Saturday, December 5, 2009

tie a string on your finger and don't forget!!

Tomorrow is the big day! Come to Woodberry for the Cirque d'hiver! Selling fat quarters, fabrics by the yard, buttons and trim... lots of other vendors with pretty things to stuff your stockings.

Check out Charm Stitch on Facebook or scroll down to the poster two posts below.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Handmade for the Holidays




Shop Handmade for the Holidays! You're invited to attend the first seasonal Cirque event co-hosted by Charm Stitch & John Davis Photography.

Prints, pins, magnets and cards by Mattye Hamilton
Jewelry by Kristin Culverwell
Photography by John Davis Jr.
Prints and cards from Typecast Press as well as handmade napkins as featured in Baltimore Magazine.
Textiles, buttons and other notions from Charm Stitch and hand-stitched goods by Mira & Westie.
And many surprises including reliquary inspired Millinery from Ashley Lloyd and handmade baby booties by Linda Britt.

12/6 from 12-6
3500 Parkdale Avenue | 2nd Floor, Suite R | Baltimore 21211


Friday, November 13, 2009

Amusement



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Oh and this one, which is just funny.



Friday, November 6, 2009

Gigi, darling

October 25
Miss Genevieve Weston made her entrance.
Here she is, just 12 days old.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Baby. Tomorrow.

We're meeting our brand new baby tomorrow afternoon! I couldn't be more excited. The only complicated stitch is that due to the flu craze Mira will not be allowed to visit. I feel so sad that she is going to have to wait a few days to meet little miss gigi.

UPDATE: Oh Darn! The baby has had a hospital mandated delay. Our services were cancelled. In the meantime, I'm trying everything possible to hurry her along.

Press! Press!


If you've been reading, you may remember that I mentioned an upcoming publishing opportunity in Baltimore Magazine. Well, today my mail man delivered! In the form of the November 2009 issue, page 224.

Mary (at Typecast Press) designed the sweet apple prints and I embellished them with a twin-stitched border. They are featured twice. What you don't see are the tea towel napkins that I spent a whole day hand-embroidering little apple seeds on. Oh well! There's a tiny corner peeking through the middle of the page above, just to the left of the carafe of lemonade.

We're planning to get several done for the Winter Circus/Cirque D'Hiver trunk/craft show on December 6. Reserve some for your stocking stuffings!

I just love that Charm Stitch got a credit. What a fun opportunity!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Repeat Studio Fat Quarters are on their way!



Repeat Studio of Canada will be the newest addition to the Charm Stitch shop. Hoping for a bit more of a website within the coming weeks to allow for easy purchasing. In the meantime, please get in touch if you would like to arrange a local pick-up or delivery of something you see on the site.

These fat quarters are special because:
The whimsical designs are completely unique, by way of color choices and pattern. Repeat Studio hand prints their fabrics with water-based, solvent-free inks. The fabrics are either organic or eco friendly and are washable. Everyone should have at least two!

tropic of coats



Got an email from JCrew revealing these new jackets. Causing a bit of a stir on my browser. I love the yellow with buttons and buckles and can't stay away from a trench style, I wish I knew if some kind of amazing print lay hidden on the inside.

Monday, October 5, 2009

of pumpkin & apple seeds


This weekend we took a little jaunt down to Virginia's Crooked Run Orchard for some apple picking & pumpkin snatching. The weather was beautiful & the apples quite tasty. We picked up some braeburn & jonah gold varieties for pie making with our favorite neighborhood girls later this week. It was quite the hike to find the non red or golden delicious varieties but we made it! A few hours later I started to wonder if I was going into early labor when my lower belly and legs started cramping. I'm starting to notice these more severe cramps on a daily basis. I didn't have any of this when I was pregnant with Mira, so it's a feeling quite new to me but is probably just the more intense Braxton Hicks.

I have a big decision to make later this week... the baby is scheduled for delivery on the 19th but unfortunately the doctor is out of town till then so I won't be consulting directly with her. If I reschedule with someone else, it might not be till after the 22nd - which means a SCORPIO could be in our midst. Having had the not-so-pleasant experience before, I don't think I can live with a stinging scorpio (unless girls are different from boys??).  On the other hand, a fair Libra would offer lots of balance to the household. So you see, lots to think about!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Oh, Inventory!


