April 8, 2011

The Return of Scottie Watch!

Sorry I've been MIA the past couple days, but Ray and I have had a long series of fantastic news this week, so we've been out celebrating with the family! And no, I'm not pregnant (I say that because it seems everyone I know is preggers right now!) We've had a bit of a roller coaster ride with the house, but all the paperwork has been settled (finally!), no one is asking us for more money (finally!), and we're going to close two weeks early on April 15th (next Friday!!!). We also both found out that we got promotions yesterday (one expected, one completely unexpected!). So all in all, it's pretty much been the best week ever! I have a bunch of projects right at the cusp of being finished though, so I'll post them sometime this weekend or early next week :)

Now on to Scottie Watch!!

1.  Penguin Books is coming out with a deluxe line of Classics to be released this Fall. They asked artist Jillian Tamaki to design embroidered covers for a few beloved classics. I'm amazed by the work she did! Obviously the copies being sold in stores won't be hand-embroidered, but to quote her website, they will be "printed with a sculptural-embossing technique that will emphasize the stitches. They will be tactile objects." Sweet! Needless to say, I'll be purchasing several of them!

2. I’ve been thinking a lot about coordinates lately. While I love polka dots, sometimes I feel like I’m being lazy creatively when I use them. Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT saying crafters who use polka dot prints are lazy or less creative. I myself love them and use them all the time! What I’m saying is that there are times when I know I could go for something outside the box, but I don’t because polka dots are my crutch and 99.9% of the time they’ll work with whatever it is I’m making. And instead of being safe like that, I need to start regularly choosing prints a little more funky and a little less conventional and take that gamble of “this could turn out really terrible…or really awesome!” My favorite projects are the ones where I took the ultimate “this could be so hideous when I’m done risk”, lol!
So in that spirit, I’ve dug up some coordinates that are not polka dots. They’re by no means bohemian, but slightly off center of “safe”. They’re dots or stripes with an intesting twist. Think of them as the slightly cooler older siblings of polk dots, stripes and gingham :)

Manzanita Basket in Red, Hope Valley Pie Basket in Fiesta, Modern Meadow Honeycomb in Sunglow, Modern Meadow Herringbone in Grass, Hope Valley Diamond Dandy in New Day, Aviary 2 Lodge Lattice in Lilac, Nicey Jane Welcome Road in Pink, Manzanita Basket in Brown, Monaluna Mingle in Black

3. If you're looking for storage solutions, you should take a peek at this storage table from IKEA. I saw some people talking about it in a Flickr forum and it's a perfect storage system for Fat Quarters or other small cuts, plus the counter surface on top is the ideal size for a big cutting mat/pressing board. *drools* I love that it has the potential to be 3 things in 1 to help save space.

 4. If you're a Henna Garden fan, I spotted these at my local Joann's. All their sewing baskets are 40% off this week, plus you can get an additional 10% off if you have a VIP card. Apparently there have also been sightings of zippered Henna Garden storage boxes in the Kids/Baby section of TJMaxx.

 Sorry the photo is grainy, but I took it with my camera phone!

5.  My friend Angela just posted a fantastic tutorial on how to set a circle into another piece of fabric (instead of appliqueing). She is probably the most meticulous seamstress I know, so you can't go wrong learning from her techniques :)
6. If you use the code "QHAJDF25" at checkout, you can get 25% off ALL Joel Dewberry fabrics at QuiltHome (including Aviary 2!!!)


Congratulations on finalising the house and for both of your promotions - what a great week! Are you all ready to move into your new home?

I love the selection of coordinates you've posted here - very useful in anyone's stash. I daren't even click on the ikea storage link, lol - I want!

we soooo need to do the road trip to get those tables. I prepped Mike for that fact that I want one already and made the price sound really reasonable by counting back from the Australian price, to the Canadian price, and finally to the US price. He thought it was a deal then. ;)

And sweet gal, thanks for the shout out on my tutorial. Phew! I'm glad I got that one written up!

Congrats on the closing of your first home!! Also your promotions. Such a great year for your family so far.

I really love that ikea table. I may have to look into getting one of those. Its just too cool for school. :)

Congras on all your good news!!

Congrats on everything!We should celebrate at The Shed!

Congrats on all the good news you are getting!!

Ooooo I have never heard of the VIP card from Joann's!! Thanks so much! I just signed up!

Thanks for the tip about Quilt Home. Every time I see the Aviary 2 line (especially in the yellow and grey), I say to myself, "I must get some of that." you may have just given me the incentive to order.

Exciting news about the house! Good luck on the move.

congrats on those great news!!!
i try to to get some more coordinates, too, because i tend (too!) to stick to polka dots :). hehe - and i've bought some aviary 2 & 2 jd herringbone prints from quilthome yesterday...i've tried to resist, but in the end i was defeated!
as to the ikea storage: everytime i visit my ikea, i'm thinkin of how on earth i could cram it in our work/quilt/music/everything else studio. maybe with an elevating mechanism :)

have a wonderful weekend,

What great news when you are in the process of moving. Congratulations!

Thanks for sharing Jillian Tamaki embroidery they are beautiful. I have used the Nicey Jane in the pink and I love the blue green combo but I have been meaning to get my hands on some of that Herringbone it looks so good as binding.

it's funny that you posted about those coordinates because I wrote about that same subject too on the same day!

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