Thursday, December 30, 2010

More reasons to celebrate

Couldn't let 2010 end without another new addition...

This morning at 8:03 am we welcomed a new baby girl to the family!  Lucca Bella was born a beautiful 6 pounds, 11 ounces and she couldn't be more loved by her family.  We are so excited to finally meet her and so thrilled that mom and baby are healthy and resting.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

So Long, Farewell 2010

Watching the Sound of Music currently and found a little inspiration.  There's something about this movie that always makes me stop the channel surfing and watch, if not for the full 4 hour broadcast, for at least a few highlights.  You can't beat the choreography and I can never stop myself from making up my own lyrics to the song, My Favorite Things.


White Christmas lights and trees filled with trinkets
Fresh brand new socks and warm heavy blankets
Jingle Bells, Fa la la, carolers sing
These are a few of my favorite things

Hot homemade cookies and peppermint bark
Bright streets and luminaries light up the dark
Home Alone, Sound of Music, Love Actually
These are a few of my favorite things

When the work starts
When the bills come
When I’m feeling bad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so sad


Merry Christmas!

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

...more Renegade Review

As promised, more fun finds from the Holiday Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco last weekend.


First off, a shop from Rae Dunn, a local artist based out of San Francisco.  Rae has a line of creative clay objects - everything from bowls for your four-legged friends, small dishes for wedding rings, ornaments, plaques, napkin rings and more.


Rae Dunn - Love Nest

I love the handmade charm of each individual piece so you know that your piece was lovingly made just for you.  Visit her etsy store to get your piece made by Rae herself.  You can also find her line of products on various websites like www.puremodern.com.   I think the "Love Nest" would make a fun little gift for a young newlywed couple buying their first home.


For the young families in your life, what could be a more exciting gift to share than this incredible needle felted Wool Buddy?


http://www.etsy.com/shop/woolbuddy

Jackie Huang is another talented artist based out of the San Francisco Bay Area.  These photos alone do not do justice to the amazing work created by WoolBuddy.  If this gets you excited at all, you must visit Jackie's blog at http://woolbuddy.com/blog/ to see more.  


Showcased at the fair this weekend were animals varying in size from small, key chain scale critters to giraffes nearly 4 feet tall.  The owls seemed to be especially popular, but the line also includes dragons and fish to remind you of the imaginary worlds of animated films like Finding Nemo and Ice Age.  I was awestruck by the complexity and detail of each buddy.  They strike a perfect blend of weird and lovable at the same time, and doesn't the world need more weird, lovable creatures?



http://woolbuddy.com/blog/

Can't get enough Renegade Crafts?  Here is the link to see ALL of the artists that were featured at the fair.  

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Renegade Review

The annual Renegade Holiday Craft fair has come and gone, and while I may have come home with little more than a tote bag and a note card, I was filled with inspiration and excitement as I walked through the crowded exhibition hall.




To recap, my lovely hubbie and I drove to the City Saturday morning hoping to beat the crowds for the 11:00 start.  The weather was drizzly and the parking was sparse, but as we circled the surrounding blocks, we saw dozens of other craft aficionados, mother/daughter shopping duos and husband and boyfriends scoring those ever important bonus points just before Christmas.  Walking in through the glass doors was like taking those first steps off a long plane trip to the start of a long vacation, or, if you're a guy, it's like those first few steps out of the tunnel at your very first major league ball game.  Your heart starts racing, your eyes widen and you can't help but wonder what you may see today. 




By 11:15, the aisles were already filling with lookey-loos and last minute holiday shoppers alike.  There were so many things to look at, we wondered, where do we start?  How do we not miss anything?  A system was immediately established.  We'd start to the left, make a preliminary pass through and take notes along the way. 




One familiar vendor for me was Petit Collage.  I recognized the modern wall art from the last Renegade Craft Fair and was still enamored by the lovely little designs.  The artwork is created by founder Lorena Siminovich, an artist based out of San Francisco.  Her designs have been featured by Martha and are also seen in Anthropologie, Pottery Barn Kids and Giggle, so you know they're special.  I had such a hard time choosing a favorite - the city skyline, or the zoo animals, that I came home with neither.  Luckily, these delightful prints can be found online.


A new find for me came at the Spell it Out designs booth.  Can you take a guess at what to do here?



