Monday, July 19, 2010

Summer Sewing

Some of you may remember my sewing escapade from last summer. Like last year, I got really hot and decided I had no summer clothes so I needed to make myself a summer something to wear. Last year, I made myself a shift dress. However, upon finishing the dress, I put it on only to discover I had created a beautiful muu muu. Yes, I still have the dress because the fabric is still pretty, but I haven't worn the dress.

This year, I decided to make Amy Butler's Barcelona A-line skirt. It turned out much better this year and I will wear this dress. Below are a few highlights.

Here is the fabric I finally decided on. It's fun, fresh and makes me think happy summer memories.

I don't think I have ever put in a zipper without help. Here is a picture of my hidden zipper. I bet you can't see it.

Amy Butler is not about quick and easy. Hence the lining.

Ta Da! The finished product. Don't I look so cute and fresh in my new skirt?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Awesome Hotel in Portland

Over the 4th of July weekend, we went to Portland, Oregon. We stayed at a place called The Inn at Northrup Station. When I first walked in to the room, I thought it seemed a little ridiculous with all the crazy colors, but it really grew on me and I ended up loving the bright happy colors. I highly recommend this place. By the way, they had huge jars of salt water taffy in the lobby.

The bed has an orange coverlet, purple pillows, and is sitting against a green wall.

The kitchen wasn't kitchy, but the lights above the stove were, and of course, that wall is purple.

Here is a fun foot rest

The bright pink sofa, with green buttons for tufting. Notice also the coffee table

This is a terrible picture. It's hard to take pictures of carpet, but I just loved it.

Here's a close-up picture in the bathroom. That's right, a phone in the bathroom and a nightlight with the logo of the Inn

Here are the toiletries. I was enamoured that everything had the logo.

I'm not kidding, even the toilet paper was wrapped.

Here is the entire bathroom, with bright pink walls.