I have it on good authority that these goodies are heading my way this week. I'm so excited for their arrival, particularly for the white on white Nani Iro fabric, which I have been waiting for almost all summer long (9 weeks!).


From Nani Iro.









Heather Ross: Far Far Away Line in Blue/Green

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fancy French Ribbons


And another thing... I finally found a resource for colorful twill tape and fancy french ribbons! I should have my first order in about two weeks. I've got some bias tape coming, espresso colored velvet ribbon, poly/cotton piping in a french blue and some Charm Stitch color-coordinated satin ribbon.

Next up: zippers and Gutermann thread.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Three Weeks...


In just about three weeks baby G will be coming home. Yikes! Eric got the crib together yesterday. I spent the entire afternoon organizing and editing baby clothes. I haven't sewn anything for Charm Stitch/Mira & Westie all week. However, there is one exception. I was asked by Mary at Typecast to collaborate on a tea towel napkin project that may appear in an upcoming entertainment guide for Baltimore Magazine.
We started with linen, I sewed the napkins, Mary printed the darling apples overnight, and then I came back to hand embroider the seeds and little running stitches. It took hours and hours because we made 8 and two cocktail napkins. Thanks to Sublime Stitching, I learned some new embroidery techniques, beyond the lazy daisy & french knots I picked up in the Modern Trousseau class with Heather Ross over the summer. Hopefully I'll be posting a photo from the magazine in a couple of months! And if so, I can take orders and fulfill them at the Charm Stitch Trunk Show this December. Woo hoo.
Please excuse the photo! It was late, available lighting, and I was in a dreadful hurry.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Shelley Zips


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Originally uploaded by charm stitch

About a month ago I created one of these for Shelley's birthday. Referencing some of the directions for the pencil case in Simple Sewing with a French Twist I have made and remade these so that I have come up with my own method that avoids hand-stitching. Not bad for someone formerly afraid of anything that needed a zipper foot on her sewing machine. I hope to keep refining these so that I can put them on my Mira & Westie etsy shop, just as soon as I get my new logo.

Anna Griffin & Tory Burch


Inspired by the springiness of these floral print Tory Burch designs from Fall Fashion Week...


I stumbled across some Anna Griffin fabrics this morning and feel compelled to acquire them for Charm Stitch. Feeling inspired to do some new projects for our winter trunk show (details forthcoming).


The floral combo has the kind of confusing design, reminiscent of the 70's that makes me wonder if I love it or hate it. I think I love it.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Required Reading.





These are the books on my required sewing reading & reference list.
From top to bottom:
Simple Sewing, Lotta Jansdotter
Seams to Me, Anna Maria Horner
Simple Sewing with a French Twist, Celine Dupuy
Last Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts, Joelle Hoverson
Amy Butler's Little Stitches for Little Ones
Weekend Sewing, Heather Ross
Quilts, Denyse Schmidt

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Mira & Westie Photos!

Just had the first photo shoot today with John Davis at Studio Mobtown, where we will be hosting the first ever Trunk Show from Charm Stitch/Mira & Westie on Sunday, December 6.

This is my one-sided apron. I have also designed a reversible apron which is twice as much fun and was originally blogged here (sadly, the yellow polka dots are now out of print).

I love this photogenic green chair & the studio has elements of an anthropologie spread with all the interesting architectural details, textures, nooks and crannies.

Of course, John's discriminating eye and my sister, Kristin's perfect figure don't hurt one bit.

So thanks, John and Keeks!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Kid Kimono Fever


Dropped Miss Mira off to her Grandma Linda and now, 4 hours later and I have finished the Oliver + S Bedtime Story Pajama. To save time, I had prepped my pattern by tracing and cutting out my new Olympus polka dots. This fabric is every bit as lovely as I imagined to work with. It has the textured look of linen with the fineness of a handkerchief. I do recommend the Oliver + S patterns to anyone looking to learn new tricks or how to sew more professionally. They are expertly designed and edited. But MAN does it take a long time for me to read and process patterns as I sew. I'm sure it goes much easier the second time around but generally, after the long process of getting something finished I just can't imagine wanting to revisit it. But revisit I must or these may become the most expensive kid pajamas in history.

NeXt Up:
Tea Party Sundress in 0-3 months and 2T.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

one kimono two...


