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.

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.

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.

Art Squared: Fountain Square, Indianapolis, IN

I’m getting so excited for Art Squared and the Fountain Square Art Fair, I can barely contain myself! I went last year and had such a great time. They have something called Masterpiece in a Day and tons of people are just out in the streets, creating artwork. At the end of the day, everyone takes their piece to the Murphy building and everything is displayed. There is also a parade put on by local groups and companies and all the galleries and restaurants are open. It is a ton of fun. You don’t even have to spend any money if you don’t want to, but there are plenty of opportunities if you do want to shop (wink wink).

Get more information about Art Squared.

I’ll be showing at the art fair. Here is my postcard I’ve been giving out. I hope to see you there!

New Etsy Shop now open!

It’s been a little quiet on here recently, but that’s because I have been working on opening my new Etsy shop. It’s a mix of vintage books turned notebooks, vintage ephemera paper, and sewn accessories as well. Take a look, I hope you like it.

Summer Porch – Outdoor Living

I haven’t touched my porch since moving into my house last summer. I had other things that I needed to take care of first, like making sure I had a bed and finding the coffee pot so I would have adequate caffeine to complete all my new and exciting projects. Now that warmer weather is (hopefully) right around the corner, I really want to make my porch a place I’d actually like to spend some time.

When I moved in, this bench was left on the porch.

It would be perfect with some cushions. The only problem is, it’s not any sort of standard size. It appears to have been made from scraps left over from the posts. Apart from a a few hazardous looking nails, it’s totally salvageable. I’ll just have to make my own cushions. The only issue I’m having is cost. That foam filler can get a little pricey.

So now, let me share with you my
“If Money Were No Object, Which Unfortunately It Always Is, Porch Makeover”!

First off, cushion fabrics. I love color and I’m really into Moroccan patterns right now. Here are a few picks for cushions.

1. ZEN SUNBRELLA OUTDOOR SPA

2. JUNCTION OUTDOOR LAGOON

3. RIGBY OUTDOOR PAPRIKA

Next, accessories.

1. Casbah Rug $79.95

2. Sundial Outdoor Pillow $27

3. Abra Hurricane $89.95

4. Elan Coffee Table $635

5. Casablanca Lanterns $-7.95 – $49.95

6. Sausalito House Numbers $14 each

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.