weaving wednesday!

It's been a while since I've done a Weaving Wednesday, so here we go! 

If you recall, one of my looms is from the fabulous Austin-based Purl&Loop. My little Stash Blaster is perfect for quick weavings and it's super portable! 

A couple of weeks ago Purl&Loop started sharing photos on Instagram detailing how to finish a weave without any fringe. This is something I've been trying to figure out for MONTHS. I've wanted to make some woven bracelets and necklaces but all the leftover warp was causing me ~problems~. 

Annoyingly, Purl&Loop was sharing photos only ONCE PER DAY. I just couldn't be patient. They told me that they had a video tutorial on their website! Hooray! I watched it and got straight to business. 

A friend had tagged me in an Instagram photo, knowing I have been wanting to do jewelry, so this photo was my inspiration:

You rock, @wovenhippy!

I warped up my loom and got to work...

why are tiny weavings SO CUTE?! 

It was all going swimmingly until the end...

Things got a little...bunchy. It didn't look terrible exactly, but it didn't look great, either. So I tried again on a bigger piece. I made this one while watching the Olympics so obviously it had to have a few strands of gold in it.

yeah, this is edited and filtered because it was on Instagram. 

Then came the tricky part of pulling on the warp threads juuuuust so. It took a while but it came out alright!

Look at those perfectly looped ends!

Now that I had successfully tried out the tutorial, I moved on to finally perfecting a bracelet and necklace!

bracelet in progress on my stash blaster

finished bracelet! 

And now for my proud finale. Necklace exactly how I envisioned!!!

the very beginning

squeeee! 
"looks like a prehistoric preg test"- one of my friends
"is it a quarter cover?"- same friend

I proudly wore the little necklace to church the day after I finished it and got lots of compliments on it! I know what every girlfriend is getting for birthday/Christmas this year!

some sewing

Ok new look. I'm tired of adding spacers all the time and half of the time they somehow get linked together and then I get frustrated. SO. Away with the spacers!

Earlier this year, or possibly at the end of last year, Anna Rifle Bond and Cotton and Steel announced the most perfect collaboration in existence: Rifle Paper Company fabric for Cotton and Steel!!! It was to be called Les Fleurs which is the only appropriate name for such a fab collab. The countdown was on. 

The line was just released at the beginning of August so you know I bought some as soon as it hit my local fabric shop! I ended up exercising extreme self-restraint and bought just 2 fabrics. 

has a prettier selvedge existed? the answer is a definitive no!

This is one of those lines where you buy yardage and then hem and haw forever because it's too beautiful to cut up. So I knew what I had to do. Purl Bee Lap Duvet. Yes. 

hand-tied as I usually do with lap duvets!

Well there you have it, short and sweet. My friend Maria called it "floral granny cloud blankie" which is obviously the only appropriate description. I slept under it despite it being approximately one million degrees in Dallas and it was utter perfection! 

Materials:
-Crib size wool batting
-Rosa Navy Les Fleurs
-Birch Periwinkle Les Fleurs

weekend reading

 

I've been reading a lot lately but haven't been very good about keeping track of what I've read #oops 🙈

So here's just a few things!

My most favorite musician ever has a new album out today. I was streaming it this week via NPR's First Listen and y'all....it's good. Like real good. Be sure to check out "We, the Drowned". 

The Olympics Buzzfeed page. Too important. 

21 Memes That Are Too Pure for This World. Perfect for a pick-me-up!

I want these napkins but I can totally just make my own. 

 

more on succulent propagation

 

I thought I'd write a little more about succulent propagation following Monday's post. Back in March, I co-hosted a dear friend's baby shower. As hostess gifts, she gave each of us a cute little plant. I got a succulent that was green and full of leaves and was looking pretty healthy. I was immediately a little worried because I haven't had the best track record with succulents! I have the tendency of overwatering them which is the worst possible thing you can do to a succulent. 

here's the succulent on the right and my little airplant next to it. 

proof of my overwatering tendencies- shriveled up leaves :( 

Not long after I got the plant, it just wasn't looking its best so I thought I'd move it outside to get a little more light. To my delight, it turned a gorgeous purple-y black color! But then I got worried. It started off so perfectly green. I started googling things like "succulent turned black" and all these horror stories of sunburnt succulents popped up. 

