28 August 2011


First of all, I would like to apologize, I have been incredibly negligent when it comes to my little space here.  I have dozens of blogs written in my head right now so I will try to get them typed up and out here in the blogsphere.

I started a new job in April!  (Woooooo Hooooo!)  I also started a workout routine shortly after and have been heading directly to the gym from work every day.  The hubs and I are trying to get into a new routine and I'm trying to get dinners ready or at least prepped on the weekends so we aren't eating at 9pm.

I haven't knit, I haven't been at my sewing machine.  I've read, but that's about it.  Oh, yeah, I read all 4 Twilight books in 10 days.   I read these three books and loved them all.  I'm hoping to get to see The Help next weekend with mom.

We have been staying home every other weekend or so, but even though we've been home, we've been busy!  We've spent several afternoons and evenings cooling down in our friends pool - thank you Ron and Sheri!  We did the original Detroit taste off between Lafayette and American Coney Island.

We are proud to say that we agree, Lafayette is the winner!  We drove around Belle Isle, because sadly, I had never been there.  It was a fun afternoon!

There was a wedding.  We spend some fun weekends with family and friends at the lake.  My niece is 12 (12!) and she is taller than me by a good inch!  Crazy!  And we celebrated our 3rd Anniversary!  Three years have flown by!  Love ya!
've cleaned out some closets and have several boxes ready to go to good will.  I made enough room in the closet in my sewing room that I was able to move some things around and make more working space.  I can get to my ironing board now!  It's great.

We spent the day at Eastern Market today with my mom and dad and had lunch at Loco, YUM!  Dessert at Cold Stone on the way home.  And I decided that it's time to not only get back here, but to start my second quilt!  I've had this magazine since last summer, I've had this fabric for almost 2 years, and KNEW I would make this quilt with this fabric as soon as I saw it.

So, why on earth has it taken me this long to start it?  I sat down with my cutting mat, circle template and fabric and got to work.  I'm altering it a little because I only had 24 squares of fabric instead of the 32 called for, BUT, my squares are bigger.  So yeah, it's altered a little.  I can't wait to get the quilt top together, because I found a long arm quilter and it's going to her to be finished!

I have some recipes to share and I did finish a few projects that just never got photographed toward the end of winter, so I will be sharing them soon.  I hope to be back on a regular blogging schedule soon!

01 April 2011

One Yard Wonders

I love, LOVE, this book.  SO MUCH!

I have a list of projects that I still want to make, but I did already check a few off my list. Like the Summer Nightie/Tank Top.  (P.137)  And my new sewing machine cover.  (P. 83)   I made one for my serger too, but I still need to hem it.

And my cute new jewelry roll( p.122)...  first attempt at zippers was a complete success.  Now I want to make little zipper pouches for everyone I know.  Watch out!
And my fab new laptop case(P. 100)!  This might be my fav.  I used some left over pieces and the remaining binding from my quilt.  I might make a sleeve for my Kindle now too.  

There are still quite a few more things on my to make list, but I think I made a good start!

22 March 2011

And the winner is...

Threadless!  I will be sending the tote in your direction!  Message me your address and I will be mailing it to you shortly.  Thanks for joining in the contest everyone!

21 March 2011

Reading Pillow

This one is going to live in my room at the lake house.  I find it very cheerful!

I loved Meg's pattern for a reading pillow from the moment I saw it and have now had the pattern for about a year (maybe 2?)   I've had the fabric and supplies for 2 pillows for a while now too.  Of course I need one for home and one for the lake...  I was on a roll after finishing the Charming Handbag on Saturday, so I began scouring my fabric stash and low and behold, the reading pillow popped out at me.  PERFECT!  I finished one on Saturday night and the second on Sunday.  I was so proud of myself that I took them to book club on Sunday night to show off my craftiness and my girlfriend bought one off me on the spot and requested 2 more!  Hence, the single pillow in the picture...  Oh darn.  I have to go to Joann's AGAIN and browse through fabric...  what shall I do?  
Here is the pillow in use.  It's holding Amy Karol's Bend the Rules Sewing.  I may be making these napkins soon...

Oh, and our Reubens on Saturday night turned out yummy too.

19 March 2011

Charmed, I'm sure...

I am absolutely charmed by this adorable little handbag from Bend The Rules Sewing.  I've had the Charming Handbag (p.64) on my to-do list for ages and it has been on my mind all week.  I am in love with the dots pattern. Seriously.  It's a bit on the tiny side, so I think I will make it a bit bigger next time around, but for the first time, I'm a happy camper.  I did use the Bend the Rules Sewing Flickr group a bit. And got distracted looking at all the projects for a while...  but this was a quick little project, love it!

