Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
I've been busy the last couple of weeks. I finished up my version of the Peace quilt by Late Bloomer that I made with LakeHouse fabrics. Binding Guru Karen is, well binding it for me. It was my first time making prairie points. They were pretty easy. This is an in progress picture.
I also made the Camille Bag by Penny Sturges out of the fabulous new Darla line by Tanya Whelan of Grand Revival. I have to tell you, I love this bag. I had never made pintucks before, but they were totally easy. And CUTE! I made it as a sample for Tammy Tadd Designs, but I love it so much I think I'll need to make myself another to use while it's on display! And as a side note, I'm eagerly anticipating Tanya's upcoming line French Hatbox. It's absolutely gorgeous. I think I need a cottage (quilting cottage that is) nestled in some rolling hills to decorate with all these fabulous vintagy florals that Tanya designs.
I also started an actual embroidery project this week! It's not great, but it's start. And I think it's totally fun! I used the China Town pattern by Sublime Stitchery. It's going to be a pocket on a grocery bag using the Chopsticks Please fabric by Kaufman. The takeout fabric will be the main panels and the fortune cookies are the sides and bottom. They make me smile.
I don't know, do you think my taste is diverse enough?
I would wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day, but I have a Valentine's Day Curse, bad things happen to me on or around Valentine's Day. I have a theory that if I pretend it doesn't exist, nothing bad will happen. In light of The Curse, I'll just wish everyone a Happy Saturday!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I was never a shoe person. Never gave them much thought unless they were uncomfortable. Then my sister moved to Torino, Italy. As one would expect, they were really into shoes there and my sister brought home several stunning pairs. But I resisted the lure of the shoes.
After dinner one night in Torino, we were going up the stairs to my sister's apartment when I noticed her friend was walking sideways up the very narrow, ancient marble steps. I asked her why she was walking that way and she pointed to her shoes and said "because my shoes do not fit on the stairs." Now that's dedication to fashion. I ended up with my sister's Italian shoes through a twist of fate, when her feet stopped cooperating with fabulous Italian shoes and made her wear more comfortable foot attire. Now I am the proud owner of those pointy toed beauties and it's made me look at shoes in a whole different light.
I still don't have a lot of shoes, regardless of what my husband thinks. Today at lunch I went to the mall looking for a Fisherman Cable sweater at Eddie Bauer and came out with a gorgeous pair of Franco Sarto Tea Shootie dress shoes in Smoke (a really excellent dark gray that kind of changes depending on what color it's near.) And a fun name, don't you think? Try saying "Tea Shootie dress shoe" and not smile. And since I actually needed black shoes and they were on super sale, how could I not get them?
Walking through Nordstrom with a fabulous pair of Franco's on and Stevie Wonder's "Very Superstitious" playing on the loudspeaker really makes a girl feel she's the bomb! I don't really think I was walking any different, but it sure felt like I was walking way cooler than normal.
Back at the office I decided to wear them in a bit and walked down to the cafe with my boss. She commented that I was a lot taller in them. I think they made me stand up straighter and put my shoulders back. The shoes make me feel as though I can take on the world. I know it seems like a lot of responsibility for a pair of shoes, but I'm telling you, these shoes are up to it!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Alex of Moonstitches is lucky enough to live in the middle of all this fabulous quilt inspiration and is kind enough to post her photos of the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2009 on Flickr for us all to see. Click on the quilt show name and prepare to be amazed.
I stumbled upon the Moonstitches blog sometime last year. It's really interesting because she is a German living in Japan. She quilts, knits and does various other crafts. I really enjoy seeing what other parts of the world are up to, don't you?