For the past few weeks, I've been participating in an online class called Me: The Abridged Version. I've been wanting to write an encyclopedia of my ordinary life ever since reading Amy Krouse Rosenthal's Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. And although I'm not using any of the instructor's templates for the online class (shocker!), I am using the time to assemble a critical mass of content. I'm going to be sharing the pages with you here, although in the end I may be editing some of them after posting. I'm trying to take a big picture approach -- and to that end, I made a short list for myself of topics I want to be sure to include, but which could be assigned to several different letters. (For example, the companionship I feel when reading alongside my husband at night could go under "c" for companionship, or "h" for husband, or even "r" for ritual.) The album will be comprised of two-page spreads with a large photo on the left and text on the right (except for X and Y, which I might put together on one page since I only have a single sentence for x, and no photo.) I'm also trying out a couple of ways to add a (tiny) splash of coordinating color on the second page.
I feel like a bit of a cheat for starting with "i" on my blog, since half of this content is recycled material, but I only have a handful of photos done so far and i is one of them.
And I'm working diligently on the letter "k" for tomorrow -- any 11th hour ideas for me?
I had enough energy on Sunday afternoon to cross four unfinished projects off my list. Unfortunately, I've had a relapse of my cold so I couldn't share until today. (Insert pity party here.)
I put this quilt on our bed on Christmas Eve (2005), but had only quilted about half of the top, doing just enough that I could finish it "later." Later turned out to be last Sunday. One very satisfying hour.
I also finished piecing this quilt top, part of my cabin quilt series, a series of four twin-size quilts for our home away from home (which is not actually a cabin, but an Airstream). This was mostly complete but when I was stitching the five main rows together last spring, I realized I had miscalculated by 1/4" on the third and fifth rows -- easily fixed, but not on that particular day.
I started this skirt last fall, just hadn't gotten around to the lining. I used the Amy Butler Barcelona Skirts pattern -- this is my third skirt from that pattern and all three are super comfortable. A great way to showcase woven cotton prints too lovely to stay hidden in my stash. My favorite uses Martha Negley's tree rings pattern in a chocolate brown. (Here's a sample of the fabric in a lighter brown.)
I cut out these pj pants for Juliet last summer, and with an hour still to go in the afternoon, I figured I should probably get them sewn before she outgrows them. The trim is Farbenmix from one of my favorite etsy sellers, chickadee supplies. (I noticed that she is closing her shop temporarily at the end of next week; I need to order some of that new Matryoshka trim!) If I'd really been thinking, I would have given them to her for her birthday with a set of fabric markers. Don't you just want to color on these?
One of my favorite things about etsy is that it has opened the door to some really fun custom projects. This is a collection of photo mats I created for a customer in Oregon. My favorite is the mat with two openings (on the right in the photo above and on the left in the photo below).
Today is the start of American Craft Week -- a week so big it actually lasts ten days. Here's what they have to say about crafts in America:
American Craft enriches our homes, wardrobes, offices and public spaces. It contributes to our nation's economy, our balance of trade, and the fabric of our national history. It is original, beautiful and enduring, so let's tell the world!
Amen! I turned the corner on my cold during the night and am hoping I feel up to taking the kids to the Textile Center tomorrow for their textile play day. Have a great weekend!
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