Monday, July 11, 2011


Do you ever need to make something but you're not sure how you want it to be?
I am in that design pickle more often than not; although ideas flow through my head constantly, they don't always pertain to what is needed at that precise moment.
That's how it's been for me for a few weeks... I needed to get started on the invitations for my annual Christmas Sale but no idea of what to do - and I like them to be different every year.
I read somewhere a long time ago that suggested if you have a problem to solve, you should just forget about it rather than stewing - your brain will whirr away, then it will come to you and you'll say "Aha!"...
Uh-huh.... I'd been waiting two whole weeks and not a single image, thought, word, design or anything at all had come to mind.

Well, last night it worked. Or should I say, in the wee small hours of today. 
I had an idea last night and made templates, gathered fabric and thread and went to bed thinking I could finally make a start today.
Woke up this morning with the uneasy feeling that something was wrong and realized what I was thinking of doing wasn't what I wanted at all - I had hearts and cute fabric but what I wanted was more ragged and sparkly, and not another heart!
And in a split second, what you see above is what popped in to my head.

 Out of bed, into my sewing room and in no time at all, this was what I came up with. 
I love it!
All I need to do now is print out the details, pretty it up, and glue it to the back.

I love "Wish" for the word.
My sale is all about wishes...
I wish everyone will have a good time
I wish that I will have enough things for the number of people that come
I wish they all find something they adore
They wish they will find something they adore and no one else has beat them to it...

One big Wish List

Wishing for a divine design idea does seem to pay off, but only if you're patient!
And if any of you know of a source for light blueish-grey seam binding, please let me know. What you see above is all I have and if I can't get any more,  I guess it's back to waiting for another brainwave... patiently of course!


MosaicMagpie said...

The "Wish" on the back is just perfect!

alveen said...

Love your inspiration! Perhaps this link may help with the seam binding -

Laura said...

That puts last year's invite to absolute shame. Gorgeous!!

Shirley said...

I always enjoy seeing what you come up with. I have been trying to catch up on some of my reading before I call it a night. It has been so extremely hot today and is still 89 degrees at 10:30 P.M.. That means it won't cool down much. I do like your wish idea for your invitation. We all have those wishes. Take care Your Missouri Friend.

Dorthe said...

Hi dear friend, your creative brain came up with a beautiful idea- I so love this tiny star.
And I wish for you all goes well. :)

Marj Talbot said...

Now that's cute - really nice.
Hope you find the seam binding you're looking for. Good work!!

oldgreymare said...

I too was going to recommend zipperstop.
hundreds of colors and great pricing. <3


Createology said...

Your star is as bright and shining as you are my dear. Brilliant idea. Zipperstop is unanimous.
I am so sorry your Josie is not feeling well. Our little fur-children are so very precious to us and I pray your Josie will feel better very soon.
I am trying to catch up from being gone, however blogland is a very busy place. Shining Stars to you...

Suztats said...

"When you wish upon a star" .....perfect for Christmas wishes, and everyday ones, too!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jillayne,

I love your pretty wish star, and glad your idea paid off, with patience.
Dawn over at the Feather Nest had a lot of seam bindings and I think she had the place where you could get it from. Had a look and it is
Hope that helps.

Happy week

Michelle May (Shell) said...

I looooooooooove it!!! Ok, so even though I can't get up to your fabulous show, if you have any left over invites, I want one! :) :) :)
xx, shell

Anonymous said...

Jillayne, this is lovely and a "gift" for the recipient of the invitation as well. I buy my seam binding on Etsy at various places. If you put "seam binding" in their search engine, you'll find more sources than you need! :-)

Happy Summer to you!

FredaB said...

Hi Jillayne

I purchased a lot of seam binding last year from this place. Price was competetive with any other and the quality was good when it arrived. They have a ton of colors.

I believe it was Diane Knott who recommended them to me.