Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
I love Kusmi Tea, they are rich, heavenly, never boring, full bodied and pure teas. One of my favorite blends is "Sweet Love" - with it's ginseng, and liquorice, spices, guarana seed and pink peppers. The romantic drawing on this tin, and unique drawings and color combos on all their other tins, conjure up emotions and thoughts that add to the experience, and also make wonderful containers to use and re-use. If you try "Sweet Love" you will fall for it!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
With my many, many thanks to a friend, here are some great photos of my newest craze for accessories created out of empty, recycled, plastics. They're fitting the bill on all corners - priced just right - free - satisfies my desire to lead a more eco-lifestyle - and fills my fashion needs for over sized, bright, cheerful and bold! Happy, fun and easy to make, photos from the top, are "Candy Striped Rubber Drop Earrings" strung on orange rubber bands with striped yogurt containers, the "Sunburst Charmer" this time strung on a doubled over brass chain; and below the "Kiwi Hoop Earrings" twisting a kiwi fruit basket net with cottage cheese container hoops. Click the links for the tutorials from past blogs ...
... and I hope it inspires you to hord your recycles for creative new gear.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Things turn round and round, starting with Nancy at sewwest.blogspot receiving the Creativ Blogger Award, and kindly nominating me, whereby I've been introduced to her wonderful sewing blog, and some others, which then led me to the Slap-dash-sewist and her exploits to finish her wool coat to wear to Obama's inauguration ceremony. (My life's story, even my wedding dress was made at the eleventh hour!) And then I remembered this wonderful picture taken in the National Portrait Gallery in London, of a handmade coat, cinched with a wide belt to set the full skirt sailing, and all her eclectic accessories of an over sized brooch and bag, and metallic shoes. Isn't it inspiring...hmm, I wonder what I'm adding to my To-Sew-List?
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
One of my favorite blogs is Elita's, her voice is a small and delicate one, yet powerfully wondrous. She walks a delicate line between make believe and reality with a rare honesty and sincerity. I just discovered her "plant creations" but whatever she posts I love and wanted to share it with you.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I am crazy about scarves and shawls and rarely leave the house without (at least) one in tow. I collect them, make them and re-design them. They are a way to enjoy patterns and textures with individual style ... and on this cold winter day, I’m huddled inside and inspired to add some newness into my wardrobe so I’m making scarves with lavish edgings. I've lined up a row of scarf projects along the carpet to plow through and fortunately I have finished the first one and have an event tonight, so I will wear it out -- instant gratification!
"Pretty Scarf with a Crocheted Edging" was actually in my fabric pile and started as an unfinished piece of printed vintage organza from either the 50s or the 60s. The flowers and colors are romantic, so I choose a yarn for the crocheted edging in that spirit - a multi colored sock yarn in a softly blending shade. Here are the How-To-Steps:
Printed silk organza yardage (about a 30” (76 cm) square)
Silk thread in a shade that blends with silk organza
A ball of stocking weight yarn that looks wonderful with your material (I used “Regia”, color 5264, 50g, 125 m from Schachenmayr, 75/25 wool/poly)
A small crochet hook of suitable size for the yarn you choose
Basic sewing supplies
Machine zig-zag all around the outer edge of the silk organza fabric with silk thread (or even better, hand roll the edges).
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
Gather together some emptied plastic bottles (I used, orange, turquoise, white and transparent shampoo, water and kitchen liquid soap containers)
2 - 2 1/2" karabiner
How to Make it:
Cut oval shapes out of your plastic containers, ranging in size from about 2" to 3".
Punch a hole at one end.
Slip the ovals, in an assorted range of colors and shapes, on the karabiner. Attach a ribbon, a snap bolt or a chain through your karabiner and wear as a necklace or hang as a charm to brighten the winter day!