Wednesday, September 29, 2010

i need this tattooed on me so i dont for get it

this is more true for my and my family right now than it will ever be.  please pray for my family right now...we are going through a very rough time right now.


can someone teach me to make lace/doilies?

so i can make this?

this is the work of Kristen Wicklund from New York.  She is making this entirely out of plastic grocery bags.  wouldn't this make the neatest area rug (indoor or outdoor) or patio canopy? She also makes lace with porcelain.  Check out her work here.



Wednesday, September 22, 2010

so totally surprised

my aunt and cousin gave me my birthday present early yesterday.....and i squealed in delight when i opened this:
anyone recognize it? i posted a pic of this amazing cowl about a month ago on a interwebz find post.....and they got it for me for my birthday.  it is so incredibly FABULOUS!!! its made from the most softest wool ever and by the looks of it, hand-dyed in my favorite colors.  i think i will wear it all winter....if it ever gets cold here.  that means my pasmina scarves in every color will just have to stay in the closet....sorry. ill post a pic of me wearing it soon...i only have a crappy cell phone pic right now.


ps:  she ordered it from a shop on etsy called Silvia66 .  She is from Moderna, Italy....and very talented.  Grazie Mille AJ and Jo!!!!

random interwebz findings....the most epic treehouse ever

one day when i have a yard with trees, and the right to build something in it.....o and i guess kids.....i want to build this
thats right..its a castle tree house complete with a slide and a rock wall.  excuse my 80s child language....but this tree house is so freakin rad....i would have to "supervise" playtime and curl up in there with a book and some coffee while the kids....umm had nap time.  this is the most epic tree house ive ever seen...WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT


Monday, September 20, 2010

countdown to the beach

in a couple of weeks dave and i are going to the beach.....and i cant wait.  we havent gotten to go much this summer....well at all really....and im jumping out of my skin. im ridiculous....i know.  here are some pics that are beautiful and getting me excited.

we are only going to galvestion.....but its one of my favorite places....with one of my most favorite people


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Artist Spotlight: Lora Zombee

i found her stuff by chance...i dont even know how i found her but i did.  i cant really find anything about her other than she is from russia.  what i do know about her is that she is amazing.  here are a few of my favorites off of her website
please visit her site and browse through the rest of her will blow your mind!!!


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

DIY: Indian Dream Catcher

ive been wanting to make one of these for a while but I havent found a tutorial that I liked....until now.  I found this tutorial on eHow .  Materials you will need are:  a metal ring/or an embroidery hoop (both can be found at craft stores), suede cord, waxed cord or string of your choice (to make the web), glue (i like hot glue or gorilla will speed up the dry time), beads, feathers, and a clothes pin.   I havent made this yet but I will def put it on the list of fun things to make.  ill post pics of mine when im done with it.


Wrap suede cord around metal ring a few times. Place a drop of glue on ring, then put the end of cord on the glue, using a cloths pin to hold cord in place. Continue wrapping cord around ring, stopping to pull cord tight and glue it down every few inches. Be sure not to twist cord. Cut cord when you get back to the start. Glue & clap down with cloths pin until it is dry.


Knot the end of the wax cord onto the ring. Hold the wax cord on ring about 1 inch from your first knot. Loop strand over the top & thru the length of cord between first knot & were you are holding it.


Do the same with the second section, knotting cord about 1 inch from second knot. (It may look funny now because the wax cord runs right next to the suede cord, but you'll get more space as you go along with the web.)


Continue looping the wax cord around the ring. Place last loop knot about 1/2 inch from original knot.


You now want to loop the strand of wax cord in between the very first knot & second knot you made on the ring.


Continue knotting the strand of wax cord in between the knots on the previous row. Keep the knots at the center of the section, so it all pulls evenly into the center.


When your get back to the start of the second row knot the strand onto the second roll. (The first row of cord gets knotted onto the ring, the second row gets knotted onto the first row, the third row gets knotted on the second row, and so on.)


Continue knotting cord until you get near the center. (It gets harder to find space to knot cord the closer you get to middle, so stop the web were you want.) End the web by putting a couple regular sewing knots on strand, cutting off the extra. Hint: the bigger your metal ring the more detailed your web will be!


Cut a section of suede cord. Place both ends together, making a loop at the other end. Insert that loop into top of ring, wrap it over, & place the two strands into the loop, & pull tight. Knot the other end of the strands. This will be the hanger for your dream catcher.


Repeat the previous steps to make the dangles that feathers & beads go on, only don't knot the strand ends. Place the first strands on the opposite end as the hanging strand. Then place other two strands on either side of the middle strand.


Place two pony beads on each strand of cord.


Put a drop of glue on suede cord, were you want the feathers to hang. Pull one of the beads down, over the glue spot.