Believe it or not, it's a chalkboard sticker!  The stickers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, everything from sunglasses and cupcakes to rocket ships and guitars.  You can actually write on them just like a regular chalkboard.  Fun for all ages. 


One blogger compared the Renegade Craft Fair to walking the aisles of the best of etsy.  I have to agree with him.  While you can find all of the trendiest items here - owls, moustaches, retro t-shirts, there's also the one-of-a-kind stuff you'll find no where else.  With over 250 of the best independent crafters around, there's something for everyone.  And with over 250 vendors, the rest of the recap will come later, including one of the most creative and incredible hand made items I've ever seen at a craft fair.
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

They're here!

In case you didn't already know, December is a very big month in my family this year.  Yesterday, we celebrated the arrival of our first set of twins in the family.  Oliver & Owen arrived with much joy and after much anticipation at 12:15 and 12:17 pm.  These little guys turned out to not be so tiny, they were each almost 6 pounds!  I have to hand it their brave Mommy.  She's one tough woman.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Deck the Halls

It's less than two weeks now until Christmas.  Are all of your Christmas decorations out of the garage?  Are all of your presents wrapped?  After what felt like a slow start, our house finally has that Christmas glow.  

A few weeks ago I purchased this Baker's Cord from the Sundance catalog.  Some red and green fabrics, fabric glue and a few hours later, I had my brand new tree garland.  (I can not take credit for the cute mitten ornament in the photo.  It was purchased.)  This year our tree has a bit of a crafty feel to it, which I love since I love a tree that tells a story about the family who made it their own.  I'm the type of girl that picks up ornaments from every vacation spot and gets excited each year to reopen the boxes and reminisce about all of the great times from the past.  Some of this year's new additions include a glass flower from Hawaii and some homemade felt ornaments from a few months back.


Do you have any favorite childhood ornaments?  What does your tree say about you?
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Friday, December 10, 2010

An owl for Getty

In my last post I told you a little bit about a girl named Getty and I mentioned some owl fabric.  Here are some photos of the finished project that will soon be heading her way.  It's definitely a one-of-a-kind, just like the real Getty.  I hope in some small way it can bring a little bit of joy to her and her family this holiday season.


On this blanket, I played around with some applique and created my own owl design for the center block using the fabric as my inspiration.  With so many great owl prints, I wanted to show off the designs but still add a personal touch.  The Getty owl in the center was given blue eyes and a little bow to make her extra special.


Don't forget, to learn more about Getty's journey, follow her blog at http://gettyowl.com/.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A very special owl

Recently my sister-in-law noticed that I had posted a photo of some owl fabric I had picked up at a craft fair.  It reminded her of her friend's daughter, Getty.  Getty is a special little girl who was born in March to parents Kate Mathany and Mark Storm from Sacramento.  They lovingly refer to her as their little "owl".  When Getty was about 4 months old she was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).  I don't know about you, but I had never heard of SMA.  Here is some background information from Getty's blog gettyowl.com.



http://gettyowl.com/

Spinal muscular atrophy is an inherited disease that causes progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. Infants like Getty with SMA Type 1 are born with very little muscle tone, weak muscles, and develop feeding and breathing problems over time. Weakness gets worse over time and will eventually become severe. There is no cure or treatment for the progressive weakness. The lifespan with SMA1 is seldom longer than 2 – 3 years.
  • SMA is the #1 genetic killer of young children.
  • SMA is estimated to occur in nearly 1 out of every 6,000 births.
  • Researchers estimate that a viable treatment and/or cure is attainable in as little as 5 years – IF provided adequate resources.
  • The American College of Medical Genetics recommends that SMA carrier testing be made available to ALL couples planning a family, regardless of ethnicity or family history.
Throughout all of the hardships that go along with SMA, Getty and her parents remain optimistic and enjoy every moment they get to share with eachother.




There are options available if you'd like to contribute to help Getty's fight against SMA.  Check out the Little Owl Shop or visit the website for upcoming events
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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Get ready!

We're in full holiday shopping season and while I have a lot of people crossed off my list, I'm still holding out for the grand daddy of all craft fairs - the Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco.  It's the place to find one of a kind, unexpected gifts for the creative types in your life.