So I did what one does when one doesn't know what to do- I turned to Reddit. They were super helpful and told me that my plant was not sunburned, rather that I had been gifted an echeveria black knight and that it was actually supposed to be purple-y black! I felt like I had won the succulent lottery! 

my black knight! although I did some googling recently and came across the aeonium poldark and I'm wondering if that's actually what I have...

there's my black knight on the left and you can see my little propping leaves in-between the airplant and cactus. 

A couple of leaves fell off one day and I was just going to toss them out, but for some reason I kept them. Good thing I did because just a few weeks later I learned about propagating succulents from healthy leaves! And sure enough, my little leaves started sprouting roots and tiny leaves of their own! It's been a very, very long process, but I think I will get at least 1 new black knight out of it! 

tiny tiny sprouts starting

roots starting to come in! 

eeeek! tiny little leaves!

more leaves and roots!

big enough to get their own dirt and pot!

the one on the left is growing really well but the one on the right has slowed down a lot. 

black knight leaves propping alongside my new plant's leaves and rosette!

So there you have it, all sorts of propagation going on! It'll take a few days for my new plant's leaves and rosette to dry up and callous over on the ends and then I can move the rosette to dirt and let the leaves root a bit before moving them to dirt as well. Propagation is amazing!!

 

new succulents!

 

Yesterday I had lunch at one of my favorite little spots in Dallas, Corner Market. Right next door is Corner Market Flowers, where there is an assortment of cacti, succulents, and other plants. Their plants are always pretty healthy and displayed beautifully. Since I was there for lunch, I thought I'd pop next door and check out the succulents. I ended up coming home with 2 new ones! 

here's a photo of some of the succulents at corner market...I took this pic a few months back...if I knew then what I know now, I would've bought some of these! 

here you can see some little cacti next to the succys. 

I've been learning a lot about succulent propagation lately, so I went ahead and bought a plant that was probably going to just be tossed in the trash. It was so sad looking but the top of it and its stem were still quite healthy, so I told the girl at the cash register that I was going to try to bring it back to life. She was so happy and gave it to me for just $2! 

sad little succy- but lots of potential! 

top view. I loved the colors of the stem and top leaves and I can't wait to see how it looks when it's healthy again. 

As you can see in those photos, 2 of the leaves had fallen off because they were waterlogged. The ends of the leaves look great and I'm hoping to propagate them as well! 

this looks like it was a mistake, but it was intentional! 

I'm trying 3 different propagation methods with this plant- all the steps are outlined in this fabulous blog post

here is the stem in all her replanted glory. I'm hoping each of those little notches where leaves previously were will sprout a new baby. you can see her head in the background, which I am letting dry out a little before putting in her own pot. 

I was pleasantly surprised when I replanted this stemmy thing because the roots were so healthy! I was expecting them to be short and not looking good, but it was quite the opposite. 

The other succy baby was looking pretty good. She had one overwatered leaf but the rest of the plant was super healthy and I loved the colors, so I got her too. 

side view- the leaves point upward like that when they are getting enough sun :) 

replanted and looking gorgeous in her new home! 

Hopefully I will have succulent success and will be able to post some pretty update photos! 

 

weekend reading

 

This week has been long. On Tuesday I thought it was Friday. That's never a good sign. But here it is, Friday! I've got a crafty weekend planned this weekend and I am excited! 

On to the links!

I'm really lazy with reading books these days so I've run into the problem of starting a book and not finishing it before it's due date. I started Modern Lovers in book form and am now finishing it in audiobook form. Sometimes it takes multiple media to get it done! 

