Gina, one of my readers, left a comment on this post a while ago (Darling little squares with your fruits and veggies!!! They would be cute maybe for a little coupon keeper of the cover of a gardening journal :) I love the little gingham apple!!!) that gave me an idea for this project. I don't have a garden or even a small herb patch, so as my friends, so a gardening journal wasn't an option for me but a cooking journal/recipe book cover was exactly what could've been useful. It still amazes me how one simple word or picture or fabric can inspire you to create something totally new. Thank you, Gina, for your comment that inspired me! :-)
I decided to go with a bit of a "messy look" for this notepad cover, kind of like scribbles on paper done with free motion machine stitching. For the spine and the lining I used this pretty lemony cotton with bright red cherries and lemon slices on it. I had it for a while and thought that it would look lovely paired with linen in stone colour. A simple label on the back of the cover. How can I make anything without labels?
The little "windows" turned out to be a bit bulky. Next time I wouldn't add an extra fabric (yellow in this case) for frames because it causes to much of a build up of thickness. I should have simply turned the linen inside and stitched it. But it's not about the finished product really, it's all about learning and coming up with new ways of making things and improving my skills.
So I am happy with the end result and with what I have learnt along the way. Happy stitching and learning everybody! Larisa xox