July 30, 2012

The Summer Market

Saturday we went to The Summer Market, which was a really cool vintage style show. The location was absolutely awesome in a park overlooking the lake, which was a good and bad thing. The weather did not want to cooperate and many of the vendors had to leave due to high wind and torrential rain. Those that remained had some truly awesome booths! Lots of shabby chic, beach cottage, bunting banners and vintage trailers.

I really am inspired to try my hand at a craft show. I'd love to design an adorable booth and fill it with all sorts of cute and colorful Happy Little Cottage quilts and pillows and bunting banners. Have any of you done a craft show? I have no idea what is involved, but I think I may do a bit of research to find out...

And I just wanted to welcome all of you who may be visiting from Brenda's sweet post at Cozy Little House! Thanks so much for visiting my blog♥

July 28, 2012

One Great Granny

I haven't finished any more blocks for the granny along, but I did finish this

One Great Granny block, which I turned into a pillow! These grannies are so fun to make, and I love cutting my scraps into neat stacks of 2 1/2 inch squares and then arranging them into colorful blocks!


This block is all Fly A Kite by Riley Blake, and I had fussy cut several squares before I realized I had to cut them at an angle...but I managed to save a few! I am super happy with the binding. The tiny damask print frames the pillow perfectly.  I just did some straight line quilting because I wanted the design and fabrics to take center stage. I added a border around the square, and it fits a 16" pillow form nicely.


I have so many ideas of things I would like to make right now, so the grannies are on the back burner at the moment. I saw a pattern that Clara is working on over at Clover and Violet, and I am on the hunt for the pattern and ruler. But maybe I should finish the grannies first? To be continued....

July 26, 2012

The Insomnia Project

Do you have nights when you just can't get to sleep? Last night was one of those nights, so I headed straight for my sewing room to work on a project.  Finish the border of a quilt? Nah.  Etsy orders? Mmmm. No. Wait, what's that? A little pile of Marmalade scraps. Right about then my phone buzzed, and it clicked. My new phone needs a cute cover!

I googled to see what I could find, and found this super cute tutorial. I pulled my scraps together and got to it. I followed the tutorial exactly, and the only thing I changed was not adding a handle. Next time, I would make the button closure about an 1" shorter. My phone fits perfectly and I had fun making it!

Please remind me to stop drinking iced coffee before bedtime and tell me that you sew/quilt/knit/crochet when you can't sleep :)

July 23, 2012

Scrappy Binding



I absolutely love doing scrappy bindings on quilts that have a white border!  I especially love this one.  I used different colorways of the same print, and I really like the rainbow effect it has when it is all folded up!!

I was initially going to use my signature red and white polka dot binding on this quilt, but it just wasn't working.  I started pulling through the remnants of my Ruby jelly roll, and started matching prints to the quilt and voila!!!




 The perfect binding for my new Marmalade baby quilt.

July 20, 2012

Marmalade


Oh my!! It's happening again! Another amazing fabric line by Bonnie and Camille. I cannot resist the lovely colors and patterns!  You know how much I adored Ruby, but Marmalade is making me swoon! I am working on a cute baby quilt for my shop, and I am ordering more fabric so I can add some of this to my Granny Square quilt.

Here is my newest block done in Modern Vintage. I love how it coordinates beautifully with Ruby, and the addition of Marmalade is going to mix everything up and makes this one of the cutest quilts ever ...  well you know what I mean :)

Tomorrow we are heading out to the garage sale circuit, which I haven't done in yonkers!! If I find anything interesting, I will share it with you on Monday!!  Hope you have a great weekend!!

July 17, 2012

Granny Along Update


This weekend, in between being doing a happy dance about being in a magazine and working on a few etsy orders, I started on my granny blocks.  I really thought that I was going to do the "Great" Granny, but decided that I really wanted to use my Ruby scraps, and thought that the smaller block was just right.  You all know about my love for Ruby, and I realized that I haven't made anything for me with it. Problem solved!!