Since Friday night I have completed two kimono projects for baby G. I've got a massive to do list to complete in just 8 weeks, and a suspicion that G could arrive earlier than expected. I'm waiting on two Olympus fabric bolts, one of greenish yellow polka dots and the other peachy pink with white and black vines. So sweet. Should arrive this week from Japan!
Here is my to do list:
Baby G
  • Quilt (pieced... ready to baste, mark, quilt & bind)
  • Kimono's:
  • a) frog prince print/weekend sewing (done! and modified with a french seam) with bloomers
  • b) unicorns & snails/amy butler little stitches (done!)
  • c) olympus kimono's (oliver + S pattern) 1 done!
  • d) my own pattern
  • Coordinating Oliver + S Tea Party Dresses
  • a) sizes 0-3 & 2t
  • b) sizes 6-12 & 3T
  • Burp Cloths done!
Mira
Along with my hope to get an etsy shop up and running in a week or two including the following inventory:
  • "Shelley" zipper pouches 3 down!
  • "Karen's Sunshine Cafe Aprons" 2 down, 3 prepped.
  • Kid totes 1 done, 1 prepped
  • Simple Quilts (1 down, 4 to go!)
  • 75 Burp Cloths
Better get to work! I think I'm jumping in with the Oliver + S Tea Party dresses, rated only one scissor out of four these should be a cinch.

Monday, August 24, 2009

A Day at the Beach


Finally finished!
Started this quilt in May and finished the binding at the beach last week. I used the Denyse Schmidt "A Day at the Beach" pattern for the front and improvised a hot pink stripe on the back.

Fully intending this to be used all summer long with our CSA goodies... it really hasn't been that kind of summer. Planning to surprise E with a picnic later this week.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

canary in the closet

Mira's new room is slowly coming together and my old friends orange & rouge will be making an encore appearance with their new friend, canary in the closet. Rather than paint the gigantic stripes as I did in her current closet I have decided to use these little x's as accents within the open spaces of her new space. I was able to draft these in photoshop and simply have to trace and cut them into my stencil paper and get these little guys painted in sporadic order. Eric assembled the Elfa closet parts this morning and hopefully next week the new sliding doors will arrive. 

I found a retailer for the Gypsy Chandelier in Clear and we ordered that this morning. We may have chickened out on the multi-colored version because we don't have enough other bright primaries to support that kind of color party. I think it would be adorable, but there is no doubt that the clear version will bring some witty sophistication to the space.

My overall inspiration for the room is coming from the Lizzy Allen wallpaper mentioned in my post Orange & Rouge. I am addicted to this combination.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Henry Road Lampshades

This is also a lovely idea. Henry Road has this image on their website and offers custom designed lampshades or pendants. I'm tempted! They are very anthropologie!

Lighting


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Originally uploaded by llculverwell

Moving Mira to our guest room means we will need to replace the ugly white ceiling fan that's been hanging around. I've been looking high and low for chandelier options. While I love the multi-colored one from Urbs, it is now on backorder through September. Too late! I found a black version for $63, and that may do. I think I'd prefer white.. still searching.

If we go the handmade route, I think I'd like to do something like this... from the Varvatos store in Soho. Gotta find out where to get some globes like this though.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Gladiator Button Shoes

Coach had the nerve to send me an email about these gladiator heels this morning. 3.5 inches of heel. Too much, I'm afraid for me these days. I just don't have the energy... but if I did, I can assure you these would be at the top of my "want it" list.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

New Stitches

I've learned two new tricks since last week:
The French Seam (sewing with a french twist has a nice four step explanation; burda has one too but the photos made it seem a little confusing... I recommend referencing both - the burda takes it to a felled seam - which is sweet!)
and get this... Hand Quilting. Somehow I convinced my sister, Kristin to take an evening hand quilting class with me at the only quilting shop we have near Baltimore. I have affectionately dubbed it the Old Lady Store. It's mostly traditional and the staff is very friendly. They carry 12 or so Amy Butler prints and approximately four Heather Ross prints; these are the same bolts they've had since I first visited the shop last December. This store is all about excitement!

So the quilting is a challenge with super tiny needle. My index finger hurts and I realized that I need a better thimble. Our instructor modeled a Clover made brass open backed model that looked lovely. Kristin seemed to do just fine! She's preparing to sew her first quilt for her best friend's new baby. Knowing how to do the hand-stitching will certainly come in handy for cute little details. I've been intrigued with the hand-quilting process since coming across the "Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts" Book. The process is so time-consuming though, it's hard to imagine hand quilting an entire project.

