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Single Girl Quilt at Pottery Barn?!?!



Sisters. Emily just sent me this bit. Pottery Barn is carrying the Single Girl Quilt by Denyse Schmidt! The twin is $299. Queen $349. Sham, $69.

If you recall, I’m working on my very own with Anna Maria Horner prints from Which, is not taking as long as I thought it would. This is a great kick to pick it up again this weekend!

Oh, and speaking of Anna Maria, she has some REALLY cute new patterns out (clothing too!) including this free quilt download .

And, haircut a great success. No photos yet. But, I’m sure over the weekend. I also didn’t have time to make up new pants and I had to turn in the pattern today. And, next week is spring break. So, the new muslin will have to wait for another week.

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Next Year’s Christmas Gifts

After reading Lindsay T.’s post on the $975 sewing kit, I decided to google ‘sewing kits’ and see what came up.

Imagine the pitter patter of my little heart when the ‘Sew Perfect’ plaid sewing kit came up! Burberry like plaid and a sewing kit.

It’s pitched as a wedding favor and at $1.50 each I want a box to give out for Christmas next year to co-workers.

Christina said I should change the label/tag to ‘Hem your own damn pants’ and hand them to anyone who asks. I won’t lie. I laughed so hard I had to clean coffee off the computer.

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New Burdas

I am having slight heart palpitations over this new bag pattern in the 2009 Burda Collection. It’s #7684 and can be found here. I’m a little in LOVE with the red and brown bag. I generally do not get excited by sewn purses. But, I would make room in my heart for that weekender.

I’m also checking out knitting bag patterns. This one is #7674 and is pitched as a beach tote, but note the knitting needles in the side side pockets. There’s also an adorable cover up with this pattern.

The clothes are *ok*. I’d say a good third are from the magazine.

Trena and I have discussed before that Burda should include more accessories / bags with the magazine. Either of these would have been perfect!

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For the love of purple

The Ravens are in the playoffs. So, City Hall is bathed in a beautiful purple for them. I don’t watch football. I don’t hate it and I don’t resent it. I just kind of ignore it.

But, I hope they keep winning so I can keep seeing this every day.

This is Wolman Building next door.

I’m making the ‘Irish Cable Scarf’ and I have frogged (ripped out) this scarf for the third time. I had a good 40 rows this time. Why? Only one of the three cables had actually cabled and I decided the rest was a hot mess (no photos of that). Saturday night I met up with about six women from work who are all avid knitters. They were working on the most beautiful gloves, socks, sweaters and accessories. Seeing their work kind of me made me start over because I want to feel good about my project.

Knitting has taught me so much patience for beginner sewists. But, I don’t remember being this slow and this bad when I started sewing in high school. Was I oblivious to my clothes? Or, I just care more now about handcrafts?

But, I also realized I couldn’t talk, listen, eat or drink while knitting. I have to think too much!

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The Same Resolutions

I’m sticking with the same resolutions from last year when it comes to sewing. But, I’ll add this: No more orphans.

My personal resolutions are about the same every year, one is the same one since middle school. I’m also going to try and keep track of them here, which means to scope of my blog is changing. I was going to start a new blog related to resolutions, but, I am too lazy. And laziness, is what’s caused most of the resolutions below:

  1. Keep my nails manicured myself (unless I’m in Panama where it’s only $3 for a manicure)
  2. Stop eating out for lunch and cook more. Each year I do a tally and it makes me nauseous how much money I spend eating out. Especially for lunch.
  3. Spend money like I’m broke. I’m too old to still be admiring people who have fat savings accounts and wondering how they do it.
  4. Buy more local food. In Panama it was all local and so much better tasting and better for me. I think new jobs really come from small businesses that create jobs. So, I need to support the little man and think more about my food.

Yep. That’s it for this year and, I’m off to a good start.

I did my own mani for New Year’s Eve using an old OPI whose label has since worn off and a $1 polish from one of the many beauty supply / wig stores available in parts of the City called ‘Mardi Gras’. You can see it in the photo of the RED CLOVER SEAM RIPPER!!!! YES! I love my blog readers. Ginerva totally came through and they showed up this week! I have offered to name my first born Ginerva or Clover but she said that was not needed.

So, I have a dozen cookbooks. Half are Cooks Illustrated. I never fail with Cooks, so most of the recipes are from there. I’m not going to publish the recipes here because it’s in violation of the copyright. But, many many other people have done so. A quick online search and you should be able to find the recipe.

Food, Week 1:

Friday night. Butternut squash pasta from Cooks Illustrated, January 2009. It’s ok. I had to add a lot more pepper, salt, olive oil and parmesean to get the flavor where I wanted it. I also used whole grain pasta and penne from the shelf.

Saturday morning, cinnamon rolls (Baking Illustrated). I accidentally put in an obscene amount of butter. Still good. But, obscene.

Saturday night, peanut butter chocolate chip cookies to take to a ‘knit and knosh’. I am a terrible knitter. More on that later.

I’m making chicken tonight because I started to defrost it before I realized that the pasta was enough to eat twice a day for a week. And I think you can’t refreeze once defrosted, right?

I might have a skirt finished this week. Maybe even today. Very exciting