 

If you're more the online shopping type, you're probably familiar with sites like retailmenot.com where you can type in the name of your online shop and search for coupon codes.  Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't.  It's always a good place to try to save on shipping.  But if you're looking for deals to buy fabric online, look no further than the TrueUp.net sale alerts.  Each Friday an updated list of online sales is listed.  It's also a great place to find new craft supply sources online.  For example, this morning I stumbled upon a new ribbon shop, LFNtextiles.com.


 What are your holiday shopping tips?  Any favorite online shops or sales?
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I can't help but think about Bing Crosby and all of the classic Christmas tunes this time of year.  Love them or hate them, you're going to hear them in every grocery store and shopping center in town.  The one that always gets stuck in my head is White Christmas by The Drifters - the one from the Home Alone soundtrack, which I (not coincidentally) watched this past week.  Bu du du du, du du du du du...  I challenge you to not smile and think of Macaulay Culkin when you hear it.


But what would our favorite Christmas tunes be without some Christmas decorations around the house?  I'm about 90% done with this Christmas blanket and pillow set that I made using the Robert Kaufman Sparkle All the Way collection.  It's bright and cheery and everything that a Lily cat could ever hope to nap on.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday

Like most people I know, just about that time of year when you want to make creative Christmas gifts for everyone you know and little treats to decorate your own home, it's that time of year when you have time to do absolutely nothing.  In follow up to my Black Friday post and in honor of Cyber Monday, I thought I'd share some of my favorite ornament finds on Etsy.  I've been browsing for inspiration and luckily some people out there have actually finished their Christmas projects.  Hopefully I'll soon have some of my own ornaments to share.


This little guy is from the Lowellandson shop at Etsy.


If you like this pear ornament as much as I do, check out the Bugnik Designs Etsy shop.  Not only do they have this pear, but you can also find strawberries, eggs, hot dogs in a blanket and Pop Tarts!


Last but not least, some cool, retro shaped Christmas ornaments from FishesMakeWishes.


Happy cyber shopping!
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Black Friday...Week!?!

I never knew that a Friday could turn in to week, but leave it to the brilliant minds of the department store marketing departments to convince us that 4:00 am is not early enough to get the best deals.  Now we have to get started even earlier, even at midnight!  I've seen some stores advertising "beat the rush" sales up to Wednesday and online shops offering sales on Thanksgiving day.  Call me old school, but I'll be up early Friday morning to walk the mall with the best of them. 

It's like my husband and his fishing.  Wait until you've comfortably slept in and had a big breakfast and chances are you're going to hit the lake at the same time as all of the rookies who don't know what they're doing as they stir up the best fishing holes for the guys how know what's up.

Recognize this store? 
Black Friday is a time honored tradition at my house.  On Thanksgiving day we eat our big meal, take a nap and browse the newspapers for the best sales. It takes planning.  You have to prioritize.  Nordy's has been known to serve complimentary fresh brewed coffee for the early birds.  Sears is a nightmare - think of all of the men who got dragged along consolidated in one single tool department.  Crate & Barrel doesn't open until something like 10:00 am. 

This year I'll be doing my Black Friday shopping at an entirely new mall that I've never even seen.  I did some recon tonight online and discovered an iPhone app to show me the mall layout and deals.  Hopefully I'll be on my A game.

Remember, if you're not there early, you have no one to blame but yourself for the crowds and crankiness.  The mall is a surprisingly fun place when you're surrounded by seasoned pros who know what they're doing.  Best of luck to all of you! 
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Saturday, November 20, 2010

It's a quilt...it's a coaster...


It's a mug rug!  

Looking for a quick and simple project to use up any fun scraps?  Make a square (I think mine are about 4.5" x 4.5") then sandwich the scrappy top with some cotton batting and a coordinating fabric on the back side.  Do your best free form or straight line quilting over the three layers.  Then add a little binding to the outside and within minutes, you've got yourself a fancy, schmancy mug rug!


These mug rugs were made from the It's a Hoot by MoMo line and they are the perfect compliment to a toasty warm cup of French press coffee with a little Nestle hot chocolate mixed in (aka the Cafe Lind-say).
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Gnome sweet gnome

What do you do when your friends that had a gnome wedding cake topper announce that they are having a baby?  Well you immediately start searching for gnome fabrics, of course.  I've always had a special place in my heart for gnomes and became very excited to finally have an excuse to make something for a fellow gnome-lover.
Fabric - Gnoming Around by Michael Miller
Here are some photos of the finished products.  We took these on a field trip to a spot where they could truly shine in all of their red and yellow glory.

