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It’s Jan 31st and this means: I’m one day late with my blog post for the Sewing Happiness 2017 Winter Tour. My life is crazy busy these days and in times like these my mind likes to randomly forget stuff. Even things that I’ve been looking forward too for weeks like this blog tour. Well, I hope that Sanae will still keep on liking me. When she invited me last year to take part in her book tour, I was more than pleased. I’ve been an admirer of her blog, work, sewing, illustrations and writing for years and her book “sewing happiness” was the very first sewing book that I’ve actually read from front to back. So let’s dive in, shall we?
I’m pretty sure that I don’t have to introduce Sanae to you, but just in case, I’ll still do: Sanae is this incredible woman with japanese heritage that has the most awesome minimalistic stlye ever. The projects that she shows on her blog are always in muted blue and grey colors, often made from linen and always, oh, so beautiful. Some time ago she started a membership programme, Furoku. I have been part of it for quite some time now and enjoy every email that she sends out. They include thoughtful editorials, discount codes for her favorite designers, beautiful printable watercolor illustrations, and so on. It’s always a pleasure.
She is very open in her emails and also very thankful for her members. She even sent all of her members their own copy of her “Sewing Happiness” Book with a sweet little note. When I received it last year, I was lying sick on the couch and it was just perfect timing. I started reading and I couldn’t stop until I had finished it. This isn’t your normal sewing book. It’s, as Sanae puts it herself, “a personal story about unexpected transformations”. Sanae writes about the time when she was diagnosed with a chronic illness. She lost her job and felt lost and insecure. At some point she started sewing, trying out easy little projects and fought her way back to profound happiness and health. I love Sanae’s writing and so will you. The book is divided in four parts, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. Each part starts with Sanae’s memoirs and then goes on to explain those projects to us that she used to do during these times. A really unique sewing book with stunning pictures.
Most of the projects are rather simple. This book isn’t about adding to the stress in your life. It’s about choosing small, beautiful projects that soothe your soul and make you happy. Choosing one of the projects to showcase today, was rather difficult. I love so many of them. the Origami Pillows look so nice, the sketchbooks and journal covers would come in handy, one can never have too many knit dresses or infinity scarves, etc. In the end I chose to make a Tooth Fairy Pillow for my daughter.
My daugther R is 7 seven years old and since about half a year, she has always had a least one gap in her mouth. The tooth fairy has been super busy and it was time to finally do her and my daughter a little favor. I let R choose which one of the four variations she wanted. She was quite torn between the whale and the butterfly, but when I said “Ok, I’ll go with the whale.”, she was like “No, I want the butterfly.” A little bit of pressure always helps with my little indecisive one. She also chose which fabric I should use. As much as I love the muted colors of Sanae’s projects, they’d not be my or my daughter’s style. We do love color and so our butterfly tooth fairy pillow is pink, purple and turquoise. Well, that’s what I love about sewing. I might admire others and their style, but in the end I can make the things my way. Isn’t that awesome?
Sanae has put together a super amazing tour with the kindest, funniest and most stylish bloggers from all around the world. Please make sure to check out their blog posts. They made some stunning pillows, aprons, flower crons etc.
January 23 – Ute + Lara
January 24 – An of Straightgrain // Instagram
January 25 – Trine of Groovy Baby and Mama // Instagram
January 26 – Shelley of Bartacks and Singletrack // Instagram
January 30 – Annika of Näh Connection // Instagram
January 31 – Olu of Needle and Ted // Instagram
February 1 – Emi of Just Add Fabric // Instagram
February 2 – Eva of With Love by Eva // Instagram
And, checking out all the other blogs, too, will also give you a bigger chance to win one copy of “Sewing Happiness” and a 45€ gift voucher for 1000stoff, a beautiful german fabric shop with the best fabric selection ever. Each participant gives both one copy of the book and one voucher away!
To win in my giveaway, I’d like you to simply comment and to tell me how sewing saves you, makes you happy and/or soothes your soul.
The giveaway is open for entries until Feb. 7 0am CET.