Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Weddings on my mind

So, I went to my first non-relative bridal shower this past weekend. It was just lovely! It was for a co-worker of mine and she's just hilarious, so I wanted to do something special. So, I opted for making her an apron. And here it is in all of it's wedding-bliss glory:

(ignore the messy closet, it's a disaster, I'm aware)

and here's the apron posing on the newly purchased Ikea computer chair.

She really loved the apron and that made me feel really happy. I wish I had a photo of it all wrapped up because the present itself looked awesome. I bought this really great wrapping paper. It was the kind of gift I would want at my bridal shower. It was that awesome looking.

Anyway, the bridal shower was fun and I had a great time. I just wanted to show off this cool apron!

More to come soon!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

First day of September

It has certainly been a hectic last few weeks! But I'm very happy to be sitting in my bedroom looking out at the sunset, realizing that today was a perfect almost-fall day. Makes me even happier that this coming weekend is a long one. I'm so ready for it!

I have managed to get some sewing done lately, so that has helped keep my spirits up during a difficult time. It feels good to complete projects, right? My boyfriend's sister's baby shower is coming up and since she lives in Missouri, I have to mail it out to her. I've been busy getting it all ready, but now it's good to be shipped, just as soon as I take it to the UPS office later in the week. His sister is only 17 and she's having a baby, so it's been a struggle to imagine if she realizes just how much her life is going to change, but babies are the best customers to do work for! So I sewed up a little quilt and some bibs for the coming bundle of joy!

Above are the two bibs that I'm sending to her.

Isn't that robot fabric simply adorable?! Don't mind my shadow, my studio lighting is awful!

And the baby quilt! It's finally all finished and ready for baby!

And this has been my present to myself. I've been wanting this American Jane quilt since I laid eyes on the pattern and now i am finally making one. And it's all for me! And if it turns out well, I might do a smaller one for my grandmother!

Something else that I did recently was my first excursion to Ikea. And I fell in love. A computer chair and lamp came home with me, but believe me when I say I wanted the entire store! I have horrible space estimation, though because when I bought the computer chair I thought for sure it would fit in the back of my boyfriend's tiny car. I thought it wouldn't be a problem.

It went in, but not without quite the fight. And then, I couldn't even fit the box in my car when it came time to actually drive it to my house. That was kind of a pain, but it all worked out in the end and I couldn't be more pleased with my new, chic computer chair.

It's been the highlight of coming home. Well, one of the highlights anyway. I only wish I had this quality of comfort at work!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Inching right along

I must say that I've been steadily working on some more projects lately and I'm surprising myself with the speed in which I have been completing them. Unfortunately, I don't have a knack for carrying around my camera everywhere, so I don't have photos of them yet to show you, but it's been fun working on them.

See I finished a quilt top that will be made into a Christmas present. I also have a baby quilt pretty much finished. And now I get to work on something for me. It's "Rainy Day Paper Play" by American Jane . I fell in love with it and I was going to order the pattern online, but then I went on vacay down to the beach and found a quilt shop there with the pattern and fabric, so I had to buy it. And I can't wait to see the finished product. I even bought extra fabric so that if it turns out really well I'll make a smaller size quilt, for my Mom-Mom, most likely.

And after that, I promised my brother a quilt, and I have been SLOWLY working on that. But I've really got my eye on this. That might have to be put on hold though, I've got to get an apron done for my co-worker because I'm going to her bridal shower and my boyfriend's sister is having a baby so I'll probably have to finish up the little baby quilt (or not, because it's so adorable I might just keep it for myself for any future offspring i may ever decide to have). Yikes. At this rate, I'm going to be steady sewing until February.

But I must say one of my favorite parts of quilting is the complete hoarding of supplies (namely fabric and patterns). I love having a stash. It makes it all that much better on a rainy day where I don't want to get out of my pjs, but yet want to try a new sewing project.

On a separate note, I'm on the hunt for a vintage chandelier for the house I'm going to rent someday after I finish paying down some bills and find a decent place to move into. Let me know if you have any suggestions!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Let's get this started

My, oh my have I been a busy girl. And don't worry, I've got photos to prove it. But, oh, where to start?

Well, it's been a great summer and I've gotten done a few things here and there, along with getting accustomed to my new job. And luckily, I've also gotten a few Christmas gifts, as well. Oh, you wanted photos?!
Did I mention I finally got my new camera? It's awesome. I'll prove it to you. Say hello to this beauty.

Oh, hello, David Cook. You're so, like, up close and personal and stuff. (sorta).

So yeah, I saw Mr. Past-American Idol himself in concert. And I do have much better photos, if you're curious, but...my laptop can't handle all his good looks, so they'll have to wait until I get a request for more photos from someone.

Until then, the good stuff.

This weekend I finished this pillow:

it's a modified version of the pillow on Moda Bake Shop blog. Modified meaning I basically redid all the measurements and and some of the placement, and made it slightly more wonky in the process, but this is the finished product. The brown and reds for the border are from 3 Sisters 'Glace' line. I love that line. Simply beautiful. And this pillow is also from the same line, but notice the complete variation.

Also, I used some more of that 'Glace' for this baby quilt top that I just recently finished. The main fabric shows scenes from Mother Goose Rhymes. I wanted a quilt that would be slightly more appropriate for a baby boy. I think I kinda achieved it. What do you think? At first I didn't care for it much, but it's definitely grown on me and now I like it. I'm looking forward to quilting it, actually and usually, that's my least favorite part.

