Blog Archive for 2010

With some help from my gorgeous new Bay Area Produce Calendar (from Krank Press), Dave and I embarked on a little winter gardening last weekend. Admittedly, we’re either a bit early or a little late for a couple of our selections, but figured we’d give it a shot and baby them if we get a frost. At least the chard, lettuce, onions and hearty herbs should be fine. I have to admit, while there are many things I miss about the midwest, I was relishing digging in the dirt after hearing about all the snow my Minneapolis friends have been getting. Previously, my idea of “winter gardening” has been digging a hole in the snow to see if there was any parsley left alive down there.

Even if we did stray a bit from the recommendations in the guide (December calls for chard – check – lettuce – check – radishes and spinach, but doesn’t recommend our other selections until January or February) I have been loving the cool design and the great illustrations. I keep it on my desk as eye candy, and to remind me to get out and dig in the dirt.

Bay Area Produce Calendar, Krank Press

Nothing showing yet – hopefully this weekend!

rainbow chard

thyme and moss rocks

parseley, mint and rosemary

new growth on the pink lemon

oranges almost ready!

A couple of days ago I got a package from Cynthia at Fabricworm with the first cuttings of the new Circa 60 line I designed for Birch Fabrics! The prints look so cute together, and the fabric is wonderfully soft and drapey. I can’t wait to sew something from them! The fabrics will be available in January from Fabicworm, or wholesale from Birch Fabrics.

My crazy desk calendar says it’s December 3rd. How can that be?? You’d think Thanksgiving would be a tip-off that the holiday season is here, but somehow it always takes me by surprise. Suddenly, my plan for a relatively calm weekend of starting some sewing projects and spending time with visiting family is giving way to a frenzy of holiday lights, Christmas cards and shopping. All fun – don’t get me wrong – I just wish I had a couple more weeks. *sigh*. I was looking around on etsy.com this morning to get some ideas, and did my little check for Monaluna stuff. There’s some super cute new stuff on there! I thought I’d share, in case any of you need some shopping ideas.
Enjoy the weekend!

organic travel blanket and changing pad from Crazy Bag Lady
baby blanket from Able Mable
organic flowerbed peasant dress from Alicia 3218
happy trees onesie and organic burp cloth from Oliver Handmade
organic crayon caddy from Crazy Bag Lady
monaco rag quilt from Sew Susie
zippered wristlet from Wooden 45
market chick onesie and bib from Babiease
organic planner/organizer from Cafe Boulet
galvanized bucket from Brody and Ma
large tote/diaper bag from Leslie Jane
podpillow ipod stand from Dog Named Banjo
organic blanket from Artsy Fartsy Baby
bunting flags from Giggleberry
baby bushka organic softie from Karla Cola
organic burp cloths from Stork and Me
organic baby blanket from Peanut Tree
keychain/wristlet from Little Birds Boutique
plastic bag dispenser from Chelsea’s Lovelys
organic half-apron from Crazy Bag Lady

7 months ago, a month before Anabelle was born, a couple of dear friends threw a little baby shower for me. I have never been big on baby shower games, but I took advantage of having a gathering of friends (and semi-willing participants) to do something I’ve always wanted to try: make a community quilt. Most of the people there were not seasoned sewists, so we took a no-sew approach and used Steam-a-seam to affix the appliques to sewing blocks, like little fabric collages. I was amazed at all the great squares we ended up with! Now, FINALLY, I’m going to add a bit of top stitching and piece them together to make a quilt for Bella. Here are a few of the squares I’m working with, and I’ll post photos of the final quilt when it’s done.

Thank you for all the lovely comments on the new collections! I’m really excited about them, and after a little last-minute scramble to get the colors just right, I am now settling into the waiting phase until the strike-offs arrive. I’ve got all kinds of ideas for things I want to make with them when they get here, and
March is starting to seem like a long way off…

Speaking of making things, I got an email from Mary Walker, aka Sewing Geek, last week with photos of the gorgeous quilt that she made with the Monaco collection. It’s so pretty, and it has inspired me to get going on the quilt that I’ve been planning for Anabelle for 6 months now. I thought I’d share the photos with you. Enjoy!

The few weeks before the great road trip (mentioned in my last post) were busy ones here in the monaluna studio. I’ve been learning the ropes of balancing the daily work of running this little business with caring for the baby and allowing time for the more intense, creative whirlwinds that accompany the birth of new collections. This time, I was lucky enough to have my mom visiting for a month, and that allowed me to take a little more time to pull together and finalize my next two collections, which I’ll share with you today. Now that I’ve passed off the baton and they’re well underway, I’m looking forward to getting back to the steady work of daily life – and to posting on the blog more regularly!

The two new collections are printed on 100% organic cotton, and are a medium-weight poplin weave. They are expected in the shop in early spring 2011. I hope you enjoy them!

I am finally back in the office this week after a great adventure road tripping halfway across America. Almost 3 weeks ago, my mom, Anabelle and I packed ourselves into my mom’s Prius and drove across the western states to Minneapolis, where my mom lives. It turned out to be quite an experience! I’ve never seen most of the country we drove through, and it was absolutely stunning. Also, we managed to hit the road just as the first of the wintery storms were rolling across the West, so we had dramatic rain in Nevada, hail in Idaho, blizzards and an earthquake (yes, an earthquake – can you believe??) in Wyoming, and frighteningly high winds in Minnesota. We did arrive safely, though, and had a great visit. The flight home was not nearly as dramatic, but by that time I was happy not to get back in the car. The countryside was so beautiful that I found myself dreaming of prints inspired by the landscapes of the West. Maybe a new collection!

And speaking of new collections, check back on Thursday, when I’ll be sharing some sneak peeks of my two upcoming collections, Marin and Anika.

Here are a few photos of the beautiful land between here and there.

Nevada

Idaho

Wyoming

South Dakota

Anabelle in her crocodile costume, Halloween in Minneapolis

Well, hello there! My gosh, this has turned into a long blog break! To be honest, I’ve been a bit paralyzed by a towering mountain of work, but I think I’ve gotten myself sorted now. Isn’t it funny how sometimes life chooses to happen all at once? I’m still learning to take one little step at a time and not get too overwhelmed by the big picture. I always end up taking a few days to freak out and be utterly useless before finally realizing that there’s no way over but through, and then slowly making progress. So the quiet of the last couple of weeks has been me trying to buckle down and take one thing at a time until I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. Which I now can – YAY!

In the meantime, I received several packages of new fabric that I designed for Robert Kaufman. I realized that it’s been a while since I posted any of the new stuff, so I thought I’d share the most recent collections. Robert Kaufman always sends me 2 yards of each print for my records, and usually I just keep those for reference, but I think I’m going to have to make myself an apron from the Cafe au Lait print. And Anabelle might need something with the Paris prints. And I could use a new bag for my sewing supplies…

From Metro Cafe

Sew Happy


Vive la France


lying low

09/14

It has been such a busy time around here lately! I’ve been wanting to change up the scenery here on the blog and add some new posts, but I haven’t even had time to think straight, let alone whip up any remotely interesting projects. In addition to the the usual work business, I’m trying to finish up two new collections, and Anabelle has decided that she needs a little more attention than I’ve been giving her so far. Plus, I’ve been taking a great e-course on blogging, called Blogging Your Way taught by Holly Becker (of Decor8) and Leslie Shewring (of A Creative Mint).

image by Leslie Shewring and Holly Becker from Blogging Your Way

I will be posting over the next couple weeks, but it might be a little more seldom than usual. I’m hoping to put some of the tricks I’m learning into practice soon, though, so may be experimenting a bit. More soon!