Gabry Road

Saturday

19

April 2014

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Written by , Posted in craft apron, Utility Apron

Because our moms are also our friends. Because sometimes the one we call ‘Mom’ isn’t always our biological mom. Because we all know a great mom. Because we all know a great friend. Because we all know a great teacher, crafter, seamstress, gardener, organizer and photographer. These aprons are created for that mom and friend.

For totally organized friend who likes to keep lists and balances her checking account...

For totally organized friend who likes to keep lists and balances her checking account…


For your friend who finds bliss in a great vintage find...

For your friend who finds bliss in a great vintage find…


For your friend who loves shabby chic and thinks pink is always a great colour...

For your friend who loves shabby chic and thinks pink is always a great colour…


For your friend who would love to write a novel one day...

For your friend who would love to write a novel one day…


For your friend who is believes retro will always be cool...

For your friend who is believes retro will always be cool…


For your friend who takes a pic of everything including gym workouts and her meals...

For your friend who takes a pic of everything including gym workouts and her meals…


For your friend who loves the classics...

For your friend who loves the classics…


For your friend who always brightens up any room just with a smile...

For your friend who always brightens up any room just with a smile…


For your friend who teaches goodness, inside or outside a classroom...

For your friend who teaches goodness, inside or outside a classroom…

Each utility apron features four large pockets and two pen pockets. Created using 100% quality quilting cottons and completely lined with co-ordinating prints. Waist straps are long enough to be crossed in the back and tied in the front if preferred. You can find these aprons and more here.
I’ll be back later in the week to share some other fabulous Mother’s Day gift ideas but in the meantime, hope you have a fabulous Easter weekend!
Thanks for stoppin’ by!

Thursday

17

April 2014

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New pretties…

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I don’t often purchase fabrics with ‘cute’ motifs or patterns but these pretties from the Henley Studio called ‘Tempations Flowers’ by Makower UK were just a wee bit too pretty to walk away from.
Temptations Flowers

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Now to figure out what I am going to create with them but I have an idea it will involve pouches or totes of some kind.
Before I set out to cut into these pretties, I am in the midst of a gazillion Mother’s Day and Teacher gift creations. I am not sure if my studio has ever been in such a state of disarray :) Stay tuned as I should be posting the new goodies sometime this weekend.
Hope you are having a fabulous day and thanks for stoppin’ by!

Saturday

12

April 2014

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For the love of warmer days…

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After hibernating for what feels like an eternity, the warmer weather and disappearing snow has made being outside so refreshing. This time of the year though, I tend to spend less time in the studio, which after this previous uber long winter, is totally fine.
Amongst some Mother’s Day items I am working on, I made a couple of drawstring bags for my amazing neighbour and her fabulous daughter.
Drawstring Bag

Drawstring Bag

Drawstring Bag

Drawstring Bag
The scale of the poppies on this Joel Dewberry ‘Notting Hill’ collection of fabric is large and worked so well with this drawstring bag. My daughter uses a bag similar to this one for her gym clothing at school so I may create a few more especially considering the bags are easy and fun to create. Instant gratification.
Hoping it’s sunny wherever you are and thanks for stoppin’ by!

