Archive for April, 2008

16 miles

I learned the other day that one of my very good college friends is moving from Colorado to St. Petersburg, Florida, at the end of May. That means that he’ll be living just 16 miles away from me, right across Tampa Bay. That’s a lot better than 2,000 miles!

He’s a great guy, and I’ve really missed him. I’m absolutely thrilled that he’ll be living so close to me.

apple note cards

The negative side of the story is that he’s leaving Colorado because he and his girlfriend — who I’m also close to and I also miss very much — just broke up after many years. Break ups are never easy, but they’re both such amazing people that I know they’ll eventually be okay on their own. And for completely selfish reasons, I’m glad he’s chosen to start the moving on process just 16 miles away from me!

Now if I could just get all my other friends who are spread across the country to move here…

note card

Last weekend, I didn’t just make bibs and aprons. I also made a set of four Golden Delicious note cards, similar to the ones for sale in The Boutique, for M’s custom order. The set comes with matching homemade self-sealing envelopes.


I love making the envelopes. I use double-sided fusible web to adhere the seams closed, which means those suckers are secure.

apple with a bit out of it

I’ve been sewing so much lately that I’d forgotten how much fun it is to work with paper.


April 30, 2008 at 4:50 pm 4 comments

Wiggle room

At one point on Saturday, I realized that while Quinn was napping on the bed, Nola was nowhere to be found.


Now, our apartment isn’t exactly huge, and there were really only a few places she could be, most of which are out in the open. I finally found her curled up inside the bottom of Alex’s suitcase, which was sitting straight up in the closet with various large items pressed up against either side of it. Because the suitcase was stacked in such tight quarters, there really wasn’t any wiggle room. The opening that she crawled through to get in there was tiny, and Nola is…well….really, really round. Chubby. Plump. Rotund. You get the idea. I still have no clue how she managed to squeeze her fat tummy through that tiny opening.

I feel like all I’ve been making are bibs and aprons lately, and I continued that trend on Saturday. First, a chenille-backed bib to finish K’s custom order.


Second, a reversible Gertrude apron for J’s order.


I love that icy blue-gray fabric, which I set off with black rather than my usual red and white polka dots. Look at me, branching out!

apron trim

The back is a fabric that I thought would be a nice warm contrast to the cooler tone of the front.

apron back

I promise my next post will be about something other than bibs and aprons. Maybe — if you’re lucky — I’ll even post a picture of Nola defying nature by squeezing herself through a half-inch wide opening.

April 28, 2008 at 5:23 pm 4 comments

The Art of the Apron

I am really, really, really (and did I mention really?) excited to announce that reporter Dalia Colon included me in an article that came out in today’s tbt* , a lifestyle and entertainment magazine here in Tampa. The article is about aprons and how they’ve become popular again.

(Click on the image to see/read the article more clearly.)

tbt* article

I want every single Anthropologie apron across the top of the page. 

It’s a really fun article. I love that Dalia referred to Amy Butler as the “rock star of the fabric world.” Because, as we all know, she totally is.

And speaking of aprons, in honor of today’s article, I’ve posted another reversible Gertrude Apron in The Boutique.

Gertrude apron

I made this one in my favorite color combination — aqua and red — and included a strip of red ricrac along the bottom.


The other side is a flowered pattern with touches of aqua on a brown background.

back of apron

For sale here.

I will spend much of this weekend slowly — oh so slowly — crossing one item at a time off my Things To Sew list. I think I must be a slow sewer, because I read other blogs where talented seamstresses manage to, for example, sew four bags in an evening. I’m lucky if I finish one project an evening. I think I get distracted easily.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

April 25, 2008 at 5:36 pm 4 comments


G's bib

I finished Greyson’s bib.

Greyson's bib

I always figured I would love making little pink things for girls, but I had no idea how much fun it could be to put together a fabric combination for a little boy. I’m especially enjoying not using typically “boy” fabrics, but still making it appropriate for one.

back of bib

Of course, it’s backed in chenille. Nothing but the best for little Greyson!

