Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Start of Something

I've started an I Spy quilt for baby M. Thanks Katelyn for some very cool small peices. I have a few more to add and then I get to decide where I am going with it. I think I need a better design wall than the grass in front of my apartment.
Sunday night You Know Who and I finally left the house after home work and the world cup game were over. We walked down into Boeblingen and had dinner. This was our backdrop for the evening.
I do love it here when summer finally arrives.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I'm Back!

Well physically at least, mentally I have no idea where I am! I got back yesterday morning from a slightly longer than two week visit out to California... hence the annoying scheduled postings of all the various projects I managed to crank out the last few days before I left and the reason why I am mentally comatose... red eyes and rude passengers will do that to you... so if any of this doesn't make sense I apologize.

Uber had his last year (I hope) of reserves which he completed in San Francisco so I booked plane tickets to follow him out to California... only I went in to Sacramento where a lot of our family lives and spent the two weeks jumping between everyone and having fun getting in last visits before I'll be totting around a baby... of course the fact that I am already totting the baby around didn't dawn on me completely...

One of the first things we did was a day trip up to Lake Tahoe. It's just a little over an hour away from my Grandma's house.

I was lucky the hot weather held off until the last two days I was there so for the most part I enjoyed the best warm but not hot weather. Tahoe is absolutely gorgeous... as always. The ridiculously cold, clear water is the most amazing color of blue.

I got up here quite a few times in the short time I lived in there but I am still wondering why I didn't go more. I don't think I fully realized everything there was to see.

Have you seen these before? We hadn't. Very pretty... but weird too.

Eagle Falls... we drove right over it looking for it... hmmmm where could it be... rolling down our windows might have helped... just maybe.

This is just a small portion of the falls... me trying to get in a better spot so I can see more. Prego people can't climb very well... or as my older brother would say... babies don't belong on walls.

The little island has a house on it... cant remember it's name or anything. The water running over the falls is beyond ice cold. I put my feet in and they died... I had been planning on walking to some rocks 2 feet into the falls but ... not in that cold water!

This is a higher portion of the falls we decided to walk up to the bridge.
It took us a minute to find the stairs... this is them from the top, from the bottom it just looks like the mountain side. I would not want to be the person installing these!

a gnarly tree
a lovely day
A few more random things...
I have a few more posts coming with fun California sights.
My Etsy shop is open and all the kitchen aid covers are listed.
I think I am off to take a nap... maybe it will rid me of this killer headache!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Dress for Jessica

I started with McCall's 6031 and more lovely jersey knit. I was not enjoying the way the pattern directed you to sew things together, so I went a bit more my own way. Sorry for the blah photos. One day I will have good light....  

I added a bit of pleating in the front hoping to give the little one a bit more room. It has been interesting trying to accomodate a growing baby with patterns that don't. The collar detail in the pattern seemed too large when I started so I decided on some gathered, pleated and twisted peices.

I hope you like it Jessica.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Understanding Knits?

Or, when things turn out but they don't or don't but do or gee I love this fabric.

This is for Jessica.
 Jessica's going to be giving me a grandson in a few months.
OK, Mc Call's 6120 is not a maternity pattern but I thought (?) if I cut the lower bodice larger....
Jess, I know you thought this would be better as a dress. Don't let the length you see here mislead you, you might be able to wear it as a dress. You will be able to wear it now, this fabric super soft and super stretchy. Good news is, you can wear it afterwards too.

key necklace by Jenny aka pearlswirl and is sold in the shop.

I learned two important things while making this.
1. I could live in this fabric.
2. I know nothing about knits.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Kitchen Aid Cover - seven

Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit Fabrics.

These will be up in the shop at the end of the month.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Butterick 4789

Is is ok to love something you've made?
A lot?
I found this knit a few weeks ago at Hilco. I knew what I wanted it to be but I had to wait for the pattern to arrive.
It did, yesterday.
Thanks my dear Jessica.
I might make a hundred more of these.
Earrings by Adrienne at All Wound Up

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Kitchen Aid Cover - six

Recess by American Jane for Moda

These will be up in the shop at the end of the month.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hexagon progress

A lot are a gift from Kelly. Some are from projects recently completed. 
This is what a hundred look like?
A swap from isisjem22. So I am + about 150 this week.
Newest reason not to do other things. Trying needlefelting again. Not sure what it will be.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Kitchen Aid Cover - five

Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit Fabric

These will be up in the shop at the end of the month

More Oliver + S and A Nice Surprise

Oliver + S Sketchbook Shirt and Shorts.
For my Grandson.
Size 6 - 12 months.
Kaufman organic cotton canvas for the shorts.
The shirt is in Recess by Sandy Klopp for Moda.

Ridiculously cute? I think so. Yes, it's another good pattern from Oliver + S.

Excuse the terrible photos. Adding to the no sun issue we have here in Germany right now, is the plastic wrap situation I find myself in. My windows are covered in plastic wrap. Our apartment building is being painted on the outside. World cup is in session. We have been wrapped up since Thursday. Coincidence? I think not. Yucky? Oh yeah!
In the nice surprise catagory, I came home to an e-mail telling me I'd won a $25 gift certificate in the 3rd week drawing on Sew Mama Sew's Make it Wear it Challenge month. How cool is that? Yes, I already shopped.