31 October 2009

happy halloween!

I intended to dye the frosting orange... but alas, I was out of food coloring. Oh well, they're still cute. and yummy. Happy Halloween!

30 October 2009

"there is another sky, ever serene and fair"

I love that Emily Dickinson poem.

I met the hubby for dinner after work, but I had to take a quick picture before we ate. The sky was gorgeous! I love this time of year.
Looking forward to celebrating Halloween tomorrow, although I have tests coming up this week, so unfortunately the weekend will consist of obscene amounts of studying. Yuck.

29 October 2009

rain rain rain

It's been gray like this all day. I had to walk to class in the rain today And, even though I had an umbrella, I still got wet. Mostly because I was trying to shield my backpack (which was holding my laptop) with my umbrella rather than my head. Usually though, I love the rain. I think I could live in Seattle. Maybe I should visit first.

Now for a bit of sewing:

I love piecing blocks like this - no pattern, just random. These are destined to be a birthday gift. Not the blocks themselves, of course, but the quilt they will become. Can't wait to start putting it together!

28 October 2009

fall is finally here!

I finished another started-over-the-summer project. It's a string quilt (sew & flip style). I just picked some fabrics and started sewing, making it up as I went along. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out! It doesn't have any batting between the front and back layers of fabric, so I don't know whether it's technically a quilt... ? Anyway, this blanket is a gift for a lovely couple I know, and I hope they like it! The weather has been so wonderful recently, I absolutely love fall! Trying to get this picture was a little tough, because it's been so windy.

Can you see the changing leaves behind me? YAY!

I've been dying to make one of these lately. I saw a pillow a couple years ago at Anthropologie that looked really similar. I bookmarked it online thinking I would try my hand at making one (Anthropologie is awesome, but I'm not spending $88 on a pillow). But it must be buried in my excessively long list of bookmarked stuffs because I can't find it now, so I was glad to come across this lovely tutorial.

This never gets old. ever ever ever.

25 October 2009

finishing up summer projects

I have a bad habit of starting a project and alllmost finishing it before getting distracted by an idea for a different project. Sewers' attention deficit disorder, I suppose. And every time I walk past the s.o.u.p. (shelf of unfinished projects) they look at me with sad eyes like the money with the big eyeballs on the Geico commercials. So anywho, I've finished up a few, and here they be:

My pots and pans can't wait to rest their shiny bottoms on these lovely things. Now I have to make time to cook...

It wasn't of course until I got done that I noticed I had put the loops on different sides of each potholder - blast! Unfortunately, it will be noticeable when they're hanging because they're slightly rectangular instead of square. Oh well. Better luck next time. I'm sure not ripping them apart to fix one pesky loop. The pattern for these potholders came from this book - which I got with my 40% off coup from Hobby Lobby. (YEAH!) This is the first project I've made out of this book, but there are several more I have my eye on.

These placemats weren't from a pattern, just out of my head. I got this yummy Phillip Jacobs fabric at the 2009 OKC winter quilt show (the 2010 show is coming up soon!). I tried some wavy line quilting, and I'm pretty pleased with the way it came out. It looks like a wonky grid. I'm thinking of making some solid purple napkins to go with... or maybe some pieced napkins like these out of several different purples and a bit of blue.

Also, I got two new pieces of fabric from Hobby Lobby, and I love them. I haven't decided what to do with them (maybe a baby or lap quilt), but for now I'll just fondle and pet them.

Had a fantastic weekend with Charles, although it was spent mostly studying. We did watch a movie though - Away We Go, with John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph. It's a great movie, and the music is by Alexi Murdoch (♥ x a bajillion).

New How I Met Your Mother tomorrow! wahooo

18 October 2009

Here goes...

I don't know what I'm thinking starting a blog... just one more thing to lure me away from my studies. However, I would like to document the process of my humble crafty creations, and also to document my life in general. So, here goes.