Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
I finally made some new fall pillows for my couch, two from a gorgeous, creamy, vintage wool blanket, and one from the last of some navy blue ikat fabric I brought back from Indonesia ages ago. I made the tartan pillow last winter, and am happy to have it sprucing things up this fall after a summer in storage. I love trading around pillows, artwork, etc. when the seasons change, it makes my house feel refreshed, and it's less costly than buying new stuff. Might be time to move some furniture around too, slightly more daunting though.
Fooling around making color co-ordinated banners from stamps, just for fun. I used Angela's stamps, and just ran them through my sewing machine with white thread. You could do it too!
It's raining like crazy today, which is good, because I need to stay inside and get work done. Sunny days I get too distracted going on long bike rides when I should be working.
If you feel like procrastinating on this rainy day, check out these links (all found through
The Design Files
Megan Morton's Sydney home
It's freezing in my house! Time for another cup of tea and another sweater to layer on. BRRRR.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wouldn't be fall for me without apples. We went picking last weekend. I made baked apples the other night, stuffing the cores with a little oatmeal, chopped almonds, brown sugar, raisins and butter. It wasn't a big hit with my family (probably not dessert-y enough), so I've been having the leftovers for breakfast. It seems like a pretty healthy thing to eat.
I've been making this apple raisin cake this fall. Not really so healthy, so it's best to not have it sitting around the house tempting you when you have an afternoon cup of tea. But it's a great cake to share with others!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Lost and found stuff:
I forgot about this tray because it was too far back in the cupboard. A gift from my brother from when he lived in Mexico. Now that I've rediscovered it I want to use it all the time.
Postcards from my parent's recent trip to Wales. After I took the picture I noticed the frowny face between the postcards...from my daughter. Wonder what she had to complain about?
Almost lost this plant to neglect this summer, it is slowly coming back. I love the tiny green leaves.
Just finished reading Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. It took me a little while to get into the story, but about half way through I decided it is one of the best books I've read in a long time.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
October...the leaves are changing slowly. Fall doesn't seem to be in a rush to get here this year, but the days are getting shorter. I'm working towards some holiday shows, sewing, knitting. I've made a few new clothespeg dolls that I will post in my shop soon. Isn't this antique wedding dress pretty? It's sitting in the corner of my studio adding quiet inspiration to my work days.