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Finally Finished: Moving Up Piece by Piece Quilt

Happy Labor Day!  We humans are taking it easy today and the cats are taking a break from their regularly scheduled napping for… more naps.  So instead of a cat update, I’m sharing another finish.  And actually, Cora makes quite a few appearances as you shall see…
Remember this quilt top?
The Amateur Librarian // Moving Up Piece by Piece Quilt
I worked on it when I first moved to San Francisco, after the fuss of moving and resection surgery had settled down and I was unemployed with a brand new ostomy bag to take care of all day.  I was just starting to discover the online quilting community and the Crazy Mom Quilts blog was a favorite, so I chose her Movin’ On Up tutorial as a jumping off point.  I remember how energizing it felt to have a project to concentrate on during those hot fall months in a new city, trotting back and forth between the bedroom and the living room because the bed was the only space I had to lay out all the little squares.  I made a few quilts from start to finish while we lived in SF, but this one remained in the WIP pile for a few years since 2011 and moved to TN still unfinished.  A few weeks ago JoAnn’s had a fabric sale so I decided to stock up on batting and fabric for quilt backs to finally work through my WIP pile.
The Amateur Librarian // Moving Up Piece by Piece Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Moving Up Piece by Piece Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Moving Up Piece by Piece Quilt
The size was pretty weird so I thought about adding borders and maybe some off-center negative space to make a bigger quilt, but then I realized it was the perfect size for the empty wall in the dining room… so if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
The Amateur Librarian // Moving Up Piece by Piece Quilt
I quilted a simple straight-line grid using the pattern as a guide, then added diagonal lines as well.  I’d like to start practicing Free Motion Quilting one of these days… but not quite yet.  One step at a time!  I used my new favorite pre-made double fold binding in green to finish it up with matching thread.
Hubby helped with another quick photo shoot… I promise he’s wearing shorts under there, ha!  Cora helped too, of course.
The Amateur Librarian // Moving Up Piece by Piece Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Moving Up Piece by Piece Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Moving Up Piece by Piece Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Moving Up Piece by Piece Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Moving Up Piece by Piece Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Moving Up Piece by Piece Quilt
So happy to have another completed quilt… and it’s the perfect fit for the dining room.  I’m well on my way to a quilt in every room!
The Amateur Librarian // Moving Up Piece by Piece Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Moving Up Piece by Piece Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Moving Up Piece by Piece Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Moving Up Piece by Piece Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Moving Up Piece by Piece Quilt
I’m linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts (my inspiration!) for Finish Friday!

High Five for Friday!

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  and stay grateful.

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

 

1 – Opryland. We spent a night at Opryland courtesy of my company, and it was such a fun “stay cation!”  It was great to get a way from the real world for a bit without having to drive for hours.
2 – Titans game. I’m not a huge football fan, but we couldn’t refuse free tickets and a skybox!  Another perk from my job.. fun stuff!
3 – Double Fold Binding Bias Tape. I tried out pre-made double fold binding for the first time, and it’s a huge timesaver!  It was awesome to finish up that last step on a couple quilts in record time.
4 – Flying North.  I finished up my latest quilt and really like it a lot… so much that I had to display it above the couch immediately. I’ve been fascinated with flying geese lately so it was fun to play around with them.
5 – Long Weekend.  This one is actually a combo of two things I’m looking forward to for the holiday: my parents are driving down this morning for a visit (yay!) and an infusion (boo!), and later this weekend we’re road tripping to the Dismals in AL for a day trip.  Cheers to a long weekend!

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I’m linking up with Lauren Elizabeth for H54F!

H54F

Project Pinterest: Flying North Quilt

I go through phases of obsession with different quilt designs… remember my ode to Half Square Triangles?  Lately I’ve been all about flying geese.  I guess I’ve experimented before – remember my wonky tree ornaments?  (I still love those little things.)  I’ve been pinning all sorts of flying geese quilts, and here are some of my favorites:

 

Eventually I stumbled on this flying geese block on a blog and had to pin it… and then I couldn’t rest until I got started!

