A Handmade Fall

Well, folks, it is now mid-September which means that the time has come to put away all remnants of summer and bring out the fall decor. After the extreme heat of this summer, I must confess that I am looking forward to the cooler temps. Today I pulled out the fall decorations and thought that I would share some of the handmade items. These are all made over the last couple of years. I would like to add a few more things this year, but we’ll see if I have time.

First off, I have a thing for wreaths. My door happens to have a wreath hook on the inside and outside which means both are normally in use. Only bummer is that we never use our front door so that outer wreath doesn’t get seen a whole lot. Last year I saw an idea for a wreath made from fabric strips tied to a frame. I can’t remember where I found it or I would post the link. However I loved the idea and it was a super easy project since I used all my scraps and a frame I had in storage.

For the inside wreath I just wrapped a wreath form with some burlap ribbon and then tied a fall ribbon around it in a bow. Very plain and simple but it adds a little touch of fall. Please ignore the fact that our door is unfinished. We moved into a foreclosure 2 years ago and are still remodeling!

On the dining room table is a runner I made last year. I like the fall print but am not super happy with the runner because I used some old fabrics for the solids, and they look really worn. Eventually I want to make another one, but who knows when that will happen.

And now on to the living room. I have vintage windows hung on the wall, and I like to change them out with the seasons. I don’t have too much there for fall yet, but am working on some more ideas. Iย  want to fix up that wreath on the right with some little pumpkins or acorns or something.

On my mantle I have a glass jar filled with fabric balls and pumpkins I made last year. I am fairly proud of those because I saw them in a snazzy home decor store last year for a ridiculous price and thought, “I can make those.” And I did. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well that’s about it for the house tour… I did pull out some fall pillows but they are not handmade so they didn’t make the photo shoot. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t know about you, but there’s something nice about seasonal changes. Gives me a chance to sort through all the junk that accumulates over several months and make everything nice and clean the fresh looking. Love getting rid of clutter! How about you? Got your pumpkin on the front porch yet or still holding on to the last vestiges of warm weather?



This Weekend

Last night the hubs and I dropped Little Man off at Grandma’s house and went on a date night to the Indie Craft Parade Gala event. Sooo worth the money we paid for tickets! This is their third year running the Parade and our third year attending. I look forward to this every year! The Gala event featured yummy food, live music, and giveaways, (and I won! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) not to mention a chance to peruse everything without the crazy crowds of Saturday and Sunday. If you are even somewhat local, I encourage you to come down to this event. So much fun! Spoonflower is a sponsor of the event this year and has donated fabric for everyone to make their own stuffed elephants ( from the indie craft logo). There is also a free photobooth for your posing enjoyment.

I got to meet the lovely Rachel of Stitched in Color and got stuck for a long time at her booth. So many pretties. I ended up splurging and taking home one of her fabric-covered journals AND a picnic quilt. I just couldn’t resist the quilt- full of Lizzy House and Flea Market Fancy pretty fabrics. It just called to me!

Here’s a bit of a photo journal of last night- mostly stolen from my hubby’s instagram feed.

The loot I bought: handmade cloth napkins, picnic quilt, fabric-covered journal, and children’s art book.

My winnings! Cory Godbey print (which happens to be part of a collection we have in Oliver’s room), Lily Pottery ring, Ink Meets Paper letterpress greeting cards, found*ling leather wrap bracelet. Valued at $173!


Now for the rest of the weekend. Since I more than emptied my paypal account last night, I need to get busy stocking up my Etsy shop with lots of goodies that will hopefully make up for the fun I had on my spending spree. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am also happy to report that I have made some progress on the guestbook quilt and plan to plug away a little more at that as well. Oh and LIttle Man is officially a big kid and is moving up to toddler nursery tomorrow at church! Sniff, my baby is all growed up! ๐Ÿ™‚

This Weekend

Hope everyone is looking forward to a long weekend! We are headed out of town tonight to spend the weekend with my husbandโ€™s sister and her family, and I know we are ready for some relaxing family time.

Hereโ€™s what on my agenda for the weekend:

  • Figure 8/Infinity Cowl- free pattern from AMH. This is a present for my sister-in-lawโ€™s 30th birthday. Hopefully she doesnโ€™t read my blog today! Of course itโ€™s not done yet, and we leave tonight but I am thinking that it should be a quick project. Pictures to come when itโ€™s complete. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Gender Reveal Party tonight for a friend whoโ€™s expecting twins!
  • Enjoying a cookout with an entire smoked pig- My SIL has a friend with a smokehouse, and we are excited about bringing home some smoked pork.
  • Hopefully getting some knitting/embroidery WIPs done during the short car drive there and back.

Note for all you local readers: the first official GMQG meeting was a HUGE success, and I am looking forward to many more fun meetings. We have the fall schedule planned out and posted on the blog for anyone who is interested.

And just in case you need some fabric inspiration for the weekend, Pink Castle Fabrics is having a Labor Day Sale- 20% off your total purchase with the coupon code LABOR20.

Do you have any fun plans for this weekend?

This Weekend

Just a little newsy post where I ramble on about all the big plans I have for this weekend. Maybe if I write them down for all to see, I will actually get them done! ๐Ÿ™‚

First off a WIP that actually got completed last night. Woot, Woot! This is a little scarf I began back in the winter and never finished. It is my lovely grandma’s 77th birthday tomorrow, and she is a lover of bright, happy things so I quickly finished this up in order to give to her tomorrow at her birthday lunch.

Next up, a custom Etsy order that I need to finish up. Here’s the fabrics that I pulled for it. It’s a collage of 3 hot air balloon hoops and I am pretty excited about how it’s shaping up.

