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?

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?

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.

Handbags and Accessories I Want!

I am constantly on the hunt for gorgeous bags. I have entirely too many. I have a huge box ready to go to the consignment shop. I have trouble spending too much though. I know I should be buying quality, not quantity, but let’s be honest, I change my mind a lot. That makes it hard for me to spend more than $50 on a bag (and even $50 invokes slight feelings of guilt). I constantly return to Fossil, but I just can’t convince myself to hit the purchase button.

Here’s what I’m loving.

Seriously, I would accept any of these. Which is your favorite or not really your style? Where do you shop for cute bags?

West Elm Shopping

I’ve been browsing around or all sorts of home decor items. West Elm is one of my favorite places to look for inspiration. Here is a little dream room mood board I put together.

1 Jason Polan Glass Decoupage Trays

2 Porcelain Hurricanes

3 Tall Industrial Metal Bath Cabinet

4 Sweep Upholstered Armchair

5 Henry Sofa

6 Glass Shadow Boxes

7 Display Coffee Table

8 Recycled-Glass Lantern

9 Ferris Rug

Moroccan Influences

I love Moroccan style. Such intricate patterns and deep rich colors. I’m currently thinking about decorating a few rooms of the house in a Moroccan inspired theme, so of course it’s been on my mind a lot lately. I couldn’t help but take a peek at some Moroccan style jewelry (even though it has nothing to do with the house work I will be trying to take on during spring break). Here are a few of my favorite finds from Etsy.

henna – gold and glass teardrop earrings

 

Metallic Moroccan Red Greek Leather Bangles with Gold Plated Tube Accents

SURI-Golden Moroccan Pendant and Gunmetal Chain Necklace

 

and my favorite

Kasbah Red and Gold Locket Necklace

 

More Moroccan things to come soon.

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!

Double Merrick

Double Merrick has some gorgeous prints. It’s the shop of Merrick Angle, an English designer and illustrator based in France. Here are the ones I would love to hang on my walls. To see more of Angle’s work, visit his portfolio.

All prints shown come in an A3 size (that’s 16.5 x 11.7 in for us non-metric people) and are €50 each.

Dear Blank Cards from Sapling Press

While reading one of my favorite blogs, Design Work Life, I came across a post about these cards from Sapling Press. They’re really very clever and brought a smile to my day. Here are just a few of my favorites, but you should visit their shop and see them all.