Flying North Quilt 

The Amateur Librarian // Flying North Quilt

Finished Size: 40″ x 48″

I decided to go with a cool palette of greens, blues, and purples with grey as my neutral.  Each block calls for six 2×3 geese and eight 4×6 geese.  Sometimes (most of the time) I don’t feel like bothering with the math part, so I just pulled some fabric and started cutting.  I really like this tutorial for making flying geese – all four different techniques in one place, with lots of measurements already worked out for you.  I still like the Four-at-a-time method the best, the same one I learned a couple years ago.
The Amateur Librarian // Flying North Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Flying North Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Flying North Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Flying North Quilt
My ironing station… works better than an ironing board!
The Amateur Librarian // Flying North Quilt
I made a whole bunch of flying geese, then counted to see how many I had… and I made way too many.  More is always a happy mistake, though – I’m sure I’ll use them up eventually!
I used my dinky “design wall” to play around with the arrangement.  (Air quotes necessary until I put up something more legit… But really, even though I make fun of my poor piece of batting thumb tacked to the wall, it’s so helpful for taking a step back and looking at a project in progress.)
The Amateur Librarian // Flying North Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Flying North Quilt
I made a pieced back with some leftover geese and a few panels of fabric used in the quilt top.  The blocks are pretty big at 16″ so I only made four, and decided to add borders.  First a narrow strip of navy, then a wider strip of grey.  I added a few leftover geese to the grey border, which I really like.  (Reminds me of the borders on my Modern Wedding Quilt.)
The Amateur Librarian // Flying North Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Flying North Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Flying North Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Flying North Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Flying North Quilt
I used the geese in the borders as a guide for a loose grid.  I’m trying to experiment a bit more with my straight line quilting, so I like that it’s not the same grid I do all the time and a bit off-center.
I’m still working on getting better at binding.  This time I used pre-made double folded binding tape… love it!  It’s so much quicker and turned out perfectly.  I don’t mind making binding, but it was nice to skip a step and it worked out really well.  I liked this Youtube tutorial, if you’ve never used it before (like me!).
The Amateur Librarian // Flying North Quilt
I like these flying geese so much that I switched out my Hillside Houses in the living room so my geese can have their day in the sun.  Still loving the no-sew quilt hanger!  I’ve been calling this quilt “Flying North” in my head all along, I guess because of the cool colors, so that’s the name!
The Amateur Librarian // Flying North Quilt

Hubby helped me out with a photo shoot on the porch – not the best lighting with the sun behind him, but better than what I could get inside.

The Amateur Librarian // Flying North Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Flying North Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Flying North Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Flying North Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Flying North Quilt

Three cheers for Pinterest, once again!   I’m  also linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish Friday… it’s been a while!

WIWW: August 17-23, 2014

Another week of What I Wore Wednesday!

The Amateur Librarian // What I Wore Wednesday

 

What I Wore Wednesday is my motivation for wearing the clothes I own, finding new ways to mix and match outfits, and not wearing the same three things all the time! I kept a fashion diary for the entire year of 2012, in 2013 I added a bit about my days to go along with the outfit, and I’m continuing the same tradition in 2014… So these weekly check-ins are a mini journal of my life too!

August 17

August 17

graphic tee // Old Navy (old)
khaki shorts // Loft
white flip flops // Old Navy
It’s been the summer of shorts around here!  I like it when the season act appropriately, including hot weather during the summertime (I’m looking at you, Pacific Northwest!) Cozy rainy day, so I indulged in inside activities – cross stitching a bit with the cats in attendance, and playing with stickers.
August 18

August 18

black top // Banana Republic via eBay
baroque pearls // eBay
striped maxi skirt // Gap
pewter sandals // Belk
Another Monday! Can’t seem to find another top to go with this maxi skirt for work, but decided not to worry too much about it. The rainy day cleared up so I could walk after work.  After dinner we resisted the TV and read all night – sometimes I forget how nice it is!
August 19

August 19

polka dot black tee // Loft via eBay
taupe cardigan // Ann Taylor
olive green pants // Gap
black strap+cork wedges // PayLess
This all-neutral outfit was inspired by Putting Me Together... I love her easygoing fashion blog!  The rain held off for another walk after work, which was nice.  I got challenged by my BFF to participate in the ALS Ice Water challenge… brrr!  It was fun to be part of the fad, especially for a good cause.  (Video evidence on Facebook and Instagram if you’re interested.)
August 20

August 20

navy striped dress // Loft
navy blue cardigan // Old Navy
sailboat pendant // GroopDealz
nude wedges // PayLess
Hump day!  Busy day at work followed by another walk.  Unfortunately the summer heat caught up with me and the 90 degree weather at 6 PM wasn’t so much fun… hopefully it cools down again soon!
August 21

August 21

teal top // GroopDealz
mint chevron necklace // GroopDealz
black skinny pants // Gap
pewter sandals // Belk
Easy peasy outfit.  Teal is still my favorite color to wear!  Too hot after work to walk.  Finally got to talk to my mama again on the phone – it was weird missing our daily talks while my parents were on vacation and out of reception!  We made pizza for dinner and watched my favorite Thursday night shows with a glass of wine: The Quest and Project Runway!
August 22

