I admire people who can MAKE flowers. Do you ever watch Food Network Challenge? There’s this one cake-guy, James Rosselle, whose specialty is making sugar flowers for his cakes. I like it when he’s one of the challengers because I know that I am going to adore his flower-covered baked goods. The judges always get on him for relying too much on that strength — not me, though. He can make sugar flowers for every challenge as far as I’m concerned.
James’ sugar flowers, though, are not my Awesome Item of the Day.
For that I turn to a new little shop, Sophia Bella Mia, and this darling paper flower hair clip. I love the color, the texture, the bright yellow center up against the butter yellow petals. It would certainly brighten up any ‘do.
I don’t know if I want this as much for my daughter, who has yet to appreciate dolls, as I do for ME, who finds it so incredibly beautiful. The dolls over at mummysam are so unique and true-to-life. I love the attention paid to the expression on her face and to the hair — I mean, who hasn’t seen someone give a look like that? The fabric and design of the clothing are charming and a perfect fit on this thoughtful lady. The knit flower in the hair, the stitching on the edge of the coat, that fabulous blue dress — I adore every detail!!
Learn more about mummysam here.
I just have to spread some pouch enthusiasm here. I think these What’s Your Word wristlets from Jane Pierce over at zJane are so creative and smart. Upcycled from pre-loved t-shirts, these pouches can be customized with whatever word you’d like on the front and used as a pouch to carry your wallet, trinkets, buttons, cosmetics, etc…
Jane also makes market bags, lunch sacks, golf club covers (!), dryer sachets and MORE out of upcycled t-shirts. I love it when people think outside of the box. I mean, it makes so much sense!! Stock up on unique tees and then make useful goodies out of them. So great.
I learned something new today: The difference between gouache and water color. Many thanks to Kathy of Kathy Panton Illustration for introducing this new word with me. Thanks, also, for sharing such beautiful paintings, especially this one: Falling. I love the bright colors, the composition, and that it makes me think of magical rainfall or a stunning flowering tree.
Got some visitors this weekend —- back Monday!! Until then, I leave you with this beautiful little thing:
It’s kind of timely that I stumbled across this last night, because there’s a sale going on and you just must take advantage of it. Natalie of nataJane crochets up the most beautiful little items — scarves, hats, and these awesome little wrist bags called Mollys. I can totally imagine running out the door with this little gem tossed over my arm.
You should take advantage of her 40% off sale. She’s not going away for good, just clearing up to make room for some new items coming down the pipe (I can only imagine how pretty the new stuff is going to be!!). It’s not a difficult shop to browse around – the photography is beautiful and the look so clean and pretty.
Find out more about nataJane here.
There’s something just so simple and pretty about this pendant from Asa Pearson Designs. I love the etching, the color of the vine, appreciate that it’s recycled….and how fun does the packaging look?
What I’ve been working on lately.
I think what I love most about this is that someone actually thought to portray what koalas think about. It’s so random and neat. “Ennui” —- ha! Cassandra and Samantha over at cazzam! have teamed up to create these cool and creative illustrations, finally making clear what the people and animals around us are musing over. I can’t wait to see what the next creature might be.
Love, too, that you can customize. How great would it be to get one of these specific to your own dog or cat… or koala…
I have had the pleasure of seeing these mobiles in person and can tell you that they are truly gorgeous. Erin of e. marie lives in a tree has such a fabulous eye for bright color combinations and beautiful design elements. These one-of-a-kind mobiles brighten up any nursery and are a pleasure to look at for both babies and their mamas and papas. As an additional bonus, Erin will work with you to design a mobile in the color palette of your choice. Love.
I made an avocado, cheddar, and tomato sandwich for lunch. It was DIVINE. So good, in fact, that I’m passing the idea on to you.
Check out the inspiration at Scissor Variations.
My daughter is 6 1/2 months old. Just how everyone said it would happen, time is flying by and she is changing every day. I am torn, because on one hand I wish she could just be little and snuggly like this forever; on the other, I can’t wait to watch her keep growing and learning and becoming her own person. Along those lines, I love thinking about what toys she is going to play with. It is hard for me to withhold from buying NOW those goodies she really won’t be playing with for months or even years.
