- super-interesting article about a journalist who descends into the madness that is extreme weight loss.
- rugs that make me wish I could justify buying them when we're moving in a couple of months.
- store that sells all sorts of creative crafty products. Like glitter! and little felty balls! Just looking at the pictures inspires me to create...something.
- Oooo, Marisa sent me this one: a pink office.
- by the way, this month's Country Living magazine has a couple of really good articles, including this one on bedroom transformations and another featuring a house of I-can't-remember-who, but 'twas lovely and I think I'm going to buy a copy. Um, that was helpful.
I'm definitely knitting a few, even though it may mean acquiring maroon (!!!) yarn.
Page spread from "Fashion Icon." The whole book is about well-known brands and the details and thought that go into those brands. This spread features products from Kate Spade.
This image is from "Fashioning Fiction," and it's full of glamourous, iconic fashion images. Awesome inspiration.
cutting edge. She has directions to make a swimsuit! That totally rocks! It doesn't look like she updates often, but when she does, it's good.
belle epoque. Would someone like to tell me how I've missed this before now? She sews skirts out of tablecloths* and takes pretty pictures. AND she's doing wardrobe refashion. I want to be her.
This wasn't found through the above source, but someone linked to it the other day, and I just love it. (I don't think I posted it already, but tell me if I did.) A peek into a wedding gown designer's inspiration process.
*confession: I actually have tablecloths purchased off ebay for that purpose, but I like them so much I can't bring myself to cut them up. It's very sad.
In other news: I was ill on Tuesday and at training yesterday, hence my lack of posting. I wasn't entirely idle, though, and will be sharing pictures (and recipes!) later for the books I acquired, cherry cheesecake brownies I baked, and scarf I finally finished.
Oh! If you're in the mood for a lovely, quiet, but strangely compelling film, check out Gideon's Daughter. It has Emily Blunt (from The Devil Wears Prada) looking much healthier, but still lovely. Also, check out Gideon's office in the film; it's gooooorgeous. (I should have posted a still but I returned it too soon.)
In other news, I have now worn massive amounts of yellow for four days in a row. 'Tis awesome.
Side note: we shot a wedding last night and it was a tiny, lovely, intimate affair held in a gorgeous old house. Totally the way to go. The bride and groom were relaxed, the setting was lovely, and after the brief service we all just ate and laughed and enjoyed one another. (Yes, us too. They invited us to join them.) 'Twas lovely.
Not sure what's going on with the expression; I was probably talking, as usual. Also note that I looked at this photo and then went and trimmed my bangs.
Left to right: dress (that will probably get cut up), vintage dress, vintage swimsuit (that, sadly, is too big), two pieces of fabric. Earrings were $1 per pair.
- fabulously beautiful photos. I especially love childhood by the sea; it looks like something from a memory. (via absolutely beautiful )
- inspiring workspaces.
- fabric flower tutorial (I want to use it to mimic some of those rodarte dresses that I'm loving from s/s07)
- completely adorable cake that makes me want to learn fondant. (she also has bow-topped cupcakes. I'm so trying that.)
- mmmmm. superfab aprons. I'm inspired!
I love the mirrors and overabundance of pictures. Also the masculinity that somehow pervades this look without being too testosterone-laden.
Those splashes of yellow are what make this room come alive.
Ok. I want the screens. And the white couch. And the amazing credenza.
I couldn't post stills from this film without including a shot of the most perfect wedding dress ever. So lovely. (And her shoes were AMAZING.)
- hosted a slumber party for my youngest sister-in-law (truly there are only so many pictures you can take of girls stuffing their faces and watching movies)
- finished the baby bonnet/bootie set I've been working on. Unfortunately, I've already given it away, so there are no pictures. Suffice it to say that it was cute.
- baked cherry brownies. This was a great success, though, so I think I'm going to try making them again and this time add a cheesecake element to the mix. And for that I'll take pictures and share a recipe.
- had a birthday. I'm 26, people! Closer than ever to thirty! And I think I look my age (finally!) but I'm really not sure.
- thrifted some awesomely lovely treasures. Maybe I'll take pictures of these later.
*Ok, so she's the only Marisa I know. But she can still be my favorite! Also, that totally hot guy pictured on her blog is her husband, who is my husband's cousin. So technically we're related, in a very tenuous way. However, this doesn't make me predjudiced. Not at all.
$28 at urban outfitters
I scrounged through the shelves last week and discovered all sorts of fabulous resources. Second Time Cool is all about recycling sweaters, and Oldies But Goodies is a seventies-era guide to recycling. I'll share a couple of pictures from each.
Second Time Cool has this awesome slipper idea:
And these restyled sweaters. The dress on the right is made from bands of various sweaters sewn together into a tunic.
I would say this book is totally worth finding to take a look at. There are a bunch more great ideas.
Now Oldies But Goodies, on the other hand. Perhaps you would like to use up your scarf collection and turn it into a dress?
Or better yet, take glasses lenses and turn them into lapel pins. Perfect stocking stuffers!
Although there were some cute ideas. This cap-sleeved pillowcase child's dress, for one.
I'm thrilled by what I turned up by roaming through the stacks--it's always a treasure hunt!
