Friday, November 18, 2011

made in Central Park

Do you have any friends whom you love, love, love, but there's one thing about them that you really don't understand?

Miranda and I (with baby Liam)
I have known my dear friend Miranda since we were wee little things.  As adults our friendship really blossomed - we went on double dates with our future husbands, were pregnant with our first babies at the same time, both chose a similar birth experience, both ended up homeschooling and though now separated by quite a lot of distance, still trade parenting advice and honest-to-goodness chats on a fairly regular basis.  With all that we have in common... I still don't know what Miranda likes.  As in what clothes she likes, home decor she likes, colors she likes... her style?  I've tried to tease this out, made plenty of guesses and it's like we're speaking a different language. She definitely has a style, but I cannot wrap my brain around it.

Miranda also put me on to quilting.  So, clearly, I owe her a lot!  I've never had an excuse to sew her anything, so when she got pregnant post-Rachel-loves-quilting, I offered a baby quilt.  And, I almost made her one... but she didn't like Meet the Gang!  (And I'm laughing here, people, because I really love her and obviously am not frustrated with her one bit. Plus, I know that many people might not like Meet the Gang, it's just a case in point). 

So, where were we?  Let's cut to the chase - I made her a makeup roll.  I've yet to meet a women who wears any makeup who doesn't want one of these.  And, unlike a baby quilt, this is something that's for her.  I hope she feels loved whenever she uses it, and I hope - I really, really hope - that she likes these fabrics!

Central park all rolled up

The outer print is a large floral from Central Park by Kate Spain, which I bought early this year at Whipstitch.  Even when I bought it I knew it wasn't "me".  I'm just not so soft and pretty.  Regardless, I think it's a gorgeous floral that I knew someone would love, perhaps someone with vintage-y leanings.  I mean, doesn't it remind you a bit of a vintage sheet?

Central Park makeup roll

And, no, I don't know if Miranda has vintage-y leanings.  I mean, how should I know I've just known her for as long as I can remember (wink)?  But, I'm going with the logic that if it's not "me" it might be "her", since she is not me, etc. etc.   All of the interior pockets are also Central Park prints, excepting the Maybe print on the left in the little Mary Kay eyeshadow pockets.  Maybe is from Anna Maria Horner's Innocent Crush collection, but, shhhhhhhhhhhh, don't tell Miranda!

a gift for a very dear friend

I'm going to send this off to her now, since it's not a Christmas gift after all.  But, that said, if you do know someone who would like one for Christmas, I would be remiss not to send you over to my Pattern Shop.  My Makeup Roll pattern is a 13-page PDF pattern that includes several pocket variations to make a cosmetic roll that suits you or your loved one.  Miranda does wonders with eye shadows, so her version is filled with little pockets!  You can see the others I've made right here.

Hey, this seems like a good time to share some of your dandy makeup rolls that have been dropped into the Stitched in Color photo pool on Flickr.  If you make anything based off of my patterns or tutorials, I'd love for you to share it with me by posting photos to the pool!

makeup roll

This pretty little thing was made by Saskarina, whom I had the pleasure of sewing with at The Sewing Summit.  Her bold use of complimentary colors makes this makeup roll totally pop.

makeup roll

I'll say it again... that's the cutest little "ugly duckly" evah!

Make Up Roll

I also love this fresh mix of fabrics by Sew it Pretty.  Don't her cosmetics look happy...

Make Up Roll

and downright chic with that snazzy leather cording closure?

You know there's a lot more fabulous stuff in the Stitched in Color Flickr group that I need to share with you.  I'll pop back in here this weekend to do just that!  See you then!

19 comments:

  1. I hope Miranda likes your handiwork! It was great of you to make a "for her" gift. Ooh. I had not seen Sasikrana's version! So much fun with the Ugly Duckling and Park Slope!! And the Cosmo Cricket version is a favorite, for sure.

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  2. Well as a CP fan, I would love it and I`ve a sneaky feeling Miranda will too!

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  3. Such a thoughtful gift. I think she'll adore it. The fabric was a great choice. :)

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  4. Funnn! You did a great job. What a timely post with so many of us thinking of holiday gifts to make!

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  5. Funnn! You did a great job. What a timely post with so many of us thinking of holiday gifts to make!

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  6. Oh that is gorgeous ... what a great job you have done. Nifty idea for something to make.

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  7. Absolutely love it! The print is perfect and I hope she loves it, too!

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  8. How sweet!! Ya know, I bought up a bunch of Central Park a while ago and have no idea what to make with it still?? It was just so Springy and painterly that I had to have it. Well, I think you found a beautiful use for yours, I hope your bf loves it!!

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  9. Love this - I know you don't want to scare anyone off, but what do you think the skill level is for this project? Okay for beginners, or not so much? Thanks!

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  10. How could she not love this! This post actuially convinced me that I NEED to make myself one! And one for my mom, my best friend, my sister-in-law... oh wait - how many weeks until Chrismas? As I just heard my first Christmas song on the radio tonight I'm guessing it is around the corner. I love that you made her something just for her. Very thoughtful! I need to go take a look at this PDF and see if I am up to this challenge. (Great fabric too!)

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  11. It's so funny that you don't "know" your best friend- I don't either! I love her but I couldn't tell you a thing about what she like to eat or what clothes she likes to wear or what music she listens to. We've been best friends since early high school(we're now 43!) and in different towns since college. But I know her heart and I know how she thinks, oh and all about the men throughout her life!

    I'm glad to see from your post that I'm not the only one who doesn't know her best friend!

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  12. My BFF and I are polar opposites. If I hate it I know she will love it!! Cute babies by the way!!

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  13. I have a bestie just like that. I can talk to her about anything, I haven't seen her in seven years but we chat regularly, but....no clue what her style is. She had her first baby two years ago and I was so stumped what to make for her! Ha. I guess similarity in taste is not a prerequisite for a good friendship. Which is a good thing, I think.

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  14. I bought the pattern and made the make-up roll some months ago and I love it! Little treat to myself that I enjoy using every morning :)

    I promise to add some pictures to flickr soon!

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  15. This is so gorgeous! Love it! It is always so hard to know what to make for friends (if anything at all), but well done for taking on the challenge!

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  16. I have a hard time sewing for friends and family anymore!
    This is beautiful. Hope she loves it.

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  17. Mary - Ooh, good question! I designed this when I was a beginner sewer, and then refined it over 3-4 more versions before releasing the pattern. So, that's to say that the concepts are not advanced! I would not recommend this as a first sewing project, but it would be appropriate for about your 4th sewing project. On the most tricky step there are 2 options presented so that you can go the easier route if desired. I hope that helps!

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  18. Well I think it's really cute, but I don't wear make-up lol Hey, at least you know she does, right? :oD I'm sure she'll love it.

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  19. I'm so behind on your blog. Nice to see all your projects and how busy you stay making them. xo

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