Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Only a pregnant lady could be this excited about organizing.

One of my favorite places in the world.

Well now, it's been almost a week since my last entry, so it's high time I write again, methinks. Unfortunately, I don't have anything pretty to show off yet. The past couple of weeks have been spent cleaning, organizing, and entertaining my 16-year old brother who's visiting for a month.

This past weekend was excellent. We cleaned and organized all of our closets and they are so beautiful now. I wish I took before and after pictures, though the before was really embarassing.

So next on the seemingly never-ending list of projects is to organize our storage bay, sand and paint the baby's cradle, and finally set up my sewing space. It's kind of just thrown together right now but it'll be so awesome when I'm done with it. And THEN I can get to sewing! I can't wait! I have birthday presents, baby things, baby presents for friends, and Christmas stuff to get started on. I'll be very busy! But the very best kind of busy. :) So we'll be hopefully getting all of that done by this time next week. Woot!

So, sorry that this is such a boring entry, but I promise it'll get better soon!

Meanwhile, I really need to make this:

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Baby Boy

These need to come to my house.

Holy Crap

Okay, so I realize that this isn't really news, I'm just a bit slow on the uptake. But have you SEEN the Martha Stewart stuff at Michaels??? I've known that it was there for the past couple months but didn't see it until today. And good heavens. Just look at it! It's too good. And $$$. I was actually really pissed off as I stood there in the aisle trying to take it all in. It's too pretty and I need mass quantities of it all. Damn you, Martha Stewart. Damn you straight to hell.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Maxwell Have I Loved

Yo. Alright, so I'm going to show you the new sofa we have on order that *should* be arriving sometime this week. Even though Alicia wrote about HER new sofa today which makes me feel like a spaz and a copycat but...what can you do? I need to show it off!

So there it is in all it's splendor. It's the first couch we've actually bought. I refused to settle for something that would just "do". I wanted my dream couch. And I got it. It's the Maxwell Sofa from Restoration Hardware (which means overpriced, but perfect) and is a queen sleeper. It's in the most deliciously soft cotton upholstery and the seats are so deep. Your legs stick out straight when you sit on it, like a little kid. It's just perfect for us. And I'm so excited about the color. And everything about it, really. Now we have a place for guests to sleep besides the floor. It's a pretty color. It's upholstered in soft fabric instead of the yucky black faux-leather of our current behemoth. And John and I can now both lay down while watching a movie...without me falling off. And look at the pretty color! Did I already mention that?

Now I either need to find pillow covers for it or make them myself. Unfortunately, John and I have very different styles in mind and I'm hoping we can find a suitable compromise. Or that he'll just let me do what I want. Hehe.

Here is a pillow cover that I adore from Pottery Barn. Look!

Look! It has birds on it! I love the colors and the pattern. But, John doesn't like it. So I suppose the search continues. I have a feeling this is going to be a long process. Please send rations.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Random Time

Okay, so Christen tagged me awhile ago to do this 7 Random Things thingy. And to kick it off right, here's a random photo to go along with it. It's me at the top of the Andes mountains, stradling the border between Argentina and Chile. One of the coolest places I've been in my days.

1. I've become a germ-a-phobe. I can not touch public door handles or buttons. I will use my shirt to open doors and use the knuckle of my middle finger to press buttons for the elevator or ATM or whatever. Some days are worse than others. On the bad days I wish I had rubber gloves to wear. Especially if I have to push a grocery cart or carry a basket. Yuck. I wish it wouldn't be weird to wear gloves all the time. You know, like in the old days. Dainty white gloves. Maybe I'm almost to the point where I don't care if it's weird. Hmmm. I think I'll be on the look-out for the perfect pair.

2. I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about/looking at fabric. And if I have spending money, it almost always gets spent buying fabric online.

3. I also spend a lot of time day-dreaming about traveling. I NEED to go to every place possible. I get irrationally pissed off if someone I know goes some place I haven't been before. I take it as a personal offense.

4. I hate raisins. I will go out of my way to pick them out of things. I think I'm pretty not-picky about food and eat pretty much everything. But I just have to draw the line when it comes to raisins. Unless they're chocolate covered. What can I say?

