stitch: Quilt Con or Bust

QuiltConLogoHiResSQUAREI’m heading to Austin after work for Quilt Con 2013. Looking forward to learning new skills, catch-up with family and friends and visit some of my favorite restaurants. I’ll be tweeting and instagraming as much as possible, so please feel free to follow. If you’re down there, come join CityCraft for Happy Hour at the Lustre Pearl on Thursday from 6 to 8pm. Cheers! xo Kristi

stitch: Last minute Valentine’s Day Gift

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I decided to make mini aprons for all my single girlfriends this Valentine’s with Alexander Henry’s “Game of Love” fabric paired with Moda’s Pink Ombre fabric. I mean, who wouldn’t want to receive this on Valentine’s right? Right.

Supplies:
– 1/2 yard for the front, cut 22in x 18in
– 1/2 yard for the back, cut 22in x 18in
– 4 ft of coordinating ribbon

Directions:
Place front fabric and back fabric right sides together. Cut the 4 ft of ribbon in half. Place and pin one ribbon in the upper left corner 1/2 in from the top (between the front and back fabric), with about an 1in of the ribbon sticking out. Repeat the same process on the right hand side.

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Pin the rest of the sides together, sew the fabric with a 1/2in seam, but remember to leave an opening at the bottom of the apron. Turn apron right side out. Iron bottom seam close and top stitch with 1/4in seam.

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Viola! Valentine’s Day apron is finished.

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Enjoy! xo Kristi

live: Winter vacation in Amsterdam

Last week I jetted off to Amsterdam with my best friend from high school and her mother, who grew up in Delph.  The mother daughter duo visit the Netherlands every December and I was thrilled to be part of the trip this year.

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We stayed at a fabulous boutique hotel called The Dylan. Definitely recommend it if it fits within your budget. The staff were wonderful and the hotel itself was quiet, cozy and beautiful.

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In regards to food, I made it my mission to eat fries at every meal (excluding breakfast). Needless to say, we walked all over the city, so I didn’t feel guilty with the daily indulgence. My favorite sampling of fries was at George W.P.A., paired with a glass of champagne. Cheers to lunch on vacation! Other restaurant favorites included Cafe Luden – perfect spot for tomato soup in the afternoon. As for dinner, we ended up visiting BHIP twice as it was conveniently located across the canal from our hotel. The owner was friendly, fun, and gave us plenty of suggestions of where to go next. If you’re a history buff who enjoys beer, be sure to grab a drink at Cafe Hoppe – technically the oldest bar in Amsterdam. We had a great time visiting with the locals while playing a few round of cards.

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As for shopping, our hotel was located on the edge of  The Nine Streets. We had a great time perusing the boutiques and if you’re in the market for a new pair of boots, be sure to visit Fred la Bretoniere. Your check book may be sorry, but the store does not disappoint at all.  Cheers! xo Kristi

swoon: Fall Layers

I’m heading up to the ranch in New Mexico this weekend to celebrate my parents 40th wedding celebration. My bags are packed to the brim with scarves, boots, cardigans, t-shirts and leggings. Rest assured I will be sporting the layered look everyday!  Looking forward to celebrating with the family and sipping wine by the fire. Cheers! xo Kristi

1. Scarf   2. Jacket  3. Sunnies  4. Bag  5. Boots  6. Jeans

the goods: October iPhone Wallpaper

Katie and I took a bit of a hiatus from blogging, but we’re happy to say we’re back and have some great projects to share in the upcoming weeks. Fall is finally here, the Texas State Fair started this past weekend, and the temperature is finally cooling down. Cheers! xo Kristi

To download the files from a desktop, right click (control click on a mac) the selected image and choose save as. To download the files on your phone, open moderndrygoods.com in your browser (safari on an iPhone) click on the image you would like to download.  When the page with only that image opens, hold your finger on the image until the “Save Image” menu pops up and then save.  Transfer the image to your phone and visit settings/wallpaper to select the file.  Email us at moderndrygoods@gmail.com if you have any issues, we would be happy to help you!

swoon: Olympic Fever

I don’t know about you, but I am super excited to watch the Olympic opening ceremonies tonight! It’s being directed by   by Danny Boyle, (director/creator of Trainspotting, 28 Days Later and Slumdog Millionaire) so you know it’s going to be chock full of British greatness (hello David Beckam, the Beatles, Kate and Will).  Will you guys be watching tonight?
Hope so! xo Kristi

1. Dress  2. Necklace  3. Bracelet  4. Clutch  5. Shoes