Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Trippin' 08

Hello I'm back from vaca and about to share some of my favorite things I spotted traveling around from Connecticut, Kansas City to Brooklyn, NY!

I went to a really cute engagement party for two of my best friends from growing up . Aimee made these really delicious almond flavored cup cakes from scratch. But what every one went crazy for was these chocolate A's to adorn the tops! She cleverly created them by printing out the letter put it behind wax paper and then with a pastry bag and melted chocolate made these little toppers. (Aimee and Adam get it? ok just checking.) Another thing I love besides seeing all my friends where these really great flower center pieces that were on all the tables at the barbecue.

When my family and I went to Kansas City for my cousin Robin's wedding we spent some time at the Nelson Atkins Museum which was pretty beautiful and awesome not to mention great architecture.

Baby Knoll chair!

Back in Brooklyn I hopped on the G train over to P.S.1. They have this amazing show up right now in there courtyard that I completely fell in love with called Young Architects Program 2008: P.F.1 (Public Farm One). Check it out for yourself!

Monday, August 25, 2008

get back get back

back from vacation(s) please stand, more to come soon! <3 Laura K. A

Monday, August 4, 2008

The Stars Shine For You.

I started this little star sampler when I was living in Brooklyn a few months ago and I finally finished it. I love sewing and since I don't have a sewing machine here in Austin yet, of course all I want to do is sew. It's been fun to pick up something and work on it every now and then and don't have to worry when it will be finished. I was inspired by my grandmas quilt squares and little bits of folk art. Plus I have endless amount of colors in my embroidery floss box and wanted to make something that showed a bunch of those different colors. I also embroidered on muslin which is a cheap cotton that you can by at all fabric stores. With a embroidery hoop to aid me of course.

All I did was draw out the star I wanted to make in pencil and chain stitched over it. Chain stitch is basically making a stitch and bringing the needle back up through the stitch you just made from the back of the fabric like a chain get it? I also did some stars in a running stitch which is the dotted line stitch you see.

To finish of the star sampler wall hanging style what I did was fold over the edges twice and used straight pins to pin the sides in place. The next thing I did on the back was I slip stitched the seams closed which is a technique used to hem garments. You basically take the needle and go in to the fold and then pick up the other piece of fabric (the back side of the design) by making a very tiny stitch. After that I made two little loops of red embroidery floss and attached them to the back in order to hang the sampler on the wall.

And here it is hanging above Greg's book shelf in our bedroom. I hope this project inspires you to hand sew something. Um.... reach for the stars??