things i’m enjoying: the domestic arts edition

:: fabric — after we moved into this apartment, i decided that i was tired of clearing off the dining room table whenever i wanted to use my sewing machine. so i bought a little table and a chair off craigslist and stuck them in the corner of our bedroom and now my sewing machine has a home and is always at the ready. this has not increased my ability to finish projects; quite the opposite, my pile of unfinished work is tall and my sewing table looks like a hurricane hit it (which doesn’t help with productivity — where IS that seam ripper? where’s the scissors? i swear i had a pen around here…).  but i love having a little space to dump all of those fabric and yarn ambitions and be able to come back to them again and again.

lately, i’ve made a bag for me, few things for josephine to wear and am currently trying to figure out how to make sleeves on a dorothy-esque dress. the internet is a treasure trove/rabbit hole of tutorials and helpful hints. it only makes me want to make more.

:: cooking — we’ve been loving our farm box and the explosion of gorgeous summer produce. meal planning becomes more simple: what do we have in the fridge and what will go bad first?  we’ve enjoyed this beet tart (and i don’t really like beets) (we liked it better with goat cheese), this zucchini fennel salad, this veggie salad, and this apricot tart. we also eat things that are not salad and aren’t served in a crust.

:: household choresthis post is beautiful and makes me feel a bit more fulfilled by the mundane minutia of daily life.

:: fabric-related getaways — i probably wouldn’t have cared so much about seeing the seattle modern quilt guild show last month except that it was being held at a fabric store on vashon island.  surprisingly, ned and josephine didn’t care to join me, so i had an afternoon to myself. i took the ferry to vashon and saw beautiful quilts and bought some fabric to make a quilt for the new family member arriving in january. i did have to share the island with about a million people attending the annual strawberry festival so my vision of a sleepy main street wasn’t fulfilled, but it was pretty perfect. i found a cafe on a quiet side-street and ate lunch (uninterrupted by toddler antics!) and read my (very very good) book. after immersing myself in fabric for a while, i made my way back to the ferry dock and headed home.



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