I have finished a few other odds and ends around here, but unfortunately after my little photo session with the above models, my batteries were running low, so it'll have to wait until I make a stop and pick up some more.

But I am working towards getting Christmas gifts out of the way. I'm working on using the rest of the 'Glace' line for a Christmas quilt...or maybe some aprons. And then I've got an American Jane quilt that I just cannot wait to see how it looks when it's done!!! Super stoked about that. And after that, I'll probably finish up this quilt I've been working on for my brother. And probably a few more pillows, as well. I just need to think of something to make for all the women I work with. I'm thinking some cute tea towels might work. And I've also got a co-worker's bridal shower coming up, as well and I've got an adorable apron in mind for that. I'll try to keep up with photos to let you know how all these plans work out!

Until then!

Sunday, June 21, 2009


Is it sad to admit that sometimes your own blog depresses you? I think it's the dark purple in the header...I don't know, something.

Either way, I'm thinking this thing needs a makeover and a new name. So, that's what's going to happen.

Awful good timing too, because I start a new job tomorrow morning and I have a new camera on its way to me! (the boyfriend totally spoiled me with birthday presents!)

So, I think that's a great reason for changes. Also, I'm beginning to seriously consider opening an etsy shop. Just because I love sewing all these different things, but I don't always have any use for them. I mean, yeah, aprons are great, but I don't really need ten sitting around when I've already got a favorite one. So, I feel the need to do something with these wonderful creations I make. So if you're at all interested in that sort of thing, then I guess just keep your eyes peeled.

Also, I need a new name for this blog. 'I'm a Little Teapot' just popped into my head when I originally came up with this thing, and now it's kinda dorky, I think. If I can change that I will. I think.

Anyway, just a short update here. Pictures will be coming soon with the arrival of the new camera!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Hooray for many reasons

I have just ordered my first Moda fabric! Isn't that something?! I'm super psyched for it. I ordered a layer cake of 'Glace' by Three Sisters. I want to get an early start on my Christmas stuff and this line is perfection!

Okay, okay, so maybe I was inspired by this at Moda Bake Shop. But the apron I have in mind is different from that one, well, basically minus the big pocket in the front and a few other very minor details. And then I'm also thinking with the leftover fabric, I may be able to make a small Christmas lap quilt. Oh the possibilities!

Also, those of you who have seen my photos on this blog will be very happy to note that I have a new camera on its way to me. But I'm still no great photographer.

It happens to be my 23rd birthday this Sunday, so my somewhat-boyfriend is getting me the camera, as well as something else, which I'm guessing is going to be a Phillies jersey - but I have to wait and see. I could be very wrong. But I'll be very happy if i'm right. Unless I'm wrong and he's getting us a vacation to Disney World, then I'll still be very happy. But I'm pretty sure he'd laugh in my face if I told him I would like a vacation to Disney World with him. Oh well.

Anyway, I'm also making a quilt for my best friend, her birthday is just 5 days after mine and I have to say, I'm on schedule with it. I just have to bind it and then it's ready to be wrapped up all nice and pretty. I know she'll love it. I picked out the fabric with her in mind and once I get my new camera I will show you. (or maybe once I bind it, I'll just use my crappy camera to take a quick shot)

And before I go, I just wanted everyone to know that my dog is snoring very loudly at the moment. And he's only a little chihuahua. And yet, he snores pretty loud for a dog that's only about a foot high. Hopefully he's having good dreams of chasing the FedEx man.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I've got photos!

Alright, so I have finally taken some photos of all my sewing projects as of late. The first one is the purple quilt that I was working on a long time ago. It's actually been done for a while now, I just kept forgetting to get some photos of it to post and show. So, I headed outside on a dreary day here in Delaware to photograph and to also demonstrate how badly I need a new camera. Or to perhaps work on my photo skills. Could go either way. Anyway, the quilt.

That quilt was actually my first go at machine stippling/quilting. It didn't turn out so well, but at least I picked a thread that matched and therefore, you can't really see all the mistakes very clear even up close. So that was a good idea on my part, for once.

A while back, I also took a shot at making baby bibs. It was fun. If I decide to ever open an etsy shop, I'm sure these will be there. They have terry cloth backing, you know, towel material. I'm so bad with naming fabric material. Anyway, for these, I browsed online, got the general idea and then improvised with the sizing. They're probably too big for a newborn, but I'd say toddlers could wear those. Do toddlers even wear bibs? I don't have any kids and nobody I know does, so I'm lost on the whole baby thing. But i'm in love with that cute tree fabric. I'm going to use it for something else, I just don't know what yet.

This next one has been my baby for the past few days. I actually love the main fabric and didn't quite get to do what I wanted to with this apron, so I'm making another one and I'm hoping the next one isn't so showy, but more beachy. Anyway, here's the half-apron.

If you're wondering, the pocket is a tie pocket and I got the idea from laurasaurus on craftster That's why there's a slight pull - I double knotted it. But if I take out the double knot and stick with a single, there's no pull and it's super cute.

I have no idea what I'm going to do with this apron. I don't want to keep it, but don't really have any celebrations where I could gift it to someone. So, we'll see what happens with this one. That was my first half apron and I really like how it turned out. I'm more of a full-apron kinda girl, but I do like this one.

That's about it for me. Tonight I'm going to purchase an embroidery set to do for my next apron and I also have another half apron I'm working on and a baby quilt. Hopefully it won't take me so long to take some photos this time!