I want one of these scarves so bad!!! But they are all sold out! Not surprising considering how beautiful they are! 

I know what I'm asking for this Christmas. #nostalgia 

This article made me feel like I've been lied to my whole life. Probably cause I have been. You too. 

Headphones Everywhere. I do feel a certain serenity when I have my headphones on. 

OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS THIS ONE IS SO FUNNY. I could not stop laughing when I read this one. It's so dumb and ridiculous.

Kombucharita Punch. Yes please.  

Y'all know my obsession with constellation things. So obviously I want these ear crawlers

Death Bear. Only in New York, I tell you. 

I love this caftan but I also feel like I could 1. easily make it and 2. that it would look ridiculous on me. It is #caftanseason, though. 

Well, there you go. Another week's links to entertain, delight, and ponder. xoxo. 

 

the tomatoes that took forever to ripen

 

At the beginning of this summer I went with my mom to one of her favorite gardening stores. I wanted to get some fruit, vegetable, and herb plants, so I picked up some strawberries, cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, and mint. 

They started off as tiny green things and have morphed in the last couple of months into giant plants. The strawberries aren't doing too hot and ants keep getting to the strawberries before I can, but the tomatoes are doing well. 

That is, until it's time for them to turn red. 

They just sit on the vine, fully grown, happily green and light yellow and light orangey-red. They are taunting me. So many tomatoes, ready to be eaten, if only they would turn red. And so, I wait. 

 

weekend reading

 

Links, links, links!

Last week was tragic here in Dallas. In the aftermath of the shooting, I have seen the city come together like never before, supporting one another and our amazing police department. I'm going to participate in #quiltsforpeace by sewing some heart blocks to make quilts for the victims' families. 

I loved this weaver interview on The Weaving Loom. I wanna make cool constellation weaves!

I always think hand knit washcloths sound super luxurious and of course Purl would have a beautiful new pattern and yarn for some. 

What 'xoxo' Really Means. Hilarious! 

I'm attempting to propagate my succulent using this tutorial. Wish me luck! 

Also in plants, I really want this cutie!

This article about hospice care was so touching and really good. 

6 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Working. Good advice here. 

Jennifer Aniston, telling it like it is! YES AND AMEN. 

And here are things I intended to read this week but never got around to (ha!):
A Better Kind of Happiness
Can Attachment Theory Explain All Our Relationships? 
One Year Out 
The House that Love Built  
Mother, Writer, Monster, Maid

 

 

weekend reading

 

Since I haven't blogged in a while I have quite a few things I want to share! 

Now that I'm into embossing, stamps are something I'm interested in. I found this cute tutorial and now I want to make all sorts of stamps! 

I have been anxiously awaiting an update on this reddit thread. There are some pretty gross suggestions. 

I bought groceries to make these crispy cauliflower tacos (but have yet to actually make them). 

Living Simply with a Flip Phone. Ah, yes, the flip phone. I have one for work and it is HILARIOUS. I could actually see myself using a flip phone regularly if it weren't for texting taking 500 years or the lack of Instagram.

Why am I just now finding out about the magical amazingness that is Chef's Table?! I saw an episode randomly at a friend's house and now I'm hooked. The cinematography is SO BEAUTIFUL and of course after every episode I am starving for a fancy 3 star meal.  

My sister showed this to me and I have been laughing about it for days. 

The inspiration in this blog post is real. 

GET IN MY BELLY

 

Ok y'all, I love La Croix and I was into before it got trendy, OKAY. It's really popular now and here's why.

love love love this post from Joy the Baker. 

I find routines and habits so interesting, so this piece on President Obama's nightly routine was right up my alley. 

