Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Houndstooth Loafers

Here's a little variation on the loafers I made Shark-bait a few months ago. There is a lip under the strap so they don't look like girly mary-janes, but the opening is still wide to fit a fat little foot inside. And since we have a brand new nephew in the family, he might just be getting his very own pair for Christmas this year! Lincoln and Parker are going to be great friends, I just know it. Or atleast roommates at BYU.The fabric is so blinding after working with it awhile!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Master Bedroom

I woke up with this idea that I wanted to make a fabric headboard for our sad mattress sitting on the floor. I started with some eucaboard, styrofoam insulation boards, an egg crate foam pad, fabric, and a staple gun. I covered the pieces, and Jason helped me drill them into a bigger board. We nailed some 2x4s behind it for structure.And this morning I stapled a little bed skirt onto our split box springs (our regular queen box wouldn't fit up our stairs). Fancy, huh.Toll paint on a $.10 Home Depot kitchen tile, hot glued to ribbon For curtains, I ripped up an old bed sheet and found this ribbon $.10/yard. This concludes the home series because I'm not showing you our bathroom, extra-stuff bedroom, or shoe closet. Now our mothers can rest easy knowing that we're not living in an alley shack :)

Monday, August 29, 2011


Ahh, the kitchen :) I have found that my happiness level is directly correlated to its cleanliness.I made tiny curtains so as to let in as much light as possible. Recognize the fabric? I took these pictures while Hurricane Irene was at it, but normally the sun just gleams through these trees and me and the early bird enjoy some gorgeous sunrises together. I painted this calendar from a thrift store checker board! Again, with a beautiful a/c unit. Notice the TWO mini Primary Childrens Songbooks on the piano. Twice now, I've tried to order a songbook at used bookstores online and it has arrived in mini.

The table of love.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Lincoln's Room

At the top of the stairs you will find...A tiny little room... and a baby!Please excuse the ghetto a/c unit! These attic bedrooms get so hot without them at night! Just a few more weeks and we'll have our pretty window views again!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Sewing Room

I understand that I may never again have this luxury of a designated sewing room, so while I have it, I will appreciate every minute! Who gets their own sewing room?! I'm so lucky!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Living Room

This begins the home series where I document our space and valuables before Hurricane Irene wipes us out this weekend :)
(Notice my flowers Jason brought home last night for being a good mom. I love him.)Jason wants to put a lazyboy in the back corner, and I tell him before you know it we'll have to pull out the baby swing again and put it right there. I love how sunny this house is, and I LOVE having a tree outside our windows to watch the seasons work their magic. Being on the 3rd floor rocks.

Mr. Immobility

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Eastie Pride

Our cute city of East Boston has an annual community day at the Piers Park two blocks away from us. We come for a walk out here nearly every Sunday afternoon and watch all the sailboats!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Top 15!

My dress made top 15 in the Shabby Apple Dare to Design contest! I'm so thrilled!! Now all I ask is that you please please vote for my dress! You get only one vote (per computer) between now and Sept 11 (my birthday!), so choose dress #15!
Click HERE to vote! The winning design will be featured as part of the Shabby Apple spring collection, and the winner recieves a 3% royalty on every dress sold. Can you imagine?!

Monday, August 15, 2011

I Scream

I had some half-and-half that needed to be used up, and I remembered a recipe for homemade ice cream that we used to make at girls camp without ice cream makers. It was definitely soupy, but delicious. As me and my grandma say, "If there's not ice cream in heaven, I'm not going".

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Stone Zoo

Friday was a free day at the Stone Zoo so we braved the crowds and went to go see some things. I'm sure it'll be a little more exciting to him next summer. Me and Lincoln stay busy with our little day adventures!
Mesmerized by the ducks in the pond.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Won't you Let me Take you on a Sea Cruise

Oooowee, Oooowee baby, we had a most wonderful and much needed date (it goes about a month and a half between babysitter dates for us lately) on a sunset 3-hour dinner cruise! We found a great deal on Groupon and also justified it as a treat to celebrate Jason's birthday. It was perfect weather, delicious food, and I even got a slow dance out of Jason. I requested they play our wedding song (Can't Help Falling in Love), and just loved getting to flirt on the deck of a cruise boat in the sunset of Boston harbor with my man :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Big Ten

Happy Ten Months old baby! Where is the time going?!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Design for Shabby Apple

My friend Jini just told me about this! There is a contest going on to design for Shabby Apple Dresses. I'm in love with SO many of their dresses, and I was just telling Jason how inspiring it is that a clothing company who sells modest dresses can do so well. I wish I had time to design and sew up something new, but since the deadline is tomorrow, I thought I'd submit my Easter dress from this last spring.My inspiration comes from just having made Carson's prom dress with the pretty sweetheart neckline, princess seams, and light blue at the waist. Sweetheart necklines are kindof out for a DD with modesty standards, so I wanted to make a dress with the same sillouette, but totally covered :). I wanted the skirt to have the feel of a cheerleader skirt to it--fitted through the hip, then flared, but mostly at the sides. From there I had to doll it up with ruffles and buttons, but not too much fluff. For fabric, I tend towards the thicker stuff lately. Both the blue and white are a heavyweight suiting cotton. I didn't want the top to be too sheer or the skirt to be too fluffy. The weight with the trim holds it down just right. The black trim is the wrong side of a costume satin, surged and sewn all around the hem and only the front of the bodice. The white dress inside has boning up the seams, a full skirt slip, and is attached to the blue dress at the side seams and exposed blue zipper. The sleeves are tiny cap sleeves with small gathers at the shoulders. There are seven panels, each flaring below the hip to keep it looking fitted but flirty. Of course, it could be done in any spring color, but I'm also always a fan of anything black/white and yellow!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Sit Down You're Rockin the Swan Boat

Today we went on a Swan Boat ride in the Public Garden! I've been wanting to do this since we moved here. It was the most perfect day for it.These swan boats have been around for over 130 years and have carried famous people like Lucille Ball, Carol Channing, Will Rogers, Shirley Temple, Barbara Walters, Calvin Coolidge, and John F. Kennedy! Jason didn't want to be in the picture because he had way too much fun at a work outing yesterday and got an impressive sunburn all over :)
The boats and duck island are in the famous book Make Way for Ducklings and duck statues have been made in Boston Commons. People like to dress them up in scarves or Bruins jerseys. After that, we checked out Chinatown. I was bummed to find only two wimpy fabric shops, when I was hoping there would be some sort of fabric district downtown. Wishful thinking. We ate a cute pizza shop, then tried out "Modern Pastry", which was fine, but we agreed doesn't compare to Mike's.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Ruby Baby

Truth be told, I was in love with the name "Ruby" for a baby girl once upon a time, before it became hugely popular and before Jason immediately ruled it off the list. Even before I was married, I started throwing red scraps together to someday make a baby quilt for my Ruby. Since Ruby will never be, and I may not even have any girls, I found this strip and thought I'd slice it up and make hot pads for my red kitchen. Now I am not a quilter, by any means. You should browse my sister in law's blog for that one: . No, my quilting skills are quite beginner, but I do see the appeal. Let me get some curtains up and pictures of the apartment are soon coming.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Castle Island

Play Group yesterday was at Castle Island and Pleasure Bay, an enclosed lagoon where we watched the planes landing all morning. Lincoln loved sitting in the mini-tides and eating the sand :)