Wednesday, March 31, 2010

{ wonky quilt blocks }

You might remember that one of my New Year's resolutions that I shared with you was to take more time sewing and crafting for myself and my family. I've been fortunate enough to do that lately, and I'm really getting into quilting. I've made some quilts in the past, but I feel much more confident in my technique and designs now than I did before, so it's been fun to play around with quilting again. I really love the look of wonky blocks, which remind me of those wonderful quilts from Gees Bend, but I never had made any myself. { Until today. } And I think I might be hooked. Here are some pictures of my first ever wonky quilt block.

There is no pattern to these blocks, but I used this tutorial. Don't you just want to go make a bunch of them?! Let me know if you do!

Monday, March 29, 2010

{ the DIY Dish }

Check out this website I came across, via twitter. { I'm telling you, twitter rocks } It's called The DIY Dish and has free webisodes on all things crafty. You can enhance your skills or even learn new techniques, find out about new products, and more through their videos. Here's a preview of what's to come!

And how cute are Kris and Kim?! It looks like the DIY Dish will be a whole lot of fun. And speaking of fun, how { fun } would it be to win a new Janome Sewing or Embroidery machine?!

You know I'm a Janome girl, and a girl can never have too many machines { right? } , so I'd love to win. But, it would be really awesome if one of you win, so hop on over to the DIY Dish and enter for yourself! Good luck!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

{ and the winners are }

The winners of the two $25 gift certificates were picked using and here they are!

comment #65
amy w. said...
you KNOW i love the Peasant dresses! Especially loving the aqua and red bliss one....too cute!

and comment #37
Katherine said...
Follow you on Twitter

Thank you so much to all of you who entered! I had a lot of fun doing this, and I'm thinking about doing this every month. Amy and Katherine, please email me at olive_and_ollie {at} yahoo dot com for your gift certificates!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

{ it's time for a giveaway! }

I seriously have the best customers and friends, and you all have been so supportive of me on my little venture. So, I am having a giveaway as a small thank you to all of you. Two lucky winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate towards anything in my Olive and Ollie shop on etsy. All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment below. That's it! But, if you'd like additional entries, you can also do the following:

{} visit my etsy shop and tell me what your favorite item is

{} follow my blog

{} become a fan of Olive and Ollie on Facebook

{} follow me on twitter

{} tweet the giveaway on twitter, and be sure to include @oliveandollie in the message

That’s a total of six chances to win! Please be sure to come back and leave a new comment for each entry. If you already follow my blog, are a fan on Facebook, or follow me on twitter, just leave a new comment to let me know. Also, please be sure to include your email address in at least one of your comments. The contest will run until Sunday, March 28th at 7:00 pm EST and I’ll use the random number generator to pick the winner. Good luck, and thanks again to all of you!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

{ pineapple upside down cake }

My late grandfather's birthday is coming up, and I've been thinking a lot about him the past few days. So, in honor of him, I wanted to make a pineapple upside down cake, which was his absolute favorite, with Aidan and Olivia. I had a fresh pineapple on hand, so I found a recipe for one on Martha's website and we went to town.

{ can I just tell you that I love my vintage Kitchen Aid? }

{ it belonged to my grandmother, and it has to be from the 60s, if not earlier, back when they were still made in Ohio }

{ is there anything better than fresh pineapple? I think not }

{ especially when there is extra for Aidan and Olivia to eat }

{ butter and brown sugar topping }

{ pineapple rings }

{ after working with a Kitchen Aid, you'll never go back to cake mixes in a box. I promise }

{ it just doesn't compare to the real thing }

{ the recipe called for sour cream, but I substituted that with plain yogurt }

{ more pineapple }

{ almost ready to bake! }

{ fresh out of the oven }

{ ta da! inversion complete and a success. isn't this a beautiful cake? }

{ seriously, this is the best pineapple upside down cake I've ever had }

Let me know if you try the recipe too!

Monday, March 22, 2010

{ new designs }

{ modern peasant dress in red garden maze }

It's been a while since I updated the blog with some of my newest designs, so I thought I'd share with you all some of the things I've been working on. Some of these are already available in my etsy shop, and the rest will be joining them soon. Enjoy!

