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October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!!!


We had a group costume contest at work on Friday. My unit decided on a pirate theme. Most of the ladies went down the "sexy pirate" avenue, so I decided to mix things up when I found a $6 beard at the Halloween store. Hubby was amused (and a little jealous that I got a plastic sword and he didn't)

Must run. Ray and I have been setting up for the Fall Festival at our church all day and have to be back within the hour. I probably shouldn't even be on here right now...hehe!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Love,
Redbeard the Pirate

October 30, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival


Isn't this a fun idea? Amy's Creative Side is having an online quilt festival for those of us that can't make it to the Houston Intl. Quilt Show!

The quilt I chose is my Double Wedding Ring from earlier this year. I know most of you have probably already seen a million pictures of it because it consumed most of my summer, but I thought I'd post it anyway because I love it so! It's by far the most difficult (and rewarding) quilt I've ever made. There were many episodes of crying like a small child, and I almost gave up several times while ripping out my 500th seam, but once I got the technique down, I was able to zip right through it. There really isn't a lot of in-depth info out there about how to piece one of these bad boys. Sure, there are written instructions galore, but I'm a very visual learner and need pictures and videos to really get it. I think that's why I had such a hard time at the beginning :(


This quilt was a wedding present for one of my best and oldest friends. I've known her since I was 10 and I know that we'll always be friends, no matter how far apart we live. She's a sweetie and I love both her and her husband (who's a riot, by the way!) The other day I messaged them on Facebook, and her husband replied: "We're sorry you haven't heard from us, but we are too busy gazing into one another's eyes to pick up the phone." ....HAHAHA! Silly rabbits.



My goal with this quilt was to make something gender neutral. I always feel kinda sorry for the guys at wedding showers because we ladies pick out almost everything, and there are very few presents that men would get excited about...unless someone buys them a tool box or universal remote, haha! Plus we all know I'm a little on the flamboyant side, and Allison is much more traditional, so I needed to tone down the color palate from my usual shenanigans.


This quilt represents a lot of firsts for me. First time using the Double Wedding Ring pattern. First time free motion quilting. First time binding curved edges. And my first real attempt at combining modern and reproduction fabrics. Hope Valley is a little traditional for my tastes....the oranges and pinks are okay, but I would never have bought the blues and grays if it weren't for this project.  It's no secret how obsessed I am with the Modern Meadow line, but I didn't want to go with just that. I really wanted to pay homage to the long history of the DWR pattern by pulling in some reproduction prints, instead of blazing forward with super modern fabrics and snubbing my nose at tradition. Any other time I might have done that (hehe!), but I really love what the pattern represents and by including traditional fabrics, I felt like I was embracing all the DWR quilts that had been made over the centuries to celebrate a marriage....joining forces with all the little old ladies that sat in sewing bees and spent months hand sewing quilts for their daughters and granddaughters. Don't you feel so proud and blessed to be a part of such an amazing American tradition sometimes? 

 

So that's my story and I'm stickin' to it! Readers, I hope you have a fabulous time surfing through all the amazing quilts posted this weekend! I'll be right there with you clicking away :)

P.S. If you wanna see more pictures of this quilt, I have about a million in this set in Flickr. I wanted to document every inch of it since I was giving it away!

October 28, 2010

MQG Retreat: Last Project - Apple A Day Tote


I was going to post this tomorrow, but I'm too excited to wait!

Isn't it great to finally make something that's been floating around in your brain forever? I have this irrational fear that I'm going to think of something awesome and then forget about it before I have a chance to make it....which is why I keep a notebook with me at all times - so I can frantically sketch my ideas before I get distracted. It would be so much more convenient if I could just think things into existence...BAH!