5. I love birds. Not necessarily real-life birds, unless from a distance (as with all animals), but pretty much anything with a bird likeness on it must immediately find it's way into my possession.

6. I am a list-maker. I love lists. Written out with a pen onto lined paper. So good.

7. One of my favorite smells in the world is a dusty garage. I wish I had a garage just so I could sit in it and smell it. And the craving for that smell has intensified with being pregnant. The thought of a garage or hot, wet cement after a summer rainstorm drives me crazy. I want to lick some rocks.

I'll tag Lisa. She's the only other person I know reads this blog who also has a blog. So there you go.

My Favorite Weather : Overcast and Humid.

Okay, I am loving the weather this morning and hope that it stays this way for awhile. According to Google, rain is predicted for today. Please! Rain!

And because it's so deliciously gloomy and almost Autumn-like outside, I figured I'd show you this project.

Pattern : Endpaper Mitts from Eunny Jang Pretty simple pattern, once I re-read it several times.

Yarn : Sorry, I can't remember! Some fingering weight cashmere blend type, in purple and cream. It's SO soft!

Needles : US 0 and 3 bamboo DPNs

Modifications : Nothing on purpose. And no, of course I didn't swatch. So they ended up like, 4 inches longer then they were "supposed" to. But that's okay!

Start to Finish : Several months. They were a birthday present and ended up being 2 months late. Oops! This was due mostly to my laziness.

For : My beautiful younger sister.


Ok, next on the programme. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I picked up my copy on Friday night and only let myself read the first chapter that night. I'm trying to drag it out as long as possible cause I'll be so sad when it's over. I spent all day yesterday in bed sick though and read way more than I was going to allow myself, so, I might be taking a break from it today. It's so hard though!! I have a couple friends who have finished and are re-reading it already. Crazy kids. :)

And finally, you've got to see this vintage apron that Christen found over the weekend. I'm am so in love and wrought with jealousy. It's perhaps the most darling thing I've ever laid my eyes upon

I mean, hello. Just look at it.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Bun in the Oven (Ooo yum...buns!)

So I just had to share some of my favorite baby things. I'm getting more and more obsessed as the days go by. And why not? We're just under 3 months to D-Day (or B-day...hehe) here. Pregnancy goes by much too fast. I'm not really complaining though. :)

First, is this not the best highchair you've ever seen?? I have to still kind of talk John into it and pick the exact colors I want. I'm thinking turquoise and red. We won't put any personalization on it though, so that it can be used for future kiddies.

The chair is from Warm Biscuit. I basically want/need everything on this site. They have the most excellent vintage-y toys and everything is just so beautiful. I wish I could live on this website. Like, physically go into the website and live there with all the things. Or, someone just give me $1 million please. K thanks.

Next, and also from Warm Biscuit (yum, biscuits) (sorry, I really like baked goods) is this baby scrapbook. They do have one that's specifically for boys, but this one is more what I'm looking for I think.

And finally, for this installment, this cuter than cute print. I just wish I had the $$ and the wallspace for it. This one is from Baby Goes Vintage which is another of my favorite websites right now. Are you in as much love as me?

*Edit: Ooops! I meant to mention this before...Thanks to Ruth for turning me on to both of those sites!

Apples and Gold Ribbon

Hi and hello there. Well, after months and months of talking about it, I've finally gotten my act together and started this here crafty blog. So, for the 3-5 of you who will read this...Welcome! This will be a blog that I actually update (!!!) with pictures of projects I'm working on, baked goods and other things that make life so incredibly good.

In today's post I'm featuring an apron that I made a few months ago for my dear like-hearted friend, Christen. I saw this fabric and immediately thought of her. The pattern is based off of the apron in Amy Butler's (oh Amy, how I love you and your fabulous fabric and patterns and loveliness) In Stitches. Which I love love love.

Dear friends are hard to find. I've learned that much in my almost 26 years. Dear friends who *get* you are even harder to find. So when/if you do find the good ones -- keep them close.