Friday, October 30, 2015

Color Play Friday: Christmas Ornaments

Hey everyone!

It’s Friday finally! I’m looking forward to a quick break this weekend. Maybe I will dust off my sewing machine which I have turned on all week! (Gasp! followed by a sigh!)

I’m going to keep this Color Play Friday post short and sweet. Be sure to check out what Lorinda and Steph came up with. I’m anxious to get my blog published so I can finally see their palettes!

Remember if you would like to join us on Color Play Fridays we would love to have you. Refer to an older post for all the rules, and see the end of this post for the next photo! Then be sure to email us to let us know you are participating.

This week’s photo is from Lorinda. It is of her Christmas ornaments while she was packing them away one year. I love all the gold, and the new sort of gold metallic fabric coming out is quickly grabbing my attention so that is where I went with this fabric bundle.

I didn’t choose a particular shop this week. Instead I just browsed Etsy looking at all the fun gold prints.

Color Play Friday Christmas Ornaments


The browns in this palette actually represent the gold metallic.

Post Cards From Santa Gold Stripe -Riley Blake (Because there are never enough stripes!)
New World Map Black/Gold – Benartex (Because Christmas is around the world!)
Gold Arrows
(Now I’m thinking it might be weird to have arrows with deer, but the arrows are cute)
Twisted Sister Apple Red/Gold -Windham (A nice calm print for once!)
Elk Family -Birch (I guess they aren’t deer after all, but I love how it has the whole family)

I actually don’t do many Christmas themed projects except for pajamas and ornaments, so I don’t have a project in mind for these fabrics. Mostly I just wanted to look at and show some gold fabric! Bling!

Here is next week’s photo. I took it while at Pike Place Market last spring, when I first moved to Washington.

Pike Place Market

Friday, October 23, 2015

Color Play Friday: Dinner at the Vault

Here are the rules:
  1. Each week, one of us will select a picture from our joint Pinterest board. These are all pictures that one of us has taken on our adventures. 
  2. We each create a palette using colors from that picture 
  3. We then create a bundle of 5-8 fabrics that is inspired by that palette. They don’t have to be an exact match to our palette, and we can throw in contrasting or accent colors, but the bundle should look inspired by the palette. 
  4. We don’t see the other person’s palette or bundle before we both post on Friday. 
  5. That’s it! It’s going to be so fun to see what we each come up with.

Be sure to check out Lorinda and our new friend Steph!

If you would like to participate be sure to use #colorplayfriday in social media and you can also email me a link to your blog so we can include your posts. (inanotterlife @gmail .com) Next week’s festive photo is going to be at the end of this blog.

Edit: This is the only edit I’m doing to this post. I’m wrote it without rereading it because I was afraid of editing out the “knee-jerk emotions” I’m having towards this photo. I’m warning you now, it is long, and its personal -probably more than you wanted to know about me. It is also candid and written like I’m talking out loud which doesn’t always come with the best grammar. I just wanted to give you warning. I needed this as much as I spiritually needed to create this fabric palette and bundle this week, so I hope you approach this with an understanding heart and enthusiasm for the fabrics because I think they totally rock socks!

This week’s photo was taken by me! It was one of the great life changing moments that effectively brought me to where I am. I had recently separated from my husband (of almost a year) in the spring, and this photo was taken sometime around May and June when I was still trying to figure out what to do with my insane, crazy self.

I had just left a perfectly stable relationship and environment with a good guy to go out and do what? I had some ideas, but I didn’t have solid plan. At the time I was floating between friend’s houses, with my stuff scattered between my ex-husband’s place, my parent’s, my sisters’ places, and everywhere in between. I was a hot mess, but I was happy -or at least getting there because I was my own hot mess.

