Since it’s been forever since my last post (and I have good reason, an 11 pound, now nearly 2 month old good reason) I thought it was time to jump back in the saddle. Nobody told me it would take nearly 2 months until I had some semblance of a routine with a newborn but hey, who’s complaining when you get to look at this face everyday.
What I’ve been up to lately:
Reading: Just finished The Farming of Bones – very depressing but extremely well written and it was a great read for book club, lots to discuss. When I’m not trying to finish a fiction novel I am currently digesting piles of baby books. This one is my current favorite.
Cooking: White Chicken Chili – yum!
Baking: These for Finny and Donk’s Craft-Along. They were so yummy, my women’s group loved them! I also made this but it wasn’t great. I have to make something with the pounds and pounds of lemons hanging off the tree in my backyard.
Listening To: Podcasts by this man – love everything he has to say. Also jamming to her and these guys.
Browsing: Loving this site, already posted and requested a few books. Also loving this site for new recipes and gotta love all the pictures.
Watching: I seriously contemplated naming my son Jack Bauer Taylor because I love this show so much but we liked Tripp better. Another show I am so glad is back after the holiday hiatus is Grey‘s although am I the only one that is annoyed with the whole Denny/Izzie dead guy scenario?
Crafting: This scarflet is slow going because I usually have a little one in my arms. Not sure how much longer I’ll need it here in Spain but I can’t wait until it’s finished. I’m using a brown wool and turquoise worsted together, I’ll post pics when it’s off the needles. I also made one of these with a beautiful asian silk to carry my little guy around in. Since he loves the sling so much I have 3 different ways to carry him now – the Baby Bjorn, the Ultimate Baby Wrap and a handmade ring sling.
I just found out about this BEE-YOU-TEE-FULL giveaway over at Simply This That and the Other. Head on over and check it out! She is giving away this amazingly yummy-looking peppermint stick table runner, just in time for the holidays.
I’ve had an idea in my head for a while for a simple fall banner for my fireplace. I took a few different ideas and melded them together into the following simple, cute decoration. I was quite pleased with the outcome and this banner took me hardly anytime at all. You can make this for any holiday or with any word. It would be adorable for a birthday banner as well. Here is what I did:
Fat quarter of fall fabric
1 – 12″ x 12″ piece of fall patterned paper
Package of double fold bias tape or long length of ribbon
Fabric strip scraps
Scrapbooking stickers or die cut letters
1. Cut your fat quarter into as many triangles as you need. My triangles are cut 5″ a 7″. You may choose to cut your triangles with pinking shears for an even cuter effect.
2. Cut your scrapbook paper into as many 2.5″ squares as you need.
3. Sew your scrapbook paper onto your fabric triangle with a long straight stitch.
4. Lay out your triangles and pin into your double fold bias tape. Sew along the length of your bias tape, securing your triangles onto the bias tape.
5. Take your scrapbook or die cut letters and place them onto the center of each scrapbook paper square. My letters came on a sheet with tiny rhinestone embellishments so I added those for effect as well.
6. Hang your banner anywhere you would like it.
7. Take your fabric scrap strips and tie them in between each letter, trimming them shorter if needed.
Voila, a spruced up fall fireplace mantel ready for an apple cider scented candle and a vase full of fall leaves.
This is my second year participating in Melly & Me’s Scrap Swap and it is always a blast. My partner Lorraine from Australia was so nice and we have been corresponding back and forth for the past month. She sent the sweetest package and already I dove in to the scraps for a quilt I’m working on.
Joe and I had inherited some hand crocheted doilies his mom made years ago and I wanted to do something fun with them. I saw this cute idea and decided I wanted to try it myself. I rolled the doilies up and hot glued them closed to make some rosebuds. Then I made some half circles out of green felt and rolled them around the bottom of the buds. I hot glued some floral wire onto the bottom and voila, a cute little bouquet that will never wilt.
