Tuesday, April 23, 2013

New Stitches and Marinara

It seems that time has been getting away from me. I used to try to blog once or twice a week and lately I have been occupied with the elements of grad school - research, ethnographic work, reading, & writing.  In order to not go crazy by only focusing on my work, I embroider to relax, decompress, and enjoy my time off from school-related items.

I found these patterns from some amazing and inspiring women. The Hedgehog and Bunny are from Follow the White Bunny (the link to her shop is on the right-hand side bar of her blog). If you haven't checked out Nicole's patterns, you must! They are adorable!

I have a teeny tiny obsession with hedgehogs. Just a teeny one, though... :)

I am a huge fan of Nana Company. Her photos are just so lovely and calming. Everytime I read her blog, I just want to quilt and stitch the day away. She has this free pattern... Do small things with great love. I just adore it, and had to stitch it for myself. 

I found the owl pattern over at the Teeny Tiny Happy Things etsy shop. I think I bought all the patterns in the shop. They were all too cute to pass up. The bunny pattern is next in line to be stitched up. 

Aside from stitching, I needed a little comfort food. After the events of last week, in Boston and in Texas, my heart was just too heavy. I know someone who was severely injured at the Boston Marathon, and I couldn't really find a way to reconcile my feelings. Over the weekend, I happened upon a farmer's market of sorts; a church near my house was selling 60 pounds of produce for $10. I had to see what this sale was all about. I paid the $10 and received a crate of tomatoes, a crate of bell peppers, a box mixed with squash, cucumbers, & corn, a bag of green beans, and four containers of cherry tomatoes. I have no idea how I am going to make use of all this produce, but the crate of tomatoes was turned into Marinara Sauce today. This is definite comfort food for me.

Now all I have to do is wait for the marinara to simmer for a couple of hours.

Until next time!


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Action Packed

It seems time is blowing by, full steam ahead, and I am trying to keep up as best I can. Last week was one of the busiest I have had in a while. It started out with my birthday (March 31st), which was also Easter Sunday.

My mom made me the BEST CAKE EVER. I had told her, in passing, that I thought it would be fun to make my birthday themed this year: Under the Sea. I had seen this cake on a package in the cake decorating aisle at the craft store and thought it was fun, and funny. Well, my mom, being the talented and creative lady that she is, proceeded to make me this amazing cake.

She decorated our whole dining room with a mermaid/under the sea theme and I LOVED it. I couldn't believe she had gone all out. She used Laffy Taffy to make edible starfish, crabs, and octopus on the cake. It was fantastic!

I drive back and forth from Tucson to Nogales somewhat frequently. My dissertation research is all based in Nogales, and my parents still live there, but I live in Tucson. So, coming and going keeps things on a time crunch.

In the midst of my birthday, Easter, houseguests, and working on my dissertation, I decided to join in on an Art Mart event held at Hotel Congress in downtown Tucson on April 6th. I have to say, though, that my dear friend, Rudy, the amazing artist behind La Mosca Roja, encouraged me to get a booth, so, I credit him with this adventure, and I am glad I accepted the challenge.

The only photo I have of my booth was taken with my cell phone. I was so frazzled the day of the event, that I forgot to take my camera. My best friend, Fernanda, made amazing Mexican Wedding cookies, and I sewed up cosmetic bags, wallets, bunting, tote bags, and hand embroidered handkerchiefs. It took me two weeks to finish everything, but it was worth it. I met some great people and I was so happy to see that people liked what I made, which has me thinking that an etsy shop is not too far fetched of an idea... I sold my stuff under the name of Bobby Pin Stitches, might work as a shop title...

It's a new week, and I am trying to get back into my routine of writing and embroidery. I can't believe I had an action-packed week like last week, but it was wonderful.

Have you ever had a booth at an art or craft fair? How was it? I would love to hear all about it.

Until next time.