Sunday, September 26, 2010


another random fact about me, i'm a huge sucker for musicals or anything slightly resembling a musical...  i cannot wait to see this:  "burlesque"!!!  it's out on november 24.

i can't help but be drawn to it...  cher, chrisitina aguilera - need i say more?

here is a list of my favorite musicals of all time (box office and broadway - in no particular order, some less musical than others):
  • west side story
  • cry baby
  • sound of music
  • wizard of oz
  • moulin rouge
  • chicago
  • mary poppins
  • big fish
  • annie
  • the king and i
  • cabaret
  • grease
  • beauty and the beast
  • miss saigon
  • phantom of the opera
  • les miserables
  • aladdin
  • dumbo
  • oliver
  • fiddler on the roof
  • sweeney todd
  • hair
  • jesus christ superstar
  • rocky horror pictureshow
  • across the universe
i could go on forever, i'm sure i missed a bunch more (specially the disney ones).  what's your all time favorite musical?
    have a great week everyone!
    xo, carla

    Saturday, September 25, 2010

    sweetheart plush

    i've been eyeing this cute tutorial by johanna monte of one red robin, for quite a while now...   i've always loved her work, specially this cute fawn found at her etsy shop:

    "fiorella the fawn"
    a few months ago, i finally got the chance to make the "sweetheart" plush!  i love the easy to follow instructions too.  here's how it turned out:

    one red robin has quite a list of free tutorials you can try!  so, when you get a chance, hop on over to johanna's blog and be inspired...

    happy weekend everyone!
    xo, carla

    Tuesday, September 21, 2010

    she belongs to beautiful madeline...

    here's another one of the dolls i made, using the black apple, and chez beeper bebe tutorials.  here's the original inspiration for this doll, i found it while searching for black apple doll images on google.


    i was able to find the blue retro space fabric by michael miller (in etsy), and i got the striped fabric from a local fabric store.

    i made this for madeline, who lives all the way in detroit.

    the "madeline" doll

    detail of the lacing on her boots/shoes

    detail of her face and the peter pan collar

    detail of her capelet and the pocket

    though i haven't met madeline (i've only seen her in photos), i'm already deeply in love with this little girl.  she is the daughter of one of my best friends!  i can't wait to see them soon.

    have great week everyone!
    xo, carla

    Sunday, September 19, 2010

    it all started with a popsicle...

    here's another one to add to dom's sayings (aka. dom-isms)...  it happened a few weeks ago.


    my dad ("babba") gave lil' man a popsicle when we were over.  dom says, while hugging him, "thank you for my popsicle babba.  i love you very, very, very, very, very, belly, belly button!"

    what will he come up with next?  i'll keep you posted...

    have a wonderful week!
    xo, carla

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010


    dom is growing up so fast, and i don't want to miss a thing... i just wanted to capture and document some of his sayings here, aka. dom-isms.

    we are lucky enough to have both sets of parents to babysit the lil'man when bry and i are off to work...  it's definitely time away from him, but we're at ease because he is left with people who love him as much as we do.

    when i dropped him off yesterday at my in-laws', dom said, "mommy, i want a hug and lots of kisses!"  so, i gave them to him.  then he says, "ok, that's enough!"

    LOL, he's such a funny guy, just like daddy!  can you blame me though? i can't get enough of hugging and kissing him!

    hope your day is wonderful!
    xo, carla

    Sunday, September 5, 2010

    for the love of quilts...

    i still am dreaming to make a quilt one day...  i've always been fascinated with the process and detail.  if i were to make one, it would be similar to this:

    by lara cameron of  kirin notebook
    i just love the color combinations and the textile designs!

    here are some amazing quilt work that blew me away:

    m-eye perspective by maria shell

    "amelie under the big top" by luke haynes

    "warmth" by mitsuko murakami, photo by be*mused

    "towers of babble" by pam rubert
    "south bay" by linda gass

    do you know of other amazing quilt artists?  if you do, please send me a link.  thanks!

    happy sunday!
    xoxo, carla

    Saturday, September 4, 2010

    it's our anniversary!

    dearest bry,

    happy anniversary!  we've known each other since high school, been together for almost 14 years, and married for 6! 

    cherishing the best, enduring the tough, and living & loving everything in-between - i could not ask for a better life partner. 

    i love you always,