Author Archives: Laura Bray

Rain, Fabric, and Doll Aprons

Falling for Fall fabric with teapot

Falling for Fall Doll Apron in White

Falling for Fall Pot holders

Falling for Fall Doll Apron in Beige

This week has been strange for me. I've alternated between being focused and then lazy daily. One minute I'm totally focused on my business goals, developing fabric to release for Thanksgiving, unpacking rooms, and cooking meals. The next minute, I'm watching yet another episode of Gray's Anatomy on Netflix or spending far too long Instagram (Do you follow me there? I post almost daily, so it's a good way to get a peek at what I'm up to.) Some of it is because of the move. While I'm much more settled and am starting to feel like I'm home, my schedule and the way do things is still in flux. Even the physical movements of getting through my house are different and that's setting me a bit on edge.

For example. I used to have my studio in one of the upstairs bedrooms at our old house. So, when I took a break to get a cup of tea, down the stairs I went. Now my studio is a room off the family room. I know that sounds like a very subtle thing, but I am a creature of habit and I feel slightly off most days. Then there's the rain. I knew it rained up here and I love cold weather and the rain, but EVERY SINGLE DAY? This California girl is having a hard time adapting! I'm used to acting like a typical Cali girl-when it rains, you try to stay home, because you know…it's wet out there and traffic is crazy. If I tried to pull that attitude around here, I wouldn't go anywhere from October until April. (At least that's what the locals are telling me-rain pretty much daily for the next 6 months or so!)

Okay, so enough complaining. I did design some Fall fabric and I did make some cute things with it. I got my obligatory samples from Spoonflower over the weekend. I only got 2 fat quarters to test the fabric, so I had to keep my projects small. Small like a potholder and doll aprons. I like the doll aprons (I used this free pattern.) so much that I'm probably going to order more fabric and make myself an apron too. Well, I will when I order a new sewing machine. My sewing machine didn't really didn't like the move and it's being very difficult. It's quite old (15 years?) and it was a Target, $99, off-brand machine. It was great when I first got it and was just learning, but I've struggled with it for years now and sometimes wonder if my sewing would be better if I simply got a better machine! So I'm looking for a new one-not too pricey. No embroidery or whiz-bang things like that, just a good solid machine that I can use to occasionally stitch up pillows and zipper pouches. Let me know if you have any recommendations for good machines that are easy to use. And the fabric is for sale. What would you make with it?

This weekend is busy. Tonight we are going to the First Fridays in our cute little downtown, tomorrow it's off to buy some art for our house during the Portland Open Studios, then Sunday we're apple picking (apparently, we are near the "Fruit Loop"?). The flurry of activity is due to a forecast of no rain before another five days hits. I really need to buy a raincoat.

Hope you have a great weekend! What are you doing?

DIY Felt Halloween Costume Ideas

Frida II with watermark

When I was a little girl, my mom made our Halloween costumes. They usually involved clothes from her closet or paper bags. That woman was amazing with paper bags! I especially remember a  musketeer costume that she made for my brother. There were also gypsy costumes (probably not PC anymore, but man I loved theContinue Reading

Weekend Meditation

Redwood Foliage Close-Up

Leaves & Acorns Fall Printable

Pinterest Photo for Fall Printables 2016

Hi friends. I'm still buried beneath boxes around here, but I wanted to pop in and share a free printable I designed. It went out to newsletter subscribers last year but I want to share it with everyone this year. It's a basic print (in 3 colors!) that will take you through the Fall months.Continue Reading

Mossy Steps and Yoga Butts


Yesterday I went to the DMV to get my Washington state license and I swear as I handed over my California license and watched as the callous clerk punched a hole in it, making it invalid, I felt that hole punch through my heart too. There's no turning back now. I'm an official resident ofContinue Reading

Felt Birthday Party Hats

DIY Felt Birthday Party Hats

So this happened over on the Kunin felt blog last month. Can you handle the cuteness? Get the tutorial to make your own party hats here. Darling child and stuffed unicorn not included. Disclaimer: I have a professional relationship with Kunin and received product and/or compensation in exchange for this post. The project and myContinue Reading

Weekend Meditation

Lacamas Lake

Pumpkin Spice Bread

Pumpkin Spice Bread Recipe

It's the most wonderful time of the year…the time when EVERY SINGLE FOOD ITEM is pumpkin-spiced. But seriously, I do like the occassional pumpkin treat in the fall and a few days ago I made Pumpkin Pasta and had some pumpkin leftover, so I whipped up some mini-loaves of pumpkin bread. I used the WiltonContinue Reading

Paint a Monogram Paperweight

Paper Weight 1

My latest project for the Creating With Joy blog. A simple, fun paperweight. Pretty easy, right? Visit the Creating With Joy Blog for the full set of instructions if you need them.

Weekend Meditation

Sunday Breakfast