You see, even though my ex-husband was a good guy, he wasn’t the guy for me. We had dated for two years and decided to get married on our 2-year dating anniversary. It wasn’t a grand proposal or anything. It was a “hey we’ve been together two years, we’ve been living together most of that time, why not get married” type of thing. I’m not saying we didn’t have fun or that I didn’t enjoy his company, but there was no passion. Our relationship didn’t excite my soul and help me dream of the future -again I knew we would eventually have babies, those babies would go to a good preschool, they would grow up in a nice home etc. etc. but I wasn’t excited about it. I was doing it because I was 25, I lived in the South, and to hear my grandmother tell it, I was quickly approaching old maid or crazy cat lady age. So before things progressed any future I stopped it all.

I never wanted to be the girl who got a divorce, especially before even being married a year! But more than that, I didn’t want to be the old lady that grew up, had kids and a beautiful family, but didn’t know who she was because she let that person die a long time ago. I didn’t see myself being a cog in the wheel of society in the relationship so I got out before things got anymore messy than breaking life-time vow.

So once, out of the relationship what was I suppose to do? I wanted to live my life to the fullest and pursue my dreams. Come on Trina you shattered a sacred vow, you better make your life worth it…no pressure though. That first year after the separation was by far the messiest, weirdest, and greatest year of my life up to that point. I made so many good decisions for myself, and so many bad ones -like really bad ones -like a lot of them. None of them did permanent damage though so I was lucky.

This picture of my dinner at the Vault in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, was one of the good choices made close to the beginning of my adventure of deciding who I was, who I wanted to be, and what I was going to do about it. First thing first, I’m a girl, and a girl’s got to eat. So I took myself out to dinner.

I dressed myself up, and took myself on a date. I left my phone in my purse the entire time, except to take this picture to capture the moment, and I had a lovely dinner with myself. I ordered exactly what I wanted off the menu without worrying about the price or if it was share-able. Okay maybe I worried about the price for a moment, I mean come on I was newly single and I had quit my day job to run my own business about 6-months earlier, but I decided to live on the edge for the evening. I even ordered two glasses of pink wine even if they didn’t “go with” the meal.

It was a good night for me. I was by myself for the first time in my life, and I was coming to terms with being okay with being the only person who could take care of me -financially of course, but more importantly spiritually and mentally. After spending about $50 on that dinner and taking the time to do what I wanted for myself I felt so much better about my choice and my future. I mean, I’m pretty fond of myself. I have bouts of dark or grey times, but for the most part I’m pretty awesome happy and a pleasure to hang out with, if I may so so myself, so I felt good about being by myself and about starting this new phase of my life where I said yes to what I wanted rather than listening to other’s opinions. (Seriously as good of intentions my Grandma may have, I’m so glad she learned to cool it with the warnings of my ladies parts getting old and failing -hearing it since I was twenty-two has really done a number on me.)

Anyway, to the #colorplayfriday...

color play friday dinner at the vault


I love the soft, yet strong colors in this photo. The mood of the photo will forever remind me of the resolve I gained in deciding my goals and dreams were worth putting every ounce of myself into accomplishing. Its okay to be sad and full of despair while at the same time being hopeful and cheerful, that’s what this pictures means to me. To me the colors I selected feel peaceful and the fabrics have a light-weight playfulness to them. This palette was all about capturing the feeling of being strong (not fierce), be okay with myself and my nature, and being good with going forward to be who I am meant to be. That’s a lot of pressure to put on a photo and color palette, but I think it came through well. Don’t you?

The fabrics this week all came from Moona Fabrics on Etsy. I came across Sue’s business several times in the past week, so I spent the time going through all 58 pages of wonderful fabrics!

I had sent Sue a copy of the Vault photo when I let her know I would be featuring her shop, and she pointed out Joel Dewberry’s new Atrium line for my consideration. It is beautiful! I really love the Fuchsia color-way, and actually thought, on first look that it would work with my palette. (I actually had a couple of the pieces in the palette at first, but then the palette morphed when I found the Arctic Tree print so unfortunately, I had to bump the pieces)

Atrium in Fuchsia by Joel Dewberry
Atrium in Fuchsia by Joel Dewberry


Atrium in Mint by Joel Dewberry
Atrium in Mint by Joel Dewberry


Here are the fabrics I selected:



Last but not least! (One more Art Gallery Fabric because really one more never hurts!)