April 22, 2008 at 10:16 pm 6 comments

Les enfants

I was surrounded by All Things Baby this weekend!

First, my oldest and dearest friend K asked me to make burp cloths for her new son, Greyson. Since I had no idea what a burp cloth was (can you tell I don’t have kids?), she emailed me a link to a style that she had seen online and really liked. So I used that as inspiration to make a set of six burp cloths.

burp cloths

I started with a white cloth diaper as my base, and then attached a three-inch-wide strip of fabric (with the raw edges folded under) to each one using a zigzag stitch.

burp cloths

I purposely stayed away from stereotypical “baby boy” fabrics. K is a young mom who has successfully managed to look cute and trendy even with a newborn spitting up on her shoulder, and I want her to have something that will look cool draped over her shoulder, even if it does has little bit of puke on it.

yellow burp cloth

Ah, the joys of motherhood.

burp cloths

I also finished bib numero deux for my other friend’s special order.

bib for

This time, I made it with chenille backing, after K (new, knowledgeable mommy!) suggested to me (ignorant-of-All-Things-Baby nonmommy!) that I put a soft, absorbent fabric on the back to help with all the wonderful slimy things that come out of a baby’s mouth.

bib back

Brilliant suggestion. I love how much texture the chenille adds. And it’s just so soft and cozy. I was tempted to make one for myself, but….well, that would just be weird.

Another one of my friends is very newly pregnant, so I’ll soon be making bibs and burp cloths for her. So many babies!

April 21, 2008 at 3:47 pm 10 comments


I used ricrac for the first time ever, and I love it. It’s just so…fun.


Even saying the word is fun. Go on, say it aloud. It’s fun, right?

ric rac

I used it to trim a new reversible Gertrude apron I made for The Boutique.

Gertrude apron

The front side is blue with white polka dots and trimmed with a red polka-dot strip of fabric and light blue ricrac. The back is a flowered pattern, which I think is a nice soft contrast to the bold fabrics on the front.

back of apron

Alex and I had our good friends over for dinner last night. The weather was perfect, so we spent the evening outside eating, drinking wine and talking for hours. For dessert, they brought homemade churros with chocolate sauce. Delicious.

I sewed for several hours today, and I plan to spend much of tomorrow sewing as well. I have a few custom orders on my plate, including another apron, several bibs and — a special request from my great friend who recently had Greyson — burp cloths. I’ve never made burp cloths before, and I didn’t even really know what they were until she requested them. But I did a little research and I have some good ideas for how I’m going to go about making the cloths. I’m hoping to get at least a few of those items crossed off my list tomorrow.

April 19, 2008 at 7:50 pm 4 comments


Per my promise to myself, I finally made it to a small, locally owned fabric shop last week. While Keep Me In Stitches doesn’t have a huge fabric selection, the fabric they do have is gorgeous — it’s all about quality, not quantity, at this store. I spoke with the owners, and they’re just so proud of their store and their fabric selection. As well they should be. 

And guess what else? They have Amy!!!!!!!

Amy Butler fabric

It’s pretty much impossible to face a huge display of Amy Butler and not walk away with at least a yard or two. If it weren’t for the price, I would have walked away with a lot more.

I used the green polka-dot fabric in the reversible bib I made for a little girl this weekend — the first of two bibs for my friend’s special order.


And while I know I said that I would cut the binding on the bias the next time I made a bib, I couldn’t bear to slice into my brand new Amy Butler fabric at a diagonal. So, again, I fought (and won!) to get that straight piece of binding around the curve of the bib.

reverse bib

While I had the camera out to take pictures of the bib, I tried to snap a few shots of Quinn, who was lying in a sunbeam on the window sill. When he gets into a really good mood, he can’t sit still. I call it “squirmy.” It’s like he’s so happy and excited, he doesn’t know what to do with all his energy.


Quinn 2

Quinn 3

Quinn 4

Quinn 5

As you can see, Quinn is in a very good mood.

April 13, 2008 at 6:50 pm 6 comments

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