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.


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?

First Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild Meeting!

For me anyway. It was at my usual fabric store this past Saturday, so I decided to go check it out. I had a great time. Even though I sat at a table with some ladies I already sort of knew, I discovered one woman is my neighbor! We shared stories of awful neighbors because the neighborhood is a little sketchy. She calls it “transitional” which I thought was fitting.

The best part of the meeting was show-and-tell. It was so awesome to see what everyone else was working on and had finished. There were lots of people with different levels of experience so there was a wide range of designs and styles. Here are some of my favorites.

Sorry the photos are not the best. It was a packed house. There were over 20 attendees which was apparently the biggest turn out yet. I’m excited for the next meeting and getting to know these ladies better and see more of their projects.

If you are in the Indianapolis area and interested in joining, you can check out their blog for more info.


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!

Vintage Finds

Today I made a trip to Midland Market, a great source for vintage items in Indianapolis. I only got there an hour before they closed, so I made a quick sweep though, but still managed to find a few gems.

I almost missed my first find. I love maps, so I was thrilled when I came across this bulletin board with the US map printed on it. It’s in good shape too. Not a lot of wear and tear. I only noticed two pin holes, one in Casper Wyoming, and the other in Moose Jaw, Saskatcchewan.

I was on my way out and spotted this in one of the cases. I’m completely obsessed with typography, typesetting, and printing in general, so there was no way this way not coming home with me. It’s a little toy for printing your own newspaper.

It even came with this “Idea Book” which I didn’t look through until I got it home, but I love almost as much as the printer itself.

I found  few things that, sadly, I had to leave behind. (Sorry for the cell phone pics.)

Is this not AMAZING?! Sadly, I did not have $750 to drop. Sigh.

I thought these health class posters were pretty cool. I decided I did not have the wall space and I knew my boyfriend would find them incredibly creepy. I don’t blame him. The vagina one is a little weird.

I hope you enjoyed my finds!