November 26, 2014

DS Sample Sale

A couple of weekends ago, I took a trip down to Bridgeport to Denyse's studio for her annual sample sale! I had a couple of friends who asked me to pick up a bundle of her new collection, Franklin... I haven't gone mad and bought three for myself! I got some scrap bags and a couple of odd ends.

I didn't stay long this time because my usual peeps didn't go this year. I went with the hubs, and while I shopped and had a chat with Denyse, he found a place that was selling used CDs. We now own a Mott the Hoople CD that doesn't even have my favourite song of theirs. Wonderful. Slightly passive agressive there, honey. Hahaha!

But as short as it was, I loved it :) It's always great eye candy being in her studio, and we got to wander around the building because it was an open studio weekend. We took a ride down to Westport for lunch at Shake Shack (YUM!) and did bits of shopping there and Orange... then home again, home again, jiggity jig!

My apologies for this blog being super quiet the last month or so. I've been extraordinarily busy, and as a result, very tired. And there's always that phenomenon of the longer you leave the blog, the harder it is to get back to it! But I've got quilts to show you, so hang tight :)

October 19, 2014

Roasted Tomato And Bread Soup

I recently discovered this recipe for roasted tomato and bread soup, and I've made it A LOT. I started making double batches just to have some in the fridge almost constantly hehe And because grilled cheese sandwiches go hand in hand with tomato soup, I made my first grilled cheese! It only took seven years living here to make it! Still haven't had a s'more though...

October 10, 2014

Hexagon Mat

Love this corner of my dining room :) I made a little hexagon mat to add to this prettiness because I decided that worrying about whether the orchid pot will leak onto my buffet was not fun. I don't know how it would leak when there are zero holes in the pot, but that's how my brain works. Worrying about the dumbest things ever. 

I took a measurement of the pot with my hand because I'm super precise, and I decided something around the length of my hand would be perfect. My hands are 6" long (one day I got bored and measured my hands and feet... FYI, the latter are 8.5" long), and that's what the hexagon mat ended up being. Math! 

All the fabrics and batting came from the scraps on or around my cutting table. That's how messy it is right now :) I cut little 60° triangles, sewed them together, slapped it on some batting and backing fabric, then bound it in some extra binding I had leftover from the wedding quilt. It took me less than an hour, even with hand sewing the binding. 

In an effort to keep the orchids alive, I place them in the little bay window in the library / study to get some indirect sunlight. I read somewhere that that's what they need, so I'm being a good orchid mummy.

Also, do you see the lovely autumnal leaves outside??? The birch trees are turning a beautiful yellow, and the other trees around our house are turning a gorgeous orangey red. Love this time of year :)

October 9, 2014

After The Rain

I took a little stroll around the yard after it stopped raining the other day. I could've sworn these marigolds were dead, thanks to me, but here they are, all alive and blooming. How??? They were brown and crispy! 

I do know there's no coming back for the petunias... one of them actually dried up, tipped over and fell out of the pot. Ahem. 

I'm so glad I took a picture of these tall grass things because the hubs chopped them all down the very next day. All gone. Every single one of them. Sad times. Till next year, you tall zebra-looking things. 

And we've got quite a few spiders building webs all over the place. I lived in Australia, so naturally when I see a spider, I want to make it all kinds of dead. The hubs won't allow me, so they now live in the bushes around our house. Great. Awesome. Wonderful. 

But at least it's pretty when it rains!

October 2, 2014

I Have A New Hobby

I kind of have a new hobby now. Just what I needed... Great...

I took a tapestry weaving class in Brooklyn this past weekend taught by Maryann Moodie, and it was fantastic! I highly recommend it to anyone who's nearby and thinking of taking up weaving. I'd toyed with the idea of teaching myself like I did with knitting and quilting, but I couldn't find a lot of information about it aside from a book, so I thought the class was a good idea. And I was right! So, so, so glad I went :)

The three hours flew by, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Gorgeous flowers, yummy baked goods and mimosas (I didn't partake but I was told they were delish), plus you're surrounded by people who are interested in the same thing as you are! I made a few new friends too, which was so lovely :) We played a game of Guess Who's The Oldest At This Table and as usual, I nailed it. Should've put some money on that hahaha! 

Look at this gorgeousness by Maryann! Inspiration and something to work toward! She had quite a few pieces hanging in the class space but I think this was my favourite of them all. 

Look at my first bit of weaving!!! Thank goodness we get to keep the loom and all the materials because I didn't get really far in class. I kind of kept ripping stuff out because I just can't help myself... I do it with quilting, so why wouldn't I be that way with weaving hehe

I got hooked immediately, and I spent that night in the hotel weaving away till the wee hours. And when I came home, that's the first thing I did after I cooked dinner lol Can you say... Obsessive???

And this is my first finished piece! I'm quite proud of myself for having actually made something that looks pretty good on my first try. Most of it was just me trying different things and techniques, while hoping not to run out of yarn hehe!

My sister (she actually wanted this one but I think I've got to keep my first piece!) and a couple of friends have already ordered pieces lol I've still got a lot to learn and need to get better before I get to that... I'm super impatient with stuff like that and I just want to get better NOW NOW NOW. I dove head first into quilting, so I'm guessing there'll be a yarn explosion in my studio shortly :)

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