anyway, check out yellow canoe's work. love it!
in a pinch, i decided it would be easy to go as the tooth fairy. long story short, i made a little tulle skirt, a wand and a stuffed tooth.
the lovely hostess ellen suggested that i sew a little pocket on the tooth and sell it as a tooth fairy pillow. you know, something for a kid to put their lost teeth in until the tooth fairy pays them a visit.
i'm debating putting it up for sale on etsy. what do you think? parents, would your kiddies like to have one of these? let me know! thanks.
i'm still perfecting the wand, but i'm thinking of packaging them together. i'll post that when it's finished!
i've often thought it would be really cool if i knew how to spin my own yarn, but that sounds awfully complicated, so i'll just have to be satisfied by purchasing lovely handspun yarns.
some of my favorites come from natasha of luxe. gorgeous yarns! i want them all!
"Poppytalk Handmade is a monthly online street market to showcase, buy and sell handmade goods of emerging design talent from around the world."
each designer is featured on the front page, and has their own little online booth within the shop. i'm loving the work of annie and olive
and beehive kitchenware- cutest measuring spoons i've ever seen!
and the jewelry of megan auman. lovely!
ok, so i love it all. go browse!
each design is an original, and hand silkscreened by the artist. check out her blog, too!
the site encourages people to spend their holiday dollars on handmade items.
i think it is a fabulous idea, as a crafter myself and a lover of things handmade. here's the organization's reasoning for buying handmade:
"Buying handmade is better for people, better for the environment, and better for giving truly special and well-crafted gifts. The ascendancy of chain store culture and global manufacturing has left us all dressing, furnishing, and decorating alike. The connection between producer and consumer has been lost. Buying handmade helps them reconnect.
We encourage all consumers to be aware of the social and environmental implications of their purchases."
you can sign your name, promising to buy handmade, and read why other people have decided to join the revolution!
i signed up. did you?
i have an excuse! i was up until two this morning finishing the order pixi chix placed with me two weeks ago. phew! glad that's done.
pardon my late night point and shoot.
i was drawn to this gorgeous rug, because i am about to paint the office in my house a lovely warm grey. it would match perfectly, and the yellow would tie the room to the living room and dining room.
sorry the picture is so small, but the larger version was a flash piece i couldn't steal off his site. i guess you'll just have to check out the website!
how to use:
step 1: insert driver's license, credit card, keys and cell phone into clutch; snap shut
step 2: insert wrist through strap
step 3: head out for a night of fun! don't worry about setting down your purse and forgetting it at some dingy (or high class, whatever floats your boat) bar!
if you're like me and love to entertain (or better yet, have friends who do), the holiday season just around the corner is something you look forward to each year.
now, i have always been of the mindset that showing up at someone's house with the prescribed dish and a bottle of vino is enough to fill my guestly duties. but i think there are some out there who actually bring gifts for the party hostess.
if you fall into that category (tell me, i will invite you over and make you dinner. i have something brewing in my crockpot as i type!), i have found a couple of cute hostess gifts for you.
orange lola is an adorable online shop. they have all kinds of products. browse their site. it's fun!
one of the lines they carry is modern-twist. so cute! here's what they have to say about modern-twist:
"Modern-twist is a collaboration between Kat Nouri and an extremely talented group of independent designers (mostly from the San Francisco Bay Area) who share a passion for clean, minimalist design. The products are interesting to the touch, playful to the eye, and versatile in use. Drawing on the diverse culture of the San Francisco area, some of the designs have been inspired by traditional objects. With a background in U.S. manufacturing, Nouri strives to manufacture Modern-twist products responsibly. U.S. and overseas manufacturers that produce Modern-twist products share our values in respecting the environment, workers and consumers. Modern-twist donates one percent of profits to OnePercentForThePlanet.org."
pretty cool, eh?
the cute products i found for you are new to their line. i am loving the nature trend, and i hope it is not on it's way out anytime soon. these coasters, paired with matching wine tags/napkin rings would just be the perfect hostess gift, don't you think? pair it with a bottle of wine, and you'll be a hit!
but all is not lost, as they have launched an online store! they have some great stuff in there, lots of unique, one-of-a-kind, buy-it-now-or-it-will-be-gone-forever type of items.
they recently overhauled their website, which i also love. it has a fabulous high school feel to it. which i'm sure was their intention. (reForm school. duh).
anyway, i'm especially loving this DIY felt birdie pouch. if you are not the crafty type but long to be, this might be just the thing for you! it even includes a plastic needle. safety first!
all the designs come from my crazy little head, and are lovingly stitched on by myself (i need something to do while watching tv- i told you i had craft ADHD!)
here's a sample for you viewing pleasure. feel free to send my blog or shop along to those you love who have cute kiddos. enjoy! oh, and there will be more posted tomorrow!
so today i'll begin to introduce you to beautiful things that i love, and, if i had money in my perpetually empty bank account, would have to buy.
i'll try to show you a few things each day, culled from the long list of bookmarked shops and blogs i look at frequently.
are you ready? 'cause here we go!
let us begin in scotland, home of papa stour, a unique boutique of an online shop. i love this scarf. so cute! perfect for crisp, cool fall days. the bird pattern is also available on these lovely cushions.
go check it out!
i finally got on the ball, made up a price list, an order form, and called a couple of local businesses to see if they wanted to sell my products in their stores.
i was inspired yesterday by a brand new blog on my favorites list. hollabee is a blogger from australia, and her stuff is super cute, including hand screenprinted fabric you can buy in her etsy store. it's on my want list. so i saw her cute idea for a felt project, and since i love felt, and have a ton of it on hand, i thought i'd give it a try.
hello mr. iPod! you know what else fits in here? a mini digital camera. hooray! a soft, cute case for your technological goods. i'll be throwing these up on my etsy site soon. check it out. don't you want one?
follow through is a problem for me.
but i am turning over a new leaf! i vow, with every ounce of my non-commital being, to blog, blog, blog as i've never blogged before! (which shouldn't be too difficult, seeing as i've never actually blogged before).
and what might i be blogging about? why, all things crafty!
i'll bring you regular updates on my personal projects, the trials and tribulations of making stuff (the easy and fun part) and trying to sell it (the difficult part for a non-business minded person such as myself).
i'll also post beautiful things from around the web that serve as inspiration for me (and hopefully you, too!)
so thank you for reading. i hope to keep you entertained, so check back often, and send me some love through comments!