I've made this tea more than once since it's been posted and it is perfectly refreshing! I decided that it is a healthy version of Kool-Aid #sellingpoints 

Aaaaand some other links (mostly to empty out my "blog fodder" bookmarks, let's be real):
-I want this rug real bad. 
-I need to try this cute hairstyle
-Sorry, We Don't Take Obamacare. Ugh. I know this pain firsthand.
-I have been listening to a metric TON of Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop, mostly this song.
-Also have been listening to a lot of Marlon Williams
-And on love: Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person and also maybe just be nice to the person you love

 

embossing madness

 

Back in 2014, one of my best friends got married. Being the crafty person I am, I was asked to help out with some of the wedding decor and to do the envelopes. My friend wanted the envelopes to be embossed in gold and I was taken back to a memory of a Girl Scout activity. We stamped various designs onto cards and poured multicolored embossing powder onto the designs and watched as they magically turned to shiny pretty things when we ran the heat gun over them. The embossing for the wedding took quite a while and was tedious at times, but it reminded me how much I love it! 

Recently my Instagram feed has been full of embossing videos. Mainly calligraphers and hand letterers writing out various things and embossing them. This reignited my love for embossing and I had to get back into it. Luckily it was my birthday 2 weeks ago so I had some Paper Source gift cards. I also had an Amazon gift card from the e-book settlement, so I stocked up on paper, stamps, embossing powder, embossing pens, and a heat gun. 

Here are just a few of the things I've been embossing:

I've had this stamp since probably elementary school! I thought it was perfect for the 4th of July. 

I posted several videos of my various embossing adventures on Instagram, but Squarespace won't let me embed them :( Click on my Instagram link or icon to see more embossing fun! 

My embossing supplies:
Darice heat gun
Ranger embossing pens
Versamark stamp pad
Paper Source paper
Diamond stamp
Unicorn stamp
Cactus stamp
Champagne stamp
Piñata stamp
Flower border stamp
Silver embossing powder
Princess gold embossing powder

 

oh heyyy remember me?

 

Oops, no posts for over a month! Oh my! 

Let's see what I was up to...

I did some watercolor weaving:

I wove on my new Hockett loom (for those of you keeping track, that's 4 looms now):

I practiced soumak a lot using this video

I sewed a blanket for my friend's new baby boy! 

I made very slight progress on my seed stitch wrap

I went to camp! And on my break one day I took an obligatory coffee shop photo. 

I tended to some tomatoes. 

I wove some more (of course).

I celebrated my last day of being 26 under the strawberry moon.

And finally, I reignited my love for embossing. #embossallthethings 

Well, that was fun! 

 

recently in the sketchbook

 

Keeping a sketchbook is a concept that I have pretty much grown up with. Having done art classes for most of my life, the practice of having a sketchbook and drawing in it often was something that was sort of ingrained in me. I found it daunting to follow through, though. I loved the idea of keeping a sketchbook, but the pages were big and I was worried about making things look good. 

A couple of years ago I decided to take some of the pressure off of myself- nobody said I had to have a big sketchbook! So I purchased a small sketchbook, mod podged a cute collage on the cover, and suddenly, it was fun to have a sketchbook! It has been a great place for me to explore watercolors and lettering especially. It's just for fun, but I have had good ideas for final pieces come from my sketchbook and flipping through it is inspiring. I screenshot a lot of instagram photos, especially of color combinations I like and quotes to practice later. 

Here are some recent pages from my little sketchbook. I'm going to have to start another one soon! 

I'm super into moon phases right now. I've always been a fan of celestial stuff and it's starting to show through in my art! 

I want to make a large version of this to hang above my bed. 

One of my very favorite song lyrics- I practice writing this one often. 

My small sketchbook makes it a lot easier to tote it around with me, so I'll bring it with me various places, along with my travel watercolor set, and favorite brush

 

weekend reading

 

Cheers to the weekend! I have a lot of links this week- must be the warmer weather and my desire to drink cold things and do cool things. So let's just get right to it!

I think I'm going to have to get this kilim blanket. It is too perfect. 

Another home thing I want: kismet rug. My bestie just got this for her new townhouse and I have no shame about copying her gorgeous style. 