To that end, I can’t help but love this beautiful felted tea set from Taffyknits. I love how bright the colors are and that they are perfect for an afternoon of imaginative play. The teacups can be repurposed as cup cozies, too — very clever.
I love finding little things for my little one. These treats from Lena and Sandy at doggiepiggie are so sweet and perfect for the Spring. The flashcards remind me of my days and my friends in the mountains. The color of the jacket — not too girly, but oh so pretty. In FACT…I just realized that it’s the same color that busstopboy and I used in our wedding —- no wonder I love it so much!
I love waking up to a sunny day. Seems this month has been a series of cloudy, cool days punctuated with a gorgeous, bright one once or twice a week. Still being so rare they make me incredibly happy.
This is my little work corner on the kitchen table. More often than not my stuff is spread out over the entire space. This morning, though, things are quasi-pulled together, my little Kenmore machine is ready to rock ‘n roll, and the sun is shining. Good day, indeed.
I can’t take it. I don’t own a dollhouse…but this stuff makes me want one. SERIOUSLY? Miniature table linens?? AH! SO AWESOME! Dale over at Dale’s Dreams is so spot on with these tiny wonders –pillows, carpets, furniture, etc. Even without a dollhouse — I could just set up a little scene somewhere on the corner of a table or on a ledge. Every time I walk by I could look down and whisper out a little dramatic moment in the life of my miniature friends….
Doorknobs have hidden decorative potential. Usually they sit on a plain colored door, the perfect backdrop for a pop of color and fun. Doorknobs were made to hold something. They’re lonely, sticking out into the world like that.
The door ornaments from Melissa and Zach at Hobocamp Crafts are the perfect items to fill this niche — how could these not make you totally happy?? I love the silhouettes: the warm and cozy house or the girl with the chic haircut — the “do”s are so spot on…can’t take the awesomeness.
Doesn’t hurt that many their materials are upcycled AND that as people they’re total gems.
Long ago my brothers and I came up with an idea to make super candid greeting cards. We got as far as coming up with the phrasing and my little brother was going to draw some simple illustrations for them. And then that idea went nowhere because I never found the number for Hallmark.
I wonder how people come up with this stuff. Seriously. These flower pot wraps from Corinne at September House are so thoughtful and creative, not to mention very well made. What a fabulous way to add a splash of color to those simple clay-red vessels. These would be great to have in my house during the winter, especially, when all of my plants come in and take refuge from the cold.
Corinne also has a sweet little blog where she has generously shared a tutorial for her flower-pot covers. For those of you who are sewing-inclined you can enjoy adding this new project to your list of things to try out…..but don’t forget to spread the love to her etsy shop, too!
This is how a good day should end:
This is too much fun. The headbands and other goodies over at bungalow are all incredibly unique and beautiful. It doesn’t hurt that the photography is so pretty and that everything just looks so sweet and ethereal. I keep thinking about what an amazing accessory this would be in my current Stay-At-Home-Mom world. How fabulous would I feel donning this during my trips to Michael’s? Or the supermarket? Even if I put it on around the house I know I’d have so much fun feeling so fancy.
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Oh. My. Gosh. I am totally going crazy over this stuff. It’s Japanese masking tape (!) that is so beautiful and bright and fabulous. Tina over at happytape is offering it as individual rolls or in sets — the pricing is reasonable and the colors and patterns to. die. for. I can’t wait to get some to use as a packaging detail.
Not sure what you’ll do with the tape? You can see all kinds of fun ideas at Tina’s blog.
Something about this pouch just screams, “don’t you love me SO MUCH???” My answer? “Yes. Yes I do.”
Some of my latest little lovleys. Notice how I’ve discovered the decorative stitching on my sewing machine? Yeah I’ll totally be doing more of that.
Scuba is actually the first of my Tride’nTrue Series — with pockets for your favorite Trident-sized sticks of gum.