A Rosey View

March 12th

I didn’t get much cycling in this weekend, or swimming for that matter. I did, however, spend an hour or two at my favorite brewery, wash dishes at a soup kitchen, have lunch with girlfriends, enjoy 100 pages in a new novel I’m reading, and enjoy an ice cream cone in the sun after shopping the afternoon away with Alma. My bike may be dusty, but I’m not. It was a fantastically social weekend, with a few projects wrapped up in between outings.

Bedside organizer

February’s In Stitches project — check. I learned how to create pleats from this project, among other things. I split these in two and will be stuffing them with goodies and giving them away this month.

embroidery gift

A CAOK gift for an embroidery enthusiast I admire. Janet’s site is incredible. If you are an embroidery novice, you’ll truly appreciate her blog. She has a “stitch of the week” and I’ve learned quite a bit thanks to her patient tutorials.

scissors tied in

For example, this is my first time using blanket stitch. I used it around the little edges of this needle kit. I’m hoping my tension will get better with practice.

pink zebra pouch

A zebra bag for another girlfriend. Something about spring is making me love pink. I was never a “pink” girl growing up, but I am certainly celebrating all things rose these days. Pink. Pearls. Knitting. Sewing.
Good Lord. I’m becoming June Cleaver.


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39 Responses

  1. You have created a number of wonderfully creative items, Kelli! We’re all learning many techniques and new skills through the In Stitches Sew-Along effort. I’m really enjoying myself and am so happy that you are as well.

  2. White Oleander. Oh, that’s a heartbreaking book. I think I read it in a sitting…

  3. What lovely projects!!

    I’m sort of turning into more of a pink girl as the years go on myself!

  4. Sounds like you had a great weekend! Your projects look great – I love the little scissors in the needle book.

  5. You went back and finished Feb’s project? Brava, girl [sound of respectful clapping] — I probably never would have done it, group organizer or not.

    I think there’s a little June Cleaver in all of us. When you get the urge to vacuum in high heels, it’s probably time to repress her a little bit. πŸ˜‰

  6. You’re another busy one this weekend. You all are putting me to shame.

    Very pretty projects. I was thinking about making a zebra-ed zippered pouch, too, this weekend to donate to a church thing. After seeing yours, I’m sure I’ll have to do it now!

  7. Haha! I never thought I would ever wear a pastel in my LIFE, but I’ve been wearing a lot of light blue lately… I wonder what that’s about?

  8. no worries dear, june cleaver would never hang out in a brewery πŸ™‚
    i listened to your CD on my road trip this weekend… thank you so much!! i loved it.
    and wonderful new projects you have there… the pink + zebra combo is fabulous.

  9. your projects came out super cute and love your “in stitches” each month idea….

  10. Your weekend sounds fab – an ice cream cone in the sunshine would be perfect about now. The beautiful weekend was just too short.

    One of these days I’ll have to get back to the embroidery supplies I bought back in the day. I still haven’t gotten too far. But Janet’s site has peaked my interest!

  11. Your bedside organizer turned out beautifully! I grew up a tom-boy myself, sticking strictly to blues, but just recently I have noticed that all my work shirts are pinks and purples… what happened? Oh and your needle case is fabulous!

  12. What a terrific weekend! Glad you had the opportunity to do all that. And, although I didn’t mean to make you blush, your new afinity for pink makes me feel a bit better. Hope your week continues on the same great path!

  13. Aah! I saw the In Stitches book at Urban Outfitters the other day. Between your blog and looking through that book, I want to sew now! Unfortunately, it’s bad timing and will have to wait until I move. Seriously though, I don’t know how you do so much with your time!

  14. I see that new Martha in there! It’s a great issue, I’m dying to do the ribbon embriodery in it. Your bedside organizer looks great, make me think I need to make myself one!

  15. Sounds like a perfect weekend. Thanks for the link to that wonderful embroidery blogger. And I am a total pink girl and not ashamed of it!

  16. Sounds like a wonderful weekend to me!!!! I love the craftiness! Don’t be ashamed of pink. Pink is great! Men don’t know what they’re missing!

  17. michelle March 12, 2007

    The InStitches projects look so cute. I have the book now, but I have to finish what I already have started before I explore the book. What do you think is the easiest project to start with. I’m a total novice when it comes to that sewing machine stuff.

  18. Hoping you have a nice set of pearls to wear while crafting, June. πŸ™‚

  19. Sounds like a fab weekend – I loved White Oleander, so I do hope you are enjoying it greatly….

    Pink is good. Very, very good. And as for June Cleaver? There are worse role models… πŸ™‚

  20. Sounds like a great time! Love your creations!

  21. It sounds like a great weekend to me! I don’t know what it is with pink, but I can’t seem to get enough of it these days, but I must admit that I’m starting to get hooked on orange.
    Okay, I am the suckiest In Stitches stitch-along participant ever, considering that I haven’t completed one assignment. *sigh*

  22. I also have White Oleander on my “to-be-read” pile. I am planning on making myself do a book diet in that I find all the books I bought that have to be read and actually READ them.

  23. Another book to put on my MTBR (Mount To Be Read)! Btw, why don’t you join our little books’ addicts site? Check it http://community.livejournal.com/bookbox/
    I’m not a pinky girl neither, but that multi pockets organizer is great!

  24. great creations! and thanks for the link to janet’s blog. i’ve been wanting to learn how to embroider for some time now!

  25. omg! and white oleander is one of my fav books of all time. the phoenix became a strong symbol for me when reading that!

  26. Another book for my MTBR (Mount To Be Read)! Btw, why don’t you join our little books’ addicted site? Check it at http://community.livejournal.com/bookbox/
    I’m not a pink girl neither but your multi pockets organizer is great!

  27. That organizer is on my list of things to do after the move when I have my own room & bed!! πŸ˜‰

    Everything looks great!

  28. You are amazing! I was glad I was able to pull weeds in the garden on Sunday. You … put me to shame.

  29. Pink is great..I used to run from it and now I embrace it fully.. Funny how that happens, huh? I love your projects as usual. Gorgeous!

  30. lovely projects!! the needle kit is adorable.

    and hey, nothing wrong with pink. we all need a little pink sometimes. πŸ˜‰

  31. Sounds like a wonderful weekend! I love your makes! I had a pink phase last year, luckily it passed πŸ˜‰

  32. Think pink!

  33. Great bedside organizer- I like how you accented it with different colored pockets. The little embroidery book is sweet – I’m seeing some really great embroidery projects on blogs lately…hmmmm…..
    Sounds like you had a great weekend!!

  34. I love the flowery fabric. Isn’t it cool to make a bag with loads of compartments to customise to just what you need.

  35. White Oleander is a GREAT book! Enjoy!

  36. White Oleander is an amaaaaazing book! I want to read it again!

    Kelli, could you email me your mailing address. I am in the US and want to send you a gift from Ukraine…..thanks….mmkukraine@yahoo.com

  37. love the print combos on the bag and i adore the pinks!

  38. I’m loving my embroidery case (and yes, those scissors are the cutest). I’ve been doing a lot of stitching lately so it’s been right by my side. Thanks again!

  39. i hope you like white oleander. it’s one of my favorites.