Choose two feathers for each strand. Hold them together & insert the stems into the bead. Put more glue around the bead, cord & feather. Then pull the second bead down over the stems.


Allow the dream catcher to dry. Trim off extra suede and any feather tips sticking out. Put more glue around beads.

--> Modification Tips: i have seen people use "fabric string" to make the inside of the dream catcher(string made from cutting thin strips of fabric from old shirts/bedsheets/etc -- for example to cut a long piece of "string" from a bed sheet start at one end of the sheet and cut in a rectangle shaped spiral from the outside of the sheet to the inside---make sense?).  you can also use whatever kind of beads and feathers you want...or none at all.  its up to you. 

I would love to see pictures of ones you have made or suggestions on how to make this tutorial better. Have fun!!

Read more: How to Make a Dream Catcher on


maybe i was a hippie or a gypsy in an earlier life.  if you are not familiar with free people clothing brand you should be.  i dont own anything from free people but i do very much enjoy their blog.  sometimes i just go and look at the pictures they put up and skip the reading....well most of the time i just look at their pics. dunno why... i just really love their pics....very earthy, laid back, hippie/gypsy style.  if i didnt have to dress up and venture into corporate america everyday i would def mix this style into my normal would also be helpful to have the budget and waist size to fit into some of their clothes.  anywho...i thought i would share some of my fav pics from their blog

so pretty right?


Monday, September 13, 2010

birthday cake

a friend of mine asked me to make her birthday cake for her party.....thought you might like to see uber cute
it was a vanilla cake with white chocolate filling and fresh sliced strawberries....and it was yummy

i have a thunderstorm in my brain....

.....and i dislike it very much.
Migraines are chronic headaches that can cause significant pain for hours or even days. Symptoms can be so severe that all you can think about is finding a dark, quiet place to lie down.
Some migraines are preceded or accompanied by sensory warning symptoms or signs (auras), such as flashes of light, blind spots or tingling in your arm or leg. A migraine is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.
When untreated, a migraine typically lasts from four to 72 hours, but the frequency with which headaches occur varies from person to person. You may have migraines several times a month or much less frequently.
Not all migraines are the same. Most people experience migraines without auras, which were previously called common migraines. Some people have migraines with auras, which were previously called classic migraines. Auras can include changes to your vision, such as seeing flashes of light, and feeling pins and needles in an arm or leg.
Whether or not you have auras, you may have one or more sensations of premonition (prodrome) several hours or a day or so before your headache actually strikes, including:
  • Feelings of elation or intense energy
  • Cravings for sweets
  • Thirst
  • Drowsiness
  • Irritability or depression
^the crazy thing about that list that i experienced all of those yesterday before the migraine started....i never knew that those things are alarm bells...good to know.

now off to the store for some more drugs....I'm all out.

Friday, September 10, 2010

inspiration photos / pretty pics i like

im a sucker for .  i could sit in front of the computer for hours just looking at page after page.  here are a few pics that i "hearted" recently.  enjoy

this is from Free People Clothing

there are so many photos on there that i love....ill post some from time to time.


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Baby car seat cover

I finally finished and delivered a baby car seat cover for my friends who's baby girl is due in a couple of weeks. She decided to go with a purple theme to all the baby's things. To make the car seat cover we deconstructed the cover she used for her son and made our own pattern. We used a pretty purple paisley flannel and a super soft purple fleecy/polyester(?) material with raised bumps (that we now lovingly refer to as the "purple pimple"). Now that I've finished this one I know where the pattern needs to be tweaked...which will make it much easier/faster to make more. I'm hoping to get some inventory put together and open an Etsy shop for mom and baby (kind if weird since I am not yet a mother....but many of my friends are and who doesn't like babies?)
Sorry for the crappy phone picture....ill take a better one later (with a cute baby inside).  Let me know what you think!


cartolina phone app!!!

saw this today on Design*Sponge and had to share.  I found a couple of Cartonlina's mini notebooks on clearance at Urban last year and snatched them of them lives in my purse so i can write down random things (directions/web links i want to look at later, etc).  they are so girle and when i saw this on Design*Sponge today i did a little internal squee.  She is coming out with an app (on Sept. 17th) that will make your text messages and emails pretty.  check it out!!!
I love her colorful and pretty. I cant wait to send little love notes to Dave with one of these (dave is probably rolling his eyes while reading this...sorry love but you will get pretty text messages). If you didnt catch the link above go here to visit her website.


Monday, September 6, 2010

Stina Persson

is one of my favorite artists that i had to share with you.  i heard of her about 5 years ago when she did a campaign for American Eagle (i think)....i just remember seeing some giant hangings in their store window and loved i looked her up.  Go here to see more

so beautiful....i love watercolor