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fabric flowers

March 7, 2009 - Filed under Fabric, How-to

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Spring is just around the corner and I’m trying to get you inspired. If you thought yesterday’s paper flowers were easy, why not step it up a notch and try some fabric ones. Pick your favorite fabrics in coordinating colors and make yourself a bouquet.

Check out this easy tutorial courtesy of Laurie Cinotto.

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paper flowers

March 6, 2009 - Filed under How-to, Paper goods

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Why not brighten up your gloomy winter day, by making your own paper flowers. This super simple project takes only about 5 mins and is sure to brighten any room. Add them to twigs or branches for an instant bouquet or simply throw them in a bowl.

Originally created by Martha Stewart, Wendy from DoziDesign has whipped up a quick tutorial. Head on over there and start making flowers to your heart’s content.

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Pictures from Dozi & Jen Elisebeth.

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handmade headbands

March 6, 2009 - Filed under Acccessories

I love headbands, and though recently I haven’t had much need for anything more than just a simple band, I have fallen in love with a few beautiful pieces from some very talented young women.

Taza and The Prince Headbands

First up is Naomi Reid Davis. Living in a tiny studio in NYC, Naomi recently opened her etsy store ‘taza & the prince‘ where she sells individually crafted headbands. She sold out the very first day she opened but has been working hard to restock, so if you’re interested in a specific design be sure to let her know.

http://taza.etsy.com/

ban.do headbands

Next is the dynamic duo from ban.do. Jen and Jamie, two L.A. stylists who launched their collection of ultra-glam headpieces last summer. All pieces are handmade, and many of them are one-of-a-kind. They’re big, bold, sweet and romantic all at the same time. Spotted on Zooey Deschanel at the Grammys and also the winner of Daily Candy’s Sweetest Thing of 2008 these pieces are sure to add a little bit of flare to your life.

https://www.shopbando.com/

jennifer behr headbands

Last on the list is Hollywood A-list fav, Jennifer Behr. Her collection is handmade in her Brooklyn studio and has appeared multiple times on Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester, a.k.a. Blair. Unfortunately not all of us can be An Upper East Side Princess… These headbands are a little on the expensive site, but the fabulously crafted pieces are definitely turning heads.

http://www.jenniferbehr.com/

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Uppercase Gallery presents Stitch

March 4, 2009 - Filed under Kniting, Paper goods, Sewing

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For those of you in Calgary, just a reminder that Uppercase Gallery is presenting Stitch, a celebration of all things stitched / sewn / knitted / crocheted & embroidered. This is a one-day only and includes works from many local and Canadian craftsters.

Thursday, March 5
5pm – 9pm

UPPERCASE
#204, 100 – 7th Ave SW
Calgary AB Canada T2P0W4
info@uppercasegallery.ca
403-283-5318

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zelaya handbags

March 4, 2009 - Filed under Acccessories, Sewing

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These beautiful handbags were created by Zelaya Design, a family run business in El Salvador. Their line of clothing, handbags and accessories are made from biodegradable and renewable materials, such as cotton, vegetable dyes and upcycled fabrics, wood and leather.

They take their inspiration from traditional Salvadoran culture, nature and contemporary life, with an emphasis fair trade values.

To view their entire collection visit www.zelayadesign.com/

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craft book: Sew Darn Cute

March 3, 2009 - Filed under Books, Sewing

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Jenny Ryan’s new book definitely lives up to the title. The projects are absolutely adorable. I love her fabric choices and they way she mixes vintage with modern, patterns with solids, plus a little bit of Japanese fabric thrown in for fun.

The 30 projects are divided among four themes: Pretties (small wearables), Totables (assorted bags and totes), Nest (home decor projects), Kid Stuff (onsies, bibs, toys), and Crafties (supply holders and tools). All of which are perfect for beginners. Beautiful photography and loads of tips all in a super friendly tone. At the back of the book you’ll find patterns and templates for all of the cut-out embellishments as well as a supplier list for hard-to-find items.

These whimsical projects are bound to inspire even the most seasoned crafter.

Buy it at amazon.com or Chapters.ca

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colorful pincushions

March 1, 2009 - Filed under Sewing

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What better way to brighten a rainy Sunday afternoon than by making yourself a new pincushion. Ok so it’s not exactly rainy and cold where I am, but it is in most of the world, so I thought I’d try and spread a little sunshine to the rest of you.

Here are some links to a couple of adorable free pincushion patterns: Wild Flower by Anna Maria Horner & Square Deal by Heather Bailey. Or for $12.95 US, you can purchase a book of fruit inspired pincushions and have yourself a virtual fruit salad of pincushions (they also make really cute ornaments).

Also be sure to check out the pincushion flickr group for some more inspiration.

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