Squirrely Get Together Baby Quilt

Another project I wrapped up over my long break.

After seeing  David Walker’s Squirrely Get Together line, I could not resist buying some. I especially love the pink squirrels!

However when it came to actually sewing this quilt, I struggled. I rearranged and sewed pieces together and tore them apart several times. (Several other combinations not pictured. Neither are the piles of thread that covered my couch.)

I finally decided on this and here is what I ended up with. This quilt is also for sale in my shop.

I used a pretty puffy batting so it’s fluffy and soft and wonderful. I kept the quilting simple and just stitched squares within each square of fabric.

Current Project: Denyse Schmidt Single Girl Quilt

I have been working on and off (mostly off) on this Denyse Schmidt Single Girl Quilt since December. I kind of burned out after cutting all the little pieces and sewing them into rings. After a little teasing from my boyfriend about how it would never get finished, I got back to it.

Here are a few work in progress shots.

 

Here is the patchwork part all finished. I love it. It’s so sweet.

 

Apparently I need to work on sewing straight lines too.

 

Now onto the actual quilting which I have never done before in my life. I am not very good at tedious repetitive tasks. Clearly I will be machine quilting. I just bought a walking foot over the weekend and it made a HUGE difference. It hurt a little to drop $30 on a foot, but I can already tell it’s totally going to be worth it. I will add more pics once I get the quilting finished, if I ever get it finished!

Do you quilt? What have you made recently? Show me your first quilt.

Long weekend- painting and kittens

Sorry for the extra late post. I’ve been busy. I took Monday off for a long weekend to get some things done around the house.

I painted. Here are a few “work in progress” photos. More to come.

Also, something adorable. A cat has been hanging around my house and it was clear that she had recently had kittens. I’ve been feeding her so she and the kitties wouldn’t go hungry. Just last Friday, I discovered where she was hiding her kittens. They’re living in a hole in my neighbor’s roof right outside my bedroom window! I sat and watched them for a half hour on Monday. So close, yet just out of my reach. Okay, maybe more like seven feet out of me reach. They’re so cute!

Here’s the mama cat who likes to hang around me and my house to get away from the kitties.

Kitties!

Gus was not pleased to see so many other cats so close to his house.

I have a short video of them on my flickr too.

Japanese Mini Letterpress Cards

Looking around Uguisi, an adorable Japanese stationery site, I found these little lovlies.

From the Kita no Moyo-cho (literally means “pattern book from the North”) letterpress card series, this mini card set in a match box is really adorable! 20 mini cards with blank back side. Made in Japan.

Could you combine all of the things I love into one!? Letterpress, notecards, Japanese stationery, and itty bitty things? Yes please. I will take one of each.

Handbags and Accessories I Want!

I am constantly on the hunt for gorgeous bags. I have entirely too many. I have a huge box ready to go to the consignment shop. I have trouble spending too much though. I know I should be buying quality, not quantity, but let’s be honest, I change my mind a lot. That makes it hard for me to spend more than $50 on a bag (and even $50 invokes slight feelings of guilt). I constantly return to Fossil, but I just can’t convince myself to hit the purchase button.

Here’s what I’m loving.

Seriously, I would accept any of these. Which is your favorite or not really your style? Where do you shop for cute bags?

Anthropologie Necklaces on the Cheap

I came across this post on Flamingo Toes. Each week, she takes inspiration from one of Anthropologie’s gorgeous (yet often quite pricey) necklaces and makes a diy version on the cheap. This is one of my favorites. I don’t know if I would have the confidence to actually pull it off, but I love the fancy little animals.

Anthropoligie’s Version

 

Flamingo Toes’ Version

 

Check out the tutorial and try it for yourself.

New inspiration galleries from Creature Comforts

One of my favorite blogs, Creature Comforts, has created Inspiration Galleries.

The inspiration galleries are divided into categories of diy projects (shown in pictures, who wants to read about pretty projects?) including packaging, printables, fashion, and holidays.