Gnoming Around Burp Cloths
This last photo is a new one for me - a little toy ball.  I made this one with some scraps of the Gnoming Around fabric and some coordinating red and black polka dot fabrics.  It's stuffed with batting and a little bell.  If you look closely you can see that the print has the gnomes walking a dog.  I have a feeling this ball may turn in to a dog toy, but it was fun and easy to make.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

If the shoe fits

There's an awful lot you can tell about a person by their shoes.  Where they're going.  Where they've been.
Can you name that movie?  I realize it's not a difficult one (Forrest Gump) but I've been thinking about it a bit today.  Have you ever taken a look at someones shoes to get an impression about them?   Have you ever taken a look at your own shoes?  

A good friend of mine used to send me those emails asking 20 questions like: What did you eat last night?  Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?  What is your favorite TV show?  What kind of socks are you wearing right now?  I found it fascinating how much you could learn about someone from a simple little email.  Of course, I was always wearing my black business socks and she was always wearing some cute Southern California sandals (or at least if felt like that.)

Look right now.  Do your socks have holes?  Do they match?  Are you in your favorite slippers or still wearing your work shoes?  Did you do a quick touch up job on your black shoes with a Sharpie pen?  Do you love your shoes?

A few years ago I was in to reading the Shopaholic books.  There's a scene in the first book where Rebecca takes all of her shoes out of her closet and takes a photo.  I couldn't help but smile, because I myself had recently done the exact same thing.  Shoes can be like old friends.  They can carry wonderful memories of hours spent playing pickleball with friends or dancing all night long at a friend's bachelorette party.  They can also bring back bad memories of blisters and pain from that wedding where you ran in to your ex.   Either way, they tell a story.  What's yours?

Here's a little sneak peek in to the story from my weekend.
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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Hunky Dory

A is for Awesome weather this weekend
B is for Baby showers and visiting with out of town friends
C is for Celebrating the birth of a healthy baby girl this week (Baby Shower #2)

Q is for...Quinn!  Such a sweet name.

Fabric - Hunky Dory by Chez Moi for Moda
This is a part of a gift set I recently completed for a baby shower this weekend and I'm so excited to finally be able to post the photos.  I think the real star here is the fabric.  It's probably the girliest project I've ever done.  Although it's ultra pink, it also has a bit of a sophisticated feel, so hopefully little Quinn can enjoy it for a long time.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Try something new


Craft fairs not your thing?  In the Sacramento area?  Why not try a cooking class at the beautiful and bright Arden Hills Resort?  Every second Saturday the wonderfully talented and friendly husband and wife team of Matt and Marga Brunner provide an intimate and delicious macrobiotic cooking class.  I admit, they know me by name at The Weinery, and I did eat three of my last four meals at Chili's, Mongolian BBQ and Mel's Diner, but even I can appreciate a healthy alternative to the junk we eat every day.

Bring you appetite because our good friends Matt and Marga will have you sampling all of the recipes and maybe even send you home with some leftovers.  If you can't make it on Saturday, Marga is also teaching classes at the Whole Foods on Eastern Ave.  (Naturally Sweet Desserts on December 12.)  You can also learn more about Marga online here.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Harvest Favorite


Halloween is over and I'm ready to move on from the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and candy corn to the warm, homemade, turn the oven on to heat up the kitchen goodies.  This recipe was published in our local newspaper a few years ago and we have pulled it out each year around Thanksgiving ever since.  It's the moistest muffin I've ever baked and the flavors are just perfect for this time of year.  It also makes a great Thanksgiving day breakfast.  If you try it out, let me know what you think.

Pumpkin-Apple Muffins
(Makes 18 regular muffins or 12 large muffins)
2 ½ cups flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup pumpkin (canned)
½ cup vegetable oil
2 cups finely chopped apples, peeled (any apple will work)

Mix the first five ingredients in a large bowl. 

In a separate bowl, combine pumpkin, eggs and oil and mix well. Add to dry ingredients and stir until integrated. Stir in chopped apples.   

Spoon batter into paper lined or well-greased muffin tins. 

Streusel Topping
¼ cup flour
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup light brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon 
4 -5 tablespoons butter or margarine

Combine all dry ingredients and cut butter into mixture until crumbly.

