- superhelpful book. I picked this one up from the library, and I've added it to my wish list. besides the very cool photos (which were a good balance of vintage without being shabby chic/country but not all danish modern either), it had directions for projects. And my favorite? Was a net throw with leather flower shapes stitched onto it. Sounds weird, I know, but the effect was breathtaking. I want to try it with gray wool felt shapes instead...and I want to try making the same concept into curtains....ok, so it's a very inspiring book.
- moth pin. Wouldn't this be cool on the lapel of a tweed blazer? Or pinned to a velvet ribbon and tied around your throat?
- lovely cards. Expensive, but oh-so-pretty. I admit, I'm a sucker for silouhettes. And if said silouettes have a art deco feel? I'm a goner. Frame a few of these and hang them in a powder room, or maybe in a girls room for a timeless but still feminine decoration.
- cool shirt. Way less studied than anything from Threadless. I love the organic feel of this, and how it almost seems like the pattern just happened when the shirt fell into a pail of bleach.
Well, one can dream.
From West Elm, $229 for the 5x8
vintage orange beaded dress: thrifted
black longsleeve tee: Gap
black tights: walmart?
black ballet flats: department store (now Macy's)
The ballerina-esqe pose makes my skirt look rather shorter than it really is.
- thriftdeluxe: even the title makes me happy. Off the top of my head, I want to try the guitar pick earrings, the word belt, and the stenciled skirts. Much funness.
- Continuing on the whole "challenging one's creativity" them, designers create visual representations of a word. Fascinating reading. Some of my favorites: regret, tease, and quick.
- Love. This. Little people visiting London. I just had to scroll through and look at all of them. And then I went paddling about on Flickr (because if it's out there, it's on Flickr), and found the tiny people pool and absolutely enchanting toy dioramarama.
- Oh, this is a bit of a side note, but ran across this site that offers consumer reviews of hair straighteners. Yes, it's a bit of a niche market, but if you're in the market, you definitely care. I'm no longer coveting a CHI, now I want a Sedu.
Ok, have a lovely weekend, people! Make sure you soak up some of this fast-fading sun, drink hot apple cider, and score some lovely treasures.
So when I saw an article in a back issue of How on "strategies to build creativity" I was intrigued. Most of the activities were graphic design-oriented, but a few were worth repeating, just as exercises to get your brain sparking in whatever endeavor you're currently working.
- In five minutes, come up with 10 unconventional ways to use a stapler, besides stapling.
- Using only 4 straight lines and a circle, create a pictogram for each of these six words: pressure, delirious, lucky, suspense, dangerous, and joyful.
- Create three new taglines for each of these products that are used nearly every day by everyone: air, water, and pants.
- Name 20 things that kids do better than adults. Then pick one and do it.
long-sleeved black tee: gap
brown vest: thrifted
vintage plaid skirt: thrifted
brown tights: thrifted (don't worry! they were still in the package)
tan boots: ebay
- My next knitting project? I just need a small person who will wear it. Although I suppose it could work for a large person.
- How to make your very own dreads! I think Eli will like this one.
- I want this yarn. It's all thick and fluffy and lovely. And this would be perfect for the wristy things I want to make. Cashmere wristwarmers!Loveliness! (Apparently it gets *quite* cold in the library during the winter, which I tend to believe, seeing as I brought a sweater to work every day this summer.)
- I want a pair of rocket socks! I just love this image.
- beautiful photography. I collect these sites like some people collect STDs--with great alacrity.
- How to make a skirt from a pillowcase.
- Top ten fashion trends right now. Well, I refuse to wear 1, 6, 8, 9, or the second half of 10. Hah. So much for my trendiness factor!
- A blog about tshirts. How cool is that???
- I'm currently reading The Creative Habit, and it's quite interesting. She knows wherof she speaks.
Ok, that's enough. Hopefully Monday will bring some edited photos from the past two shoots. Oh, and if you haven't seen the shots from the last one, you can see them here.
You see, I owe my nephew a pair of mittens. Last christmas I made him a hat, and meant to make the mittens but didn't get time to even start them. So I stuck a note inside the hat telling him that mittens were forthcoming. There were two problems: 1) the hat barely fit him (I followed a pattern, I promise!) and 2) I never quite got around to making the mittens. I hoped he forgot about it, but no such luck. Last time I saw him, in June, he made mysterious motions miming the pulling on of a pair of mittens. So, yeah. I'm just going to make a whole new hat/mitten set. This year I have a blue wool that I like, and I was going to do a cream stripe at the bottom. I started it about three times, and just could not get the right number of stitches on the needles I wanted to use (this is my first time trying bamboo needles). So that was three rip outs.
Then, last night, I had the brilliant idea of doubling up the yarn to increase it's bulk. Lovely idea, and I had a bit of lovely heathery wool that would look perfect with both the blue and cream. So I cast on and started knitting. About 20 rounds into the project I decided that no, this hat really IS too big; it's going to fit my (very large-headed) husband instead. Ripped it out. Now I knew EXACTLY how many stiches I wanted on those blasted needles. So I cast on, knit merrily away...and glanced down. Entranced by the DVD we were watching (Match Point), I had forgotten to cast on a whole needle's worth of stitches. So now I was 20 stitches short.
At that point I ripped it up one last time, then decided that instead of casting on again, I would just leave it and instead work on ripping out a piece of mohair fluff that was too big. Mental note: don't make mistakes on mohair. It's the PITS to rip out.
pink hooded sweater: thrifted
white tee shirt: Charlotte Russe
navy polka-dot vintage skirt: thrifted
pink shoes: flipfloptrunkshow.com (A couple of seasons ago.)
navy and white bangles (unseen): Ebay
We all three thrifted these matching hats, so we had to build outfits around them when we went to the fair. Everything except for the brown converse and khaki pants came from my closet. (These are my sisters-in-law, btw.) Oh, and click on the picture for complete outfit information. It took up too much space to type it out here.
- A fluffy corsagey thing. Very fun.
- stenciled tshirts. I think a variation of this might be given as christmas gifts to someone who shall remain nameless.
- hardbound journals. I think I'm going to experiment with one--there's this certain look I want for my photo presentation albums that I'm just not finding for sale.