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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


March has become a very special month in my little world. It’s the month that I get to marry the man of my dreams. Our wedding is March 28, and these last few weeks are crawling by at a sloth’s pace. I just want it to GET HERE.

We’re having a very small, simple wedding, so I haven’t been freaking out the way that some brides do a month before their wedding. Luckily, we’ve been able to support handmade while planning our wedding, which we thought was very important. We met our photographer, Megan Katauskas, at a craft show I did late last year. Her photographs are natural, unique and beautiful, and I consider it fate that we were at the same show together. I never would have found her otherwise. 

I purchased two stunningly realistic silk flowers for my hair on Etsy from Butterfly Enchantress Designs. These flowers look so real that Alex called me at work in a panic the day we got them because he was certain they would die before our wedding.

We worked with another talented artist on our wedding invitations. Jonathan from Ello Invitations created an original design just for us. We love the invitations so much that we’re going to frame one for our apartment.

These photographs don’t do the invitations justice, FYI. The colors are much richer in person.

I decided to try to make a pillow based on this design. It’s getting there, but I feel like something is a little off (other than the fact that they don’t have legs yet). I think they’re too big for the space.

So it’s not quite there yet, but nothing has been ironed on yet, so I can still play with the layout.

March 2, 2009 at 6:04 pm 4 comments

Acoustic guitar

I hope those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving had a great one. I had several significant things happen this long (and completely sew-free) holiday weekend. I found my wedding dress! I’ve always heard that you immediately know that you’ve found Your Dress as soon as you try it on, but it wasn’t like that with me. I really loved five completely different dresses and had to think long and hard and discuss the pros and cons of each dress with my mom before deciding. I’m so happy with my decision, but I really feel like I couldn’t have gone wrong with any of them. 

My future mother-in-law (MIL) met my whole family, and everyone got along famously. Thanksgiving Day was loud and crazy and everyone ate way too much, but it was wonderful. This weekend we also picked out and bought Alex’s wedding band. He’s been trying to wear it ever since we got it home, but I keep telling him he’s NOT ALLOWED! I’m just thrilled that he’s so enthusiastic about it.

I didn’t sew at all over the holiday because we were so busy, but I did sell four items — two aprons to my future MIL, one bag to my friend, and one bag on Etsy. Four items!! Just when I was starting to feel prepared for Atomic. Don’t get me wrong — I’m not complaining at all about the sales. I just need to sew a bunch this week to replace those four items.

Starting with a new applique design.

I’m also working on a new apron design with — gasp — pockets. More on that soon.

December 2, 2008 at 8:42 pm 1 comment

House guest

Twenty-five days until Atomic Holiday Bazaar.

And 128 days until our wedding.

But only eight days until Alex’s mother — my future mother-in-law! — flies down from Pennsylvania to spend Thanksgiving with us.

We’re having a big dinner at my sister’s house, and my parents are meeting Alex’s mom for the first time. Very exciting!

In the meantime, I’ve been sewing as often as I can, and I feel like I’m making decent progress.

Here’s a sampling of what I’ve been working on.

Luckily, my future mother-in-law appreciates sewing and crafts, and she knows I have a show coming up, so I don’t have to be embarrassed that we’re having a guest stay with us while my purses and aprons are hanging all over the house.

Good thing, because she’s going to be surrounded by them while she sleeps!

November 19, 2008 at 10:11 pm 3 comments

Photography giveaway

Alex and I found a photographer for our wedding, and we are really excited about it.

Her name is Megan Katauskas, and she was a fellow vendor at Craft Roots a few weeks ago. She’s never officially shot a wedding (other than for friends), which is partly what makes her talents so appealing to us.

Her portraits are fresh and soft and she’s really good at capturing the perfect candid moment, and that’s so much more important to us than the traditional wedding shots of the bridal party jumping or a close-up of our rings.

So now on to the good stuff. Megan is doing a giveaway on her blog, Fullblown Technicolor. She’s giving away the three photographs that you see here.

I think they’re all so lovely.

Go check out her site!

November 17, 2008 at 7:30 pm 2 comments

Navy blue

I love blue, but I rarely buy navy blue fabric.

I’m not sure why. I guess I’m just drawn to the paler blues.

But when I saw this navy blue corduroy, I immediately bought several yards of it.

It’s just so thick and lush, and the color is perfect for this time of year. And it’s always good to work with new colors.

Alex and I are going to sample wedding cakes this week. Oh, planning a wedding is so rough!

November 10, 2008 at 6:30 pm 3 comments


Sometimes I swear I’m the slowest seamstress in the world. It takes me all evening to finish one bag or apron. Each item I make is a detailed, lengthy process…but does it have to be? Or is it just me?

I’ve been trying to figure out how to streamline and speed up my sewing process, and the only thing I can think of is to cut three, four or even five bags at once, and then sew them all, rather than cut one, sew one, cut one, sew one.

I’m starting to feel like I’ll never be able to get enough stuff made for Atomic. But I’m trying.

Here’s a tote I completed the other day.

I have four and a half more bags cut and ready to be sewn, and I’ve set aside this Saturday as a sewing day. All day. So don’t call me!

And in wedding news, we set the date for March 28, and we booked an eastern Caribbean cruise for our honeymoon! Neither of us has ever been on a cruise, and it sounds just wonderful. Our wedding is going to be very small and very simple. It’s more important to us to celebrate our special day with our closest friends and family than to spend tons of money or worry about centerpieces. I love other people’s big weddings, but that’s just not us.

November 6, 2008 at 11:35 pm 3 comments

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