Monday, February 28, 2011

No Before, No After

Saddly my before and after photos have somehow turned out all fuzzy today. So in its stead I am linking to this cool video about creating the window displays for Anthropologie stores. The above image (found via flickr) is one of my all time fave Anthro windows, flowers made from water bottles, so cleaver.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Maybe Magic

Can not wait to see this movie. Loved the book and the movie looks sooo good. (Please say that in the voice of a member of the Teen Girl Squad)

Friday, February 25, 2011

kick your feet up and stich a while

I love crocheting and making ornaments out of felt, I like sewing and spray painting, making paper chains and arranging flowers, but embroidery is my go to relaxing craft. There is something so peaceful about making little stitches, about picking out colors and about seeing an image come out of a simple swatch of white fabric.

This little lady is going to live on the craftroom/office wall, isn't she a doll. I don't know what kills me more the sleeping dog or the to cute mess of curly bangs!

This pattern is from the great blog doe-c-doe, a fabulous resource for quick little embroidery patterns. You can find her here. I'm really looking forward to doing this pattern next.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I'd like to visit please

This week I am loving this living room featured in Rue Magazine (another great online mag). See the full room tour here. Can you believe that amazing chair is from Target (yellow of course). Love it!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bee Somebody

So when I was looking at houses I came close to buying one with this giant back yard, like huge back yard. I of course had big plans for that yard, it had a sweet little garden shed and I started imagining hammocks, pic-nick tables, tire swings and bee hives. I'd say I was more than a little inspired by Chuck's fantastic roof top apiary. I didn't end up with that house and I don't think there is beekeeping in my future, but that doesn't mean I can't bring a little bee inspiration into my life.

Kate Spade bee sweater (first spotted on Emma Pillsberry), fun fact I have been totally inspired by this sweater and have a baby sweater pattern I'm working on with a bee theme.
Couldn't you see a sweet skirt or a little girls dress made out of this Micheal Miller fabric?!
How joyful to have your morning tea out of this little pot.
With muffins served on this plate!
I love charm bracelets so much, look for a charm bracelet post sometime in the next few weeks.
How about a honeycomb necklace, so sweet!
What can I say how could I not love a bee brooch.
And wouldn't we all like some honey cake made in this awesome mold.
Thanks for Buzzing by today. Check out more bee inspired stuff over on my "I'm a Gonna Bee" board on pinterest.
Click on any image to find where to buy these lovely items.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


If I woke up tomorrow morning and someone offered me a trip anyplace I wanted, I would be hopping a plane to Greece. I have wanted to visit forever. Sigh one day. So where would you go if I told you I'd send you anyplace you wanted to go?

Friday, February 18, 2011

Make: Baby Love

I have been doing some secret crafting. I really like to make gifts, I sometimes think I like to make gifts a lot more than people actually like to get them, but I don't really care. BUT I know that this little set is going to a home that wants a hand made gift from me and that made it all the more fun. I've named them the "Baby Love" hat, sweater and blanket because the soon to be born little lady is already so loved, and because it was leading up to Valentine's day when I was working on them, and because I had this idea that I should name all the baby things I'm working on this spring/summer (more on that in the next few weeks) after songs I love. So here you go: All the good stuff on the "Baby Love" set:
Here are the details, the hat and sweater are my own design - I am working on a pattern for the sweater and will surely share it once I get it worked out. Both are made using knitpicks shine worsted in Flamingo.
The blanket pattern is called "Flowers in the Snow", I think that I would tweak the pattern a little bit if I were to do it again. I'm kinda a grump about Granny squares because there are so many ends to weave in. I do really like the look of the blanket so I'm going to try and come up with my own circle motif pattern. Anyway it is worked in knitpicks shine worsted in Flamingo, Begonia, Serrano and Cream. They Blue is some of that stichin' bitch stuff from red heart, I don't remember the color.

P.S. I wonder if the mama of this girl has guessed this stuff is for her. Don't worry though, if you think it is for you and I give it to another, chances are I have something different up my sleeve for you!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

From the makers of Anthropologie . . .

Yay! Wedding stuff from the people who bring us Anthropologie! My brother Sam is getting married (which has made him extra lovey by the way, he not only gave his loverly fiancee flowers for Valentine's day, but also his mother and sisters) so I feel like it is part of my job as a good sister-inlaw to make sure I am up on all the latest wedding-y stuff out there, you know so no one misses out on something awesome (okay twist my arm and I'll tell you that I follow at least two wedding blogs and read a few others regularly). So with that in mind behold BHLDN.

There is way to much to love. I spent hours clicking through on Monday night. I can't even begin to tell you what I love the most.

