My Week: In Seven Slices

So, I have been intrigued lately by the posts on some blogs where they post 5 random thoughts from the week.  I like it and was thinking today, what if I did a weekly Sunday update with seven snippets of my week and/or random thoughts.  Could be fun.  So, here goes.  I hope you all have a wonderful week!!

Slice #1 –

Moving…Soon!  The love of my life and I are getting ready to move in less than two weeks!  I can’t believe it is already here.  I feel like it has snuck up on me, and I am not ready!!  I have been packing, and cleaning, and donating to no end, but I am finally beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel.  I found this photo the other day, and I had so many questions.  Did they still pack up everything in the house and move those things separately?  Have I ever loved a house enough to even consider this kind of endeavor?  What would motivate someone to move an entire house and would that house ever been the same again?  So many questions…

Slice #2 –

Shelburne Falls from Denyse Schmidt.  LOVE!  WANT!!  MUST HAVE!! Fat Quarter Shop why do you do this to me?? 

Slice #3 –

I have been looking for one of these for quite a while now.  I need water before I go to bed, and as my parents can attest from when I was growing up.  I tend to collect water glasses on my bedside table with my nightly glasses of water.  So what a perfect solution!  I beside carafe.  Much better looking than a plastic water bottle and let cluttered than a half-dozen glasses.  Now to decide which one…


CB2 $11!

Crate and Barrel $25

Classic Carafe and Cup

Poketo $39

Image of Off Pitcher + Cup 2012

Esque – love! but super expensive $220!!

Slice #4 –

This is the color palette that I am going with for our new living room.  I think the walls will remain white (or some shade of…I’m searching for the perfect color because I know the apartment white will be horrible!)  I am also thinking of possibly painting an accent wall either coral or navy or that turquoise, robin’s egg blue).  I will bring in the remaining colors with accents like pillows and art, which is why I’m leaning toward creamy, white walls.

White, coral, navy & a touch of gold

Slice #5 –

Possible paint colors.

Benjamin Moore – Coral Gables

Benjamin Moore – Key Largo Green

Benjamin Moore – Midnight Navy

Benjamin Moore – White Dove


Slice #6 –

New project!  I am going to make some of these for our new place…but it probably won’t be until after we move.  I love this color combo, and I’m thinking of making them for the master bedroom.  I have some great gray and yellow fabrics.


Slice #7 –

A new book to read – Between Shades of Gray.  For the last book project my students did, I had three girls who all three read and LOVED this book.  So, obviously, I “need” to read it.  The novel takes place in 1941 in the Soviet Union.  The protagonist is a teenage girl, excited about first dates and art school, but it all changes when her family is deported to Siberia and her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp. 

“Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth?  That morning, my brother’s was worth a pocket watch.” (Between Shades of Gray)

As with the new project above, I will also probably not get to start this book until next week at the earliest, BUT…we’ll see.  I am also very intrigued by Ruta’s newest novel, Out of the Easy

What slices of your own lives would you love to share?  I would love to hear what you are loving, reading, crafting, etc!!


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Aprons, Salt Water, and oh yeah…93 Persuasive Essays

This week I have been working on several things a little at a time.  It has been a busy week.  I got a lot of packing and cleaning done for our move next month!  Holy cow I can’t believe it is a month away (actually less than a month now), but I am super excited to move to our new place and have a new start.  As some of you may know, I am a Pinterest addict (who isn’t right?) and I am constantly pinning ideas on there.  I love Pinterest!  I have a lot of boards, although not nearly as many as some people have.  One quilter that I follow, Lori Holt, has over 200!  I don’t know how she even keeps track, but I love to see what she is pinning.

As I was browsing my recent pins, I noticed a pattern within my pins.  A lot of them have triangles in them, more specifically HST’s (half square triangles).  For some reason I have been drawn recently to these simple, geometric designs.  Like this great quilt and pillow, which gave me some great inspiration for my yellow and gray stash that I have been hoarding for a while now.  I just love the cleanness and freshness of these colors.

I am loving HST's right now.Flying Geese Pillow Cover

Another trend that I have been obsessed with is color palettes.  I am trying to decide on a new palette for our new place and I have drawn to the combination of coral, navy and gold with a touch of Tiffany blue.  See what I mean.

confetti wallstudio bon textiles @Schumachercoral_bells wallpaper by holli_zollinger on Spoonflower - removableColor Palette

So, what have I actually been crafting this week?  Well, Rebecca, a friend of mine saw a pin that I put on Pinterest of a super cute craft apron and asked me if I might be able to make one like it for her.  She is a Stampin Up demonstrator (visit her demonstrator page here and check out their awesome products!) and does craft fairs and such, and she wanted an apron with the Stampin Up fabric.  So, always up for a challenge, I said sure!  I had a pattern already for a craft apron that I thought would work with a few tweaks, so first I made a mock up apron using the pattern to see what I wanted to change.  I’m glad I made the mock up, because there were definitely some things that I wanted to change, most specifically the pockets and fabric placement.  The original had 9 pockets but the middle pockets are so shallow, they don’t really hold a lot, so on the second one, I made only two rows of pockets that are deeper and will hold more.  I also made more skinny pockets for pens and pencils in the front.  The second apron isn’t finished, yet.  I”m hoping to get it done later today, but first I must finish grading Persuasive Essay.  Any of you who are teachers, know how long that can take!  Ugh!

mock up apron

mock up apron

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in progress apron

I also got some new fabric for my stash!  I am so excited about these because I have been waiting for them to be released.  My mom and dad gave me a gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop for Christmas and I knew exactly what I wanted to get.  These beauties are patiently waiting to become something fabulous, if can muster up the courage to cut into them.  I was lucky enough to get both colorways: ripple and waves.  So yummy!

Well, as much as I’d love to stay and chat, I better get going and get working on those essays.   Wish me luck that I get them done today!  Have a great last week of January!!


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Amy Butler Teardrop Bag exterior

Amy Butler Teardrop Bag exterior

My first attempt at making an Amy Butler bag. Love it!

I’ve been working on this bag today to get it finished.  I bought the fabric and started making it during my holiday vacation.  Today I finished it.  It is really cute, and it wasn’t hard to make at all.  The fabric that I used is from Amy Butler as well.  It’s from her Love line and it’s called” paradise garden /periwinkle”.  The strap and top of the bag are a grey with white polka dots.  I don’t remember where I got this.  It’s from my stash.  I love the exterior, but I also love the lining.  It is fully lined (with a pocket to boot) in Amy Butler’s Soul Blossoms in “Periwinkle, Laurel Dots”.  I love how two different fabrics, from two different lines still coordinate because of the periwinkle.

These pictures aren’t the greatest, but they will work for now.  This bag is called The Teardrop Bag and it is from this book by Amy Butler:

I didn’t quite get the pleats on the outside quite right, but they work for me and it’s just the perfect size to hold my Nook color and/or my iPad.  I am very pleased that this is my first finished project of 2012.  The crafty year seems to be off to a good start.  Now I better get going because the new season of Downton Abbey is getting ready to start!!!  Can’t wait to see what those British are up to now!