Saturday, February 27, 2010

I'm so lame...

Well if you are expecting a post full of exciting things that have been keeping me from being around here ... you will be sorely disappointed. I have nothing for you! I haven't been feeling well and my brother and my parents dog have been consuming all of my excess energy (not that that's been much... and I am pretty sure they wouldn't agree with me if you asked them)
Here's a few things from the last few weeks.
I bought a bunch of these shiny silver beads and decided to use them on a plain target v-neck that I never wear.
I think the problem is solved. The sparkle makes me want to wear it all the time. I have a few thousand more so we will see what else I decide needs some sparkle...
My etsy shop has been doing really well. Which I am incredibly thankful for... I just wish I had energy to make more things to restock it. I did however FINALLY get a few new things up in the shop today (it's all old to you it just took me FOREVER to get decent photographs). So there is now another owl pillow and the fish pillow is up. Also below is one of my barrel of monkey's onesies I had one ordered in red and I totally dig it so I made a second one for a friend who just had a baby.

We haven't been out to the beach much. Just a few quick trips because it is a little too cold right now. But here's a rather large jelly fish from a trip while some friends were here. Definatley the largest one I have seen on our beach... and here were a lot of them.

Beau and I took Brinkley for a short walk while Uber took a bike ride. We didn't let Brinkley off the leash since it was a little too cold for us to be be chasing him and getting wet... if he decided to be a crazy dog.

He won with beau though and yanked him a good ways out into the water...hahaha...

Other fun stuff if you haven't checked out my Aunts blog lately you need to. She is making some awesome stuff. She should be opening an Etsy store soon..... so cheer her on and maybe she will move faster!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

I had to get this out of my head....

I was cutting some fabric Wednesday and this quilt popped into my head. I was hoping to have it completed but didn't have anything for backing
and I just couldn't wait to show you.
I used Fresh Paint by Marcus Fabrics and Kona solids. The white fabric is some from my stash.

What do you think?

Friday, February 19, 2010

School Days Jacket ~ Featuring Emily

I love this girl! When Jennifer stopped by the shop today, she took these for me.  Now I know I love this coat. It's hard to see sometimes if you don't have a little one around to torture dress up. Thanks Jennifer! Thanks Miss Em!

Yes, another wonderful pattern from Oliver and S. Hanging up in our shop hoping to inspire people to sew something.
I used a brown twill for the outer fabric and Fresh Paint by Marcus Fabrics for the lining. Since I make these things to try and show how cute they are, and then tuck them away for non existent future grandkids, I have no one to model them. Maybe Jennifer will take pity on me and let me borrow one of her gorgeous girls?

More old vintage buttons.
When I got home late last night, this is what I saw. See, we bought a new/old desk for you know who. He's never really liked the table I made him set his office stuff on, expressed a desire for a new desk and just a few days later we found this.

So, apparently, this is what you do when you get a peice of furniture and find out that is doesn't fit through any other door in your house except the front door. You put it in the middle of the living room and make a cubby for your sick cat (no, she still won't eat unless I make her) on the trolley. It's pretty hilarious what this cat will let him do. She sat there while he rolled her around.
Welcome to my world.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A quilt block

We have started our block of the month at the shop. I was able to finish my middle block last week. The quilt was designed just for us by Aby Dolinger. She and another amazing person Tina Reed have hugely helped me make this possible. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone's completed tops. Five months to go....

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


I have some gorgeous linen toile in my stash. My sister got it for me a looong time ago and I've never had anything that jumped out and screamed at me, make this! Then Katelyn made this simple skirt and it hit me. That was a few weeks ago and I finally made it on Sunday.  I kinda love it a lot.
Please excuse the tired face, grainy, indoor flash photo!
Super easy, no pattern needed.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

It only took a million years

At least that's the way it felt. It did take me too long. Why is it I start with great intentions, I will finish this project before I start another, but it never works that way? Ever. I'm learning to live with it.
To help myself along, I decided to bind this on my machine. I don't mind doing it by hand but it would have taken forever and I was kinda over it. I like the way it turned out and may do all of my "everyday" quilts this way. This one is for me.

I used Basic Grey, Urban Couture for the top.
You know who and I had fun out in the snow. I seriously can't believe how deep it is and it's still coming down.
The back is purple Kona cotton with my left over fat quarters of Basic Grey.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

better late than never...

I finally finished this growth chart for a little friend who is already 3 months old... How did that happen so quickly?! I'm not sure how much his mom reads the blog... so hope this isn't spoiling anything. He has a monkey themed room.

So the token monkey.

a new caterpillar...

and the totally fun new grasshopper and cat tails which I am totally digging. Hopefully I will be getting this in the mail tomorrow.... and I hope he doesn't have one already.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

In love!

I received my sweater in the mail yesterday! It was made by my Auntie Sherie. I have to say though after receiving the product I have to change my previous answer about opening the shop... You should definitely NOT open a shop...
you SHOULD spend your life continuously supplying your niece with gorgeous sweaters. It's just the right thing to do.
And every one of them should come in equally gorgeous packaging. I mean does it get any better than having a beautiful bag to store my beautiful sweater in?!

Alright before any of you fly over here and kill me I will help her set up an etsy store so she can supply us all with beautiful things.... it may take awhile though...

Monday, February 8, 2010

Another school house tunic and pillows

I was looking at our fabric in the shop on Thursday, thinking of another Schoolhouse Tunic. The Ceylon line from Hoffman caught my eye and after getting everyone's opinion, I decided to try it. I really love the way it turned out. I finished it in time to wear it to our big sale yesterday. When I got to work, there was Lizy in her's and then Katelyn walked in with her  awesome version of the Torii Tunic by Serendipity studios. Let's just say, I think our outfits sold a few patterns.... I wish I would have thought to have the three of us in a photo. I grabbed Jennifer right before she left for home to take these for me.
One of the squares of pure green made into a pillow at my sister's request. The stamp pillow is for the father of one of my daughter's friends. On my trip to see Jessica I was carrying this purse. He collects stamps and told me that all the stamps depicted on the fabric  are actual stamps, some of which he has. Can't think of a better person to share fun fabric with.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Blocks of Pure Green

I love traditional blocks. A few nights ago I decided to make a few eight inch blocks. Practice never hurts. Not wanting to do the math, I looked up a few free patterns. Other people can't to math very well either, so these are not all the same size. I'm not sure I'll ever do anything with them, but that wasn't the point. It was just the process.

My sweet cat is still not feeling well. I'm just not sure if she is going to make it out of this. You Know Who tries to tempt her with toys. I think she appreciates the effort but she just has no energy. I looked over last night and this is what I saw.

Just makes me so sad.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Flannel Shirts

I made these for my youngest at his request. I have one more left to make. I used to make You Know Who's shirts all the time and forgot that it is something I enjoy. I had to trudge through a foot of snow to the park next to our apartment building searching for an open enough area with some light.... we've had a bit of snow the last few days.
Hope he likes them.