Shop Local – Save the Brick and Mortars!

11/09/2010 § 4 Comments

Some of you may have heard of the 3/50 Project before.  If not, you really must check it out.  The idea is simple – pick three local businesses and commit to spend $50 of your monthly budget supporting them.  A little goes a long way in supporting your local economy.  Find out more by clicking the image below.



Fall/Winter 2010/2011 Color Palettes – Etsy Edition

08/23/2010 § Leave a comment

Every season the folks at Fashion Snoop come out with truly awesome color predictions.  The upcoming Fall/Winter selections are just gorgeous.  There are two sets – one is called Hitchcock, the other Renaissance.  I can’t even begin to describe how in love I am with both of these palettes.

For the next few weeks I’ll be featuring one (or maybe two) of the delicious colors and some of my favorite Etsians who have this color represented in their collections.

This first installment is for a color in the Hitchcock collection called Dark Gull Grey (Pantone 18-0403)  Some think grey is boring but I just love it.  It’s a great neutral without being black or beige or even navy blue.  This grey is a dark, slate grey and is simply gorgeous.  





Wordless Wednesday Part II

08/18/2010 § Leave a comment

cocktail party treasury

Beyond Fall – Colors For Winter 2011

08/14/2010 § Leave a comment

Fashion and design is all about forward thinking.  As everyone is just now getting out their fall lines, fall colors, I’m already thinking about the next season!  So, what’s on tap for Winter 2011?  I’ve checked in over at APLF who put out colors and materials trends and I have to say, there’s a lot to look forward to.  You can check it out for yourself and download the pdf.

Fall/Winter 2010/2011 is all about Emotions and Sensations.  Here’s a preview of their collections:

I absolutely love the romantic colors of  “Feel!”.  Gorgeous and romantic – muted blues and purples play with soft silvery Ash and Rabbit.  A pretty light mauve and two cool greens round out the bunch.   They call it “Urban Romantic” and I think that sums it up quite nicely.

Sunday Blog Share

08/08/2010 § Leave a comment

So today I found this great new blog called Broke Foodie.  It’s so amazingly awesome I just had to share!  This gal is frugal and crafty with her food and her finances.  Her blog post How I Save Tons of Money by Grocery Shopping Once Every Three Months is brilliant and inspiring.  Makes me want a pantry redo and to also get those fall/winter veggies started.   She also features killer and budget friendly recipes that actually make me want to cook.  Yes, me.  So head on over and check it out…it’s totally worth it.

broke foodie

Friday Inspiration – Free Tutorials

08/06/2010 § Leave a comment

Ok so I’ll admit it, I’m a little lazy when it comes to making tutorials. I did one a ways back on making your own earring cards. My process for that has changed and I’ve yet to update the tute. I promise I’ll get to that someday soon! In the meantime, I figured I would share from my wealth of tutorials that I have amassed and saved.

For those of you who sew you simply must check out the blog annekata – she has really great tutorials.  One I love is making fabric flowers.  It’s titled Summer Flower Tutorial – Grow Your Own Hybrid in 5 Minutes…

Another awesome site, craftstylish, pretty much runs the gamut on crafting.  But, one of my favorite tutorials is another sewing one.  It’s How to make Singleton Buttons and they’re ADORABLE!!

singleton buttons - diane gilleland

Lastly, let’s talk about  Really, if you’ve never been go and check it out.  Immediately.  It’s crafting for the people, by the people.  You can share projects, get feedback and find tutorials!   Here is a really cool one I found on how to make a necklace out of ribbons and washers!  TUTORIAL: Necklace made from Metal Washers

Have fun and enjoy!

Friday Inspiration – Feeling “Nauti”

06/25/2010 § Leave a comment

While Friday is the day I look forward to all week while being trapped inside my cubicle, it also marks the end of what is usually a long and stressful week.  I should be super excited to get my craft on for the weekend but unfortunately my brain is usually MUSH by now.  So I feel as though a little inspiration is needed.  Please enjoy my total randomness 🙂

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