This idea popped in my head as soon as I saw the Farmdale line, and I wanted to make this tote much sooner so I could start taking it to the market back in September, but you know how that goes. I don't care so much for the rooster prints in that line (they give me nightmarish flashbacks to the abundant number of country apple & rooster themed kitchens I saw growing up in Kentucky), but I love the apples. Apples are so tasty. And cute. And fragrant. You know, people never really think of apples as a fragrant fruit, but they really are. I was in the produce section of Whole Foods the other day, and when I walked down the aisle where piles upon piles of shiny, delicious apples were stacked, the whole area smelled so sweet and wonderful. Mmmmm. My favorites are Cortland and Honeycrisp...what about you?






And in case anyone's wondering, here are the dimensions I cut for each piece:

Exterior: 15" x 20" (1/4" seams)
Lining: 15" x 20" (I used 1/2" instead of 1/4" inch seams so the lining wouldn't be all up in the exterior panels' grill)
Straps: 4" x 36" (I'm pretty tall so I need long straps...plus there's nothing worse than a bag riding up into your armpit)

Leave a comment if you'd like me to scan and upload the apple & leaf templates I drew. They're not pretty because I free-handed them on a piece of graph paper, but it'll save you a little work!

I also used interfacing on all the pieces...lining, exterior, handles and even the leaf & apple pocket. After I'd cut out the pocket pieces, I drew some quick lines with chalk to mirror the sketchy lines of the apples on the Farmdale print. Then I stitched over them with lime green, green, and bright red thread. Once that was done I sewed the pieces together, turned it right side out, and secured it on the front panel. It's big enough to easily hold any cell phone or a small set of keys. Voila!

MQG Retreat: Project #5 - Basted Modern Meadow Quilt


The last time you saw this quilt in early September, I'd just finished the top. And I know I said I was gonna get the finished quilt to my friend before cold weather arrived (which is pretty early in NYC)....but life got in the way. I'm really bad about taking too many things on at once, ya know? My new goal is to have it to her by Thanksgiving. Maybe it's just me, but I kinda crack up whenever I'm working on this quilt, because I can't help but think about how I'll be mailing her the most Springtimey quilt in the universe in the middle of winter. It's almost a little smug, like "hey...here's a Spring quilt to constantly remind you just how long it'll be til you see sunshine again...in your face!"


And I apologize for being too lazy to trim the excess batting before I took photos. This was toward the end of the retreat and my tank was running on fumes. Seriously. I usually only allow myself one Coke a week, but I probably drank enough to fuel a rocket to the moon last weekend. I tip my hat to you Cherry Coke. I don't think I would've been able to function without you...because coffee is nasty...well done, sir.


I'm pretty excited about the back. I find some of my best ideas are born from the ashes of my stupidity. I don't know what I was thinking, but I was going to do the back in a solid piece of AMH's River Rock Voile. But instead of ordering enough yardage to sew two pieces together to cover the width of the quilt, I ordered just enough to cover the length. So naturally, I go to lay my fabric on the quilt top so I can cut enough length, and I realize the fabric is a foot too narrow. Yeah...I really screwed the pooch on that one. I think my mind got confused because I was like "oh, the voiles are wider so it's all good" (because they're 54" instead of 44"), but even 54" was nowhere near the width I needed. I have no explanation. Sometimes I just have to accept that I have moments of complete and utter madness.

So here was my thought process: 1) I'm too cheap to order more $15/yard fabric for the back, 2) I have yardage of all the Little Folk voiles, 3) Why don't I piece some of those coordinating voiles in a strip down the back?

And you know what? I LOVE it. I wish I'd thought of it from the beginning and saved myself the mental pants-kicking from the "not enough fabric" fiasco. I love how it's a "solids" interpretation of the front...I almost feel like it's not the back but another side of the quilt....like it's reversible or something....or variations of the same theme - one solid, one printed.

I hope you guys like it too! I wish you could pet the voiles through the screen, because they're almost like silk. So soft and cool to the touch! Ahhhh....

