Hi! I'm Melissa Averinos. 

Please click here for Longarm Quilting info!

I'm a longarm quilter and fabric designer for Andover Fabrics. I wrote Small Stash Sewing. I illustrated The Family Doodle Book. I wrote and illustrated DIY Mason Jars and DIY Wine Corks. I am a lifelong painter. I am a Cape Codder, good listener and lover of pie. I love yoga and gardening. Let's be friends!


 

 

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Monday
Apr252011

444: Dazzle! My new collection for Andover Fabrics

I am super excited to share my newest line with you!

Dazzle is a  tight little collection of 6 prints in two colorways with a total of 16 skus. I am pretty sure it will be shipping to shops around the beginning of June, but I will get back to you on that.

First up, the teal colorway.

Large scale allover tossed, unofficial name- Jewel:

Medium-scale, unofficial name - Vine:

Medium scale--- Circles:

Medium-smallish scale, unofficial name - Shadow Stripe:

Small scale tonal coordinates ---- Flowers:

Small scale coordinate ---- Basketweave:

 And now, the pink colorway! (You knew there would be a pink colorway, didn't you?)

Jewel

Vine

Circles

Shadow Stripe:

Flowers

 

Basketweave

Of course I love the main prints, but I am super excited about the tonals/coordinates too! I think they would make an awesome quilt just on their own.

How would you use these prints?

xo,

melissa

 

ps just realized I said 'super excited' twice in this post.

Saturday
Apr232011

443: perfectly sized, perfectly sweet

Hey, friends!

Yes, I am back from England and have been for about 6 weeks. Only just now am I feeling pretty much back to normal. I was wicked sick for the whole trip!

Oh, you guys. I was sick as a dog.

But I did manage to have quite a bit of fun, even so. Which I will share in great detail, of course. Soon.

I am emerging from my cocoon and my unintentional internet fast and am looking forward to sharing a bunch of stuff with you.

But I did want to pop in and say hello in the meantime.

Hi!

Stuart and I went for a drive a few weeks ago and we ended up at one of those self-serve car wash/vacuumy places (so romantic) and I took some pics while Stuart vacuumed the car.

This cracked me up:

But then again, I am easy.

When I got back into the car, he asked me if my little paws would fit into the crevice where this was stuck between the seat and the center console:

Perfectly sized, perfectly sweet.

Again, easily amused.

Lovely rust:

Hmmm, what else?

Yes, I have seen the new Jane Eyre movie.

Twice. So far. And I will post my thoughts about it in the next few weeks. Beth wrote a gorgeous post right after we saw it the first time. Here, go read it.

 

Oh, oh! I need to show you my next fabric line! Soon. Like, in the next day or two, I promise.

Plus a magazine feature and of course lots of OMGLondon and Bath recap, now that I have figured out how to get pictures off my damn phone.

Ok, back soon. I've missed you.

xo,

melissa

 

Wednesday
Mar022011

442: OMGLondon2, The Prologue!

OMGLondon2 starts today at 3:30pm sharp when I will be whisked off to Logan Airport by Beth and her dreadlocked husband Matt.

OMG!

We are having a little gathering  of our twitter/bloggy friends at The V&A on Saturday afternoon. If you want to join us, email me! (melissa at yummygoods dot com)  Don't be shy, we'd love to meet you! It will be an intimate little group and we will gather in the William Morris room in the cafe. Looking forward to catching up with  Katy from Fat Quartly (on twitter she is @imagingermonkey),meeting  Rosanne who is an amazing needlewoman (@rosannedUK), and hopefully reconnecting with Lisa from u-handbag (@uhandbag) if she can make it. I have not been very good about keeping track of things, so I may be forgetting someone who plans to join us! If so, email me to let me know you are coming!

Beth and I keep jokingly referring to this as when we will be Receiving Callers. We like to imagine a concrete-faced butler standing at the doorway announcing everyone by their Twitter names: "May I present (at) I'm A Ginger Monkey, my ladies?"

We might be a little bit silly, is the thing.

Anyhoo, Beth has written a lovely post detailing what other things we are up to this time around. Here, go read it.

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Meanwhile, in preparation for our return to London and Bath, I have been working with the contents of this charming parcel:

Beth ordered a whole ton of muslin several weeks ago and it arrived packaged like that. All things should be wrapped in this way, don't you agree? It elevates even inexpensive utilitarian fabric into a treasure.

