It’s true, running a business is not all wine and roses. But there’s nothing like waking up on a beautiful 84 degree day and simply deciding you’d rather not go to work.
…Which is exactly what we did yesterday. I put on my white pique Lily dress (which I haven’t had nearly enough occasion to wear) and after a quick stop at the office, we bugged off and spent the day sitting outside, having a pint at lunch, and grabbing some of the delicious coconut lemon saffron sorbet from Fifty Licks.
I also took a little trip to Mill End with Kenn’s mom while she was visiting.
The purple linen is for an article I’m writing for Sew News, and the (gorgeous, gorgeous) aqua silk was an impulse purchase because it was the last yardage on the bolt.
These others are for home things, mostly pillows. There’s a really nice ikat polka dot buried in there.
This one with the pine trees is pretty awesome, I think. Kenn said maybe it looks like Christmas. I just like the simplicity and northwest vibe, though.
Finally, these are some of the last of my favorite garden roses. I planted these this year and they smell like heaven and are called Jude the Obscure. I’m a little rose-crazy at the moment.
Casey found some great links for us this week, take a look!
- This hand-stamped fabric tutorial is for a handkerchief, but wouldn’t it be neat on a large piece of fabric?
- How to create a crisp facing on a highly angled neckline.
- This candy-tin sewing kit is a great thing to take on the road with you or keep in your purse.
- A great video full of tips on sewing knits.
- What a handy idea for those short on space: an ironing mat you can roll up and easily store (or transport).
- Thoughts on using silk organza as a pressing cloth (and why it’s a good idea to have one on hand).
- A little guide to various presser feet and their uses.
- Love this idea for organizing fabric (up to 6 yards) using comic book boards–looks like like a fabric store!
- A lapped zipper can be an elegant closure, and this Coats tutorial shows you how to easily achieve a lapped zipper.
- On a similar topic: if your zipper is too long, here’s a quick photo tutorial on how to shorten a (nylon teeth) zipper.
- A thrifty way to make covered pattern weights.
- Need a specific color of elastic and can’t find it? Dye it!