Friday, May 13, 2016

Because I Just Can't Give Up Thrift Shopping

My spring/summer capsule wardrobe is almost finished (it's my first time trying a capsule wardrobe - I can't wait to share!). And while technically, I don't need to be adding anything outside of a pair of summer shorts to my wardorbe, I just couldn't give up shopping at Goodwill on their 50% off Saturday sale.

Given that I paid $2.28 for each of the items in the picture above, thrift shopping certainly isn't the worst vice I could have. Pictured are: Patagonia workout top, Loft shorts, Nike workout top, J. Crew shorts, Madewell sweater and Nike workout shorts. All fit well and comfortably, which is quite the struggle when you find adorable-but-ill-fitting Anthropologie (or this month a Marc Jacobs) clothing on the regular.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

My Insta April

launching Dearly Quilt Company // swapping out bedding for summer lightweight layers// shiplap booth displays
mocha being his fluffy self // QUILTS // mocha being his sassy self
doll quilt floral backings // another quilt photo :) // pallet corners in our home


Monday, April 18, 2016

Introducing: Dearly Quilt Company

There's this thing that's been in the works for months now. It's something new, exciting, nerve wrecking and energizing all rolled up together. It's called Dearly Quilt Company, and it is in fact, a quilt company!

If you follow me on Instagram (or if you don't, you can find me here!), you've probably seen small squares filled with quilting previews. I've hinted and practically announced that I'm starting this new venture on social media and in conversations with friends, but this blog post is the official word.

Here's the skinny: Dearly Quilt Company was founded as a legal entity in early 2016. My goal in starting this experiment isn't to replace my accounting job or garner the attention of my local newspaper's up-and-coming list. It's not to make loads of cash or fund our retirement accounts. Dearly Quilt Company was born out of my love for sewing. While I loved adding a new handmade tee to my wardrobe and a couple quilts to my home, I started dreaming of creating simple, but modern, quilts for others. My quilts are meant to be used, snuggled up under and enjoyed with the dearest people in your life. Because after all, this life is dearly ours.

(See what I did there? "This life is dearly ours." + the name Dearly Quilt Company. Get it?)

Quilting is a lost art among millennials, while surprisingly, quilts themselves are some of the most valued possessions we own. Sometimes they're family heirlooms made by great-grandparents. Randomly they're the prize of a thrift shopping trip. But always, they are what we reach for when we feel nostalgic and dream of comfort.

Over the last few years, I've walked through traditional quilt displays, and couldn't help but be struck by how undeniably complex and gorgeous the piecing and machine quilting was. Those quilts are stunning! And sometimes a bit formal for grabbing to use during a Sunday afternoon cuddle session. If you want a statement bedspread, that's the type of quilt you're going to want (and these two ladies would make you a striking quilt!). And while I adore that style of quilting, I felt another style was more similar to my personal aesthetic: very simple. My quilt designs are simple, but modern, made with classic colors and patterns.

So now I've told you want Dearly Quilt Company is, and you're probably wondering how I'm going to sell my quilts. During the month of May, I'll be launching my Storenvy shop (it will look like my own personal website instead of just a searchable item on Etsy), BUT will only post quilts a few times each year.

Why so infrequently? Here's why:
  1. Because quilts take a long.dang.time to make. If I'm extremely efficient and only work on the days I'm not working at my accounting job, I can make two lap sized quilts a week, which would lead to infrequent posting in my online shop and frankly, too much hassle for two quilts a week.
  2. Because I want to focus on local shows. I have hustled my fingers to the bone over the last three months to sew, wait for it...over FORTY quilts for a local market (find info here). It's been a creatively gratifying period of time, but this pace is far from sustainable. In posting less frequently in my Storenvy shop, I'll be able to build an inventory to take to another local show in the fall without spending my entire summer/fall chained to my sewing machine.
  3. Because I want to leave room for custom orders!
On Saturday, April 23rd from 9 am - 2 pm, you can find at the Handmade Vintage Market (held at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in the Llama barn in Noblesville, Indiana). Other than that, feel free to reach out to me with any custom order requests or stay tuned for my shop updates!


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

What I'm Reading: April

Another month, another set of great reads! I have many more books on my nightstand to read, but I haven't had a lot of time to read. It's practically killing me because they all look so wonderfully good.

