Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Getting My (Craftin') Groove On

So, what have I been up to? Turning that cute little monkey fabric into a cute little bib for my friend's baby!! I'm way ahead of the curve on this one, since she isn't due for a long, long time. I have enough fabric left for perhaps two more bibs.... gotta get more backing fabric though. (And perhaps to work on that knitted blanket for the same baby!)
I then worked on this little door decoration for my mom. I'm going to put together a little Easter box for her and this will be one of the non-yummy enclosures. Her house is yellow with a white door. This will coordinate enough but also pop nicely! And she'll love it because she's my mom and I made it.... (I love that about moms!) Guess I should seek out a good chocolate shop too...ahh, the tortures of being a good daughter!
Lastly, what am I looking forward to doing? This weekend I will probably work on this birdie kit from Alicia. I'm splitting it with my friend Laura... after I use my half, the other half goes in the mail again. I can't wait! I'm probably going yarn shopping this weekend too. My LYS is having a sale and I think my friend Alissa and I will venture out. Gotta help stimulate the economy a little right? All of that will be complemented by some work late late Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, as the office/students call.
It's wonderful to balance that bit of (crazy) work with crafting goodness!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Stitch, Stitch, Stitch....

Lots of little sewing projects going on and no photos to show for it. Today, I finished bib #1 for my friend's soon-to-be little one. I am definitely making a second one for another friend who is pregnant. I just love that little monkey - I should have bought more of that fabric! And, I cut out a heart for my mom's front door. It is of the mold of my Valentine's one but will be yellows for spring (and her house is yellow). I think I might get a bit of work on it done before work tomorrow as I'm going in late. Happiness is a little weekend fabric love!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Still Tweaking

I tweaked the owl a bit more tonight. I'm even happier with this version but he still needs work. It's closer to where this whole little pattern should be. His bottom needs to sit a bit flatter. And, I forgot to attach his beak until afterwards. It went on no problem but I wish I had done it before sewing the front and back together. Now, the question is what is this little guy's name?
I also went and bought some fabric today. The brown on the bottom will be a summer dress with pink flowered trim. The mouse fabric is going to be something for my mom... maybe an Easter gift. And, the monkey fabric is destined to become baby bibs for a few friends. I didn't see it until I went up to the cutting table and it was sticking out of a return bin. Of course I fell in love with the little monkey.
I'm so glad to be sewing! It makes a difference in my level of happiness.... productive with those creative juices flowing. Woohoo for a happy little Saturday!!


I need to ask you all to take a minute or two to read this post from Luckybeans. It touched my heart and reaffirmed how lucky I am. If you have a little time, please read it.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


This is my 201 post. Yikes, I totally missed 200! And, how did I get so many so fast? (Thank you Blogtoberfest!) Anywho, I wanted to share this picture with you all.
My mom made this basket! Isn't she a talented, crafty person??? So very pretty and wonderful (although the picture is a little blurry!)... this might just end up being an Easter basket for me. (Fingers crossed!) I'm proud of her.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Deliciousness is Best Way to End the Day

I bought some gnocchi a long time ago, knowing I wanted to have some delicious memories of Italy. Tonight I finally dug it out of the freezer and using this recipe, made a savory dinner. I went off recipe a bunch since I couldn't seem to find pesto in my Acme (why is that I wonder - it's so delish). I also cut the celery and fried onions because they aren't my favorite things. And, I added artichokes and grape tomatoes. I have to say the combination of beans, gnocchi, veggies, olives, mushrooms, sage and salt is amazing. The gnocchi should have been browned a bit less than they specified in the recipe. However, I'd definitely make this again - hopefully with pesto!

P.S. I'm complimenting the gnocchi with some banana bread, baking right now! Yum!

A Little Dose of Creativity is in Store

I have so many little creative thoughts in my mind lately... sewing projects to design, more Ollies to make, a sweater to finish knitting, all sorts of soon-to-be little ones to make stuff for and whatnot. I just haven't had the time or inclination to take needle to fabric (or yarn) and make things happen. I'm hoping this weekend, since I don't have to go anywhere other than my friend's house to feed the cat, I can get those creative juices flowing. I find when I lack a creative outlet, I am more apt to feel a bit down. So the purchase of some fabric, a little sewing time and perhaps a trip to the bead store will hopefully get me back on track.

Monday, March 23, 2009

On the Coffeetable

I've been reading a bunch lately. This weekend, I went to facilitate a program for the sorority community at UConn. I read two magazines in route there and one on the way home. I finished the book Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson. And, now I'm rotating between two books: A Homemade Life (like everyone else is blogland) and The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women.
I'm really enjoying A Homemade Life. Molly has an excellent ability to weave a picture with her words. And she is certainly making me reflect on my relationship with food. I'm not necessarily a cook. Perhaps that is, in part, because cooking for one isn't that exciting. However, I do think cooking is something I'm pretty good at. I like to go off-recipe and experiment with ingredients. I think tomorrow when I make dinner, my final product will definitely deviate from the recipe I was planning on using. And after reading the book a bit, I'm craving pound cake.

As for The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women, so far it is good. I'm looking forward to the challenges the authors interspersed throughout the book. I like things that make my creative juices flow...

