I keep meaning to sit down and write a post, but I keep getting distracted… but hopefully you’ll get a few new posts in the next couple of days! I’m still going to do a separate post for the “Secret Sister” exchange I did with the Tacoma Modern Quilt Guild, but here are a handful of pictures for what I’ve been up to since my last post, more or less in order.
A Churro Birthday
A friend at work loves churros, so we had a churro-themed birthday surprise for her. I bought the cross stitch pattern above from Kristy at Armada Designs on Etsy, and it stitched up nice and fast, being nice and tiny 🙂 I tucked it into a 2.5″ by 3.5″ picture frame.
I’d also found a recipe through Pinterest quite a while ago for churro-flavored cupcakes from Sheryl at Lady Behind the Curtain. After the carrot cake cupcakes I made two batches of last month, I’m not afraid of making cupcakes from scratch any more! They turned out delicious (although a tad bit dry – next time I’ll reduce the baking time a bit), and the cinnamon cream cheese frosting was so good it was really tempting to sit down with a spoon and the leftovers (but I behaved myself). The recipe made about 28 cupcakes… and since only 24 fit in my cupcake holder, that left 4 leftovers for home! Unfortunately, I left the four out on the table after packaging up the 24 to take to work the next day… and left the room. Cats (Monkey, anyway) are kind of like toddlers – silence is incredibly suspicious – and I found Monkey up on the dining table with half the frosting licked off of one of my cupcakes!
A New Journal
Last year I’d tried out the Midori Traveler’s Notebook, but I didn’t really get into it. For a journal, the size of the notebook and the feel of the paper have to be just right, and it… wasn’t. I decided to give the general style a try, but instead of the Midori size and brand, I went with A5 sized Rhodia notebooks (in “lined” and “graph”), and a custom tri-fold leather “Fillion” cover from Little Mountain Bindery. They already made this amazing leather cover for the large size Moleskine cahiers, which are the same height as the A5 notebooks and the Midori inserts, but the A5 notebooks were a little wider, and they made a cover a bit larger for me! And, as long as I’m comfortable with inserts being different widths, I can use A5, Moleskine, and Midori inserts in this cover. So far, I love both the cover and the notebooks I’ve got in it. The Rhodia notebooks are really nice to write on (and cheaper than the Moleskine, go figure), and the lines on the “ice” color notebooks are lighter than in the traditional orange or black covered notebooks, which I appreciate. I hope to share more on this as I get further into it!
Cross Stitch Pattern Testing
In addition to buying the churro cross stitch pattern from Kristy at Armada Designs, I’ve been given the opportunity to test a cross stitch pattern for her. I’m a bit over-excited about this – I’ve never gotten to do any pattern testing before, and I love Kristy’s patterns. The pattern above is designed to be framed into a 6 inch embroidery hoop, which I hope to work on this weekend. The pattern was fairly easy and stitched up decently quickly. Mine would have been done sooner, except I had originally placed the top right flower in completely the wrong spot due to not paying enough attention, and had to unpick the entire flower (except the stem, which I hadn’t started yet). I’m really looking forward to work on more of her patterns!
The Necessary Clutch Wallet
I bought the pattern for the “Necessary Clutch Wallet”, and the metal clasp for it when I bought the wire frames from Emmaline Bags for the Downton Abbey bag that I made. I’d had trouble deciding on fabrics at first, and settled on the line “Ex Libris” for the front panel, lining, and pockets, and with that much bright fabric, the new metallic Essex Linen from Robert Kaufman seemed perfect.
I’d put off starting this for a bit, since I kept getting intimidated by it. This week, I got over it and sat down and got this finished in the course of two evenings. It went together easier than the Sew Together Bags that I’ve made, although if I make another, I want to use a stiffer interfacing for the outside than the Pellon 101 that I used to give it more structure. I love how it turned out, though, and I really love that it’s just large enough that my monster of a phone (Samsung Galaxy Note 4) in an Otterbox case fits inside the wallet!
Mia the Goof
This picture was too funny not to share. Destin has had this cooler for nearly two years. It makes a perfect lunch box for summer heat, keeping lunch cool and giving lots of room for water and gatorade, but he uses it year round because it’s kind of silly to have a summer lunch box and a winter lunch box. This past Wednesday was the first time Mia has shown any interest in it, and we looked over to see her perched on top of it, Queen of the Cooler. She stayed on top of it for a bit, sniffing and just looking around. Cats are silly.
April’s Block of the Month
The block of the month for the Tacoma Modern Quilt Guild this month was the Liberated Checkerboard Block. It came up a bit smaller than our usual 12.5″ blocks at 8.5″. I’d been thinking that at March’s meeting they’d said to start with larger blocks than the tutorial called for, but I couldn’t find that information anywhere else, so I winged it from the tutorial. Mine were smaller than some of the others, but hopefully they’ll be usable for one of our charity quilts anyway!
I know you won’t be able to believe that I stuffed this way at the bottom of this post, but I FINALLY GOT BABY CHICKS! I’d hoped to get them on Friday last week, but to my great disappointment, every feed store in my area had sold out of the breeds that I wanted (I checked). I’d made plans this week to head up to Baxter Barn in Fall City that was highly recommended by one of my friends, but decided to check one of the feed stores on my way home from work today to see if I could save myself a 3-hour round trip drive tomorrow, and voila! Graham Hay Market had the three breeds that were on my must-have list, and had a very pretty option for a fourth breed – the Wyandotte. Hopefully all of them make it to being proper chickens, but I wanted to get four in case one of them didn’t make it.
Prepare yourselves for an over-abundance of chicken posts, photos, and videos. These stinkers are adorable.
…I suppose I’d better start cutting and sealing the wood for the coop this weekend!