Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Monday, July 29, 2013
A few months ago (oophs) I went to a cupcake decorating workshop at Cupcake Sweeties. Great fun and you get to eat your creations! The workshop had an amazing assortment of possible toppings - see that shaker tower? Yum!
I was so surprized about the overlap with modelling clay. Some of these molds are fantastic! Fern, anyone?
And the idea of combining them to get a 3D shape, great stuff! Pity they're so expensive...
Sunday, July 28, 2013
For Christmas last year, my brother sent me a stunning Jelly Roll (strips of fabrics precut and coordinated). I adore the different patterns and the colours are to die for! I decided to turn it into a strip quilt. While its not the first quilt I started I hope its going to be the first one I finish!
I got some soft white cotton and cut out strips so that I can have a randomised strip pattern. But I had a bit of a problem with the joining of the strips together as the weight of the sewn strips caused one side to stretch and I ended up with this unfortunate curve. After a lot of unpicking (once I realised I would indeed have to redo) and resewing - its a far more settled affair - I still need to cut wider strips in white to place around the sides and top. I'm hoping to make it a Queen sided blanket and already have the batting for the middle. Still not sure on the backing though and think I'll just go with a single colour.
Friday, July 26, 2013
I was lucky enough to get out of LA on this trip. I went out into the desert and visited pioneertown.
The Joshua Trees were so strange and it seems that I was lucky enough to be there when some of trees and other plants were flowering.
I also went on an interesting side trip to Palm Springs. It really doesn't fit with the rest of the surrounding landscape - far too green. But I loved the MidCentury Modern style.
I also went up in the cable car to the top of the local Mountain. Wellington's cable car wins on cuteness but this one covered some serious ground.