Millefiori in Light by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery
Millefiori in Light by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery

This fabric would be my backing or another companion piece in a heart beat. It captures the essence of how my soul felt the day of my dinner. It has the dark shadows, but also the opening and growing flowers. The pathway is open, and it is sprinkled with beautiful chances to bud and grow.

I’m so cheesy right now! Good grief! Seriously though, after a rough few weeks its good to look back and see how far I’ve come, and remember the strength I carry within myself. Its even better to remember that even when life kicks me down a couple notches I am exactly where I put myself and I put myself exactly where I want to be. No one twisted my arm, and I didn’t settle.

This “Otter Life” is where I’m suppose to be -when it rains, when its sun shiny, this is where my soul belongs and this is what I fought to win. So bless my own soul I’m going to get a bit emotional about it, probably going to throw a couple fits, but I love it and I’m at peace with who I am and where I’m going.

Okay, My Color Play Friday for this week is officially done! Better a little late than never!

Here is next week’s festive photo by Lorinda, to help get us in the Christmas mood.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Fall Garland Tutorial

Last Monday I did my first Periscope tutorial. I was super nervous. I said “um” a lot and there was a bit of trouble with preforming tasks one-handed, but all in all I love it.

I love how real Periscope is, and how it forces you to just keep going because you are broadcasting live. I can’t tell you how much time I’ve spent in my studio trying to record parts of tutorials with the intent of editing them into perfection only to keep deleting after the first couple minutes because I was dissatisfied it wasn’t “perfect”. It is more important to enjoy your craft, and to share the knowledge with like-minded people than to have the lighting or hair style just right.

There my be those who will judge the “professionalism” of this tutorial, but I don’t care. I’m doing it for my friends, those who may learn from it, and for myself. If some people don’t like it I will just take some advice from Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book “Big Magic“….



So without further ado! The tutorial!

I found a leaf template on Pinterest, and made several copies of it for future projects.

You can find a direct link to the template on A Beautiful Mess’ blog.

I made the garland with fabric, instead of paper, using a raw-edge-applique technique, and decided to use Heat-n-Bond as my fusible since that is what I had on hand. (I also recommend Steam-a-Seam, I actually prefer it, but apparently I need to add that to my shopping list!) If I was making the garland for a mantle, rather and a window, I wouldn’t worry about it being reversible, and I would have just used a featherweight or lightweight interfacing to stabilize the the fabric.


What isn’t shown in the video tutorial is how to finish it. I was contemplating using a small hole-punch with ribbon, but it turned out easier to do a quick stitch through each leaf with embroidery floss. (I only used three of the six threads in the floss because trying to use all size proved to difficult…I couldn’t get the needle and thread through the fabric and fusible without creating a bigger whole than I intended.)

Here is the finished product! I love how it turned out, and it was so easy.



If you are in the Snohomish, Washington area and you would like to attend this month’s Pinterest Pin-Up Party to make this garland you can sign-up on the website. The class is $12 and it includes all the supplies you need! —Basically its the funnest, craftiest, and easiest two hours of your weekend!

Later this week (potentially even tonight!) I want to do another Scope Tutorial, either about paper piece or quilt basting. (Feel free to leave a comment for your vote!)

If you aren’t on Periscope yet, again, I urge you to download the app and sign-up. It’s easy, and the quilter/artist community is so much fun to interact with. You can find me there @anotterlife and on instagram (for announcements) @inanotterlife.

Now, since I woke up ridiculously early for a Sunday morning, I should probably get dressed and go do something creative!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Color Play Friday: Jellyfish

Here are the rules:
  1. Each week, one of us will select a picture from our joint Pinterest board. These are all pictures that one of us has taken on our adventures. 
  2. We each create a palette using colors from that picture 
  3. We then create a bundle of 5-8 fabrics that is inspired by that palette. They don’t have to be an exact match to our palette, and we can throw in contrasting or accent colors, but the bundle should look inspired by the palette. 
  4. We don’t see the other person’s palette or bundle before we both post on Friday. 
  5. That’s it! It’s going to be so fun to see what we each come up with.