I don't relish the thought of quilting this because I'm afraid the voile will bunch and pucker easily, but it was too perfect not to use for this project. My friend is a snuggle bunny and loves quilts, but she gets hot very easily. I thought the voile would be cooler and more breathable for the back than regular quilting cotton. I'll let you know what she reports back in a few months ;) 


Happy almost Friday!

October 27, 2010

MQG Retreat: Projects #3 & #4 - Potholders & Box Pouches


When I emailed Mary about her prize, she told me the appliances in her kitchen were black and the cabinets were a light color. So what could be better than a black & white potholder? I used 2" squares for the center fussy cut piece and the outer border. The binding is some 1/2" black bias tape I bought at Joann's a while back.

I wanted to fussy cut a larger square for the Christmas potholder, but I screwed up my math somewhere so the blocks are a little wonky. Don't judge my skills based on this potholder because I'm a tad embarrassed about it! I was going to keep it and make another, but the gals at the retreat told me it was fine and I was just being anal about it. Aren't we always our own worst critics?


And here's the back of both potholders. I tucked a little piece of linen tape in there before I sewed the binding so she can hang them if she wants :) She asked for a modern Christmas potholder, but I couldn't resist the holiday hostess...esp since the potholder is a present and she's holding a present! Too cute of a coincidence to pass up!

Note:  love.sewn...can you please email me at ktelschow@gmail.com? I don't mean to call you out on here, but I couldn't find an email address for you and I haven't been able to get ahold of you through your blog or flickr, so I wasn't sure what else to do (and I don't wanna have to choose another winner!) Thanks!


And last but not least, here's our group project from the retreat! We didn't have time to get to the strawberry pillow project Angela brought (*tear*...hopefully next time!), but I got a chance to show everyone how to make box pouches one night at 3 am. It's a testament to their talent the pouches turned out so well, because everyone was a little cracked out from sleep deprivation at that point!

If you'd like to learn how to make one, check back later this week because I hope to have a tutorial posted by Friday or Saturday. I already have the instructions written up, I just need to take some photos!

Pouches from L to R: Angela, Mandi, Cherie, and Me

October 26, 2010

MQG Retreat: Project #2 - 3x6 Bee Block


I wanted to come up with my own design for this round of the 3x6 bee, so here you have it. It's nothing spectacularly creative (we've all seen a zigzag before), but I thought a lone zigzag on a plain block would be simple and cute. I really enjoy playing with tiny cuts of different prints. Little bitty triangles are so cute, plus small scale prints rarely get a chance to shine, so I thought this would be a good block for that. My husband (and a gal at the retreat) both said it reminded them of Charlie Brown, haha!

The block is for Rose...she asked for gray, white, and soft pinks.



And here are the promised pictures of my presents! They got me an adorable bundle of Riley Blake fabrics (isn't the damask precious?! look at the little pots and irons!) and a matching fabric panel. THANK YOU GALS!!!



Sorry that last photo is really blurry, but I couldn't stop laughing so the camera was shaking in every picture I took. Sadly enough, the one above is the least blurry of the group! Here's what happened...

Me: "Can you hold this up so I can take a picture?"
Husband: "That's what she said."

October 25, 2010

MQG Retreat: Project #1 - Scrappy Spidey Top


Our retreat was awesome! I'm a little tired (from staying up til 3 am every night) and a little stiff (from 3 days of marathon sewing), but I would do it all again in a heartbeat! I had so much fun and can't believe how blessed I am to know such an amazing and talented group of women. They're 100% awesome. When I'm at local quilt shops, I sometimes overhear women talking about little tiffs and feuds between people they're in guilds with, and I'm so incredibly happy we don't have any of that in our guild. Seriously. We're all a part of the MQG to have fun, enjoy each other's company, and be inspired by the work and advice of our fellow members. We stayed up each day until the wee hours of the morning sewing, chatting, watching Glee, laughing, being serenaded by Angela (who has an amazing voice, by the way), and eating Jambalaya and Groom's Cake ice cream *rubs tummy* A good time was had by all, and there's been talk of a Spring retreat because I don't think any of us want to wait a year!