A is for Apple... B is for Blog... C is for...


Apple's new bookmark Top Sites feature makes it easy to catch up on my favorite blogs. I had really gotten behind with my time wasting "research." I have so many bookmarks poorly organized and stashed in folders called "sewing," "misc" and "untitled" that it is impossible to keep up with prolific posters. Now I can store my favorites within a quick, visual framework that even *stars* new postings. It's just too easy!

"My want it, my need it."

The quote can be attributed to my youngest sister Chelsea during her toddler years. But here are my want it/need its:

Subscription to Selvedge (it's not cheap!)
Alabama Chanin: Alabama Stitch Book
Gocco Printer
overlock foot with cutter for the babylock

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Tale of the Yellow Polka Dots & the Very Playful Hippopotamus


For the last year or so I have really wanted to try silk screening. An easier method (aside from resist painting a silk screen) appeared to be lithography. I have been referencing Lotta Jansdotter's book on printmaking, which is truly a lot of fun and the hippo above was my first actual attempt. I had been hoping to do it on fabric for the bag mentioned a couple posts down. But the hippo did not take very well on the textured ikea fabric... nor did I ever find the white I had hoped to strike the wine colored lining with. It actually looked best on this paper.

And today, further inspired by my lemon polka dots and a 1 yard piece of wool strap that I bought a couple of days ago, I found myself thinking about a little skirt for Mira. One thing led to another and I thought about making a tiny tote bag for Mira to carry her library DVD's and small artifacts from her dossiers. I did indeed manage the tote bag but have not had the opportunity to photograph it. I went for a patchwork strip look on a side pocket (the grey area interrupted with polka dots). It's cute, but I fear not quite as cute as my drawing turned out above.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Orange & Rouge.


I can only show you a tiny bit of this image of wallpaper taken from this website. Isn't it adorable? I feel like the charm stitch website should have some elements of this. I love the colors. Thanks to makesomething.ca for sharing the link.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Bright Lights

I might be insane for liking this $78 chandelier from Urban Outfitters. I've been very inspired by color lately. It's quite difficult for me to use it though. My usual color palate is so restrained! I often pick variations on the same shade of white to paint our hallways and bedrooms. It really is quite the illness.

So when I see something like this I can't help but think of what fun it is! One thought I had about the baby (or Mira's new room) decor was inspired by a Tory Burch price tag. The mix of bright blue, orange, green and hot pink has been making my heart ache (Scan to Come)! I think a nice silk quilt with bright stitching and binding might do the trick. Check out Tory's boutiques for some visual inspiration (I like the East Hampton one today but the traditional green & orange Vegas/NYC style also rocks it just fine).

I'm not quite sure how to make it work; especially since we already have the cowgirl duvet for Mira. One thing is for sure, I'll be consulting my Domino book for inspiration. So sad that magazine is gone!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Fuukei Pianika Bag and a Spotted Hippopotamus


Latest Translation... The Fuukei Pianika Bag from NaniIRO's 2009 pattern line featured on their website.

My plans for the bag include hand printing on a white canvas-like fabric procured from IKEA a year ago. I may go for an organic look with shapes similar to the above photo (from Kokka's site). I have a wine colored liner fabric already cut and plan to print a white hippo inside.

Mira went crazy for hippos over the weekend. We made an impromptu appearance at the National Zoo and saw their gorgeous hippo playing outside in the pool with a bright red ball. She couldn't have loved it more. She said, "excuse me" to get closer and even announced - "I have to move one more woman to get closer." The woman overheard and graciously stepped out of the way so Mira could observe this enormous hippopotamus in all her submerged glory.

Being with a two year old is one of the most enlightening and amusing things I've ever experienced. I am grateful for the time I have to appreciate her.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Karen's Sunshine Cafe Apron


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Originally uploaded by llculverwell

I've had these fabrics for about a month. I had planned to make a ruched sundress with the polka dots and napkins with the stripes and prints. The elastic thread escapade prevented me from continuing the polka dot massacre.

About a week ago, I began toying with the idea of combining the yellow swirlies with the stripes as a cafe apron. I was lucky enough to have some super-wide tangerine cotton twill tape from a recent voyage to Spool Sewing in Philly. It was perfectly suited for this combination.

