Friday, May 3, 2013

Guest Post: Jillian in Italy

 I'm super happy to have Jillian from Jillian in Italy and her colorful world on the blog today. I'm an avid follower of her blog (and not only because we've been blogging friends) but because she is such an inspiration. She is a busy mother of 3, and always comes up with the most amazing projects or the best tips for traveling with kids. I'm really honored to have her here!

Hello One Bunting Away readers!  I’m so happy to have been invited to share this space today.  I’ve been a huge fan of this blog since I met Giova at The Hive last year and I adore her passion for everything crafty and creative (we’re definitely kindred spirits).  And I love Giova’s infectious enthusiasm for anything to do with the old art of snail-mailing (can it be considered an old art yet?).  I’ve received snail-mail from her and, believe me, it’s amazing.  She puts so much time and thought into her letters that leave you feeling so happy and positive.

So when Giova asked me to do a little guest post the first thing I thought about was to try and find something for her FlatProject (for snail mailing).  And since I’m a lover of sewing and fabrics it only made sense to combine the two.  I decided to make my own notecards embellished with sewn on pieces of fabric.  It’s quick and easy and actually a great project to do with kids of just about any age.

This is the perfect project to use up some of those tiny pieces of scrap fabric that you’ve been saving for the last decade (please tell me I’m not the only one who does this).

I cut up tiny circles, half circles and triangles and sewed them around the edges of various sized pieces of coloured cardboard.  I used a mix of floral, polka dot, gingham and striped materials but it would also be really nice with solid fabrics as well.  And don’t worry about them being perfect – the homemade look makes these little cards even more charming.

My daughters and I also made some round cards which turned out very sweet.  Definitely something a little different to include in your snail mail envelope. 

Since I know Giova loves inspiring quotes I dug out my jar of alphabet stamps and stamped some out on a few of the cards.

Whether you use these as writing cards or frames for your favorite inspiring words I think they would bring a lot of joy and colour to any letter you send to friends, family or pen pals.  Thanks for having me Giova!

I hope you have enjoyed her really cool ideas for making your snail mail a bit prettier and colorful. For more doses of color, sewing projects, baking goodies make sure to visit her blog.
Thank you so much Jillian! And do send a pretty card this way, I would love to have one!!

Have a great weekend!


  1. These are so adorable! I am utterly craft-impaired so I cannot make these, but I LOVE.

    1. Craft impaired is funny!! I'm hoping she sends me one, so I don't have to take out the sewing machine!

  2. So so colorful! I've never ever tried to sew pieces of fabric on paper, but I think I should give it a try some time, because it looks flat and happy! Bravo Jillian & Giova!

    1. So Jillian, isn't it? The colors and fabric, perfect no? Let's hope she sends us some!! Hinting, hinting!!

  3. Oh my gosh - those are so gorgeous!! Definitely inspired to send some snail mail now!!

    1. I'm so glad you got inspired to create some of your own. I'm sure that whichever you decide to make, your pen pal will be so happy to receive, and maybe you inspire her, and so on.... Snail mail is the best!


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