Be sure to check out Lorinda and our new friend Steph.

If you would like to participate be sure to use #colorplayfriday in social media and you can also email me a link to your blog so we can include your posts. (inanotterlife @gmail .com)

This week we are using Lorinda’s photo of a Jellyfish. I picked it because I loved the array of dark colors with the white and translucent jellyfish as a focus.

My color range isn’t very wide this week, because I knew exactly what I would do with the bundle of fabrics if I had them. I would want to make some sort of 4-pointed star out of the white with the darker colors in a scrappy background, so it would look like a night sky with all the stars.

Its been a rough couple of weeks for me. I’m trying my best to “see the light”, but everything just feels really stressful. So I feel like having a wishing star quilt would be a great future project for me so if I’m feeling like this again, I can curl up with my quilt, think of my passions and dreams, and remember I carry them with me. (See I’m looking at the bright side. *smiles*)

Here is my palette:

color play friday jellyfish


The fabrics can all be purchased at Pink Door Fabrics.

Chromatics
(background)
Prisma Elements
(I would make the stars out of this because of the white with metallic gold twinkle)
Tokyo Train Ride
(background) (Probably my most favorite Cotton + Steel fabric)
Story -Newsprint
(background)
Fantasia
(Binding) (Stripe of course)

Last but not least…though its not in the palette I thought the Morning Walk fabric would be a fun background. The quilt would be a starry night on one side, and a blissful walk in a garden on the other. How could you possibly feel bad wrapped up in that sort of magic.

Next week we are going to use my photo of a dinner at the Vault in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This was actually a really good evening for me as far as personal growth, but right now its 2am in the morning and I’m exhausted with a full plate tomorrow so the story will have to wait for later. Be sure to check back next week to read all about it, and see what sort of palettes and bundles we come up with. :)

(Remember to send Lorinda or I a link if you decide to participate, we love that we have people joining in on the fun!)

dinner at the vault tulsa

Friday, October 9, 2015

Color Play Friday: NYC Tour Bus

Here are the rules:
  1. Each week, one of us will select a picture from our joint Pinterest board. These are all pictures that one of us has taken on our adventures. 
  2. We each create a palette using colors from that picture 
  3. We then create a bundle of 5-8 fabrics that is inspired by that palette. They don’t have to be an exact match to our palette, and we can throw in contrasting or accent colors, but the bundle should look inspired by the palette. 
  4. We don’t see the other person’s palette or bundle before we both post on Friday. 
  5. That’s it! It’s going to be so fun to see what we each come up with.

(Next week’s photo is at the bottom of this post so you have time to prepare!)

Remember, if you are joining Lorinda and I for Color Play Friday, be sure to send us a link to your post, and tag your photos in social media using #colorplayfriday. We’ve also decided to open this up to all of our artistic friends, so your bundle doesn’t need to be fabric! You can choose yarns, scrapbook paper, embroidery floss, or whatever you want! We can’t wait to see it!

color play friday nyc tour bus


This week’s photo was taken while I was on a trip in NYC a couple years ago. I was on one of the city tour buses which I have a love-hate relationship with -mostly hate them,but I did like that I was able to see different neighborhoods and just hop off when I wanted.

I took this picture, and most of the pictures on this trip, because I loved the bright colors! The contrast of the Raspberry Pink against the School Bus Yellow! Love it!

This week’s fabrics come from Quilting Mayhem -my mothership! Quilting Mayhem is a new shop that opened in May in Snohomish Washington, just a quick jaunt from my home. I was so excited when Quilting Mayhem opened because they are an adorable modern shop, which are far and few between in my “neck of the woods”. (We have a few good quilt shops obviously, but none with a selection like this!) I was even more excited when the owner of Quilting Mayhem offered me a job, and one I can do from home on top of that! Say What?!! Back in the quilt shop internet game!? Yes ma’am I’ll take it!

