish them off but I did not want to commit myself by putting 'Happy Birthday', 'Best wishes' or 'Thank You' on them just yet so I went back to sitting in the garden. This was thinking time of course, not relaxing in the sun you understand.
It must have worked because I had the idea of making little fabric legends. By printing and stitching strips of fabric like so...
.....they would be ready to attach to the card of choice when required.
Having added these new cards to the card box, I went back into the garden for a celebratory glass of something cool.
The perfect end to a lovely weekend.