Oh! And I almost forgot to tell you all that the gals had a secret pow-wow and got me the most awesome "thank you" present for organizing the retreat!! I forgot to take pictures, but I'll have some for you tomorrow. I know this will sound like a beauty pageant answer, but I really do all this stuff with the MQG because I love it. It doesn't even feel like work because I love it so much...and I'm happy to do it in order to spend time with my fellow MQG ladies ;) So their gift was a completely unexpected surprise..thank you so much ladies!

So that's that! On to the pictures of my 1st project! I finally collected all 24 of my Bee (A Little Bit) Japanese blocks and put together what I dub the "Scrappy Spidey" quilt top. The top is 95% completed because I still have to add some navy Kona sashing. After that I'll slap the same color Kona on the back and quilt with a Kelly Green embroidery thread. This will be my husband's Christmas present, so I thought the navy and green would be nice and manly for his official "sofa napping" quilt :)


I can't get over how uniform most of the blocks were. They were made by 10 different people and yet I had almost no trouble lining up my seams! Well done hive members!


And here's my favorite block in the bottom right corner. I'm gonna put my tag on the other side of this block once I add the backing. Thanks for the precious birdie Paula!

October 22, 2010

RETREAT!


It's here it's here it's here it's here! It's finally here! The New Orleans Modern Quilt Guild's 1st Annual Fall Retreat is upon us! Waiting for this has been like waiting for Christmas morning. Torturous...and slow...but more than worth the wait :)

There will be much cutting, sewing (in pajamas), ironing, me burning myself on the iron, eating, Glee watching, i've-been-up-all-night slap happiness, innapropriate joke making (*cough* Karen...hehe!) and a few surprises. Sometimes being the boss is fun because you get to know things before everyone else....mostly because you're the one inventing the surprises ;)

I hope you all have a lovely and restful weekend! I don't know what the weather is like where you are, but it's been perfect here the last few weeks. It happens the same every year, but every time I'm caught off guard by it. One random day in October, the humidity will just disappear...like God flipped a switch and declared "be sticky and frizzy and miserable no more New Orleans!" And I'm always wary because I think the humidity is playing a cruel trick on me.

Humidity: "Let's see...I'll disappear for a day or two, lull them into a weather-induced happiness, and then pounce back and crush their dreams!"

Me: "You won't catch me this time humidity! I'm still using my frizz serum every day just in case."

Humidity: "Foiled again!"

And that's how I single-handedly changed the seasons in New Orleans. True Story. The End. (until next May)


Come Monday, I promise to have lots and lots of completed projects and quilted eye candy for you to ogle!

 

HAPPY WEEKEND!!!

October 19, 2010

So excited I could burst!

Not only am I excited about naming the winner of the potholders + chai latte spices, but I received the most awesome package in the history of history yesterday!

First things first, I'll announce the person who posted the "tastiest looking recipe" during the giveaway, and is therefore the winner of 2 custom-made potholders & a bag of chai latte spices from yours truly ;) I conferred with my husband and our criteria was: which of these do we want to cook & eat first? We couldn't narrow it down between two recipes, so we've declared a TIE!

The winners are...
love.sewn's Sweet Potato Empanadas (p. 15)
Mary C.'s Butternut Squash Soup with Apples & Smoked Cheddar (p. 33)

Let me tell you though, it was a really close race. Nancy Sue's Havana Moon Chili, Molly's Brown Butter Shortbread, and Angela's Southwestern Beef Chili with Corn were right on their heels! (you can click here to download a pdf of all the recipes submitted during the contest!)

I decided I would hold off on making the potholders until the winners were announced, because I wanted to give them options. I was inspired by Oh Fransson!, because this summer she had a contest where entrants had to leave an inspirational idea for a mini quilt in the comments. It could be a single word, color, movie, food...whatever!...and at the end she picked the two entries she liked best and made custom mini quilts for them based on the idea they left. I thought that was the coolest idea ever, so I decided to copy her idea on a much smaller scale!

