Sunday, June 24, 2012

{sewing} Custom Baby Bonnet

Between my friends Erica & Elizabeth and their mom, I stay busy with custom orders. I love that they come to me with ideas for things they want! Erica is my oldest friend (we met when I was in kindergarten and she was in 1st grade), and we have always shared a love for crafts. We spent many many recesses making friendship bracelets, cross-stitching, among many many other things.

Erica found this bonnet pattern (Simplicity 2908) and asked me to make one for her newest addition:
Eden in her Flower Bonnet
There's not a photo of the other side, but the applique part is a super sweet pale pink.

After I made Eden's bonnet, Elizabeth asked me to make one for her friend. I loved doing the applique work on my sewing machine. There's something very rewarding about it!
2012 06 24 Bonnet-3
2012 06 24 Bonnet-2
2012 06 24 Bonnet-1-2

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Best Two Days

My family loves roller coasters. The bigger, the better. Nothing is too fast or too tall. This love started when my brothers and me were small. My parents would take us to Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH to let us ride. Ever since then, we have made the trip every couple of years or so. It gets better every single time.

Cedar Point is the park you see on the Travel Channel. You know, the one with all the record-breaking coasters. I remember when Magnum opened (I was 7) and it was the tallest one in the world at 200 feet. Now, the tallest in the world is over 400 feet. Top Thrill Dragster is the second tallest in the world (420 ft.) right behind Kingda Ka (456 ft.). I rode the Dragster when it was the tallest coaster, so I'll count it. Kingda Ka is in NJ and opened two years after Dragster. Best 17 seconds of my life. Promise.
2012 06 Cedar Point: Top Thrill Dragster
oh yeah!

I'm not going to go through every coaster, but I will tell you about our trip. Cedar Point launched its new Fast Lane program this year. Basically you pay $40 on top of your ticket cost to go in a queue that skips all the others in line. Now, before you get to the sticker shock of $100/day at a theme park, I will tell you why it is worth it to buy these passes.

Usually, if it's a crowded day, you will wait 2 hours to ride the bigger coasters. With the Fast Lane passes, we were able to wait about 4-5 minutes for each ride, if that. On past trips, we probably got to ride everything once. This trip, I lost count how many times we rode our favorites. We bought the passes for our first day, thinking we would be satisfied with that. Once we waited in line for 30 minutes on our first ride on the second day (one day is NOT enough), we had been so spoiled that we immediately purchased passes for the second day.

I could write for an eternity about how much I love Cedar Point, but I will spare you. If you love rides, go. NOW.

To see my full set of horrible phone pics (no way was I toting around my big camera), click HERE.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Funky Architecture of Mr. Gehry

In college, I fell in love with the work of Frank Gehry, thanks to an Industrial Design class I took as a humanities credit. Hey, it was better than taking an English class, by far. Gehry's buildings are funky. Click HERE to see all the images of his work.

During my visit to Boston two years ago, I made sure to visit one of his building's at MIT:
2010 Boston MIT
It was a little bit difficult to photograph because there were so many other buildings surrounding it, but I am happy with this photo. And here's Kendall pretending to be the I in MIT:
2010 Boston MIT
Last week, my family & I were visiting the Cleveland Museum of Art. As we pulled into their parking lot, I saw Gehry's signature metal & brick just sitting there at this random college. (Case Western Reserve University) My family probably thought I was crazy because I squealed like a little school girl. I told them that I WOULD be visiting this building after the museum. Lucky for me, I was the driver and they had no choice! **Evil laugh** I did a quick walk around and take photos trip, so they wouldn't get too mad at me!  Here they are:
2012 06 16 Frank Gehry, Cleveland, OH
2012 06 16 Frank Gehry, Cleveland, OH
2012 06 16 Frank Gehry, Cleveland, OH
2012 06 16 Frank Gehry, Cleveland, OH
2012 06 16 Frank Gehry, Cleveland, OH

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dirty Laundry Bags: For Students & Travelers

Dirty laundry bags are here!

Well, the bags themselves aren't dirty, but you can avoid putting your dirty laundry in the floor or back inside your suitcase when traveling. At the end of your trip, you're ready to go! Just tie up the drawstring and throw in the car, or put the bag (with dirty clothes inside) back in your suitcase.

For dorm life, keeping your room tidy and organized is key if you're going to live through your college years (so your roommate doesn't kill you, you know!). Just throw your dirty laundry inside and head over to the washers & dryers!

2012 06 20 Laundry Bags-8

~Holds 5-6 days worth of clothes.
~100% cotton canvas
~Machine wash cold,  dry on low
~24" x 26"
~Drawstring cord closure
~Handle for convenient hanging  & carrying
~$23.50 (plus applicable sales tax & shipping), Add personalization for $9

Fabric Choices:
Laundry Bag Fabrics

Personalization Font Choices:
embroidery fonts grid
(Click on photo to see larger images of fonts)

To Order:
Email me with fabric & personalization choices at and I will send you a PayPal invoice. Turnaround time from cleared payment will be approximately 3-5 business days. Please let me know if you have any questions!