Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Distractions 'R' Us

Distractions can be a lot of fun.  Or they can be just that, a big fat distraction!  Just when I thought I had all my 'goodies' ready for the Gift Horse Pop-Up Show (A New Adventure), a new idea popped into my head.  I had to do it.  I just had to.  


Cacti Pot Holders

The ever popular and always a adorable Cacti!  This succulent paper pieced pattern has been on my to-do list for quite a while.  I knew one day I would find the time to give it a try.   

The pattern is by Amanda at Material Girl Quilts.  The pattern has four different cactus plants each in their own little pots, and all neatly set upon a shelf.  I was so happy to rediscover this tutorial!  It worked well for these pot holders, but it also gave me an idea for a secret Santa gift!



I reduced this Cactus to 75% so it would fit a pot holder.  


The Agave had a little more modifications.  It was reduced to 65% and I made the pot smaller.  

The Succulent Shelf pattern is interchangeable, meaning you can swap pots or cacti!  Very smart!


I'm thinking if you did one of each cactus in the same color scheme...that would make for an even better set!  Next time, right?!

I have also been working on tagging ideas for the show.  It has been fun, but also time consuming.  

  
I was determined that the pot holder sets needed to be wrangled and kept together!  This is my solution.  A simply designed tag and ribbon.  I really like how it turned out.  The sets will stay together and have enough room for pricing.

Little hang tags were put together for the smaller items.  There won't be any confusion on who made these!


Thankfully I'm finished with everything for this show!  Tomorrow they will be off to their final resting place, tucked somewhere among the other talented artists.  

It does seem like this time of the year is always full of distractions.  How do you handle the stress and do you get distracted? 

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  1. Distractions? No! I have to admit that my husband and I long ago gifted each other with the best gift for the season: no pressure. We purposely do not travel during this time, and although our families would love us back home, they have yet to take us up on the offer of coming to us, either! On Thanksgiving day, we'll sleep in and do what we want, when we want. The day after Thanksgiving we host "Friendsgiving", a potluck where people can bring their leftovers and hang out at our place. This year we're expecting to have around 18 people in the house. Same goes for Christmas. We don't even typically plan on getting gifts for one another and opt to do things during the year and to pay for experiences together. Now, my husband's birthday is Dec. 26th and our wedding anniversary is Dec. 27th, so we do have a lot crammed in there. I think this year we might go on a small road trip during the holiday break, but we have no firm plans, yet. Now I feel like I am just rambling... I hope that the pop-up show goes really well for you. Those tags are super cute!

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    1. I love how you spend the holidays Yvonne! The more years we accumulate, the less 'things' we need or want! I love spending a quite evening at home with my husband and 2 children. We all tend to be busy doing what we do everyday, its nice to let it go and take a break!

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  2. They're beautiful! And I really love the way you've tagged your items for sale- very stunning!

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    1. Thank you Lorinda! I needed a diversion! It never fails!

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  3. Love those little cacti. They'd be the only plants in my house that would stay green. :)

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    1. I totally know what you mean about plants, however I have an aloe plant that I just can't seem to revive. I thought succulents were the easiest plants to grow!

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  4. Sweet succulents! This was a good occasion for trying them out! I do hope you have a really good experience with this endeavor...your goods look marvelous!

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    1. It's always a great feeling when I can finally make something from my list! I'm so excited to use this pattern for my Secret Santa gift (at full size too), one less worry there!

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  5. You should do well Jayne. Your items are so beautiful and professional looking. I adore those succulent pot holders!

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    1. Whatever happens, happens! I am trying not to stress over it too much. I'm thankful that I have the opportunity!

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  6. Great cacti! Distractions are fun, but sometimes, you do go very sidetracked. Good luck with the show. Your tags are awesome.

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    1. The pattern for the succulents is going to be my Secret Santa gift. I won some Hawthorne Threads Coyote fabric and they will be perfect for my partner! First thing after Thanksgiving...

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  7. These are all gorgeous! Love the cacti, the bag and the potholder. I get distracted all year around, and it is stressful when you are trying to keep focused, but I try to keep things in perspective that most of the distractions are due to an abundance of good choices.

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    1. Getting distracted is all a part of it! You nailed it with an abundance of good choices! I usually don't mind distractions, they can be fun and fruitful!

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  8. Seen your little plants on IG and loved how you added the little scrappy strips along the edges. Your labels are sweet - very professional looking. Hope you have a wonderful experience at the show!

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    1. They were a little plain, so I added the strips along the edge. It helped a lot I think! I hope to finish up a couple projects in the next couple days and then I can do an entire 'shelf' of cacti!

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  10. Pretty makes and I love your label :)

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  11. Distractions - no kidding! I just spent more than 30 minutes looking at all your wonderful pot holder posts. Very inspiring, but now I have to back to doing some creating of my own!

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