Both of the winners have been contacted, and they'll receive one holiday potholder and one regular "year-round" potholder. But here's where it gets fun! They'll be able to choose between Modern v. Retro for the Christmas potholder, and for the regular "year-round" potholder they can pick their favorite color (or a color that would match their kitchen) and I'll make it accordingly. And knowing me, I may throw in a coordinating extra or two ;)

Moving on to the second thing I mentioned...the awesomely awesome package I received yesterday!!! You guys are not gonna believe this, but my SavVy {Seasons} swap partner, who was only required to send one item, made me the following (these are her pictures, by the way...I swiped them off Flickr (with her permission!) because I didn't have time to take my own yesterday):

FOUR of the most adorable tree placemats ever made!

A wee lil' tree skirt for the mini tree I keep in my cubicle during the holidays. I'm gonna be stylin' and profilin' at the office with this!


And the part you're not gonna believe....

On top of everything else, she made me a FREAKIN' ANNA MARIA HORNER SCOTTIE DOG PILLOW! LOOK! Just LOOK AT IT!!! I wanna start screaming all over again right now!!!

She combined two of my greatest loves in life...my favorite designer with my favorite furry critter!!! He looks thoughtful, doesn't he?

But seriously...the way I was screaming over this package, the people at the post office probably thought I was being axe murdered in my car. Nope. Sorry postal workers...I'm not in pain or danger...I'm just a crazy lady with an over-abundant love of crafty items and bearded dogs.

October 18, 2010

Innocent Crush Winner!

Before I announce the winner, I'd like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone for playing! I looooove Fall cooking and I'm so excited about all the tasty recipes you guys left. If you haven't checked it out already, you should download the pdf file I put together of your awesome fall recipes!!! It seems I've got a talented bunch of cooks reading my blog, so I'm sure you'll find some tasty new treat to make for Thanksgiving ;)

P.S. In case you're not the winner of the Innocent Crush bundle and you left a recipe for me in the comments, check back tomorrow because I'll be announcing the winner of the potholders and Chai spices! And since I'm indecisive...there may be 2 winners instead of just 1...wahoo!!

The winner of the Innocent Crush bundle is...



Comment #54: RoseyPosey!!!


Her comment was...
"I'd have started to follow anyway now that we're in the same hive Kaelin, but I've jumped in early :)"

Congratulations!!! I've contacted the winner, but in case I don't hear back from her by Friday the 22nd, I'll draw another name.

Again, THANK YOU ALL for commenting, becoming followers, and generally being awesome readers! I may have to do another giveaway before Christmas to show my appreciation :)

Completed SavVy {Seasons} Bunting (2nd Set)

Why am I blogging at 12:40 am? I came home this afternoon from church and pretty much blacked out on my sofa. I slept for 4 solid hours and my husband practically had to blow an airhorn in my face to wake me up. We had a late dinner planned with the fam, so I didn't get to work on the last few touches on my 2nd bunting set until 10:30 tonight. I finished the two Santas yesterday, but I hadn't so much as cut out the fabric for the trees yet. Since the SavVy {Seasons} mailing deadline is the 18th (which is technically today....even though it's an ungodly hour right now), I had to shake a tailfeather in order to finish in time! Below are all the photos. My husband is already in bed and even uber-hyper Whiskers is dragging right now, so that's why I'm making this short and sweet. You can read more about my interchangable bunting and see the first set here.




October 15, 2010

SURPRISE!!!

