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Los Angeles
love my family, good design and pretty little things
Interests: crafting, sewing, food, running, vintage, paper, books, all things bright and beautiful
Recent Activity
Still here. We're all surviving summer. How 'bout you? The tomatoes on the balcony are growing in like grapes. The kids are turning golden tan and growing, growing ~ so fast (I wonder if there's something in the pool water?) Mia is a babbling wonder ~ she talks a mile... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at nanaCompany
Again, I have to admit ~ I wasn't intending to make a "mouse house" for Mia. Again, something I began sewing turned into something completely different. It's a prototype fail, but a "mouse house" success. Do you know the book, "Goodnight Moon"? (Within those cardboard pages you'll find Mia's favorites:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at nanaCompany
Sometimes what you finish... ... is not at all what you started. And it's loved even more because of that. I was contacted by the friendly folks over at World Book Media, who have come up with the genius idea of translating some of the cutest Japanese zakka patterns into... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at nanaCompany
If you haven't made a yo-yo before and would like to learn how, swing by eHow for my latest project, "Add a Vintage Touch to Your Kitchen with a Yo-Yo Hotpad." Yo-yo's are an easy make and a fun way to embellish just about anything ~ c'mon check it out!... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at nanaCompany
Whenever I get a good photo I get really excited. It's a luck thing for me because I still don't know how to use my cameras after all these years (I've got a Sony and a Canon). There's only one thing I know for sure: Don't use the flash... oh,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at nanaCompany
I wasn't just teasing. I've got those 42 fat quarters right here... Thanks to the good folks at RJR Fabrics, I've got this fat quarter bundle of "Everything But the Kitchen Sink X" to give to one of you! But first, I want to show you the quilt I made... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at nanaCompany
Mia, the wonder baby, turned 2 yesterday and we celebrated at the park with friends. Cupcakes, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, sunshine and green grass ~ these were our party supplies. We sang to her and said, "Happy Birthday, Mia!" a thousand times but she had no idea what it meant. It... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at nanaCompany
It's beginning to look a lot like summer... And honestly... I'm terrified. As a mom, I'm always a little bit intimidated at the task of filling up those long summer days ~ keeping the kiddos busy, entertained, and properly fed. It's a hard enough job when it's you're only job,... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at nanaCompany
So much has been happening at this casa lately ~ so much life, too much work ~ and all in the midst of a heat wave. Ack, but I crumple in heat. Add to that a series of looming deadlines, and you'll understand why I'm constantly praying for grace under... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at nanaCompany
hi Brittany, I used Photoshop Elements, but you can use Word because it's simply text. cheers, Amy
hello! It's my turn! Everything Lori Holt creates is simply charming. Period. You know ~ the quilts, the fabric, the cottage, the rulers, the videos, the books ~ all as if they've been touched by a wave of a magic wand. Of course her newest book, Great Granny Squared, is... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at nanaCompany
I think I've finished this baby quilt just in time... The mama-to-be wanted a quilt just like this one ~ but she wanted it to look more vintage-y in pink, white, mint, and yellow. While choosing fabrics, she 100% fell in love with Aneela Hoey's bouquet print. Then we added... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2014 at nanaCompany
The Easter bunny did a great job of delivering sweets and small toys for the kids this year. Nicholas, Olivia and Mia were so excited about what the bunny brought them ~ it set a joyous tone for the rest of the day. The gorgeous weather also helped. The sunset.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at nanaCompany
When Livi told me she wanted a "Frozen" party, I immediately reached for my Martha Stewart snowflake paper-punches to unleash the flurry within ~ you know, like Elsa. Just as she swirled and twirled her hands in "Let It Go" I envisioned myself creating our own icy winter wonderland. Ha!... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 at nanaCompany
When I first began sewing I wondered about this and I asked the question to my fellow sewing friends who all responded differently... In the end, I found that I can't be bothered with pre-washing and I haven't had any problems. So, no. I don't pre-wash ;)
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2014 on spring break at nanaCompany
yep, there are many bright stars in my sky. Olivia is one of 'em, and she's just turned six. She is such a funny combination of sweet and sass ~ she is a pillar of strength, an avalanche of questions, the pickiest eater I've ever met, a snuggle-bunny through and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at nanaCompany
It seems like forever ago now, but Anne came home for Spring break and it was lots of fun. It's kinda shocking, but her first year at college is almost over and I've survived much better than I thought I would. That girl loves university, loves having her freedom ~... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at nanaCompany
Hi! You've met Wee Brown Bunny, right? Well come on over to eHow ~ I've just introduced his friends, Chick and Lamb! Click here to check 'em out and download the free PDF patterns! I had fun drawing them up and I hope you'll enjoy embroidering these simple patterns... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at nanaCompany
Wow. I was blown away by your comments ~ all those amazing stories about your favorite quilts ~ posted for the April Showers Giveaway. Who knew that the life of a quilt could be so interesting? I, myself, have no vintage quilts... only store bought quilts and the ones I've... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at nanaCompany
no need to enter me for the giveaway, I just wanted to say hi Tasha! Good to see you here :) xo amy
I've been asked a million times where do I shop for my fabric and the answer is: from anywhere I can find it. In my sidebar, there is a link to my :: Fave Fabric Shops ~ a list of tried and true online shops, not only for fabric, but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at nanaCompany
It's definitely springtime here in California. It could be summer, even. Last weekend my kids spent a day at the beach ~ went in the water and everything. But let's get back to spring. Shea (you know, Shea ~ of Simply Sweet Fabric) sent me a very cool bundle of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at nanaCompany
{ making wee brown bunnies } { new for the stash: Lecien sailors. And Eiffel Tower scissors from Typo } { ah. at last, she sleeps } ************ In case you missed my announcement, I think I'll shout this one from the rooftops: "I'm the newest contributor over at the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at nanaCompany
ha! for me running is all about the music and getting into the zone. I almost never think about sewing when I'm out there, but this spring I'm going to be so busy I might have to multi-task like that! xo amy
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2014 on 5 Wonderful Things at nanaCompany
Life lately? Delightfully chaotic ~ for reasons big and small. I haven't talked about it here, but I had been training for months to run a marathon, which meant waking up at 5 am to go for early morning runs, or going to the gym at night for cross-training and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at nanaCompany