Saturday, January 30, 2010

On a sunny Saturday morning

I woke up this morning and was surprised by a white landscape. Growing up in Portugal we never had it, so it's always fun and exciting when you peek out the window in the morning and everything is covered in snow!

I decided that it was too dangerous to go out on the bike and too beautiful to drive so I decided to bundle up my daughter in the buggy and walk to the supermarket. It's easier said than done! The snow on the ground made it hard to push the buggy and I was all over the place, trying to walk on a slippery road. It was quite a workout!

What a great day to be out and about! The air was crisp, the sky was blue and the temperature not too cold. After running some errands and getting the groceries we walked home through the park.

I had brought with me some bread and we went over to feed the ducks. We are clearly not the only ones doing it, these ducks hang out here the whole day and as soon as they see someone coming, the run over to see if you have food. I find it a little creepy sometimes, a little too "The Birds" for my taste but M. thinks it's hilarious.

Once the bread was gone, we made our way back as it was almost time for lunch! Maybe we'll go out again in the afternoon.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Handprinted Down Under

Lately I have been looking into eco-friendly materials and using them in my bags and crafts. It's easier said than done. Not only there isn't a lot to choose from in the mass-produced fabrics but they are also very expensive! While searching the internet for options, I came accross handprinted fabrics and immediately fell in love. They are pricey too but the fact that someone designed them and them actually made them, by hand, makes them really special.
Below is a sample of my favorite ones, all from Australian designers:
Ink & Spindle

Monday, January 18, 2010

Daisy Janie

A few weeks ago, while surfing the net searching for fabrics and new ideas for projects, I discovered Daisy Janie fabrics. I was immediately taken with the cool designs and zingy, fresh colors and organic, no less! The only downside is that they are a little pricey but, for the right project, I call it an investment! Her new line, Geo Grand is coming out in just a month or so, so I will definitely stay tuned.

In case you can't wait that long, there are plenty of funky prints to choose from, so head out to Daisy Janie's shop and snatch yourself some organic cotton goodness!

Friday, January 8, 2010

If you can make it there

I am planning a trip to New York in March and the official countdown has begun! I have friends to see, shopping to do and turist traps to visit. 
One of the places I am most definitely going is Purl Soho. Since my friend Joslyn sent me the link, I visit their website all the time and pour over their fabrics and other eye candy. Unfortunately, shipping costs and customs make it to expensive to buy more than patterns so I intend to stock up when I go there. Now the hard thing will be deciding which projects to make with the new fabulous fabrics I am going to bring back!