Thursday, June 16, 2011

Bridal Shower Apron-2

Although it doesn't seem like it, I have been sewing quite a bit around here.  I just can't tell you about it. Well. I can tell you about one project.

My friend Jaclyn had a bridal shower last weekend, I couldn't go because I had another shower to go to (more on that later). For her shower I made her an apron. I've decided that aprons are the best bridal shower gift ever and will make one to give to every bride I know.  I made one last year for Sammy, one for Meera, and I also made one for my friend Heather for her shower, which was in April, but I forgot to take a picture...there was a cute baby at the shower and I was a little distracted.

 Here is a picture of Jaclyn's apron. Isn't she adorable? I used an apron that I already had to get the basic size and shape. I really wanted to have white bias tape for an accent, but I didn't have any and didn't feel like driving 30+ minutes to Joann's, so I just used some cream colored fabric cut into strips and made my own bias tape. I think it turned out even better than just white bias tape would have.I love when that happens.

I want to modify the pattern a bit more and work on making different tops and adding different accents. I've got plenty of time for that, and plenty of bridal showers to make them for!


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Orion Embroidery

I was looking though my "craft" photos and realized I had made a project and forgot to tell you about it. *This is where you pretend to care and say "Oh Lauren, tell me more!"*

My friend Cait likes the constellation Orion. It seems like whenever we're outside at night together she is able to find the constellation and says something to the effect of; "I just love Orion." She was even Orion for Halloween once!

When it was Cait's birthday (in April) I decided to make her an embroidery of Orion. I saw the idea on Minature Rhino. I can't remember if it was from the blog or the etsy shop though. As I recall Cait was the one who showed me this blog in the first place....and a present Cait made Charlie and I (that I am too supersticous to hang up or show you just yet) was inspired by this blog as well.

Making it was pretty easy. It's a small swatch of dark blue linen and yellow-ish cream colored embroidery floss. I searched for images of Orion online and found one that I liked, copied onto a piece of paper about the size of the hoop and then pretty much went for it. You could trace the design onto the fabric if you're a less "wing it" type of person. Overall it was a very simple project that I think turned out quite well.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Thing You Might Not Have Known About Me- Part 2

  1. Ever since my Grandfather, Frank, passed away I have made a conscious effort to floss every night.- He was a dentist.
  2. People keep asking if I am going to change my name when I get married and when I say no my excuse is "Charlie had to go to speech therapy to say his last name" or "Half the kids on my caseload have issues with /th/!" But really, I just think my name is the best name in the world and don't want to change it. 
  3. I hate wearing contacts but I am petrified of having lasix surgery.
  4. I am obsessed with saving money...sometime to the point that I have about $40 in my bank account to last me until pay day.
  5. I have a very hard time realizing that everyone on the planet doesn't try as hard, or work as hard as I do.
  6. I am kind of color blind. 
  7. I recently realized I own 6 purple dresses.
  8. I still take naps...probably 2-3 a week.
  9. I eat chocolate chips by the handful- or I did until I went on a no dessert until the wedding diet.
  10. I still do simple math on my fingers.
  11. Whenever I accidentally leave the house without makeup on I get really self conscious, but then people always tell me they can never tell I am wearing makeup anyways, so I wonder why I bother.
  12. The phrase "If I were in charge...." crosses my mind at least 5 times daily. 
  13. I once wanted to be a shoe designer, now I own about 10 pairs of shoes, and 3 are running shoes. 
  14. I only set my alarm on the 3's ex: 5:03 and 6:03, although I rarely actually get up at that time, I mostly roll around in bed counting the hours (on my fingers) until I can go to sleep again.  
  15. I had never eaten an avocado until Charlie forced me to. Now I love them!
  16.  One of my biggest fears is that I accidentally burn my face with my iron. 
  17. Another huge fear is that I slip on a patch of ice while running and my head gets crushed by an 18-wheeler.
  18. I think it's lucky that these two "biggest fears" are highly unlikely. 
  19. It took me about 13 years, but I think I have finally accepted my nose. 
  20. I am petrified by the though of having children, but I still want them....just not today, or tomorrow, or in the next 4 years. 
  21. The only time I miss having a TV is when I am sick and want to watch dumb movies on TBS or  ABC Family. 
  22. Here is a list of things I am really bad at:
    • making things grow.
    • paying attention to things that are cooking.
    • having a serious face.
    • being interested in world events/politics. 
    • spending a limited amount of time on the computer. 
    • finishing library books before they are due.
    • reading directions. 
  23. Here is a list of things I am good at:
    • asking for help.
    • writing lists and checking things off of lists.
    • organizing things.
    • spending 4 times as long thinking about projects as I do completing them.
    • reading a map.
    • never getting lost, except inside of big stores.
    • enjoying the company of others without having to say a word.
 What's something I might not know about you?


Monday, June 6, 2011

Voile Quilt- Finished.

Hurray! The Voile quilt is finally done. It got really hot here for about a week and I (seriously) sat with an icepack on my legs while I finished handstitching this quilt. Oh, the lengths quilters will go thought to get a project done.

I finished stitching the binding just in time for our friends to come and visit. My only demand request was that the friend who did use the quilt take a shower before going to bed...he had just run and gone swimming so it didn't seem like a huge deal but I may have sounded a bit bossy. I've already told Charlie he can't sleep with this quilt due to his excessive drooling.

And if talking about your fiance's incessant drooling wasn't embarrassing enough, I dragged him to the local park this fine evening to snap photos of him holding the quilt for me. When I commented that he was being a stinker pants he said; "I want you to know I would never do this for anyone but you."Awe shucks, thanks Charlie.

I'm trying to not stink so much at taking pictures so I tried some in the shade too. What do you think?

I like this one because you can see all of the circles I spent hours sewing. I really must move away from takes forever!

Last photo I promise. This one shows the backing fabric which I L.O.V.E!

Now I can say that this quilt is officially 100% done, and just in time because I've already purchased fabric to make another one! Add that to the list of 10,000 projects I have buzzing in my brain.

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