Wednesday

2

April 2014

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The ‘Blaze’ Quilt

Written by , Posted in Quilt, quilting, Quilts

Although the snow outside is melting quickly (finally!), it’s still too mucky out to attempt ‘outside’ photos so yet again, bear with me as I do my best with indoor lighting.
The ‘Blaze’ quilt is the first of the Modern Quilts on my list to complete. If you know me and my home decor, I don’t usually play with bright, bold colours or patterns. But stepping outside the box can be a good thing and I am happy I tried. I love this quilt, even though it doesn’t belong in any room in my home :)
Blaze Quilt
Blaze Quilt
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Blaze Quilt
I love the contrast between the bold bright star colours and the low volume accent prints. The bright star fabrics are all ‘Weave’ by Moda Fabrics purchased at Quilty Pleasures and the low volume prints were purchased as a bundle at Mad About Patchwork. The backing is a beautiful Windham Fabrics print from the Mormor by Lotta Jansdotter collection.
This is the first quilt I used a sewing machine to bind. I was always hesitant to bind by machine as I did not want to see stitching through the binding but really, for the ease and speed, a little bit of exposed stitching is totally fine!
Blaze Quilt
Blaze Quilt
I used a tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew
As you can see, I have to work on adjusting the tension so the top thread doesn’t pop up through the bobbin thread. Also, if I were to do this type of machine binding again, I would stitch the binding to the back of the quilt first and then top stitch from the front of the quilt so that the stitching which is going to show will only show in the back of the quilt. The tutorial I followed had me stitching the binding to the front of the quilt first, then pulling it to the back and topstitching on the binding on the backside. This of course will show the stitching in the front. In this particular quilt, I used a grid type pattern so the bordering stitching from the machine binding seems to be part of the quilt design but if I had used any loopy or flowery quilt design pattern, I am not so sure I would want the border stitching to be visible.
Next on my list of ‘to do’ is to find a great cabinet, not too deep, to store the quilts. Hubby asked me what are we going to do with so many quilts. My response: “Well, with the proposed increase in natural heating rates, we can all use the quilts to keep us warm in the winter and thus use less natural gas.” No response :)
Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous day!

Friday

28

March 2014

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My perspective on ‘selfies’…

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I think they are awesome. I think they exude tremendous self-confidence. I admire all those who take selfies, especially spontaneous selfies.
Do I take selfies? Nope. I don’t but my kids do and I love that they do but for reasons which may appear to be a bit weird.

When the kids were little, we took pics of them doing everything and anything. Food running down their faces was instantly a Kodak moment. Sitting on the counter helping with baking was of course, a ‘run get the camera’ moment. Cute dresses, cute hair, the ‘first of’ moments were also captured quickly and efficiently. The eighteen jam-packed full of pics albums tell me so.
Family Photos

Family Photos

Family Photos

Family Photos

Family Photos

Family Photos

Family Photos

As the kids get older, I don’t seem to be taking as many pics of them. Maybe because food running down their faces isn’t so cute anymore or that they will get in ‘big trouble’ if I find them sitting on my counter. Maybe because they aren’t wearing cute, frilly dresses and funky over-alls anymore (well, Gabe never wore the frilly dresses unless Rylee was playing dolls and used Gabe as a model).
So essentially, the kids, by taking selfies, are doing me a favour and ‘capturing the moments’ when I am either not with them, or too lazy to take a pic of them. Of course, we take pics of special moments…graduations, sports events, etc. but rarely do I take a ‘just because’ pic of the kids.
The rule in our house is while I am paying for their phone data/talk/text plans, I have complete access to the data on their phones. When they start paying for their own phones, well they can put a pass lock on it then. They each have their own Apple ID’s but do not have the passwords for them. They can’t add anything to their phones without my permission. I have banned SnapChat and TextPlus from their phones. This upset Rylee more as she has friends who use SnapChat but based on the research I did and finding out what types of pics can be posted on SnapChat without ever being able to view the pics, I decided NO SnapChat. Every pic they take on the phones is accessible to me. Thus, if I need some pics, I can easily ‘air drop’ any to my phone and presto and voila! I have pics of the kids :)
Selfies

Selfies
I have read articles on how the ‘selfie’ generation is creating traits of narcissism and related personality disorders but at least for my kids, they take selfies for fun. They don’t take and re-take to get the ‘perfect’ selfie. They just take selfies. Period. They don’t spend any time selecting the best one. They simply just take the selfies and get on with whatever they were doing. Obviously, it I witnessed any change in their behaviour with regards to the ‘selfies’ and ‘how they look’, I would re-assess my attitude about them but for now, they are simply having fun and in a way, doing ‘my job’ by capturing the ‘moments’ as they get older.
So in my little world, I say ‘hurray’ to the selfies, especially because of the amount of self-confidence required to take them.
Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous day!
**Note: all views and opinions expressed in this post are my own**

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