While I had the hot glue gun out I decided to make some cute spring flowers with ribbon and some floral accessories I picked up at the fabric market before I left Korea. Brooches, gift wrap bow alternatives, magnets, pushpins, the possibilities are endless. You can find them in the shop soon.
I also wanted to make a bulletin board for my new sewing room so I picked up a medium sized bulletin board at the junk store down the street and hot glued some fabric and ribbon on it. I added some fancy push pins and I’m now using it for projects. The left side is for projects I need to start and the right side is for projects I currently need to finish.
Since we’ve been taking plenty of day trips since moving to Spain I decided I needed a drawstring backpack to take along. I used Happythings tutorial to make this out of my new favorite gray tweed. I lined it with Alexander Henry’s “Bird Seed” print in yellow and added lots of interior pockets.
I quilted the bottom and sides with a layer of batting and the bag is nice and sturdy. My only problem was that the casing ended up being quilted with batting and therefore very difficult to get the straps through. I also made the straps a little too short but that can easily be fixed. Three friends already want one and I love the design, although the bag took quite a while to make.
My move to Spain really put a damper on my crafting habits. When you pack up your sewing machine for almost a month it can get hard for someone with crafty ADD. I was a little behind on my FaDSA projects so I thought I would post 2 at once.
I made the button scarf back while we were living in Korea so I got plenty of use out of it in the cold and gray winter. I opted for something a little different and instead of making a button I made a large buttonhole to pull the other end through. It’s totally adjustable and nice and warm. One side is a black soft fleecy fur and the other side is a black and white flocked brocade. I was very happy with this scarf and will be making more in the future. I don’t get much use out of it in Southern Spain but I will be wearing this next winter or on quick weekend trips to chilly Scandinavia.
My next project was the Pintucked Table Runner. I had a small bump in the road when I sewed the pintucked side into the inside of the runner by accident. I just cut my seam allowances off, turned it over and resewed it.
I chose a gray tweed for the top, making it difficult to wash but I loved this fabric and it went great with my new black and white themed dining room. Considering I live less than 1/2 a mile away from a bullring I found it fitting to use a matador and flamenco dancer print. I don’t condone bull fighting but I do love all things Spanish.
Our home came with a gorgeous wooden table that seats 14 people (yes, 14) and two matching China cabinets (too bad we can’t keep them). With a table this long I wasn’t about to make a table runner that draped off the sides so I opted for a shorter one. This table will surely come in handy when we entertain. Speaking of entertaining, our first soiree is an Easter dinner tomorrow for 25 of our new friends.
Kelli and Finny, I’m all ready for April’s assignment.
Just whipped up this little Clean Sweep Apron (if 2 hours is considered whipping). I found this adorable remnant of apron fabric at Happy Quilt last week and while it wasn’t long enough for the aprons to be facing the right way, I still think it’s pretty cute. Thanks for the pattern Cynthia. I did modify it a bit, basically because I can’t follow directions and I’m always looking for shortcuts which then turn into longcuts (is that a word?). I added a bias trim along the sides and made the bias trim into the ties.
Joe was laughing his butt off when I filled it with cleaning supplies but I think it will come in quite handy, thankyouverymuch! Yes, those are pieces of thread on my shirt. And YES, thanks for asking, that is my brand new shiny Christmas bike in the background. Too bad I won’t ride it in the negative 12 degree temperatures we’ve been having here in Korea. I will have to wait until March when it arrives in sunny Spain. Right now I just take a few daily circles around the living room on it. Isn’t it cute?
I forgot to photograph them but I landed some awesome finds at Happy Quilt last week. Some Anna Maria, some Vera, some Denyse, and some Michael, just to name a few.
This is the bag I made using some Anna Maria Chocolate Lollipop plaid and the newest pattern from Vera Bradley’s line. I used this pattern and modified it a bit.
Saturday will be my last jaunt to the fabric market in Seoul before we move. 😦
I’m sure I will come back with quite a stash on Sat. Wish me luck!