Once the orange was in place, I couldn't stop thinking about my friend Karen. I think she loves orange as much as I do and she might be the only other person I know that will appreciate this strange combination of Amy Butler fabrics.

It was pretty easy, though time consuming when you toss in folding laundry and winging it. I had scribbled some instructions so I could test my tutorial drafting skills. I plan to post my first one over at CharmStitch.com pretty soon. Let me know if you're interested!

Oliver + S Lazy Days Skirt & Tank Embellishment



In preparation for Olivia's second birthday party tomorrow, I decided to make her a skirt from Oliver + S. This is a free pattern found on their website. It's so easy, takes under an hour... especially the second time around. My favorite part is the genius concealed hem under the ribbon detail.

I had the blush colored fabric leftover from Mira's Stacked Coins quilt front (still working on it). I adore it with the black and white ribbon. And think Mira may be getting a duplicate very soon.

Upon completion I thought this would be an even better gift if paired with a "matching" t-shirt. After three stops I finally found this white tank at Old Navy. It took exactly four minutes to add the ribbon detail to the tank sleeves.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Musings on NaniIRO free patterns

I whipped up these two bags from the free patterns I found on NaniIRO's site. Now of course, since I can't read Japanese I assume they are free. Each bag took less than an hour. The most complicated part may be remembering to work with cm. The first time I started studying one of these I didn't notice the "cm" and began visualizing in inches... thinking, "my that's a large bag, I'm not sure I even have fabric that wide." Upon further consideration I realized my American mistake. Here are the two that I chose: left & right. The bag on the left had a minor measurement error at the base, I'll be explaining in a quick tutorial at a future date.

I'm thinking about making my first Charm Stitch workshop a course in understanding & translating the patterns. While I'm certainly no expert, and there are several ways to complete a project, I think these patterns are adorable & I'd love to offer help to anyone else that doesn't want to take the time to figure out the diagrams.

My next effort is a sweet kids shirt with elastic sleeve gathering. From the diagram on the Kokka site it appears as though a bias trim is magically connected on one side of the fabric to cover all of the seams. I'm just not sure about it though, it could be the body fabric folded over, but the bias trim would make a lovely finished edge protecting delicate skin from chafing. I'm going to be doing this one with Heather Ross' Frog Prince double gauze. The fabric has already been marked with water soluble marker and cut... Just waiting for a brainstorm to fill in the gap.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Pieces by Post

June 29 marked the arrival of my first catalog. NaniIRO, oh it's fabulous. The best part about the marketing materials are the images showing projects made with the remarkable fabrics. At first I was thinking, yeah, that's cute but I like these two... and that's it. Then I saw the way the abstract lines and patterns could be laid out to showcase the simplicity and now I want to have just about everything.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

See me at Charm Stitch!



The big announcement...

I'm sneaking this post in (it's backdated!) to announce that I have a new website called CHARM STITCH. The site is not the final version, just a mere holding page to help me feel official as I place wholesale orders and plan all the things that come next.

Momentarily deterred by the economy (and baby two coming this October), I have long term plans to open a modern sewing boutique in Baltimore and short term plans to start with trunk shows (first sometime in September) and a website where I will sell many of my favorite fabrics and notions. Immediately, I hope to offer intimate sewing workshops which will be held at a borrowed studio in the Woodberry/Hampden area. Taking it slowly to gauge interest and see if anyone else local is as addicted to fabric as me.

Currently, I'm developing free tutorials for fabric bucket bags and the reversible cafe apron blogged above. I hope to post these the first week of August.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Hello! Big changes ahead!

I am planning to start a new blog but can't decide between typepad and wordpress. Typepad is $8.95/month with a 14 day free trial that requires a credit card to begin. Wordpress is free, but when I read pros & cons on this site I got scared away. It seems like it has some server issues.

My new favorite blog: www.makesomething.ca is done on Wordpress. And I like it well enough, but all the techno talk seems to indicate that Wordpress lacks the flexibility of Typepad. Not that I know what I'm doing. I don't. But it seems like I should, and maybe I will... one day.

But I will be announcing my next business venture soon. I have a domain and a little homepage image ready to sit with you. Just getting my hosting worked out. Really needing to get this web design worked out but not feeling informed enough to pull the trigger.

