Sunday, August 29, 2010

The orange is going, going, The Birdcage Weekend Sew-In!

I wondered how long it would take me to 'get over' all this orange. 
I like orange, I wear orange, oranges are yummy to eat...but to sew with orange for almost a month? Yep, I'm finally oranged-out. \o/
Here is the final, (and 5th!)  project from my 50c orange shirt in the August Re-invention Challenge!
I am a budgetter, and always keep track of our household finances in a plain brown covered notebook. No more. I have a bright and cheery cover on it now!
There were a few scraps of orange left, but they have found their way into the rubbish bin, never to be used again. \o/
September's Challenge will be announced on the 1st when I share the next free block in my 'Daisy-do' BOM. 
Until then, my mouth is zipped and that's the only hint I'll share. ;-)
I also want to announce a fun weekend in September that you can be a part of from your very own sewing room!!
 My friend WENDY and I are hosting this weekend as an online sewing retreat. 
If you have a copy of the August issue of Homespun Magazine you will have seen Sarah Saliba's gorgeous Birdcage! (you can visit Sarah's blog HERE)

Sarah's imaginative design caught my eye and I knew it would look fabulous hanging in our house against the cool white walls, so I had an idea - a weekend sew-in! 
I chatted with Wendy and asked her to co-host - she was thrilled as she loved it just as much as I do!
Because we don't want this to be restricted just to Australia, we are going to help everyone who wants to participate to find a way to make their own bird-filled birdcage over the weekend of September 25th/26th.

If you have the Homespun magazine you can follow Sarah's pattern. (If you haven't got the magazine but would like it you'll need to hurry out to your newsagent asap before they run out)
For those who want to have a go at their own version of this idea, Wendy and I will be sharing places online that have bird patterns (free, and for sale) over the coming weeks. 
You can make a cage yourself like Sarah did, or even use a existing birdcage...mmm, something white and shabby would be gorgeous. :-) 

If you want to be a part of the Birdcage Weekend Sew-In, please leave a comment telling me so and I'll add your name to the list on my sidebar.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Allie said...

Oh girl I love your book cover - everyone needs a pretty book for this job, right? Congrats on getting five projects out of a thrifted shirt!
I'm going to be watching with interest as you make these bird cages, what fun it looks and yes, it would be right at home in your lovely house. I won't join as time won't allow [lemon trees and all that], but I look forward to lots of pictures! said...

Oh Jenny! This is just too perfect - I have a collection of birdhouses. Homespun magazine isn't available here in Florida. I've tried everyplace around (both book stores and quilt shops)and no one carries it. But I'm definitely joining your Birdcage Weekend Sew-In if there's a way to do it.
Chris in Florida

BubzRugz said...

WEll done for doing all those projects with the orange shirt - they are lovely.. I must go and get the Homespun magazine and I'd love to join the weekend sew-in (I haven't done half of what I wanted to do this month ... but I live in hope.. so add me to the list!!) Hugz

Melody said...

Please count me in. This is a great idea - I've already got the magazine and the cutest bird cage. Indeed, just like Chris in Florida, I've got a collection of bird cages. I might use this as an excuse to go out and get some cute new fabric. I love the fabric from Rosalie Quinlan that I saw on Friday at Gail B's. I think it's calling me.

chris, milatos said...

Well done, you have proved you do not have to spend a fortune to creat some lovely things. The birdcage weekend looks interesting

Dawn said...

oh how exciting, I have already gathered my supplies to make this so please add me in Jenny...
Hugs Dawn x x

Gifts Created said...

Thank you Jenny for arranging this fun filled weekend I was delighted to hear about the Birdcage weekend. I look forward to seeing all your creations and I'm so glad that you liked the article. Please ladies e-mail me your completed birdcages so I can post about them on line...Enjoy!

Janice said...

You've done well to make five projects from your orange shirt. You can't do much better than that.
I've finally got my act together and made a backpack from some old jeans. Lots of them left, so I'll have to think of something else to make with the remainder. How is your hand coming along?

Maria said...

You have made some gorgeous projects with your 50c orange shirt. Love the Budget Book.
Will be watching with interest what you are going to do with the Bird Cage Sew In but I must not start another project.
Have fun!!!!

vernagrace said...

Hi Jenny, I would love to be a part of the weekend sew-in! Won't have the mag, since in Canada, we only get them 3 months after they are released, but will love your idea for including those of us without the mag!

Carrie P. said...

Great cover for your budget book. The birdcage sew in sounds like fun.

Катаринка said...

Очень веселая игривая обложка!
Катя из Сибири )))

Phyllis said...

Oh how I wish I could find Homespun magazine around here. I have two copies from a year ago, but the places I go don't get it regulary.

I LOVE LOVE Love the birdcage!

Sew Useful Designs said...

Oh wow sweetheart... I so wish I had a few more hours in the day!!! Hmmmm.... maybe by then I will have!!!

Fantastic retreat idea and Wendy is such a sweetie (excuse the pun!!!)

Hugs in abundance! Vikki xoxoxo :-)

KaHolly said...

You are just so clever! Your final orange project is adorable. Have fun with your birdcage weekend sew-in! It looks like a fun project. ~karen

Susan said...

Hello Jenny,

I would like to join in with the Birdcage Weekend.... bbuuuuttt... weekends are out for me with it being a time to catch up as a family and church on Sunday, so I shall sew mine on Monday instead.

Hope that is playing the "game' okay!!!

My word for the "word verification" to comment on your blog is "bless" that wonderful?


Sue said...

Finally I've found my Homespun magazine, dusted off the birdcages in my collection and am ready to commit to this Weekend Sew-In. Thanks for getting me organised.

Nellie's Needles said...

Thanks for including my bird pattern as a pattern resource. I'd be interested to see the results and would like to include them in the slideshow of the birds made by me and others around the world.

Dot said...

Hi, Jenny! I love your designs. I hope it's not too late to get on the list--I'm going to try to do the Birdcage Sew-in. I'm in the US, so I'll be sewing while you're sleeping! Now, I'm a pastor's wife, so sometimes things come up, but that's my plan, anyway. Thanks bunches!

Anonymous said...

I would love to join you Jenny in the challenge sew-in. Thank you and Wendy for thinking up this fun activity!

Carmen Thomas