Archive for June, 2010

The Fat Quarter swap I signed up for a few weeks is complete! I sent off my package to New South Wales, Australia over a week ago, and received a package from Fran just last Friday. I sent Fran two Fat Quarters, actually, because I just couldn’t decide. I found these at Glad Creations in South Minneapolis (Thanks, Anna!) One was covered with Loons and the other Birch trees. The Birch fabric is just beautiful, the Loons are just kinda fun. I also sent a punching balloon for her young daughter. I sure hope she received it!

I’m thrilled with the fabric she sent. Check out the details in the photo below.

It’s covered in all sorts of fun creatures, and the detail is amazing. What am I ever going to do with this amazing fabric? Any ideas?


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I recently stumbled cross Sara’s blog and followed many of her links to find some amazing fabric. I’ve been a bit addicted to fabric lately, and know I need to cut back, but these are almost too cute to pass up.
These birds with chairs made me think of Jen’s orange chairs. Wouldn’t it make a whimsy and unexpected skirt?
I think these birds would make an adorable pair of pajama pants.
This metro cafe print would make a great apron, or oven mitts, or, well, just about anything.
If you had your choice of fabric, what would you make?

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The sun finally came out today. We’ve had rain almost every day in June so far, and if you’re used to the Minnesota sun, all that rain can get a little depressing. And wet. So, finally, the sun is back. And I was able to use the natural light to take a (somewhat) decent photo of the new skirt I finished this weekend. It’s the Drawstring Jersey Skirt, from Cluck Cluck Sew’s tutorial. And I love it. It was pretty simple, although it took a while to figure out how to size it. And I guess I shoudl have used a stretch thread around the bottom. But I still love it. It looks a whole lot dressier than it really is, and it’s really comfortable.

I also posted it in the Sew, Mama, Sew Make it, Wear it Challenge. There’s  a lot of inspiration over there and it goes until the end of the month. I hope to add a few more pieces if I can get them done!

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Jen hosted another fabulous pARTy this past weekend. We painted and drew on ceramic. A few months ago I found these tiles at a major retailer and fell in love, but I knew I could make my own. Jen suggested I try using the tiles with alcohol inks and look what I got! I love them. I still hope to try recreating the bird pattern with terra cotta tiles and terra cotta paints, but that can wait.

I also picked up some mugs at Ikea and we drew on them with ceramic pens. I could have created dozens hundreds of these. And probably will, someday. (If you have a birthday coming up in the next year, expect a mug). I drew a teabag on one, birds on branches on another and flowers on the rest. So simple. So quick. So adorable.

And you know the best part? Better than the cute mugs and the bird tiles? Hanging out on a Saturday night with beautiful inspiring women and a bottle of wine. That’s the best part.

Check out what Kristin made here, and what Jen made here.

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A few weeks ago while I was in New York, I stopped by Purl Soho. It was one of the top places to visit on my list and I was so excited to spend some time there. I’ve admitted that I’m addicted to fabric, so it could have been a dangerous stop, but I knew I was limited by the size of my suitcase so I was able to maintain some control. I picked up a few yards of some great stuff, but I also picked up this adorable pack of 1/2 yards. When I chose it I had no idea what I was going to use it for, but I finally figured it out. And it will be a surprise. A beautiful, sentimental surprise. So stay tuned. I plan to start it this week, so hopefully it will be done soon. (Soon is a relative term.) Either way, aren’t the fabrics just adorable and such a fun mix! I can’t wait to get started!

Note: I went back and looked through the fabrics to see what maker/line they’re from. The white one is from Cloud 9 Fabrics (Love them!), and I believe the top one is Alexander Henry. The  rest weren’t labeled. Bummer. Any ideas on the others?

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The Summer Day

A favorite by Mary Oliver. May you find time to fall into the grass and enjoy your weekend.

The Summer Day, by Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

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I love a good sandwich, so I was pleasantly surprised to see this diagram in the New York Magazine this past week. It’s loaded with quirky advice, like butter the bread to prevent it from getting soggy. And that in terms of meat, less is more. I couldn’t agree more! Such good advice.

And along wtih the diagram is an article with the city’s 51 finest sandwiches (101 online). If only I had this two weeks earlier while in New York. Guess I’ll have to go back and eat my share of sandwiches. Yum.

Do you have a favorite sandwich?

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