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Nashville City Sights: Window Shopping

Window shopping is one of my favorite hobbies, and the deadly heat this weekend was a perfect excuse to check out some new (to us) shops in Nashville… plenty of a/c was appreciated, and spending was off the table (except for food!). Most of our weekend adventures tend to last from 10-2 – we leave the house mid-morning, get to our destination, eat lunch, and are back home in time for a mid-afternoon nap.
Window shopping was no exception:
…Franklin Farmers Market…
We started the day down the street at the farmer’s market. It’s super busy during the summer months, so we didn’t spend too much time with the crowds, just got some breakfast from the food trucks and people watched for a bit. I was looking for eggs but couldn’t find any (sold out!), so we left empty handed (but full!).
 The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
…Hi-Fi Buys…
After the farmer’s market, we headed toward Nashville. Hubby’s looking for new headphones so we stopped by Hi-Fi Buys to test drive a few.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
…Preservation Station…
I’ve been so curious to see the inside of Preservation Station, and what a treat! This place is old house heaven… so many vintage & antique everything… doors, chandeliers, stained glass windows, doorknobs, drawer pulls,  mantels, hardware, etc. etc.! I loved it. We may be building a brand new house, but I can’t wait to find some old treasures to bring to our new home some day.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
…Craft South…
Next, we headed toward 12 South for lunch. But I couldn’t resist visiting Craft South one more time! It’s such a visually inspiring place, I know I’ll be coming back again soon.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
…The Flipside…
We finally tried out The Flipside for lunch, and we’ll definitely be back again soon. Winner winner, chicken dinner!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
On the way back to the car, we picked up some peaches from a roadside market and headed home for the day… window shopping is exhausting!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

Meow Monday: BFF+E

Every so often I catch the cats being besties… and lately, it’s been happening as the sun goes down and they catch the last few rays together on the window ledge.

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

I’m pretty sure the heater Tali is laying on is the only thing keeping Cora from falling off, ha!

 

P.S. Sneaky peek… a certain furry someone was mighty pleased that I finished up a quilt over the weekend! I’ll get pics up later this week.

The Amateur Librarian // Low Volume Plus Swap Quilt

 

High Five for Friday!

Another High Five for Friday! It’s not like this was a bad week… but it was busy and slipped by quickly, and come Thursday night I had a hard time coming up with any pics. So I’m leaning heavily on what I’ve been watching/listening/reading lately, hope you don’t mind!


The Amateur Librarian // H54F The Amateur Librarian // H54F

 

1 – Shop Hop. The monthly Music City MQG meetings are always a highlight, and this month’s field trip was no exception! It ws great to finally check out all the local quilt shops, build my stash, and come home with lots of inspiration.
2 – UnReal. This Lifetime show is my guiltiest pleasure this summer… it’s about the behind-the-scenes of a reality dating show, written by former producers on reality shows. It’s magnificent… soapy and dramatic, of course, but also dark and biting social commentary.
3 – Beach Flip. This is like comfort food on the TV – four teams renovate four beach houses on the Gulf Coast, with celebrity HGTV judges. Yum!
4 – Station 11. I was reading the paperback, but I couldn’t find enough time to get into it so I started listening to the audiobook during my commute. I find myself volunteering to run errands by myself just to keep listening… looking forward to a marathon session this weekend. I usually steer away from post-apocalyptic fiction, but this one is so, so good!
5 – Trainwreck.  I love Amy Schumer’s sketch show and this rom com was hilarious – definitely over the top raunchy too, but enough heart to make this a solid A.

