Thursday, March 13, 2014

Fabric Necklace: Vintage Kitchen Tiles

Coming up with names for creations is fun. Some times the name comes to mind while checking out in the fabric store. Other times it takes days or weeks to come up with the perfect name. Thankfully I have my spunky sister (JP of Big City Sunrise) to tap her creative juices and bounce off ideas.  

Our email and/or text messages usually go like this:

Me: (email subject header with fabric swatch photos attached) "Name these prints please!"
JP: OoOooo! I like the [insert color here] one! Ok, I'll get back to you.
Me: I'm thinking it's like-vintage-y but I'm stuck.
JP: The blue/red dot one reminds me of Dorothy in Wizard of Oz... Maybe just "Dorothy"?
Me: But isn't Dorothy more blue and white gingham?
JP: Maybe a modern Dorothy?
Me: I'm thinking kitchen tiles....

Check it out on Etsy!

Fabric Necklace: Hint of Sunshine

You are my sunshine
My only sunshine

You make me happy

When skies are gray

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Guest blog post by JP from Big City Sunrise

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Guest Blog Post: Navy Stripes + Pink with a Hint of Sunshine


Navy Stripes + Pink, Hint of Sunshine
As promised, Stephanie's "pop of color in the mail" arrived promptly on Friday.  (I actually think it arrived earlier but Z forgot to point out I had gotten a package -- side effect of long work hours.)  Fortunately, I had the foresight (or read: laziness) to forego putting the pink chambray shirt and striped sweater in the laundry basket, so I was able to throw Take #2 of this outfit back together and take advantage of the weather for photos outside.

I am loving Stephanie's new addition to her etsy shop: Chunky Bead Necklaces in an assortment of colors and patterns.  I get sneak previews of the fabrics she buys, so I requested one in this sunny yellow damask print with white ribbon (she makes them sans ribbon, too), which I am super excited to pair with all things navy!

The necklaces are actually "mommy-friendly" accessories -- they're made with 100% cotton fabric and unfinished natural woods beads, and meant for fashionable mothers toting around beautiful, teething tots.  (I'm told the wooden beads are great for babies to grab and chew.)  But it wouldn't be fair to limit these only to those lucky enough to have a baby on their hip!  (Plus, really, had I not told you, would you have guessed these were a meant-for-moms-only thing?  Didn't think so.)

Chunky Bead Necklace by EdibleThoughts

Having been indoors all morning, I was completely unprepared for the tourists milling around on the streets.  It dawned on me that the masses are on Spring Break!  I had gotten used to the (relative) quiet and calm of the neighborhood in January and February.  'Twas a bit of a rude awakening to realize tourist season is starting again.  Yikes.

In lieu of the grey wool skirt this time, I opted for jeggings (the previous outfit was worn to a no-jeans event) for a more comfy and casual adventure through West Village.

Necklaces: Chunky Bead Necklace by EdibleThoughts
Top: old BDG Chambray Shirt from Urban Outfitters 
Sweater: Chunky Slub-Knit Sweater from Old Navy

Jeggings: Hi-Rise Dark Wash Jeggings from American Eagle (I bought them on sale for $11.95)
Bag: Gift from my aunt

Sunglasses: Old, Z's fashionable find at a Walmart, I believe

Z and I took advantage of our day off together and explored (read: got lost in) my favorite Manhattan neighborhood.  Wandering around haphazardly, we ended up at a great little thrift store -- lots of good stuff, but alas, nothing in my size!  (Without access to a sewing machine, I hesitate to start any alterations lest I leave half-finished projects laying around our already cluttered apartment.)

Spotted: Lovely olive-y green doors that complemented my outfit. Had to cut off a bunch of tourists to get this shot, though.  

Here's to hoping the rest of this week's weather progressively gets nicer!

-- JP*

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sweet & Savory Puffed Oven Pancakes

I love lazy Saturday mornings. 
Rolling out of bed leisurely, only getting up because your stomach won't stop rumbling. 

Savory: Sauteed Mushrooms with Worcestershire, Wilted Kale and Shredded Carrots, Grated Sharp Cheddar

Sweet: Cinnamon Whipped Cream, Mango, Strawberry, Pineapple, Sliced Almonds

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Fabric Necklace: Floral Doodle

Hopeful for spring but alas the grass is covered in snow and ice yet again. We can still pretend spring is coming by accenting our outfits with bright florals! Check out this fabric necklace in navy doodles and saturated flowers. 

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Monday, March 3, 2014

My Sweet Valentine Bow Hair Clip

This sweetheart continues to warm my heart daily.

She inspires me to create.

My Sweet Valentine Bow Hair Clip

She inspires me to love. 

My Sweeties

For additional fabric and ribbon bow hair clips, check out this previous post.

Fabric and Ribbon Bow Hair Clips

Headbands are in the past now. We're lucky if they stay on for more than two seconds (she's really good at flinging them off her head) so they've been passed on as curtain holders and to a doll I made for her first birthday. Plus, Little Miss E finally has enough hair to hold a hair clip!
Baby and Baby Sitting on a Turtle

So of course once I make one, I need to make five, eight, ten... more (seems to be a pattern with any new project...)!

Some of the clips have an additional felt lining on the inside to provide a little grip to her fine hair.

Oh, they're so cute!

Green Apple Gray Chevron

Next on the list, felt flower hair clips! Stay tuned!

Inspired by the following tutorials:
The Ribbon Retreat: Mini Clippie Instructions
Make It & Love It: Simple Bow Hair Clips