Why did Beth purchase all this muslin (which we have taken to calling Peasant Muslin, by the way)?

Well, see, the thing is, she didn't only buy Peasant Muslin.

She also bought this:

That's right, a historically accurate Regency-era nightgown/shift pattern.

So for I could make us some historically accurate Regency-era nightgown/shifts to wear in Actual England! Which I totally did! And which I have totally been wearing every night to bed and loving like crazy.

(Poor Stuart. I think he thinks it looks like I am wearing a sheet.)

So, when you think of England, I mean, when you think of me  frolicking about London and Bath with Beth---if you were to do such a thing--- you have my permission to go ahead and imagine me in this lovely thing:

(I crocheted the drawstrings!) Back soon with OMGLondon Part 1!

xo, melissa

P.S. If you missed out on OMGLondon Classic (June 2010), here is an archive of my posts:

Prologue: Holy Sh*t, We are totally going  to London.

OMGLondon Part 1: I see famous people.

OMGLondon Part 2: We heart Bath.

OMGLondon Part 3: Crafty goodness at Salisbury Catherdral.

OMGLondon Part 4: Yummy textures and yummy vittles at Salisbury Cathedral.

OMGLondon Part 5: Stonehenge.

OMGLondon Part 6: Sculptures at the V&A.

OMGLondon Part 7: Quilt exhibit at the V&A.

Epilogue: A letter from a handsome British actor. (*you don't want to miss this post!*)

Saturday
Feb192011

441: 2 years 

 

Today is the two year anniversary of my brother Michael's suicide.  I realized that a few things have changed since the one year anniversary.

I don't get anxious when the phone rings anymore and I finally just took his numbers out of my cell phone. This morning.

But I do  still think "stupid jerk" when he comes to mind.

Stupid jerk.

Last year on the anniversary I emailed Hannah, the girl who was his girlfriend for the three years before his death. They lived a few miles away but I had only met her once for about 5 minutes---shows you how close I was with my brother.

The lack of a relationship between me and Michael had always bothered me--- not that I wanted to be close to him, personally, but that I wanted a brother and I felt like I didn't have one. We felt more like distant cousins, really. Related, yes--- but not involved or interested in each other.

Well, in reaching out to Hannah, I found some sort of blessing in the fact that Michael and I were never close. We talked on the phone the night of the first anniversary and I found that since I had very little pain about his death, I was able to really be there for her and hear her experience of his suicide without it being about me. I could just support Hannah that felt really good.

We spent a few hours together the following day and have visited frequently since. She's a great girl and I am really happy that we are friends.

If you have any extra love today, please send some to my mom and dad.

And Hannah.

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On June 4 and 5, my good friend Sue Blauner be walking 18 miles, overnight, as part of the 2011 New York City Out of the Darkness Walk to raise money for suicide prevention.

Sue is the author of an excellent book called HOW I STAYED ALIVE WHEN MY BRAIN WAS TRYING TO KILL ME: One Person's Guide to Suicide Prevention. I love her book and I think it is also really good for straight up depression, not just people who have suicidal thoughts.

If you would like to donate to help Sue raise money  just go here, it's super fast.

I hope you will, I just did!

xo,

melissa

p.s. I miss you! I haven't blogged for 6-7 weeks and it feels all weird. I will be back shortly with a catch up! xoxoxoxo

Sunday
Jan092011

440: 30 day challenge, etc

I have been on semi-vacation for a few weeks, along with my honey, which has been lovely. I have been sleeping in, reading a ton of romance novels, going to bikram, going thrifting.

Tomorrow begins my new year. That's when I go back to work.

I decided to join in the 30 Day Challenge at Bikram Yoga Cape Cod that starts tomorrow! As you may recall, I have already done one of these 30 Day Challenges and am looking forward to immersing myself in the practice diligently once again.

Remember when I started up with myfitnesspal? I am getting back to using it in earnest tomorrow, too. If you use it--- it works. The nine weeks that I was diligent with it, I lost nine pounds. And I just checked back in with it and the people who joined with me and stayed with it have lost a heck of a lot more than that! I'm not really going crazy with a Trying To Lose Weight thing, I just want to feel good and maybe be less lumpy. That's not too farfetched, I don't think.