August 22

navy floral top // Belk
skinny jeans // Aeropostale via eBay
silver rope sandals // eBay
TGIF!  Another half day at work, with a few errands and a doctor appointment in the afternoon. I’ve been neglecting my sewing machine lately but I sat down with an audiobook and enjoyed a few hours working on a quilt… post on that coming tomorrow!  After hubby got off work we stopped by The Bottle Store for their free Friday night wine tasting followed by Mexican for dinner… fun way to kick off the weekend!
August 23

August 23

embroidered grey dress // eBay
white flip flops // Old Navy

Staycation at Opryland!  We drove over around lunch time and spent the afternoon seeing the sights – the complex is huge!  It was a welcome retreat compared to the heat and humidity outside.  Great food, beautiful scenery, sweet room, it’s like a whole different world under the domes. Fun times!

I’m linked up to The Pleated Poppy for WIWW!

Nashville City Sights: Opryland Staycation

My company offered everyone a free night at Opryland and my night came around last weekend.  We had a great little “staycation” just a few minutes from home!
The Opryland complex is huge – almost 3,000 rooms and connected areas called the Cascades, Conservatory, Delta, and Magnolia.  We checked in around lunch time and while away the afternoon walking through the trails, browsing the shops, and indulging in a few treats… good times!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
Now I can cross “waterfall” off my summer bucket list :)
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
Mmm… espresso gelato!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
We did the boat ride around the lake… a bit cheesy, but fun!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
It was sooo hot and humid outside we didn’t even want to sit by the pool!  There was enough to do inside that we didn’t mind missing out.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
There were multiple restaurants and we chose the Italian Rivallo… yum!  We caught the last water fountain light show and finished up with drinks by the waterfall.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The fountain show was pretty spectacular… so after a few pics I put the phone away and just enjoyed it :)
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
We had a beautiful night… so lucky to have such fun places to visit nearby!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
 More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

Meow Monday: Cats of Instagram, Part Fifteen

Another Instagram update!  This batch is from April – May as we settled into our new apartment and I started my job.  Time flies!

 

Stitching on the porch with my buddy Cora

Stitching on the porch with my buddy Cora

 

Keeping a watch in all directions

Keeping a watch in all directions

 

Such a helpful thing.

Such a helpful thing.

 

More stitching, more sunning

More stitching, more sunning

 

Cora claimed the new table right away

Cora claimed the new table right away

 

Tali blends right into the furniture!

Tali blends right into the furniture!

 

Two levels of napping.

Two levels of napping.

 

Bath time.

Bath time.

 

April stitching.

April stitching.

 

Cora's view of the "design wall"

Cora’s view of the “design wall”

High Five for Friday!

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  and stay grateful.

 

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

1 – Hair cut!  Yep, I chopped it all off.  I’m still getting used to it, but mostly I love it!  So much faster to get ready in the morning.

2 – Hand Dyed Fabric. The Music City MQG went on a field trip to Twiggy & Opal’s home to learn how to hand dye fabric – so cool!  I love the four fat quarters I came away with, in shades of chambray and sunshine.

3 –Stickers. Oh man, I had so much fun playing with stickers and making these mandalas. Sometimes it’s just nice to do something purely for fun!

4 – Little Golden Books. I’ve started a new collection, but fortunately it will be limited to just twelve items – I’m collecting the Little Golden Book versions that go along with each of the twelve fairy tales in the Once Upon a Time cross stitch sampler. I got the idea from the Facebook group and couldn’t let it go… it just appeals to my love of the OUAT project and children’s books too perfectly to resist!  It’s also the perfect use for my PaperbackSwap.com membership – I’ve accumulated lots of credits but they rarely have the latest bestsellers available, so I can put together this collection for free and finally use up some of my points.  So far I’ve got the books for several months, but I’m still missing a couple.  The hunt continues!

5 –  Arm Band. I got this arm band for my cell phone during the tax free weekend a couple weeks ago, and it has definitely made my daily walks more enjoyable – hands-free!  I’m finally back in a routine again, I just switched from waking up early to going after work.  So far, it’s working out (pun intended) pretty well… and I’m enjoying my extra hour of sleep in the morning!

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I’m linking up with Lauren Elizabeth for H54F!

