Blog Archive for December, 2010

With some help from my gorgeous new Bay Area Produce Calendar (from Krank Press), Dave and I embarked on a little winter gardening last weekend. Admittedly, we’re either a bit early or a little late for a couple of our selections, but figured we’d give it a shot and baby them if we get a frost. At least the chard, lettuce, onions and hearty herbs should be fine. I have to admit, while there are many things I miss about the midwest, I was relishing digging in the dirt after hearing about all the snow my Minneapolis friends have been getting. Previously, my idea of “winter gardening” has been digging a hole in the snow to see if there was any parsley left alive down there.

Even if we did stray a bit from the recommendations in the guide (December calls for chard – check – lettuce – check – radishes and spinach, but doesn’t recommend our other selections until January or February) I have been loving the cool design and the great illustrations. I keep it on my desk as eye candy, and to remind me to get out and dig in the dirt.

Bay Area Produce Calendar, Krank Press

Nothing showing yet – hopefully this weekend!

rainbow chard

thyme and moss rocks

parseley, mint and rosemary

new growth on the pink lemon

oranges almost ready!

A couple of days ago I got a package from Cynthia at Fabricworm with the first cuttings of the new Circa 60 line I designed for Birch Fabrics! The prints look so cute together, and the fabric is wonderfully soft and drapey. I can’t wait to sew something from them! The fabrics will be available in January from Fabicworm, or wholesale from Birch Fabrics.

My crazy desk calendar says it’s December 3rd. How can that be?? You’d think Thanksgiving would be a tip-off that the holiday season is here, but somehow it always takes me by surprise. Suddenly, my plan for a relatively calm weekend of starting some sewing projects and spending time with visiting family is giving way to a frenzy of holiday lights, Christmas cards and shopping. All fun – don’t get me wrong – I just wish I had a couple more weeks. *sigh*. I was looking around on this morning to get some ideas, and did my little check for Monaluna stuff. There’s some super cute new stuff on there! I thought I’d share, in case any of you need some shopping ideas.
Enjoy the weekend!

organic travel blanket and changing pad from Crazy Bag Lady
baby blanket from Able Mable
organic flowerbed peasant dress from Alicia 3218
happy trees onesie and organic burp cloth from Oliver Handmade
organic crayon caddy from Crazy Bag Lady
monaco rag quilt from Sew Susie
zippered wristlet from Wooden 45
market chick onesie and bib from Babiease
organic planner/organizer from Cafe Boulet
galvanized bucket from Brody and Ma
large tote/diaper bag from Leslie Jane
podpillow ipod stand from Dog Named Banjo
organic blanket from Artsy Fartsy Baby
bunting flags from Giggleberry
baby bushka organic softie from Karla Cola
organic burp cloths from Stork and Me
organic baby blanket from Peanut Tree
keychain/wristlet from Little Birds Boutique
plastic bag dispenser from Chelsea’s Lovelys
organic half-apron from Crazy Bag Lady

7 months ago, a month before Anabelle was born, a couple of dear friends threw a little baby shower for me. I have never been big on baby shower games, but I took advantage of having a gathering of friends (and semi-willing participants) to do something I’ve always wanted to try: make a community quilt. Most of the people there were not seasoned sewists, so we took a no-sew approach and used Steam-a-seam to affix the appliques to sewing blocks, like little fabric collages. I was amazed at all the great squares we ended up with! Now, FINALLY, I’m going to add a bit of top stitching and piece them together to make a quilt for Bella. Here are a few of the squares I’m working with, and I’ll post photos of the final quilt when it’s done.