Vintage Things and Puppies

This past weekend I did maybe the most adorable thing ever. I went to doggy swim day. The day before they drain the pools for the season, some places have a doggy swim day. You bring your dog and everyone swims. I don’t have a dog, but my mom has a dog, Stella, who LOVES to swim. My mom takes her to a lake nearby and she will just swim for hours. She likes to chase the ducks too. Anyway, here is Stella at her doggy swim day.

The weekend before that I went to the Indie Arts Vintage and Marketplace. Apparently it’s been so popular, they added another one in October. I had a good time looking around and managed to only spend $4 on some vintage rubber stamps. I also picked up lunch from Groovy Guys Fries, an AWESOME food truck. Here are some of my favorite items I came across.

I also discovered that some of the shelving in my craft room was falling off of the wall, so this is the state of the room at the moment. Not exactly the project I wanted to work on.

As usual, Gus got into a predicament and Teeny got all up in my face.

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Goodbye Single Girl Baby Quilt

Sigh, goodbye baby quilt. I really love this quilt. I think I may have to make another…

So we are throwing a little baby shower lunch for a woman I work with (aka the one getting the quilt above). I was put in charge of decorations, which was totally fine by me. I’m not much of a cook. Here are the pretty simple baby shower decorations I came up with. It sort of went along with the shower invitation design which had balloons on it, so I just stuck with a circle theme. Can circles be a theme? I love the paper garland and had a lot of it so I actually also used some of it to wrap the gift as well.

I haven’t really been doing a whole lot of sewing, but I have been doing quite a bit of shopping. It’s a little too easy to buy fabric online while I’m taking a lunch break at work. Since I work at a school, I have TWO WEEKS of spring break coming up so I have a lot of sewing plans for that time. I am still waiting to see if I got in to the Indieana Handicraft exchange, but in the meantime, I will have a little table at my friend’s fabric shop, Crimson Tate. We have a thing here (which I think a lot of other city’s do too) called First Friday. The first friday of every month, shops, galleries, and art studios open their doors for a little party. I’m going to set up a little table and sell my goods. I’m hoping to clean out what I currently have in my inventory so I can get some new exciting stuff made.

Anyway, here is some of the pretty fabric I’ve picked up lately.

I also bought this awesome pattern a while ago from The Sometimes Crafter. I’d really like to get one of these made soon, but I’m not sure how much time it will take.

A beautiful weekend and a finished project

This past weekend was so beautiful. I spent a lot of time outside and spent some time just sitting on the porch and enjoying the view of the house across the street getting fixed up along with this lovely tree. This is my favorite part of the view from my house.

I also purchased a decent iron and I think it has changed my life. The one I’ve been using was the cheapest iron I could find. This new one actually makes the ironing somewhat enjoyable!

And here is the finished project! It’s a set of pillowcases. Someone I know online saw pictures of my chevron quilt and had these commissioned. Aren’t they lovely?

And in even better news, I have two weeks of spring break starting at the end of the day today!!!!

 

Furniture Shopping

A while back I posted about finding something to display my quilts in. I didn’t find exactly that, but I did find something I couldn’t pass up. This lovely piece. I was in love the moment I saw it. Not to mention it was a steal especially since some of the IKEA pieces I had been looking at were $100-$200 more!

I love it even more with my cameras all set up in it at home! Swoon! I totally shoved my dining room table into the corner of the room so this could be center stage.

 

I also came across this. A giant Nixon. Any takers?

Quilt Storage

My quilt collection is beginning to grow. I am tempted by beautiful images of cabinets full of quilts to get something for my collection. That way if they aren’t being used I can still display them without the cats sleeping on them.

While I totally am in love with this first one, I know the kitties would love it too.

 

I love this one too, but it’s a little pricey for me at the moment. (IKEA $399)

 

I’m not sure about this color for my house, but the shape is nice (IKEA $249)

 

The colors of this one are great, but completely out of my price range. (The Bella Cottage $1895)

 

This isn’t at all what I am looking for, but I still think I need it in my life (Anthropologie)

Does anyone know of anywhere I can look for something like this. I browse craigslist from time to time, but never quite find what I’m looking for.

Makeshift Curtain

The window over my bed faces east so on sunny weekend mornings, sleeping in is almost impossible. I am not a morning person and love to sleep in when I can so I decided to make a curtain for the window. Originally, I just grabbed some extra solid fabric and make a fast curtain.

But then I saw this beauty.

(via sotakeahike on flickr)

Aren’t these perfect?! I love the way the light coming through makes it look sort of like stained glass. I pulled down my curtain immediately and cut it in half. It took a little longer than I had expected (mainly due to being down and out for a few days due to food poisoning).

Here is mine.

And in the morning.

I put muslin on the other side of the patchwork part so it looks a little more finished from the outside. I am planning on making another for the other window in the bedroom. I think I may plan the fabrics a little more. For this one I just pulled out scraps I had and started sewing.

Summer Sunroom Dreams

If I had the money, I would tear out one of my kitchen walls and put in a sunroom. When I was younger, we lived in a house that had this great sunroom which was basically my playroom. I have incredibly happy memories of this room including garnering my love for storms because whenever a storm came through, my dad would come get me and we’d lay on the floor and watch the lightning. Also, natural light in imperative to my happiness.

Sunrooms of my dreams