Sunday, September 26, 2010

Seed Dress

6009_260999180331_181356250331_8364248_962449_nA lovely beachy outfit from Seed



Need I say anything?

Noonies are the original idea and design of Lala Pequenos, designer, mum, and co-owner of a rainforest (indeed). They’re made out of a 100% cotton shell in an array ofcolours and patterns, and have a lining so soft you wish you could squeeze yourself in. Organic choices are also available.

Now if you’ll excuse me — I’ll have to look dreamily at this picture again. Sigh.

Bobo Choses

bobo choses
Bobo Choses, This outfit is so cool but also a little creepy, Not sure why maybe it's a little donnie darko?

Megan Park

meganpark_6Megan Park is a Melbourne designer who makes the most exquisite beaded and embellished dresses — sumptuous vintage styling with a modern edge! I tried to choose a favorite but it is near impossible... I tried my best.

Whale mural

This is so beautiful, Jane Reiseger’s whimsical, child-like mural.

DIY grocery shop

diy kids grocery store

Call me an overgrown kid, but I’m still fascinated by children toys, especially those related to food and cooking. I can’t resist showing you this fun grocery corner taken from Kerstin’s blog. Just imagine the kids playing here for hours. :)

Bonnie Baby

So many gorgeous clothes

Recycle your crayons


Kulinary Kids has a great way to recycle all of those rejected crayons. This project is SO so easy to do and great fun for your kids. All you really need is a mini-muffin tin (or other shaped tin pan). Here’s how to do it…

Step 1: Peel paper labels off crayons, break up crayons into small pieces and distribute into muffin tin (filling cup to the top). Then place in 180° oven.
Step 2: Melt — for around 15 minutes
Step 3: Let muffin tin cool for about 25 minutes. Then place tin in your refrigerator or freezer for about 5-10 minutes. If you place in the refrigerator/freezer before cooled — the muffins may crack from the extreme temp.

(Photo and instructions from Instructables.)

Orfeo Picks

Here's some faves from Orfeo
Zorra - KOZA dress (purple)
Shirin kids - 172 Ruffled black bird and cottonball tank
Wovenplay - Layla tutu (fuschia)


How cool are these dudes, love it. Check out Appaman


Eponime is a French baby brand that I just love for newborn babies.


Some pieces from

Gold & Gold Piece

Gold & Gold Piece

Check them and a thousand other designer kids clothes at Orfeo

eeni meeni miini moh.

Some gorgeous new clothes from eeni meeni miini moh.

Fabric dolls house

You can make this, free tutorial at uk lass in us. Its so cool and there is also a Flickr group that has lots of variations.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Beautiful Eskell

Eskell have some really beautiful things. I just want one of everything... Is that too much to ask?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Table Stencil

What a great idea. Head over to design*sponge for the full tutorial.


Travel Fantasy: Treehouse Point

Treehouse Point in Washington. What a fabulous place! Wouldn't you love to go?


Some cute little fringed and appliqued table napkins at the purl bee

Doily Bag

I found this tutorial on a little red ribbon and looks pretty easy and fun so give it a go.
1. Press all of your fabric pieces and doily.

2. Cut out your fabric.
  • You need to cut a piece of linen to the size you require for your bag. Mine is 16cm x 38cm. Make larger or smaller depending on the size of the gift you're giving.
  • Cut your lining to the exact same size.
  • You should have two rectangles like in the picture below:

3. Position your doily on your linen.
You have lots of options here. You might like to cut your doily into individual flowers and scatter them over the fabric, you might like to halve your doily and position it on the side, or you might like to place it in the centre like I have. It's completely up to you. I pressed my piece of linen in half so that I knew where to find the exact centre point.

4. Pin your doily in place.

5. Sew your doily onto your linen.

  • If your doily is not too open a weave, use your sewing machine to sew around the parts of the doily that might lift. This will be the edges and anywhere else in the centre. I sewed around each individual flower in this case using a straight stitch.
  • Additionally, I generally then hand-sew the crochet edge of my doilies down, so that they remain open and don't curl and lift on the edges. In this case I have not, because the doily was already secure enough.
  • If your doily has a very open weave, you may need to hand sew the whole piece on.

After you've finished, the back of your linen should look something like this:

And the front like this:

6. Pin your lining and linen exterior with right sides together.

7. Sew around the border
Make sure you leave a small gap for turning inside out.

8. Turn your fabric inside out

  • Trim the corners and turn the fabric piece out through the hole you left at the edge.
  • Push the corners out with your finger or a turning tool (like a chopstick)

9. Close your open edge.
Press the raw open edge under and top stitch the hole closed very close to the edge of your fabric.

Now you should have one piece of fabric with the lining on one side, and linen/doily on the other.

10. Create your casing for the drawstring.

  • Fold each of the short ends of your fabric down towards the lining by approximately 2cm.
  • Stitch close to the edge of the fabric (away from the folded edge) to create a casing.
  • Do this at both ends.

11. Sew the bag together

  • Fold the bag with exterior linen sides together and pin.
  • Stitch from your casing seam at one end down the side to the base of the bag.
  • Repeat this on the other side, making sure that you do not sew across the casing at the top of the bag.

