Monday, July 19, 2010

get some bang for your buck.

BUY INEXPENSIVE FABRIC (and things of the like)!

Last week, after a nice, but sourly-ending visit at my friend's house (sourly because my dog escaped their backyard and proceeded to run rampidly around a neighbor's yard, which had stray cats, 'no trespassing' and 'beware of dog' signs, in the POURING rain), I made a quick stop at 'Affordable Fabrics'. The fabric store where everything, and I mean, EVERYTHING, costs $1.99/yd.

How fantastic is that? Of course finding valuable, quality pieces requires some digging, but it is SO worth it. I bought a LOT for a little. 

All this (it's about 3 yards each) for only $18.00...


I tend to get a little carried away when I'm buying things on the cheap. But last Wednesday, I showed some composure. I was in and out of the store (said dog, soiled and dirty, was waiting for me in the car) in about ten minutes. I kept my eye on the price (did not buy just to buy, like I often do). And I have ideas in mind for each fabric. I have my mother to thank for teaching me the art of bargain shopping at a young age.

So, ever in Uncasville, CT and in need of some interesting, inexpensive fabrics (or ribbons, etc)? visit Affordable Fabrics!!! Make sure to stay composed, though.  

i am the proud maker

...of three CROP TOPS. Made 'em last week. That word, though, is starting to creep me out. 'Crop top'. It could be the fact that the definition includes the word 'midriff', not quite sure.

So, I need a new word before these items are released.

Ideas: cropped blouse, cropped tank, belly shirt (haaa, no), short shirt?

Ehhh, any of you have some wonderful suggestions?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

crop top.

According to Wikipedia,  'A crop top (also cropped top, belly shirt, half shirt, midriff shirt, tummy top, short shirt, and cutoff shirt) is a t-shirt or blouse with the lower portion cut off, resulting in the exposure of some of the wearer's abdomen.'

And, did you know that the style became a men's fad first? Originally based on American football jerseys which were cropped above the navel to make them cooler in hot weather, it became popular to cut T-shirts above the midriff for daily wear. I'm pretty sure my brother sported a few back in the day. 

Very 1980s sounding, no?

Well, they are so back (really!).

I'm loving crop tops these days. And although some girls/women can get away with showing a little 'midriff', I prefer to go the less exposed route (with a tank underneath).

So, in light of my inspirational Nana, I copied a top I bought at TJ Maxx yesterday (and I plan to make a few more today). It was very easy. And I am very proud of myself!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

my best friend's wedding [a short digression from my etsy posts].

Two of my dear friends, Lisa and Dom, got married last weekend. Well, two weekends ago (I guess I had that opening sentence in my mind for a while, and it took me a little longer than a while to write this).

It was phenomenal.

Here's a little history: they grew up together! They lived (just about their whole lives, or as long as I can remember) just 1/8th of a mile away from eachother. ON THE SAME STREET! So cute, right? Well, it gets better. Dom's a musician (and a great guy, of course); he had his own band and I can vividly remember his amazing Pearl Jam solo from our high school talent show, and Lisa is potter, design major and creative soul.

So, when they told me that the wedding was to take place in an empty lot across the street from Dom's childhood home, I instantly knew it would be a success. A blank canvas; it's what I always dreamed of.

It was so (so so so) much more than a success. I found out the day before the wedding that Dom had built an irrigation system out to the bathroom and they had a homemade sink. PHENOMENAL.

[picture to come]

I'll narrate the day properly though (in chronological order, that is).

Around 2pm I arrived to a fabulous cocktail.

(the bridesmaid: prosecco, gingerale and raspberry sorbet)

And then I toured the ceremony site (Lisa's parents' backyard), which was even more fabulous than the Prosecco cocktail that accompanied me (one would hope so, I guess).

Gazebo, along the Charles River marsh, in an impeccably landscaped backyard, with every detail mulled over, VERY CAREFULLY. It was a rustic-chic fairy tale.

Here is a picture from afar, followed by a couple closeups. My favorite (if you dare ask) is the mauve-colored hydrangea hybrid. I'm a sucker for hydrangeas; when eyes caught it paired with the vibrant green bottle, I got a little weak in the knees.

So cool.

And, in case the guests were a bit parched...

Now on to the fun part, though. The reception. It was just a short stroll up the street, from Lisa's, to the said vacant lot across from Dom's house.

They thought of everything. Didn't miss a detail. The reception included it all: homemade wine (picture quality not great, so I won't bore you with the image), fabulous centerpieces...

Complete with favors (mixed herbs in mason jars), wine in an awesome rustic basin AND lighting. Now THAT is a package deal!

...cute signs...

(please disregard the plastic cup that someone so rudely dropped on their way to the john)

...decor around the tent pole (loving the silver pots and the simple flower arrangements) which includes PEONIES (love, sigh)...
and the awesome, awesome, awesome BATHROOM (drum roll, please)...

I love everything about it, especially that rustic basin they used for the sink. And I must admit that I adore animal prints, so the towels easily stole my heart. 

Here's another shot....

I will say it again, PHENOMENAL. PHENOMENAL. 

I think that concludes my narration. It was a fantastic evening. After some good old fashioned dessert...

I crossed the mini bridge (handmade, of course) and left wholly satisfied (and quite impressed)...

Congrats, friends.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

been [too] busy sunbathing.

New rule: two posts per week (if you couldn't tell, I've been bit of a slacker, especially since the weather has been nice).

Three items (to sell, that is) per week.

Maybel and I have been enjoying the sun a bit too much...