Next up, several recipes! I am obsessed with this avocado banana smoothie and I drink it nearly every day. It's refreshing and it feels super healthy. I have been fighting off the world's longest allergy attack (thanks a lot, Texas spring) and decided to give the old apple cider vinegar a try. I made it tasty with this switchel recipe. While babysitting the other day, I watched some trashy talk shows and knitted while the baby slept. I saw the hosts of some talk show make these eggs and I really want to try them! 

Crafty things! I have had a small constellation quilt kit from Haptic Lab for quite a while now but I have yet to get around to it...then this week I found out that they have a big version as well and I'm thinking I need to make it...eventually. Also in constellation news, I got this pin from Oh No Rachio this week and I adore it. I want to start a pin collection and this one was definitely a good first pin. I'm also IN LURVE with these petit point kits from We Are Knitters. It will be impossible to choose one! After getting my pretty watercolor painting last week, I now want a neon pink watercolor a la the flowers in the painting. I asked the artist what paint it was and she said it was Mission watercolor and I am assuming it was the "opera" color. Adding it to the wishlist! 

Now for some newsy-type things:
-Explaining feminism to bros
-Women's brains change when they become mothers- so cool!
-Top love languages for each MBTI category- ps I'm an ESFJ and my love language is correct! 
-This one is a tearjerker for sure: When do you give up on treating a child with cancer?
-YES to all of this. Let's stop it with the ridiculous "holidays". Please.
-Is staying in the new going out? I vote yes. Sometimes.  
 

 

 

wednesday weaving

 

Several weeks ago it was one of my good friends' birthday. This friend has admired all of my craftiness for the last several years and has mentioned how she would love to have a little handmade something from me. For several years, I've sewed her son up some birthday and Christmas gifts, but I had never made anything for her. That all changed this year. 

I was so inspired by this post that I just had to do it myself. I headed to Target to get some picture frames and then I got to weaving. Once I started making my friend's weaving, I loved it, so I had to make myself one too! 

The good thing about mini weavings is that you can make multiples on the same loom at the same time! 

I recently visited my friend for lunch and I was so happy to see my weaving proudly displayed in her entryway! She wrote me a very nice thank you card, saying that the weaving reminds her of me every day! Crafting for friends can sometimes be frustrating because they don't appreciate it, but that wasn't the case this time! 

 

new art!

 

Being a maker myself, I know how meaningful it is to support other makers by buying their art and following, liking, and commenting on social media. I follow TONS of artists and crafters on Instagram and I am always being inspired by all their work. 

A few weeks ago, 2 of my favorite artists posted some affordable items for sale on Insta and I acted very quickly and snagged some gorgeous new art for my home! 

First up, one of my absolute faves: Elizabeth Pawle. I first found Elizabeth on the Search page of Instagram. I was immediately enamored with her Scatterings wall hangings in which she weaves a background and embroiders various little stitches onto the woven piece. She also has some wall hangings that she embroiders and paints on. I have been a big fan of her work for a while, so when she posted on Insta that she would be updating her Etsy shop with some affordable wall hangings, I made sure to set an alarm so that I could snag one as soon as they hit the shop. I ended up with this gorgeous beauty:

The very same day, another favorite artist, Jennifer Vallez, posted on Instagram that she would be selling some illustrations from her sketchbook. As I was scrolling through all the illustrations for sale, I spotted one that I just had to have. I have followed Jennifer for a while on Instagram and I just love her sweet illustrations! Her drawing and painting styles are so cute and very chic. 

I now have both pieces in my possession and displayed and I am loving them both so much! Thanks, Elizabeth and Jennifer! 

 

weekend reading

 

Oh heeeeeey. I have a blog. I didn't forget. I just didn't post, ya know? But I've been saving up some links so I might as well dump them all out here. 

I'm loving this pretty hair pin. If I bought it, maybe I would actually wear my hair down??

Iceland's Water Cure. This article had me nostalgic about all the many summer days I spent at my neighborhood public pool. I celebrated many birthdays there and I have only good memories of swimming for hours at a time, whining when it was adult swim time, and leaving with red eyes from all the chlorine. Makes me want to go swim right now! 

