I’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
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.
– 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
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.
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.
Viola! Valentine’s Day apron is finished.
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.
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.
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.
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
live: Happy Friday
I stumbled across illustrator and graphic designer Letitia Buchan this week and absolutely love her illustration style. Hope you enjoy this Dr. Seuss quote as much as I do. Happy Friday! xo Kristi
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
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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
cook: “Healthy Mac” Turkey and Veggie Pasta
My cousin Clayton, who is studying to be a health coach, sent me an awesome recipe a few months ago called Clayton’s Turkey Tacos. It’s so good, the local news station did a segment on her which you can view here. I decided to try out the recipe this weekend, but I was craving pasta so I switched the blue corn tortilla chips for glutten free pasta and then added a can of green chillies while I was cooking the turkey. The recipe was super easy to follow and rest assured I’ll be making it again in the near future. Clayton’s step by step recipe can be viewed here. Hope you enjoy my instagram documentation below! Cheers, Kristi
Happy 4th of July
Wishing all of you a very Happy 4th of July! Do you guys have anything big planned for the day?
I’ll be spending it pool side with a few friends at the FOE (a gem of a place in Dallas) followed by a backyard bbq. Most of you know Katie is the master baker/cook between the two of us, but I’m going to attempt to make her bacon popsicles for the bbq. They look that good right?
Last weekend I took advantage of CityCraft’s mega sale and can’t wait to dig into my stash later this weekend. I’ll be posting my progress via instagram here. Cheers! xo Kristi
Happy Memorial Day Weekend
Wishing all of you a happy memorial day weekend filled with laughter and fun in the sun with family and friends! xo Kristi
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