{ chenille bib with appliqued rocket }

{ custom appliqued tie shirt for little boys in orange and brown stripes }

{ custom appliqued tie shirt for little boys in blue stripes }

{ custom birthday set for little boys in aqua owls }

{ detail of owl birthday shirt }

{ custom appliqued robot birthday shirt for boys }

{ modern peasant dress and coordinating ruffles pants in aqua and red bliss }

{ detail of ruffle pants in aqua and red bliss }

{ custom birthday set for little girls in garden party }

{ custom birthday shirt for girls in ginger blossom }

I've got more things on the way too, so stay tuned!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

{ liberty of london at target }

Swoon...have you seen the Liberty of London items at Target? I seriously could grab up all of the dresses, ties, and bedding. Especially this dress.

Isn't it fun? I'm not going to be wearing it, since it's actually a child's dress, but it is the inspiration for a fun, new quilt I've got in mind. I bought the largest size available so I could get the most fabric out of it. I'm thinking of mixing it with a few dots like these...

And maybe a bit of yellow and some solids too. Can't wait!

I also bought this sweet little dress for Olivia.

And these fun boots for me. Love them! It almost makes me want a rainy day just so I have an excuse to wear them.

Have you bought any of the Liberty items?

Saturday, March 20, 2010

{ spring time in ohio }

{ means more time at the playground }

{ more time feeding ducks at the park }

{ or, if you're Olivia, feeding yourself }

Thank goodness spring is finally here.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

{ Olive & Ollie review on The Gerber Babies Blog }

Julie of The Gerber Babies Blog posted a very sweet review of my work on her blog yesterday. Here is some of what she had to say
Take a look at these designs! The bad news is you may want them all. The good news? Olive and Ollie won't break the bank! The designs are precious. Simple and sweet. Custom orders are available and Heather will make sure you are completely happy with your purchase! Easter tees, birthday tees, lounge sets and more!

I am a big fan of Olive and Ollie. Everything, and I mean everything, is absolutely adorable! And the quality? The best! When Sam was turning a year old, we received a tee and matching bib to celebrate the occasion. That tee has been worn and washed many, many times and it still looks perfect today!

I think I'm blushing. Thank you, Julie, for such a wonderful review. I really appreciate your kind words. And I'm looking forward to working with you next month! I think we'll be doing a giveaway, so stay tuned for that as well!

Monday, March 15, 2010

{ bronte along }

On Friday, Melissa Averinos of Yummy Goods and Beth Dunn hosted an impromptu Bronte-along, via twitter, where we all watched the 2006 Masterpiece Theater version of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Having never read the book, I was totally unfamiliar with the story, but after reading about it on Melissa's blog, I knew it would be good. I mean, just look at these stills.

Not only was it good, it was { So. Good. } So very, very good. So good, in fact, that I'm on my third viewing of it since Friday. Never mind the fact that it's four hours long. It's intoxicatingly beautiful and full of gorgeous cinematography, superb acting, and a timeless love story. And with this hair, I do believe that Sir Edward Rochester may have been the original McDreamy.

So, have I tempted you enough to watch it for yourself? It's available on Amazon, Netflix, and you can even watch the entire series instantly on Youtube.

I think I may need to ask for a copy of it for my birthday next month.

{ If I can wait that long. }

Would you like to join in on the fun and celebrate the Bronte sisters and related works? Please do! You can start by checking out the official Bronte Along page for more information. You can read the book, view the movie, join in on the swooning { er, discussions} and who knows, you may even be inspired to create something yourself as a result. I've got a few things spinning in my head as we speak, and I'll share them with you as soon as they're finished.

Here are some more Bronte-Along links to check out:

Bronte-Along on Facebook

Bronte-Along Flickr Pool

Bronte-Along on Twitter

twitter hashtag: #brontealong

And you must check out Beth's sweet new blog, An Accomplished Young Lady. Soo cute!

Let the swooning begin! Or, shall I say, continue...
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