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Super Quick Frugal Tip: Cold Brew Iced Tea

I mentioned this super easy tip last week, and I wanted to do a quick post so I don’t forget about it (plus, the image is pretty generic for Pinterest… oh, the horror!)
Cold Brew Iced Tea
The Amateur Librarian // Cold Brew Iced Tea
I picked this tip up from The Splendid Table… talk about a eureka moment!
All you have to do it fill a pitcher with water, add a tea bag, and let it sit in the fridge overnight?!
The Amateur Librarian // Cold Brew Iced Tea
There’s no going back now! As soon as we moved back South, I started drinking sweet tea again. I was able to cut it down to half-and-half but now I’ve been Unsweet all the way for all of 2015… and now I’m brewing it myself at the beginning of every week.
Did you see that Starbucks just started doing “small batch cold brew tea” too? Guess I’m up on the latest barista trends and didn’t even know it!

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current WIP… only one this week! All that shopping wore me out, so I haven’t had time for much crafting. But I worked a bit on the Impossible cross stitch, so here’s an update:

It Always Seems Impossible Until is is Done 

The Amateur Librarian // Impossible Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Impossible Cross Stitch

 

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

Nashville City Sights: Quilt Shop Hop

 I’ve been on a fabric fast for the past few months in preparation for the Music City MQG Shop Hop this past weekend… it was so worth it! We visited 5 quilt shops in the area which ran special discounts for our group and had an absolute blast shopping all day long, from Franklin to Nashville to Goodlettsville and back again.
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
Donuts & fruit greeted us at our first stop, as well as a tutorial for their Shortcut Binding Tool which is great for creating two-color binding and binding with a flange. I’m so glad I finally got a peek inside, since it’s just a few miles down the road.
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
I started slowly with a few fat quarters – throughout the day I tried to concentrate on finding yellow and low-volume prints – I have a quilt in mind, and it helped me to resist buying everything under the sun!
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
Craft South – Nashville
I was probably most excited to finally get inside Craft South, Anna Maria Horner’s new brick and mortar store. As expected, every inch was beautiful and welcoming. Even the bathroom!
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
I couldn’t resist a scrap bag of Anna Maria Horner’s woven Loominous line, plus some yardage to make pillowcases. I’m sure I’ll be back for their classes or events.
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Fabric Studio – Nashville
This teeny shop packs a punch – I probably got more here than anywhere else! I just can’t resist scrap bags, or fat quarter deals… and there was a “garage sale” table where I picked up an adorable sun-bleached zipper pouch for cross stitch WIPs.
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
My haul!
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
We stopped at a brand new coffee shop down the street, Eighth and Roast, for a mid-day caffeine break and they kindly let us eat our boxed lunches there too. Shopping is exhausting – and makes you hungry too!
Quilter’s Attic – Goodlettsville
The first thing that caught my eye were two gorgeous barn quilts on the buildings around this shop… totally reignited my obsession with barn quilts! Inside, there’s a big selection of fabric as well as books and notions. My favorite part is all the quilts hanging everywhere… so much inspiration! Everyone especially loved those pinwheels on the stairs, and at the top is an entire showroom as well as a classroom for workshops.
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
I limited myself to a few fat quarters and a booklet of patterns… I’ve been looking for an excuse to use up some mini charm squares!
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
Stitcher’s Garden – Franklin
Back in Franklin, we ended the day with Stitcher’s Garden. This shop is right down the street from me, but you have to be in the right frame of mind to brave the aisles (and piles and stacks and baskets and cubbies) stuffed to the brim with fabric. It’s quite the experience!
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
Of course I managed just fine… and added some more yellow and low volume to my stash!
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
My bag was quite full by the end of the day! Spreading it all out was like an adult’s Halloween candy!
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
Of course the first order of business was sorting it all into color order before adding it to my stash.
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
Whew… what a day! I had so much fun touring the area and getting to know all the shops tucked away that I haven’t had time to visit. A big shout out to all the stores, who welcomed us and fed us along the way, AND especially to the amazing guild ladies who organized it all!
More city sights coming soon as I explore the Nashville area!

Meow Monday: Let the Cat out of the Bag

Cora loves it when I go shopping… because then she gets to climb inside the bags and shred the tissue paper until I ruin the fun by cleaning up.

