Thursday, March 22, 2012

First Smartphone Post

This is a test.  And one of the main reasons I splurged for a smartphone was to hopefully improve my blogging.

Now if only I could find time to complete more sewing on these projects.....

Friday, March 16, 2012

Garment Manufactory

I originally watched this video here and was so moved I had to help spread the word, too.  I get so inspired when I discover people like this.  I wish the news covered more stories like this one.  

Charleston Garment Manufactory from Ally Francine Ackert on Vimeo.

The Campaign

I'll be back with more completed projects next week.  I can't believe how many I've been able to scratch off the list this week.  :]

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Best Snack:

Greek Yogurt


Little Red Wagon granola (original flavor: cinnamon raisin)


Cherry Republic dried cherries


local honey drizzled over top



Ok, I guess this was the anti-climatic shot; but it was SOOO good!  As soon as I had everything loaded on top, I couldn't resist mixing it in the top layer of yogurt and eating it right away.  The bestest, yummy dinner ever! :)  
Let me know if you try it.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Magnets & Ear Warmers Everywhere!

This is what all those new ear warmers looked like, all lined up, waiting to be displayed in the shop "window."

A few already listed...


It doesn't happen very often, but its fun having so much [for me] lined up; kind of looks "primary" in all their solid color blocks.

And all these magnets...

I only photographed half of the 17 completed pairs.  I'll either save the other half for a craft/ house show or list them once some of these start selling.  

I was thinking, not only could you use these for the dishwasher, but the washing machine and dryer (if you share the chore with someone else).  They are magnetic, too!

Anyone else feeling accomplished and/or spring fever? :]

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A New Challenge & Project: Embroidered Curtains

My husband and I came across these curtains at World Market back in July, a month before we had even put an offer a house (so why are we going to buy curtains when we don't have a house to hang them in, right?).  Well, it turns out we can't get these curtains out of our head.  And I couldn't choke down the idea of paying $35/a panel when we needed 4 panels for the living room, so I decided to embroider them myself.  A fun challenge, right?  I've always wished I could embroider like every other "proper" lady anyway, so why not finally take the plunge? -- (all of this was decided late October/ early November 2011 - well before I had even picked up embroidery for the first time).

The last time I cross-stitched I was 9 years old in Alberta, Canada for a family vacation and my dad was teaching me the craft (he's a surgeon and needle-points & cross-stitches as a hobby).  So I thought it was high-time I resurrected this talent.

My designs, drawn with crayon on printer paper while babysitting late last year:

While searching for patterns (because who knew it was so hard to come up with your own pattern, not to mention the color combinations because we want to have about 5 or 6 colors present in these curtains; they are to be the focal point and jumping-off point for the rest of the living room), I came across Design*Sponge's entry about doing just this!  I'm glad I'm not too crazy in my undertaking, but she doesn't embroider the whole curtain... so we'll see how far I get as a novice.  ;)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Out Takes

I'm not usually one to post out-takes of my "photo shoots," especially when they involve my face, but some of these turned out so cute, I couldn't resist sharing in some way.  I hope you won't mind a narcissistic post just this once.

Getting a detail shot...

"Did I get it in the frame?"....

This is what my arm looked like after getting all those ear warmers photographed.  They each have a pair, too.  Are you ready to pick out your favorite? ;)

If you enjoyed this post, let me know if I should do more like it. 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Sneak Peak: Look What I Learned!

I picked up this cute kit (along with 4 others similar to it) at my local Salvation Army for $2!  I was driving my gentleman around for the day (a side-job I do weekly) and had nothing else in my bag-of-tricks-of-a-purse so I set to reading the instructions & organizing the yarn.  

Well, I accomplished all that so quickly, I ended up starting the pattern.

My french knots (the orange filling in the roof) aren't very good - these are my first attempts.

The pattern reads "A home should be clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy."  I don't know how much I agree with the "dirty" part unless it just means "slightly cluttered" haha.

My brain has started turning a mile a minute again (oh, how I missed such unencumbered inspiration) with all the mixing of embroidery and knitting it can think up. ....

Friday, March 2, 2012

Coffee Coffee Coffee!!

-- as excitedly chirped by Lorelei Gilmore and thus my inspiration for this Treasury! .... along with my nearly-equal enthusiasm for the drug delicacy.  :]

Starting with my *own* mug of Morning Happiness

And onward:

(More found in my etsy favorites!)

*Do you have a morning routine that you absolutely LOVE and look forward to?  I hope you'll comment about it or write a blog post & leave your link in the comments.  I'd love to read about it. :)