30 days is a nice chunk of time to commit to a daily practice of some kind. Challenging for sure, but manageable.

Want to join me? Is there something that you would like to do for 30 days in a row? Possibilities: tracking on myfitnesspal, yoga, going to the gym, mediation, tai chi, writing, sketchbooking, etc! Whatever it is in your life that would be helpful. Give it some thought!

I will be checking in on the yummygoods facebook every day, if you would like to join me!

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In other news:

*You have to read this geniusy blog post about writing by the geniusy Beth Dunn.

*I wanted to see how many romance novels I've read since I became obsessed in October, so I joined goodreads. The answer is sixty. I have read 60 Regency romance novels in the last 3 months. That is more than I have read in the past decade.

*I'm enjoying pinterest.

*I saw The King's Speech twice and loved it. (Surprisingly funny!)

*OMGLondon2 is coming up soon! Beth and I will be returning to London and Bath in early March! We are planning a crafty/writery meetup in the William Morris Room at the Victoria And Albert Museum Cafe for Saturday, March 5. Let us know if you want to join us!

xo,

melissa

Friday
Dec242010

439: unicorn cookies, etc.

Just a quick peek in to say hi and Happy Christmas Eve!

That's my tree in the shop. I heart it and it's pink and rust ornaments.

 We had our Holiday Open House a couple of weeks ago. The day before, Stuart said " I went to A.C.Moore. I was looking for cookie cutters."

I'm all, "Huh?"

And then it dawned on me. "Honey, you mean you were looking for unicorn cookie cutters??"

He grinned. "Maybe."

(See why I am so crazy for that guy?)

They didn't have any at AC Moore, but I managed to find them elsewhere, so this is what we made for the cookies to have at the open house:

Aw, yeah.

They were pretty magical, I have to say.

In other news: It's a miracle.....two years in a row, I have not gotten the Christmas Blues! Wooo!! Snoopy Dancing all around!

I hope you are feeling good and loved and peaceful. Thank you for being in my life and part of my community.

xoxoxox

melissa

p.s. If you are having a tough time of it and need a laugh, go to damnyouautocorrect.com. It does the trick for me.

Monday
Dec132010

438: Tiny Breakable Things of Cindie Wood

My dear friend Cindy (that would be Original Cindy) moved away.

I miss her.

She gave me a bunch of stuff when she was leaving: cool metal plant stands, plants to go on them, and the most amazing thing ever:

Her dollhouse.

The dollhouse her dad made for her when she was little.

Cindy has two boys and the dollhouse wasn't getting any love. She knew, she knew--- that I would love the thing to death. And all the adorable little things that live in it. Which I do.

Of course I do!

I do kind of have a problem with a  bathroom in the hall with no privacy, but, you know.

The only condition on my getting to keep the dollhouse was that I had to photograph it, as if I wasn't going to do that anyways! Cindy, here you go, love.

Some of the wallpaper was actually what was used in Cindy's room!

I love it as it is of course, but I am going to redecorate. Yes, i am. (With Cindy's blessing.)

See, I didn't have a dollhouse.

And I am all for giving myself a second chance at a happy childhood.

Oh, look!  It's Christmas in the living room!

Cindy made those tiny curtains.

Look at the box that the little things came in:

I am imagining all sorts of tiny adorableness that I can make for the redecoration: tiny crocheted rugs, tiny scratchy paintings, tiny ceramics, tiny seat cushions in my fabrics. Teeny tiny quilts, omg.

It will be a Yummy Dream House and my inner little one is all skipping around with glee about it.

Aw, tiny kittens having tiny tea.

(Thank you , Cindy, for giving me something so precious. I treasure it and you.)

xo,

melissa

 

Monday
Dec132010

437: Handmade for the Holidays 2010 Recap!

Handmade for the Holidays rocked again this year!

Beth and I collected over 200 handmade items which we handed over to Cape Cod organizations WeCan and The Family Pantry.

Look at this mountain of knitted hats, scarves, sweaters and mittens brought in by local knitters!

We are so thankful for our Cape Cod creative community that has risen to the occasion two years in a row. Many people saw it in the paper and dropped off bags of items---- one person even brought in 60 pairs of mittens! All handknit! Amazing.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone!