H54F

#Nerdbery

I love children’s literature but it can be hard to choose new books to read from among the hundreds of new titles that come out each year… so I decided it would be a fun challenge to read the new winners of the Newbery Medal to keep up to date with the world of children’s lit.  While I was Googling around for a checklist, I stumbled upon the Mr. Schu Reads blog and his Nerdbery Challenge.  No point in reinventing the wheel, so I’m joining in with his challenge to read every Newbery Medal winner… stress-free!  Which means there’s no time limit, no pressure to read every single book, and no need to re-read books I’ve read before.
The Amateur Librarian // Newbery Medal Challenge
In case you didn’t know… per the ALA website, “the Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.”
The Newbery medal is announced in January each year… I haven’t paid attention in the last few years since I was a school librarian, but I’m excited to catch up on the latest winners.  And until the 2015 winner is announced next January, it will be fun to read through the previous winners since 1922.  Maybe one day I’ll read them all… but remember, this challenge is stress-free!
I went through the list (if you want a handy checklist, I found a great freebie on TPT at this link) and crossed off the ones I’ve read in the past.  Kudos to my 4th grade teacher Mrs. Yarbrough, because most of the books I remember reading are from that school year: Shiloh, Number the Stars, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, The Giver, Maniac Magee, Bridge to Terabithia.  I’ve read a few more in the past couple years but I want to re-read all the books that I read a long time ago.  (Although I can’t find Caddie Woodlawn or A Wrinkle in Time in my reading logs but I KNOW I read them while I was a librarian in 2009-2011… hmm…)
I’m excited to get started!  Here’s the official list, with a link to the book review if I’ve crossed it off already and blue titles for the ones I’ve read before.  I plan on posting periodic updates as I go and using the #nerdbery hashtag to join in on the social media fun.  First up to re-read: The Giver, by Lois Lowry.  Jumping on the movie bandwagon!
2014: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
2013: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
2012: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
2011: Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
2010: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
2009: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Dave McKean
2008: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz
2007: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, illus. by Matt Phelan
2006: Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
2005: Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
2004: The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo 
2003: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
2002: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
2001: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
2000: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
1999: Holes by Louis Sachar
1998: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
1997: The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
1996: The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman 
1995: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
1994: The Giver by Lois Lowry
1993: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
1992: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 
1991: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli 
1990: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry 
1989: Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman
1988: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
1987: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
1986: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan 
1985: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
1984: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
1983: Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt
1982: A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard
1981: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson 
1980: A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos 
1979: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
1978: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson 
1977: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
1976: The Grey King by Susan Cooper
1975: M. C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton
1974: The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
1973: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien 
1971: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars 
1970: Sounder by William H. Armstrong 
1969: The High King by Lloyd Alexander
1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
1967: Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
1966: I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino
1965: Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska
1964: It’s Like This, Cat by Emily Neville 
1963: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle 
1962: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
1960: Onion John by Joseph Krumgold
1959: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare 
1958: Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
1957: Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen
1956: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
1955: The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong 
1954: …And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold
1953: Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark
1952: Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
1951: Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
1950: The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
1949: King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
1948: The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois
1947: Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
1946: Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
1945: Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
1944: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
1943: Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
1942: The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds
1941: Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
1940: Daniel Boone by James Daugherty
1939: Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright
1938: The White Stag by Kate Seredy
1937: Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer
1936: Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink 
1935: Dobry by Monica Shannon
1934: Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs
1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Lewis
1932: Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer
1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth 
1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field 
1929: The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly
1928: Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
1927: Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James
1926: Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman
1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger
1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes
1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting 
1922: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon
Fun reading ahead!

WIWW: August 10-16, 2014

Another week of What I Wore Wednesday!

 

The Amateur Librarian // What I Wore Wednesday

What I Wore Wednesday is my motivation for wearing the clothes I own, finding new ways to mix and match outfits, and not wearing the same three things all the time! I kept a fashion diary for the entire year of 2012, in 2013 I added a bit about my days to go along with the outfit, and I’m continuing the same tradition in 2014… So these weekly check-ins are a mini journal of my life too!

August 10

August 10

blue + white striped top // Charming Charlie’s
silver initial leaf necklace // Etsy
green skinny jeans // Old Navy
white flip flops // Old Navy
Back in the car to head toward Tennessee after hanging out with hubby’s family for the weekend. I couldn’t leave without snapping a pic of the awesome hand-quilted quilt on the bed!  The four hour drive gets quicker each time we visit… I’m just glad we’re not a flight away anymore!  We were happy to see the cats again once we were back home and rest up before the work week started again.
August 11

