Wednesday, September 26, 2012

WIP Wed - emb design

This week's Work In Progress Wednesday is an embroidery design! This week I've been digitizing up a storm...creating new designs for Halloween (my favorite holiday).

If you follow me on twitter, you saw a sneak peek of one of the designs already.

Skull Embroidery Design

This design and a few others will be featured in an upcoming post about placement of embroidery designs.

Till then - Happy Wednesday!! 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Winter fun??

The other day a friend of mine posted on Facebook that it was 106 degrees where she lives in California. I was instantly jealous. Here in Milwaukee, WI it was only 36 degrees when I woke up this morning. By the time I drove into work it was 50 degrees. I'm currently blasting my space heater and drinking hot tea while I type this. I'm not a fan of the cold. 

But seeing as I can't avoid winter, I thought I'd make a list of things I do like about it.  Things I can look forward to. 

Me with my amazing Figment hat!
*Super fun hats.  I have a collection of fun hats that I wear all winter long. Last year's favorite was Sock Monkey hat. This year, I have a brand new Figment hat that I can't wait to wear.

*Fires in the wood stove. Over the weekend DH lit a fire in our wood stove. I forgot how cozy it is to snuggle up on the couch in front of the fire and watch a movie.

*Flannel sheets & electric blankets.  There's something soothing about covering up with an electric blanket and reading a good book on a cold day.

*Sweaters & Sweatshirts!!! I'm almost always cold. I usually carry a sweatshirt or jacket with me, but I had to admit, I know I look silly wearing a sweatshirt in July. There's no looking silly wearing one during the winter months. And I have quite the inventory of warm sweatshirts.

*Snugly puppies. In the winter months my dogs like to snuggle up next to us underneath the blankets. I love this. The dogs are like little mini heating pads. I sleep soo great cuddled up next to them.

*Super comfy fleece pjs.

*SNOW DAYS!!!!! Who doesn't love sleeping in when the office is closed?!

*Photographing fresh clean magical snow. 

*Sledding. It's fun to act like a kid now and again.

What are some of your favorite things to do once it gets cold out?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Barn Quilt Blocks

I haven't spent much time in my studio lately because I've been sick with bronchitis and wicked bad allergies. I'm starting to feel better but now I have a big photo shoot to prepare for on Sat, so I still won't get getting any sewing done this week. Naturally, all I can think about now is sewing.  So I thought I'd post some fun photos that I took a few weeks ago on a trip to Door County, WI.

While we were there I saw three barns with quilt blocks on them. I wanted to drive around and see all of the barns that have quilt blocks, but I wasn't feeling that well so we only got to see three of them. Still three is better than none. are my photos. Enjoy!

Click on the following link to read all about the barn quilt project in Door County and view the complete listing of participating barns: 

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Welcome to Calico Cali Designs! I’m Kat, digitizer and sewing enthusiast. I learned how to digitize in 2010 from master digitizer Walter Floriani…it was an amazing experience. Soon instead of spending my time sewing, quilting and stitching out other people’s embroidery designs, I was sewing, quilting and stitching out my own embroidery designs. I created this blog, not only as a place to share my embroidery designs, but also as a place to share all the things I make, sew, paint, embroider, and create. You’ll see posts about my life, my studio, patterns I’ve sewn and products I’ve tested. I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I’ve enjoyed creating them. Follow me on twitter . Hugs!! – Kat