Monday, September 20, 2010

Sweet Lulu

Found this web store Sweet Lulu via Far Out Brussel Sprout. Love. I'm bookmarking it for the next time that I need some cute paper party supplies!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Project: vinyl banner shopping bags

My best friend bought some bags that I just LOVED, made from recycled vinyl banners. I remembered that my parents had some banners at home (don't ask why), so I was able to make these for me! Yippee! I love them. I ran out of vinyl for the handles so I used the material from an old roller shade. Unfortunately, the shade material was too old and brittle to last very long, and one of the handles broke after several months of use. Good to know... Fixing it is now on my to-do list.

Project: Recycled sweater sheepdog

Ok, it is supposed to be a dog, but everyone thinks it's a lamb... He's made from an old Banana Republic sweater, a little felt for the ears, some recycled cord from shopping bags, and bits of leftover yarn from my knitting.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Project: poplar pet gates

dining room/kitchen gate

BEFORE: hallway barricade
When puppy Jack first came home, a couple of wastebaskets in the doorway were enough to keep him in the kitchen. Very quickly though, two serious barricades of random stuff were necessary to keep Jack penned in. Yuck. I considered buying baby gates, but the options out there were so horrible (or they looked passable, but were too expensive to buy two), I decided to make my own. We had leftover poplar from our window sashes project and while searching online, I serendipitously found this. Perfect(!), although my gates would be much smaller in scale to fit the doorways. I also had constraints with the direction in which the gates could swing. I decided to forgo the caster (as much as I love casters) because my floors are fairly uneven. It was a bit hard to find hinges that would work for me (thanks finally to OSH!), and a latch that I could attach to the outside. Then I had to meet T's perfectionist-engineer requirements. But all in all, I'm very happy with the results. And having a clear hallway again, PRICELESS!
AFTER: hallway/kitchen gate

interfering with the work
yum, let me chew on this!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Home made toy planters

This made me smile. 
Make funny flower pots 
with random house/garage junk.
It could be a good rainy day project with the kids.
Via Instructables.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Vincent van Duysen

I'm a big admirer of Vincent van Duysen's ceramic containers. I love the organic combination of wood and earthware. Maybe someday the budget will allow. For now, it's just nice to see them when they do pop up in magazines and blogs.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Nerdy Knitting Project

My friend L. found this hilarious dissected rat on Etsy by CraftyHedgehog. It totally cracked us up and I found it so clever and adorable that I just had to re-share.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

wall decor

I'm adding this to my reference portfolio of cool wall ideas. From AT. I only like the paint job, not the whole burlap/plaster business. The raindrops would be so cute in a kid's room.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cycle Chic

Found this new (to me) blog Copenhagen Cycle Chic. It's full of cool pictures of commuters on bikes in Copenhagen. In the snow. In the cold. Whatever. Makes me want to use my bike a little bit more but alas, I'm just not that coordinated. BUT if SF provided this:

I would DEFINITELY bike more. 
Why are clever things like this only found in Europe?

More from PB

Do we like this, the Calhoun pendant? I'm trying to imagine it in my kitchen, over the breakfast table... Hmm, it's not too expensive...
I like the general look of this flatware too. I guess it's time to stop into a store and feel their weight in my hands.

Accordion light

I'm not usually a fan of Pottery Barn, but they have a couple cool things in their new catalog. For my ever-so-slow bathroom remodel, I've been looking for new lighting. This accordion sconce would look neat over a mirror. But I'll keep looking until I find something a bit more affordable!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Hawaiian quilt progress

Hard to believe, but the huge applique is almost finished. After 3 months of intermittently stabbing at it. Just a few more "grapes" need to be sewn and I'll be ready to start quilting. Now the question is: to hand or machine quilt? I was always planning to use my vintage-industrial-3000-stitches-per-minute Singer, but suddenly, I want the softness of hand quilting... Will I EVER finish this then?

More inspiration from the Gladstone

Entry lobby chairs (forgot to check artist's name)

Wool felt mobile by Mylene Boisvert

The grand prize for the fibre contest: a suitcaseful of fabric money.
At first glance, we thought it was real!

Wool socks

Found this great fingering-weight washable wool at an estate sale for $0.50 a skein!! I snatched up all they had to make socks and decided to make it up as I went along, no pattern, no nothing. Everything was going well until I ran out of blue wool! Oops...

 Was forced to improvise, but I think they came out alright...

Grant Heapes at the Gladstone Hotel Cafe

I fell in love with the Gladstone Hotel during our recent trip to Toronto. This amazing wall hanging by artist Grant Heapes was hanging in their cafe, and I was awed. It's made of small square pieces of fabric that are stitched together through the middle. This was beyond fantastic. Really wish I'd thought of it!

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Just discovered this Korean company. I'm going to have to start a business just so that I have an excuse to buy their stuff. These are their "Face pockets". I also love, LOVE, their tiny gift cards.


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