February 26, 2008

Almost-spring scarves

I've been wearing these new scarves almost everyday.

I love how they're thin and light, not too warm. I'm excited that spring and summer are coming!

February 21, 2008

Placemat lunch tote

I've been using a small J.Crew shopping bag to bring my lunch to work everyday, and finally decided that it was time for me to make myself a real lunch tote. I saw some really cute placemats and napkins on clearance at Nordstrom Rack awhile back and bought them thinking I could make them into something *some* day. Yes, one of those purchases.

I wish I had more green fabrics for the lining.. this was pretty much the only one that seemed to work.

I thought it would be stiff enough since the placemat is a cotton canvas weight, but it's still a little too floppy. If I were to make something like this again, I would probably use some interfacing.

February 19, 2008

Shady greens

I had the day off on Monday, so went hiking with my parents in the afternoon. It was nice we got to enjoy the last bit of good weather for awhile because the rain came back today.

There was wonderful greenery everywhere, and I couldn't stop taking pictures of all the little greens growing on the edge of the trail. So inspiring.

I also stopped to marvel at this -- piles of folded newpaper artfully stacked and arranged between tree trunks. Yes, in the middle of the woods!

February 13, 2008

Rusted root

It feels so good to finish a project. I started this over a year ago and it's finally done - my first piece of knitted clothing for myself.

The construction is really neat because it's knit in *one* piece from the top down on circulars. This means no seaming at all, which was super nice for lazy me. (By the way, I really like that knitting is so portable. Much of my knitting these days is done in airports or airplanes.)

Okay, here's the knitty-gritty (haha):

Pattern: Rusted Root from Zephyr Style
Yarn: Rowan Cashsoft DK (4 balls + some)
Needles: US4 and US6 Addi Turbo circulars
Started: too long ago
Finished: Feb '08

February 10, 2008

Design House Stockholm

It makes me happy every time I look at these sitting in our cupboard. They are Design House Stockholm cups from our honeymoon in Scandinavia.

I think the patterns are absolutely gorgeous - simple but striking.

So imagine my surprise when I saw this while flipping through the Crate and Barrel catalog - exact same thing, also made out of bone china, except with handles! It turns out Design House Stockholm does make a version with handles. I'm pretty impressed with Crate and Barrel (though I guess with their Marimekko stuff it's not unusual for them to bring good Scandinavian design into their stores), but wonder why they didn't credit them the way they do Marimekko. Also, it's a bit less than what we paid in Stockholm (maybe because of the exchange rate) - go get yourself some!

February 6, 2008

You make my day

I really really love these fabrics. I'm just not sure what to do with them yet. Lately I've been leaning towards less "colorful" patterns. I still like Amy Butler-esque patterns, but there is just something about quiet patterns like these that hit the spot.

Lara gave me a "you make my day" award - how sweet is that? It's been moving through blog-land pretty quickly, which reminds me what a small craft/design blog circle this really is. I'm definitely enjoying it!

So here are 5 blogs that make my day:

Devon of Devon Industry. She makes the neatest little softies and has been doing some really nice things to her place.
Tia of silvercocoon. Amazing jewelry designer.
Jenny of Wiksten-made. She has such a great eye for fashion and makes gorgeous clothes.
Ah-yi. Her prints are so beautiful and she weaves (yes! weaving!) the best scarves.
Anh-minh. I love her posts - simple and inspiring.

February 5, 2008

Snow and snails

The weekend in Tahoe proved to be quite snowy and enjoyable. I took this as we were leaving so I can remember all the snowy whiteness. Check out the loaf on top of the red Prius in front of us!

While my buddies were out braving the slopes, I stayed in our toasty cabin and worked on these little guys.

I've long admired amigurumis and finally decided to tackle crochet after spotting this irresistible pattern by Amy Gaines at Bobbin's Nest Studio. It was a pretty beginner-friendly pattern and didn't take too long to finish. There's actually another little snail that goes on top of the mushroom, but I'm okay with it as is. I have a couple sewing projects in mind for this month, and hope to set up an etsy shop too with some paper goods.