Wednesday, November 4, 2015

lucy mae

Lucy is my great-niece, or grandniece. Which means she is the daughter of my nephew. So logically, it  means she is the granddaughter of my brother or sister (in-law). But that just sounds old.
Lucy is a dream baby: Never cries. Always smiling. Not afraid of strangers. And oh so cute!  
This quilt is the same pattern I made for my nephew Golden, but obviously PINK.
I randomly quilted unmarked and unmeasured lines horizontally and vertically, to balance out the very precise layout of the star. The white is Kona Cotton Snow: Not too white, not too creamy. Pretty much my choice for white on quilts. 
These last two photos were taken at night, so enough said. 
It's a little hard to tell, but the binding is mostly white, with a black piece (on the bottom left, below) to shake things up a bit.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

flying geese for simon

"Finishing" this quilt in December meant that I managed to get the top done and I could wrap it up for my sister in law's baby shower as a partially finished gift. Later that month, baby Simon was born. The next few months were slow due to machine tension glitches. Oh the glitches!
You know what they say, [January, February, March and] April showers bring May flowers. And glorious May brought a finished product! 
These few months have certainly treated baby simon well: just look at that cute little babe! And when I say "little," I mean chubbalicious, of course.
 Simon's favorite colors are black and white. What are the odds!!!?
It's a little hard to see in some of the shots, but I used a creamy white for the majority of the quilt, and added some pure white triangles for a subtle contrast.
The back is tan and white. Quilt idea from Lindsay Stead.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

[prom] a formal dance, especially one held by a high school or college class at the end of an academic year.

 The waiting.
The daddy/daughter pose.
The pinning.
The awkward photo moments required by the parents.
The "real" photos.
The whole group.
The superhero moment.
The dinner.
The dance.
The end.

Monday, May 4, 2015

sadie hawkins

I helped plan the one and only Sadie Hawkins dance of my high school career.
The theme: Western
The attire: matching flannel shirts and western wear (I wore birks 'cause I didn't have any boots.)
The event status: big flop 
Not like Sadie Hawkins 2015. The theme. The costumes. The planning. All so much better now!
The theme this year was Movies.

At the dance, Molly and her date won first prize for Best Animated Movie Couple!
Olive Oyl's costume was pretty fun and simple to put together: red t-shirt. white collar cut from felt and attached in back with ribbon. black skirt with yellow ribbon ironed on. black boots. Popeye was in charge of his own costume and it turned out to be perfectly paired with Olive's. 
Popeye + Olive Oyl, Carl + Ellie Fredricksen ("Up"), 
Wesley + Princess Buttercup
After the photos, everyone came to our house for make-your-own-grilled-pizzas and italian sodas. This was a fun group! 
All photos by Wesley's mom, Sarah Goodman photography.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

the living room and gallery wall

I am always thinking about potential projects for our home. Mark is always thinking about the end dates for those projects. We have lived in this home for ten years and he is still wondering if/when there will ever be an end to any of it. 
In my mind, a home is ever-evolving. So no end date.
In Mark's mind, that is a little slice of insanity.
My most recent project was to hang this gallery wall in our living room. I just used frames we already had and spray painted a few gold and a few black. I spent the better part of a Saturday laying it all out on the floor and then hanging them up with the help of my laser tool.
Mark came home and said, "This is the best our living room has looked in ten years!"
I am glad he likes it. And no doubt, he thinks this is the end. I do think it will stay for awhile, but I have plans to add more photos up to the ceiling and down to the floor, and probably change out the pictures every so often.
The opposite wall is flanked with three large mirrors. 
At some point, I will get tired of this wall and want to completely change it. Probably take it all down and repaint, etc. In fact, I am planning on it. The only constant is change. 
Shiplap entry walls and new light from Lucent Light shop on Etsy.  
Frames: Target, Ikea and West Elm.
Accessories: Target and Home Goods.
Pink chair found on Craigslist in its original fabric.
Paint is Benjamin Moore Gray Owl. (Looks more blue here than it really is).