Monday, May 30, 2011

it's the end of may... i really did not do a whole lot of crafting this month!  i did a lot of resting and a lot of working, but other than that, i have been a bit out of the loop with making things.  but i have some big plans for june.  i found out my brother and his wife are having a girl (evangeline) due in october, so now i can start making things for her.  i have some things in the works.  and i need some things to keep myself distracted while i'm waiting for this little baby to decide to pop out.  here are some of my goals for june:

to make:
*a blanket of this style- i've made several like it before because they are so quick and easy, but soft and pretty.  i love making them in bright colors like this one.

*a zig-zag quilt from this tutorial that my friend, sarah, showed me- i want to make it bigger and in the colors of evie's nursery

*a pinafore dress- i absolutely love these and love that they can be a dress for a little one, but a top as your kiddo gets bigger.  and they can be reversible!  even better.  here is a pattern for one that i'm going to use.

*i also bought some fabric to make one of these pillowcase dresses for the charity Dress a Girl Around the Worldhere is a tutorial if you want to make one too, but they are really simple, if you sew, you probably don't need a pattern for these.  below is a picture of one made by one of my favorite sewing bloggers, emmyloubeedoo.  i first heard about this charity on her blog.

*make a good stock of my vintage beaded necklaces so i can continue shipping them out quickly once i have a little creature needing attention.

to read:
*a little history of the world by e. h. gombrich
*the shack by william p. young (so i can finally give it back to my dad when he comes next month)
*jane eyre by charlotte bronte (off the 100 books to read before you die list that i saw on sunday morning sugar)
*the stack of magazines sitting on the floor by my favorite chair

alright, now that it's in print, maybe i'll be more likely to get this stuff done.  the whole reason i blog is to keep myself motivated, so i'll let ya know what happens!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

one of the many reasons i love living in arizona is the availablity of cheap and delicious produce.  paul and i made our bimonthly (or so) trip to the fruit store in mesa today and loaded up a cart full.  it is always such a steal there and i always talk it up to my friends, but wanted to show just how good of a deal it is... here's our spread from today:

  • five ears of corn
  • seven mangos
  • rhubarb
  • five pounds of bananas
  • two large watermelons
  • five long green chiles
  • cilantro
  • a yellow squash
  • asparagus
  • a sweet potato
  • five quarts of strawberries
  • a cantaloupe
  • two pints of blackberries
  • a pound of roma tomatoes
  • ten jalapenos
  • four pounds of oranges
are you ready for the grand total?  $20.88

love it.  as soon as this picture was taken paul stopped hovering behind me and devoured a mango.  i consumed a pint of blackberries.  yum...

Saturday, May 21, 2011

very little crafting has been going on lately, but i'm trying to work up the energy!  paul's mom had a birthday last week, so i made her a necklace/bracelet.  i tried to channel her love of turquoise (like mine).  hope she likes it!  it's up for sale in my etsy shop as well if you want one of your own.  i think i'm going to make one for myself someday...

Thursday, May 5, 2011

it's really a good thing i finished my ten projects when i did because a sense of sheer exhaustion has taken me over the last week or so since i finished!  i don't know what would have happened if i had waited any longer.  i am 33 weeks now and apparently that's when the life starts getting sucked out of you again!

needless to say, i haven't crafted this week at all.  so here are some things i've gazed at on etsy instead that are catching my eye. 

i am loving these prints by januaryjones.  i would love it if she made a world one where i could put little red heart stickers on the places i've visited.
the tree hugger in me loves that every lovely thing at colorstory designs is made from recycled magazines. 

any great finds for you lately?