 

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

This weekend was an EPIC shopping event… I’ve been on a fabric fast for months in preparation for the Music City MQG shop hop to FIVE different quilt shops in the area. Excited to share my haul and a glimpse of the shops tomorrow!

Until then… here’s precious Cora and her favorite bag from this weekend. (Sorry my foot is in each picture… oops!)

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

High Five for Friday!

Another High Five for Friday!

I’m sharing the highlights of my week… five to be exact!  I love the idea of focusing on five little things that made me happy… definitely a fun way to recap the week and stay grateful.


The Amateur Librarian // H54F The Amateur Librarian // H54F

 

1 – Water Shoes. Best $5 investment ever! Great excuse to visit a waterfall and splash around.

2 – Design Decisions. We’ve been meeting with our builder to nail down all the details in the new house… wiring/tile/granite/hardwood/carpeting/paint colors… and now we’re all done! It was fun but stressful too… now there’s no turning back and we can sit back to watch the building begin!
3 – Modern Romance. A much more thoughtful (and well-researched) look at modern relationships than you would expect from a stand-up comedian… I am loving the audiobook version!
4 – Finish! And by the deadline, too!
5 – Cold Brew Iced Tea. This tip from The Splendid Table was a eureka moment for me… and now I’ve been making my own iced tea every few days for the past few weeks. Yum!

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Riley Blake Fabric Challenge

The deadline for the Riley Blake Fabric Challenge is the end of July… so I finally cut into the fat eighth bundle last weekend. But I’ve been thinking about it for quite a while! I’ve been gathering Pin-spiration since May. I decided not to buy any additional fabric, so my project was pretty small and I was able to finish it in a weekend.

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Fabric Challenge

Before I get ahead of myself, here are the rules!
  • Make something fantastic that is quilted.
  • Make something you’ve never done before.
  • Challenge yourself to learn something new.
  • Use only Riley Blake Cottage Garden fabrics and coordinating Riley Blake basics and solids.
  • Tag all your photos on Facebook and Instagram with #mqgfabricchallenge
  • The challenge runs from March until July 2015.

I knew I wanted to focus on the birds in the fabric, and at first I was looking at paper pieced feathers and birds, but then I started to think about nests. I remembered this tutorial for a Bloomin’ QAYG panel from Hey Let’s Make Stuff, and it seemed like a good time to try it. I’ve done a lot of QAYG lately, but I’ve never tried it in an improv fashion and I’ve never made a pillow before… so that was my “something new”!

The tutorial is great for step-by-step instructions, and it’s pretty easy to get the hang of it quickly. I did a couple things differently – I didn’t use a backing fabric since the back of the batting would be hidden inside the pillow, and I didn’t press each fabric as it was added. I set aside one fat eighth for the backing, and kept adding to the panel until it was big enough. Then I trimmed off the excess, sewed right sides together, and turned the pillow right side out. I had a nearly-full bag of stuffing left over from another project, so I used all 12 oz. and it filled out the pillow pretty nicely.

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

Here are a few progress pics:

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

Ta da! I’m really pleased with the finished pillow.

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

Here’s the back:

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current WIPs!

Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

I’m making progress on the July block… love the dandelions!

The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

Low Volume Plus Quilt

Last weekend, I worked a bit more with the low volume plus swap blocks… I can’t wait to get this one done and hung in the living room! I usually work with fabrics on the cool side, so I deliberately requested swap blocks that were outside my comfort zone – I love the summery reds, oranges, and yellows that I received!

The Amateur Librarian // Low Volume Plus Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Low Volume Plus Quilt

I quilted all the blocks, decided on a layout, and sewed all the rows together. Next, I need to press open all the seams and attach the rows together. Then I’ll be ready to attach the backing and binding.

Mostly, though, I worked on the Riley Blake Fabric Challenge… nothing like a deadline to inspire some sewing! I actually finished the challenge, so I’ll share that tomorrow. Here’s a sneak peek until then!

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

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