1 // Sister Dear by Laura McNeill - I love suspense fiction books, and this one was no exception. It was the first time I've read a book written by McNeill, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It looks like her previous book got rave reviews on Amazon, but as some reviewers mentioned, it wasn't overtly Christian. While I'm not opposed to reading books outside of Christian circles, I did hesitate (at first) because this book was published by a mostly Christian publisher. All in all, I was glad I chose to read this book - the suspense was fantastic! But be warned: the book doesn't have a large focus on the hope and redemption found in the Gospel.

The book follows Allie, a woman out on parole after being convicted of a crime she didn't commit. Returning to her hometown, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life after ten years in jail and reconnect with her daughter. However, her return doesn't sit well in her small town on the coast of Georgia, and she finds it hard to win anyone over to her side, including her daughter.  I give this book two thumbs up. It was smart, full of suspense with well developed characters, which is exactly what I look for in a fiction novel.

2 // Wild and Free by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan - Oh my heart. This book is so, so good. I've been a fan of Jess and Hayley since I first heard them speak at The Influence Conference (the very first year!). These two women are wildly authentic about who they are, what God is sharing with them and life in general. This book - the first for both women - is based on one essential question, "If God is wild and free and he created women, what does this mean for us today?" Wild and Free is an anthem and an invitation to walk in equal parts freedom from the cultural captivity that holds us back and freedom to step into the wild and holy call of God in our lives.

Full of personal stories and Biblical truth, this book is not a quick read. It's a book that requires you to move slowly through the pages, asking God what He snuck into their writing that was meant for your heart to hear. Almost every woman on the launch team (the book releases May 3rd, go preorder it because the preorder goodies are fantastic!), were moved to tears at some point in the reading...not because of what Jess or Hayley, but because God was using this book to speak truth into hearts.

3 // Sweeter Off the Vine by Yossy Arefi - A cookbook based on fruit? (Insert praise hands emoji) This year my husband and I vowed to frequent the local farmer's market as many weeks as possible, and we couldn't be more excited to try all the recipes in this cookbook. This book is full of a cozy collection of heirloom-quality recipes for pies, cakes, tarts, ice cream, preserves and other treats that encourage us to cherish the fruits of every season. My favorite part in this book is the section on seasonal fruits. I can never remember what fruit is in season when, and now I don't have to remember. I can turn this book as a quick reference guide. Organized by season and full of beautiful images of the baked goods, I couldn't resist dog-earring every other recipe. The first on my list to try?

Spring: the simplest strawberry tart, cherry & chocolate turnovers
Summer: nectarine & blackberry pie bars
Fall: caramelized apple fritters, concord grape pie
Winter: cranberry bread pudding, citrus almond thumbprints

4 // The Elements of Pizza by Ken Forkish - Being a GIGANTIC pizza lover, I give this cookbook all the heart eyes emojis. Actually, it's not just a cookbook. It's also the story of pizza (via chapter one called The Soul of Pizza). This first chapter really did a fantastic job at setting the stage for the pizza recipes to follow by going into detail about the history of pizza. In the following chapters, Forkish walked me through pizza styles, types of dough, methods, equipment, sauces, etc. with a perfect blend of informative and interesting, leaving me with the feeling that I understood pizza. But really, I'm not being dramatic. :)

Not only is this cookbook very visually appealing, but the tagline "Unlocking the Secret to World-Class Pies at Home" is true to its words. The photography is lovely, but the way Forkish explains and breaks down the elements of a pizza have made this cookbook one of my very favorites. Plus, I just love pizza!

Note: I'll be adding to this blog post through the month with a few new books that just came in the mail!

Disclaimer: Several of the books in this post were provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own. Also, affiliate links used. This means that if you purchase a book via the Amazon links, I'll receive a small percentage. Thank you for supporting Sunday Charm!

Friday, April 1, 2016

My Insta March

Floral fabric on repeat // I finally found the perfect eyelet top from J. Crew via ThredUp // new notebook!
Building a capsule wardrobe // Taking a break from quilting to recover from sinus pressure // COFFEE
Mocha, the fluffy cat // Envisioning all the possible quilt combos in my fabric stash // Interruptions :)

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