Monday, June 22, 2009

The B


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Originally uploaded by llculverwell

Here is the first of the napkin monograms.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Modern Trousseau


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Originally uploaded by llculverwell

On Tuesday I was able to take the Modern Trousseau class at Purl Patchwork with Heather Ross. Woohoo, right?! It was a fun two hour introduction to the lazy daisy chain stitch and some french knots. I came with no embroidery experience and left with a partially finished "L" monogram. Today I was able to do a dainty little napkin with our "B." Eric declared it too flowery for his taste but I have already determined that I will complete a set for us. I'm thinking of using a different font for each napkin.

I've really started to love having more than one kind of project to work on. I have quilts, burp cloths, dresses and now, monogramed napkins & kitchen towels to work on. Raise your hand if you want one for Christmas. I'm addicted!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Weekend Away Bag: Take 1

I worked on this project a few evenings this week. It wasn't too complicated, I had the errata sheet and was able to use some of the first fabric I ordered in 2009. I had long intended to use the yellow garden roses for an apron, but changed my mind at the last minute because it goes so nicely with the pink Cathedral print - which I thought would make a fun binding. Even with the errata sheet, I still feel there is an error with the fabric required to cut the handles & binding "on the bias." I wound up only having a fraction of 1/2 yard of the pink cathedral so I just went for it without going bias. It seems to be fine.

I'm thinking that the next verision should have a little tie, or use some hooks on the inside for key straps... something snazzy like that.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A Call for Sergers

Serger? Are you out there?

Looking for one... just putting that out there. Used or new I just need to have one come my way. Suggestions of where to look? Preferred brands and such?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

My Meetings


I am officially almost official. I am starting my own business. Just waiting for state approval of my "articles of organization" and then I get the FEIN number... the tax traders license... and then I shall be buying wholesale and making the most out of my time and self. All this before baby number two in October. I have serious work to do! And I think by November I'll realize how crazy I was this month.

Monday brought Brian over to talk about websites. I can't wait for this part to develop and even spent an hour that afternoon mocking up my sketchbook so he would know exactly what I meant. I actually like what I designed and am starting to see my ideas come together from my weathered, dirty, Mira-mangled sketchbook.

On Tuesday I met with Mary at Typecast Press (just look at this place, is it not amazing?!) and regret only thinking to take photos on my way out (just the one above). The studio was incredible! So colorful, so clean and so inspiring. I am more than excited about logos and letterpress right now that I find it hard not to think of new projects needing paper design. 

I think it will be Friday before I hear any word on estimates and follow-up meetings. But I just want the universe to know that I am ready to get started right now.

Following some inspiration mentioned in Stitch magazine I found this blog from the owner of The Workroom in Toronto. I declare that this is my most favorite blog, and I will follow it wherever it goes.

Speaking of {blogs}(and in the meantime) I'm going to have to get a more professional blog together. Any comments on Wordpress or Typepad?

Monday, June 8, 2009

Sunday, June 7, 2009

20 weeks and counting

I don't recall saying so, but should note that all of my recent domestic endeavors may have been enhanced due to pregnant brain and all of the idiosyncrasies that come with it. If only that meant I had higher standards for cleanliness! Oh no, not me. Finally, this morning I cleaned up several of my work areas and organized the mess of bags that I have long intended to take to a consignment shop. I may fear the rejection of my unwanted items. I recall one block long trip down to Normals' Bookstore in Charles Village (1999? 2000?) carrying so many books only to find that they did not meet their standards. Who would have thought! Most of my books came from Normals back then and these books seemed good enough for me to read. 
...So all I have to do is decide on a consignment shop and verify the hours. We loaded up the clutter and it is waiting patiently in the trunk to learn of its next destination. Any ideas? Vogue Revisited? I went to Fashion Attic (or was it Fashion Attack?) right before I left 1904 Fleet (they took everything and a few months later I received a check for $84). 
In the meantime... I am brainstorming about what project is best to start next.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Weekend Away Travel Bags


These are the bags I made.. I really like the fabric and zipper colors. The pattern was from the weekend sewing book (of course!) and by the time I got to the second one I had decided the inside pockets needed restructuring and that the bag was too big not to have a handle somewhere. I was mildly certain that the first bag (on the left) needed more structure, but after I added the interfacing to the second bag I started liking the floppy nature of piggy brown.
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