If you have read this blog very much, you will know that I mention Susan quite often; she is kind of a cross between a crafting muse and a mascot. I putter around all day, alternating between my sewing room and computer, and she regularly e-mails great ideas my way--links to cool projects, pictures of things that might make a good swap on Craftster, or just crafty ideas that have occurred to her. She constantly inspires me and challenges me.
Here is one example: Susan likes to take a lavender sachet with her when she travels (which she does several times a year), and I made one for her last year. It was my standard "pillow"-type sachet, like this:
Once I get something perfected, I get stuck doing the same thing over and over--so this is the only kind of sachet I have made in quite a while. But Susan is a thinker. She suggested I combine a stuffed plush toy (something we both love and enjoy making) with a sachet; that way a busy traveller could enjoy the calming scent of lavender AND the comforting presence of a little animal friend. Brilliant! Introducing: Lavender Cat!
Lavender Cat taking a walk
Lavender Cat taking a nap
This stuffie is 5" tall and is made from fleece. The face is hand-embroidered, and he has a button heart. He is entirely stuffed full of lavender buds I ordered from Prairie Lavender Farm.
Thanks, Susan, for being a constant source of inspiration; but even more, for being my friend.