Monday, March 29, 2010

no future as a foot model

I do have another patterning project in the works, but I got sidetracked after an unsuccessful shoe shopping trip for C. I was kind of frustrated at the prices of baby shoes. I mean, she doesn't even walk yet, but sometimes I want to put something cute on her feet. Then I had an idea: I'll make some!

These were quick to put together with some linen and cotton plus a few layers of batting and interfacing for the soles, and ribbon for the straps.

I thought I had designed them so that she couldn't get her foot out, but I was wrong. As soon as I put the sandals on, she was doing all kinds of dancing (right out of one of them)! Oh well. A few cute photos with these and her Easter dress and we'll be good.:)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

patterning 2: what? didn't you see the liberty skirts?


Of course you knew I'd blog about more Liberty purchases from Target when I talked about adding pattern to my life. I think I've changed my mind about Liberty prints, or at least the ones they chose for the Target line. I love how bold and colorful they are.

before--I liked how the dress matched the azaleas!

So one of my purchases was this dress, which has now become a much more wearable skirt and bracelet. And we also got the matching baby dress.:)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

patterning my world 1

I wouldn't say I'm afraid of color (although one of my favorites is grey), but I do stay away from patterns in lots of areas of my wardrobe and home decor. I guess I worry that I'll get tired of the design, so my world is full of solid color pieces. But suddenly I'm craving pattern, so I decided to do a series of posts on a few projects I've taken on to add some pretty patterns to my surroundings. The first is these photos + frames.

I've been meaning to frame some of the photos we had taken back in September, and one day last week I was headed to buy some 50% off frames from Joann when my partner in crime had other ideas (she wanted to nap). So I rethought my plans for framing and figured out a way to use the frames we already had in that spot, along with some scrapbooking paper I use for card making. It was fun to choose which patterns to use, just like choosing fabric for a patchwork project. Before, these floating frames displayed all the temple and museum tickets we collected in Japan. It really brightened up the wall, and they are a nice distraction from all those CDs.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

back home

Our short stay at the beach was a nice break from the ordinary. We enjoyed some couple time while my mom and dad watched Cora. It was chilly, so our swimsuits never made it out of the suitcase. That's alright, though, because Cora preferred not to have her skin touching the sand. And E and I both weren't feeling so great. We'll try again soon when the weather is warmer!

Pick me up quick! I don't like this stuff on my feet!

Hanging out at G.G.'s (my mom) with her new favorite toy and modeling a new top from Alicia and Afton.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

goat cheese and honey

During the warmer months, Jacksonville has a weekly arts and farmers market, and this weekend was the first of the season. It's not far from our house, and it's always fun to look at what the crafters are selling and see if there are any good deals on produce. We've seen the farmer from our old CSA farm, Magnolia Farms, there before, but this time we were excited because she was selling her awesome goat cheese. And she had brought one of her baby goats! I was so glad we stopped by her booth because the CSA season is longer and more reasonably priced now, so we're considering buying a share.

So of course we bought some goat cheese. I wanted to make a meal where the chevre would be the star, and I remembered the warm goat cheese salad from one of our favorite restaurants, bb's. I really should look at restaurant menus more--they're great inspiration! Anyway, this salad has dates, red onions, walnuts and goat cheese toasts on mixed greens, all drizzled with honey. Honey and goat cheese=a winning combination.

Monday, March 8, 2010

almost set

I found a cute suit for Cora! There were several at Target that I liked for her, some really sweet ones for babies. But when I saw this one, the only one like it, the print caught my eye. I'm not sure if it's that babyish of a swim suit, maybe more grannyish, but it's perfect on her. It's from Target's line by Liberty of London, famous in the fabric world for their floral prints. I'm not usually a big fan (too feminine for me), but I love the colors and scale of this one.

Now I've thought of about half a dozen more things we need for a trip to the beach with a baby. I'm not sure if that list includes a new suit for me, but now I want to go back and look at Target!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

headed to the beach

We're going on a little vacation next week.

And I'm making a sun hat for Cora. Now all she needs is a swim suit. I love shopping for tiny clothes!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

our valentine

Here are more of the photos taken at our baby group Valentines party. Cora never sits still for long, but Kate got some great shots of her on the go!