So, curtains. I found this image on calico corners (as suggested by a flickr contact) and love the concept. I'm really not much of a drapey sort of girl, you see. What do you think of doing something like this in white eyelet with the bottons in yellow or maybe red? And then hanging them over white sheers? Do you think I could get away with not lining eyelet drapes to that the light shines through and leaves patterns on the floor, even when pulled?
Of course, I am kind of liking the "roller shades under drapes" idea, as well.
If you know it's a girl:
- simple linen dresses
- a storybook bonnet
- her first tutu (if nothing else, they can use it for pictures)
If you know it's a boy:
It doesn't matter:
- chic bibs (I want the funky monkey one!)
- splat mat (good for under the high chair and later as a play area)
- a cozy softie (I love the birds!)
- diaper covers
- art inspired by beatrix potter
- art from "the little prince"
- books, books, and more good books. Um, I've been giving my nephew books since he was about 6 months old.
There are millions more ideas out there, even just on etsy, but this should give you enough ideas to get things percolating. Hopefully some of these will even inspire you to make your next shower gift! (I know that I think I need to whip up a stack of oilcloth bibs--it would be a great excuse to buy fat quarters!)
These are some of my fabrics from Joann's turned into a little tiny quilt top. I'm still deciding what sort of border I want on it, and have a feeling that I'm going to have to make a tiny doll to sleep under it. Yes, I know it's a less-than-optimum piecing job, but I'm just happy I made it this far!
I'd just like to mention here that my craftiness was done at the expense of the photos I should have been editing, much to my husband's dismay. Oh, well. It was SO MUCH MORE FUN.
Please note: the living room is nowhere near decorated yet. I'm still working on getting everything put away and organized before I even begin to tackle the problem of making everything work as a harmonious whole. Everything currently in there is left from the apartment, and was sort of plunked about.
Also note: I'm planning on learning to slipcover, and I'm thinking chocolate brown would be nice. Although I would lovelovelove to do white, I'm not sure how practical that would. However, these pieces don't get nearly as much wear as they used to....maybe I could get away with it?
I bought fabric...
...and baked Easter-y cupcakes.
The fabric has since been deployed to cover storage boxes and bits ahve been made into a quilt. The one all the way on the right is being made into an apron. The cupcakes, while lovely to LOOK at, I'm afraid were made too soon, and so were dry by the time we ate them on Sunday. Very sad.
I'm afraid there's a little too much pink in this post.
Exhibit B: the wonderfulness that is Swap Bot. I learned about this through the Lime&Violet messageboards, and I think maybe it's a good thing that I haven't learned about it before? I love swapping, and had to reign myself in. (I only signed up for, two, I promise!)
So anyway, enjoy. Not sure how much I'll be around today.
vintage cotton dress: thrifted ($2)
yellow silk cardi: Gabriel brothers ($1)
white ribbon: fabric store (???)
green ribbon sandals: Gap clearance ($5)
wouldn't it be cool to make sugar ants to go with your easter dinner? I've made these before, but I'm thinking I need to make some for Easter with lemon zestiness.
I can't remember whose blog I saw this on, but I love this art. The amelies? And Jackies? Lovely. Also re: buying. The wardrbe refashion thing started on Saunday, right? You all should be pleased to know that I went Easter dress hopping on that very day (with le sisters in law) and went to forever21 and didn't buy a single thing. The world can now stop spinning.
My grandparents made the best. coleslaw. ever. It was tangy and sweet, pale green flecked with darker green and bits of orange. I loved the stuff, and look forward to family gatherings so I could eat it. (My mum wouldn't make anything that contained that much white sugar.) I loved it so much, in fact that I had a shirt and blouse that reminded me of the yummy stuff: pale green florals flecked with darker green and tiny spots of orange. So, since they were both individually coleslaw-y, I ignored the fact that they completely clashed and wore them trumphantly together. And was happy.
Best Mennonite Coleslaw (all measurements are estimates, since no one ever measures)
1 head cabbage, sliced thin and chopped fine. Be sure to include the dark green outer leaves. (I use a mandolin for mine. It just doesn't taste the same if you only chop it.)
1 carrot, peeled and shredded
1 dark green pepper, chopped fine
1 large onion
1/2 cup mayo
3 TBL vinegar
1/4 C white sugar
2 tsp celery seed
salt and pepper to taste
Mix together thoroughly and adjust seasonings. Tastes best if made several hours before.
Starting at the bottom left, the first three fabrics are oilcloths. I ordered 1/4 yards of those, to check the color, figuring the small pieces could easily be turned into makeup bags for stocking stuffers. I've decided to use the (out of focus) green one on the office desk; it has all these amazing yellow pineapples and bananas that look smashing. The red and pink callico is a feedsack reporduction fabric; I bought the last remaining yard of it and I'm not sure what I will use it for. Throw pillows, maybe? All the way in the back is a thirties apron pattern I also purchased; it's cut on the bias so it only uses one yard of fabric, but covers completely. Maybe I'll use the calico for this! Finally, on the right you can see my three swatches of fabric. The pictures on their site are pretty accurate; it is a rather orangish sort of red. I defintely need a bluer red, so it's back to the drawing board for me!
Might I add that besides the blazing fast shipping, they included a personal note in my package? Lovely company.