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Feeling Very Sleepy

It’s nearly midnight and time to start winding down.  I’ve got some cozy chamomile tea brewing and am really wishing I had one of these Le Beanock’s.

I wonder if they are willing to include the bottle of wine?  Good night and sweet dreams!

Image:  Le Beanock

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November 16, 2010   No Comments

Recycled Fabrics

Good morning blog friends!  Did you have a fabulous weekend?  I hope it wasn’t filled with lots of work like mine.  From bringing the ceramic pots in the garage to covering up the outdoor patio furniture, there were so many winter preparations to take care of (and I’m still not done!).   But even with all the work, I was able to take a moment and do a little reading (very little) and came across a most wonder seller, EnlightenedPlatypus who makes dream coats.  And are they ever!  These coats are made with recycled clothing with focus put on the hour glass design, zephyr skirts, and of course, lots of whimsy.

Love, love that hood!  These are so hot that her last collection of dream coats all sold in less than a minute.

Images:  EnlightenedPlatypus

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November 15, 2010   No Comments

Vintage Inspired Ornaments

If I didn’t know any better I would think that these ornaments were vintage – you might have even convinced me that they were antique.  They just look that good!  Creator Mahtab, is a professional theater puppet and doll maker residing in London.  She is originally from Iran where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Puppetry Theater.  Generally, she makes her dolls and puppets from paper and clay.  Maybe one day I will have a vintage inspired Christmas tree…

Well, the weekend is here and lots of work to do (so wishing for a relaxing weekend – maybe next weekend).  Hope your weekend is ridiculously fabulous!  See you here next week for more sparks of inspiration.

Images:  Moonlight Creations

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November 12, 2010   1 Comment

Seasons Must Read Books

As I parooze the web, I’m finding many of the same books on peoples wish lists.  So much that I thought to share what the common trends for this seasons creative book reading are.  Here it goes…

Handmade Home and The Creative Family are both written by Amanda Blake Soule (you may have heard of Amanda through her blog SouleMama).  Handmade Home offers 33 projects using repurposed items and The Creative Family teaches you to “…awaken your family’s creativity…”.   Each book runs less than $15 on Amazon.

The title says it all – One Yard Wonders by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins offers projects to do with only a single yard of fabric.  Projects are stylish and most can be made in a few hours.

I have always wanted to learn to print on fabric (especially screen printing) and Printing by Hand offers step by step instructions using stamping, screening, and stenciling methods.  This book has lots of great reviews and I hope to get my hands on it this year.

Bend-the-Rules Sewing by Amy Karol is a book made for the novice sewer.  Amy discuss various techniques, how to choose fabrics, and even covers the basics of supplies and equipment.

This has got to be one of the most popular decor books on everyone’s wish list.  And really, how can it not be?  Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy was released in 2008 and still holds popular today.

Images:  Amazon

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November 11, 2010   No Comments

Artist Sophie Blackall

Talk about fun, whimsy, and a tiny drop of weird – that’s what I see in Australian artist Sophie Blackall’s work.  You really must have a bit of a twisted sense of humor to fully appreciate her art.  I find it enjoyable to go through and read all of the captions written on her work because so many of they give me such a chuckle.

Her website has a section that questions if she does anything aside from illustrations.  Her response – “…Well I make my children’s lunches most days, and try to keep them in cleanish clothes, and occasionally I put on my hat and spats and seek diversion outdoors.  And in the wee hours I paint on old photographs, or stick animal parts on to old dolls”.  Too funny!

If you’re interested in purchasing any of her work, she does offer prints for sale in her Etsy shop.

Images:  Sophie Blackall

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November 11, 2010   No Comments

Gifted Magazine

More and more online magazines are coming out and Creature Comforts has just released their Gifted Magazine.  It features holiday projects, gift giving guides (even DIY gifts), gift wrapping, decor, and much more!  I’m looking forward to further exploring the projects section.  However, I really need to finish the one’s I’m working on now (a front door yarn wreath and advent calendar).  Back to reading the magazine I go…

Images:  Gifted Magazine

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November 10, 2010   No Comments

Christmas Wish List Part I

It’s official.  The Christmas spirit has hit me – thanks to all of the in store decorations that are emerging!  However, it’s a bit of a mixed feeling at times for me.  My oldest daughter is starting to understand some of the holidays which is really exciting to see and experience this through her eyes.  While on the other hand, my dad is no longer with us to enjoy it all.  So, it leaves me emotionally confused at times.  Does that make any sense?

I have begun to think about my Christmas wish list and have begun with these items…

1.  Anthropologie Gift Card -  Simply put, I love this store!  I love the eclectic mix and seemingly can always find something to bring home.

2.  Oster Toaster -  A few weeks ago, we bought a new blender because our old one was rather old and not really doing its job.  I had my husband pick it out (which is really rare for me) and he chose a deep red Oster blender.  I can’t believe how vibrant the color is and what fun it adds to our kitchen.  So, I would now like to replace our current toaster (from my apartment days!) with the red Oster version.

3.  Alexander Henry Fabric – Designer fabric is difficult to find in my area.  I generally have to drive at least 1/2 hr. to get to a store that carries anything Alexander Henry.

4. Nanny McPhee Returns -  Christmas always bring out the kid in me!  I enjoyed the first movie so much that I watched over and over.  Note:  This DVD won’t be released until December 14.

5.  Slipper Chair – The picture above is just a place holder as I haven’t picked one yet.  I want to put one in my bedroom for when I put on my shoes or stockings.  Right now I’m using a rocking chair that must make things look interesting when I’m trying to get dressed!

More Christmas Wish Lists to come…  Of course they are just wishes!

Images:  (See List for Source)

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November 9, 2010   No Comments

Weekend Updates

Good Monday Friends!  I hope everyone is doing fine and keeping the sick bug away.  I started feeling better on Sunday so I spent quite a bit time painting.  I played around with a lot of yellows and greens and thoroughly enjoyed mixing the paints to see what surprise would evolve.  It was much needed playtime for me!   Here is one of my messes…

Images:  House of Many Hues

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November 9, 2010   No Comments