My first prize was a gift from Kaari Meng of the French General.
I discovered the work of the French General at an odd old-school place, the public library. Kaari's book caught my attention while I scanned my favorite artsy/crafty spot because she had used cream and red as the principle colors.
This is a color combo that I am always drawn to - just love the richness of the look. It's like french vanilla ice cream with ripe juicy red strawberries, yummy. Her book led me to her blog. I check her site often in a month. Her posts are beautiful, inspiring and creative. Plus, she travels to France each year and uses her blog to document her amazing basement/warehouse finds, terrific food and impossibly beautiful countryside she enjoys while she is traveling there. It's like a little mini-vacation for her blog readers. *sigh and pass the wine, please*
My prize is pictured below. She generously included samples of her most recent fabrics purchased for the French General brick and mortar store in Los Angeles, CA. The fabrics are simply beautiful! I'm waiting for inspiration to strike but until it does I love to finger these beautiful samples, conjuring up all kinds of possibilities. I'm leaning toward incorporating bits of these fabrics in a few of my crochet wrist cuffs that I've been selling on Etsy. Look for that upcoming post.....
Please stop by Kaari's little piece of Internet Heaven, frenchgeneral.com . It's probably the next best thing to a trip to France - no passport required. Wine, optional.