Sunday, February 27, 2011

Almost there!

Dru's quilt top is finished!

Now, all I need to do is wait for a batting sale and Hancock Fabrics, and I can quilt this baby.

Can you spot the robots?

Saturday, February 26, 2011

In the name of process….

Wow, it's been a busy week. With the house hunting (don't get excited, we're just looking for another rental), craziness at work, Dru's quilt, and our walking, talking, head-bonking 14mo old, I can barely keep my head on straight!

To maintain some sense of sanity, I spend my precious late-night hours sewing. I'm almost done with the front of Dru's PurlBee-inspired quilt! Forgive the late night photos…

Apparently, I'm running out of room in my kitchen to display things. I have 7 rows still to attach, and I just don't think they're going to fit! I guess you'll have to wait until the entire thing is done until you get another "full body".

PS: I'm posting this in the name of Rossie's Process Pledge. The journey makes the destination, or some crap like that. Also, makes for more blog posts ;)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

It's here!!

This, people, is $250 (at 20% discount) worth of fabric.

Ahhh I can't wait to jump into it. We have a ironing/cutting party tomorrow afternoon at my mom's house. I want this to look SO good, so I don't know yet if I'll let anyone else cut. I guess I can relinquish ironing duties.

Tonight I'll be picking out the fabrics for Dru's quilt... which is half Smokey Owls, 1/4 Bots and Dots, and 1/4 stash fabric (I've had a request for the dinos I used on her Christmas present). Super excited!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fabric Madness!

Yesterday, while finishing up laundry and website updates with my mom, my youngest sister asked the thing every budding crafter wants to hear: "So, what are you making me for my birthday?"

Love that kid. The three of us quickly decided on a quilt, and my mom offered (well, agreed to) pay for the fabric if I sewed it. Really? Someone wants to enable finance my sewing habit? Heck yes! We decided the quilt would be a joint birthday present from me and Mom, and then Dru will take it off to college with her. Seriously, I was a little verklempt.

Later (after Delaney and Trevor were in bed), I called my mom to show her the bundles I had picked out for Dru on FabricWorm. Somehow, it turned into a marathon conference call; me on one end, and Mom, Dru, and my step-dad, Randy (requesting a 50's bowling "Pins and Fins" quilt). Lets just say we got a little out of hand.

Now, instead of one birthday quilt, I have a birthday quilt for youngest sister Dru, 20yr Camping Trip Anniversary quilt, a birthday quilt for my mom, and a birthday quilt for 2nd oldest sister Blair. Gotta love FabricWorm for their bundles! Now I just have to get busy....

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

This is why I'm hot.

This is where I live, this is where I live. Be jealous, cuz this is where I live.

Okay, well, this is 45min away from where I currently live, at the GORGEOUS Wine Country Inn. Thanks to my best friend Kelly (of tufted headboard fame), and her dad who owns the place, Trevor and I got a relaxing Valentine's night away with absolutely no responsibilities. Woke up this morning to some drizzle, and the view was STILL spectacular.

Napa will always be my home, these views will always be considered "where I live". Funny how we take it for granted, this amazing place where tourists flock to. Guess it takes a night away from the norm to appreciate it.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

So very excited.

This weekend is bound to be very fun, and VERY productive. Today, I'm purging, Goodwilling, and FreeCycling. I can't get out into the yard just yet (need two adults in the house), so I'm instead directing my energy at the forgotten storage zones in our house. Our closet, Delaney's closet, the garage. I will, however, need a certain baby (who is currently sorting dog food into bowls) to take a nap before I head down to take care of that last part.

TOMORROW (dun dun dun) is a play date with my friend Kelly. While our babies are probably too young to care about one another, Kel and I will be fashioning an upholstered headboard for her master bedroom. Her husband is getting in on the bedroom action too, apparently he's absolutely giddy to break out his jigsaw.

There's about a bajillion tutorials out there, and this is actually the second upholstery project Kel and I will have done together (she helped with the Rocker Re-Do: Part Two). So really, dear internet, I just need you to provide inspiration.

(Click above pictures for individual tutorials from the amazing, and NorCal, Centsational Girl)

DIY Upholstered Headboard with Wood Frame 23
via decorator.girl

via CasaSugar

via Project Pretty

via A Dad A Mom and A Little Lady

Kel is thinking something in grey/silvery tones, to compliment her purple and green accents. Stay tuned to see what we come up with!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

DIY: Quilted Potholders

Remember the peek at my Handmade 2011 present for Elizabeth?

Here's a full gander!

Adorable, right? Elizabeth's kitchen has red accents (not to mention she's SO into holiday-decorating). I did all the quilting on my sewing machine, which is unable to drop the feed dogs. Soooo it's slow going, but the hearts are so damn cute, I can't even stand it. Now, to enter them in Prudent Baby's contest.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

PS. I broke it.

So, in the middle of some late-night blog rehab, I accidentally deleted my header image. I've been meaning to re-do it, but the original was created on a work computer, long long ago. Crap.

Please bear (bare?) with me!

DIY: Business Card Holder

I don't talk about work much, for a number of reasons. Mainly, I'm trying to keep up the illusion that I'm much more professional than my 23-year-old brain feels it should be. Also, there's none of the extra mind-game crap I dealt with at my previous job, so usually I just go along my merry way.

I work for a print-shop in Napa. The company has been around for a gadzillion years, and has been staffed by family (or might-as-well-be-family) for the entire time. We do everything from business cards to banners, and I have the lucky position of seeing a job from its inception to the final product. I do sales, I do customer service, I do project management, I tap around the building in my pointy gold shoes and jeans, kindly asking "could I have this done yesterday, please?". I love it. Love love love it.

I've been carrying my super fancy business cards around the standard 250-count box since I started last April, and I don't think it's doing any justice to the foiled-embossed-glued back greatness I hand out to future clients. So, after seeing Schlosser Design's tutorial, I whipped up a cute little carry-case.

I used a 1/8" seam allowance (rather than the suggested 1/4") to accommodate for my quadruple thick cards, and yes, I did mick fabric to match the blue of our logo. (finally cut into Joel Dewberry's Modern Meadow 1/2 yd I've been hoarding for almost a year thankyouverymuch.)

A link to our website is over there to the right, under "Shop Local". Maybe you've got a great photo you want printed on canvas? Or fancy shmancy business cards of your own? You know who to call.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Just a peek.

Has anybody seen my digital camera? The iPhone isn't capturing this quite right. Hmph.

Oh well. I can't post pictures until I give this to Elizabeth anyway :)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Blogger's Pillow Party!

Remember my Fresh-Quilting inspired pillow? Yeah you do, it's the most sewing I've done this past month. No? C'mon...

Yeah, you remember. Anyway, Stitched in Color is hosting a Blogger's Pillow Party for the first 6 months of the year, and this baby is getting entered! Keep your fingers crossed...I've entered so many give-a-ways recently, I'm dying to get my pin-pricked fingers on some loot.

Blogger's Pillow Party