August 26, 2015

We’re Moving

And by we I mean me – the royal we if you will. A whole new website right over here. Except it’s all the same. I hope to see you there.

August 21, 2015

Banjos, trombones, whales

A few days ago I conversed with a stranger while waiting for banjo class to start. I do that now – play the banjo. Sitting on a bench, he was waiting for his jazz ensemble to begin. With a white beard, he looked to me like a sea captain or George R. R. Martin. We talked and he proceeded to tell me how he was forced to learn to play the banjo when he was young. He hated it. All I could picture was this man on a deck of a boat chasing whales and calling to them with his trombone.

Banjos whales and trombones

September 7, 2012

Sketchbook Archive | 09.07.12

Elevation and site plan of the Santa Maria Novella in Florence, Italy.

Basilica of Santa Maria Novella

September 5, 2012

Elevated Envelope: Incoming Mail

The latest round of The Elevated Envelope went out last month, and I have since received 3 great envelopes from around the world.

The theme was sweet and I received this super cute envelope from Freya in California. Freya blogs at here and pretty much everything she produces is super cute, I especially love her bunny stamp.  Her blog is chock full of inspiring mail and packages.  We should all send more mail!

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EE Incoming Sweet 4

The second envelope I received is from Emma in the UK.  She made this entire envelope from sewing together cupcake papers.  Brilliant! Emma is a jewelry designer and she has the most amazing floral inspired jewelry.

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The last envelope came from Elena in Canada, probably my favorite yet!  Her envelope is beautiful in its simplicity.  Check out that beautiful handwriting and those stamps.  Stamps from other countries always seem so exotic.  The envelope was made extra fancy by the use of a wax stamp. Receiving it made me feel like I was a character in a Jane Austin novel. Inside were a few things that constitute Elena’s sweet summer.  So perfect.

EE Incoming Sweet 1
EE Incoming Sweet 2

Making friends through the mail is the best.

September 3, 2012

The Amazing Flying Quilt

This is the strip quilt made from those previously posted fabrics.  We took at trip over to The Winspear Opera House for a fun photo shoot.  Strip quilts are fast becoming my favorite.  I especially like the combination of wide patterned strips with skinny bright solids.

Baby Girl Strip Quilt Reflection

I think it turned out great, the fabrics my friend Jennifer picked out really worked well together.  The perfect quilt for a new baby girl!

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Baby Girl Strip Quilt Hanging

I added a little something special on the back.

Baby Girl Strip Quilt Monogram

August 16, 2012

Elevated Envelope: Featured Mail

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I forgot to tell you!! My envelope was featured on Tara’s blog at the beginning of the month. Go check it out and sign up for the next round of mail exchange.

July 13, 2012

Sketchbook Archive | 07.13.12

This week it’s scenes from Murano. Murano was beautiful and wonderfully devoid of turists. It is full of window boxes, colorful shutters, and blown glass in strange places


July 9, 2012

Strip Quilt Makings

Another project I have yet to share with you! These fabrics were selected by a friend for another baby quilt.  A strip quilt this time.  I’m not going to lie, it turned out super cute.


Column 1: Kona Cotton in Corn Yellow, Cloud9 Nature Walk in Moss Ocean, Alexander Henry Raindrops on Posies in Pink Pastel

Column 2: Birch Fabric Storyboek Wildflowers in Cream, A Walk in the Woods Whisper Simple Dots by Moda, Windham Fabrics Cabana Blooms 33799-1

Column 3: Andover Fabrics Meet the Gang Birds in Teal, Kona Cotton in pomegranate, A Walk in the Woods Cloud Dash   

July 8, 2012

Sketchbook Archive | 07.08.12

Scenes from Venice.


Venice 1

July 2, 2012

Plus One

I’ve been delinquent in sharing my projects with you.  I made this quilt for some friends in Dayton who just welcomed a little girl into their family.  I’ve been wanting to try a Plus One quilt for a while now.  I think this is the quilt that made me finally decided to make one.  Our friends are a strictly University of Cincinnati family and so it was a red, black, and gray quilt for them.

True to form, I made a grid using AutoCAD and then used Photoshop to which fabric to buy.  When the fabric arrived, I ended up swapping out a few fabrics in an effort to make the selections look more like a baby quilt.  I’m not sure if I succeeded but I think the end result turned out nicely.



As an added bonus, I appliqued  a C-paw on the back which I then quilted around to bring the design to the front.

Believe it or not, I started this quilt last December but it was another 4 months before I finished it and another 2 months before I’m managing to share it will you.  I’ll try to be a little more on top of it next time.