All these pretty watercolor squares! I want to do this and use it as art. So pretty! 

Now that I've been weaving for about 6 months, I want to start branching out and trying new things with it. I think making waves is a good start. 

How to Get Your Body Caftan Ready for Summer. I LOVE THIS ARTICLE SO MUCH. 

Literally lol'd while reading this article on the un-necessity of lemon zest

Just like every other fashion/style aspect, home design has trends and a major one right now is white walls, minimalistic decor, and lots and lots of plants. The White Wall Controversy. I don't care what anyone says, I like the white walls and minimal decor! 

And finally, it's not weekend reading without a screenshot from a random Buzzfeed article. I had run across this one before, but this time I made sure to screen shot it so that I could look back on it and smile. 

SO SWEET

 

tutorial: reversible lined stowe bag

 

Like many other social-media savvy sewists, I have seen the Grainline Studio Stowe Bag making the rounds on the web and Instagram lately. The bag looks perfect- functional, adorable, and easy. There's only one problem- it's not lined! For me, an unlined bag is not ideal. Grainline, of course, has a great way of finishing off the seams in the Stowe Bag, but I was finding myself not wanting to make bias binding to make the bag, and I also just really wanted a reversible Stowe. I was inspired by this page in Glamour:

Check out the prices on these...um wut. I can DIY for like $15!

The Stowe Bag was a collaboration between Grainline Studio and Fringe Supply Co. and was intended to be a project bag in which one can stow their craft project and necessary materials. As I was going for more of a purse, I eliminated the pockets. I also did not include the optional permanent gusset. I love the way my bag turned out, so I thought I'd share a tutorial in case anybody else wanted a reversible lined version. I also wanted this tutorial to highlight Step 13 of the pattern as it can be kinda tricky to understand. 

Here's what you need to make a reversible lined version of the bag (does not have pockets or the bias tape). Unless otherwise noted, I used a 1/4" seam allowance throughout the entire assembly of the bag:
-Grainline Studio Stowe Bag pattern
-2 half-yard pieces of fabric (this is for the small size; you can choose pretty much any fabric- I used quilting cotton in this version but heavier fabrics would be great too!)
-The usual sewing supplies (machine, thread, scissors, iron and ironing board)
-Useful but not totally necessary: seam gauge. 

1. Print and assemble the PDF pattern pieces for the small Stowe bag, then cut out the pattern or just cut out the pattern if you have the paper version. 

2. This step is VERY IMPORTANT. For the regular version, you don't want to do this, but it is absolutely essential for the lined version. Fold the extra strap part in toward the center of the pattern piece. 

3. Trace your pattern onto your fabrics. If your fabric is directional, make sure to pay careful attention to the grainline marking on the pattern. Cut 2 pieces from each fabric.    

4. Follow steps 8 and 9 of the Grainline pattern. You'll then skip steps 10-12 because there is no bias tape in this lined version. 

5. Now you have made it to the dreaded Step 13! This step is super easy once you figure out what to do. It took me forever to understand it and I couldn't find anything online about how to do it, so here is everyone's guide to Step 13 of the Stowe Bag! Fold in each side of the bag 3 inches and then press. Repeat for the 2nd fabric. 

Literally just fold it on itself. 

6. After you complete the rest of Step 13 of the pattern, turn one of the bag pieces right side out and leave the other one inside out. Put the right side out piece inside of the inside out piece so that the right sides are touching and the wrong side of the outer fabric is facing you. 

7. THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP. Clip/pin the "neckline" of the bag, lining up the inner and outer pieces, then sew together. 

8. After sewing around the "neckline", it is time to press in 1/4" around all 4 "armhole" pieces.

9. Now it's time to get clip/pin happy. Turn your bag right side out. Then, line up your inner and outer "armhole" pieces and clip/pin all the way around the "armhole", making sure there are no puckers and that everything is flush. Then, edgestitch the "armhole" pieces together. Repeat on the other "armhole". 

