Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A day in pictures: 5.15.2013

Union Square Donuts in Somerville, MA - Go there, it's totally worth the hype.
  • Maple. Bacon. Donut.

Gather Here in Somerville, MA - fabric shopping for a custom quilt I'm making for a little girl. It's been a blast working with the mom on the design and picking out fabrics.

Lunch at Flour Bakery + Cafe in Cambridge, MA
  • Roasted chicken, mashed avocado, and jicama sandwich (not pictured)
  • Chocolate chip macaroon (not pictured)

I couldn't resist from immediately cuttin into the fabrics as soon as I got home.
How sweet is this print (Kokka, double gauze in Red Ribbon Kitty)? You should feel it, it SUPER soft.

Celebrations - Ended the night by celebrating with friends and delicious port wine they had brought back with them from their recent trip to Portugal.
Just like the last time I drank with these peeps, I went to the gym hungover the next day. 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

I am quilter

A year ago, on this day, I bought my sewing machine, Bessy. It's crazy to look back and see how much I've learned and expanded. The number of quilting tutorials available online is ridiculous. I have never taken a class in person. Everything I have done has been through reading/following tutorials and trial and error.

My first quilt: After seeing a Downy commercial, I was inspired to help Quilts for Kids. This was made using a quilt kit (pre-selected and pre-cut fabric). It was a lot of fun, but I wouldn't suggest using the using the quilt kit as your first project.

My second quilt: Quilt top made from a baby quilt kit from Bijou Lovely and quilted following Holly's awesome tutorial. The binding is completely machine bound!

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This was technically #3, but it took me forever to finish it. This is the first quilt in which I selected the fabric. The colors are much more vivid in person (yay winter phone photography). Truthfully, I'm not a fan of the colors, but a friend saw it and loved it. Quilted in a circular pattern after seeing Munchkin Quilts do it. I made the mistake of pulling at the fabric too much in the corners so the quilt doesn't lay flat, oops!

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Quilt for Kids #4! I went with a simple design that I made up and pulled the colors from the backing.

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#5! I discovered fabric bundles. Someone else picks coordinating fabrics and I just buy them as a set. The mitered corners on this on were nearly perfect.

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In between the quilts I tried my hand at various things:

Baby blocks.

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A jewelry roll in which I completely made up (no pattern)!

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I tackled a pile of old skirts from college and upcycled them into toddler skirts for my friend's little girl. Which then led me to open up an Etsy shop.

I'm still too intimidated to tackle the large pile of clothes that need alterations, but hopefully that'll change in the near future. 

Like a real quilter, I can now say that I have a fabric stash (that I keeps growing, I may have a slight fabric problem) and a pile of WIPs (works-in-progress). I think there are like 4 finished quilt tops and a shower curtain in the pile.

Next on the horizon is Fabric Fest! I can't wait to see my friends from The Makerie 2012 (some photos posted here.) and learn new skills.

Riley Blake Fabric Fest 2013

*photos taken either with dSLR or Instagram.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A day in pictures: 5.18.2013

Diesel Cafe in Davis Square, Somerville - Quick pit stop after dropping off a cupcake delivery to grab sustenance before taking on a couple of house tours.

BBQ Festival in Lexington, MA -

deCordova Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA - Revisted our wedding venue for the first time in almost 2 years to take advantage of the last of the daylight and warm weather.

*All photos taken via Instagram

Monday, June 3, 2013


I'm just having one of those days.

I lost my Michael Kors watch. I am so pissed and disappointed at myself, it's not even funny.  Update, watch has been found! I'm a moron and left it at a friend's house. #firstworldproblem

Taken with HTC Droid, right after I had it sized. Ugh, not even a year ago.

My stupid finger hurts like a biatch. But that's my own damn fault for not taking my medication regularly. #firstworldproblem

I'm discouraged and fed up with house hunting. Granted we just started a month ago, but finding out what your money can't get you out here blows donkey nads. I wished that I didn't have an eye for quality construction. #firstworldproblem

I ate 2 of my lemon cupcakes yesterday and was disappointed that I a) sold them to a client and b) fed them to friends. They were neither lemony nor light fluffy. Ugh. The cake was dense and dry, and that's one of my pet peeves about commercial cupcakes! #firstworldproblem

Sorry this is such a negative post; I just needed to vent. Sigh. I wish that I was home catching up on past seasons of Arrested Development.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

A day in pictures: 5.11.2013

While Jake was away at a bachelor party this particular weekend, I spent some QT with my friend N. We really hadn't hung out since we returned from India 4 months ago! 

International Steampunk Festival in Waltham, MA - I choose to leave my dSLR at home this time since I grabbed pictures last year

The Paris Creperie in Brookline, MA - The beginning of an improptu food crawl. It was completely organic. 
  • Chicken torilla soup (gluten-free)
  • Lemon and sugar crepe (not pictured)

The Gourmet Dumpling House in Boston, MA - 
  • Xioa lung bao - The wrapper was a too thick, but they were pretty good hot. Once they started to cool, the wrapper became stiff.
  • Pickled jelly fish (this was not what thought it was going to be)

Bon Chon Chicken in Allston, MA - If you have't been, drop everything and go!
  • Soy ginger chicken wings and drum sticks

*All photos taken via Instagram.