Saturday, October 23, 2010

proof #1

This is the first proof that I pulled this afternoon. I rolled the ink on it instead of inking up the press because I didn't want to clean it up for printing a few proofs.
Thanks to my cousin, Jessica, I changed "Decemer" to "December." It usually takes a few sets of eyes to make sure everything is correct.
One of my sisters said that I should make this into a calendar by printing all the dates for months on the bottom. That's definitely a possibility. Any feedback is always welcome!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Calendar girl

I am so fortunate to be able to rent studio space at the Genesee Center for the Arts and Education at their Paper and Book Arts Center. Last year as a fundraiser, all the renters collaborated on a calendar to print and sell. This year, since I am one of those renters, I am able to help with this year's calendar. Sadly, I don't have a month to call my own, but I am designing the back cover which includes all of the artists' names and information about the Center.
For the first part of my layout/design, I used various wood and metal type and set the months of the year. I'm hoping to print this in a pale, transparent yellow. The cover to the calendar is bright green this year and so I don't want my first layer to stand out as much. I will post pictures of my progress as things are printed. Here is my form so far. It took about 3 hours to do and I loved every minute of it.

...and in setting type, you always make sure everything is spelled right before you print and I just noticed that I misspelled "August." If you see any other mistakes; let me know.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

boy owl

The past few months I have been crocheting more regularly and only started crocheting little stuffed animals within the past month. I guess I thought that they would be too complicated to do. On the contrary, they're really easy! After my first post I present- Owl, a friend from college asked if I could make another owl; a boy owl.
This is the third and best owl I have crocheted so far. I think I'm getting better with reading the directions and crocheting continuously in a spiral. There's lots of stitch counting, so it's hard for me to listen or contribute to any conversation. (The owl pattern is supposed to be for an ornament, but I will be weaving the top end in.)
I hope the little guy that this is a present for likes this little guy-- boy owl.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

warm & cozy

I have a friend that is having a baby in December. She isn't sure whether it's a girl or boy, so neutral colors are safe when thinking about gifts. I came across this hat pattern on I had bookmarked the adult size pattern, but then found the same pattern for a baby (Mini Trick Hat) and knew that it would be perfect for this little one. I opted for taupe as the main hat and wheat for the earflaps and brim. The pattern called for Lion Brand Wool-Ease Think & Quick yarn. It sure is thick and quick; I had to use a K hook to get the correct gauge and it only took less than two hours to hook up... heh, I mean to crochet. I made the newborn size, but the pattern also has 12 mo and 3T sizes.
I hope this inspires some of you to get out your knitting needles or crochet hooks and help some little one keep warm and cozy this winter.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Window Dressing: Part Two

I think I work best under pressure, i.e. deadlines. I usually procrastinate; especially with papers  in college. My mother-in-law is coming for a visit this weekend and I really wanted to finish our living room curtains.  I was going to make a basic full window curtain, but my husband thought that maybe each room could be a little different. The new idea? Pinch pleats at the top. Brilliant! Five pleat groups on each side, three pleats to a group, one inch deep pleats. (See picture below.) Then I hand stitched the group together. And no, I didn't just think of this on my own and whip it up in an afternoon. I was advised by Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts, under "C" for curtains.

The fabric, from JoAnn's of course, is a woven home decor fabric, with pinks and greens. It's pretty much perfect. 
Like always, I conclude with Before and After photos. I hope I have awoken the inner Martha in all of you... it's a good thing.

Monday, October 4, 2010

the royal treatment

Just after my husband and I got married, we were blessed to borrow some furniture from my sisters; three chairs, a coffee table and a dining set.
The dining set is vintage with a white and blue porcelain enamel top. We were so happy to be able to use the set and didn't care at all that the chair cushions were faded and little stained. My brother-in-law had purchased fabric a few years ago from Fabrics & Findings in Rochester, but just didn't get around to reupholstering the chairs.
As of late, my husband has taken on this project (repainting and reupholstering) and I would love to share with you how it is going. So far only one chair down, but one is enough for a before and after picture, right?

The table top has a blue diamond pattern, so the fabric reflects that. Also, the fabric has gold in each diamond dressing it up a bit; taking it from the country to a night on the town. I think the Queen would approve.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


What better way to start a Fall Saturday morning then making French toast with homemade cinnamon swirl bread? On the side, coffee in a French press. Oui, oui!
Since being married, we haven't purchased any bread; we either use the bread machine or make it by hand. Last week I had a request from my husband to make a sweet bread, probably because he was bored of plain toast for breakfast. Out of my library of cookbooks, I found a cinnamon swirl bread recipe from Taste of Home's Best of Country Breads. It was a hit. A few days later I made a couple more loaves, one with raisins added and the other regular. The latter was a house warming gift for a friend.

French toast is my absolute favorite breakfast meal and so I had planned to make French toast from this delicious sweet bread.
I wish all Saturday mornings were this tasty.