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Hand. Heart. Foot.

July 17th, 2008

Hands. Nothing is more beautiful to me - then when it’s made by hand and infused with love. There’s an old primitive image with a heart inside a hand, and it’s always been such a profound image/icon for me. It is my Nike swoosh, my Lacoste alligator, my Gucci “G’s”, and my Mercedes almost-a-peace-sign. Heart. I am blessed to be surround by friends with not just love, kindness and laughter… but some serious talent!

Pam got me all hooked up at Spring Quilt Market. I had no idea Market was going to be one big Trick-or-Treating booty-palooza. Who knew there would be so many goodies for me to come home with! Obviously Pam did, and she made me this darling Happy Zombie Going To Market tote bag, stocked with the official snack food of PamKittyMorning and Happy Zombie… Cheeze It’s. Pam made one for E and herself too, and we three were quite the fashionistas with our PamBags. Pam also had an extra special treat for Karen and me… ADORABLE little pincushions she made from vintage planters. Mine is the sailor, Karen’s is the little girl. So cute I could weep. Holy crap… Market was back in May… and it here it July and I’m just now writing about it!
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Most of the photos were taken at Karen’s studio, and that darling vintage book has two sides… a naughty side and goody side. I found it in the previously loved section at Powell’s, all aqua and orange - screamed Karen even though I was inches from keeping it for myself! Anyhoo… Karen keeps it on the goody side, and every time I’m at the studio I flip it to the naughty side.

Cindy, Cindy, Cindy… look what she made me. How cute is that! I’ve put it in the center of my dining room table and I’ve been barking at the boy-folk not to put anything on it. I hate, hate, hate when the boy-folk in my house use the table as storage - and I’m constantly after them that the table is not a mud-room. Since putting Cindy’s appliqué on the table… not a single thing has been put on the table. Clearly it means I’m going to dress my table with Cindy’s appliqué 24/7/365!

Edited in: I pleaded with Cindy for the name and author of the pattern because the mob of blog-villagers had torches and were genlty pounding on my blog door for answers. For the greater good - Cindy says the pattern is from the Bareroots book “Down to Earth”. ~Whew… crisis averted.
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Oh Jenny, oh Jenny, oh Jenny! Look at the most beautiful peg doll ever! I feel bad for taunting anyone with this, and would love to say they are adoptable… but Jenny has sold out in her shop. Jenny’s little Dolly Pops are so cute and I wanted them all. But being the good citizen that I am, I only bought one so that others may enjoy one too. Patting myself on the back. I was going to name my lil lemon drop dolly pop “Lemonica”. You know, Lemon… Monica… but then all I could think about was that urban legend about the firefighter with the Lemon Jello kid (leh-mahn-ja-low). She still has no name, the search continues…
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From across the pond, then across the ditch lives my dear Sweet Peep Louise, aka Queen of the Suffolk Puffs (aka “yo-yo’s” for us commoners here in The Colonies). Louise is also mum to my darling little Kiwi-Girl. Those skilled hands and big heart of hers never end! I love my darling little burlap tote she made me. OMG… all the little Suffolk Puffs with their cute buttons… I want to just eat them! Keep an eye on LouLou’s shop… you’ll always find sweet, sweet goodies there!
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And not just the darling tote for me, but LouLou included an issue of New Zealand House & Garden for me. Not just ANY issue… THE issue with her big “Felt so good” spread in it! I was jonesing this issue, I couldn’t wait to see Louise in the magazine! You can peek at the gorgeous photos here. Louise also has a pettern for her cute little bird, but you have to read the article to get the pattern.

Foot. Ha. Public persuasion and all that good jazz - I’ve stopped kicking myself over that adorable red table/chair. But ahhh… that’s for another post. For now I wanted to brag about my friends with skills! Mooahhhaahaa.

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31 Responses

  1. The fabulous Des allegedly said:

    I love it when you post. I gotta ‘hand’ it to you. My ‘heart’ is aching for one of those vintage planter pin cushions. I’m on the lookout now, watchout! I’ll get my ‘feet’ running this weekend to the local antique shops. It’s good to have friends.

  2. The fabulous jen duncan allegedly said:

    Oh Monica- I just drank my entire cuppa coffee reading this one post. All the fab flickr photos and other links. You are just surrounded by beauty in so many ways. Lucky lucky girl you are. :-)
    (if you can send me a more specific link to that sweet round table runner I think I’d like to buy the pattern)

  3. The fabulous julie allegedly said:

    What a lovely table center quilt! I love the applique and the pretty colors. I also am on the lookout for those vintage planters…

  4. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    You are most certainly well loved and surrounded by sweet, talented friends.

  5. The fabulous Ellen Crimi-Trent allegedly said:

    wow how lucky you are!! And guess what you are getting even more lucky, I just gave you an award over on my blog!! YOu rock!!

  6. The fabulous sharon allegedly said:

    WOW you have some wonderful goodness there girlfriend. Love it all.

  7. The fabulous Hunnybunny allegedly said:

    What fabulously, happy things!

