sewing :: modified glass onion top

IMG_7805_ccLately my favorite way to spend free time has been sewing.  I love making things for our 3.5-year-old to wear, especially when she picks out a particular fabric that she likes at the fabric store.  She has this tendency to obsess over something once she realizes that she likes it, and lately this had been demonstrated by her discovery of Strawberry Shortcake.  Not the cute, little, frumpy hat version you and I had back in the 80’s – rather the modern, hip, taller, and cooler version that is so popular today.  While we were perusing through one of my favorite fabric stores, she insisted that I make her something out of this strawberry-covered fabric.  And the first pattern I immediately thought of?  Why, the Glass Onion Top of course.  It’s my go-to pattern for a simple, casual, and fun top because of the super cute back panels that overlap.  I love how there are no buttons or zippers so she can slip it right over her head.  And I can make one with less than a yard of fabric – bonus!

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toddler crafting :: fabric markers

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In continuation of sharing our weekly crafting play dates, here is a project that we did at our house when it was our turn to host a couple of weeks ago.  We bought some fabric markers and let each child decorate a shirt and a tote bag to take home.  And while the kids decorated their gear, the mommies decorated little baby onesies for one of the moms expecting a new addition this spring.

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card making: sewing fabric on paper

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Take scrap pieces of fabric, add some ribbon, and a button embellishment to create a simple yet unique card.  It’s a great way to utilize scraps and de-stash your fabric bin at the same time.

This card is also my introduction to a word I think I made up: intercrafting.  (I can’t find it on Wikipedia or Google searches so that’s why I think I made it up.)  Intercrafting is my way of defining the concept of combining two (or more) crafts to create a project.  In terms of card making this can be demonstrated by sewing fabric onto paper; by incorporating a knitted element; by beading an embellishment to add to a card; or by hand embroidering on paper.  It’s a way to combine different hobbies and to broaden the possibilities of card making with other crafts that I am passionate about.  I can’t wait to share some of the ideas brewing in my head with all of you.

Happy crafting!

 

gather here stitch lounge (cambridge)

There’s a new yarn and sewing shop in town: Gather Here.  It’s located on Broadway Street in Cambridge and boy, is it full of cool stuff!  A few of my coworkers and I took a lunchtime jaunt over to check it out one afternoon and were just mesmerized by all of the gorgeous fabrics and yummy yarns they carry.  Unfortunately, it’s almost exactly the shop we would want to open ourselves some day so for now that dream of having a yarn shop in the Cambridge/Somerville area will have to be put back on hold.  Sigh.


[Before I go on to show you more photos and to point out things we drooled over, I wanted to mention that they are currently donating 25% of any purchase of Echino, Kokka, Kiyohara, and Heather Ross fabrics to the Red Cross to aid with the recent Japan disaster relief.]

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sew happy

Back in August, I posted the fact that I was going to try to make my first quilt.  Nearly six months later, I’m sew happy (<– ha ha) to report that it’s finally done!

the "lotus brick quilt" design by Amy Butler

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I’m going to try to make my first quilt

I’ve been itching to try quilting for a while now actually. Then when I heard that the Stitch House in Dorchester is offering a free quilt workshop, I decided now’s the time to start on my very first quilt. I won’t be able to make it to all three of the workshop sessions so I’ll just be doing it on my own with the help from a couple of friends, but I think it’s a pretty good class idea. The workshop/guidance is free but they require that you buy the fabric from them (approx. $55) which seems reasonable when you’re buying 11 different patterns of gorgeous Amy Butler fabric.

So here’s the pattern I’m going to try to do:

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enormous tiny art + portsmouth, nh

Renee and I drove up to Portsmouth, NH on Sunday to check out an art exhibit called “The Enormous Tiny Art Show“. It was at a store called Nahcotta and it featured works from various artists that were 10″x10″ or smaller (most were really small). It was really neat to see how people use different mediums in art. One of my favorite techniques was called encaustic painting where some kind of wax or resin is used on the canvas or surface like a marble tile.

It was kind of disappointing how the gallery/store took down the pieces that had already been sold because it left holes in some of the exhibits, and it would’ve been nice to see the artists’ collections as a whole. A couple of my favorite pieces were by artists Tara Hogan, Rachel Austin, and Lindsay Bentis. Renee and I both liked the pieces by Stephanie DosReis. Renee liked the “Friends” piece and I liked “Utensils”, but both were already sold.


We walked around town a little bit and saw some inspiring things. We also saw this funny store display of a skeleton holding this sign.


Check out this display of Le Creuset pots and colanders. So colorful!

A couple of neat business logos on a door.

Renee wanted me to take a picture of this framed poster inside a Starbucks bathroom.

A pretty vase display at Nahcotta.

We came upon a bead store called Beadizen and met the owner who has had the store for fifteen years. She had some very reasonably priced strands so I got some glass beads to play around with. We talked about running a small business and she said that she is considering closing hers down next year, which was kind of sad to hear but almost understandable.

On our way back to the car, we came across a fabric store. Renee needed to buy a special needle for her letterpress class and of course, I had to run right into the Amy Butler fabric section. Oy vay. I saw this great yellow and grey combo fabric and got a yard of each. What to make with it? I’m not sure yet but I’ll figure something out.

Afterwards, we drove up to the Kittery Outlets in Maine mostly to check out the Crate & Barrel outlet store. I bought the glasses we originally put on our wedding registry since they were less expensive there and made good use of a couple of our gift cards. I also bought some fabric that they sell for only $8.95/yard in some fun, funky patterns.

After all our shopping, we decided to head back home and stop off at Costco before getting dinner. Alas, we got stuck in a little bit of toll booth traffic leaving New Hampshire and didn’t make it there until 5:58 pm. Of course, our luck and it being Sunday, they closed at 6:00 pm so it was a no go for us. So then we headed over to Yoki for a yummy sushi dinner. You can read about that experience here.

All in all a rather fun day full of art and inspiration!