Sunday, May 31, 2009

Grocery Store Shirt


Here I am trying to be all modelicious, and my strap is hanging out. sigh.

I bought this shirt on clearance last year @ Fred Meyer. (Go ahead and laugh at me. She buys her clothes at the grocery store! Ha ha!) I know. I'm cool that way. Anyway, I love this shirt. It's made of linen and I like it's shape. I'd love to make something like this, but don't want to rip it apart to figure it out. Does anyone have a pattern they could recommend? If so, please email me: joanna (at) greatturtle (dot) com. Thanks!

Sunday Stash



A perfect day for gazing at my fabric in the sunlight. These two pieces were a generous gift from my sister. I've been waiting for a while for them to talk to me and tell me what they'd like to become. Fabric, you're so pretty, but you must speak louder!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Pipe Dreams

I've been working on some projects that involve piping. I'd bought a pack of braided cording at the fabric store for $2.99. It was enough for one medium sized project. Then, when I was at my local Fred Meyer, I found this clothesline--100 feet of braided cording for a little over $4.

Here they are side by side. Hmmm. Can you tell the difference? Neither can I.

Just imagine all the things I could make with 100 feet of ah ah ah.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Weekend

I'm still in the midst of a fabulous long weekend. I'm enjoying my family and staying close to home.
camping in backyard

We camped last night in the backyard. My favorite kind of camping. No packing, no long car rides, no hair smelling like the smoke of a campfire, no walking forever to get to the bathroom, no piles of laundry when you get home. It was just me and the big boys. Dad and the little guy stayed in the house. Camping in the backyard is great. Especially when you wake up to this:


Note to self: next time bring earplugs so you don't have to wake up at 3:30 to the sound of the dawn chorus.

Carry on....

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Living Room

I've been feeling the urge to fix this place up lately. We've been here for a year and a half now and I can't really use the "we just moved in" excuse anymore to explain why there are no pictures hanging up on the walls. Nothing major here; just a few tweaks.

Here's my first tweak:
curtains before

curtains after

Ahh. So much better, in my opinion. Although my kids miss the old curtains and rods. I've been told I have to keep them in the garage and am not allowed to get rid of them. (They still tearfully remember the old sofa we gave away 3 years ago.)

Tweak #2:

on wall
Using the Martha Stewart method of picture placement to hang our collection of hand hammered aluminum.

Tweak #3:
pebble cushion
A couple of new (store bought) throw pillows (hey, I'm pillow-twins w/Willy*Nilly!). I'm almost done. I still need a large piece of artwork for the far wall. I hope I can come up with something soon....

Monday, May 18, 2009

Kitty Set

cat set
I made a apron and chef hat set for a little cutie pie for her birthday using this fabric and these tutorials. If I'd had more time I'd have made some oven mitts and hot pads. Oh well. I never have more time. If I did, I'd go overboard, so it's probably a good thing that I don't. Speaking of time, I love using the lack of time as an excuse not to do things I'm not in the mood for. As in, "Yeah, that book? I started reading it, but then I ran out of time." I'm not sure what that means, but it sounds funny, so I say it.

takeout box
My new favorite way of packaging these days: takeout boxes from my local wholesale food distribution center. No link to them. That's the place that treats you lousy (ok, lousily (whatevs)), but has cool stuff, so you put up with it.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Gargantuan Melon

The pattern is here.

I'm loving my chunky yarn right now. Size 10 needles. 2x2 ribbing.

It's all good. (overused phrase)

Phrase my husband is sick of hearing: Pay it forward.
Phrase I detest: 24/7

Monday, May 11, 2009

The Coffin (part deux)

One coat of leftover stain from the porch project, and the coffin is now a bit more camouflaged. Yippeee!!
veggie starts
My boys bought me lots of veggie starts for the garden as a mother's day present. There are serranos, poblanos, sweet bells (apparently I like peppers). There are 3 different kinds of cucumbers, including lemon cucumber (my fave). Also, cauliflower and dill. I'm most excited about the artichoke plant they bought. I've never had one before, and I can't wait to see how it looks when it gets big. There's also some corn in there. Yes, there's a real estate issue going on in the garden. When the plants start growing they will be pretty crammed. The kids also bought me packets and packets of seeds. I have lettuce seeds planted in a pot, and tomatoes in two other pots. I've planted nasturtiums here there and everywhere. Some are even along the edges of the raised bed. I'm hoping that they'll trail over the sides and soften the edges a little.

As you can guess from the photos of my yard, things are a little overgrown and out of control, so it sure is nice to have this small area I can micromanage. :)

Friday, May 08, 2009

The Coffin

I thought vegetable gardening would be out of the question at this house. We have many obstacles to overcome.

First, all of our best sunshine hits the driveway.
lots of trees
Second, we have lots of trees, which is wonderful for shade, for birds, and for tree climbing, but not optimal for sun-loving tomatoes.

lots of rabbits
Third, we knew we had a rabbit hole on our property, but some pruning of shrubs has lent us a view into the neighbor's property and, as it turns out, there are no fewer than 10 rabbit holes. 10!!! Since there is no fence separating our property, the rabbit holes might as well be ours.

What to do? We're not allowed to have fences in our sub, so enter the brilliant idea of the raised bed. It's extra high so that bunnies can't hop into it.
We all had a hand in building it. My hubby did most of the work, the kids contributed some hammering (and sweeping?) skills, and I got out my handy quilting ruler to make sure the corners were square. We're hoping this garden will make us feel more in tune with nature and allow us to be participants in our nutritional sustenance.

the coffin
The only problem is--it sort of looks like a coffin. :(

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


I did it! A successful little knit for a sweet friend's baby girl. The pattern is Lion Brand's Nature Baby Kimono. I used recycled cotton in rose coral. I really liked this yarn a lot. It reminds me of the twisted baker's twine that was all the rage a couple of years ago.

When I make items for others I sometimes worry that they won't use them. i.e. When I make quilts, I worry they won't match the decor. Ditto for clothes--what if they don't have anything that matches?

nature baby kimono
I whipped up some li'l matching baby shoes, couching leftover yarn on the front panel.

couched shoes

couching close up

If you're interested in where I got the idea for couching, here's my inspiration. Isn't that fabulous? :)

Friday, May 01, 2009


kitchen cotton

A couple of weekends ago I went over to a friends' house and noticed she had a knit dish rag made of kitchen cotton. When I asked about it, she said it was made by her great grandmother. She uses it a lot, and it's in great shape. Then last weekend I was over at my sister-in-law's. She has all these cute pot holders and a kitchen aid cover, all made by her grandmother. She uses them regularly.

I absolutely adore handmade utilitarian kitchen linens. I feel bad that my kitchen is lacking in this department. I don't have a grandmother to make them for me. So I guess it's up to me.

p.s. See, that's more bread in the background.