Monday, September 24, 2007

Etsy Cards and Thumbtacks

This weekend I made these thumbtacks for the shop.

And this morning I printed up these cards to send out with orders.

I have been working on some other things lately, but they're gifts so I can't post them till I give them to the recipients or I might ruin the surprise. Lots of birthdays and things coming up, so stay tuned...

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Charles and Ray Eames

Two of my favorite designers and one of Charles Eames most famous works.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Scalloped Zippered Wristlet with Inner Pocket in Chocolate

On this one I added hardware and an inner pocket.

The strap is only attached on one end and the clasp will pull the zipper closed to create the wrist strap. That way you can only hold it by the strap if the purse is closed. Ingenious. Ok, I've seen it done on other purses before. But I think it's a great idea.

I also cut off the zipper pull and have a little charm I will attach instead. I bought the charms from kim wilson designs on etsy. I just need to find a little jump ring to attach the clasp and charm to the zipper. I don't have any around, so I'll wait to list the item on etsy till I can get to the store.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Spottie Zippered Wristlet Pouch in Leaf Green

After finishing the curtains yesterday I wanted to make something small and easier than well, curtains. So instead of starting on the next set I made this little wristlet for the etsy shop.

Still in love with my mod dots fabric, I had to use it as the lining and strap. And since I only had a green and brown zipper on hand, I made the wristlet in green. I've never actually sewn in a zipper before so it was guesswork all the way, but I think it turned out very cute.

You can see more photos of it at the shop

Saturday, September 08, 2007

the hole in the bathroom ceiling

The maintenance team replaced the corroded pipe that caused the water to come through our ceiling. Hope they fix the hole soon.

I thought I'd take another picture of the bathroom ceiling.

The first curtain panel finished!

I still have that floppy corners at the top issue to figure out. But I'm very pleased with them so far. And love the bottom trim fabric.

Seriously, how hard is it to find quarters.

Seriously, when I went grocery shopping Thursday I forgot to get cash back to get quarters from the customer service counter. So I skipped it. I went to the drive up teller today at the bank. They're closed on Saturday. And the frigin' change machine is out of quarters in the laundry room. Oh and hey, so is the vending machine.

So I came back up to the apartment to sulk and the husband had change in his wallet all along. Just enough for me to do one load of laundry. Seriously.

Friday, September 07, 2007


The new fabric arrived this morning and I was so excited, I immediately started cutting into it. After I cut two pieces I realized. It hasn't been washed yet. I hope it's the same size when it comes out of the wash.
Also, I have to go find quarters before I can wash it, because I just ran out. At times like this, I miss having my own washer and dryer.

Thursday, September 06, 2007


I just heard water running in my bathroom, so I went to check it out. Ok, that's interesting. Yes, there really is water pouring out of the ceiling.

Apparently they've been working on the apartment above. And they're draining water into our bathroom. I hope they come fix it soon.

So once again, there's debris in the tub. And once again I am so glad we have 2 bathrooms.

Is it the right pink for the pantry curtain?

I'm worried that I got the wrong color of piping for the pantry curtain. It was the only pink piping in the store and I can't find any better online. I really should just make my own, but it seems like it might be difficult. I suppose I can always try and if it doesn't work I can use the pepto-bismo pink piping I bought.

curtain progress

After sewing the lining in the curtain, you can see I had a few bulky layers where the top met the middle piece of the curtain.

The layers were visible at the edge of the curtain even from the front.

So I tucked it in and hand stitched the layers to the front.

Now the layers don't show on the edge of the curtain. Much cleaner. (Excuse the blurriness, I couldn't seem to hold the camera steady with one hand.)

I still have the lining to sew on the other blue curtain and I'm still waiting for my shipment of fabric for the bottom edge. But I'm still making progress...

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Curtain Fabric out of stock

I have just found out that the curtain fabric I ordered is now out of stock :(

It's back to searching again.

The extra large pincushion

I keep dropping my pins on the carpet, so this morning before I started on the curtains I decided to whip up a little pin cushion. I used the purple from the ironing board cover for the sides and the top and bottom are "Crackle" in Eggplant by Kathy Schmitz for Moda.

