Tuesday, June 30, 2009
While in college, I was dating a fella who lived about 2 hours away and my roommate and I decided to surprise him with a weekend visit. Also in on the "surprise" were his friends, whose apartment I arrived at approximately an hour before he was due.
After a 2 hour drive, of course I have to pee. Who doesn't? So I made a beeline for the bathroom. In my defense, this apartment is VERY poorly designed and some idiot architect had placed the bathroom right smack in the middle of the living room. Well, I clearly was in too much of a hurry to lock the door and current b/f's best friend decides he needs to go too and opens the (outward-opening) bathroom door and I am on display in all my glory, with approximately 15 college co-eds present and staring.
Honestly, I don't know who was more embarassed, me or him, but I think it was me--hello, pants around the ankles! He disagreed.
Monday, June 29, 2009
1. I have a sister and two brothers--all 3 are half-siblings.
2. I have lived in this small town my whole life and have no desire to leave it.
3. I love chick lit.
4. I always have atleast 2 books going at any given moment (I can never stick to just one because I get bored).
5. Johnny Depp is my favorite actor and #1 on my "list".
6. I won't answer my cell phone in the car while one of my favorite songs is playing on the radio.
7. I prefer cats over dogs.
8. I enjoy calling my husband "Jonesy" (his middle name is Jones). He hates it.
9. I laugh out loud when reading the Bertie & Jeeves stories by P.G. Wodehouse.
10. I enjoy Hannah Montana (the show). It's a guilty pleasure.
Tag, you're it!
1. Edub Graphic Art & Design
2. just a girl in the world
3. Keeping Up With the Copes
5. Red Fish Circle
6. The Pink Needle
7. Creative Eye Studio
8. Aurora's Garden
9. little bit funky
10. Joy's Hope
Now it's your turn!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Martha said more than once that this was a beginner pattern. Well, Martha, I beg to differ. Though it was somewhat easier the second time around, my first attempt was severely wonky. The second attempt turned out much better and I might would even say "Etsy-worthy", but it still didn't feel "beginner". The first few steps were very elementary, but when it came to sewing up the "arm holes", I wanted to pull my hair out.
I will take post a pic of my second and more successful attempt soon. I really like how it turned out, love the purse, and am so glad I made it, but don't let Martha fool you into thinking it's for a "beginner".
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
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Please support the Bluegrass State (that's Kentucky, for those who don't know) and show your love to these shops June 10-14!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I must say, when I first heard about the Twilight series, I was skeptical. However, last October I was at a work conference and Borders had a table set up for book sales. I picked up Twilight and considered it (I had forgotten to bring something to read in my down time). I asked the employee who was working the table if she had read it and she gave me a rave review. Still, I was skeptical, but decided to give it a shot. Four days later, I had completed the book (carrying it in my purse everywhere I went and reading any free second I had). When I finished the first, we were in Gatlinburg (this was a very busy travel week for me, I can tell you) and I made my husband take me immediately to the closest BAMM to find the second book in the series. Thank goodness for the Garmin! I had the second book finished by the time we returned home, and as you can imagine, had to buy the third and fourth consecutively upon finishing each. If you are a female and haven't read this series, you are seriously missing out! I was immediately hooked. If you've read the series, you know what I mean when I say it was ALL I could think about the entire time I was reading it, and honestly, for a good month following. I was so sad when I finished the books that I nearly went back and re-read the first and fourth again (my 2 favorites). Now, with all the hype over New Moon coming out in November, I've decided to go back and re-read atleast the first book, which has inspired this embroidery:
I really love the font and hope my embroidery skills can do it justice. I'll probably put it in my shop when it's complete.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Starting tomorrow, I will be participating in the 2nd annual Etsy Yart Sale! What exactly is a “Yart Sale,” you may ask? The term Yart is an artistic spin on the traditional yard sale:
Monday, June 8, 2009
I have approximately 2 months to get ready, so I better start sewing! I want to have a good variety set up for purchase, as well as some examples of custom orders. I will definitely be very busy for the next 2 months! I will keep you updated on my progress.
If you are in the Western Kentucky area and are expecting a baby, you should definitely check the childbirth fair out on August 15th at Western Baptist. I went last year with my sister-in-law and she RACKED UP on free baby items and info. Here's a picture of the crowd from a previous year.
Friday, June 5, 2009
I must say, I'm pretty proud of the little guy. My husband was pretty impressed, too. He especially liked how the stitches made it look like he had "fuzz", which I hadn't even noticed! Mr. Savvy Stitcher is so smart!
I want to sew up another one to go with it to make a set for my store but don't have any patterned fabric to coordinate with it. I do have some solid colors that will match though. Should I do a totally different fabric with a pattern? I'd really like them to coordinate. Any suggestions are appreciated! I'll have to make a boy's set next.
I also made some glass marble magnets which I think turned out pretty nicely as well. I just love magnets! Before long, my refrigerator will be covered and my husband will think I've lost my mind (if he doesn't already).
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I really like this Ribbon Water Carrier:
They also added some very simple embroidery to a fairly plain bag to dress it up for summer. I will definitely be using this technique as seen on this Circle-Patterned Tote:
These are just a couple of the many projects Martha has shared. Go to her site to see them all. She is always full of great ideas.
Since I didn't have time to do any sewing last night, I did make some more cover button magnets for my store.
Maybe I'll be able to get some sewing in tonight.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
and some cover button magnets...
The magnets were for a swap, but I love them so much that I think that I'll make some for my own fridge, too--and maybe for my Etsy store.
On the news front:
*edub from Etsy is working on designing my blog. I hope to have the new layout posted today, so be sure to stop back by. Her work is amazing, so I highly recommend her. She's really easy to work with, too!
*I am a member of the Bluegrass Etsy Street Team (Kentucky Crafters on Etsy) and we now have a new Web site! Check it out when you can at www.kentuckyhandmade.com