More like Merry CUTE-mas

Blasphemy be damned (wait, what?)–I’m renaming Christmas to CUTE-mas. How can I not when this stinker of a happy new pillow has just found its home on my couch?

Christmas Joy pillow

Christmas Joy pillow

I was recently delighted to rediscover a bunch of Alpine Wonderland fabric I have that was leftover from my favorite Christmas table runner. Nordic Christmas: #cantstopwontstop.

Christmas Joy pillow

To make the front panel I just fussy-cut two of my favorite Alpine Wonderland scenes (sleigh and chalet) and pieced those into a square with a blue dot print above to represent snowy sky and some brown fabric below to look like earth (I think the brown print is from a collection with “woodland” something in the title but cannot remember–help me out if you know it!). Then I just sewed on a couple borders to make it big enough for my 20-inch pillow form.

Christmas Joy pillow

After that I used fusible web like in this Sew Mama Sew tutorial to make the appliqué JOY letters, which I top-stitched down with a simple straight stitch (no zigzag required since they were already heat-fused down with the webbing and very secure).

Christmas Joy pillow

Finally, I chose some festive prints for the back, enclosed it with a zipper flap, and attached the binding (the flap is Lizzy House, the dot print is Michael Miller, and the binding fabric I believe is Riley Blake Small Chevron in Green but don’t hold me to it). I originally wanted to do piping around the edges but was about a foot short on rope so binding it was! I ain’t mad at it.

Christmas Joy pillow

The general consensus in our house is that the pillow is everyone’s new favorite decoration. I’ll be so sad to pack it up after Christmas, but then I’ll probably forget all about it and flip out next year when it’s time to pull out Christmas decorations. I can’t wait to rediscover it on an annual basis! :)

Christmas Joy pillow

Fall table runner

Fall Table Runner

Hi! Happy MID-DECEMBER? I figured I’d better stop in and post pictures of my Thanksgiving table runner before Christmas arrives. It successfully made it through my first hosted Thanksgiving and my brother’s spilling red wine on it (hence the yummy crinkles in the day-after photos–it’s already post-wash!).

I hope you all had a fat and happy Thanksgiving. xo

Fall Table Runner

Fall Table Runner

Fall Table Runner

Fall Table Runner

Fall Table Runner

Mother’s Day embroidery

Happy Mother’s Day! Our grass is green and freshly mown, the tulips are in full bloom (more on those later), the weather is beyond lovely, and family time was laid back and fun. What a treasure today was.

Mother's Day Embroidery - from Marta with Love

Yesterday was beautiful too, but I spent most of it inside embroidering a gift for my mom. She’s totally worth a beautiful day spent inside.

Mother's Day Embroidery - from Marta with Love

Łysia is the random nickname my dad gave my mom a long time ago, and “Moja Łysia”–pronounced moya wisha–just means “My Łysia” in Polish. I used Sublime Stitching’s Skinny Letters pattern for that part and separate templates from Embroidered Effects for the bird and the heart.  I’ve only embroidered a handful of times (the last being my name tag), so this project took me alllll day.

Mother's Day Embroidery - from Marta with Love

When I finished the embroidery, I layered two pieces of white fabric onto the back, then a cut out a circle from poster board (the thick kind), and squeezed it into the back of the hoop. Then I neatly folded the excess fabric over the back of the poster board and used Elmer’s spray glue to hold it down. Lastly, I cut a circle out of a manila folder, sprayed that with glue as well, and stuck it on. This method may be a little janky, but it works for me.

Mother's Day Embroidery - from Marta with Love

I don’t have human kids, but my furry ones asked me to wish you and yours a happy Mother’s Day.

Friends are the family you choose for yourself…

…says a very wise girl I know.  Such friends are worthy of some pretty righteous adoration, yes?  Well my way of showing that is by sewing gifts, so this year I made personalized clutches for 6 of my best gal pals.  I used Noodlehead’s go-to tutorial, just without boxing the corners.

Zip Pouches - from Marta with Love 02

For free-spirited, surfer beach babe, Ali:
Zip Pouch for Ali - from Marta with Love

Stylish, classy, and caring Andrea:
Zip Pouch for Andrea - from Marta with Love

Playful, feminine, kind-hearted Heather:
Zip Pouch for Heather - from Marta with Love

Outgoing, wise, and edgy Katie:
Zip Pouch for Katie - from Marta with Love

Navy-blue-loving, Kate-Spade-adoring, intellectual, and sassy Molly:
Zip Pouch for Molly - from Marta with Love

And last but never least, the fun-loving girlie comedian of my heart, Stacy:
Zip Pouch for Stacy - from Marta with Love

I love them all SO MUCH, and sewing for them warms my snowy Christmas heart.  Planning, choosing fabric, choosing zipper colors… the whole shebang.  I even remembered to put labels in all of them!  This is a big accomplishment for me.  I ALWAYS forget to label my quilts!

Gift pouches - from Marta with Love

And I’m not the only one of us who made gifts for us all.  Stacy made lovely felt rose hair clips and Heather made us all homemade soap and body scrub!  Not to mention the thoughtful gifts and goodies everyone else brought to our Saturday date at the Boulder Tea House.  Whether they be handmade or store-bought, they mean a lot just the same.  Merry Christmas to us!  We’re so fancy.

Christmas gifts