Thursday, September 30, 2010

Meet Olivia!

Olivia has been in the making for quite some time. Not because I don't love her so, but because she required just the right fabrics to make her work. She definitely has more of a modern feel... modern, yet pretty. Kind of how I envision someone named "Olivia". Olivias usually have good hair though (at least all the ones I know). To her benefit, however, this Olivia comes without. Hair, that is.

Available in the shop, sold as a set with the bumper.


Look at all of these beautiful pillows on Etsy! Love.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Anthro-inspired curtains?

Is anyone interested in helping me out a bit in the interior home design area? The window in my living room has taken up WAY too much brain space in the past year. I've made curtains for it... I've bought curtains for it... (Let me tell you how much my husband has LOVED this venture. ... Not.) Now I have white wooden blinds in it, which aren't incredibly offensive... so that's nice at least. BUT, I'm dreaming of curtains that change the room. Something unique, something you'd find in Anthro, if they made curtains like they make clothes. So be honest and give me your thoughts... This top fabric swatch is from Anna Maria Horner's new line and I LOVE it!

And these lovely curtains are from Pottery Barn.
The ladies at Fabric Crush in Wallingford, here in Seattle, inspired me with this apron... kind of Anthro, don't you think? Super cute.

So I am thinking about ways to combine the blue striped fabric with the Anna Maria Horner fabric. I'd love to make the PB curtains, but have the AMH fabric mixed in somehow. If the bottom of the curtains was more balloon-curtain-like, then the AMH fabric could be in the bottom... but I don't want it to disappear. Thoughts?

The room right now is definitely not ready to rock these curtains, they would TOTALLY stand out. So maybe I shouldn't spend the $$ on the fabric. I'm pretty confused. If anyone's interested in helping me, I could post some pics of my living room.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Who isn't in the market for WONDERFUL soap?

This is just one of those staples in life, right? I feel that having nice soap in my home just makes everything nicer, takes life up one notch... know what I mean? What's nicer is if you know the lady making your soap and think she's just awesome. =) I met Glenda, owner of SudzNThings, at the Great Falls Farmer's Market in August. She was SO welcoming and made my whole experience totally awesome. This is the type of person who helps her nearly blind and deaf elderly neighbor (whom she only recently met) every single day, what sounds like on and off all day long! The world could definitely benefit if there were more Glenda's around. =)

So if you're in the market for nice soap, want to send a sweet gift to a friend for her birthday, bless your elderly neighbor with something that smells nice OR just make your own home a nice place to wash your hands, stop by her shop. OH -- and I made this banner for her shop. (Not for free, I wish I was that nice, but in exchange for soap -- and I definitely WON! in that trade.)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Banner Crazy!

These are SO much fun to make!! I'm thinkin' birthday party. Baby shower. Just to spice up the baby nursery or kid's bedroom. Every time I make and hang one of these in my house, my 3 (less than 1 week from 4, but still for now 3) year old gets so excited and asks if we can keep it! You might not think a 3 year old would care about such a thing, but a. it shouts PARTY! and color! and fun! and b. this is a girl with style, what can I say. At least I think so.

All for sale in the shop!

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Fun with the letter "d". Wait, did I just say "fun"? No, not fun. If you ever ask me to make you a custom banner, please, oh please, I beg of you, do not ask for "Edwardian Script ITC" as your font! I'm doing this for the most loveliest of ladies who sold soap at the booth next to me at the Great Falls Farmer's Market and once it's done, I'll post it along with her Etsy shop name because you really must check out her soap. It's wonderful!! And quite honestly, I'm kidding, because now that I've mastered Edwardian Script -- I say BRING IT ON!

But have you ever tried to stitch like this with your regular sewing machine? I've done this a little bit to applique baby onsies and things like that, but MAN, my sewing machine choked on this particular job! I'm really glad that these flags are 2-sided, thus hiding the mass of knotted thread on the underside. I'm just wondering what the deal is -- should I have a different sewing machine, like something meant to machine embroider? I just don't know.

Anyways, happy "d" ness.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Ok, so I haven't ended up blogging much, but who can resist a cute baby?

In no particular order, because clearly the sweet baby is number one on this list, I thought I'd just post a few pics of what has kept me (Cristi) busy!! Really, I can't claim that the baby kept me busy for more than one week, but isn't he just a doll? He's my sister's new baby Jaxon. I'm in love with him. I'm impressed by the greater blogging world -- it blows my mind how well y'all do! I'll try to do a better job.

As for Whimsy Quilts, we're hoping to post a bunch of new quilts soon!!