So far, so good. Here's the state of my re-fashion at present. The collar is made from the entire bottom band of one of the sweaters. It can be flipped up or flipped down. I'll see what works best once I try the thing on. I'm thinking of stitching the yoke back to the yoke front with big red stitches and raw edges exposed, but I'm making it up as I go along, so I reserve the right to change my mind. ;-) On a related note, check out this recent article from TIME magazine on re-fashionistas.
On the garland front, I stopped by the store last night and picked up some striped fabric. I'll let you know how the peppermint experiment goes & take some pics. It looks like Amanda has been in yo-yo mode as well. She's put together a festive garland for her window frame and was sportive enough to use her treasured vintage buttons. (I can be too protective of mine.) And Anna has made a funky felt one.
So, I'm officially proclaiming it The Year of the Garland (by no authority at all) and I'm starting a Flickr photo group for handmade/homemade garlands (not just Christmas garlands either), called Ga-ga for Garlands. So, if you've got the garland bug, then, by edict, you must join in and show off your efforts.
Also, Freshcut is finally up on the Free Spirit site. (Remember, you guys got the early early preview.) The collection starts shipping out to stores just this week (not till January or February for Australia), so hopefully you'll be able to get your hands on the line soon! I'm looking forward to seeing what Freshcut projects you come up with.
The fabrics are also for sale at various online fabric stores, but, be warned, on some of these sites the colors are all muddy and funny - much yummier in person. Here are some of the sites that have the line available for pre-ordering:
Quilt Fabric Delights (Australia)
Finally, I want to take a moment to thank everyone for your kind condolences these past two weeks. I'm not finding the time to respond to each of your well-wishes individually, so please know that Isaac and I are grateful for your love and support.