Textile Designs

I recently read about this book, Textile Designs. I can’t remember where, I new it was on a blog, but I honestly can’t remember! (I’m so bad, if it’s you and I forgot you, I’m sorry, consider it lack of chocolate or something). Anyway, as soon as I heard about it I added it to my wishlist at Borders and then ordered it the moment my next coupon arrived.

This is an amazing book. I can see myself spending many evening paging through with a glass of wine in one hand. And BTW, did I tell you I want to be a fabric designer when I grow up? Yep. I do.


And a Diaper Sleeve

So, I had a bit of the beautiful Ty Pennington fabric left over, so I made this adorable diaper pouch from Noodlehead’s tutorial. It was really easy to follow, and could actually used as a guide for any kind of bag. And it was quick! I made it during the second half of Daughter’s nap this weekend. Ta Da!


Amy Butler & Ty Pennington

Remember this book? And remember this fabric? I put the two together and made this beautiful Reversible Shopper. It’s really much larger than I expected, but it’s perfect. Sunday we used it to carry our hockey gloves to the neighborhood rink. Tomorrow I’m going to fill it up with my yoga bag and block for Yoga Class. This summer it will be filled with goodies from the Farmers Market. I can’t wait.


Placemats, For Me!

I’ve been sewing again, mostly for myself. And I’m loving it. I recently finished a set of reversible placemats for our dining room. I used this bird Ikea fabric for one side, and a simple black and white floral texture for the other. I wanted to get all six of them out of just two yards of the main fabrics, so I added a 5 inch panel to each side. I used the same Amy Butler pattern I used for these placemats. This time they came together really quickly and they’re so easy to just toss in the wash when they get soiled. Plus they look great on our teak table.


my toes are cold

Don’t get me wrong, I love living in Minnesota. I love the snow. I’m even okay with the cold weather. But really, come on! Enough is enough! My toes are frozen, my hair is staticy, and I really, really miss my flip-flops. So instead of heading south or making a margarita, I found this great necklace on Etsy. Yep, retail therapy. Isn’t it beautiful? It’s from the Etsy shop, Arundel, two sisters in St. Paul making fabulous goods using recycled materials. I can’t wait to get it, wear it, and know that spring will someday, somehow make it to this wonderful Tundra. Some. Day.

Don’t forget to have a great weekend!


Sewing Table Drawer

Husband gave me this AMAZING drafting/sewing table for Christmas. It’s perfect. A large area for the sewing machine and it’s bar-height so little fingers stay away from sharp objects. And the desktop tilts so I can use it for drawing and painting when I get around to it.

It also has an amazing drawer the whole width of the table, but it’s really shallow. Just about an inch deep. That helps with the leg room (which at 6 feet I need a lot of), but little for storage. I took a quick look online and found no drawer organizers less than 2 inches high. So husband came up with this amazing solution.

He ran over to Michaels on his lunch hour and picked up 1/2 inch balsa wood strips and some gorilla glue. I love what he did with them. I have compartments for thread and needles and pretty much everything I could need.

Thanks, Marc-yver!


February 1: Resolution Check-In

view from my “studio” of the mississippi river

Can you believe it’s already February? I sure can’t, but I’m also sure glad it is. It’s getting us just that much closer to green, spring and warmth. As promised, I’m here to check in with a Resolution update. Let’s see…

1. Create
I’ve been sewing for myself, which has been a blast. I made a set of placemats for myself and a blanket for Daughter. There’s a list of projects in the works as well, so Create is coming along well.

2. Write.
I’ve been scribbling a bit, but I’ve also plowed through two books (this one and this one) that will help here, and I’m taking a class this weekend at The Loft. More on this soon, I hope.

3. Yoga
The 21 day Yoga Challenge was a bust. I just couldn’t get the videos to stream. But I’ve been to class a couple times, does that count?

4. Budget
Um, yeah. I haven’t had time to spend any money, does that help? And I’m really trying to think about purchases before I make them. But then I joined Borders VIP club thing and now I get free shipping on any book. If I wait for the weekly coupon, is that still okay?

5. Triathlon.
Progress! I’ve met with two personal trainers, one for a Cardio plan, the other for a Lifting plan. Both are going well. I also found a place for Adult Swim Lessons. So I don’t drown. WooHoo!