August 11

coral top with lace detail // Belk
tassel necklace // Charming Charlie’s
black pants // Banana Republic
black flats // PayLess
I like this top better in person than in pics… but I feel that way with a lot of outfits that end up here on WIWW.  Oh well!  Hubby always asks how long I’m going to keep up with WIWW and I really don’t know… it’s just habit by this time, but I’m sure I won’t have time for it forever.  Maybe one day I’ll decide to just give up on it… but not yet!  (Too bad for hubby, since he’s been taking the pics lately.)  Otherwise, just another Monday in the books.  Busy day at work, followed by a grocery run and catching up on the DVR (the season finale of Food Network Star was the highlight for me… I love Lenny!)
August 12

August 12

nude+black geometric print dress // Deep South Pout
turquoise bubble necklace // GroopDealz
black strap + cork wedges // PayLess
Another busy day… and another easy dress + necklace outfit. I finally decided that if I’m not going to wake up early every morning to exercise, then I should at least try to fit it in some other time.  So I did my usual walk/run loop right after work, and it worked out surprisingly well.  I thought it might be too hot at the end of the day but it really wasn’t so bad.
Bonus: This is my excited face!

The Amateur Librarian // What I Wore Wednesday

August 13

August 13

mint bow print top // Loft
black skinny pants // Gap
ankle strap heels // eBay
Running out the door as usual – just another simple work outfit. After work I went for another walk/run – so far the new time is working out pretty well!

August 14

August 14

animal print dress // Belk
taupe cardigan // Ann Taylor
black half-circle necklace // GroopDealz
nude wedges // Naturalizer
Love this dress when I’m in a pinch and can’t decide what else to wear. Another busy day at work and another walk afterward.  An ice-cream “snack” from Sonic turned into dinner… I’m really good at being an adult, obviously!
August 15

August 15

green tee with lace neckline // Anthropologie via eBay
skinny jeans // Kohl’s
cutout flats // PayLess
I love working half days on Fridays so I can get all my errands done in the afternoon.  Stopped by JoAnn’s to pick up some essentials, went to an eye doctor appointment (nothing like running out of contacts to speed up the urgency to find a new doctor!), and got some laundry done.  But the big deal (for me)… was chopping all my hair off!  Well, not all of it… but definitely shorter.  Gotta love Before and After pics.
Bonus: Before heading to the salon I started looking through past hair cuts… I’ve almost always had shortish hair, and I’ve missed it!

The Amateur Librarian // What I Wore Wednesday

August 16

August 16

pink t-shirt // old
black pants // old
black flip flops // eBay
Painting clothes for the Music City Modern Quilt Guild field trip!  We met at one of the member’s home to learn about hand-dyeing fabric… It was so much fun!  I came home with four fat quarters and I can’t wait to make something with my new hand-dyed fabric!  Kept the old clothes on while running errands and cleaning up around the house, then went to the movies to see Boyhood. So, so good!  All the rave reviews are true.  Almost forgot about snapping a fashion diary pic until we got home, so that’s why Tali is so shadowy.

I’m linked up to The Pleated Poppy for WIWW!

Project Pinterest: Sticker Mandala

I’ve had this DIY Sticker Mandala pinned for quite a while now, and I finally tried it at home.  I just love it!  I really like how it looks colorful and symmetrical from far away, and then the closer you get you notice the random mix of stickers – footballs and butterflies and giraffes, oh my!

The stars aligned this past weekend to do this project because of two events: (1) a sale on stickers at JoAnn’s when I already needed to stop by for some fabric and (2) a rainy Sunday with nothing else to do.  This is the perfect meditative indoor activity to kill some time and make some fun art!

Sticker Mandala

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

Time: half an hour

Cost: About $15

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

Supplies:

  • 12 x 12 cardstock ($0.79)
  • stickers ($10 for several sets)
  • compass and protractor ($5)
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • ruler

Instructions:

Follow this link for a more in-depth tutorial. But basically, use a compass and protractor to draw concentric circles that fill up the cardstock.  Use a ruler to draw straight lines at every 30 degrees.  Use the guidelines for sticker placement to create a mandala shape.

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

Then start arranging stickers symmetrically.  Just keep adding stickers round after round until you reach the edges, keeping to the marked lines to form a mandala.  But really, you can make any shape you want instead of a circle.

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

Joann’s had a big sale on stickers with most sets marked down to $0.50 or $0.99, so I limited myself to $10 and just picked interesting shapes and colors.  One tip from the original tutorial is to look for mirrored stickers, so you can place them facing each other to be symmetrical.  They also had 5/$1 sheets of cardstock, so I picked up this shimmery blue.

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

So much fun!  I made another one using alphabet stickers too.

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

Great rainy day activity – sometimes it’s fun just to make something without any purpose.  I’m hanging up these two above my sewing machine until some other crafty whim tickles my fancy.  Three cheers for Pinterest!

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