(Um, someday I will be organized enough to list  everyone who donated knitted items or supplies. Alas, today is not that day. I do have them all written down.....in different places.)

 Many of our online fabric peeps sent stuff in, too:

Big thanks to Ollive and Ollie, Karamat and Way Cool Kid!

A bunch of amazing quilts were donated too, and we have decided to hold a raffle with them in February---- stay tuned for a chance to win a quilt by Alissa Haight Carlton from Handmade By Alissa, Heather Braunlin-Jones from Olive and Ollie, John Adams aka Quilt Dad, Elizabeth Hartman from Oh,Fransson!, or the Swoon quilt in green donated by the generous folks at Andover Fabrics! Dang, that is going to be an awesome raffle, yo!

A handful of people took us up on our Wednesday night craft circles where we  drank cider and ate cookies as we worked on our projects together. Thank you, girls, for bringing so much laughter and heart into my life!

( I may have said "BLUE STEEL!" right before this pic was snapped. Photo by the lovely James Joiner.)

Front: Amanda Crouch-Smith. Middle row left to right: Su Wasseluk, Beth Dunn, Amy Walenga, Jess Melgey, Stacey Hedman, Chrissy Caskey. Back: me!

Other craft circle gals that were absent on picture day: Michelle Law, Fran Sullivan, Suzanne Whiteside, Cindy Caughey, Diane Foster, Yukimi Matsumoto.... please forgive me if I left anyone out!

Thanks again, everyone!

(Will blog more on the quilt raffle after the holidays! You won't want to miss it!)

xo,

melissa

 

Monday
Nov292010

436: trippingly on the tongue

I don't get to do much thrifting these days, you know.

But I did hit a community yard sale a couple months back and scored some goodies.

Mind if I use them to make my post un-naked? Awesome.

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I didn't forget about the Swoon bag giveaway! Thank you for all of your feedback on what you would like to see from me in my next book!

The randomly picked winner is Pink Sky who said:

Wow, I dropped off the face of the earth and look at you!!! I am so excited for you with the book and the fabric and to see you getting out there even if it's a bit anxiety-provoking. Feel the fear and do it anyway and all that. I picked up your book recently (without looking at the author, the title caught my eye) and I got to the end and wow! There you were on the back cover! I was so excited for you! Woo! I had to come back and see what else you've been up to. Congratulations!!! I am totally drooling over your new fabric.

For your next book, you have those awesome clothes you put together for this show, and some quilts and bags, those would be great to learn to make. Either that or you should totally do a book about unicorns. Think of the fun you'd have with that one.

I'm so happy to be able to visit again and see you doing so well. :) The book is fabulous and the fabric is gorgeous! Go you!!!

Yay! Email me your mailing address, and I will send out your prize!

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Hexie strawberry potholder of love:

 Odd tins:

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In other news, last night after Bikram yoga? I had pie for dinner. One slice of apple and one slice of pumpkin. And for dessert: more pie! (Thank you to New Cindy for the deliciousness!)

And then for lunch today, that's right, pie! But this time I had Cheez-its for dessert.

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Jewelry box cover?

 With a mirror on the inside:

 I love those heavy, old mirrors. Especially the 50 cent ones.

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I have still been reading lots of delightful Regency romance novels, or what I like to call Smut Books. Julia Quinn is my favorite so far and in the past 2 months I have read almost everything she has published.

I am going to have to do a Smut-Along, right? (And yes, we will still do that Austen-Along, really we will.)

If you want to get a head start, and see why I'm reading several of these books a week, try When He Was Wicked, Everything and the Moon, Minx or Romancing Mr. Bridgerton. Sigh. I love these books.

Did you know that Beth is writing a historical romance? I love it! She has read me two excerpts so far and they are perfect.  It's smart, funny and sexy--- just like she is. Beth excels at anything she puts her mind to and romance writing is no exception. She's a natural!

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Loved the cover of this:

"Trippingly on the tongue"

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Some random jewelry that I will repurpose and remix:

Love these flowers:

I miss thrifting. Maybe I can get back to it in January, when the shop will be closed during the week.

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My latest fabric line Swoon should be shipping to stores Any Minute Now. I can't wait to see what you make with it. Seriously. Don't forget to join the flickr group and show me!

Well, I'm feeling a mite out of sorts (too much pie?) and boring , so I will catch you on the flip side.

xo,

melissa

p.s. like my new blog header? I love it!

