Friday, November 29, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving DIY banner

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
It has officially become cold and wintery in Texas, and while I was staying in last weekend I decided to make a Thanksgiving themed banner to get in the holiday spirit. I got inspiration from Sew Caroline's  Christmas tree banner that I mentioned before

I decided it would be fun to make a leaf banner with felt. I already had lots of fun colors in my fabric stash and leaf shapes drawn from my sweater weather drawing.

I made the leaves larger and used them as a template.  You could do a quick sketch, or use actual leaves for a pattern.  I chose different colors for different shaped leaves and planned out the order of the banner by color and shape of leaf.  I just winged the top stitching with my machine for the vein detail on the leaves . I did at least 3 vein stitch lines for each leaf so it looks somewhat balanced.

I didn't have any neutral cotton ribbon so I just used the edge of some muslin selvage and stitched the leaves to my muslin strand.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone :)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Boys Fashion

I'm very lucky to work at a place that hosts an Angel Tree from Salvation Army, it's so fun to look through all the kids and see who got what for the kids. This year I decided to step out of my comfort zone and choose a little boy. I was pleasantly surprised by all the cute fashion available for boys.

skateboard monster

I love Shaun White for Target, his multi-eyed monster is the face of the brand, and the short sleeve shirts are on clearance.

I love this Shark board one too!

It has so many fun details like the black and white binding on the neckband and the bright blue contrast stitching :)

I'm also a sucker for hoodies, add a cute character in the mix and I'm sold!
look at those ears

who doesn't love yo gabba gabba

Target also has some really cute shoe options too!

I also saw some cute stuff at Crazy8

too hilarious and adorable

I love robots too and the bright pops of color.
 the outfit details

What have you been pleasantly surprised by as you shop for Christmas gifts? If you are interested in shopping for angel they usually have angel trees at malls, you can also search salvation army angel tree in your area.

Happy Tuesday Everyone :)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Top 5

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, I am very excited about spending time with my family, making delicious food and reflecting on all of our blessings this year.

I'm really trying to be intentional and take time to enjoy this holiday season and my birthday all rolled into one. Here are some things I am really excited about right now

1. Christmas Tree banner from Sew Caroline. I have previously mentioned my love for banners and how they add a festive touch to celebrations. Well Caroline has come up with a simply adorable Christmas tree banner, it's really got me thinking about banners for all seasons!

see more from sew caroline

2. Hunger Games Sesame Street Spoof. As you might know Catching Fire is in theaters starting to celebrate lets watch this hilarious Sesame Street spoof! I think my favorite part is that Peeta is actually Pita bread in this version.

3. Andrew Bird's New Album: I Want to See Pulaski at Night
Um yeah......I pretty much want to listen to this non stop... all the songs are awesome and the instrumental songs would be the perfect Wes Anderson movie soundtrack.......just sayin :)

4. baby and dog nap time pictures.......yeah everyone has seen them by now but they are just so darn cute let's look at them again :)

from mommas gone city

5. latest fabric love and cabbage rose find.......I'm thinking of making a spring dress

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

birthday doodles

Lots of birthdays lately so I'm decided to come up with fun drawings to celebrate.

Some people are cat people, so that makes it easy.

Sometimes it's a phrase or an idea that brings an animal to mind, like a whale shooting a cupcake out of his blowhole... not really possible but perfect for birthday card.

I've also been drawing some new animals hedgehogs are fun and hippos are my new favorite!

Happy Wednesday to you :)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Halloween Recap

So we decided to have a last minute Halloween party at work. I thought about making just a regular cake and decorating it with candy corn. It turned out kinda cute for a last minute idea.

 Most of my time was spent thinking about critter shoes and how I could interpret the idea into a Halloween costume idea.

 Inspiration wasn't too hard to find, this time of year I always get to thinking about one of my favorite movies: Nightmare Before Christmas!!! I can't believe this year is the 20th anniversary of the movie, it has brought me so much joy over the years. I love the music and the story..... that we should accept that everyone is different but that's what makes us special and we shouldn't try to be something else we should be ourselves. Anyway critter shoe inspiration + printable fabric = Jack and Sally shoes!

We're simply meant to be <3

So even though I have been a huge fan of this movie for a very long time, I've never drawn the characters because Tim Burton's style is so exaggerated and complex, I knew I wouldn't be able to come close to where I wanted to be. But since I have been drawing on a more consistent basis I'm happy to say I was up for the challenge. I kinda approached Sally a little differently I elongated her and interpreted her in my normal drawing style. I kinda want to complete the drawing and add the rest of the bodies, but that's another time. So I spent a few days drawing a few versions of the couple and then printed on the fabric paper!

I love when an idea becomes tangible

After I printed the shoe appliques I cut them out and then used double sided fusible bonding and iron on the shoes. It's pretty addicting, I would say buy some shoes you know are comfortable but are cheap enough that you won't be mad if they get ruined in a creative mishap :)
What trends have you been wanting to put your own spin on?

Friday, November 1, 2013

Creature Feature

So if you have been reading my blog at all, you probably know that I really love cute little creatures, and that they are often the subject of my creative adventures.
Well I have noticed lately that the cute critters are popping up everywhere in fashion.

Like this cute hedgehog top from yep, you guessed it Anthropologie

And I'm kinda in love with this western kitty shirt, and I'm not even a cat person..

Pullovers with a vintage feel over at Old Navy

I'm not totally on board with printed leggings, but Supayana's super cute prints make it pretty tempting.

And last but not least my favorite spin on adorable wearable creatures... Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

Do you remember his collection from last year?  Well those cute little creatures have become the shoe versions above and he is taking the critter trend to the next level with a little more vivacious version this time around.
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What do you think of his new collection, I like the pops of color but I think last year's collection is my favorite.
Those little heart shaped eyes are the cutest!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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