Monday, January 25, 2010

{ week 2 quilt blocks }

I finally finished the next pair of quilt blocks for my quilt along with Oh, Fransson!. You'll see I'm a week behind, but I think I can get caught up this week. I'm using only fabrics from my scrap bins, so it's a bit of a challenge, but I think the resulting quilt is going to be really fun. Plus, it will help me declutter my studio a bit!

{ appliqued birdy bib }

I'm a huge fan of applique, and people really like my bibs, so I'm not sure why it took me so long to put something like this together. This is a design I came up with a couple of months ago as a custom order for one of my repeat customers, who was looking for a gift for a friend's new baby. I think the combination of fabrics is really sweet, and I love my little bird. I think it would be really cute on a t-shirt as well, or maybe even appliqued on a peasant dress.

This bib is available for purchase in my etsy shop.

Now, I need to come up with something for the little guys. We definitely can't leave them out!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

{ Oh, Fransson! Paintbox quilt along }

One of my New Year's resolutions is to make time to sew for myself and my family more than I was able to last year. I've been wanting to make a quilt for a while, and luckily, I stumbled across Oh, Fransson's! wonderful site about a week ago, and saw that she is leading a quilt along, so I'm jumping in! Mine is going to be a scrappy version of her Paintbox quilt, because I've got tons of scraps that have been piling up for quite some time now.

So, this

with a little work,

OK, maybe a lot of work,

will turn into this. Here are my first two scrappy blocks.

I love them, and I think the final project will be really fun. Want to join me? Head on over to Oh, Fransson! for all the details. Let me know if you are making one, too. I'd love to see your blocks!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

{ a little inspiration }

I've really been inspired by looking at different colors of thread together, in various combinations, lately. And of course, that continues when I look at fabrics. Here's a sneak peek of a new combination. I wasn't thinking of using these two fabrics together, but I think the result is really fun, and a little unexpected.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

{ a little organization }

goes a long way! Remember how incredibly messy my studio (aka our dining room) was? Click here for a refresher. We're in the middle of removing wall paper, painting, and redecorating it. It's going really slowly because we're limited to working only after A & O are asleep, since it's kind of difficult with two toddlers who eagerly want to help. Plus I was really busy with holiday orders and I ended up getting the flu right before Christmas, so needless to say, the room isn't finished.

But, my awesome husband Jeff came up with a great solution for storing some of my fabrics. He made me some bolts, so now I can store my bigger pieces of fabrics neatly. Plus, I'll be able to see them better, since a lot of them used to be stored in large plastic bins. It was a pretty cheap solution as well. He bought three 4 x 6s (or something like that...I affectionately call all lumber "chunks of wood" since I can never remember what they're really called) for $7 each, and after cutting them down to size, I've got twelve new wooden bolts. Pretty cool, huh?! I just put them up tonight and I think they're going to work great in here.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

{ you need this book }

That is, if you don't have it already. Those of you who know me, know that I have quite the fondness for Martha Stewart. I'll also happily admit that she is one of my idols. I have a number of her books, but this one is my current favorite. I've made at least four or five of the recipes so far and they all have been sooo good. I make the Banana Cupcakes for Aidan and Olivia often, with a few moderations. I use whole grain flour, I cut out a bit of the sugar and omit the nuts, and I don't frost them, and they still devour them every time. They also help me make them. Even though they are young, they already know that licking the mixer paddle is the best part.

Click here for the recipe. And then go buy the book!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

{ new fun, girl fabrics }

Look what arrived on my doorstep last week! Oh, the possibilities...

Sunday, January 3, 2010

{ Happy New Year }

I can't believe 2010 is here! It seems like 2009 flew by. It was a great year for me, my family, and Olive and Ollie, and I hope it was for you as well. Here's to a great 2010. Happy New Year!
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