Wednesday
Nov102010

435: talking through some idears

One last day to enter the drawing to win a Swoon bag! Go ahead and watch my Schoolhouse slideshow to find out how. I will be choosing the lucky person on Thursday night. Ok?

Ok, fine. I will just tell you how, but I still think you should watch my Schoolhouse slideshow because a.) it took me a long time to make and b.) unicorns are mentioned twice.

To have a chance to win one of the awesome fabric bags that Andover had made with my Swoon, leave a comment on that post (not this one, yo!) telling me what you would like to see from me in my next book. And not necessarily sewing. ok? Go ahead. I'll wait here while you do. .....

Sorry about all that crossing out business. I realized after I wrote the post that I invited more discussion over here, so comments on this post will count as an entry to the giveaway!

And now some closeups of one of my paintings, just because.

I love reading all the responses to my question about my next book.

Some want another straight up sewing book. Some want info on designing fabric. Some want my blog in book form, some want an inspiration/eye candy type of book.

I have two ideas percolating:

One would be more of a visual journalling/creativity/inspiration type of deal, which I have been wanting to do for well over a decade, actually.

The other idea is a sewing book for people who are imperfectionists like me. I don't know how much appeal that has, though, because people who already sew and are good at it probably wouldn't want or like that. Right? But what about the person who doesn't sew, but has fallen in love with fabric and wants to make things quickly and without getting all fussy about learning how to sew. And I don't mean a no-sew book, just a.... a..... messy imperfect sewing book. Like, permission to sew the way I do. Because I kind of want that permission myself! I am self-conscious about my messy sewing!

But it's like with painting, there are photo-realist painters and abstract painters and all kinds in between. That doesn't make one good and one bad, or one right and one wrong, right? They are just different outlets for different people. Right?

Thoughts?

xo,

melissa

Monday
Nov082010

434: Handmade For the Holidays 2010 

Remember when Beth Dunn and I dreamed up that handmade gift drive for local women and kids last year? Well, we're at it again!

Don't know what I'm talking about?

Well, lemme tell you!

Handmade for the Holidays is an annual holiday charity crafting event in which we invite folks to create hand-knit (crocheted, sewn, etc)  items for donation to local (Cape Cod, MA) women and children in need.

The idea is: warm, soft, cozy things. You know, things that convey love and  comfort.

As of November 1, we are accepting hand-made (new, please!) hats, scarves, mittens, blankets, and quilts (etc). At this point I think we have enough yarn donated, but we could still use knitting needles!

This year we are  again partnering with  local nonprofit  WE CAN and now  The Family Pantry, who will ensure that the items go directly to needy women and families in time for the holiday season.

Last year we had a couple evenings of crafting together here at my shop and it was so fun that  this year we are going to have several!

Craft Nights at Yummy Goods will be Wednesday nights from 5-8 until the wrap-up party on December 8. Join us in a community atmosphere to work on your Handmade for the Holidays donation! We have hot cider and cookies. You know you want some.

RSVP for this week's craft circle here (November 10)! (please, please RSVP so I know how many chairs and cookies we need!)

Here are some pics from last week, via the lovely Stacey Hedman:

Handmade for the Holidays

Yes, that's my little blonde head. I am making a granny square scarf. While wearing mitts and a scarf made by my fiend Beth, who is seated across from me.

There were 8 of us, including Stacey's Mom (Diane, is her name, in the red vest)) and Suzanne who joined in the fun last year:

Handmade for the Holidays

Below, Beth chats with newcomer to the posse Sue (who Stuart totally recruited while I was away at Quilt Market!) and New Cindy, the one on the tall chair:

Handmade for the Holidays

New Cindy was concerned because she doesn't knit or anything and isn't really interested in learning. I said she could come and eat cookies as her craft, so she did. She is really good at it!

Seriously, it's as much about hanging out with cool women and eating cookies as it is anything else, so don't let limited skills stop you from joining us. And Beth and Suzanne are always happy to get someone started on a simple scarf you do want to learn.

Unpictured but present and awesome: Stacey (linked above) and Michelle Law!

And if you aren't close enough to join us in person, but would like to contribute, well of course you can! I have already heard from fellow crafters/bloggers Heather from Olive and Ollie and Ryan from Ryan Walsh Quilts, so go ahead and make something if you like! I just need to have it in my hot little hands by the closing party on Wednesday, December 8!

