Posts Tagged ‘shop’

A few of my favorite things

July 15, 2010

I haven’t been blogging much lately but I assure you I have been busy crafting. I’m not going to apologize again for not turning it all into paragraphs and pictures straight away but I can promise there is plenty to be shared. In the mean time I am unapologetically enjoying that I have work to do, sun to bask in, and new crafting adventures to indulge.

While I do all this, I thought I’d share some work by Ken Baily. Someday he will line my kitchen walls with two of my favorite things…dogs and food.

I love my westies 🙂

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Picnic Perfect

May 5, 2010

I am in Australia right now to attend my boyfriend’s graduation with his PhD in engineering. To celebrate, I am throwing him a party in the park with a picnic theme. I’ve really enjoyed putting together fun picnic gingham prints in red and blue. I promise to take photos of the finished event!

Australia right now is slipping into winter…although it is an unusually sunny autumn. For those in the north gearing up for summer, here are some picnic etsy finds to get you in gear!

Upcycled Vintage picnic blanket by SewnNatural

Upcycled Vintage picnic blanket by SewnNatural

Wicker Picnic Basket by Ravennasgirlvintage

Wicker Picnic Basket by Ravennasgirlvintage

Fan Shaped Basket Purse by TimelessTotes

Fan Shaped Basket Purse by TimelessTotes

Red Gingham Bow Picnic Sash Dress by CoralieBeatrix

Red Gingham Bow Picnic Sash Dress by CoralieBeatrix

Up and Away!

April 21, 2010

I am in the midst of a pack-a-thon plowing through laundry, sorting and Tetris-ing my belongings. I leave in a week for a visit to Australia where my boyfriend, Graham, will be crossing the stage for his PhD. A proud moment I cannot miss!

Although the flight itself is impossibly long from New York to Sydney, I do have a fondness for the idea of travel, luggage, travel size things, and gadgets invented to make the whole experience even more exciting.

Here are a few adventure-inspired goodies from Etsy!

Its A Small World Glass Globe by CuteAbility

Its A Small World Glass Globe by CuteAbility

I love this little globe pendant by CuteAbility. I am the last person in the world you’d want to put in charge of navigation, but I do love the look of old globes and maps!

Large Kelly Green Leather Backpack by TheLeatherStore

Large Kelly Green Leather Backpack by TheLeatherStore

I’ve never been much of a purse person but as a tourist I think a good backpack is a must! Something to hold my cameras, umbrellas and travel essentials that holds me so I don’t have to hold IT. My travel packpack is an unfortunate little one shouldered black bag, but this kelly green leather is right up my alley! The shape and color is just beautiful. The inside lining is a fun floral print too!

Kiwi Coral Carpetbag by marykaiser

Kiwi Coral Carpetbag by marykaiser

I think this must be the most beautiful carry on or overnight bag. MaryKaiser makes a lot of really beautiful carpetbags but I am partial to this silky green coral!

False Hope

April 9, 2010

I have to pardon myself again for my absence this week. Thankfully, design work has been plentiful and I cannot complain. That doesn’t leave much room for blogging though!

I am sitting here bundled in sweaters watching, once again, as snow falls on the trees out my back window. It isn’t much but it’s sad to see when just yesterday I was enjoying the sun.

To keep my spring spirits high, here are some light spring fashions… soon, oh so soon I can wear my dresses and sandals!

Betty Dress Japanese Cotton by Christinapires

Betty Dress Japanese Cotton by Christinapires

I love a good summer dress that’s easy to wear. I also love those pretty Japanese prints you see at the fabric store but I never know how to put them to use!

Sailor's Lover Blouse by Esoneofone

Sailor's Lover Blouse by Esoneofone

This could be so dressy or casual, either way perfect for a warm day by the water. It also comes in a really bright beautiful yellow.

Spring Floral Necklace by Divinerose

Spring Floral Necklace by Divinerose

These necklaces are really in style this year. I liked that this one isn’t too big…I can’t do too big or it makes me look even smaller. Good price too!

QT Canvas Tote by Kinies

QT Canvas Tote by Kinies

I can’t get enough of Kinies. They have a lot of really beautiful bags but I especially love this tote for market shopping.

Bare the cold weather folks, for how ever long it may last because the best time of the year is coming!

New Coloring Books!

March 31, 2010
Lions and Tigers Custom Coloring Book by Megnificent Made

Lions and Tigers Custom Coloring Book by Megnificent Made

I’ve sewn up a few new custom coloring book designs for the Megnificent Made store! In addition to this new animal print book, you can find whales, apples and pears in fun spring and summer colors.

Megnificent Made takes your photographs and turns them into coloring books. Then, they get packaged in these cute fabric folders that hold a set of crayons! They’re great for travel, keeping kids busy, and make great keepsakes.

Speaking of great keepsakes, now is the time of year many people are looking for unique ones. It’s Graduation time! Everyone loves a little coloring, no matter what age. Why not put together some memories for your graduate’s big day? It’s a unique twist on a scrapbook or photo board. Let friends add their mark on your memories at your graduation party!

