Who are all those cute little pinwheels for? For a new, cute, little sweetheart born to my good friend just three weeks ago. I absolutely loved making it. The idea was solid as soon as I knew that Lauren was expecting a girl. I wanted to gather up a whole bunch of really vivid prints, mostly botanicals, with a sort of rasberry-ish pink as a common color. I headed straight to Mama Said Sew and found tons of Anna Maria Horner fabric from both of the last two lines. The black background was part of the plan from the beginning too. Even for a baby. I think its adorable. One fun new sewing thing that I learned was to use a die cut machine to cute many, many squares at once. This made all of the sewing easier too, what with the perfectly straight edges. I was able to use the one at Mama Said Sew for their small studio fee. One not-so fun sewing thing was making the bias tape for the quilt binding. It takes forever to make, and it all has to be so exact. I used this tutorial at oliver + s which was very easy to follow. The 3d pinwheels are really cute and also easy to construct. There are loads of tutorials everywhere for those. In the end, I also love the black shapes that tesselate in the background.
And now the home tour....
This is really impromptu. Today I was taking pictures of our house so that we could post an ad on craiglist renting it out for the upcoming school year. The six of us are going to live in our camper and travel around for a bit. I am going to blog about that too, maybe here, but for now I am experiencing a little paralysis by over-analysis, so its on the back burner. At any rate, I was taking all of these pictures of the house and I started thinking that I love to see home tours of people that intrigue me, so maybe I could do one here. Because I intrigue you. Just kidding.
It was interesting to me that when I uploaded the pictures to the computer and started editing them, they were exactly as I expected them to be. And I mean exactly. Like there wasn't a detail or discrepancy in the photo that I couldn't have told you about without seeing them. It just seemed sort of interesting to shoot an environment so, so, so familiar to me.
And one last note... These pictures were taken to be informative in nature. Like is there or isn't there a ceiling fan in the second bedroom informative. So they lack any artistry. It's because of the intended audience. You know, your average craiglist rental property browser probably doesn't appreciate a nice soft focus close-up of a coffee table laden with fresh flowers, complete with a blurred background. They probably just want to see if the stove is gas or electric.
This is one of my favorite places to sit in the morning. This room faces east and gets glorious sun in the morning. I like to sit there and watch who is coming and who is going. Like an old lady:). I also like to fill this room when we have friends over in the winter. With 1300 sq feet, no basement and four kids, its pretty packed in when we have a winter party. Luckily people pull up pillows, stools and ottomans and make it work. Where there is a will, there is a way. Or also where there is a box of wine on a snowy night, there is a way.
Here you can see Mike and I's bedroom which features primarily, almost singularly, our king size bed. It's tiny, but it's awesome. All of the art above our headboard was made by someone we know, or given to us by someone we know. Our made by us. And I know you are thinking that means by me, but I mean 'us', because guess who made that light blue elephant? That's right. Mike.
This is our kitchen without anything at all on the kitchen table, and this is not at all what it usually looks like. It's regularly full of dishes, homework, projects and whatever else can be conveniently dumped there.
And with that.... as I hear myself bore you with details like dishes and homework....I recognize that I am appallingly tired, and I vow to continue the tour another day.