Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hello, my dears!

Just in case you're in the mood for a little handmade goodness, the shop is stocked. :) I'm off to bed now....busy day tomorrow - breakfast at Panera's with Nana, shopping at Target, and then planting veggies with Grandma & Aunt Sandra. It doesn't get much better than that, right?!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tomorrow will be fun!

Why, you ask? Because tomorrow is when I'm updating my shop with some lovely art quilts. I hope you like them as much as I do! Visit me at my Etsy shop Wednesday, April 29 at 9pm EST. I'll be the one with the quilts. ;)

Monday, April 20, 2009


Have you ever SEEN such cuteness?!? They're a tad expensive but I seriously do need them. And the fact that the color is Ketchup makes them even better. I'm having a yard sale this weekend - guess where some of the profits are going?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Oh, I could just squeal!

Let me first say that if I don't win this giveaway, I will most certainly be buying some prints from the lovely Tollipop! I adore her blog - how have I not seen it before?!? It is hilarious - I mean, really, laugh-out-loud funny. Her stories are deeeelightful - and I'm off right now to peruse her archives. Go over there right now and have a look around - I promise you'll love it!

So I've been....

So I've been quite the prolific sewer during the last week or so. I've cut out 4 bags to sew, made an Indygo Junction Tribeca Tunic, an Easter skirt for Delaney, and 3 kidlets. Oh, and 4 wallhangings. I've been in a groove - don't you love it when that hapens?!

First up - the tunic. I was a little apprehensive about this pattern, thinking that maybe it would be too frumpy for me. I love the tunic style, though, so I thought I'd give it a try. I made the size medium, and I must say that I love it. It fits perfectly and was so super easy to make. And fast! It cut out and sewed up so quickly! I'll definitely make it again, but with a deeper v in the yoke. I also wish I would have chosen a smaller print for the yoke and contrasting bands, but oh, well. I found some earrings at Target that match it perfectly, and I have some great Ann Taylor off-white linen capris to wear it with.

We go to estate sales almost every Saturday - it's our little family ritual in the spring and summer. We hop in the car - kids still in their pj's - grab some breakfast, and cruise around town. It's a fun way to see old houses and find some treasures. I came across this gorgeous tablecloth a few weeks ago for $6 and I couldn't pass it up. It has the most amazing emboidery on it, especially on the corners, and I knew it would be great incorporated into Delaney's Easter outfit. I didn't use the corners on her skirt so I have to figure out what to do with them. Any suggestions?

I used some Michael Miller bias trim, and let me tell you - it is SO nice. It's silky and smooth and sews on so easily. I also used the last little bit of my Amy Butler Lime Full Moon Polka Dots - that has to be one of my favorite fabrics of all time - it just matches everything!

Delaney had this pink cardigan that was missing a button so I just went with it - I took off the other buttons and sewed on mismatched buttons in yummy candy colors. She loved looking at all the different colors and shapes - and it looked adorable!

I haven't lined the kidlets yet, so no pictures of them. I forgot to buy the cotton webbing for the handles, but once I finish them I'll upload pics. Hmmm....what else.....I'm excited to finish up some pillows and bind my wallhangings - I'm hoping for a shop update sometime in the next week or so.

That's all I've got, friends! Mwah!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Recovering from a cold. Sitting here with a box of tissues, a fresh cup of coffee, and wearing my favorite LLBean cardigan. Sounds attractive, doesn't it? But I do have makeup on, though. I went to the MAC counter this past weekend and got some much-needed goodies. I brought home some loose mineral foundation, some blush, Viva Glam lipstick, and lipglass. I'm definitely going back for more - the makeup artist was super knowledgable, so sweet, and took me out of my comfort zone to try some new colors. I think I'll get some pressed powder and a couple more glosses next time I go.

I ordered the kids' Easter gifts from Amazon this morning (Tinkerbell & Kung Fu Panda) and slipped in a little book for myself, too. I found a copy of Quick & Easy Slipcovers at Books-a-Million the other day and lo and behold, the first pattern was for a slipper chair slipcover! Sold! (I had to order it from Amazon, though, because it kills me to pay full price at a chain bookstore.) It looks like a great book, so we'll see how it goes.

I had a couple of comments/emails about my butcher block countertops. They are from IKEA - actually, our cabinets are from IKEA, too. Let me tell you, I LOVE them. I actually use them - I set hot pots/dishes on them, use them as a cutting board (not for meat, just fruits and veggies) and generally abuse them. They were unfinished for the first two years that we lived here and did just fine. A few weeks ago we sanded them down and put 5 coats of this sealer on them and they look wonderful. We should have done it long ago, but it's kind of a pain. You have to open the windows and you can't use the countertops for 72 hours. Josh and I have decided that all future kitchens that we build/remodel will have butcher block instead of pricey stone - it is beautiful, cheap, and we would much rather have one of these tables instead of a slab of granite. ;)

And I'm coveting one of these old subway directories - I LOVE them. Maybe one will make its way into our next house.