Sunday, July 10, 2011

Fruit Slice Decor

Hellooooo!!!! Happy Sunday to you! I've got a backlog of posts to share with you so I figured I'd better get started. First, though - does anyone else use Blogger in draft mode, and therefore has been subjected to the new format? What do you think? I personally hate it. The look is cleaner, but I think they could have cleaned it up without completely rearranging it and making it difficult (for me, anyway) to navigate. I keep switching back and forth between the two, but I guess I'd better learn the new way as it looks like it will be coming soon and I'll be forced to deal with it anyway. I think the other version was just so much more user friendly....

OK, moving on. I saw this idea on some blog that had linked it a few weeks ago (don't remember which) but I do know that ultimately I ended up at the Purl Bee for these delightful citrus coasters. The colors sucked me in immediately, and it was one of those "I must make those right NOW" moments. I didn't go for the fancy felt (at ten times the cost of the cheapo stuff? No, thanks) but did just fine at Michael's at a fraction of the cost. It took me a looong time to cut everything out (because of course I went overboard and made oodles of them), and by the time I was finished I had holes in my fingers and never wanted to touch felt again. but they came out adorable and they're fun to look at:

I made 17 of these little stinkers. The nephew wants to know what citrus fruit comes in pink--I had a hard time thinking of anything besides grapefruit, which isn't even always so pink, so I told him I'm sure there are fruits we've never seen in tropical countries that are that color. I don't think he bought it....

Some of the wedges are placed a little out of whack as opposed to the usual perfection seen in actual fruit slices--and this is with them being pinned perfectly in place at the outset (this is why I don't make hand sewing a habit).

 I just love looking at the bright fun colors of these.

I didn't like the way they felt as a coaster (a bit wobbly), and since I had so many I strung them up to hang in front of the kitchen window:

I have reconciled myself with the fact that no matter the time of day/year, I will never be able to get a quality picture near this window.....

19 comments:

  1. I've not tried blogger in draft mode. Don't want to. Blogger is getting to be a pain. The citrus coasters are fun to look at but not too practical. My dining table is made of tiles so rings aren't ever a problem.

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  2. These are soo adorable.. of course in my house more would get eaten than hung up! Also I wanted to let you know that I featured your blissful quilt on my blog @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/07/pink-hippo-party-37.html
    HOpe you stop by and grab a featured button!

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  3. Your "slices" remind me of candy for some reason. Great! Now I'm hungry! Thanks for sharing! ;)

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  4. So cute! I hopped over from Sarahndipities. I stopped using draft mode on blogger a while ago. It was easier to do photo stuff for me. Good luck. I always hate it when they try to make stuff "better". Oh well. Very neat idea!

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  5. Very cute! I have always loved these colors and they look great as both the coasters and as a banner!

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  6. thanks for linking up to Take-A-Look tuesday -- I just featured you on my FB page!

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  7. So sweet!
    Would you be willing to share this at our Weekly Playdate (a kid and family themed link party)? This week's edition is here: http://beneaththerowantree.blogspot.com/2011/07/playdate-link-party-blog-hop-16-all.html

    Cheers!
    Lori
    Come & Play :: Playdate
    http://beneaththerowantree.com

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  8. Cute idea!! I love that you made them into a garland instead of using them as coasters!

    Thanks for sharing @'Sew Cute Tuesday'!

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  9. now that is just to stinkin' cute! I love this fresh idea! Thanks so much for posting! http://caribbeanmissionarywife.blogspot.com/

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  10. Those are really, really cute!

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  11. They turned out adorably. I have the same tutorial pinned to do someday. Well done, Bethany.

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  13. These look great! Good enough to eat :-)
    Thanks for sharing
    Lowri :-)

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  14. Those are darling. And given my obsession with all thing's citrus {my blog buttons, my link party}..this caught my eye! I love that you made a happy garland out of them. Don't worry I have one of those windows too.


    If you have a moment today, please share this with my readers @Creative Juice Thursday Hope to see you there!

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  15. This is so cute! I love the colors too - totally makes me want to grab some fresh fruit to nibble on! : )

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  16. These are so fun and the colors so cheerful! So happy you shared at Momnivore's Dilemna! And I know what you mean about the window. there are places in my house that as hard as I try the pictures don't do justice!

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  17. What fun colors! I think my little one would just like playing with them :) The garland was a great idea.

    I found your link at Somewhat Simple's link party

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  18. So cute! I love how you used them as garland.

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  19. Love those fun colors, perfect for summer time!

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