Monday, January 31, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
I have always wanted to like tea. My family likes tea. My friends like tea. My husband is half British, for goodness sake.
Throughout the years, I have been willing to give tea a "redo" on numerous occasions. Maybe I'll like it this time,I would hope in my heart. And then finally, one day, I did.
My current favorites are Bigelow Mint Medley and Celestial Seasonings Sweet Coconut Thai. After having a cup of each yesterday, I was reminded of one of our favorite books, "Three Cups of Tea". If you haven't read it, don't wait any longer. It is Life Changing. And I won't ruin the story for you, since you'll be reading it soon, but the title of the book comes from this quote about the people of Pakistan:
"With the first cup of tea you are a stranger. With the second... a friend. With the third cup of tea, you are family."
Today I am starting on this bag from my new Amy Butler book! I am so excited to be making something I get to keep! I'm already dreaming about all the fun things I'll be able to tote around.
Tomorrow will bring my sister with it and I can hardly wait to tote her around for a few days. I should have some fun pictures to share next week of our time together.
Hope you're toting something fun this weekend!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
But I do have some nice pictures from last week's projects that I wanted to share.
Monday, January 24, 2011
I am so pleased to introduce.... Love Stuff: bags, gifts, and accessories that will spread your love. I have spent so much time with these projects over the past several weeks that each one has started to feel like an old friend. I'm going to take some time today to introduce you to each of them and share a bit of my process and motivation for each design. And if that sounds totally boring to you, just come back tomorrow when I'll probably be blogging about soup again.
Let's start with the love tote. Now I know that most of us have probably jumped on the reusable shopping bags bandwagon. I'm all about those bags. I have a whole stack that sits by the back door and comes with me to the grocery store on Thursdays. But what about when I run into Target to get some shampoo, toothpaste, and a tank top? What about when I'm at the library and have a big slidey stack of books to carry to my car? What about when I stop by Michael's for some more embroidery floss? What then, I ask you?
Maybe you're more together than I am. Maybe you keep your bags in the car (I switch cars, so this doesn't work) or maybe you just always remember. But I got to thinking- wouldn't it be nice to have a bag that rolled up real small like in my purse? It would always be there when I needed it and I could stop using plastic bags once and for all!
So I designed the love tote. It is made from the most buttery soft red linen and is truly a joy just to hold. I stitched the word "love" across the front because as soon as I saw that linen, I knew that it needed bright white stitches running across it. I could just tell.
Now that I have the tote though, I can't quite bring myself to roll it up in my purse. I put my knitting supplies in it, just to see, and have been moving them around the house with me. It's quite nice, really.
Next up: the heartbreaker scarf. This has the same construction as the night garden scarf (that sold out) and the slow dance scarf (one left in the shop!). It's silky. It's bright and cheerful. It's a good thing I made more than one. I am totally enamored by these silky scarves and am going to shop for some more prints to offer in the shop next month!
dish towels. Because practical things should be beautiful too, right? I love this sturdy woven cotton toweling and I love how the simple letters and heart shapes look stitched on it. I think these would make great gifts, wrapped around something tasty or with a nice set of wooden spoons.
heart pocket was invented on a snow day as I tried to imagine how I would like to receive a Valentine's day treat. What could be sweeter than a stuffed heart with a pocket for gifts? I designed the pocket to fit a gift card, jewelry, or a small bit of candy, but the possibilities are really endless. And I think it would be equally delightful to both adults and children. I would like to surprise someone by leaving it on the breakfast table for them to find on Valentine's day. However, as Steve has been looking at all these projects for weeks now, I may have to leave the breakfast surprise up to you. I think he'd recognize it.
zipper pouches. Can you ever have enough? I think we all know the answer to that one.
I wanted to make a set of two pouches with complimentary fabrics because I am thinking of most of these items as gifts. I also really wanted to make a long skinny pencil pouch, but thought it needed a larger friend by its side. Upon creating the pencil pouch, I got out my colored pencils and then felt so inspired that I think we may have another art night soon. Watercolor night was so much fun.