You can send them  to:

Yummy Goods

2455 Meetinghouse Way

West Barnstable Ma

02668

Otherwise, locals: please join us or spread the word to your crafty friends if you can't!

Thanks so much!

xo,

melissa

Sunday
Nov072010

433: swoon schoolhouse

Here is a silly little slideshow I put together for you! (there is no sound, so don't worry.)

Watch the whole thing to learn how to win one of the Swoon bags that were given away!

Sorry, the first page goes by a little too fast. oopsie!

 xo,

melissa

Wednesday
Nov032010

432: my new old half day job

I thought I'd take a little breaky-break from Quilt Market recap, ok?

Back to reality: I started a part time job today. Yes, really.

At least the boss is super hot. That would be my fiance, Stuart. I'm back at my old day job (in-house artist for a screenprinting and embroidery shop) for 20 hours a week.

I know it's considered gauche to talk about finances so I feel like I can't really be as honest as I would like to be. But I'm not going to hide it either---- it's a hard time to be in business right now.

As much as it is a bummer to have to take on a part time job, I am lucky that I have this position to go to. I like the work and I'm good at it, the pay is good and my boss is my fiance. Really, if I have to work a regular job, it couldn't get much better. It will allow me to keep pursuing my dream of making a living doing what I love.

I know. I bet you thought that I was all set with the fabric and the shop and the book.  See how tricky appearances can be? Reminder (to myself and you): Don't judge your insides by other people's outsides.

I  will be reassessing this winter. Taking stock of what is working and what isn't and maybe trying some new things. I might be asking for your feedback on that stuff, too!

I'm feeling a little vulnerable about sharing this, but you know me. I am who I am and I can't pretend to be anything else. Thanks for your love and support!

And now here is a cute little scratchy tree, just so this post isn't naked:

xo, melissa

 

Tuesday
Nov022010

431: damn you, kokka! (QM part 2)

Seriously, I can't take it, Kokka. Why do you have to be so awesome? Why must you torture me this way?

You know I usually can't spend too much time in the Kokka booth because I get a stomach ache from the envy, but I did venture in there to take pics of Ruby Star Rising, an amazing line by new designer Melody Miller.

I love it so much it makes me mad, if that makes any sense.

Gah, ViewMasters:

I had the pleasure of chatting with  Melody (with gorgeous giant, doe eyes) and her lovely friend Allison Tannery (Melody's Brand Champion) several times during QUilt Market. However, I was pretty lazy about taking pics this year, so I don't have much photographic evidence of their adorableness, but trust me--- I know from adorable.

Gah, Retro Ladies:

Seriously, I am all hot and bothered for this fabric line.

I may have quite forcefully insisted that Melody send me some when she has more than just sample yardage. Thankfully, she agreed. I kind of feel bad for being so pushy, but if it gets me some of this killer fabric, I shouldn't  feel too bad about it, right?

Gah, retro teapots and mugs:

Sigh.

I'll always remember chatting with Allison at the Fabric 2.0 and how she said she thought my haircut was sexy. It may have been the wine talking, but, hey, I'll take it. Visit Allison's vintage etsy shop and follow her on twitter : @afleacircus.

I have stop thinking about this fabric or I will become insane with fabric lust. Damn you, Melody Miller! (Shakes fist into sky!) On twitter, Melody is @MissLetterM.

More Kokka to empty your wallet, the always amazing Echino:

>whimper<

xo,

melissa

Tuesday
Nov022010

430: home from quilt market!

I didn't die!

My Schoolhouse was packed--- over 200 people, you guys---- and I didn't die!

In fact, some say I rocked it, with my own brand of Anxious Charm (tm).

Ha!

I seriously can't believe that I agree to do these public speaking gigs. I get so Freaked Out about them.

I'll be back later with pics and details about  Schoolhouse.

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 I don't know why, but I love seeing the giant crates that the companies pack all their stuff into for shipping to Market.

I totally stole the idea of taking a pic of this from my dear Beth Dunn:

I know, this could hardly be a worse picture, but I was so psyched when I walked into the Andover sales meeting and saw this front and center:

THREE Swoon quilts that Andover had made up! Oh man, they looked amazing.