When I asked for people to leave their favorite fall recipes as a way to get another entry into the giveaway, "Quilary" jokingly suggested that I should make a cookbook for The Plaid Scottie. After I thought about it for a while, I realized it wouldn't actually be a bad idea! It would be a real pain for you guys to have to go to my website, click around looking for the post you needed, and then have to sift through 200 comments for a specific recipe. Soooo....*drumroll*...I've put together a pdf file of "reader's choice" recipes!!!! All the recipes posted as of 5 o'clock today are included, and I'm gonna go back and update the file on Tuesday with any new ones that are posted over the weekend. If I knew you had a blog, then I tried to write the title out next to your user name. If I missed your blog and you'd like for me to go back and add it, I'd be more than happy to. Also feel free to email me with any typos or other errors you notice.

So in case you'd been wondering where the heck I was the past few days, there's your answer! You guys are so awesome, and since I can't give every single one of you a fat quarter bundle (much as I'd like to), I wanted to do something small for everyone as a "thank you for reading my insignificant craft blog" present...hehe! Consider it a tiny repayment of all the happiness your support, suggestions, and compliments bring me :) It really means a lot to me that so many people have become followers, and I can't tell you how nice it is to come home from Corporate America every day and read your sweet comments. Sewing is my true passion, and I look forward to working on my projects and blog every day (sometimes it's the only thing that gets me through work!)

So enough of the mushy stuff. Readers - time to fire up those ovens!!! (Note: The cookbook has been updated with the change requests I received and the new recipes that were posted over the weekend)

Click here for the downloadable PDF.

October 13, 2010

Miscellaneous & Sundries

I know, I know. I've made like 500 box pouches and posted them on here, but believe it or not, I've actually censored myself several times and many of them haven't made an appearance. Aren't you proud of me?

Alas, the siren call of wee bitty owls was too much for me to resist, so I just had to share this one with you guys! You see, I'm trying to rope my friend Katie into picking up sewing, so I took her to a local quilt shop to pick out fabric for some curtains in her new house. I knew the designer fabrics at Mes Amis would plant the fabric bug in her, and I was totally right. She went crazy when she saw this print, so I bought a FQ and secretly made this pouch for her! I call it the "Mr. Owl Pouch"....because even though they're baby owls, they wanna feel grown up and all demanded that I call them "Mr. Owl" like their dad.

I'm insane, I know...but I like creating backstories for some of my creations. The scary thing is that what you guys read on here is actually me filtering my thoughts. Terrifying, I know. If I seem this crazy when I'm consciously censoring myself, what must my internal monologue sound like? Probably something like Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka + Kristin Chenoweth + Martha Stewart. There are a lot of show tunes in my head...and I talk a lot...but I'm surprisingly organized and versatile despite my madness.

Right. So. More pictures of my projects, less crazy talk.




Both the interior and exterior fabrics are from Michael Miller. The exterior is Who's Hoot in Olive from the Hedgehog Group, and the interior is Chocolate Dumb Dots. And again, I used linen tape for the zipper pulls on the side.


I've finally collected all my bee blocks from my month as Queen Bee in the Bee (A Little Bit) Japanese! I plan on putting the top together during the New Orleans MQG's fall retreat next weekend. I am so RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED about it!!! This is my first quilting retreat, I absolutely love the people in our guild, and I have a ton of surprises planned that none of my little "guildies" know about. BWAHAHA! By the way, "guildies" is the pet name I've now come up with for our members....I considered "guildlings" for a second...but that sounded way too much like "geldings" and it weirded me out.


And THIS is a project I've been working on for our home. Mail and other miscellanous papers in our house have a tendency to collect into "crap piles" on any flat surface...our dining table, kitchen counters, coffee table, desk...so this will hopefully put an end to that. NO MORE CRAP PILES! I'm using a pattern from One Yard Wonders to make a wall organizer for incoming mail and important papers.

These are my cut fabric pieces and I need to run out and get some grommets before I can finish. Fun fact: this was one of the first pieces of fabric I ever bought (and it was purchased from the first online fabric store I found...purlsoho!), and I've been hoarding it for going on 4 years. I loved it too much to use for a project I'd be giving away, and now that I've found a suitable use for it in our house, I'm happy to finally cut into it! :) Can't wait to show you guys the finished project (and the death of crap piles!)