Sprinkle batter with streusel topping and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Side note - I've recently added a "Like" button under the comments section, so if you see something you "like" share it on your Facebook page.  Thanks!

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Craft fair-o-rama - UPDATED

Another weekend, another addition to my fabric stash.  After making it to a couple of craft fair/quilt shows this weekend, I picked up a few new fat quarter stacks and other lovely inspirations.  
Jumping Hooty Hoot Kangaroo by Doohikey Designs
The first is the Jumping Hooty Hoot Kangaroo line by Doohikey Designs.  I've been eyeing this one online for a while now and jumped at the chance to pick it up in person from the booth of Sara Kalish, owner of The Ladybug Quilt Shop

Wild Thyme by Carolyn Gavin
I also found a few fat quarters from the Wild Thyme by Carolyn Gavin collection.  (Is it just me or are the fabric names half the fun of discovering new lines?)

In case you missed the craft fairs this weekend, fear not.  Here's a list of a few upcoming events in the Roseville area:

Oakmont High School Craft Fair
Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 8:00 - 3:00
1710 Cirby Way, Roseville
Support the OHS Girls Soccer Team!

Rocklin High School Holiday Craft Faire
Saturday, November 20, 2010 from 9:00 - 4:00
5301 Victory Lane, Rocklin
Support the RHS Golf Team!

**NEW**
Arden Park Craft Fair
Saturday, November 20, 2010 8:00 - 2:00
1000 La Sierra Drive, Sacramento

21st Annual Holiday Craft Faire & Book Sale
Saturday, December 4, 2010 from 9:00 - 4:00
Maidu Community Center
1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville
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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Pure Bliss

The weekend after Halloween and the holiday craft fairs will soon be in full swing.  I'm filled with excitement and anticipation for what I might find this year.  Even if I can't fill up my trunk with everything I fall in love with, at the very least the work will be inspiring.  I do admit though that these next few weeks are really just a warm up for the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale on December 18 in San Francisco.  After last year's non-holiday version, the bar has been set high.  Can't wait!

Bliss by Bonnie & Camille for Moda

The baby showers feel like they've slowed down (or I've gotten caught up at least) so I've had a bit of time to work on my "inventory".  This baby blanket was done using Bliss by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.  I think it turned out lovely, especially with the photos taken on a field trip with my photographically gifted hubby.



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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Might as well face it....

You're addicted to fabric.

So apparently it's time for the Fall Quilt Market and all of the fabulous fabric designers of the world are showing off all of their new goodies.  I couldn't help but fall in love with the new Pocket Pixie line by Alexander Henry.  Check out the photos on the True Up blog.  I have just the girl in mind for a future project using these adorable patterns.

Often times people ask me where they can find some nice fabrics.  True Up is one of the blogs I follow regularly and it's a great place to see all of the new designer fabrics as they are released.  I'm also a big fan of Fat Quarter Shop and Hawthorne Threads.  Click around Hawthorne Threads long enough and you just may stumble across some of my past projects.  If I'm not buying fabrics online, I love Beverly's.  They have almost as many designer fabrics in the store as other websites so you can see them in person and get a real feel for the scale and colors.

One other great place for fabrics is Spoonflower.  I've mentioned Spoonflower in the past and I feel like I'm giving away all of my secrets, but it really is a great place to explore fabrics.  It's a site where you can design and print your own custom fabrics.  I've got a new design available for purchase on Spoonflower which I lovingly refer to as Suburban Dream aka Living the Dream.  This print is a super fun rainbow minivan print, which I hope to develop into a complete line of coordinating prints some day.
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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Orange and Black

It's that time of year and the Giants' fever is spreading!  What a perfect holiday for the orange and black.  It's hard to beat that feeling of camaraderie when your team is on the brink of something magical.

Happy Halloween!
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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Trick or Treat!

It's almost Halloween and if you're like you me, you never know what to dress up as but you LOVE to see the trick or treaters.  My house has never been a trick or treat hot spot (I think last year we had two) so this year I'll think we'll be transplants to a more kid-friendly neighborhood.  You think you know what the kids are dressing up as each year, so imagine my surprise last year when my brother and sister-in-law told me they were dressing up my 5 month old nephew as sushi!   I had no idea how it was going to work, but I was game to help out however possible.  Turns out, it's a pretty easy do-it-yourself and a great last minute idea for all ages.