12. Turn your bag the right way out and press.

13. Thread your ribbon/string
Attach a safety pin to the end of your ribbon or string and thread it through your casing.You can choose to thread one piece through each side, and tie off both ends together as I have, or thread one piece through the whole casing, and tie only once on one side.

Once you've done this, your gift bag is complete!

Alexa Chung

British style icon Alexa Chung designed a collection for Madewell, and it arrived online today! Everything is feminine, graphic and amazing. See it all here.
I love that scarf!!

Found via A Cup Of Jo

Friday, September 17, 2010

Random pics

Some photos in Smashing Magazine I found.
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This seagull seems to have its own personal understanding of human’s rules.
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That's a little scary!! This shot is taken on a Norway’s cliff Prekestolen.
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Two ways of looking at a fish.
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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Free tutorial @ Make Baby

You can get the free tutorial for these pants at Make Baby Stuff.Com. Plus plenty of beautiful things to make.
free baby pants pattern

Hanging Book Sling

Found at Penny Carnival - Go check it out.

-A 47-inch by 42-inch piece of fabric (I used Amy Butler's daisy bouquet). (When you're buying the fabric, ask for 1 1/3 yard, then wash and dry it before cutting it to 47" x 42". It will shrink a bit.)

-Two double curtain rod brackets. I bought mine for about $5 each at Lowes.

-Two, 4-foot long wooden dowels or curtain rods that fit into the brackets. Shouldn't cost more than $3 each.

Drill and drill bits


-Stud finder


-General sewing supplies, like a sewing machine, thread and scissors

-Optional: paint, paintbrush and sandpaper (options 1 and 2) and wooden balls or other end caps for the dowels (option 3).

We’re bonkers for books at our house, but allowing our 3-year-old daughter to choose her own every night before bedtime can be a lesson in patience. She’s a dilly dallier as it is, but what makes it harder is that her bookcase, like most bookcases, only displays the spines of the books. Since she can’t read the book titles, she pulls every book off the shelf until she recognizes the cover art of the one she wants.

I made this hanging book display to help solve that problem. It’s modeled after school-grade book display cases that show the fronts of books, and hopefully will make choosing a bedtime book easier (and faster!).

Fjs supplies


-Fold the fabric lengthwise, with right sides facing, so you are working with a double thickness rectangle that is 47 inches by 21 inches.

-Using a 1/2-inch seam, sew the fabric together around one of the short sides, the long side and about half-way down the other short side.

-Turn the fabric right side out through the opening, poking out the corners with a turning tool (a pencil will do—just don’t poke all the way through).

-Sew the opening shut by folding the raw edges toward each other, then top stitching down that short end of the rectangle.

-Now you’ll need to sew casings for the dowels on the two long ends of the rectangle. Working with one side at a time, fold the long end over so it overlaps by 2 inches. Pin, then stitch all the way down the length of the fabric. Repeat on the other long side.

Fjs during

-It’s time to hang the hardware on the wall. Locate two studs 47 inches apart on the wall where you want to hang the book holder. (Note: my studs were four feet apart. It’s not a bad idea to find your studs before you start the project and make a book sling that aligns with your studs. Or just use those little plastic things they sell to hold screws in the wall. The bracket packages I buy come with them.)

-Using a level, mark the locations where you'll need to drill lightly with a pencil, then drill the holes for the screws.

-Screw the brackets onto the wall. Hang the fabric on the dowels, then insert the dowels into the brackets. The brackets should come with tiny screws that tighten onto the dowels, holding them in place.

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-Load with books. If you screwed the hardware into studs your book holder should be able to handle a good amount of weight, but don’t go too crazy.

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-Option 1: Before getting started, you could paint the ends of your dowels a color that matches the d├ęcor of the room or the fabric.

-Option 2: If you don’t like the color of the brackets, you could paint that, too, with a paint that adheres to metal. Sand the metal first so the paint has something to grab onto.

Option 3: In addition to or in place of the tiny screws that hold the dowels in place, you could cap off the ends of the dowels with a cute wooden ball or some clever object. I plan to do this but haven’t found the right thing yet.

Option 4: The brackets don’t jut out very far at all, but if you’re worried about someone bonking their head, sew slipcovers for them with a little padding inside.

Option 5: If you have enough wall space, make four or five of these and install them above one another. It could be cute to make a rainbow-like display—red patterned fabric for the top one, orange for the next, then yellow, blue, green, and purple.


Option 6: Make the sling reversible, sew a pocket on the front for holding little treasures or applique an animal shape, alphabet letter, etc. Here are some of the slings I've made since I first wrote this tutorial:

Sling with n

Sling with S

This one was made for Finn, the son of Meg from Sew Liberated:

Book sling for sew liberated

Sling 1

And here are some slings I've seen on blogs after folks followed my tutorial ...

By My Life is Written on an Etch-a-Sketch:

Book sling by jessie

By Kunz Family:

Book sling by kunz family

By Little Dash:

Book sling for dash

Melanie's double book slings for her office/nursery, featured on Ohdeedoh:

Melanie's office nursery