I’ve been a little Quilting Mayhem Elf for about two months now, and this week I hit a small milestone with the website! I finished adding the fabric pictures…well mostly. (There are still some I need to go take pictures of and sort out, but most of the photos are now up today, and easy to find!) My next project is to fill in all the category photos and sort out some navigation issues. So while you are checking out my fabric bundle, wander around and take a look at the rest of the site. I would love to know what you think, what you would like to see, what you love, what you would change etc.

Anyway, to the fabrics already!!!


I just realized that I picked three Andover fabrics this week! Last week I was having a hard time staying away from Cotton + Steel, and apparently this is an Andover week for me.

I have all geometric prints here. I did try to include a small floral, but it just wasn’t working for me so I didn’t force it. If I were using these fabrics all together I would probably make myself a pinwheel quilt because I do love some half-square triangles! I would use the two grays and the light pink as my lights to go with randomly with the other three fabrics. I would probably add a border of the Ex Libris because it would really tie everything in, and then bind it with the Four Corners -on a bias, of course, so the stripe would wrap up the quilt. If I was really lucky I would find an Alexander Henry big bold, slightly off color print to go on the back! Yep, that’s what I see in these fabrics and photo…something simple but wild! (Simply Wild!!!)

What do you see in the photo? I love #colorplayfriday most because it shows how differently people’s perceptions can be, and they can still be beautiful in their difference. (There is a life lesson in that I’m sure.)

For next week were are color playing Lorinda’s Jellyfish photo!

jellyfish

Friday, October 2, 2015

Color Play Friday: Garden Tea Party

It’s Friday again!!! That means its time for another round of #colorplayfriday. I’m so so so anxious to see Lorinda’s. We don’t see each other’s until the day of, but we were talking last night about how much fun we were having with this one. It was really difficult to narrow down color and fabric choices!

If you would like to join us in our #colorplayfriday be sure to hashtag your posts so we can find them. We’ve also decided we want to welcome all of our creative friends, so if fabric isn’t your medium feel free to make a bundle of scrapbook paper, yarn, embroidery threads, or anything like that. We would love to see what you come up with.

Here are the rules:
  1. Each week, one of us will select a picture from our joint Pinterest board. These are all pictures that one of us has taken on our adventures. 
  2. We each create a palette using colors from that picture 
  3. We then create a bundle of 5-8 fabrics that is inspired by that palette. They don’t have to be an exact match to our palette, and we can throw in contrasting or accent colors, but the bundle should look inspired by the palette. 
  4. We don’t see the other person’s palette or bundle before we both post on Friday. 
  5. That’s it! It’s going to be so fun to see what we each come up with.
(Next week’s photo is at the bottom of this post so you have time to prepare!)

This week I chose Lorinda’s photograph of a Garden Tea Party. At first I thought I would create a soft, baby-girl, type palette, and then things happened!!!

color play friday garden tea party


I was having way to much fun picking out the colors and one thing lead to another and I decided this was going to be a grown-up-girl bundle of awesomeness!!!

Apparently I’m going into a phase where I’m loving the deep, wine, purple because it has made its way into my palette two weeks in a row. I also have a thing for Cotton + Steel!!! I keeping picking out their fabrics without meaning too, but I was able to get some variety between designers and I totally love it. (I’ll be adding this bundle to my Christmas wish-list!!!!)

All the fabrics this week can be found on Southern Fabrics. I was already spending time on their website yesterday because they announced a sale on Instagram, and a girl can window shop without guilt! Then today the announced a fat quarter bundle give-away on their Facebook, which lead me back into the rabbit-hole of beautiful modern fabrics.

From Left to Right:


Note to self:I think I’m going to try to do a quick tutorial later in October about making a universal wishlist just for the purpose of keeping all of your wants and have-to-haves in one place, easily accessible to the people wanting to spoil you.

Next week’s photo was taken while I was on one of those super touristy tour buses in NYC in 2013. It was an easy way to get around to see lots of areas, but I rather walk miles than be stuck on a bus like that again. Anyway, I took this photo because I loved the contrast between the raspberry pink and school bus yellow! I felt so super trendy!

new york city tour bus


Thank you for checking out my #colorplayfriday. If you decided to participate please drop a link to your post down in the comments so I can link to you next week!