October 26, 2009

Wedding Preperations...

Not sure if I have mentioned it to all of you but I am getting married next month! Three weeks to be a bit more exact.

Luckily we have decided to have a planned elopement (I know sounds funny to me too) so it has been pretty enjoyable to plan all the wedding and honeymoon details. It has been practically stress free and the best part is that it is in Italy!! It makes planning hard for only one reason, I would like to be there NOW!!

As I was thinking about the minute by minute events of the day I realized that it would be nice to have a ring pillow instead of a just a box. Since David will be carrying the rings in his pocket (it is an elopement after all and no one else will be there) I made a miniature ring pillow to hold our rings. I love the color red so my shoes, my flowers, and small details on my dress are all red. So the color choice for my little pillow was obvious.

I was inspired by the designs of 5eizen. Her etsy shop has the cutest accessories. It is totally worth "window shopping".

The last detail I will be making is my bouquet of red roses and a wrap for the stems made from the same material as the pillow. If you have any bit of advice for me i'd love to hear it.

Take care mucho,

October 22, 2009

Cake anyone?

So one of my best friends birthdays was this week. We happened to work together as well even though we have known each other since we were in middle school, so I was going to be able to see her on her actual birthday. She knew I was going to make her a cake, but I was keeping the design a secret.

We share an interest (some would say an obsession) with Hello Kitty. We have Hello Kitty mouse pads, pencils, pens and whatever other cute little do dads we can get our hands on all over our desks.

On her big day this is what she saw waiting on her desk...

She really liked her cute little cake. I had a great time making it and everyone in her classroom enjoyed the special treat.


Take care mucho,

October 15, 2009

waiting.... waiting.... FINISHED!

I had this quilt hanging out in my work room for the longest time. Waiting only for it's binding. I remember many month ago when I was so motivated for this quilt. I cut all the fabric and pieced the whole quilt top in a day. Then the next day I got the backing done and quilted it. The day after wasn't so productive...The poor quilt got folded and forgotten :(

In my defense I didn't have the binding at the time...though I should probably not share that I bought some a week later, haha. Regardless, the quilt sat there folded just pleading to be put out of its misery and get some binding sewed on.

Finally, this past weekend I got tierd of seeing this poor quilt unfinished and decided to end the suffering. I picked it up worked some magic and TA DA!!!

A perfectly finished quilt!!
All in all it took only about an hour, which leads me to wonder why in the world I waited as long as I did to finish this one up.

I love the simplicity to this one and love it even more because the squares are japanese blue printed fabric. I hope I never take this long to complete a quilt again.

Take care mucho,

October 13, 2009

Bee Inspired- October

So I have to say this month was a little bit challenging. Natasha had all of us work with mini hexagons. I was a hexagon virgin, like most of my bee inspired friends, but was excited to take a stab at it. I LOVED making this block! It was a little time consuming since you have to piece all the hexagons by hand. I didn't mind too much. Luckily I was able to just sit in front of the tv during a must watch line up on thursday night :)

I do need to practice a little bit more because, although the picture doesn't show this- conveniently (haha), I have lots of visible stitches on my hexagons. It was only until the last three that I decided to test out a different stitch than Natasha had suggested. She had sent us a great tutorial on how to make the block and said to whip stitch the hexagons together. I decided to try out a ladder stitch. It hid my stitches much better. I hope Natasha likes what is coming her way.

Have you finally tried something that intimidated you lately?

Take care mucho,

October 5, 2009

Another Quilt Cut and Planned...

So I had yet another fat quarter pack from the Fat Quarter Shop to play with. I have been floating around in blogland and Flickr land and have seen that many people have been working on cool looking half hexagon quilts. I decided that I must join in on the fun. I went shopping for a coordinating solid color and fell in love with this beautiful pink. As soon as I got home I got out my rotary cutter and set to work. This is what I had an hour and a half later.

I was pretty pooped after cutting so much, so it wasn't until the next day that I started thinking about the layout. I don't have a design wall so I turned my living room into a huge design floor :) This is what I had come up with.

Now all I have to do is start sewing all this together. Off to work!

Take care mucho,
- Natalie