…crafting stash

Add this box set of embroidery thread by Sajou to your crafting stash.  100% Cotton, 4-ply, made in France with 96 colors.  Absolutely beautiful.  Yes, it is on the pricey side, especially if you are used to buying DMC Floss.  But…it’s so pretty!!  Purchase it domestically at Purl Soho.

 

…what i’ve been up to

I know I’ve been absent for awhile, and I will be again with baby girl due any day now.  However, I felt inspired to share what I have been up to lately.  Instagram.  That’s what.  I have big dreams of one day becoming fluent in digital photography, but for now…Instagram.  It’s immediate gratification for the camera challenged.  Follow my photos here.

1. Eating cupcakes at Trophy

2. Drinking chocolate milkshakes

3. Watching husband play games at our baby shower

4. Shopping at my favorite crafts store Impress

5. Trying out a new place to eat in Edmonds

6. Catching up on favorite magazines

…textile love

I have fallen in love with 2 fabric collections that make me want to do 2 things: Break out my sewing machine and make a quilt, or sit behind the computer and design fabric for Spoonflower.  Neither of which I have time for, so for now, I will have to be content with staring at these adorable designs, and maybe, adding some of the yardage to my stash.

This first one is called “Walk in the Woods” by Aneela Hoey for Moda Fabrics.  She runs a sewing blog called Comfort Stitching, and designs adorable collections for Moda.  Buy yardage here and pre-cut bundles here.

The second collections is called Mod Basics by Birch Fabrics.  This fabric company makes quilting fabrics from 100% Organic Cotton.  Check out their list of stockist here.  Also, check out their blog.

…alphabet flash cards

“E” is for Elephant : 4.5″ x 5.75″

Cut natural paper to 4.5″ x 5.75″.  Cut kraft paper and patterned paper to 4.25″ x 5.5″.  Tear bottom edge of patterned paper to desired amount.  Glue patterned paper to kraft paper.  Corner round the edges.  Stamp letter “e” on pattern paper.  Emboss.  Glue rounded corner card to natural paper background.  Stamp elephant on natural paper.  Emboss.  Cut out.  Tie small blue bow.  Glue bow to elephant.  Apply foam dots to back to elephant, and position at slight angle.

Stamps: elephant large (B Line Designs), letter E (Impress); Patterned Paper: argyle (Authentique “Blissful Collection”).

 

“M” is for Man : 4.5″ x 5.75″

Cut natural paper to 4.5″ x 5.75″.  Cut kraft paper and patterned paper to 4.25″ x 5.5″.  Tear bottom edge of patterned paper to desired amount.  Glue patterned paper to kraft paper.  Corner round the edges.  Cut a strip of kraft paper 1″ x 5″.  Glue and fold around corner rounded card.  Stamp man on natural paper.  Emboss.  Cut out.  Fill in bow tie with red marker.  Glue man to corner rounded card.  Cut out two 1.5″ circles from patterned paper.  Stamp letter “m” to one circle.  Emboss.  Glue both circles together to add stability.  Punch holes at top of circle.  Apply small black grommets.  Thread twine through grommets and create a “purse handle” for the circle.  Apple foam dots to the circle, and position onto card.  Secure “purse handle” by threading twine up from the back of two holes in the corner rounded card.  Tie this twine into a small bow to hold the “purse handle”.  Apply corner rounded card to natural paper background.

Stamps: mr. walker (B Line Designs), letter M (Impress); Patterned Paper: polka dots (Bo Bunny “Unforgettable Love”), yellow pattern (Authentique “Blissful Collection”); Twine: Kraft Funday by Robyn Meierette (“Everyday Fun”).

 

…etsy darling

Last night I came across this darling etsy shop called la boom!  The lovely Tatiana lives in Greece and makes the most adorable shadow and light boxes!  Her work inspires me to make a huge mess all over my work table with paper, scissors and glue.  I love creating little scenes of art within a small box.  I need to get back to making my own shadow boxes.  I have all the ingredients, I just need to make the time…

Find Tatiana on her two blogs, here and here.

Also, I know I said I would post last week about those alphabet flash cards I am making for baby girl’s nursery.  Sorry, I fibbed.  Not intentionally, I swear!  I really will get those posted this week.  Most likely.  When I started this blog in January, I thought I was gonna post 3-4 times per week.  Well…I always start out with higher goals than reality allows.  Now, I will be happy with 1, maybe 2 posts per week.  But stick with me.  Over time I hope I can work up to the job of daily postings!  In the meantime I recommend…

…eagerly awaiting the release of the new Sweet Paul Magazine

…shopping for twill tape at this online store

…shopping at this store for vintage and antiques (fat wallet recommended)

…reading the blog My Life as a Sugar Lander

 

…elle moss stole my heart today

have any of you heard of the amazingly talented photographer Elle Moss (a.k.a. Lisa Siecka)?  wow.  oh, wow.  starting today, i am a huge fan.  HUGE. FAN.  i just had to share some of her beautiful work.  i love it when my heart aches in a good way…

also find Elle Moss on etsy and her blog

 

…stamping class

a couple weekends ago, i took a stamping class at Impress called Vintage Flash Cards, taught by Lavonne Harrington.  she designed these 8 adorable cards inspired by children’s vintage flash cards.  if you live in the Seattle area, and love paper crafts, i highly recommend taking a class by Lavonne.  she is such a delightful lady with a great sense of design.  making these cards inspired me to create my own version of all 26 letters for our new nursery.  i will post my first 2 cards later this week…

 

…four etsy loves

necklace / pincushion / wallscape / monkey

…momma needs new shoes

1 / 2 / 3 /4 / 5 / 6

happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  i arrived back in town last night, after 4 days in Houston for my baby shower (which went great!  btw), and i am spending today catching up.  i apologize for not posting a moody monday yesterday.  i felt really guilty about it…but then i decided there were other things to worry about, so i moved on.  besides, i have bigger and better plans for the moody monday series.  i would like to provide a more in depth mood board with a full collection of images and colors.  i haven’t decided yet if it will be once a month, or every few weeks.  hey, i’m still pretty new to this blogging thing, so i’m just figuring it out as i go.  my main blogging goal…provide content that inspires me.  i figure, as long as i do that…everything else that should happen will fall in place.

 

i am currently in the market for a new pair of Tom’s, and i cannot decide which ones to get.  I am really kinda feelin’ like i have room in my closet for all six…

happy new week! (a day late).  here’s to makin’ it through to friday night with our sanity intact…

…have a delicious weekend

cranberry white chocolate bars / cherry vanilla layer cake

happy friday everyone!!  i hope you have plans to enjoy your weekend (staying home relaxing counts).  as for me…i am headed off to visit family in Houston, for a baby shower!  for those of you running around, prepping for Valentine’s on tuesday, maybe the cranberry bars or cherry vanilla cake will help you decide on something to bake for your sweetheart…or maybe, just something to bake for yourself!  also check out this virtual Valentine’s party for 12 holiday themed treats.  have a great weekend!

…cook your own steakhouse filet

…i am intrigued.  i will have to try out these carnival cookies

twelfth night cake…anyone heard of this?

…check out martha stewart’s 21 favorite cupcakes

…i love trying out-of-the-box desserts…mini cheesecakes

…banana pudding recipe…layer it in a mason jar for extra yum factor

…i love breakfast, cranberry buttermilk pancakes

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