Tuesday, September 14, 2010

on my bookshelf

What's been on my bookshelf lately? Lots! I was queen of the Summer Reading Club. Many are not pictured, like

#1. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Stieg Larsson)
It's not often I buy a hardback book. I had to because I could not wait for the third book in this trilogy. If you have not read these books, what planet are you living on anyway?

#2. Eat, Pray, Love (Elizabeth Gilbert)
Again, if you haven't read this you might be an alien. I read it because it seems you must, but I have to say it was not my fav. There were some nuggets of wisdom inside, though.

#3. The Art of Racing in the Rain (Garth Stein)
ooooooooooomg, I loved this book. LOVED!

#4. I'd Know You Anywhere (Laura Lippman)
I listened to the audiobook (nerd alert). It was a really interesting story. Creepy. But interesting.

#5. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows)
I loved The Art of Racing in the Rain, but I am in love with GLPPS. I'm still reading it - I don't want it to end. It makes me want a penpal. anyone?

#6. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Jamie Ford)
Really sweet story. Why am I reading all these WWII books??

Books I've Not Yet Read:
-The Lady and the Unicorn (Tracy Chevalier) - Recommended by the lovely Suzanne
-Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest (Beck Weathers) - Recommended by K9
because I love a good stuckonamountainprobablygonnadie story.

Why don't you read these too?

Monday, September 13, 2010

knitting season

Hurray, it's knitting/crocheting season! I love "watching" football and cozying up with a yarn project of some kind. I am going to practice my granny squares. I also want to knit some more baby stuff.

I've been thinking about a project-sized bag just for knitting. So I made one! I've been thinking about this applique-style for possible monogramming, etc. It was pretty easy, thanks to my trusty Heat Bond Lite. Where would I be without that stuff?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

my quilt!

The quilt is finished! I love love love it and can't wait to make another. I know it's going to be my best friend this fall/winter. Hurray!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

craft room makeover

dining room: check.
living room: check.
craft room: . . . half-check.

I totally meant to paint the craft room. Here's what happens when I have five minutes of spare time: I create HUGE lists of Things I Must Do. That's how I spent the first five minutes of summer vacation. So when vacation started winding down, I started getting nervous because it was clear I wouldn't finish everything on my list of Things I Must Do. So the craft room didn't get painted. However, I did get a wonderful new cutting table from Ikea. Did you know such a plain table could make a gal so happy?I also got a new dresser at Ikea. So I put the old dresser under the new craft room table
I also got a new dresser at Idea. So I put the old dresser under the new craft room table for scrap storage. Perfect fit (thank goodness!). And in this corner we have the wonderful desk Em found for me - $15! Hopefully I'll get to the painting before next summer vacation!

Monday, August 30, 2010

living room

I painted the living room! This was part II of my summer home renovation series (part I was the dining room, seen here). I love how it turned out - the shade is "Salty Brine."

Sadly, I didn't get all of the painting projects finished this summer. In fact I got a little stressed about it. But I will need something to do next summer, right?

Monday, August 9, 2010

Good Enough to Eat?

I just finished a set of monogrammed jewelry cases for Meredith's bridesmaids. I love how she chose all different colors of the same fabric (Nature Elements by Patricia Bravo).

Yum! They look like candy! Thanks Meredith!

Friday, July 30, 2010

new additions to the family

We're expecting some new additions to the family. Right now they are about a half-inch in diameter, and the loveliest shade of green. Yes, it's true, Jamie has been fathering two gigantic tomato plants!
It's pretty cute to watch him lovingly water and talk to the little guys. I mean, in a totally manly, tough, I'm-gonna-pasta-sauce-the-crap-out-of-you way.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

i've never been paralyzed by perfection

Excellent progress made on the quilt.

Let me start by saying, however: the title of this post is NOT true.

This was my Grandma Jeanne's favorite saying. I need to say it to myself more often.

Like today, when I was sitting on the bedroom floor, my quilt spread out, thinking to myself, WHY did I think this was a good idea? Putting a quilt together is no easy task. I almost let myself get frustrated until I remembered: this is only for me - who cares if I do it the "right" way??

So I figured out A way, even though it may not be the RIGHT way, to get my three layers assembled. Once I started running it through the machine, I fell in love with it again. As in, I can't wait to curl up with you all winter long.

You will not find any perfectly straight lines or many perfectly matched patches on this piece. Yay!! Down with perfection!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

quilt top! (and bottom)

I'm finished with my quilt top! (remember this post?) Oooohhhh I love it.

