DIY Halloween – Handmade Costumes for Kids

10/13/2010 § 1 Comment

So of course, I’m checking out Martha Stewart this morning and she has an entire spread on handmade kids costumes.  They’re absolutely adorable!! I’m in love with the butterfly, lambs and woodland creatures.

Since she’s awesome, Martha includes easy plans for making the costumes featured on her site.  Most can be made from everyday items you either have or can get on the cheap.  We all know how much costumes can cost nowadays, so why not put a little bit of yourself into it?

I also wanted to check in over at Etsy and share a few kids costume ideas from there as well.

monarch butterfly tutu costume |$55| pigtailsandpearls

yoda costume |$44.95| thegreenhedgehog

super hero monkey business cape |$25| pipandbean

I personally want the Monkey Business cape so I can be Captain Monkeypants for Halloween.  Happy Haunting all!


Fall Fashion Trend – Faux Fur

10/02/2010 § 2 Comments

Looking through pictures of Fashion Week today, I’m noticing a huge emphasis on fur.  I’m not a big fan of real fur at all.  The good news is that some designers are not only fashion forward, they also have a cruelty free conscience.  Seeing this trend able to carry through Fall and Winter, I’m willing to bet you’ll be seeing a lot more “fur” to come.  These Handmade artisans feature faux fur in their work.

faux fur legwarmers by KimKatBags

faux fur and wool cape by kellylynne

concrete jungle snowskirt by fantasyworldheroes

mini faux fur collar by labwear


09/27/2010 § Leave a comment

For those of you haven’t heard of it, Cargoh is a curated venue for artists and designers.  They have pretty straight forward guidelines – pretty pictures and a fabulous design aesthetic.  The result is a stunning group of handmade work.

Not only is Cargoh a marketplace, it’s heavily tied into Social Media.  You can log in using your Facebook and pull your picture directly from it.  It feels like a new, fresh and oh-so-more-artistic Etsy.  You can sign up for an account pretty easily but to become a seller, you must submit your work and bio.  I personally love this as my one complaint with the other online marketplaces is the over abundance of sellers.

Here are a few lovelies I found using Cargoh’s awesome search options.

Linea Sunset by Styleset

ecrue grecian yoke top by larimeloom

love of reading by eye shutter to think

Being the Hostest with the Mostest

09/20/2010 § 1 Comment

It’s almost upon us – the Holidays – a time to gather friends and family for events from Halloween to Fall Harvest and Thanksgiving on all the way through the New Year.  The time to start planning these festivities is, yes, you guessed it, NOW!  If you give yourself enough time to get that list started, you’ll be in good shape when it’s time to start playing hostess.

Greet them at the door with this yarn wreath from ItzFitz on Etsy

Protect your party dress while remaining fashionable. Amy Butler print apron by SugarPieChic on Etsy.

Deliver the goods with this platter by PaisleyHillDesigns on Etsy.

Wow them with delicious organic cupcakes from TheLaughingLotus on Etsy

Something lovely for those cupcakes by vesselsandwares on Etsy

Somewhere to put those cocktails with festive coasters from MeadowTea on Etsy

my latest treasury

09/20/2010 § Leave a comment

‘leaves of grass’ by blackcatcraft


BOGO Sale Dream gra…


Green Grass Perfume


tall grass pillow


Black Cat in Grass …


Grass Journal


Bike In Grass – Goc…


Beach Grass Color P…


Photographic Coaste…


Green grass cuff


accent pillow – gra…


Blades of Grass Gif…


The Grass is always…


NEW Grasses Scarf


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hand painted herb p…


Green Grass – 8×8 P…


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Trends – Boots (Always My Favorite)

09/13/2010 § 3 Comments

Every year as summer begins to fade and Fall begins its beautiful journey to me, I get excited. It’s my favorite season for so many reasons. Halloween, leaves turning gorgeous shades of reds, oranges, yellows and greens, cooler weather and autumnal scents filling  the air. However, one thing usually gets me amped more than anything else…Fall clothes and shoes! I love layering…tights and skirts, boots with tall socks, sweaters, scarves…the list is endless. My all time favorite for fall is a killer pair of boots. I had suede slouch boots in 7th grade (thanks to my Mom who I now realize was fashion forward) and lace up Victorian boots in High School. College was more of a Doc Marten time and now I’m drooling over black, leather motorcycle boots. No matter where you live, no matter what size you are, this is one fashion “trend” you must own. I even hesitate to call it a “trend” since a great pair of boots will always serve you well.Here are a few great boots and things to wear with boots. I love the “rocker” style, the “biker” style and the “postapocalyptic” style.

SteamRaider Boots by Pennangalan

Classic Motorcycle Boots by apocalypsevintage

Thigh Highs - Leather Look by BabooshkaBoutique

Lady Guinevere Leg Warmer by poppyswickedgarden

Fall/Winter 2010/2011 Color Palette Renaissance – Etsy Style

08/29/2010 § 1 Comment

As part of a continuing series I’m focusing on the color trends from Fashion Snoop for Fall/Winter/2010/2011. In my last post I discussed the “Hitchcock” palette – lots of gorgeous neutrals. Today I present you with their other palette, Renaissance.  According the Fashion Snoop this color palette and key items represent the translation of “combating a rough economy with a warrior-like aesthetic.”  Look for hints of Joan of Arc as well as Robin Hood in fashion influence.  This translates to lots of metal, fur, leather and chainmaille.  This forecast is much welcome to me; I love the softness of  romance mixed with toughness and strength.

I adore the richness of this palette, neutrals balanced with dreamy jewel tones.  My favorite color from this is Pantone 18-1648 or “Baked Apple”.  Not pink, not red – a gorgeous blend and the best of both.  It reminds me of rosy cheeks after a chilly winter walk.  Below I’ve hand picked some Etsians with this gorgeous Baked Apple worked into their collections.





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