Since I was away for the weekend, very little crafting was done. I am hoping to make some more owls this week. Now that I've figured out how the design needs to be tweaked, I'm excited to make more Ollies.

What are you doing creatively right now?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

It's Spring!!

Rosy and I saw flowers on our walk today... it's spring!! Yay!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

What a hoot!

The first owl is done and watching over my living room. He's pretty cute. And, I've learned what to do differently the next go round....I'll make his face smaller and set it down further on the body. I will change how I attach the beak. And, I will give him a flatter bottom. Overall, I'm pretty darn pleased with this first version though. I think I'll call him Ollie.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Little Deals

One of my local yarn stores is going out of business. It's one of the places I liked going as it offered a different variety that the place I normal shop at. After the 22nd it is no more. But, the silver lining of all of that is the sale they are having. I went in yesterday and everything was 40% off. I got 5 balls of yarn for a baby blanket (I swear everyone is pregnant right now BTW.). I got two different varieties of yellow/green mix and plan to stripe it. The yarn and three different needles cost me less than $40! I also used part of a Barnes and Noble gift card and got a new book to read. I've been curled up reading most of the day....a lovely way to spend a gloomy Sunday. What has made your Sunday special?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Yoke's On Me

The yoke is on the jacket. And the bad news... it's not laying flat. And, I'm not a huge fan of the jacket when I put it on. But that is minus buttons with a lame t-shirt and sweatpants on. So, that might change. I'm actually thinking if I wear it with jeans, a tank and boots it might be darn cute. That is if the yoke lays flat. Cross your fingers on that friends..... And I'm already thinking about the next sewing project... one word: owl.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Jacket (More Than) Half Done

Oh oh oh.... it's more than half done. Thus far I have done a great job of matching those stripes up pretty darn well. Woohoo for me!! I'm working on the yoke now and then I have to seam the sleeves, add the button holes and buttons and then strut stylish into my office sporting my new cute jacket!

Feeling a Bit Crazy....

I'm thinking about walking a half marathon. My friend Amy is looking for a partner. Note, no one has ever accused me of being overly athletic so this would be a bit of a stretch. But I like the idea of committing to something like this. I could use the exercise. Rosy would love training with me. Huh.... something to ponder.

In other news, I've been sewing!! I worked on the jacket last night. The sleeves are in the lining. The lining is attached to the exterior. A few little snips tonight, reverse it, iron and I'll be on to the yoke. Ahh, I'm getting the mojo back!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Just Back from the Windy City

I left for Chicago on Friday.... I went to visit my friend Katy and her three loving little pets. We had a great time. Friday involved manicures and dinner with a friend. Saturday was shopping (see the stamps and notecards I got below... can't wait to get all crafty with those stamps) and lunch at Ed Debevic's. Ed's is such a unique little Chicago place. We had a super fun waiter named "Biscuits," some good artichoke dip, the sandwich sampler and the world's smallest sundae. Sunday we went to see Chicago (the musical, not the band) and had lunch at a delicious (and cheap) little Thai place. And, the whole weekend was a giggle fest...because isn't that what girlfriends are for? It was just a wonderful little weekend vacation to see one of my most dear friends! Fan-freaking-tastic....

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Why Do I Allow Myself to Get Sucked In?

Yesterday, I signed up for Spoonflower. Um, why do I do that? I'm not all that artistic.... and yet, I think I can design my own fabric. I do have a bunch of ideas swimming around in my head. Maybe they will come out well drafted, maybe not. The mere idea of it is so enchanting though... fabric just for me. Of some design I hold dear. Goodness, it practically makes me giddy! Send reinforcements. They can tie me down in a bolt of fabric of my own design.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

May Do-itis Take Hold

Surprise, surprise.... I've actually been spending some quality time with my sewing machine. (She really needs a name. I wonder why I haven't given her one...hmm) The little suit coat is coming along - the outside is done except for the yoke. The lining is put together and needs to be attached. And then... attach the yoke, sew the button holes, sew on the buttons and enjoy! I love that sewing high....

Knitting on the other hand; I think I've been ignoring this mistress. The poor back to my sweater pattern is sitting on top of the knitting basket giving me the evil eye periodically. The darn iPhone has been tempting me with her clever applications and wont for attention. Must.escape.her.grasp! Perhaps some quality knitting time on my upcoming flight to Chicago? One can only hope!

Monday, March 2, 2009

A Gush for a Fellow Sewist

Can I just tell you how much I adore Erin at Dress a Day? I love this article by her that was in the Boston Globe! And, oh do I love the Duro. I'm already planning one for this summer in solid brown fabric with pink patterned waistband and v-neck. Yep, summer dresses are on the brain even when it is 21 degrees with 6 inches of snow on the ground!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

I'm Such a Dog Person....

This was one of this week's Post Secrets. I hope it is true. It makes me happy!

A Little Dose of Inspiration

I was flipping through the pages of SELF magazine last night before bed. I came across this little number and I'm thinking I might do something similar for this summer. (Summer is right around the corner, right???) I'm thinking brown or black fabric for white or pink piping. No ruffle at the bottom. And patch pockets instead. I actually already have a pattern that I'll just need to adapt a bit. Ahh summer dresses... just a season away!!