Monster Work in Progress

Another To-Do list project: Monster Baby Quilt!  No, not an extra large baby quilt, a baby quilt with monsters!  I bought these monster “patches” from Jennifer of the Cotton Monster at Crafty Bastards last year.  I originally intended to make a new quilt for Caleb, but I can barely get that boy to sleep under a sheet these days, let alone a quilt.  I have about a bazillion friends who are pregnant or who have had babies recently, so Monster Baby Quilts just made sense…especially since Crafty Bastards is coming up again soon (October 1st) and I can’t bring myself to shop if I haven’t used … Continue reading

Chartreuse & Co

Chartreuse & Co is a magical place.  Tucked away, about 3 miles off 270, just before you get to Frederick, MD, there is an older Victorian style farm house. On the property, there is a barn. Actually, there’s three barns.  And inside of those barns…oh, the treasures!  They are stuffed from the floor to the rafters with the most amazing collection of vintage items you have ever seen.  Things from your childhood, things from your mother’s childhood, things from your grandmother’s childhood; displayed, used, repurposed; everything unique. I can’t even begin to express how much a love this place.  The prices are amazing, the pieces … Continue reading

Like Father, Like Son

I wanted to make a tie for Caleb for the wedding and then I thought to myself, why not make one for Bill as well? I’ve had this nifty Alexander Henry dragon print lying around for ages, and I thought it would make a nice tie. I like the scalloped design in the background. I already reviewed the Burda Osman Tie pattern I used for Bill’s tie in my post Holiday Gifts: Necktie.  I went ahead and left out the tie interfacing/interlining as I did in the last version, again this was quilter’s cotton, though not as heavy as the … Continue reading

Wedding crafts

My friend, Valerie, got married this weekend on the beautiful grounds of the Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, VA. Helping her devise items for the wedding was quite a treat. This was one of our “concoctions” so to speak. We found this amazing vintage washstand at Chartreuse & Co, a monthly vintage tag sale up in Fredrick, MD. There’ll be a post on that soon too.  Inside the upper bowl are little bottles of bubbles, and in the bottom, flowers floating in water.  The side pockets were designed to hold the programs using all materials I had on hand – linen from … Continue reading