Wednesday, August 31, 2011

anthro knock-offs

You know that weekly temptation email that anthropolgie sends out? 
I have a love/hate relationship with that email.
I love anthro's pretty pictures.
I hate being tempted to buy things I don't need.
I love the email style compostion.
I hate that everything is out of my price range.
I love feeling inspired by a single email.

I got this email a few weeks ago and fell in love with these shoes.

But they were about $148 too much.
True to my frugality, I asked myself, Could I make this?
Where there's a will, there's a way, people.

What you'll need to DIY:
Old silk scarf or silk/chiffon-type fabric 
Clip-on earrings
Hot Glue

Take your scarf or fabric and cut it into strips for bow-tying. My fabric was part of an old j.crew headband that I didn't wear anymore.

Take your clip-on earrings and either dismantle it so you just have the clip part or if your earrings are small enough, you can just glue your bows to the top of the earrings.

Attach your beautiful bows to a pair of flats.

I love my version better for the sheer fact that no money left my pocket - I used fabric and clips I already had and attached them to shoes I currently wear.

Thanks for the inspirational emails, anthro.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

baby girl nursery mood board to real life

Three months ago, I posted a mood board that I created for my friend Kerry has she began the journey of creating a nursery for her baby girl. 

She knows I love a good reason to redecorate a room, so she indulged me and asked me to help her out.
So, over that past several months we've been working to create a beautiful room for her baby girl.

Without further ado,
Welcome to Baby Sebastiana's Nursery:

Kerry created this beautiful wreath for Ana's door and it is the first thing you see when walking into the room. I love the rosettes she made.
Kerry's inspiration piece for the room was her crib bedding. She found this set at Pottery Barn and we built the rest of the room around the colors.

I found this bunny at a thrift store. It was plain wood, so I spray painted it pink and gifted it to Kerry.
I love the way the bunny is perched by the crib, looking up in anticipation of Ana's arrival.
This bird mobile is handmade by Kerry. She used the tutorial from spool and hand-sewed the birds in colors that matched the crib bedding.

This is Kerry's favorite side of the room. It bright and colorful and holds many special items.
Behind the flowered door is a wardrobe that would make any girl jealous.

Let's just say she's going to be one well-dressed little girl.

Kerry and I had so much fun thrifting and yard saling to find items for her nursery.
Both of the shelves and the bookcase were yard sales finds, as were many of the items on the shelves.
p.s. I told you she loved the bunting!

Everything pictured was either thrifted or gifted.
I made Kerry the Virginia print with a heart over Lynchburg - Sebastiana's birth place. :)

The tan frame pictured below is the "Baby's Creed" - this hung in Kerry's room as a child.
It was important to Kerry for the room to have a 'collected' look. 
Many of these books Kerry has collected over the years.
This entryway shelf was also a yard sale find. A convenient place to hang her sling and diaper bag.

More treasured thrift store finds. 

This is my favorite side of the room.

I love this collage wall for the sheer fact that each piece is so unique.
And that I was with Kerry when she got almost every piece!

L to R: Fabric hoop from yard sale. Embroidered print from yard sale. Metal scrolled bird from Salvation Army. Silhouette of Patrick (Kerry's cat) made by me (idea from young house love). Vintage floral print from Goodwill. Vintage yellow plate from Estate Specialties. Matching embroidered print from yard sale. Love bird stamp from yard sale. Silhouette of Foxy (Kerry's dog) made by me. Fabric hoop from yard sale. Vintage plate gifted from a friend. Katie Daisy "You are my sunshine" print gifted from me. Vintage floral print from Salvation Army. Grand total = $10

This vintage dresser was a curbside find (free!). It was in terrible condition but Kerry stripped, sanded and painted it back to life. The glass knobs she added are perfect.

The dresser will double as a changing table. 
Kerry is doing cloth diapering. Her wetbag was made by Orion and Wren.
And that concludes the nursery tour.
Did that mood board come to life or what?!

While I was there taking photos, Kerry did a little inventory and totaling:
The only brand new items are the crib/mattress/bedding and the glider,which were gifted, and the chandelier! She estimated that she only spent around $75 out of pocket to decorate this nursery - over half of this total belongs to the chandelier alone! 

Kerry, thanks for allowing me to help you create this beautiful room for Sebastiana. You did a lovely job. The only thing missing now is the baby!

Friday, August 26, 2011

dreaming of fall

I know summertime inevitably flies by when you're in school, but I thought it might seem to stay a little longer when the seasons don't effect my life so dramatically. But alas, I blinked and now the summer is pretty much over.

I have been getting a little giddy thinking about cardigans, plaid, and my favorite boots. I found a beautiful vintage plaid shirt the other day at goodwill and I believe it was the catalyst. 

Choosing a first-day-of-school outfit was always the silver lining in the gray, looming cloud of going back to school for me. It started in highschool, but even in college, I used to love the way I walked a little taller on that first day of the semester, wearing the outfit I had meticulously chosen.

I have to laugh thinking back to freshman year of college, where I'm pretty sure my first-day-of-school outfit included a pink poncho quite similar to this:
Yeah, those were a hot item in 2004.

So, even though I'm not going back to school, I thought I'd bring back the joy and dream up a first day of fall outfit. First day of fall = Friday, September 23.

Here's what I'm putting together from (similar) items I already have in my wardrobe:

Anyone else miss those first-day-of-school outfits?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

hosting a baby shower

I had the pleasure of hosting my first ever baby shower for my friend Kerry this past weekend.

Here are my ingredients for a great baby shower:

Pretty decorations - of course pom-poms.

A set table.

Flowered centerpiece.

Bunting! I made my first ever bunting.

It's definitely homemade looking, but Kerry loved it so much she took it home with her.

Drink/Dessert Table


Place settings

Something to make the mommy-to-be look special.

Keepsakes from friends for Kerry to take home (designed by yours truly).

And of course, good food!
Fruit kabobs

Mini Almond Poppy Seed muffins

This is where cake plates come in handy.

I didn't get a chance to take photos of all the food. But here are some things I made:

Chicken Salad made with grapes & walnuts

What shower is complete without dessert?!

And favors for the guests to take home.

Homemade white cheddar popcorn. :)

And finally - photobooth fun!
p.s. The backdrop is a vintage bedsheet I got at a yard sale for 50 cents!

It was a lovely afternoon being with all these ladies!