The Fabric Florist

March 24, 2010

I recently got word from Australia that my last indoor potted plant died. It was a beautiful bunch of curly grass and it apparently went brown slowly over the last few weeks. Before that was a cactus that went squishy and a bonsai tree stuck in perpetual Autumn.

I love the life potted plants bring to a room but I can’t seem to keep them alive. There are some silk flowers out there that are reasonably believable although well out of my price range for a touch of life here and there in the apartment.

Here is another solution from Jane Joss, the Fabric Florist!

Sweet Potted Fabric Plants by Jane Joss

Sweet Potted Fabric Plants by Jane Joss

These beautiful little plants come in these little pots, or longer springs of leaves in vases. I love that she uses bright colorful fabrics in her leaves. They would be fun to switch out to match the seasons. What a great alternative for plant killers like me! Check out her fabric florals in her Etsy store.

Cold Shoulder

March 2, 2010

We just had another nasty snow storm in Upstate New York but I can’t help feeling that spring is on its way. I love the spring season because I love to mix and match summer wardrobe with warmer layers. Little jackets, capes, caplets, boleros and shrugs are so fun to mix and match with outfits. Here are a few to get you warmed up for spring!

Silk Mohair Blue Dream Shrug by Modestambition

Silk Mohair Blue Dream Shrug by Modestambition

ModestAmbition chose beautiful colors for this springy bolero. It looks so pretty and feminine and I’d love to see it with a flowy cream dress! ModestAmbition designs all of her patterns herself and has some really beautiful work. Check out her Etsy Store!

Blacka and White Stripped Bolero by Ananya

Black and White Stripped Bolero by Ananya

I just love this stripped bolero by Ananaya. I can see this with a bright, full skirted dress. It’s looks to be really well constructed and I like the care she put into the stripes. She has a lot of other really beautiful designs in her Etsy store…especially dresses! Ananaya is also willing to make custom apparel, so check her out.

Bustled Bolero by Toccata

Bustled Bolero by Toccata

This lush full Bolero is beautifully gathered by Toccata. It looks like whipped dark chocolate…yum! I think this could be classy or edgy…either way I love it! Check out Toccata’s other beautiful fashion designs in her Etsy Store.

Routine Shawl by KColine

Routine Shawl by KColine

So Glitzy! This would be so fun for a night out…especially when you don’t want to wear a jacket. KColine is located in Brooklyn, NY  and all designs are original. She has a lot of really cool, edgy designs in her Etsy shop.

Liza Rietz

February 27, 2010

This morning I stumbled on a designer from Portland, Oregon. She has been creating custom clothing since 2001 and has sold her designs to high-end boutiques in major cities across the US and even has her own shop in Portland. You can find her designs at her web page, lizarietz.com, or stop by her Etsy Store!

Her designs are unique and beautifully structured, and completely wearable! I really like that her clothing is made with clean natural fabrics, and the pow comes from unique silhouettes and structures and folds that are very unique and very well done.

Ruffle Dress by Lizarietz

Ruffle Dress by Lizarietz

Kimono Sleeve Jumpsuit by Lizarietz

Kimono Sleeve Jumpsuit by Lizarietz

Wool Cloche Light Gray by Lizarietz

Wool Cloche Light Gray by Lizarietz

Enjoy!

Lovely Local

February 22, 2010

As I may have mentioned before I am living in Rochester, NY right now. It may not be the New York New York everyone in the rest of the world thinks of, but there is a whole lot of creativity in this city.

One example is my friend Kate, of KateMDot. I first heard of Kate’s lovely creations when she helped myself and our friend Teale with a creatively destructive project called “Trash the Dress.” Kate was very kind to make us a faux wedding dress to trash in the name of the art movement. The results were wonderful and I really appreciate her help with our fun day out.

Soaking it in

She was recently responsible for a repurposed fashion our friend wore for her wedding reception this year too.

you ought to give me wedding rings

Kate is on the right wearing a creation of her own, while the bride is on the left wearing her beautiful reception party dress!

I recently ran into Kate at the craft store picking out fabric for some new pieces in her etsy store and I thought I’d stop in and see what she’s been up to! Kate has been very busy with lots of new additions to her shop. Below are a few of my favorites.

Velvet Chocolate Truffle Dress by KateMDot

Velvet Chocolate Truffle Dress by KateMDot

Beaded Vintage Black Mesh Dress by KateMDot

Beaded Vintage Black Mesh Dress by KateMDot

Slit Cord Jumper by KateMDot

Slit Cord Jumper by KateMDot

Kate’s dresses, pants and tops are all made from recycled fashions. She does a beautiful job making them and makes a pretty good model too! Head over to Kate’s shop and check out more of her one of a kind, hand-made clothes!

New Goodies!

February 20, 2010

Needle Felted Leather Clutch By Megnificent Made

Needle Felted Leather Clutch By Megnificent Made

A new item in the Megnificent Made Etsy store!