The cushion ended up a little larger than I had originally anticipated, but then I decided that was probably for the best, considering that I had about 270 pearl headed floral pins left over from the wedding so I took them out of their little boxes and added them to the cushion too.

Now I can continue the curtains without dropping pins on the floor. And who else can say their pincushion matches their ironing board?

Saturday, September 01, 2007

snapping in the curtain rings

I started with the dritz curtain rings which came with a template. I used a quilting pencil to trace the template.

Because I wanted the rings to be slightly lower than the ones on other curtains I had seen (pottery barn example) before, I pinned my measuring tape at the top of the fold and used the template upside down. The measuring tape helped me get the spacing between the grommet rings exactly right.

To put the rings in, I cut out the hole I had marked with the template.

I then slid the ring with the lip underneath. It matched up perfectly with the hole. After that I snapped the ring with the teeth onto it.

I love these two colors together. I had planned on going with a lighter blue, but when I saw this one in the store, I knew it just had to be. It goes so well with the nickel colored rings and curtain rod. When I brought it up to the counter for cutting the lady asked me what I was doing with it. "Curtains" I said. She responded "Well, that's a drab color." So here are my "drab" curtains. Would you call these drab?

The one problem I am having is with the corners, see how they droop. I think I will try some starch at the top. I really don't want to make it thicker by placing interfacing in it, because it will make it less transparent and I really want the light to come through the top. So, I'll try starch. If that doesn't work, I can try this. Transparent Buckram.

I am waiting for the fabric to come in for the bottom of the curtain. But while I wait I can sew in the back lining of the two panels and start on the bedroom curtains. Our apartment requires us to line our drapery in white so that the outside of the building looks uniform. I think the white lining will look great on these curtains.

I'm very excited about these, they are turning out quite well. It's the largest project I have ever done and it's going very well. Yea for the "drab" curtains!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Curtain Progress

This morning I marked where the grommets will go on one curtain top. I am debating with myself about whether I should put a thickener underneath them as the two layers of white are somewhat thin. I want the top of the curtain to be semi-transparent to let a little light in without causing a glare on the TV. So I'm not sure.

Next I cut out the blue and pinned and ironed the edges in.

That was about all I had time for this's off to work I go.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Curtain Top

Never know I would be so excited about curtains, but I am giddy about this curtain top and I've yet to sew anything together yet.

More on the curtains...

I had pretty much narrowed the running down to these two...

The first, by Faye Burgos for Marcus Brothers, I found available for purchase online, the second one by Lynn Studios for Robert Kaufman, I couldn't find anywhere. The Robert Kaufman website said that they sell his lines at Hancock Fabrics, but I looked through the entire store last night and didn't see this one. Since it's more difficult to find, I'll just go with the first one. Plus it has a similar feel to this lamp, which I love.

I love lamp.

Here is what I expect the curtains to look like...

I like the way the variation in the dot size and proximity to each other gives the curtain even more dimension.

Monday, August 27, 2007


My curtain rings came today!

Which is good because my windows are feeling quite naked. I found them at much less expensive then the other places I was looking.

I have been planning out these curtains since we moved in. Got the idea from my good friend Laurie over at

The top curtain (also seen in the sketch below) is the pattern for the windows, both in the living room and the bedroom. The second is the curtain which will cover the pantry in the kitchen area and the closet in the bedroom area.

In the bedroom the curtains will be red and black as seen below...

And in the living room, I'm going with a muted blue...

I've decided I would like to add a printed black to the living room curtains.. But I can't quite decide which print yet. I wanted a print that would still read as black, not gray or white. So here are a few I've found...

The curtain for the pantry (in the same room as the living room) will have a pink piping between the solid black fabric and the printed black border (The kitchen is an original 1948 pink kitchenette with black and chrome details) so I want to make sure the print looks good on both the blue curtains and the pink piped curtains....

Have an opinion? I'd love to hear it. I'm leaning toward one of these prints...What do you think?

Friday, August 24, 2007

Interesting problem

The maintenance team keeps coming and going from our apartment. So I've just been peeking into the bathroom every couple of hours to see their progress. All I reported was a slow drain. Now we've got this:
That can't be normal.