September 30, 2011

halloween garland tutorial

I know Saturday is the 1st day of October but I couldn't wait to start sharing some Halloween goodness! I want to share with you an easy and fun tutorial for a little decoration to get you in the spirit of this months holiday, Halloween! I'm not reinventing the wheel here, so i'm going to let the pictures speak for themselves on this tutorial. This would also be fun in festive Fall colors if you don't celebrate Halloween or with different shaped punches. 

Happy (almost) October!

September 29, 2011

ebi nigiri baby sushi costume

Ok, my fears came true. I'm sick. Actually, the whole family is sick. Travis came home from work early yesterday, and took the day off today too. We're all feeling quite under the weather. Thank goodness for dayquil/nyquil, but poor little lady she only gets baby tylenol to help her feel better.

To add insult to injury I'm also knee deep in dressmaking which needs to be finished by the end of the weekend. Hopefully I can churn out 2 more dresses this evening after Elle is down and before my nightly nyquil coma begins.

I already have clothing orders lined up for production in October, but I need to schedule in some time to make Ella's Halloween costume. Last year I wanted to make her my version of the Owl Costume from Pottery Barn, but I got over zealous on the time management for that project and scrapped it pretty quick. Instead I made my little lady a sushi roll! Ebi Nigiri to be exact, and complete with soy sauce/wasabi/ginger headband. She was definitely the cutest thing on the block that year. And the costume was SO simple make.

Here's a rundown of the project.

I used a white onesie and white leggings for the "white rice" portion of the costume.

For the "raw fish" part I just made a small orange pillow (basic orange rectangle lightly stuffed with polyfil) and sewed thin white twill tape to one side in a "v" pattern (you could use white ribbon as well), this served as the lines in the "fish". Then I attached the "pillow" to the costume by sewing/tacking the corners to the back of the onesie.

The green ribbon was used as the "seaweed wrapper". You can attach it to the fish portion (sew/glue it on) or just make a belt out of it and attach velcro in the front so that it is adjustable to baby's tummy.

For the headband I just cut out a grass shape of felt, and hot glued it to a white headband. Then I emptied a package of soy sauce and glued it to the "grass" along with makeshift  green felt wasabi ball and pink ginger flower. 

That's it! It's really not that hard. If you eat sushi you know what these things look like, and felt is very easy to work with. If anyone has any more detailed questions feel free to leave them in the comments and I'll try to better explain how I made the costume. It was darling on a baby, easy to get on them and off them too, and could be adapted to other sizes easily.

Now to decide what costume I'm going to make her this year, I have a few ideas already...I'll share them soon!

Linking up to this great blog.

September 27, 2011

recent loves

I think i'm getting sick, ugh... Bring on the EmergenC and Zicam! I really hope I'm not getting sick because this is the WORST week ever to be under the weather. I have to finish sewing 6 more dresses, 10 headbands, and 6 pairs of babylegs by the end of the week...shoot me now.

Onto other things, I recently came across the blog Elements of Style, and got sucked into a 2 day non-stop blog reading fest. I couldn't help myself but read back over a year in Erin's posts. Her writing is witty, hilariously funny, and her sense of style is spot on. 

Now my design style is somewhere in between Pottery Barn/Vintage/Luxe/Modern and, that really narrowed it down eh? Really I just love all type of styles and decor and am drawn to just plain beautiful things! Even before I got stuck on Elements of Style, I've always been a a fan of geometric designs (hello lattice/greek key/chevron). I thought today I'd share a few personal/home decor things I'm loving right now.

First, I've been using the stationary below for quite some time. I love it. So fresh and modern, it really does make me smile when I write a note onto one of these bad boys.
my personal stationary via shutterfly
Second, I had to return something at Bath and Body Works (the smelly car air freshener scent thingy, which didn't work very well) and while I was there I saw this AMAZING candle holder. Seriously?! When did BBW start making chic candle holders? They never had anything this fashion forward when I worked there...I snagged this one for $5 (yes, $5!!!).

The next item is a lucite tray. Basically from what I gather is that lucite is really just acrylic (read: plastic). Now maybe I'm missing something, but why is it that an acrylic tray costs $50-$200?!! I'm going to hunt one of these down somewhere, and DIY myself one of these monogramed trays. Mark my word.
lucite tray via iomoi
Last but not least meet Chevron's trendy and exotic cousin, Ikat. Ikat has been seen around for a while now, and while searching around for some new throw pillows for our bed I thought this print would be perfect. While I do like Chevron, it seems every other person on the face of the earth (or at least Pinterest) likes Chevron too. I ordered a yard of this black + ivory ikat print which I'll make some pillows for the bed from, and I think it's a little more chic and exotic than your standard design.
black + white ikat pillow via kassapanola

September 26, 2011

boy bow tie bibs

So, I've mentioned recently that i've been sewing a TON for a boutique in town. I've been so extremely blessed that I've been given the opportunity to not only sell some of my Abstract Grace goods in the store, but collaborate with the store owner on some new items as well. 

I don't do a ton of sewing for boys, but my "Little Mr. Mustache Bibs" were a huge success in my Etsy shop, so I decided to work on a new design featuring bow ties! These babies aren't for Etsy though, they're exclusive right now to the retail shop The Bag Lady here in town, but I thought I'd share a few pics (sorry about the crummy iPhone photos) of them while I was finishing up the order. They turned out SO SO SO darling! I loved mismatching plaids with stripes, polka dots, and other fun boy patterns. 

It also got me thinking about how excited I am that my BFF who is preggers with her second child is having a BOY! I can sew boy things while living vicariously through her! Yay for little boys!

September 25, 2011

insta-friday (on sunday) part 2

Thanks for bearing with me while I play catch up with my instagrams. :)
on my way to girls night out

little lady

family photo

blue eyes

our "love fern" after 4 long years, it finally bit the dust! :(

leopard print compact umbrella, print OBSESSED

chic candle holder

vintage baby

party time!

previously aforementioned party

my dear friend's son Xavier's baptism

life rearranged

insta-friday (on sunday) part 1

Two days late, but better late than never. I'm doubling up on picture posts this weekend to catch up with missing last week's photo sharing...tsk, tsk, bad blogger!

husband using the paper method of hanging pictures, it really does work!

master bedroom

catch up reading

1st time using a spoon by herself!

Halloween tutorial, coming Oct 1st! 
boy bowtie bibs, for the retail shop

toddler silver metalilc shoes, uh-mazing


dresses for the retail shop

little lady

wild berry mojito

riding a lion at the zoo

coffee + heath bar

falsies + makeup

life rearranged

September 22, 2011

exciting news + treasurys

Hello! It's been a few days since i've posted, but for good reason! I've been sewing like a mad lady over here. Along with taking care of little lady that's been eating up 99.99% of my time.

Why have I been sewing like crazy lately you ask? Well, I've been collaborating with another local designer (and boutique owner) on a fall line of children's clothing. (Eek! Very exciting!) Everything is uniquely designed, handmade and sold in an actual retail store. Doesn't that sound like fun? It is!

I have been doing a few side projects amongst the crazy clothing line sewing however. I have a few things up my sleeve to share, but you'll just have to be patient and come back often for those. 

Until then some more happy news, Etsy Treasury features! I always feel so giddy when I've been picked for a Treasury. It feels kinda like an honor, especially when you're alongside such amazing other sellers/items. Here are a few recents featuring the Garden Bloom Felt Crown and the Plush Tag Toy Birdies. Give a click and check out all the amazing finds.
"The Journey to Oz" by littlehouseofcolor
"Tag -You're It!" by woodstreamdream

"Birds, Birds, Birds" by craftshackdesign