Tuesday, September 28, 2010

For All My Gleeks Out There...

Photo courtesy of Diamonds for Dessert
OMG. I am so loving these Glee-themed cookies from Diamonds for Dessert. Look at those little details - the blue streaks in Tina's hair, Puck's fauxhawk, and Emma's little string of pearls!!! Perfect!
What do you think, Chelsea... will we ever reach this level in our baking adventures? :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Halloween Envelope Bags

Oh, I just can't help myself! I know that it is way too early to start spreading Halloween cheer, but this weekend I found an inspiring tutorial on how to turn an envelope into a little gift bag, and I couldn't resist. These ones are filled with sweets leftover from my Halloween Advent Calendar. I'm going to try to wait to deposit these on desks until at least October 1... but no promises. :)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Halloween Advent Calendar

I just love the fall! It is easily my favorite time of year. And the best part of fall is this time we're in right now, where school has started, the leaves are turning red, and all of the stores are stocking a new year's worth of Halloween Decorations. Thanksgiving is on the horizon, and beyond that, Christmas. There is nothing but wonderful to look forward to.

Oopsey Daisy posted a tutorial for this SO cute Halloween advent calendar. I think that the magnetic cookie sheet I found at Dollar Tree was a little too small, and my glass marbles were a little too big. That led to less space for candy, so I had to get a bit creative when cramming all 31 pieces of chocolate on there. I kind of like the wonky, haphazard look though, don't you?

More Halloween projects coming soon!!

Colorful Boys Quilt

Today is a rainy, gray day in Seattle, so Chelsea and I decided it was the perfect day for an outing to the fabric store. She was picking out fabrics for two adorable baby girl quilts, and I needed some border fabric for my Wild Thing/Hello Betty quilt (which I am finishing up now... pics to come!).

I was really only planning to buy the border fabric, but the striped fabric on the far right in the pic above just jumped off the shelf at me. I grabbed it on a whim, and almost immediately I spotted the owl fabric on another shelf. Those were quickly followed by the thicker stripe fabric, the plaid, and the stars. The chocolate brown solid finished off this happy little pile just perfectly!

I'm not exactly sure which pattern I want to use for this quilt. I've been looking at Cluck. Cluck. Sew. for inspiration, and I have a couple of good ideas: either this fun wonky block, or a more simple blocked quilt using her stack 'n whack tutorial.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Wild Thing/Hello Betty Quilt

I am embarking on a new quilt! I am so inspired by Cluck. Cluck. Sew., and I decided to start imitating the master to learn her techniques. That's a legitimate art school technique, right? And not wholesale plagiarism, right? I mean, I am in no way planning to sell this quilt, so I think I'm ethically in the clear.

I'm using Thimble Blossom's Wild Thing quilt pattern, and a Hello Betty layer cake. I pulled all of the reds, aquas, and blues out of the layer cake, but as I look at the colors I think it might benefit from more gray. Oddly enough, the layer cake did not include the gray colorways of this line, so a-shopping I must go! The first pieces here to get the axe will be the ones with pink.

And Pacific Fabrics has now been open for 45 minutes, so more later. :)