If you want to see more pictures, head over to the shop. Yesterday's photo shoot was lots of fun and I think we got some great shots!
Wishing you a lovely day!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
I am just popping in real quick to let you know that I am going on a Sunday visit. You know how people used to go "visiting" on Sundays? Well I'm bringing it back. And side ponytails. I think I'm going to bring back side ponytails as well. But I digress...
Today I am visiting Gussy's blog. She is doing a series on people who have recently quit their full time jobs to start a handmade business. And now, something that seemed like a rash, slightly crazy decision, is totally validated because someone is "doing a series" on it. If it's in a series, it has to be legit, right?
I came across Gussy back in December and have been constantly impressed with her style, business savvy, and outgoing personality. It is such a treat to be a part of her blog today and I hope you'll take a minute to stop over and check out the interview. And if you've ever been curious about how I started doing what I do, all your burning questions will be answered. Or most of them.
Can't wait to show you all the Valentine's day goodness!
Friday, January 21, 2011
This weekend will be a photo shoot for the Valentine's collection that is debuting on Monday! I love photo shoots! Last time we did a big one, we went to Davidson College. It is such a beautiful campus, it makes me want to go back to school. Or maybe we could just live there.
We haven't decided yet where to take pictures this weekend. The weather will probably help us decide. I love photo shoots in public places because sometimes Steve takes pictures of me holding bags or wearing scarves and people walk by and stare and I just know they are trying to figure out if I am famous. That's my favorite part.
I'll meet you back here on Monday for some pink and red fun! Happy Weekend!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
full up on the glitz for now.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
However, while "snow" is apparently an acceptable excuse for working from home, "hot cookies" doesn't seem to have near as much clout.
I've had plenty of projects keeping me company though. I am super excited to be working on my first ever holiday collection (I really wanted those words to have sparkles coming out of them, but bold and pink was the best I could do). I have decided to work up a collection of items in honor of Valentine's Day and debut them in the shop on January 24th.
I have had so much fun working up prototypes this week! I think it really helps that pink is my favorite color.
The collection will have some home decor items, some accessories, and some fun gifts. You could make it easy on your husband and email him a link to the shop. Just saying.
Oh and the hand stitching! Nothing says love quite like hand stitched hearts and letters. I think that people were probably hand stitching hearts and letters long before flowers and chocolate got involved in the holiday. I like to keep it old school.
So, January 24th, I will be doing a full blog reveal of all the fun stuff I've been stitching up, as well as posting everything in the shop. There will be hearts and laughter and rejoicing. And cupcakes? Yes, let's have cupcakes as well.
Wishing you a weekend full of hearts and hot cookies.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Silver framed flower picture (Target, long long ago)
I usually change my mantle about every other month and it is my plan to share each new design in case anyone needs ideas.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Our snow day breakfast was real hot chocolate and mini bagels with cheesecake cream cheese. Last week I made some mini cheesecakes to take to a friend's house and I had some of the cheesecake mixture left over. As it is just cream cheese, sugar, and sour cream, it is totally safe to enjoy unbaked and we have been eating it on our bagels. It is SO tasty- a lot like the flavored cream cheese at Panera.
The real hot chocolate was a treat and is so much better than the powdered kind that I have completely stopped buying the powder. I'll take the extra time to have that milky goodness.
Now that we're all sugared up from breakfast and have a nice fire going, we are settling in for a day of sewing, laundry, playing cards, and a snow walk. We've got plenty of leftover gumbo from the weekend, but I am sorry to report- no pictures. The gumbo, while quite delicious, kind of looks like gruel. It's true. Thankfully, I have earned a reputation with Steve for cooking edible meals, so when I serve him gruel-looking items, he eats them anyway. And goes back for more.
Friday, January 07, 2011
I'm off to start the weekend now, which will probably include a little relaxing and a little nesting and a big pot of gumbo. Gumbo pictures next week anyone? Okay. Will do.