March 3, 2011

Poppy's Rug


We've talked before about how we sometimes can't choose just one style that we like. I'm the absolute worst at that, and I can never choose which one is definitely "me".

After being inspired by a new acquaintance (and I dare say soulmate), Heidi, I've decided that I certainly don't have to choose only one. So I've created my own alter-ego, who was really there all along. Let's call her "Poppy"...


Poppy is so indie-chic. She's vintage, she's kitschy, she does all her shopping at the thrift stores and flea markets.
Disney (that's me, if you're new!) is the preacher's wife, and lives in a town that doesn't quite understand vintage bliss. So she lives like Clark Kent, and only turns into Poppy occasionally for her blogger friends, whom she trusts with all her important secrets. Disney makes things that you might see at Pottery Barn (if I may be so bold), Poppy makes things you'd sell on Etsy.

But in many respects, Disney and Poppy are quite the same. They share the same religion, they have the same favorite earrings. They both drink only one cup of coffee a day (Disney takes hers in the morning, while Poppy likes it in the afternoon). They're both compulsively sanguine and have terrible memories.

Today's project was Poppy's idea. She's been trying to get her hands on vintage potholders in various colors and designs to use for it:

But she found these afghan squares first, and they worked quite nicely!
If you're a crocheting crafter you could whip this up yourself in whichever colors/patterns you'd like! If not, ask your grandma, or keep an eye out for those potholders.


There isn't much to say in the way of instructions for this project. Make/find some squares and put them together in an order that makes your face smile....
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Then tie all the squares together at the corners with a fun, matching yarn.

And, tada!

You can lay it face-up and display all the cute little yarn ties...
Or flip it around and hide them!


Let your toes enjoy the cuteness.
I had originally planned to put this under the sink in my kitchen, which is normally pink. But I recently put away all the pink things temporarily for a "breather". 

So I put it in the pink craft room! 

My foot pedal is so happy now!


People are just drawn to this rug. 
See?
It just needs a couple of slip-proof thingers under it.

Hope you're having a great week. :O)

-Disney (and Poppy)


55 comments:

  1. Very cute rug. And precious little girl. I just love the apple sitting there...too cute!

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  2. I love this so much!!! I am so drawn to bright and fun colors on one hand, then simple jeans and white T's on the other...like your ideas on the alter ego :)

    PS - NEED to know. How in the world did you create that video pic where the rug is putting itself together in stages?!!

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  3. I love this!!! It such a happy rug. I will be on the hunt for crocheted potholders. How did you make the video picture? I love that!!!

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  4. I just came across your blog, and so glad I did! I just love your rug, and the picture with your daughter(?) is absolutely adorable! I think a lot of us can relate to feeling like we have alternate-selves. I know I can. Thank you so much for sharing! :)

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  5. I have an alter-ego as well, and you've inspired me to embrace that and not try to fit everything I buy into the same style. :) This rug is so darling, I have got to go to my thrift store today and find an afhgan! I am soo happy you and your fun projects are back! (at least for now)

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  6. This post makes me so happy! Love it!

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  7. Lovely. I just wanted to share that puffy paint when dry will work as traction on stuff...so it you have some you easily add it to your rug in places. If you might even be able to match up the colors so no one would know it was there.

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  8. I LOVE it! I think that Disney AND Poppy are quite cute! :) So glad you've been back around these parts lately!

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  9. Oh my goodness. I am in love with this rug. I don't even know what else to say about it. SO CUTE!

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  10. So cute!! How clever. I want to go vintage pot holder shopping now. great. :)

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  11. I'm so glad you introduced us to your alter ego.
    Thanks Poppy for sharing the tutorial. That's a very happy rug :)

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  12. I think I can relate to both Disney and Poppy's style! I LOVE this rug! Will be on the look out for some great vintage potholders!

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  13. I am a Poppy kind of girl myself. What a clever post!

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  14. Thanks!! I made the animation photo in a program called GIMP. It's a free download, so you can google it if you'd like to make your own! I got the idea from a blog I love called The Clothes Horse.
    Passionate: you're a genius! Puff Paints as traction is an awesome idea.

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  15. Love this post: the project, the animation, the alter ego! But my favorite part is the hilarious one-cup-of-coffe-a-day joke. Heehaha! You are too funny, Dis/Pop!

    Hope to see more of Poppy's projects in future!

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  16. This is the cutest post. And Michelle beat me to it on my favorite part - I love how you've worked in that extra cup of coffee! I may have to assign my multiple cups of coffee to an alter ego (or two)!

    Cute rug, too!!

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  17. If I had an alter ego for every different style of clothing I like things would get very confusing! I sometimes get frustrated with my sundry style and wish I could just pick one type of thing and go with it but I'm trying to learn to embrace my 'unique' clothing choices and just wear what I love.
    Ps.
    I love your blog and all the beautiful things you make. :)

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  18. Dang, Poppy, I think you're a keeper. ;) Gorgeous rug - one more thing to keep on my perpetual "to-thrift-for" list!

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  19. I love it! Poppy would love Austin by the way!!!!

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  20. From one pastor's wife to another...I'm so with you, and being in my 30's now...it's sometimes hard to choose between fun/kitchy and sleek/sophisticated. But really, no need to choose...

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  21. Love the alter ego, I can totally relate. Except my two personalities are city and country. My hubbie and I have both decided that if I could live in the country within short driving distance of a big city I would be a happy girl indeed.

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  22. I love crafts like this. Simple and fun. makes me smile.

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  23. Alright, so here's what I need to know. I totally get how alter egos can exist clothes wise. Change your clothes 3 times a day if you want! But my question is how do you deal with that in your home decorating? Some days I feel like I want to decorate with every cheerful color of the rainbow, and other days I want a more refined, demure space. What to do?? What do you do?