I did make a couple of slight changes.  I used muslin, because I did not have cotton flannel.  It's on my Joann's list now, but none in the stash.  I didn't top stitch around the bag because a) it would have stitched over the casing and b) I just didn't think it would look right.
Aak!  The dots, such cuteness!
Changes I would make next time:
1)  Make the bag bigger.
2)  Make the straps longer.
3)  Make the casings a bit wider and move them down a bit more than the 1/2" listed.  They are quite close to the top.

Happy Belated St. Patty's Day!  We got a great Corned Beef from Wigley's Market in Eastern Market.  The best Corned Beef in the "D" in my opinion.  I actually roasted taters this year instead of boiling them, and we were pretty happy with the results.  Reubens on the menu for tonight!  

15 March 2011

Aid for Japan

The devastation that has hit Japan us utterly heartbreaking.  A wonderful fellow blogger over at Sweet and Savory Trinkets is doing what she can to aid those who have been affected.  To donate and see what she is doing, visit the link above.

14 March 2011

Etsy Shop Grand Opening and a GIVE-AWAY!

To celebrate the Grand Opening of my Etsy shop, The Blueberry Boutique, I'm hosting a give-away!  Leave a comment to get in on the drawing!   Follow my Blog and get another entry!  Like The Blueberry Boutique on Facebook, leave another comment here, and get another entry!  That's 3 chances to win this tote!  WOW!!!!

I will try to take a better pic in the morning when the sun is shining, but I want to get this out there first!  :-)

The drawing will close on Sunday, March 20th at 9pm!  I will announce the winner on Tuesday, March 22nd at noon!  Good luck!

If sales go well, I will be adding more items soon!  Thanks for visiting!

Almost Famous Rosemary Bread

Who likes Macaroni Grill?  Raise your hand!  Ok, so you love their bread too, right?  You know you do.  Hubby's favorite "reading material" is cookbooks and cooking magazines.  If I don't scan a mag as soon as it comes in the mail, it could be weeks before I get to.  But I always know right away when he finds something he wants.  Starting on Thursday (the new Food Network came Wednesday) the Almost Famous Rosemary Bread from Romano's Macaroni Grill was a hot topic around here.  I was going to make it Saturday, but we went out for tacos, yum!  Well Sunday rolls around, and I was barely awake when he started asking when I was going to make the bread.  Dude, can I eat breakfast first?

OMG,  Yep, it's that good.  Make it soon, you won't regret it!

13 March 2011

Summer Nightie/Tank Top

This turned out really cute.  It's the Summer Nightie/Tank from One Yard Wonders.  I need to wait for hubby to be around later today to help with the strap positioning on the back, but I pinned it so that I can post pics now.
I don't have pretty doors like some other people do
This was really quite simple once I actually took the time to sit down and read through the directions.  I think I could have had this done in just an hour or so if I hadn't gotten overly obsessed with flickr and google to see what other people thought about it.  And if I hadn't decided to be all fancy schmancy and do a cute stitch on my bias tape.  That was a learning experience.  I made the medium cup size, probably should have done the large, but you live and learn, and I have this same fabric in blue too, so I might make another one.  Oh, yeah, and this is definitely going to be a tank, NOT a nightie.  For one, I don't do nighties, I don't like to be tangled, shorts and tanks or PJ pants and hubby old t-shirts for me.  And second, my ass hangs out.  A lot.  So it's a tank for sure.
I think it looks really cute with the sweater from Kohl's that I have been searching for something to wear with.  Great, now that winter is almost (hopefully) over, I have an outfit!  Oh, and I found out that it's REALLY hard to sew with a cat on your back....

Once I reached around to pet him I realized that he was toasty warm in that spot because the space heater was blowing on him!  And everyone thinks he's a dumby.  Nope, not this boy.  Oh, yeah, and this was one of the times I spent more time than necessary reading unrelated blog posts because I just didn't have the heart to move him.  

25 February 2011

What do you do when you need a pin cushion?

Ok, what do you do when you need a pin cushion, but you can't even bear to look at, let alone touch the tomato/strawberry one's from the fabric store, or your grandma's sewing table?   You make one of course!

I have had Posey in my que on Ravelry for AGES!  It took me a while to decide what 3 colors I wanted to use, but I slowly collected them (on sale at Michaels!  2 for 1 deal!) and I found the cutest button, too.  So, I needed a small, easy road trip project a few weeks ago.  The Hubs and I finally headed north to my uncles for the weekend.  It's a 4 hour drive.  I got all of the balls done while in the car.  I stuffed them when we got home and sewed the button on.  Adorable!  And I have enough yarn left for washcloths too!  Another 2 for 1.  What a deal!  And big dashboards come in handy for holding lots of yarn!