Archive for September, 2014

September 16, 2014

perfection in nature

There are times that you encounter certain places, and they just take your breath away. They take your words away. They make even a non-believer believe that there is something larger than ourselves in this world. Every now and then I am lucky enough to stumble upon such a place. This was one of them. Sometimes when I have a bad day, I travel back in my mind to this place…

Costa Rica | Vacation | Nature | Juan Castro Blanco National Park | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer

September 8, 2014

well *that* took a while!

I am a sloooow crafter. I mean, really slow. I sheepishly look at photos on Instagram that start in the morning with some fabric cut out and end in the evening with an entire quilt top done. DONE! In one day. That just seems absurd in my world. I don’t know if the procrastinator in me would allow such a silly thing to happen. No. I need months. And in this case, years, so finish my projects. Thankyouverymuch.

Quilt | Handmade | Heather Ross Mendocino | Kulik Photography

This quilt took me longer than any other project. In my humble defense, when I began it I was in school full time, as well as working, as well as, well….coming close to losing my mind! This project had a lot of starts and stops. I was nervous because technically this was my first gift quilt. And it was for my mom. And really people? I have No. Clue. what I am doing with this quilt stuff! No pressure. None at all. And honestly? I had a love/hate relationship with the color scheme. I still sort of do. But the pattern. The pattern! *swoon* It is so perfect for my mom, who is such a beach bum. On one of her visits I gave her a couple fabric options, and she immediately gravitated to this Heather Ross collection. And so a quilt was born.

Quilt | Handmade | Heather Ross Mendocino | Kulik Photography

This has become the largest quilt I have made to date. It fits the top of a queen size perfectly. I love the mermaids in this collection so I decided to use them in each corner, as well as in my tag.

Quilt | Handmade | Heather Ross Mendocino | Kulik Photography Quilt | Handmade | Heather Ross Mendocino | Kulik Photography

While I was binding this beast I had a vomit-inducing moment when I happened to flip one section over….only to see that when I had machine-sewn the binding to the front of the quilt the binding did not completely cover the fabric. Basically…I had a hole. A hole. In my mom’s quilt. WHAT DO I DO?! Did I mention that I have no clue what the hell I am doing with this craft? That I fly by the seat of my pants each time I sit down at the machine *ahem* hence the hole *ahem* SO. Do I rip out 300+ inches of binding? Hmmmm. Ummmmm. NO. Do I did the best I could and made a little patch. I think it came out pretty good. Insert pat on back HERE.

Quilt | Handmade | Heather Ross Mendocino | Kulik Photography Quilt | Handmade | Heather Ross Mendocino | Kulik Photography

In the end, I’m pretty happy with this quilt. And today it is supposed to arrive at it’s rightful owner. I am biting my nails waiting to hear what she thinks!

Quilt | Handmade | Heather Ross Mendocino | Kulik Photography

A secret about each quilt I make…when I am assembling the quilt sandwich (backing + batting + quilt top) I tuck a small piece of fabric from my own baby quilt, that was hand sewn for me *cough* thirty-some-odd years ago *cough* inside the sandwich. It is not something that you can physically see in my quilts. And I like it that way. It is my little special secret. I like to think that my Bucki would be incredibly proud of me that I picked up our family tradition of sewing, and it is my way of honoring her. And so for my mom’s quilt I wanted to take it a step further and see if I could get her to let go of the only shred of fabric she had of my brother’s baby quilt. He passed when we were teenagers, and all of these years she has carried with her through various moves this one small shred of his red and blue plaid baby blanket that Bucki has sewn for him.

When I sent my fabric bit along with my brother’s to the quilter, I was secretly terrified. How would I even know if she actually had sewn these important little bits into my quilt? When the quilt was returned to me she had pinned each spot, and included a note letting me know that when I hold the quilt up to the light I would be able to see my and my brother’s fabric. And sure enough. There. They. Were. goosebump moment. I added actual safety pins and ribbon to make sure there would be no missing these spots when it arrives at my mom’s.  Knowing her, the safety pins will stay in that quilt ♥

Quilt | Handmade | Heather Ross Mendocino | Kulik Photography



79 x 72 “Shirley Sells Seashells”

Fabric: Mendocino by Heather Ross for Free Spirit

Backing: Kona Cotton Azure & White

Binding: Squared Elements in Mandarin for Art Gallery Fabrics

Quilted by: Kathy Olkowski Stitch by Stitch


September 4, 2014

day 7 {the vacation chronicles}

The post otherwise known as This Girl Knows How to Stretch a Vacation Out!

Alright, sure, it’s been a year already. What can I say? I have a natural aversion to the computer. I admit it. I hate sitting at it. I have very poor time management skills, so while my intentions are to sit down to write a blog post, the reality is that three hours later I walk away from the computer with no blog post in sight and my brain slightly mushy from whatever it is I just wasted all that time on. But really, these photos keep knocking on the screen of my computer. Let us out! Let us out! It’s dark and dusty in here. I need to give them some fresh air, don’t I?

*also, I should point out that in my defense, this post was done a whiiiiile ago. And then this silly little blog was all “oh, you want to add photos to your photo blog? Well isn’t that sweet. NO.” And then we stopped speaking for quite some time. But my silent treatment worked, and it sent me flowers and promised to treat me with the respect I deserve.

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Day 7 was one of those lovely leisurely vacation days. Our friends met us for breakfast before we checked out of the resort, and while we enjoyed our food we were visited by the many beautiful birds of the country.

Bird | Costa Rica | Vacation Photos | Nature Photos | Bird | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer

We have pined over the masks made in Costa Rica for quite some time and we were absolutely thrilled to find out that there was a man selling them roadside not too far away. You can find these masks throughout the country, but upon closer inspection you will realize many of them are not up to standard. We stumbled upon them in a few shops and after a quick moment of excitement we would realize that these were not the masks that we were willing to spend money on. I admit, hearing that there was a man selling them on the side of the road did not immediately give me hope that these were going to be the masks. But who knows? And guess what? These masks? These were the ones! While avoiding getting smooshed on the side of a busy road, we stared and stared, before finally making a selection and finally finally being able to say we were the proud owners of a boruca mask! Here’s Henry wrapping up our proud new purchase…

Costa Rica | Boruca Mask | Vacation Photos | Kulik Photography

We later went back to our friends’ house in the country, where we hung our with their neighbor’s dog, wandered around the property, and just had a perfect, relaxing day.

We spotted this toucan in the backyard. I mean. A toucan. In. The. Backyard.

Costa Rica | Chestnut Tucan | Vacation | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Phot

Costa Rica | Vacation | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Phot

I spent a lot of time chasing these bats on their porch. The bats are stealthy suckers. Imagine that! It was kind of like trying to lick your own ear. Go on. Try it.

Costa Rica | Vacation | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Phot

This is Stinky. He was the perfect fix for my missing daily interactions with dogs. He belonged to someone else…but that’s the thing about Costa Rican dogs. They do what they want. 🙂 And he wanted to spend time with the gringos. And so that is what he did.

Costa Rica | Vacation | Costa Rican Dog | Kulik Photography

We wandered the property with Stinky, and boy do Costa Rican dogs know how to live large. There are no rules. No frilly living for these guys! It is hard to get used to, coming from a country where our pups are pampered to a sometimes ridiculous degree. But it was refreshing to watch….even if some of his antics did make us lose our breath for a moment!

Costa Rica | Costa Rican Dog | Kulik Photography

And just because this one makes me giggle…when you live in the country you sometimes have to find juuuuust the right spot for the internet 🙂

Costa Rica | Vacation | Kulik Photography