P.S. They have this wonderful section of vintage wedding photos. This is my fave of the bunch. Oh a brass band, what a dream!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Flowers Starting to Spring Up

So question - what do you think of this sweater from Old Navy? Thumbs up or down? I kinda like it - but I'm a little unsure of the v-neck.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Not Doing It

Okay friends here's the thing, there will not be a before and after this week. I did not finish the project I was working on, instead I:
Chaperoned a girls lock-in at church
Went shopping at the fabric store
Didn't get enough sleep
Ate to much Valentine candy
Took a great nap at my mom and dads
Had a long phone conversation with a good friend
Smiled and Laughed and enjoyed the mild weather (if you can call 40 mild)
And I went to see this movie with my sister and my cousin's two little girls - it is cute, you'll like it if you like: silly stories, James McAvoy, Elton John music and garden gnomes (for the record I love them all!)

Monday, February 14, 2011

St. Vanlentine's Day - I love all of you!

A Bell's not a Bell 'til you ring it, A Song's not a song 'til you sing it, Love in your Heart wasn't put there to stay, Love isn't love 'til you give it away!
- Oscar Hammerstein

P.S. I'm switching things up this week. "Change Something Good" will be up tomorrow, today enjoy one of my fave quotes about lurve.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Work in Progress Weekend

I plan on spending some quality time with this project this weekend, oh and I guess there will be some craftroom work and maybe some snow clearing if it warms up a little. I hope your weekend is great friends!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Better Than Candy Hearts

Somehow without my notice I have become one of those people who likes wreaths on my front door. Not just any wreath, but a holiday/seasonal wreath. What? I know 20 year old me would be cringing at the cheesy-ness of it all. However good for you 27 year old me has learned to embrace the cheese and just move on. So to finish up our Valentine DIY's I put together a tutorial of my latest wreath.
I used a large round wreath base. And started by wrapping it in yarn (I just used some cheep stuff, Vanna's Choice maybe)
This step is not necessary but I thought at first I wouldn't put as many hearts on so it would be nice to have a little something extra on the base. Wrapped some red and white Christmas ribbon around the wreath.
Next I cut about two dozen hearts out of red, white, light and dark pink felt. Again cheep craft felt, though I think it would be that much better in a wool blend, however my fabric store doesn't carry wool felt in any colors that I like.
To finish it off, I added embroidery and some buttons. I then just glued the hearts onto my wreath. Voila a little love for my door.
I hope you have enjoyed all our valentine crafts the last few weeks.
On tap for next week some secret crafting that I'm ready to share.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Matchbook Girl

I love, love, love, love, love all the great online magazines out there these days. A few years ago when all of my favorite magazines were slowly going out a print I feared I wouldn't be able to find a replacement; lifestyle mags for girls like me. Girls that have a chic slightly quirky (okay in my case really quirky) style, but don't have thousands upon thousands of dollar to spend on say a rug or a coat. Needless to say I am thrilled with my latest find Matchbook. Read the description from the website and tell me you are not falling a little in love with it already.

The matchbook girl...
views the world through rose colored glasses • loves to throw dinner parties, but has been known to burn the roast • values eccentricity over convention • is the first to laugh at her own bad jokes • knows the cha-cha, the charleston, and the tango • paints her nails bright coral when she's feeling blue • is infinitely curious • could happily live off of red velvet cake • pens hand written notes to her grandmother • has a signature shade of lipstick • secretly thinks she may be babe paley reincarnated • received an iPAD for her birthday, but will never give up her library card • has a bucket list a mile long and dreams a dime a dozen • is smart, but never a show-off • listens to the day's forecast, but trusts her own intuition • never says no to a sunday matinee at the theater • is quick to blush, but never short of a witty reply • has a skip in her step and a twinkle in her eye • always shares her last piece of gum

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hit the Target

So the other day on my weekly trip to Target I noticed something, something about the clothes they have out right now.

At first I thought it was just the one dress, but then I saw a sweater and then I saw a top. And before I knew it my little inner monologue was saying I'm going to have to blog about how Target has a ton of Boden/Anthropologie-ish stuff right now.

This is just some of my favorite stuff, plus my Target had some of this stuff on sale already. You can get that black dress for less than 10 bucks.

So if you need some retail therapy to get over the winter blahs. Check out your local Target before you head to those pricier stores. (If you are like me you already do)

I know at least one of these cardies will be added to my wish list.

Oh and this jacket, killer!
Oh and before I forget, the shoes are also rocking this late winter/spring.
Hi blue T-straps.

What girl can live without purple Mary Janes? Not this one.

Okay Target I am waiting for my commission check I name dropped five times

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