Ella’s Room

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I wanted to share my daughter’s room here because, I’ll admit, it’s my dream room. So much about it makes me very happy – especially the part that it is finished (a loose term for rooms that are constantly changing). Since we moved into our house about 6 months ago Ella had been asking for new paint in her room – it was an abrasive sort of green, and I understood, it just wasn’t right. After getting a sense of what would work (she is 9, so nothing too little girl) and gathering everything I felt like I needed to re-do the room (because I know with kids it needs to be a quick turnaround), I got to work! The paint color was tricky, and originally she wanted teal, but when she went for a light pink I was at the store so fast before anyone could change their mind. No secret, blush pink is one of my favorites (this is Sea Salt Pink by Behr). The other tricky part was that I can’t just run to ikea or target when I need something (we have neither!), so I had to be creative. The desk was thrifted, Ella chose the swedish ball light from Home Depot, I sewed the cloud cushion and the curtains (from a duvet cover lined with existing blackout curtains) and most of the art was brought out from storage. She made the Happy Times painting and the little weasel, and I made the larger geometric work. We love it, I had so much fun with every part of this process, and now that it looks a little more put together it is easy for her to keep clean. Win-win!

In case you’re curious: Kitty doll by Kitty and Kin, Blythe Doll Print from Umami Baby, Hedgehog quilt was made for me in a swap by Spirited Child, Hedgehog bedding from Homesense,

Summer to Fall

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Happy October to you, the best month of the loveliest season. These photos here feel like a very true version of my life right now – half dolls, half family, and everything else squeezed in the edges. We had an amazing summer of sleep-in mornings, friends, beach days, and a wonderful camping trip. We celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary, and on that very same day got the keys to our new house. We moved neighborhoods, schools, and my sewing room. And to be honest I wondered if the dolls would lose a bit of their magic in the move – but the work I’ve done in September seems to have proved that wrong, at least for me. I have yet to feel settled here – the newness is exciting and exhausting, and I know that eventually it will all come together.

There have been a few changes to Boolah Baguette this fall. The first is that from September to December I will be having regular shop updates (except for the week of October 7, canadian thanksgiving) every Friday at noon from Saskatoon, Canada. This is where you will find my new dolls, but so far they have been selling out quite quickly, so be ready! I usually post sneak peeks for the upcoming updates on my Instagram account. The other change is regarding custom orders – in order to keep them as a sustainable part of my business (custom dolls take significantly more time in communication, sourcing of materials, and the actual making), I needed to increase the price. Please see my FAQ section just up top or email me with any questions.

Enjoy this wonderful season, I certainly will.

Best,

Erin

 

Springtime Market

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If you happen to be in Saskatoon on the first lovely weekend of May, come and say hi! Always a beautiful show – and supporting your local makers is the best 🙂

More information about the sale and vendors here, and on the facebook page

(For anyone hoping to find Boolah Baguette at Blossom in Regina – I apologize, but for personal reasons I will no longer be attending the show)

 

Story of a Quilt

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Many months ago, I started a quilt. I randomly decided on this tiny triangle pattern (I do not like to research or look for patterns, I like to make things right now…) in hopes that it would use up a lot of my scrap fabric. Well, it did, and then in order to finish it I cut into lots of other fabric too – I really had no idea what I was getting into. When the Christmas rush of work took over the fall season, I put this project away. Then in the last weeks of December (the weeks that are generally very crafty anyway) I decided that I would finish it. I was at these triangles every spare minute and into the night. Over 1500 pieces later, I was. going. to. finish. it.

I completed the top just days before we headed to visit family – I took the quilt along hoping to make use of the quilting supplies at my parent’s church. I’m so glad there were other willing hands to help, which makes it that much more special to me in the end. Since I rarely do projects that involve this much time or materials, finishing this quilt felt epic. I’m guessing it’s the very last steps that keep quilters coming back for more (not so much, I think, the parts in the middle, when so much work has already been done and you’re asking yourself, do I even like this?) I don’t find that in quick projects there is room or time for me to doubt myself. In big projects, oh, there is loads of that.

Here is a how it came together:

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  1. The first hundred or so tiny triangles (the aforementioned ‘no idea what I was getting into’)
  2. Sewn into 40 blocks, laid out for the final design – just trying to make sure no two pieces of the same fabric were touching.

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3. Quilt top, two middle layers of bamboo, and bottom stripes (a lovely Marimekko flat sheet that I knew would wear well) sandwiched on a frame and ready for tying.

4. My mom, and friends (and kids!), came to help with the tying. It’s more fun that way.

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5. Two of my besties. Striped shirts mandatory.

6. Sewing on the top side of the bias binding edge – the first time I’ve done this! 1/2″ bias binding from Bumble of Beesquilt (7)

7. Many hours later, after handsewing the back of the binding in place. Complete!

Several weeks have passed and the quilt is still exactly there, like in that photo above. That’s where I read and stay warm, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy it.

To those of you who followed along with this over the months on Instagram, thank you for your encouragement — I’m honestly not sure how far I would have got without it. Though I won’t be after a project like this for a long time, I really do love how this all came together.

 

A Happy New Year

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{view from the bedroom on the shortest day, a winter trampoline at my in-law’s farm}

And here we are in January. I have been missing from this place, as the hectic December season came and went, and I was kept as busy as I wanted to be (and sometimes a bit more). And Christmas to me is really about my family, my friends, the food, and not so much about working, and so finally I am back to check in here.

The end of one year and beginning of a new one is always a big prompt for me to evaluate my business and my creativity, since those things go hand in hand. I have no shortage of ideas for things to make (I truly have no clue whether these ideas will be popular or make any money, but I also decided years ago to not let that be a measuring stick, and surely not to stop me from doing it anyway), and a few things that I would like to stop creating in order to make time and space for the new. I will continue to create (because I must). My focus on quality has become increasingly important, and more than ever I am committed to keeping my business very small, so I can make the changes that are needed and follow my guts and my hands where they need to go.

It is a happy new year indeed.