Archive for April, 2009

Winner Winner

Chicken Dinner?  No no no – maybe that should be Cookie Spinner?!?

Some great ideas for this cute fabric!

  • Bibs
  • I Spy Quilts
  • Placemats
  • Twirly Skirts
  • Aprons
  • Chefs Hats
  • Pajama Pants
  • Sun Dress
  • Splat Mat
  • Reusable Snack Bags
  • Toddler Backpack
  • Tablecloth
  • Travel Mugs
  • Kitchen Towels
  • Potholders
  • Cafe Curtain
  • Recipe Book Cover

So the winner was randomly chosen because I couldn’t pick myself…..and it is Cory! Just let me know your address and I’ll get some fabric to you!  And if you end up making anything with this cute fabric (or really any cute fabric!)  you should add pictures to my flickr group.

Market Bag

This weekend (I’m reclaiming my weekends by the way) I made several things!  Yay for sewing!  One project was a new bag for me to take to Market.  It is from a Melly & Me pattern, Meadow.

I used prints from Moda’s Wonderland and Michael Miller’s Andalucia – plus Amy Butler on the inside.

  • Tweedle Dum (light floral)
  • Pepper (Polka Dot)
  • Kiwi Jester (Green Harlequin)
  • Espresso Pod Ditz (Brown Floral)
  • Grey Wallflower (inside of bag)

I like how it turned out.  And the whole time I was sewing it, I talked to myself in an Australian accent – so that was pretty fun.  (Melly & Me is an Australian company…in case you didn’t know.)  The instructions were well written and easy to follow.  (Just FYI, Australians sew in inches, so you don’t have to convert everything to centimeters!)

The only change I made was adding a zippered pocket to the inside.  I figured that a secured area in a bag this large is always a nice option.  Zippered pockets are easy to add.  I might get around to showing you how some day.  😉

On a related note, my husband has asked if he could be a guest blogger.  He would like to show you all the bags I have and take a vote on if I am out of control.  🙂

Mobility

It may have been last August or September that I decided I would eventually go mobile with my computing abilities… the time has finally arrived!

Now I have 3 weeks before Quilt Market – and the list of things that HAVE to be done before I venture out of town just keeps growing.  (I can’t imagine the workload of the people who actually have a booth at Spring Market!)    Lots of work to do….but now I can do much of it outside.  🙂

How Do you Shop? (for Fabric)

There is something you probably already know about me – I get bored easily. My husband says my attention span is about a year – I think he’s being rather generous with that estimate. 🙂 So what does all of that have to do with shopping? Well – I am considering a complete website overhaul.  I’ve been messing around with new headers – but I feel like I need more of a change than that – SO  if I’m going to do this I figure I need YOUR input!

How do you shop for fabric?

This is how it goes in my mind each time I see a print:

1.  That was manufactured by Westminster Fibers (Rowan).

2.  The designer is Amy Butler.

3.  The collection it belongs with is Daisy Chain.

4.  The print name is Kaleidoscope Dots

5.  The colorway is Rose.

I know, however, that some people look at the print and go.  “Oh cute pink with green dots.”  So, I’ve been trying to make my website more shopper friendly for everyone.  I believe my website has come a long way since I launched it.  Improvements have been made but more can be done.  So IF I am going to redo the whole stinkin’ thing, I’d like to get it right!  So tell me –

How do you shop for fabric?

Do you come looking for a specific designer,
an exact print,
a “genre” of fabric (ie children’s prints)
a color you need to find,
do you look for “older” prints,
are you shopping for the newest thing out there?

Thanks for your input.  I’m not promising anything soon.  Another thing you might have realized is that I’m a little bit slow sometimes with getting things done!  But that is a trade off I’m willing to accept so that I can be a Mom to my kids too.  😉

Cookies and Cream Contest

You already know I think this fabric is scrumptious….now I want to know what cute creations you would make with this fun fabric. I have some ideas as well – so it’ll be interesting to see how many are similar.  I was gonna try to be all fancy  – but since I’m taking so long, let’s just say that I’ll pick one project and I’ll send you some of this yummy fabric so you can complete your idea. Let’s say a week? Will that be enough time?

New Stuff

I feel like I’m cheating whenever I post about new fabrics on my blog….but I’m doing it anyway.  😮

Art Gallery Fabrics

Color Splash

Revive

You can find them in my NEW Products section!  (Yay to new sections…have you notice the Arriving Soon too?)

Learning about Bokeh

Bokeh: A photography term, derived from Japanese, that refers to the out-of-focus backgrounds, which are often used to reduce distractions and emphasize the primary subject.

In English: When the backgrounds of a photograph are all blurry but the subject is in focus.  😉

Examples:  Visit here.   Yep, that Bakerella has bokeh down.  There are tons of examples out there, her stuff was just fresh on my mind because I’m experimenting with her cake pops (but that story is for another day!)

Bakerella Cupcake PhotographBakerella Cupcake Photograph

This week in my photography class we are experimenting with  depth of field.  Well, I’ve learned a few things.  I have a point & shoot camera but it has a manual setting. (I can adjust the f-stop and aperture.)  So I thought getting a shallow depth of field would be manageable.  After a gazillion photographs, not one with a blurry background, I  went to the web for help.  (I had already read my manual and it was no help.)

This is what I learned from Sam.  “…If you WANT to defocus the background, you are going to have to work pretty hard at it. You would have to zoom to the longer end of the lens and set the aperture open as wide as it will go… and get pretty close to your main subject while having the background a fair distance away.”

So I set up my tripod, picked a subject matter (pincushion on fabric stack), put it far away from the background matter (bolts of fabric), zoomed in and managed to get a little bokeh. (Other issues of this photograph I won’t address here!)

Yep, honey.  I’m gonna need a digital SLR sometime.

PS That little contest is still comin’ up.  I’ve just been obsessed with cinnamon rolls and bokeh lately.  I’ll get on that post soon!


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