Sewing and Sleeping

I’ve been attempting to get a lot of sewing done, but work has been so busy, I’ve been coming home and passing out on the couch. Gus has been attempting to keep me motivated.

I sent more patterns off to Crimson Tate.

I finished up that baby quilt I was working on. It turned out really great. Joanna was really happy with it.

I’ve been working on my Merry Go Round quilt in class at Crimson Tate. My friend Brooke talked me into it. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it because the pattern looks really traditional. With a little Denyse Schmidt fabric, I fell in love. Here it is up on the design wall. Heather, the owner of Crimson Tate put it up on the shop facebook page and Denyse Schmidt LIKED IT!

I also started taking an online calligraphy course. I probably could have chosen a better timing, but I’ve really been wanting to take it.

I’ve also been sewing bags and getting ready for the Fountain Square Art Fair here in Indianapolis on September 22nd.

This one is my personal favorite.

So that’s what’s been going on here. What have you been working on?


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.

Paper Home Decor

I really love paper. Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of home decor made from paper. I like this idea because it’s really quick and simple and if you get tired of it, you don’t feel too bad tossing it into the recycling.

Here are some of my favorite finds:

These paper mobiles from Upon a Fold are so colorful.


Create a wall sculpture from recycled toilet paper tubes.


Add some pretty flowers from doilies and colored thumb tacks.


Create some tissue paper flowers to add some color to a room.

If you have a bunch of magazines laying around like I do, try this pretty wreath.

Aesthetic Outburts 20 in 20

I have been following Abbey Hendrickson of Aesthetic Outburst‘s 20 in 20 projects for a while now.

One of my favorites so far is this vintage darning sampler.

It’s so pretty and simple. Her projects always inspire me. I can’t wait to bust out my embroidery threads and give this a try.

To see more of Abbey’s 20 in 20 projects, visit Aesthetic Outburst or her flickr.

Here are a few more of my favorites:


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.