Where did I go the last couple weeks? No where, just not here apparently.
I don’t have any big finishes or anything quite yet but I wanted to share a few snippets of life around here lately.
Remember I set a goal to bake a loaf of bread every week this year? Well week two was pizza crust and may I say, it was amazing. The recipe I used, from Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Breads Every Day, made enough for five 10″ pizzas so I used two and froze the rest. Mine, pictured above, had roasted garlic, olive oil, bacon, caramelized onions, and fresh basil, with mozzarella, sharp cheddar, and feta cheese. Yum!
I spent a gift card at Marshall’s and got, among lots of other kitchen things, a lovely green Le Creuset pan into which, I promptly made blondies. I added whiskey and instant espresso to the batter and seeing as they spread so thin, it’s possible I ate twice as much :)
This is quilt three of three for Catherine’s nieces. I finished sewing the binding on the front today and will complete it tonight in front of the tv (Castle and Parks & Rec have returned!) and then it will be in the wash for all three followed by a photo shoot with Cait in a couple weeks!
I got a sweet Groupon deal for a portable iPod speaker system that a friend of mine had recommended. My computer speakers just don’t get loud enough when cooking or washing dishes and this is a great solution! It came with a small bag and strap but I think I’ll definitely be needing a much prettier one!
I actually made this a couple months ago but never showed it. It’s only 8″ square (instead of 24″) but now I’m not sure what to do with it! I think I might streamline it a little and use some in a larger quilt. I like these as minis!
When I started rearranging my studio a few months ago (no, I’m still not done :-/ ), I took down a couple pieces of beloved artwork so I knew they needed to be hung elsewhere. So now they adorn the hallway and I’m able to see them multiple times a day, and a couple of them when I’m laying in bed. The three on the left are done by the lovely Laura Lashley, the middle and top right are by Liz Simmons, and the bottom right is by Molly Bolton.
Remember when I mentioned a tattoo I got being part of a larger art project? Well the show is up this month at the Electric Moustache gallery and Evan did such a fabulous job! He took photographs of all of us that participated and our tattoos and made a video loop of our horses in motion. You can see the video here. It’s based on a series of photographs by Eadweard Muybridge in 1877 who set out to prove whether or not when a horse runs, all it’s feet leave the ground at once. Through the photographs, he pioneered stop motion animation. I love the tattoo and the show and I’m so happy to be a part of this project!
I’ve been feeling the need to sew clothes lately. I’m on the search for an easy, versatile top that I could make a lot of. This is Simplicity 3835, a Built by Wendy pattern that I had a lot of hope for. I’ve made the shorter dress with the ties before and it fit super awkwardly but I hoped the shirt would be better. And it’s not really. This picture actually isn’t bad but I kind of just feel like I’m wearing a bag :( There are darts in the back but it doesn’t give it enough shape. I could either shirr the waist or I could easily take it in but then I’d have to put in a zipper… I plan to work with it and see if I can’t make it better.
I ordered myself a couple things! I love getting books in the mail. I got a red sketchbook because I’d like to start drawing/sketching again this year (I haven’t done it since 11th grade), Denyse Schmidt Quilts (I didn’t realize until looking through it recently how much I love almost all the quilts in it!), and Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts.
Speaking of which, I’m excited to tell you that my friend Cait and I are embarking on a challenge in 2012 to make a project a month from LMP+QG! We have designated 12 projects and will be blogging about them the last Thursday of each month. I very rarely buy quilting books because I feel like I have to be drawn to a majority of the projects, so this is a good prodding for me to try some things I might not, otherwise. After flipping through a few books that Cait owns, we settled on this one because it has a range of projects, and because of the iconic Color Wheel Quilt. (That’s when I also realized I was drawn to a lot of DS’s projects so I threw that in my shopping cart, too.) Can’t wait to show some things off!