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September’s theme is recycle by Blair
October 7, 2008, 4:14 pm
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Dear Daria,

I love September’s box of bits. I needed a hug today (this nasty cold has gotten the better of me) and all these soft, snuggly fabrics seem to be doing just that. I think recycle is the perfect theme for me right now, although I feel as if I must admit that there has been some recycling in previous boxes I’ve sent to you, but this one is the legit recycle one, right?

I’m seeing a swatch from the lovely smock you recently finished, from a girly corduroy jumper, a knit shirt (or maybe a few), some Denyse Schmidt County Fair (would you believe I just made a purse in that same fabric??).

I’m off to think about what I will do.



August: Thread by daria
September 20, 2008, 9:54 am
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Dear Blair,

You know, if months actually went at the pace they seem to in my little eightbyeight world, I’m pretty sure I would get a lot more done.

When we were making our topic list, last December, I thought that thread was a really cool idea.  I still do, WAY cooler than buttons, but I am not sure exactly how to — well, never mind, I just got an idea.

Also, the grey fabric you sent is just gorgeous.

And I really like the floss colors too.  I’m working with a lot of rich, plummy brown fall colors in my other projects right now, & I like how different, how cool & smooth these are.  (Not that the rock postcard is influencing me, or anything…)


August- thread by Blair
September 9, 2008, 11:49 am
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Dear Daria,

Fresh off the rejuvenation of July’s project (which is prescisely what I’d hoped this project would do, rejuvenate!), I open your August box. Such a contrast from last month, but it feels very in line with the world outside right now (although isn’t this indian summer we’re having incredible?). The contents are full of textures and depth of brown and navy blues (I’d love to see the Jedi costume these came from, did I miss it? It must have been fabulous!).

Thread… when I thought about this theme, I immediately thought of Lisa Solomon’s method of drawing with thread, like these pieces in one of her newest shows (scroll down). I am also thinking about everything I can DO with thread in general, like on cloth, of course, but also things like helping Ian hang a paper mobile. I was struggling a bit with this month, and thread, but then when I talked to my sis-in-law about it, she helped me brainstorm into an idea that resonated with me. So, I’m all a-go. Hope you are finding inspiration out there (and in the box I sent).


July, water by Blair
August 1, 2008, 11:50 am
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I really love this tiny painting you sent in the July box. (For those following along, we are just now starting our July projects because we took a small summer break). Everything you sent in the box just sings of this little capture of water.

First and foremost, thank you a zillion times for sending me no buttons ; ) I think this little box of watery inspiration will be going on the road with me soon, I already have some ideas…


buttons…buttons…what to do with the buttons… by Blair
June 16, 2008, 8:44 am
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Dear Daria,

Well, I have to admit that I really wanted to skip June altogether. I mean, buttons?? I’m still wondering if we had some sort of sudden button/fastener inspiration the day we decided this, that I can now not remember for the life of me. But then I got your box.

Your purples make me like purple. They really do. I love everything you sent. The fabrics could be the perfect palette of squashy cushions and chair covers for my backyard. Add some white lights and we’ve got a party. It feels just like you described in your note. Of the summer we are looking for here in Seattle…lemonade, berries, blue sky….

I’m looking out my window today and thinking we may finally be seeing it. The summer stuff, I mean. Not the inspiration for the buttons. I’m still working on that.

a box of green for May by Blair
May 14, 2008, 4:08 pm
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what Daria sent me this month

Dear Daria,

I welcome the green color this month. Such a good solid, overused and well loved shade. I’m not begrudging overuse of this color, no way, I mean, it is my favorite. I look forward to using the greens you sent in some new way. A way I haven’t exactly defined yet.

I love how many shades of good green there are in the box you sent. Some demure, some much more outspoken. But all willing to work together.

And then there’s the matter of those two tiny pots of the shiniest, greenest fabric paint you sent. A very fun little twist.

April: SQUARE by daria
April 17, 2008, 9:28 pm
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Dear Blair,

Yeah, I’m totally the black-clad kid slouching around in the back of the eightbyeight classroom, hoping that the assignment wasn’t actually due until Monday.  (Also, I have not posted in so long that there’s a whole new generation of wordpress interface, so give me a minute, here.)

But, look how cute, my assignment!

I know from experience how hard this box was to put together (yes, drunk on coffee HAS to be the excuse for square!), but I think the set of fabrics you sent is just charming, all crisp vintagey colors & patterns, plus I am impressed by how many different types of square patterns you have in your stash.  I thought I knew what I wanted to do, but then I had a different idea!  No, wait, a different idea!  It’s much easier to think of a project than it was to think of materials for this one — now I think I remember why we thought square would be a good idea.

(By the way, the way the fabrics I sent fit into the theme?  They all come from charm packs.  Square, see?)