Week 16 Inspiration

This week we are smack in the middle of moving. Having various stuff piled everywhere in both houses stresses me out a little. But once we are all done it will be worth it.

green counter stools
These stools have been on my wishlist for a long time, and I’m so glad we got them in this cheery green color.

old book box
Old book box. One of my relatives wrote the Boris Borborygmus book. The sad guy on the cover (and the book itself) is strange, and I dig it.

church cookbook collection
Cookbooks before they go in their box. I’ve got a collection going of church and family cookbooks. Some of the recipes in here are magical, and some seem a little crazy. I love it.

haywood and the broken dishes quilt
The pup had me nervous this week. He had some blood tests come back with elevated liver enzymes. After a month of pills, nothing had changed in the levels, so we took him in for an ultrasound. Glad to report that everything is looking alright, and the vet didn’t find any major issues, just some slight inflammation. He should be ok. Whew!

circo hermanos vazquez
This crazy circus tent caught my eye.

Sam and Maisy guitars
Sam and Maisy are guitar heros! I loved hanging out with our friends Aaron and Jessica and their cute kiddos recently.

fuzzy green fruit
These fuzzy green fruits on my tree are making me happy.

This weekend I’m looking forward to working on my latest quilt, and sharing a teeny tiny quilting project with you! Look for it on Sunday.




Week 15 Inspiration

Week 15 has been fantastic. I got to spend time with friends this weekend, and Monday was my birthday! That night John and I went to grab dinner at Contigo, and while we were there a crazy thunderstorm hit. The wind was blowing like crazy and it was pouring rain…but it was secretly kind of fun to be under the patio at that moment.

Here are some of the more lovely moments from my week. And as always, you can see past Weekly Inspiration posts here.

key lime whoopie pies
I made these key lime whoopie pies this weekend for a get together. They were a HIT.

playing settlers of catan
A few of the people of said get together.

settlers of catan pieces
I know it seems like we play a lot of Settlers of Catan. That’s because we do – NO SHAME!

Ice Cream Machine Legos
John and I continued our new birthday tradition (posted in Week 4) of Lego-building. Building Legos just never gets old! I picked out this Ice Cream machine and the Cloud Cuckoo Palace from the Lego Movie sets.

colorful quiet moment
A colorful quiet moment.

vintage seed packets
I found these seed packets in the storage closet at the new house.

1988 seed packets
The seeds are from 1988, what the heck?! I think I might plant ’em.

babylock free-motion quilting foot
Today I was able to get the sewing machine foot I was needing for free-motion quilting. I had to go to 3 different stores, but I finally got it!

babylock feed dogs removed
I even figured out how to remove the feed dogs on my sewing machine, after a lot of confusion. Some machines allow you to simply lower the feeds dogs, but mine was a bit trickier.

free-motion quilting practice
Crappy practice “L.” It’s pretty bad…but I guess it could be worse?

Of course I’ll do some real practicing with more layers of fabric, and I can’t wait to share my free-motion progress here. Until then, hope you all have a lovely rest of your week!

Week 14 Inspiration

Heyyy April! I can’t help feeling extra excited about this week with the lovely weather we’ve been having in Austin. Also looking forward to fun plans this weekend. Here’s to Week 14 of 2014!

Aerial advertising
This type of advertising seems a little excessive, right?

jungle of a backyard
I’ll miss this jungle of a backyard when we move in a couple weeks.

Ham enjoying the backyard
Hamilton will miss the yard, too. He’s not allowed to venture outside at the new place until we get a proper fence put up.

watercolor pet art
The current art above my desk – quick watercolors I did of my sweet animals.

Austin bookclub
Some of my bookclub lady friends. In March, we tried reading Gravity’s Rainbow, by Thomas Pynchon. We failed. On to the next (hopefully easier) book!

sad fiddle leaf fig
This is what I get for neglecting my fiddle leaf fig – it’s not doing well and I feel like a terrible plant parent. I’m going to try my best to bring it back from it’s current withered state!

Michi Ramen
Takeout from Michi Ramen. It’s the best, and this photo doesn’t do it justice.

Gene Stratton Porter & Elephant bookends
My little Gene Stratton-Porter book collection and the awesome gold elephant bookends made by our wonderful friends Aaron and Jessica.

Wish me luck this week as we start packing things to move! Currently, I’ve moved all of two chairs over to the new house. (And even that was a pain!) Hey, at least now we have somewhere to sit. I’m calling that progress.

Week 13 Inspiration / Kentucky edition

I’m back from my trip to Kentucky! Visiting my sister and her family was great. Here are some of the fun photos from our time there. I’d love to go back in the summertime, I hear it’s even more beautiful then.

having fun outside
It was so fun spending time with my nephew Reid. He is such a cutie!

