Saturday, 20 April 2013

I Don't Do Minimalist!

I don't do minimalist styling in my home, and it would seem I can't do it in my sewing either!

I have an eclectic taste in fabrics and styles, which is perhaps why this journal cover just didn't feel like me!

Lydia's Journal Cover

This is a birthday present for my daughter's 14 year old, purple loving, friend. I tried to go for a more grown up, less scrappy look, teaming the purples with some delicious soft grey Irish linen.

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But it just looks too naked!!  I had to quilt on some lines on the front and back, and even auditioned other buttons to glam it up, but I resisted and stuck with elegant simplicity!

Lydia's Journal Cover 006

I really like it now that I've sat with it for a while (& the birthday girl loved it too!).  But I don't think I'll become a minimalist any time soon!




18 comments:

  1. It is lovely, but you are right, it is not really you even though it is purple.

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  2. It is lovely, understated and elegant- it is good to step out of your groove occasionally, and get such a great result- now you can happily hop back to your own style for a bit!

    Fab button there!

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  3. Judith, this is beautiful and bery elegant and grown up! I guess we are not, because we like more scrappy style. It's also more fun to make something where we can mix lots of colours etc. Sometimes I think it's good to try to make something which is 'not us' but usually then I'm not happy with the result. Happy Sunday to you! x Teje

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  4. I love it as is Judith, sometimes you just need to know when to stop! It's hard to resist that perfect button or that lovely FMQ I could do just there on the right! ha ha ha. An old art teacher of mine used to say out loud 'step away from the painting!'

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  5. I love it! I like the minimalistic style as my bag is always filled with kids stuff!

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  6. I think it turned out perfectly, sometimes less is more, unless it's cake!!

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  7. It looks fantastic. Its so hard doing something that really isn't you I think

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  8. Its beautiful! I think its great you can make something so perfectly suited to someone else, even if its not You :)

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  9. Funny isn't it how we all have our own sewing style! It is a lovely journal cover but not a 'Jude' one. Nice make though. Di x

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  10. Lol, I have that problem with bags, gotta add loads!

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  11. It's beautiful and a perfect example of when to stop adding stuff...one I've never learnt ;o)

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  12. I really like this one. But I know it's more fun being creative when it feels more like 'you'. The recipient liked it and that's what counts with a gift.

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  13. Its lovely, you've done minimalist very well!

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  14. You and me both! But you did a brilliant job so maybe there is an inner minimalist in you after all. ;-)

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  15. Minimalist is hard but you did a great job :)

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  16. Its beautiful! Where did you get the linen, love it!

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  17. It's gorgeous! Purple is such a great but unused colour.

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