Edgestitch a scant 1/8" from the edge of the fabric. 

10. This step is optional, but I think it makes the bag look more professional: iron the "neckline" of the bag, making sure the lining and outer fabric are lined up. Then, edgestitch around the "neckline". 

This is what your finished bag should look like: 

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When you flip your bag inside out, it should look equally great!

The fabric combinations are endless with this bag. I also made a fun glittery linen and printed denim version!

 

weekend reading

 

Last weekend I went on a craft retreat, thus the silence the last several days! I was busy working on some projects that I am going to show on here, but the process pictures are no fun without the finished result! Therefore, I have a ton of links to share! 

Transitioning from winter to spring...mentally

From time to time, I get in a rut. I think we all do. This list is perfect for getting yourself out of a rut. At the very least it will be fun and good for you! 

White Chocolate Cherry Cookies? Um yes please. 

It's spring and beautiful, so I find myself daydreaming of bike rides. The only problem? I don't have a bike. I found this one, though, and I just might have to get it! 

Buzzfeed's at it again with the hilarious comments on their articles. This article is about creepy things at the Denver Airport and this comment thread made my day: 
 

Crafty things. I've always been into celestial stuff and thankfully celestial stuff is a trend right now, so I'm happy! I LOVE these constellation quilt blocks and Hawthorne Threads' new Celestial fabric line

Also in DIY: framing a woven wall hanging. I love weaving but there's only so much you can do with it. I love this idea for an alternative way of hanging a weaving! 

Still looking for my Mr. Darcy...and apparently he is still looking for his Ms. Bennet

Also in relationships, this: spoken boundaries are good

 

patchwork pouch

 

I have this thing about zipper pouches. I just can't stop making them. Luckily I am not the only one with this "problem". A lot of sewists I follow also can't resist the allure of a new zip pouch. They are just so darn useful and they're a great way to use fun zips and fabrics! They are easy to make and very versatile. 

A few weeks ago I was reading a favorite embroidery blog, Wild Olive, and I saw this ADORABLE patchwork heart hexi. I knew I had to make one and I knew it needed to be a part of a quilted zip pouch. Even though it was still Lent (I gave up unnecessary spending...oy vey), I headed to the fabric shop and bought some low volume fabrics that would work with one of my favorite Dear Stella scraps that I have been hoarding away for a few years. I have never done an improv patchwork project before, so this was a new experience. I love the way it turned out! 

Part of the reason I started this blog was to document details of my projects in case I wanted to do them again...well that doesn't work when I don't keep track of said details! I have no idea what my measurements are for this pouch...finished size is somewhere around 7" by 9". The zip is a 9" metallic zip and that's about all I know for sure! 

already adorable!!

obviously I posted this one on Insta

quilted! I sent this pic to a friend and she said it made her feel like she needed to floss. 

the back looked super cool! 

LOVE!!

 

weekend reading

 

It's been a few weeks! I haven't been reading too much online in the last couple of weeks due to trying to finish up multiple library books (whyyyy does that always happen to me...I keep putting books on hold and despite being in very different parts of the waiting lists for each book, I still inevitably get them within the same few days!) and doing some work reading. But I'm back for this week! 

Magic Beans. The last line of this story had me literally laughing out loud. 

Teaching Men to Be Emotionally Honest. YES. Yes yes yes. So good. 

When Did Porn Become Sex Ed? Another really good one. 

This article made me feel so much better about my life. Hooray for emerging adults!

I recently purchased this bluetooth adapter for my 2005 car and I feel like it is not an exaggeration at all to say it is life changing. I may actually get caught up on podcasts(!).

This elite facebook group thing is weird but I also want to join??

Little cat ring dish! So cute!

This backpack is super cute. Contemplating! 

I'm going to see Sarah Jarosz in a couple of weeks, so I've been listening to her last album a lot. So excited!