Monday, October 29, 2007

wedding weekend

This was the weekend of my brother's wedding. We're back home and recovered from our weekend with the happy couple. My brother and new sister-in-law are now in Costa Rica after their beautiful wedding.
One of the things that I love so much when I think of our wedding is all of the touches that we added to make it 'us', and that's also what I loved most about this weekend as well. The venue was gorgeous--there was even a gator swimming through the background of a few of the bridal party photos! The decorations--carved white pumpkins--were perfect for this time of year. The hydrangeas and seeded eucalyptus (like on the boutonnières I made) were just right. And a very appropriate get-away vehicle for this bicycling couple.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

new faves

On my list of things to sew, I have a bunch of images in my mind of stockings, pillows, tissue holders made with fabric I don't have, colors I don't even have. So I ran in to Joann after work last week when they had a sale on fat quarters. I found a few fabrics to fill in those gaps in my stash. And I also found some redundant (more green!) fabrics that I needed.

I'm starting to feel the pressure of the craft fair, but in a way I didn't expect-- I'm still excited and motivated to do the designing + sewing, but the stress of all the other things I'm not doing is getting to me. I really don't have time for major crafting and cleaning/giving the pup enough attention/running errands. And I just found out yesterday (a very rainy Monday) that the craft fair will be held outside. I'm hoping for a cool, crisp, dry fall day!

I've been watching all the pillow-making going on at glitter goods. When I clicked over to link to a few pillow posts, I saw that she has a new display of all of them. The trick to that wrinkly quilty look is washing the pillow top before assembling the pillow. Great idea. I love her colors.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

free fabric

It made my day yesterday when I opened my email and found a message from Kristin at Sew, Mama, Sew. I won a yard of fabric in Free Fabric Friday. They have so many gorgeous prints (that would be a real splurge to buy!). It was hard to decide on one, but I finally chose this Loft 1800 print. Normally I'm drawn to cool colors, but since seeing brown paired with a rich magenta in a recent west elm catalog, I'm liking the combination. Here's a room with brown + magenta + purple. Nice, isn't it?

Saturday, October 13, 2007

the arrival of fall

The first wave of cooler air is finally here. The fall table is back, the windows are open. These are the days that make Florida's summer heat worth it.

Blogger says this is my 100th post, and I'm amazed. I can't believe I've come here a hundred times, but when I look back on all the creativity that's been inspired since I started blogging, I know it's true. This outlet has helped get my artistic juices flowing again. It's connected me to some wonderful, encouraging people who inspire me daily. Thank you all for reading and helping me to stay motivated to keep art + craft a priority in my life. I appreciate all of your supportive comments. It's great to be able to connect with you guys.

Well, I think I'll take advantage of this cool morning air, and go sit by an open window to sew these patchwork strips.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

We got it!

Here's that pumpkin that was discovered growing in E's sister's shrubs. It must weigh 10 pounds! (My feet are there for perspective.) It's not that orange, so is it under ripe? I'll have to figure out if this is a decorating pumpkin or an eating pumpkin.

Monday, October 8, 2007

custom ordered cutting table

Though not normally a podcast listener, I enjoyed the craftsanity interview with Amanda Soule. It was nice to learn more about Soulemama, and I appreciated what she said about everyone being creative in some way. Even my E is quite creative (and fast, I must say!), especially with projects around the house. With my brief description of a top built onto my existing fabric shelves, he got to work on my new cutting table. He's rather pleased with what he calls the "rustic" outcome (well, we were using the same planks that have had 2 previous lives as bookshelves). I think it will definitely work for cutting fabric, and it fits nicely into the room. Now all I need is a giant cutting mat, right?

Saturday, October 6, 2007

thank you!

Here's my new inspiration board on the wall above my sewing machine. I bought 4 cork tiles and covered them with batting and my current favorite fabrics. The adhesive squares that came with the tiles do not work, though. I have to re-stick at least one of these to the wall everyday!

With natural light at a premium these days (it feels like 7:00 at night most of the day), it's been hard to take any good photos this week. Rain everyday has kept us indoors most of the time. Although a lot of work passed across my sewing table last weekend, the week was much less productive because my back was so sore. I decided, since I'm still so motivated to work on stuff for the craft fair, that this is the weekend we need to remedy the cutting-on-a-low-table issue. I looked into foldable cutting tables, like this one, because they're 36" high, but read that they can be flimsy. So, my great husband is in the garage working on a platform to go on top of the existing shelves that hold my fabric. With this plan, we can use materials we have, buy nothing, and avoid a sore back on Monday.
I've been thinking lately about how much I learned from blog reading when I really started to explore sewing and quilting. I love that people not only showed what they'd created, but also explained how they'd done it, no matter how simple, or even obvious to an experienced sewer. I picked up so many techniques, like pressing the edges back before flipping my coasters right-side-out (can't remember, but maybe from angry chicken). I hope that I, too, can provide some useful ideas to those who are just getting into the art of sewing. A big thank you to everyone who posts explanations and tutorials!