I also love going to The Quilting Loft (my favorite Seattle fabric shop) on a mission. Yesterday my mission was to find a quilt back. Some quilters might complete this step earlier in the process... ya know, when you're deciding what the top is going to look like. Details, details. I'm not to concerned that everything is really matchy-matchy. So I picked this:

I'm also not real concerned about other stuff, like, how to actually finish putting this thing together. Meh, I'll figure it out as I go. I am dying to get cozy under this thing, so I'm going to have to figure it out fast. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

in a jam

Oh I was SO very proud of myself yesterday. SO proud. I made strawberry freezer jam all-by-myself. Yessirree. Read proud. Look how pretty it turned out!

THEN I tasted the jam.

So, it wasn't BAD. In fact, it was hard to put my finger on it. Almost ... sour patch kid. I don't know quite what went wrong, but my final verdict is that it tastes like really really REALLY sweet strawberry jello. yikes. Perhaps a little more research on method and another try will do the trick! In the meantime...dessert jam?

Sunday, July 25, 2010

dining room : finished!

Do you love my new dining room? With hand-me-down furniture from Grandma Jeanne. Thank goodness Jamie digs the orange!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

bridesmaid bags!

Usually when I send off an order, I realize that I will never see it again (sniff) and that's that.

However, sometimes people are especially kind and come back to my shop to leave me a note saying they're happy with their purchase. So sweet!

Miss Mary (or should I say MRS. Mary - she just got married!) took it one step further on the sweetness scale by sending me a picture of her cute bridesmaids with the bags she gave them as gifts! Aren't they looking good with their monogrammed market bags?
I'm sure it was a beautiful wedding, judging by her pretty bridesmaids and her perfect color matching! :)

Thanks, Mary!

Friday, July 23, 2010


I got featured in a lovely treasury! The theme is "Poppies." The photograph here is my personal favorite of the set:
Treasuries really are brilliant, because you end up discovering some really cool artists! The piece above is by Tim Irving, whose Etsy shop is called opart. Here are a few more favorites from his shop:
Feels like summer!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

thrifting adventures

My sissies and I have been on many thrifting adventures lately! Many of our found objects will be available at our next Fritzi's sale (date TBD)...however these pieces will be living at my house:wooden planter

Little blue stepladder

wee wagon
(some lady about ripped this from my hands. that's how you know it's good.)

Head over to the Fritzi's blog to see more of our finds!

dining room makeover

Hey! Look at this boring, dreary dining room. Blah.

Who would allow such a room to exist in their home?
Blllah. I had Cousin Ann help me pick out some new colors to spruce up my white, white house. We picked "Live Wire" (C2 paints) for the dining room. I jumped in and got started today, finally!

First coat is done... Yowza, it's definitely brighter! I think I love it.

Doesn't the blue painter's tape make a lovely trim?

Next I'll paint one accent wall in the dining room: "Salty Brine." Wondering what color that might be? You'll have to wait to see the after pictures!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

blue sky days

We went for the music (Dudley Manlove Quartet) and the beer garden. Apparently Redmond Derby Days is really about a bike race?
We also found funnel cakes...
corn dogs...
and lemonade!
Since we were aaaallllllll the way out east, we drove out to Marymoor park to see the RC airplanes and the velodrome. A lovely day! How could it not be, with all that blue sky?

*note: Mr. Wix was the photographer of the day. I hate to admit he takes the better pictures!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

scrap project

With all this sewing, you won't be surprised to hear that I have a bit of a scrap problem. I won't even provide photographic evidence of the full extent of this problem...but I will tell you that attempts have been made to organize the chaos. So I've been rolling ideas around my head to address this issue.

What better way to get rid of scraps than with a patchwork quilt? I set to work cutting 5x5 squares. Did you know it takes 387 squares to make a full size quilt? sheesh!

I only wish this had made a slight dent in the scrap supply. Indeed it did not. But I am LOVING how it is turning out! The top is almost done...

another work in progress!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Project, Phase 3

So, you know the clearance rack at Lowe's? Yeah, the one with all the random crap? Turns out you can go there to get mistinted paint at sweet discounted prices! For example, I got this lovely gallon of latex for A DOLLAR. I give you phase 3 of my project:I have to say the shade looks better in real life. Promise. Phase 4 to come. This one might take awhile.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


The weather in Seattle has been GORGEOUS. It was a beautiful day for some backyard painting projects!

I found this cute little wooden stool at Value Village.

Phase 1: Cleaning.

Phase 2: Priming.

Phase 3: Painting. To take place tomorrow...stay tuned!

And yes, I did say painting projectS - plural. Alli came over and we did Phases 1 and 2 with MANY little gems (you can see a corner of one such gem in the bottom left of the second picture). More to come about these, too!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

new market bags!

I took a bunch of pics yesterday and today of new Roll-Up Market Bags for the shop. Check back soon to see the new selection! Here's a preview...all rolled up!

Monday, June 28, 2010

scenes from the sale

We had so much fun at the sale the weekend! Here are just a few shots. Aside from selling, we sisters and cousins had a great time chatting, eating, and just plain hanging out....rain and all. Can't wait for the next one!

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