Here's what you do.  
  • Dress in white (or green pants like my nephew) for the rice.
  • Sew an orange rectangular pillow for the salmon.  Add white ribbon on the diagonal for extra salmon detail - fabric glue works great.
  • Tie a thick black ribbon around yourself and the salmon pillow for the seaweed.
  • Add chopsticks, keeping them in place with the ribbon.
Voila - sushi!

Happy Halloween!
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Gone fishing

My nephew Max
Well, no I haven't really gone fishing, but if it's a Saturday and the weather is nice, chances are that my husband has.  Although I grew up getting exposed to a little bit of camping and fishing as a kid, I never knew real fishing until my post-college years with my dear hubby.  Even then, it wasn't until after I was engaged that I figured out the best part of being outdoors - Glamping.  For those of you have never heard of glamping and who didn't immediately google the term, glamping is a sort of upscale, fancy form of camping (glamour + camping).  While the rules may vary from person to person, some of my pre-requisites for glamping include the following:
  • Bathrooms with running water
  • Air mattress and clean sleeping bag
  • A clean tablecloth on a picnic table (coordinating plates and glasses a plus)
  • Wine and food that doesn't come from a can
  • Off bug clip, citronella candles, and Buzz Off clothing.  If you can find a site without bugs, extra points awarded.
I've made it my mission to make our campsite the prettiest it possibly can be and there's nothing quite like when you get that perfect site with the perfect view and the perfect campfire.  As soon as I can, I'd love to make a glamping blanket to snuggle up in around the fire.  The contest this week on Spoonflower is a woodland theme and if these fabrics don't inspire you to go glamping, well, I guess we won't see you out there.

Here's an oldie but goodie project that I made a few years ago for another nephew.  The quilt had a couple of fish fabrics and the backing was a great father/son print that included a fishing theme.
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Count your blessings

Do you ever have one of those days?  You know the ones, you wake up late, spill your coffee, can't find your keys - the old terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.  I feel like I've had more of those days lately than I'd like, and today was no exception.  I rushed out the door to the office and, of course, I got stuck in traffic because of an accident.  As I slammed the breaks at yet another yellow light, I thought to myself  "why can't I just catch a break?"  Just then, as I sat at the busy intersection, a homeless man walked across the crosswalk pushing a shopping cart with a few recyclables.

It was an a-ha moment that, unfortunately, I needed this morning.  A gentle reminder - don't sweat the small stuff.  Kiss your honey every morning, wave at school kids riding the bus, let that other car change lanes in front of you and count your blessings each morning and night.
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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Traditions

It's been a rainy, windy weekend and there's no denying that the autumn season is fully upon us.  I finally got to pull out all of my favorite cold weather clothes and was maybe even justified in buying another new jacket (it was on sale).  It's the type of weather that almost gets you thinking about the holidays and making those plans for the family get togethers.  If you're like me, you love the changing weather and the boots and scarves that go along with it.   Of course, there's also things you love that never change.  Those special family traditions that continue on no matter what time of year it is or what the weather is like.

One special tradition that I've recently been introduced to comes from my husband's family.  Whenever one of the kids gets engaged, one of the aunts hosts a family tea or brunch in honor of the bride.  It's mostly family members who attend the bridal shower and prior to the day of the party, everyone contributes a favorite family recipe or two.  This last shower, I was in charge of collecting the recipes and putting together a recipe book for the bride with copies for each of the guests.  I wanted to do something special and, with the help of my husband and sister-in-law, we put together these books using a mix of materials.


The covers to the recipe books were fabric with a craft weight interfacing added for stability.  I then used a zig zag stitch on my sewing machine to create the binding and to hold the pages together.  Finally, I added a little rick rack to hide the seam.  I think it's amazing when you can mix sewing with paper crafts.  I'd love to make some sewn note cards using this idea.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Let's go Giants!

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Thanks and here's some more

Thanks to everyone who has been spreading the word about my new blog.  I love seeing all of the new visitors and comments and getting emails.  I hope you'll come back often for more projects!

I just finished this baby blanket and I loved playing around again with the over sized applique like the twin birdies blanket.  I've had this butterfly print in my stash for a while now and I think it's a great compliment to the dot fabrics.  This baby girl is due on Halloween - I'm sure she'll be boo-tiful ;)

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