Monday, February 28, 2011

Etsy shop - open!

You know all the sewing I've been doing? Not for nothing! I opened up my own Etsy shop! I admit, it's a bit of a selfish New Years' Resolution, nothing compared to running a marrow drive, but a completed resolution nonetheless.

I'm proud of the variety I'm offering, and will be dreaming up new and fun products as I go along, so be sure to check the shop every now and then to see what's new.

Friday, February 25, 2011

First Haircut

Took a break from my sewing scissors to cut Mira's hair! I've been delaying this for as long as I could. I started feeling like her bangs were impeding her vision. And she's not one to leave hair accessories in for long.

It's amazing to me how different she can look with only a small amount of hair missing.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Gorgeous Rainbow Quilt

I saw this quilt the other day on Quiltstory, and fell in love with it.

Isn't it just my style? Curves, rainbow, I really really love it. And the maker of this version is giving away a copy of the book the pattern is in! I think I'll enter ;)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Swooping Solids Pillow

Inspiration comes from so many sources... My addiction to rainbows combined with this quilt, and some art from the Minneapolis Institute of Art:

via elsie marley
art info: Tahkt-I-Sulayman Variation II by Frank Stella

It all combined in my head to make the Swooping Solids Pillow. It's my first foray into machine quilting, and I really really enjoyed making it. I will very likely be using these techniques more in the future!

I'm particularly proud of the enclosure: A zipper along the back, carefully tailored.

Blogger's Pillow Party
This pillow will be entered in both the Bloggers Pillow party and the Sew Mama Sew Pillow Month Contest
also linking up to the Quiltstory Fabric Tuesdays!

Fresh Poppy Design

Monday, February 14, 2011

Fastest Valentine Ever!

I think if I were a preschool teacher I would not love Valentines day. All the sorting of many many valentines into those different hideous crafted mailboxes. It would drive me a little crazy.

When we got to school today and started placing all the cool valentines into their respective boxes, I noticed a "teacher" box. Which I think is unfair because they didn't write that on the list of cards we were supposed to bring! I jest. I think it is totally fair for the teachers to get valentines too because we do love them, after all. So quick like a rabbit, here is the fastest valentine ever, because I had to make them in the hour between drop off and the class party this morning:

That's right! SEW IT. When it doubt, SEW IT. Using my lovely rainbow thread, a dull needle in the machine and an error friendly zigzag stitch, sew a heart onto a blank card. Make it a gift they can re-use. Call it a day. Or at least a morning!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

So. Cool.

I asked Lili the other day... do you want to make Valentines or do you want to buy them? I secretly hoped she would say "buy" because I really didn't want the 4 hours of craft time to make them. But she said "make", and I should be proud of her for wanting to, but still. So yesterday she made 2. Out of the 31(!) that we need to make for preschool. And I thought, oh my. This is going to be a process.

And then, one of my favorite bloggers saved my life! Grosgrain did a little tutorial on the coolest. valentine. ever. I'll also credit the original designer of this little ingenious card.

Amazing! And the "love" PJs she is wearing? Just a coincidence. I definitely don't plan those kinds of things. Obviously.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Mira is at the stage where she will now say "cheese" for the camera. In fact, she says cheese as soon as we bring out the camera. It always cracks me up when I review the pics on the computer:

here we are at the pool while Lili has a swim lesson

Check it out!

My Rainbow Pillow has been featured in a list of cool pillow tutorials for the Sew Mama Sew Pillow Month! Scroll down the the kids section to see both pictures of my pillow.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Chinese New Year

This is our third year in a row attending our local Chinese New Year festival, and as always it's really fun. (See the first year here). We never know what the evening will bring and this year it was good food and lots of dancing from the girls. Lili has graduated to a full chipao (dress) and has passed on her "China vest" to Mira. It's always fun to go celebrate my roots, and I'm so glad it has become a yearly tradition!