Big Four Bridge
We visited the Big Four Bridge that stretches across the Ohio River to Indiana.

Walking across the Big Four Bridge
We didn’t make it all the way across, got tooooo cold.

Louisville Skyline
Downtown Louisville as seen from the bridge.

Reading Star Wars books
Audra and Reid reading his favorite Star Wars book….adorable.

There are crazy cats at her house, too.

the most awesome flea market in the world
Drove by “The Most Awesome Flea Market in the World” but didn’t stop in to verify if this was true. Next time!

Kentucky Quilt Trail
I noticed some buildings with large quilt blocks on the sides. Did a little research and found that they are part of the Kentucky Quilt Trail. Thought that was so neat!

Glendale quilt shop
In Glendale, we stopped in the shop shown above with the quilt block. Everything they sold was made in Kentucky (I picked up some bourbon-flavored coffee!) And there’s a little quilt shop upstairs.

Reid and Aunt Laura
Love this little boy.

I had a really great time in Rineyville. Happy birthday, sis! I can’t wait until the next visit!

Week 12 Inspiration

Tomorrow I’m headed to Rineyville, Kentucky! I’m off to visit my big sis for her birthday and see her adorable family. I am so, so excited to see my sweet nephew and get to spend time with them.

I’ve got an early flight to catch in the morning, so let’s get straight to it. Here’s my week in photos, starting with a picture of my Mushroom cat.

Sweet little Mushroom
Those little paws!

Gray day Austin skyline
Austin skyline on a gray day.

Ham the cat
Another cat picture, why not? It’s rare that this cat sits in my lap…it had to be documented.

broken dishes quilt
Relaxing for a minute. Sorry I put my shoes on you, quilt!

AeroPress coffee maker
Weekend coffee-making is serious business.

Using the AeroPress
Using the AeroPress. I still haven’t tried the inverted method.

week 12

I’m skipping this weekend’s crafty post since I’ll be out of town, but I’ll be back next Wednesday with a Kentucky edition of my weekly photos!

Week 11 Inspiration

This week in Austin, SXSW is in full-swing! I probably won’t make it for most of the festivities, but there are always a few that sound too good to pass up. Last weekend, for example, John and I made our way to the Gaming Expo at the Palmer Events Center. Check out photos from that day and lots more of my weekly inspirations below!

kami game design
I liked the design this game had at their booth. It’s a puzzle app that actually seems kinda neat.

giant settler's of catan board
I got really nerdy and excited when I saw people playing on this Giant Settler’s of Catan board. Remember the photo I shared of my friends and I playing last week? Apparently a fan of the game made it, and let the makers use it for the Expo. Now THAT is some dedication to Catan.

John Oculus Rift
Here’s John trying out the Oculus Rift. (It’s a virtual reality headset for gaming)

3D Printer
A 3-D printer making something cool!

This weekend, the Renegade Craft Fair will be taking over the Palmer Events Center. If you are in Austin and you love crafts as much as I do, you have to check it out! I can’t wait to see what kind of creative and beautiful stuff will be there.

rusty shed pattern
Rusty shed patterns.

elm creek quilt series
Guys, did you know there is a whole series of novels about quilts? I saw this at the bookstore and the cover caught my eye. Seems kinda cheesy, no? But I love quilts and I love books, so maybe I’ll have to give it a chance.

Gravity's Rainbow
Speaking of books – this month my book club is reading Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. Not gonna lie, it’s been tough. I’m struggling to keep up with what’s going on, so I’m anxious to talk to my book club ladies about this one.

Celebratory margarita….I saved the exciting news for last. Today we closed on a HOUSE! I’m hoping to have some photos of our new place and share more about our home buying process very soon.


Week 10 Inspiration

Week 10 went by in a flash. Here are some photos from the past few days. It’s been such a good week!

hamilton on the flying geese quilt
Hamilton has decided to make my new flying geese quilt project his nap-zone.

Playing Settlers of Catan. That hand is reaching for my precious clay cards. Any other fellow Catan-lovers out there?

rainy day with petals on the concrete
Rainy concrete, decorated with lots of little petals.

porch chairs on a nice day
That rainy day was followed by a lovely sunny one.

little czech bakery bag
Making a pit stop at the Czech Stop in West, Texas is suggested when you’re on your way between Austin and DFW on I35 Highway. I just had to grab some kolaches at the Little Czech Bakery. I like the cute little guy on the bag.

pepperoni kolache from the czech stop
Pepperoni! According to their website, they’ll ship pastries right to your door.

On Sunday I’m excited to be sharing a tutorial on the easy way to make flying geese quilt blocks, so stay tuned!