  8. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    EW, Ah! Ah, Ew! Sweet sweet handmade love from your handmade friends~ You know, just a couple of weeks ago I picked up the cutest vintage little red riding hood planter. She’s sitting on my bookcase, but now I’m thinking pincushion…

    That little red table and chairs - Did you do it??

  9. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    Wow, that table mat is screaming cute. So cheerful. I’m stealing that when I come back.

    And the burlap bag.. love that. Completely cute. Seriously you get some good mail my friend.

    Glad you guys like the pin cushions. I had so much fun tracking down just the right little planters for you. Karen’s with her washtub and your little sailer, just like Mr. Tom.


  10. The fabulous donna allegedly said:

    How lucky can one girl be, I ask you? You have the BEST friends. Quilt market must be such fun and then to get such good mail. I ask you again, How lucky can one girl be?

    I also would LOVE to buy the pattern for the round table runner. It is just too cute for words.

  11. The fabulous Debbie allegedly said:

    What a lucky gal! :o)

  12. The fabulous MichelleB allegedly said:

    Absolutely adorable stuff. You have wonderful friends, because you are so wonderful yourself!

  13. The fabulous Nanette allegedly said:

    Talented and generous friends! How lovely. We all need them and appreciate them. Fantastic stuff really. Every one of them. I need to make some of those pincushions though - seriously. And my husband is the worst offender of using the kitchen table as his personal junk pile. I really hate that.

  14. The fabulous louise allegedly said:

    : - )

    lovin’ the hand. might be wanting to stitch up that one!

  15. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    Hey, you get what you give. You’re such a generous chick. I loved seeing the little table round on your table in your house. The whole place looks great. Hopefully next time I can spend MORE time in your house than, a whole 15 minutes. :) Dinner was fun, tho. :)

  16. The fabulous jenny b harris allegedly said:

    Wow, what a swell bunch of cool shtuff! Such yummyness! Those pincushions are incredible!!! And Miss Lemon Drop looks extra cute against the adorable table-topper.

  17. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    The table round is from Bareroot Stitcheries. It’s their book called Down to Earth. Really cute stuff in there. :)

  18. The fabulous Doe allegedly said:

    Lucky ducky you! I’m loving all these goodies especially Lemonica! Cute name really… (giggle then totally bust out into bwahahaha!)

  19. The fabulous sheree allegedly said:

    I like how the pictures are all color coordinated—happy images!

    That floral appliqued table centerpiece is just stunning!!

  20. The fabulous Doris at Threads of Conversation allegedly said:

    Love the pincushions! Love it all! Thanks for sharing!

  21. The fabulous mARY lOU wEIDMAN allegedly said:

    On any day that I am tired and need some oomph instead of grabbing my usual latte, I come to your website and I cannot tell you how happy it makes me and inspired and smiling.
    YOU should have your own magazine deary.
    Mary Lou
    You are like a shot in the arm…I wish you lived next door and we could do great things……

  22. The fabulous Nanna J allegedly said:

    What a scrumptious post! I am totally in love with everything you received! You are indeed a lucky girl to have such wonderfully talented and giving friends. Thanks for sharing!!
    I’m glad you quit kicking yourself about the red table ensemble. I know how you feel - I’ve done the same thing many, many times over something I MUST have.

  23. The fabulous June allegedly said:

    What a truly delightful post. Now I have lots of links to explore for finding these beautiful things.

  24. The fabulous carol allegedly said:

    I’ve got to get into your circle of friends somehow.

  25. The fabulous Ravenhill allegedly said:

    What delight!!! You have the loveliest of friends sending you the most beautiful handmade things. Your home must be just full of goodness!

  26. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    Awww. Sniff, Sniff. Love that little table quilt. Apparently I need gruff lessons, ’cause my men throw their junk all over my table runner. Maybe it’s ’cause it isn’t so cute??? Hurry up and update us on that red table and chairs.

    Oh, where are my manners?


  27. The fabulous tamy allegedly said:

    What an eye candy feast!!
    Lucky girl…
    No gift I ever recieved was as special as something homemade!!
    Thank you so much for your reply, I found the frozen bread dough and will be making your Munkie Bunnies for my babies who finally come home tomorrow on Friday!!!
    I cant wait…
    Would’nt it be fabulous if Jenny made postcards of her fabulous dolls!?!?!? I love the colours she uses and her photography is fabulous!
    Enjoy the rest of your week

  28. The fabulous upstatelisa allegedly said:

    Great eye candy today!!! Love it all! I especially love that blue Janome machine!! Any idea what model it is???

  29. The fabulous Angelina allegedly said:

    Those are some seriously delicious handmade things you posted. I’m smitten with the pin cushions…how did she do it?

  30. The fabulous jenny holiday allegedly said:

    Ooooh I am happpy today!! This is all soooo soo gooood!! Loving it all to bits!! Geeez!!! Thanks bunches for sharing!! I want a lil house and a felt scrap wreath badddd!!!

    Love from the Jersey Shore!
    xoxo Jenny

  31. The fabulous jenny holiday allegedly said:

    Oh and the Pam bags are AMAAAAAAZING!!! So so so so so so darn cute!!!!!!!

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