I am having too much fun putting together color and patterns with these blocks! This really is the perfect project for me right now. Once the squares are cut, they go together pretty quickly. And having a leftover jelly roll makes even the cutting super fast and easy!! I may add a few prints from Vintage Modern to mix things up just a bit.

To make this even more fun, my cute and talented daughter is going to granny along with me, only she is crocheting her squares to mimic mine!!! She will be posting her blocks on her blog as she goes along!! It will be so fun to see her interpretation of my blocks! Plus we will have two super cute blankets to use this fall!!

Oh, and before I forget, check my sidebar for my blog button! I figured out the HTML code all by myself. I was stunned and amazed!! Feel free to grab one to add to your blog! I would love it if you do :)

July 14, 2012

As Featured In


Brides Magazine!!!!  My Gingham Bunting Banner is in the August 2012 issue of Brides Magazine!! On the same page as a gown by Isaac Mizrahi!! The feature is for an All-American wedding and I love everything they featured!

Do you remember back in April when I was lamenting doing my taxes, but I was also featured on the front page of Etsy? Well, that same day I received an email from one of the editors of Brides Magazine requesting one of my bunting banners. I had no idea back then that it would actually be featured!! It was so exciting to open up my mail today to find the tear sheets of the feature, and to see how a professional photographer photographed my bunting banner.  

Just wanted to share my excitement!! 

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!!

July 9, 2012

The Great Granny Along



I am super excited that Lori from Bee In My Bonnet and Jodi from Pleasant Home are hosting The Great Granny Along!  I have been wanting to make one of these FOREVER and Lori has provided an awesome tutorial. This is the summer project that I have been looking for, and I hope you'll join in too!!

July 7, 2012

Summer In The City

I hope all of you had a wonderful 4th!! It has been really really HOT where I live, so the the past few days have been spent in the pursuit of beating the heat! (We don't have central A/C in our old house)

July 4th was spent at the Doubletree Hotel, where we got a super great deal!! We promptly turned the A/C as low as it would go!! Their rooms are so nice, and their beds are super comfy!! Pillow Top mattresses and down comforters and pillows! We spent the afternoon in the pool and the evening in our chilly room, reading my book "The Forgotten Garden" which is a great summer read!!

The next day we were off to our local water park!! Lots of sunscreen on hand, we claimed our spot

and then into the wave pool. You are able to bring the low to the ground chairs right into the water, so that's what we did.

Wait...what is that in the pool??


They are trying to beat the heat too!

They walked into the pool during the no-wave phase, but soon the waves started and they surfed their way to the pool's edge. 

Right now I am typing this with a fan blowing right on me, eating a delicious frozen pina colada fruit bar. YUMMY!! If you have an Aldi's nearby, I highly recommend buying a box, or two...

It's supposed to be the last day of extreme heat, and then we are back to perfect summer weather YAY!!

Happy rest of the weekend!!


July 1, 2012

Hello Sunshine!!



Robin over at My Nest of Yarn and Buttons wanted to spread a little sunshine and gave me a Sunshine Award!!


There were a few questions attached to this award and here are my answers:
1. Favorite animal: Without a doubt it is a dog!  I love our little Sophie beyond all reason!!
2. Favorite number: 5. Just because.
3. Favorite non alcoholic drink: Coffee. Hot. Iced. You name it, I love it!!
4. Facebook or twitter: Facebook. I am trying to like Twitter but I don't think I am cool enough!
5. My passion: My family and being creative!!
6. Getting or giving: Giving. I love planning the perfect gift and can hardly keep it a secret! 
7. Favorite pattern: Almost any quilt pattern! Right now I love this one.                                                        
8. Favorite day of the week: Friday night, because then you have the whole weekend ahead.
 
9. Favorite flower: Hydrangeas. And zinnias. And tulips. And daisies.....
10.Favorite country: Well, of course the awesome USA, but a really really close second runner up is England.

You can give this award to 10 people, but I am just giving it to Becky at http:/www.hopscotchlane.blogspot.com
She has a super cute blog and I know you will love it!!!! Check it out!