Monday, May 31, 2010

Hop Scotch Big Gosh

I finished the Hop Scotch quilt today and am relatively lukewarm about it. I'm glad to have it completed. But I didn't do as good of a job as I would have liked in binding it and I don't really like it on my wall. Right now, I am not sure where I'm going to display it. Regardless, I'm glad to have it done.... seems like it was a work in progress f.o.r.e.v.e.r.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Dear Comcast, Please Block Etsy. I Love it Too Much.

Oh Etsy, how I adore the tour of loveliness you give me. Really, it should be a blocked site for my Paypal account. This afternoon involved a wee bit of surfing around and these gorgeous little finds:
  • How awesome are these?
  • And this necklace just screams elegance.
  • And this seems like the perfect thing to put on during those 90 degree summer days.
  • And I could totally see this going with a little pink sundress and flip flops.
  • And how delighted would you be to get a postcard like this in the mail?
  • At some point in time, I'm also going to need to buy Vanessa's bracelet pattern.
  • And oh my, the display I'd make with these vintage cards!!
  • And afternoon tea? Yes please!
  • And of course I still need a harmonica necklace. Because that's just fun.
What's your favorite?

Saturday, May 29, 2010

And We Have Crafting!!!

Real, legitimate sewing!! I worked on the Hop Scotch quilt today. Bias tape being added and actual sewing it on tomorrow. Woohoo!!! It's taken over my kitchen table and waiting for the machine to be plugged back in.

And I went and bought the zipper for my dress today. As well as a bunch of other odds and ends at JoAnn's. Seems I can't go in there without buying more than what was on my list.
Rosy and I also took a nice long hike in the woods by my apartment today. There is so much to see right now... and creeks to wade in, chirping birds to listen to, the scurry of the chipmunks to watch, the smell of the canopy of trees and warmth of the sun in the clearing. Pure delight.

Happy weekend friends!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Heat is On (in Philadelphia)

I've been working a bit on my cookbook. I got all of my recipe clippings organized and into the book with plenty of space to add additional items down the road. Seems I have mostly main dishes and desserts. The surprise was they were relatively equal in number. I would have wagered desserts would win. I guess my sweet tooth does not reign as stronger as I suspected.
Rosy and I have been also taking many a jaunt around the neighborhood. Yesterday, she found a nice little girl, a mom and a bouncy ball. For my dog, a bouncy ball might be the best thing in life! Or maybe new people to love her is the best... regardless, it was a fun playtime. With 90 degree days, finding someone who wants to play with her while I rest in the shade = pretty great too.
Tonight, I'm hoping to finally cut out that dress pattern. It's been sitting on the kitchen table, calling my name. And now that the fabric is washed, I can make progress. And also see if I have enough fabric. The joy of buying fabric before the pattern is in hand... sometimes you don't buy enough. We shall see....

Oh, and yesterday I fooled around a bit. See the right hand column if you'd like to follow A Rosy Outlook on Facebook or Twitter.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

Out Pickin'

On Sunday, my friend Katie and I went strawberry picking. The season is so short that a little bit of misty rain wasn't going to stop us! I'm so glad we went as the berries were just gorgeous. Everything was so red and ripe.
We picked two baskets each and then hunted out some snow peas as well. The poor pea plants were rather picked over so we only picked about one serving per person. Oh, how I adore doing pick your own. I might have to do blueberry, peach and apple season too!
And, of course I came home and made some shortcake to go with my fresh berries. A very yummy dessert ending to my weekend!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Summer Dress Make Me Feel Fine, Blowing Through the Jasmine in my Mind

Oh crafting supplies, how I love you!! Yesterday I received my dress pattern and fabric. I'm planning to make Anna Maria's Evening Empire Dress in a knee length with one fabric. I got this Kaffe Fassett fabric as it seemed to call out for a summer dress. It's bright and delightful and exactly the right statement for the summer I'm going to have. I can't wait to wash it this weekend and get started!! Summer dresses are my favorite.
I also got a quarter of a yard of this fabric because it is so darn cute. As you know, I simply love dogs. I have no idea where it will find itself - quilt, zippy pouch, etc - but know I'll love it.
Ahh, happiness! I have that pre-crafting glow.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Rain in Sprain Falls Mostly in... Philadelphia?

Today, my wrist was strong enough that I was able to work out a bit. I foresee yoga in my future. Oh how I miss downward facing dog. And, that means that sewing is in the near future as well. Woohoo!! I really hope I can finish the quilt within the next week or so.
In the meantime, I was able to throw on my rain gear and wander around the neighborhood with Rosy this afternoon. Oh, there is so much loveliness out in my neighborhood right now. I only wish Philly residents were a bit more warm to my hellos when out and about. It's as if friendliness scares them a bit!