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  24. Very bright and cheerful. I had a similar one in kindergarten for my nap time mat. :)

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  25. welcome to the world poppy! one of my favorite posts! (admittedly, all your posts are my fave)

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  26. Disney or Poppy you are still our little gift from God. On even my toughest of days I go to your blog and you always make me smile ;-) The rug is absolutely adorable and I crochet, but only just a little, so I think I need to get busy. This will be my stress reliever. Thanks again for taking time out of your busy life to post.

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  27. You are so adorable.
    Thank you for sharing your alter-ego with us. It makes me happy, because I think I have several of them! :)

    Love this craft too, cuz I love yarn, and crocheting, and knitting, and granny squares. They makes me so happy!

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  28. Such a happy little rug! Now I have to learn to crochet. I've been following your blog for a few days now and am inspired by all the projects. Thanks for posting such lovely crafting ideas!

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  29. This whole post made me smile! I often feel like I have absolutely no idea what my style is because I like so many things! =)
    -Kayla
    http://kayla-heartonmysleeve.blogspot.com/

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  30. That's super cute! Thanks a bunch for the idea.

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  31. I am the same way Disney! I love feminine lace and ruffly stuff with soft colors, but I also love clean modern things with bright colors too.
    There is just so many fun things out there, it is impossible to choose just one! I am so happy that you are posting more lately.

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  32. Dear Disney

    Thank you for this post, it made me smile because I am like you. I have two souls in my breast; the freaky one that loves chaos, colors, ruffels, Ribbons etc. and the classical one who loves tidy things, classical dresses.
    I think it makes life interesting :-))
    So thanks again for you post. I am so happy that we have you back again here :-))
    - Jackie says hello from Switzerland -

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  33. love this - too bad I can't crochet! But it's wonderful. Found your blog by stumble-ing. It's great - thanks for sharing your great ideas :)

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  34. I have given you an award. I hope you accept!
    http://cozihome.blogspot.com/2011/03/versatile-blogger-award.html

    Thank you!

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  35. Cute. I love that Disney has her coffee in the mornings and Poppy has hers in the afternoon. Brilliant :)

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  36. this is my first time visiting your blog. I'm so impressed that i have to leave a comment. i found your blog through another blog, a thai blog actually since i'm thai and living in bangkok. Anyway, I totally love your work. they're really pretty. although i don't know how to sew, i knit and crochet. so now i have a wonderful idea what to turn all those granny squares into! And what a cute pretty little girl you have! She looks so lovely ^_^

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  37. "Disney takes hers in the morning, while Poppy likes it in the afternoon)" Love it! Such a clever post. Nice to meet you "Poppy"... I like your style(:

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  38. This is my favorite post of yours EVER (and I've been reading a while...).

    I often joke too about my split personalities... My hubby (whom I adore) is very um (how do I put it---) ex-military. He wears solid colors and likes things plain. He is not a fan of, say, glitter or ric-rac or dancing crazy for fun or pigtails. I on the other hand AM. So I tend to try and balance between his likes and tastes and my own. I try to keep my house plain for the most part- but throw in fun pillows, or a fun accent wall (that can easily be repainted). ... And after 10+ years together I'm starting to rub off on him. He no longer looks twice when I wear butterfly tights and bright green shoes to church. :)

    Keep up the wonderful-ness!

    Leslie

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  39. can you do a tutorial on how to get the tab-ish things on the side of your blog? Or could someone come to my blog and comment with a link or something? PLEASE? Thanks a zilion and keep up the good work! I love your blog!

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  40. Alyssa: You can just go to your "Design" section on your blogger Dashboard and "add a gadget", and select "link list". Mine are actually photos, so I added an html gadget to add them. If you want to add your own image as a link button and need the code, you can email me and I'll send it to you. :o)
    And thanks! I'm glad you like the blog!

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  42. i love poppys!!!!! i think thats one its more u!!!!!! the colors makes ur smile greater!!!

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  43. oh my gosh Disney, you are the cutest!\

    when we were picking names for babe number two (turned out to be ANOTHER boy) I wanted Poppy, no one else liked it.

    Your alter ego Poppy is exactly how I pictured my little Poppy, crafty, kitchy and super unique. Your blog is the ONLY one of the dozen or so I follow that I get giddy with excited when i see there is a new post, and you NEVER disappoint.

    I see Paige is getting so big! I think I have to send her another headband :) I made one the other day that I'm pretty sure has her (or Poppy for the matter) written all over it! I'll email you later :)

    happy thursday Disney/Poppy

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  44. Thank you thank you thank you! You are so cute! :D

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  45. Glory be! if i had to choose one way to dress i would explode, girls SHOULD re invent and experement, and everyone LOVES a fun preachers wife... (i got lucky i was a youth leader, so fun/funky was somewhat required and definately embraced)

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  46. I hope your current status means more sewing projects/refashions/crafts to come! ;)

    and I totally agree, there are never enough hours in the day, especially when your imagination gets going!

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  47. You share awesome pictures.It is really amazing creation.Hand made crafts always look fabulous.

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  48. Love you posts and fun tutorials!! Wondering who takes you photos?

    XO

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  49. you. are so funny, and sweet, and cute. And I want to be your friend! :0)

    I'm from WA too, the east side. which side are you?

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  50. Hey, this is so nice and colorful! :) And it must be warm :)

    Here is a gift for you, do come and get it: http://baibuce.blogspot.com/2011/03/tik-daudz-labu-vardu.html

    Ok, maybe it could be a little bit childish, but it seems travelling through some countries, and is from all my heart ;)

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  51. colourdujour: let's be friends, then! I'm from the eastern side, too. A little-ish town called Moses Lake.

    Bird: I take most of my pictures, but occasionally my husband takes some for me.

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