Another item on the old weekend list that I can’t post any pics of is some pattern testing for an upcoming quilt book. I was happy to be picked as a volunteer especially since she is sending up fabric as a thank you- I do just about anything for free fabric. Sorry to be cryptic but one must tease every now and then. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’ll be sure to post all the details once the book is published.

I have pulled out a few knitting WIP’s over the last few weeks as I prepare for fall’s arrival and am hoping to get the one off the needles this weekend so I can start something new. I am most definitely a novice knitter- and super slow at that, but every fall and winter I get the urge to pull out the needles and improve my skills a bit. This is a simple dishcloth using the Chinese Wave stitch. (I know, you’re thinking, why does a dishcloth take you so long?) Next, I want to start on a winter hat for Oliver. Got any good, easy patterns for toddler hats?

Lastly, some family fun time should also take place… who can resist spending time with my two favorite boys? We took Oliver for his first bike ride last weekend and hope to make it a regular occurrence now that it’s not so hot out.

FYI most pictures coming to you compliments of Instagram. Feel free to follow me there @brookecrook if you want to be bombarded with cute pictures of the little man as well as random fabric fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

What are your plans for this weekend?


Fabrics A-Z

Have you gotten a copy of Dana’s new book?

I just received my copy in the mail this week and am so excited to put it to good use. There is seriously a ton of information in here! Fabrics that I have never even heard of before are listed. This is not a project book, but is a good resource to have as a user of fabric because she gives the definition of the fabric type and then lists the properties, advice for working with that fabric and how to care for it properly. And the book is a nice purse size- perfect for taking with you on your trip to the fabric store.

Even better, Deborah had a book signing party for Dana last night and my sweet hubby said we could take a day trip to Atlanta so that I could attend! Isn’t he the best? ๐Ÿ™‚ His brother and sister are visiting with us this week and we had loads of fun visiting Ikea, walking around the Olympic park, and of course having fun at Whipstitch (or maybe the last part was just me ๐Ÿ™‚ ) I loved meeting Dana. She is just as sweet and down-to-earth in person as she seems on her blog. This had been a great year for me! Back in March, I got to meet Rae and Karen and now I have met Dana! It is so fun to connect with people after reading their blogs for years. It also makes me feel less like a stalker when I have met them in person. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope to continue to be able to meet more blog friends as the opportunity arises. It was also great to officially meet Deborah after taking the online quilting class from her in June. Oh, and Ian won a door prize for me so I took home a tote bag made by Dana with some Forever 21 goodies- sunglasses and headbands: score!

Of course, you must note that my new purse made it into the pictures and I picked up a few goodies at Whipstitch that I hope to using in some upcoming projects…hopefully you will see them soon!

my door prize!


This Weekend

I always enjoy seeing a summary of other’s weekends and the random assortment of craftiness they have accomplished so I thought I would begin a series of weekend posts updating on the miscellaneous crafts/fun times that aren’t enough for a blog post in themselves.

Most of the pics will be instagram because that is how I roll these days…are you loving this app as much as I am?

First off, ย I worked on my quilt top some more this weekend. I really wanted to get more of it finished but began having some bobbin issues late Saturday evening and that was my cue to put it down for a bit. Right now I have almost 5 of the 9 blocks quilted! I am doing each block a different style of quilting to further the sampler quilt idea and give me more practice with free motion quilting. I was practicing with loops Saturday.

I worked on some more hoops for the etsy shop…having fun coming up with different ideas! It is teaching me tons about photography, marketing, and creativity and I really enjoy it. I am determined to keep this etsy experience fun and not drudgery so I am moving somewhat slowly but enjoying every minute of it! I have had some good views and favorites this past week and hoping they will move into some more sales soon!

I have had a purse planned out for several weeks now that I haven’t had time to get to and I decided this afternoon that I would work during the boys’ naps. I really wanted to finish it today, and I didn’t quite make it but I don’t think it will take me too much longer. Here’s a pic of my progress so far. I will blog about the purse and pattern I used when I finish. So far it is shaping up exactly how I envisioned which is super exciting for me!

And finally, not at all sewing related, we picked up my little brother from the airport today after his summer at a camp in California and I can’t resist sharing the super cute pic of the little man giving Uncle Alex a big hug!

Ta-ta for now. Hope your weekend was full of fun, family, and a bit of craftiness as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

Essential Quilting E-Course

I am so excited to announce that I have FINALLY won a giveaway!! Excuse my enthusiasm, but it seems I have entered so many giveaways with no luck that I couldn’t believe my eyes when I got the email telling me I’d won. I had seen a retweet about a Whipstitch giveaway last week so I clicked on through the link and entered myself into the race. The post was a guest posting from Deborah giving some helpful advice for newbie bloggers and giving away a chance to win a spot in her essential quilting e-course. Of course, you know I won the giveaway and am so pumped to begin the class today. The class continues throughout the month of June, and she has lots of fun things planned for this month. I will be sure to keep you updated on my progress and hope to show you some fun finished projects! I am very excited for this chance to improve my quite basic quilting skills. An interest in quilting is what sparked my desire to pick up sewing again a few years back so I think quilting will always have a special spot in my crafty soul :).

Thanks to PlumandJune and Whipstitch for this great opportunity.

And so it begins…

I have decided to try this blogging thing again. This time I want to keep a journal of sorts of my sewing and crafting adventures. I aim to publish a post several times a week to keep you up-to-date on my adventures. Excited to see where this journey leads me. I also hope to improve my photography skills as I showcase my creations. A warning is due: you may see a barrage of baby boy pictures! But since I think my son is quite adorable; hopefully you won’t mind them too much:). We begin with a collage of photos from recent projects.Image

New pillows for the living room


ImageMy son in his quick change trousers and appliqued tie onesie


Dr. Seuss quilt for a friend’s baby boy.