Here is a better shot of the pink one:

I really wish there had been room in the booth to display all three quilts because they  were so striking.

 I am so so happy that this line is out! I believe it ships this month, maybe in a couple of weeks.

And yes, that quilt will have a free pattern download. I'll let you know when it's available, of course I will!

More Quilt Market recap soon!

xo,

melissa

P.S. Big thanks to my dear fiend Beth for accompanying me to Quilt Market! I'm so lucky!

 

Wednesday
Oct272010

429: patchwork show and tell (dawdling)

I really should be doing something else.

But instead I am screwing around online. Might as well say hi while I'm avoiding productivity, right? Right.

Hi!

Beth and I leave for Quilt Market tomorrow!

I am still wicked nervous about my Schoolhouse (2:30 pm, room 372 E&F! Come!) but I am also excited about seeing my pals.

Looking forward to the Fabric 2.0 party (a blogger meetup of sorts) and Cake Party!

I love my fabric peeps.

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I did a bunch of patchwork in September while I was waiting for my Swoon yardage:

Yup, more of my scrappy momochromatic/analagous stuff, which I love to do.

I don't usually do blocks, but it was kinda fun.

I'll have to put this one together when I get home from Quilt Market.

This is the back:

No matter how hard I try, I just can't do a plain back.

Ok, fine. I suppose I'll try to go do something productive now.

Reading Regncy Smut probably doesn't count, huh?

Rats.

xo, melissa

 

 

Wednesday
Oct272010

428: we put stuff on our heads

He was a handsome fella, my brother Michael:

I realized in Bikram class this morning that today is his birthday. Would have been 41.

I imagine that someday when I think of him I won't always think "You stupid fucker jerk."

Eventually.

I was looking at pics of him on his memorial site and laughed out loud when I saw this one:

Remind you of anyone you know? Someone who is always putting stuff on their head?

If you are the praying sort, a little love sent to my mom and dad would be appreciated.

xo,

melissa

 

 

Monday
Oct252010

427: random ketchup

Eeeeeep. Been off the wagon with food for a couple of weeks and now I've started to skip out on my workouts. Time to recommit!

Remember when I posted about myfitnesspal.com? Well, it really is awesome... I have only faltered with my food since I stopped being so diligent about using the site! And in the nine weeks that I was recording my calories and workouts, I lost nine pounds! (But I think I have gained about 6 of those back in the last couple of weeks! No matter. They will go away quickly once I am back on track. Right?)

So again I am going to urge you to join me, or recommit to using it if you have stopped or just in general remind you (and me) to take care of yourself! I have been feeling awful which is leading to a depression and it's only because I haven't been treating myself well with healthy food and lots of exercise.

It is so simple! I just have to do it and it works. Join me, again?  There is no failure in stumbling, the failure is in staying down and not getting up. Let's get back on track!

I know. I totally don't want to either, but after a couple of days I will feel great again. I'm not going to try to be perfect or anything, since I have Quilt Market coming up this week (and two dinners at The Grove to look forward to) but I can at least start tracking what I'm eating, stop blowing off workouts and drink more water. Once I do those things I will want to eat better. Right?

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How about some random catch-up?

Interspersed with some random photos?

I thought you might like that.

This closeup makes me swoon:

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Yesterday Beth and I had a lovely tea at a local inn. I may have held up shortbread to my head to approximate the look of kitty ears. And a unicorn.

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I am feeling a bit anxious about my Schoolhouse at Quilt Market! The room seats 200 people, you guys! And I'll have to use a microphone! And Andover Schoolhouses are always packed! Maybe that's why I have been eating everything in sight, to put myself into a food coma so I don't have to feel this anxiety. That sounds about right, except that I still feel it AND feel yucky physically. I need the confidence I feel when I am working out and eating well!

If you are going to Quilt Market, will you come to my Schoolhouse and sit in the front row and smile at me and nod reassuringly? Pretty please? Ok, good. Thank you. Friday, October 29 at 2:30, Room 372 E&F.

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Some cat and mouse graffiti: 

I used to have a cat named Bo who looked like that. When he flipped out  his ears in annoyance, we would say, "Kitty is vexed."

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Beth and I are plotting our return to #OMGLondon! Beth lays it all out here.

