Archive for the ‘Shopping’ Category

My New iPad Mini Case

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

I am so in love with this. I bought this from Life Geekery a while back, and I’ve had it for about a month now. They’re made to order, so you do have to be patient for a few weeks until it ships. But they have some other amazing character interpretations (Dr. Who, Star Wars), not just Harry Potter. And you can order for a Kindle, iPad, Mini, etc. You do have to get used to carrying Harry upside down, the opening is at the bottom. Small price to pay for greatness.

This is probably my favorite purchase for myself so far this year.



Saturday, April 13th, 2013

The last stop on our week-long, whirlwind spring break road trip through New England was Vermont. We were only there for 1 night, and we stopped in Montpelier before heading up to Stowe to see how the other half lives.


Portland, ME

Friday, April 12th, 2013

I’m taking forever to get these road trip photos up, but life keeps getting in the way.

After we left Boston and Plymouth, we headed to Portland, ME. I loved Portland. Really we spent most of our time in Maine eating, and that’s a pretty perfect vacation as far as we’re concerned. We’d heard about the food scene up there for ages but finally got to experience some of it.

Our first night in Portland, Monday night, we made a pilgrimage to Duckfat, a place we’d heard of any time the Portland food scene was mentioned. It was behind our hotel, so as pilgrimages go it was pretty lightweight, but I could have eaten every single meal here. The duckfat fries are everything you’d think they would be, with amazing dipping sauces to choose. And there’s just something about a perfect bowl of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich on a chilly night that nothing else on earth can rival. They do it right here. Ugh, it’s pouring here in NJ today…now I want that meal again.


Dr. Seuss Quilt Pt. 1

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

So I’ve had this Dr. Seuss fabric for a while now, at least a couple of years. I have 3 different collections of Dr. Seuss fabric and have never thought of a great project for them. But I’ve been working for weeks with the PTA on Read Across America projects for tomorrow, so I’ve had Dr. Seuss on the brain. It was time to make Hannah a new play quilt (she’s been taking this one to her sitter’s all year) and I thought a lift-the-flap quilt would be really cool for her at this age. So I’ve been inspired, and I thought it would be a fun quilt to work on leading up to her first birthday.

I’d seen a couple of examples on Pinterest that I liked, but none were quite right. So I’ve been experimenting with some design ideas and finally came up with a block that I’m really loving. A simple 4 patch using 2 squares of the text fabric and 2 squares with characters. The character¬† squares are under the flaps, which are all made with various stripes and dots from my Grinch and Cat in the Hat fabrics. So at first glance it’s just text, dots, and stripes. But there are surprises under every flap. Every square I cut was 6.5″.

I’m using black fabric as the sashing between blocks, so the top right flaps were attached when I sewed those strips on.

The bottom left flaps were pinned and sewn in when I sewed the 4 patches together.

This actually ended up using way more fabric than I’d originally realized, because I’m making 16 blocks total. But it’s coming together so quickly.

To make the flaps, I folded fat quarters in half and cut 6.5″ squares on the fold.

So really I cut rectangles, but I just found this made it much easier to sew up. Right sides together, I sewed three sides closed, leaving the side opposite the fold completely unstitched.

Then it was easy to turn them right side out and topstitch around the 3 sewn sides. That left the tops free and clean to pin in place over the 4 patch blocks I’d made.

So next I’m piecing the blocks together into a 4 block by 4 block quilt top. But, of course, I now realize that sewing the black sashing strips onto the left and right sides of these blocks will be tricky since the flaps may get in the way. I’ll have to be pretty careful with them, we’ll see how it works out!

So Adam Ordered the Coat

Friday, February 8th, 2013

That guy. I couldn’t stop talking about the Marimekko raincoat for Hannah, and he was going to try and get over to the store during lunch this week to get it. But then it popped up on the website (it wasn’t there when I checked), and he ordered it. And it. Is. Amazing. 12 months size, so she’ll grow into it all spring and summer. Entirely fabulous.

Happy Birthday to me!