And, I mentioned the journal I bought at the Art Star Craft Bazaar last post. Here it is. I've started putting recipes from magazines in. I'm hoping to continue to grow this cookbook for at least a year. Oh, how I love the cover. And the pages inside highlight the heroism of our Community Friends!!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Making Lemonade from Sprained Lemons

I don't know if I shared but I sprained my wrist a week ago Friday. I was being goofy in the woods by my home and fell off a rock. You know, if you are going to do something don't do it half way. I took that to heart; it was a wonderfully done fall. Anyway, it has been slow to heal. This week I gave in, went to the doctor and got x-rays. And, I was right... just a sprain. Sadly, it has limited my crafting quite a bit. I've been reading but no sewing, no knitting, no jewelry, no cooking even. In the meantime, I purchased a dress pattern. When you can't craft, buy things for future crafting.... yep, that's my new motto!
Anywho, luckily my mom was coming to visit this weekend. Lucky because not only did I get to whine a wee bit about the wrist but we wandered around Philly, distracting me from the sewing drought occurring in my kitchen.
On Saturday we visited one of my favorite breakfast places in Chestnut Hill, Cafette. We brunched with a friend of mine and then headed down to Penn's Landing for the Art Star Craft Bazaar. I'm always up for a craft show and having been to this delight before I knew it wouldn't disappoint. I ended up buying the coolest spiral journal made with children books. I'm anticipating pasting recipes from magazines inside so they can be slightly more organized.
Today, we wandered around Morris Arboretum for quite a bit. We found a bench and ate lunch. We walked and took photos and walked some more. We found another bench, under a lush tree and listened to the hummingbird nearby and children's laughter in the distance. We read. We welcomed the warmth of the sun. It was utterly delightful!

How was your weekend?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day Mom!

My mom, my stepsister Carol (a pretty fantastic mom too) and me in March

Dear Mom--

Thanks for being such a great mom.

Thank you for always encouraging me and helping me to think things through.

Thank you for teaching me to read. I still love to do it.

Thanks for teaching me to write thank you notes. They are very important - you were right.

Thanks for helping me move and driving that ridiculous awful UHaul.

Thanks for not killing me when I was 16.

Thank you for bringing home empty worksheet when I was little so I could play "school" (and learn in the process).

Thanks for going on that Welland Canal field trip.

Thanks for not pushing Fredonia too hard when I was looking at colleges. It was the perfect place for me and I might not have found it if you had.

Thanks for stocking the fridge with Dr. Pepper when I come home to visit.

Thank you for nurturing me, even now. I love you.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Question 1

What makes me really, truly happy?
Such a simple question with a long, long answer!

Using my brain
Designing something with fabric
The sense of completion that comes with finishing a project
Being encouraged by someone
The warm sun and a cool breeze against my skin
The happy gait of Rosy when her little back feet seem to be moving faster than the front ones
The rush of uncertainty I feel in a new culture
The sly smile given to me by someone I love
The taste of my chocolate cake
French toast with powdered sugar for dinner
The smell of vanilla
The melody of a happy song, the way it washes over my body
The glow of sunlight in photographs
The way cotton candy melts in my mouth
The look of a gorgeous pair of high heels
The feel in my muscles after doing yoga

What makes you ridiculously happy?

Friday, May 7, 2010

I Have Questions

As part of my Unravelling class, I recently asked myself a bunch of different questions. I boiled down the list to a key ten and am going to spend some time reflecting on each of them in the next couple of weeks. (You might even see some answers here!) The really good questions are:
  1. How will 35 (years old) be different?
  2. What has been keeping me from sewing? How can I do more of it?
  3. What do I aspire to?
  4. How can I be healthier?
  5. How can I grow in the next year?
  6. How do I ensure people see what makes me special?
  7. Do I love myself enough?
  8. What makes me really, truly happy?
  9. Am I doing enough to find my life partner?
  10. How do I want to be defined when I'm no longer here?
What are some of your really good questions?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

It's My Birthday!!

I bought myself flowers this week to celebrate my birthday, which is today. Ahh, so lovely (and a luxury) to have fresh flowers in the house. Today I turn 35. I'm living a life I never imagined when I was younger, which is lovely and not exactly where I'd like to be at the same time. However, I know I'm so so blessed. I have so much goodness in my life. I'm happy. I do many things I love regularly. I have delightful and amazing friends. My family is great. And, through the joy of the internet, I've met all of you! I'm lucky.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Shopping for Inspiration

Beauty and inspiration go hand in hand. I spent a wee bit of time on Etsy looking at loveliness, soaking in the ideas. I'm loving:
  • This necklace. So small, casual and vintage-y.
  • This gorgeousness. I see it will summer dresses.
  • Ohhh turquoise I like you.
  • I wish they had a Philly version of this beauty. I love it!
  • Ruffles and green... so pretty!
  • This prettiness. Umm, I wish you could feel through the computer.
  • These berry bowls make me smile so...
  • A great vintage (1942!) children's book. I love the pictures!
  • Seriously? I see this in my kitchen. If only I weren't saving money....
  • Wow! I have no where to put this but adore it. What talent the artist has.
I'm feeling increased creative energy. Now, if only I didn't have another six hours of work!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Girl's Weekend: Two Parter

Home from a two part girl's weekend....
First, I spent some time with my sorority sisters and attended the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale in Fort Wayne, IN. It was so good to see them and just spend some time being goofy, shopping and relaxing.

Then it was on to Chicago to visit my best friend, Katy. We wandered, laughed, shopped, ate and just had a good time.
I'm not sure my weekend could have been any better!