October 11, 2010

My 1st Completed SavVy {Seasons} Set!!! (the Milk & Cookies one)



I finished my first bunting set this weekend for the SavVy {Seasons} Swap, and I'm SO excited about how it turned out. I've never made a bunting before and I completely made up my own pattern and instructions, so it was a huge gamble! Even worse, I didn't even look at other bunting instructions for basic construction tips because I'm an idiot like that. My husband will tell you, I can be a bit lazy sometimes and take wild & hare-brained shortcuts...so it's a real miracle this project didn't crash and burn!

I had a few concerns about the snaps, but they work really well. I was afraid that when the bunting was hung, the pieces attached with snaps (cookies & milk bottles) would swivel on the snap and not align with the curvature of the flags. But so far, so good! I'm starting work on the Christmas Trees + Santas set tonight and I'll keep ya'll posted.

P.S. I really hope my secret swap partner has a fireplace, because it would be SO PRECIOUS to hang this over the fireplace the night before Christmas. It would be like a welcome banner pointing Santa to his treats! ;)





I'm seriously gonna have to make another one of these for our fireplace this Christmas!

October 8, 2010

Pardon me while I laugh maniacally

I received my mug rug package in the mail yesterday and when I tore it to bits and Scottie paraphernalia spilled out, I started making these weird sounds to my husband. They weren't really squeals of delight, screams, or even villainous cackles....they were hysterical, short bursts of laughter usually only made by truly insane people. HA! ha HA! *short pause to slap my husband on the arm in excitement* HA! ha...HA HA HA! And I'm sure I had wild eyes like Gollum cradling "the precious" as I was doing it. You see, I have an unhealthy attachment to my dog. I don't dress him up in weird clothes or push him around in a $2,000 British pram like some of the crazy people I saw in Chicago....but I have told Ray that when Whiskers passes one day, he should expect mourning of Biblical proportions....like me sitting in the backyard in a sackcloth wailing and throwing ashes on myself. It will be bad. Truthfully, I'll probably just lock myself in the house like crazy Miss Havisham for a week or so, but that's neither here nor there.

Point is, I've LOVED Scotties ever since I was little. I love their stumpy bodies, giant heads, whiskery beards, and prideful little trots. I picked out a name for my future Scottie over 10 years ago, so all I needed to complete the plan was a living, breathing dog. Pets weren't allowed in our apartment complex in Chicago, so as soon as we moved to New Orleans, I began waging my campaign. I found someone selling Scottie pups in a nearby town, so I printed several pictures of a closeup of one of their sweet little faces, laminated them, and strategically placed them all over the house. On the fridge. In Ray's wallet. On his pillow. Taped on the car dash. Ray caved to my insanity, Sir Whiskers MacTavish became my furry companion, and I began collecting Scottie paraphernalia like nobody's bizzznass.

Now that I've painted a complete picture of my Scottie-induced madness, you can probably picture my reaction to the following a little bit better:


Here are all my goodies from Clover & Violet!!! Is it sad that I immediately recognized her Flickr name because she has a Scottie icon that I'd commented on before?



During this picture I was thinking, "oh, it will be so cute if I hold the notepad next to Whiskers and take a picture of him doing the same pose as the dog on the notepad"



While I was trying to capture that shot, Whiskers decided he didn't like the looks of my notepad anymore...so he turned on it, bit down, and violently fought me for it (all while I'm still trying to hold the camera with one hand and snap a photo). His eyes were staring right into mine saying "just let go of it you devil woman!"


THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU JENNIE! I absolutely love my loot and can't wait to use it at my desk! I'll snap a photo so you can see all your hard work in action :)


Sidenote: Anyone game for some milk and cookies? I finished the embroidery on my first bunting set (mentioned here and here)!

P.S. Is it sad that making fake food constantly makes me hungry for real food? True story.


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