Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Silly but Refreshing

Ridiculous to share pictures of bedding? Perhaps, but I was ridiculously excited to get these new-to-me sheets from my mom. I love them - they remind me a bit of anthropologie, and they are wonderfully crisp, especially for hand-me-down sheets. But then, my mother takes exceptionally good care of everything, so there you go.

I was trying to "make do" with whatever I had that would match this set of sheets when I realized I have a plain cotton sateen duvet cover I bought for nearly nothing in Boston years ago. I was delighted to see the effect this cream, semi-transparent duvet cover had when I slipped it over my blue duvet. It made this pale, minty-green that is hard to discern in the photos, but compliments the sheet pattern beautifully.

So yes, this is probably silly. But I figured anything I jumped around grinning about is worth sharing :)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Game Over

This is such a clever video by PES. I love the idea of battling with cupcakes and muffins with birthday candles!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Bird Totes

I thought I'd show you the totes I made my sisters and mother for Christmas a couple of years back. Please forgive my strange photo-shoot background...this was in my NYC apartment with zero space and weird lighting. I got the pattern from Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts, and slightly modified it by accident for each one I made :) The one above is for my mommy dearest. The top is the same fabric I used for my sister's purse, and the plaid is from my mother-in-law. Mom loves peach, bluebirds, and peonies, which formed the inspiration for this bag. I got the idea for the bird applique from Laura Gunn, who got the design from an Anthropologie dish towel. Cool huh?

This one, above, was for my eldest sister who is funky, sweet, and dreamy. Both top and bottom fabrics are from my MIL, and the cool spirals are from an April Cornell skirt I never wore. H is still upset that I cut it up - ahee. But isn't it a cool bird?

This bag was for my second eldest sister. She is warm, artsy, and bold. If I were to pick any of the bags for myself, this one would be it. We're the sisters with back-to-back birthdays, and oddly enough our tastes are very similar. The top is window curtain I scored at a thrifts store, the bottom matches mom's bag, and the bird is a rather bohemian scrap from my wedding quilt. Oh how I love that bird! It was the first one I tried, and my personal favorite.

This last tote was for my sister-in-law. She is hip, artsy, and loves jewel tones. The bottom fabric matches my eldest sister's, and the top fabric is a paisley that came from my MIL as well. The green bird is made from one of H's favorite fabrics, with light blue embroidery. She added a really cool button with her initial to the top and it really makes the bag super special.
What is thrilling is that they have been using their bags! That's always the most fun part of any project - to see it being used in the real world.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

busy busy busy!

My fingers (and most of the rest of me) have been busy busy busy for the last few weeks. I was thrilled to finally find my missing knitting needles, which enabled me to finish my Grandmother's hats she requested. Yay! Both pink and blue hats are complete and safely in her hands. Just in time for summer - hmm.

Pattern: Modified Official Kitty62 Hat
Yarn: blast! I don't remember the brand. I know it's worsted weight merino wool.
Needles: US7 circulars and double pointed needles
Modifications: I added a few rows after the sead stitching and before the reduction rows, and left the ears off.

Here it is on my head (it looks soooo cute on my g'ma). Also my sister gave me that shirt - it's organic cotton and so pretty! I love it.

Here is a shot of the blue hat underway. I finished it in the car on the way home for my sister's and my birthday weekend, and attached the pompoms right there in her kitchen. The birthday weekend was tons of fun! Lots of eating out, visiting galleries, picture taking, cake eating, and general togetherness with family. My idea of a great time.

This here is my second try at homemade ice cream - strawberry! I've been wanting to try it ever since I read domesticat's post back in 2005. I go the recipe from Williams Sonoma (as usual). Very popular with yours truly, but not nearly as popular with H. He's partial to the chocolate batch. All the more for me :)

It was actually extremely hard not to eat the entire bowl of custard and strawberries in this stage. De-lishus.

Most recently of all I sorted through a huge stash of sewing supplies I got from my mother's gardening helper. Her mother died and left her with an enormous amount of crafting supplies. A lot of it was very costumey, but my mom and sisters and I managed to grab up some good stuff. My sister has been storing 5 trash bags full under her bed for months now. I finally got it over the birthday weekend. I think I still have to get some antique sewing patterns out of my mom's mini warehouse.

These beautiful lacy tablecloths and doilies are from my mother. They're old and stained, but I'm not sure I have it in me to cut them up, so we'll see what they become. Perhaps just tablecloths :) Can you believe how pretty that embroidery is?

I'm very excited about these particular fabrics too...and check out my pink and red ribbon! I have been dreaming about what I can do with that pink velvet ribbon. I see being busy in the future for sure...