Meanwhile, I can't stop reading historical romance novels at the rate of one a day. Seriously. They have such embarrassing covers, but they are so delightful! I will do a post about them when I come back from Quilt Market.  I have to at least try to bring you down to my level, right?

Even Beth has succumbed, and she is smartypants literature freak ( I mean that in the kindest, most loving way). So you have very little hope of resisting, I am afraid. You have been warned.

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More feline graffiti, this time on the swinging door of a trash receptacle:

Mrowr!

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I have been doing some sewing with Swoon, to get to know it.

Next up, Owlie McPillowpants from my own Small Stash Sewing!

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By the register at the shop, I have this adorable notepad block by Susie Ghahremani of BoyGirlParty. I can't help doodling accessories onto her octopus:

Rochester Octopus. Rochtupus. Octopester?

xo,

melissa

p.s. how was that for random? I think I did a pretty good job of it.

Sunday
Oct242010

426: The Magnus Clan (including the devil baby and Bottle of Fake Blood)

Did you watch American Idol last season? You know Siobhan Magnus? She's from my town on Cape Cod.

Last Sunday I convinced Stuart to cover the shop for me so I could head into Hyannis for  an event  in her honor --- it was her first time performing around here since becoming a contestant, so there was quite a lot of interest to finally see her on her own turf. I couldn't help being interested, myself, as I really enjoyed her on the show. She seemed like a sweet girl who stayed true to herself even under all that pressure and I really liked that about her.

I made my way to the Village Green and even though there were a couple thousand people there,  I instinctively walked right up to the spot where some friends of mine were who I haven't hung out with in an age and who I was hoping to see, Michelle and Colleen (who also happens to be Siobhan's mom).

Michelle is the first artist I had ever met. Here she is as The Bride Of Frankenstein:

She's known me since I was little, as she was one of my sister's best friends in high school.  I remember in Krissi's bedroom she drew a red pair of lips around a hole in the wall. You see, a.) my house was the kind that had holes in the walls that b.) never got repaired and c.) no one noticed if you drew on the wall or if they did d.) no one cared.  She also drew me a picture of Boy George. On paper. I loved Boy George. It was 1984, after all.

In the mid 90's, Michelle and I became reacquainted and struck up a friendship of our own (based now on our mutual interest in art and metaphysics/spirituality) which is how I met Colleen, one of her closest friends.

Here is Colleen as.... um,.... I forget what she said, but she was perfectly creepy with her devil baby and ghoulish face!

That Magnus family, they do like their fake blood:

Is it just me, or do you also find it funny that it says 'Bottle of Fake Blood', not just 'Fake Blood'?

And yes, the devil baby is, in fact, wearing a Joey Ramone button.

One of Colleen's daughter's, Ceili, makes a convincing Lizzie Border:

Siobhan singing with her band, Lunar Valve:

 And I just love these shots of Siobhan with some band mates and her Viking security guy:

There was no shortage of smoke machine use, I assure you!

 You can see more pics in the flickr set, if you wish.

 Siobhan and her dad Al (and his band Psyd FX) sing House of the Rising Sun (via Shoreline Digital):

 

While  I was chatting with Michelle after the show, Siobhan came  over to where we were to see some friends and sign some autographs. It seemed silly not to snap some pics while she was standing right next to me, so I did.

More of that vest, which I hear was made for her by a fan:

And she was wearing some serious boots:

I noticed that she was holding a Speak & Math and couldn't resist capturing it:

I'm assuming it belonged to one of her little sisters. I remember on the show when she would talk about them, how devoted she seemed and how lovely that was.

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There was a man carving pumpkins:

 My favorite was the little white mini!

Look at this great mask (don't know who the wearer was):

Ahhhh. I love Halloween!

And no, I wasn't in costume, but I did have my unicorn hat  in my bag, just in case.

xo,

melissa

 

Thursday
Oct142010

425: #OMFG Unicorn Hat

"Honey. Honey. Oh my god. "

I couldn't believe my eyes.

"Honey, look!"

I grabbed the hat from the rack and thrust it on, regarding Stuart in disbelief.

"Does it look cute?"

Expecting "Um, no" because he never likes how I look in hats.

But, "Actually, yes it does. It looks very cute."

"Really? Do you think I should get it?"

"Yes. you'll regret it if you don't."

You guys, behold:

xo,

melissa