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Nola had a moment with a lizard today.

It’s all the way over to the right, perched on the edge of the deck. She’s eyeing it up, but she’s too fat and slow to ever catch it.

I finished a new market tote, which I’ve posted to The Boutique.

I usually work with bold, contrasting colors, and I wanted to try something more monochromatic and subtle (at least on the outside). 

I stacked three appliqued circles and finished each one off with a single stitch of shimmery gold thread.

I decided not to go subtle on the inside, mostly because I love how well red, black and white work together.

Check it out here.


July 14, 2009 at 7:35 pm 2 comments

My life in boxes

I feel rather uprooted right now.

We started packing for our move a couple of weeks ago. We’ve been doing a few boxes at a time so as not to overwhelm ourselves. And while that is, in theory, a fantastic and efficient idea, being surrounded by boxes is starting to make me a little anxious.

Being in the middle of a big move is not fun, and I feel like we’ve managed to stretch it out a lot longer than we had to. I’m glad we got an early start, and I know it will pay off in the long run. But in the meantime, I’m living among stacks of boxes and feeling very unsettled.

Thankfully, we get the keys to our new place this Saturday, and we can start moving stuff over a little at a time until our official move-in date the following Saturday. CAN. NOT. WAIT.

I’m working on a new market tote and hope to have photos of the whole bag tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s a peek!

July 13, 2009 at 6:02 pm Leave a comment

I want my Barbie back

Well, apparently, I’m like a small child. A toddler, if you will.

What do I have to do to make myself want to sew again? Pack up all my sewing supplies into boxes and then stack several heavy boxes on top of them. I’m like a kid who ignores and doesn’t want to play with my Barbie until my sister picks it up and starts playing with it. Then, suddenly, I want to play with my Barbie BAD. And NOW. Like, RIGHT NOW.

The day after my fabric was packed up, I suddenly had the urge to start sewing again. Instead of denying myself, I dug out the fabric box, opened it, and rummaged through it to find the fabrics I needed. And then I sewed.

(By the way, I worked to Mandy Moore’s new album called Amanda Leigh, which I think is fabulous.)

My favorite part of this bag is the inside.

I mounted my label to a green patch of fabric in order to give it a little more prominence and make it part of the design.

Or maybe it was because I nicked a tiny little hole in the fabric with my seamripper after I had already sewn the pockets on and didn’t have enough of the pink polka-dot fabric to start over again, so I securely covered the tiny hole with a patch of fabric. Yeah…maybe that’s why. But sometimes small mistakes end up being a blessing, because I love how the label and patch look, and I never would have thought to do this unless I was forced to come up with a creative solution to a stupid little problem.

The two pockets are lined in the hot pink fabric and finished with a decorative strip of ric-rac.

For sale here in The Boutique. Check it out!

PS — Twenty days until we move into our new house!!!!

July 5, 2009 at 3:53 pm 4 comments

New market tote

Bonjour my blogging friends! Although I’ve already packed up much of my fabric for our impending move, I was in the mood to sew the other night, and I realized I already had a market tote in pieces, just waiting to be sewn together. So I finished it up and posted it in The Boutique.

It’s my standard market tote design, but I used a thick cotton fabric instead of corduroy, which I think is more suitable for summer.

The applique design on the front of the tote is chocolate brown and white polka dots. The whole bag is lined in a gorgeous red and cream toile, which is yummy enough to eat and makes me want to decorate my entire house in it.

Oh, and a pocket! An internal pocket! I used to struggle with pockets, but now that I’ve figured it all out, I’m going to start including at least one in every bag.

The new bag is for sale here. (Edit: Sold!)

July 1, 2009 at 4:37 pm 2 comments

Honeymoon bag

Hello everyone! It’s been almost a full month since I last posted, but I have a very, very good reason for my absence.

Alex and I got married! 

We had a small, simple ceremony in the courtyard of an historic bed and breakfast in Fernandina Beach, Florida. We got to celebrate our marriage with the people we’re closest to, and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.

(Thank you, Megan, for the beautiful photograph above, and for all the amazing photos you took for us that day!) 

A week after the wedding, we went on our honeymoon — a seven-day eastern Caribbean cruise. It was an indescribable trip. I want to go back. Like, now.

During the week between the wedding and the honeymoon, I actually got some sewing done for myself. While shopping for the trip, I found this bag (that I loved) at Old Navy.

I knew I wanted a bag that crossed my body so that I could wear it comfortably while walking around all the little island towns. The one at Old Navy was only $15, but I decided to make one instead. It’s so rare that I make anything for myself, so it was less about saving money than it was about treating myself to a Fat Orange Cat original.

I was tempted to make it super bright but went with more neutral fabrics so that the bag wouldn’t clash with anything I wore on the honeymoon.

And inside, I included two — that’s right, TWO — pockets, which I lined in polka dots (a little secret treat for myself).

This bag got soaking wet while we kayaked, the pockets got filled with sand while we lay on the beach, it got shoved into my suitcase for the trip home, and it held up very nicely. It’s my honeymoon bag!

April 14, 2009 at 6:21 pm 12 comments

Pockets don’t scare me anymore

I got some sewing done last night. Made a new tote bag.

The shape of it is a slight variation of a standard square tote. Just a few extra curves. I’m digging it.


I lined the bag in aqua polka dots. Because red and aqua is the most cheerful and wonderful color combination in the whole entire world. Seriously.

Oh, and guess what? I added a pocket inside!!! And not a cheater pocket either. A REAL pocket. A big girl pocket.

Turns out, it wasn’t so difficult. I’m no longer scared of pockets.

The new tote is for sale in The Boutique here.

March 14, 2009 at 7:44 pm Leave a comment


First, I’d like to thank everyone for all the wonderful ideas for a room divider. Alex and I haven’t decided yet what we’re going to do, but the suggestions were perfect — exactly the types of ideas we were looking for but couldn’t figure out on our own.

I took a trip to the fabric store today on my lunch break and was instantly inspired to start sewing again when I saw the hundreds of colorful fabric bolts. There were all sorts of yummy new fabrics in beautiful springtime colors. Red and white toile, lime and white damask, polka dots in every color imaginable. I’m pretty sure I drooled a little. Okay, a lot.

For the first time in months, I’m completely ready — and excited — to start sewing again. I have tons of ideas floating around in my noggin, and I’m hoping to get some sewing done this weekend so I can update The Boutique.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

March 13, 2009 at 5:37 pm 2 comments

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