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.

Baby Things

It must be baby season or something. Lots of babies are on their way. A woman in my office is due next month and we are throwing her a shower next week. I made a quilt and people are pitching in for it to be a group gift. I’ve posted it here before, but it’s super cute so I have to share it again. I need to be sure to get some better pictures before I give it to her.

I think this is my best quilt to date. I made a baby-sized Denyse Schmidt pattern called Single Girl. I want to make it again. It’s a tedious pattern, but in the baby size, it’s not nearly as overwhelming as when I made the queen size for my first quilt!

As an extra, little gift, I bought the CUTEST baby bootie pattern off of Etsy and made some practice baby booties.

I showed them to some friends with kids and they said they would have paid an arm and a leg for them when their kids were little. The front panel has a Velro attachment so it’s easy too shove a squirmy little foot in there. My first try turned out pretty good, I think I just need to try a few more practice booties to make them just right.

There’s some hand sewing involved which is not my favorite thing, but they are so adorable. I also bought a baby boot pattern, which I haven’t tried yet.

Always Be Sure to Link with Love

Or as I like to call it, source your shit.

I love that people can share all the wonderful things they make and find on the internet, but too often, the image of the work gets separated from its original source. Posting images without linking back to where they originally came from hurts the person who made it. If I want to use an image in a post or share it with friends on tumblr or Pinterest, if I can’t find the source, I don’t use it.

There’s a new site trying to raise awareness of the importance of linking to original sources called Link with Love. While they are focused on making sure people add links throughout the internet, their main focus at the moment is Pinterest. I love using Pinterest, but often find myself getting frustrated when I can’t get to where the image originally came from. They are reaching out to Pinterest to help clean up the site now and reminding people to link when pinning things in the future.

Here is more information about their mission.

HOW it works.

LINKwithlove is EASY. It is an expansion of what we all do naturally. We watch out for the people we care about. We share things. We engage each other. More and more – our daily lives and social networking takes place on the internet. By looking out for the people we connect with via our social networks (blogs, Facebooks, Twitter, Pinterest, etc) we increase our watchfulness.

LINKwithlove is about :

  1. ACCEPTING that it is your responsibility to know better, do better and leave a legacy of internet kindness. Share the knowledge of proper use of intellectual property online.
  2. RESPECTING the intellectual property of your own AND OTHERS. Lead by example when posting or sharing. Retain links. Post credits.
  3. PROTECTING the rights of yourself and others by being watchful as you surf the internet. Draw attention to uncredited or unlinked work. A watchful eye is good defense against theft.

When we know better – WE DO BETTER. – Maya Angelou

LINKwithlove IS NOT ABOUT:

  1. Attending meetings, investing money or taking on extra responsibilities.
  2. Vigilante patrolling of the internet. (LINKwithlove simply involves being conscious of how you share information)
  3. Knowing who created every piece of intellectual property on the internet. All that is required is that you watch for the WAY in which things are credited. (A credit to the original source is FANTASTIC! Be sure you post respectfully and be sure that your social network knows that YOU RESPECT online property such as art, photography, words, etc.)
  4. Only art or photography.  This watch-idea can be effective for all types of intellectual property – art, photography, design, typography, illustration, music, film, recipes, education, crafts, ideas, written word, etc.


WHAT YOU CAN DO:

  1. SPREAD THE WORD. Share LINKwithlove.org with your social networks. Display your badge. Post with respect and love. Lead by example.
  2. Like us on FACEBOOK. Follow us on PINTEREST. Follow us on TWITTER. If you find a graphic without a credit link – post it to our Facebook page, Pinterest board – OR TWEET IT – by reaching a growing audience our hope is to find the original artist and provide the missing link.

For more information and to get a badge for your site, go to Link with Love.

Help these kitties!

I am taking care of these kittens and could use some help. Below is the description copied from a donation listing on my etsy.

Want to help a litter of kittens, but can’t foster a litter of your own? Make a donation to help Theo, Henry, Jack, and Oliver.

These kittens were born inside my neighbors’ roof. The mama was likely a house cat at some point. She is very friendly and quite chatty. I managed to get three of the babies out of the roof, but one hid from me. I created a cozy little home for them in my backyard where they’ve been living with their mama. Mama cat must have liked the new home because one day I got home and she had brought me the last baby!

The kittens are still nursing so they aren’t ready to be fixed, but they will be taken to get spayed/neutered along with their vaccinations and shots as soon as they are ready. As you can see they have an eye infection as well. They are getting medication for this.

This is all quite expensive. I am doing all I can to take care of the cats and get them socialized enough to be adopted into a home so they will not have to live on the streets.

If you would like to make a donation, please click here. Thank you.

(Any and all donations will go completely to the health and care of the kittens. I will take no cut of the money for myself)

Heads Up

Hello. Just letting you know I’ll be posting a little less for the next two weeks. I’m on spring break and I have a lot of projects planned. I may end up more tired when I get back to work! I will be sure to document what I’m working on and share it on here. The fun projects anyway (I’m getting insulation put in and doing some spring cleaning that won’t be all that exciting).