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For the Love of Chies: 3 Vital Organs for Sale

Good gravy! I can’t handle it. Seriously, I just can’t.

Chie Mihara’s Fall line is RIDICULOUSLY fabulous. If I was the kind of person who said things like “Off the Chain” or “Da Bomb”, I would say it about her Fall 2013 line. She’s outdone herself completely.  I’ve found myself visiting her site every day for a hit, a quick fix of Chie crack, if you will.

If money grew on trees, I’d buy every single pair you see below.  For now, I’m planning on selling 3 vitals organs to fund the acquisition of Ms. Amarelo, Ms. Getaway Menta, and a toss up between Ms. Tamero or Ms. Tamer.
Take a peeksie, ladies.

 

Chie Mihara Harlem Nuit

Chie Mihara Harlem Nuit

Chie Mihara Tamero

Chie Mihara Tamero

Chie Mihara Tamer

Chie Mihara Tamer

Chie Mihara Amarelo

Chie Mihara Getaway Menta

Chie Mihara America

Chie Mihara America

Chie Mihara Amen Castano

Chie Mihara Amen Castano

Chie Mihara Marlen, sold at Pedshoes

Chie Mihara Marlen, sold at Pedshoes

Chie Mihara Gous Ankle Boots from Amazon.com

I’m thinking of asking Senorita Chie if I can just move in with her. I promise I’d try not to go all ‘Single White Female’ on her, but in all honesty, I cannot deny that I want to be there for the birth of every new pair of shoes she makes. I want to be first to hold them, smell them, and be every pair’s Godmother.

Too forward?

Okay, I’ll just stick to stalking her website every day.

xoxo MOlly

P.S. I’ve missed you all.  Been a few months…I have so much to show and tell. NO. I’m not pregnant. I’ve been DIYing like a mad woman for a baby shower that took place last Friday and I can’t wait to show you how it all went.  Some of my favorite projects yet!!

 

 

 

 

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Li’l Biscuit Baby Shower

Two months ago a few of my gal friends and I concocted up a sweet little shindig for the imminent arrival of our friend Collette’s baby girl. I showed you the invites already, but here’s a refresher:

I thought it would be really fun to put on a Li’l Biscuit themed baby shower and incorporate flower stems a la Orla Kiely style in the invitation and decor, to inject some femininity. I used felt as a source of repetition in the shower decor through the petals on the stems in the invitation,  felt hearts I had a trusted friend hand stitch and stuff (hearts…since the shower took place right before Valentine’s Day), hand-cut felt letters for the door welcome, felt flag banners, and original art with a giant felted flower.

The Biscuit Bar.

I hung embroidery hoops with fabric (recycled from the Little Peachling baby shower I did last year…still need to post those pics!) along with a few more felt-stitched/stuffed hearts.

 

I hand-stamped the wooden forks with an ‘Oh Happy Day’ stamp I got from Michael’s. The spoons were stamped with the words ‘Li’l Biscuit’ via a super cool roller stamp I have.

 

I used spray paint chalk signs that I made for another baby shower to indicate the different kind of biscuits we were serving: Biscuits and Gravy, Biscuits and Jam, Sweet Potato Biscuits with  sweet Strawberries and whipped cream. I know, yum…right? Oh, we had an awesome salad too, just to balance out the carb load. ;)

Drink Station with handmade felt flag banner and original art with a big ‘ol felt flower. All I did for the small flag banner here was cut the pieces and simply sew through them with pink embroidery floss. Hung them with glue dots.  How did I ever do anything before I found glue dots?!

I hand cut the larger felt flag pieces and then sewed them to a plastic measuring tape to make the banners.

To carry on the Orla Kiely stem/flower theme from the invites and felt flower art canvas, I asked my good friend with some serious art skills to trace out an Orla Kiely-like print on a large canvas to be a Paint By Numbers art piece, so the guests at the shower could each paint a few leaves. Once the shower was all done, and the painting complete, we gave it to Collette to hang in her baby’s nursery. I’ve seen this Paint by Numbers idea for weddings before, but thought it would be super sweet to do at a baby shower for a little baby’s nursery. Way better than games!!

Close-up of traced petals. I sent an Orla Kiely pattern image to my friend for reference, and then she made a petal stencil to trace each petal on the canvas. I am obsessed with how cute it turned out, and Collette absolutely LOVED it!!

Our guest of honor Collette was super happy and loved the Li’l Biscuit shower theme, and that’s really what mattered most. Her own little biscuit, sweet Audrey, arrived 2 weeks later and now slumbers in her crib under a piece of original art painted by all her mommy’s friends.

Any questions on what you’ve seen? Fire away. I’d be happy to answer any and all.

xoxo Molly

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Guest Post: Tamara’s DIY Anthropologie Verveine Necklace Tutorial

A while back, one of my super talented readers named Tamara mentioned she was working on a DIY project at home, her own version of Anthropologie’s Verveine Necklace. I am a proud owner of this necklace and let me just state for the record that if I ever lose it, I will cry like a baby for days, weeks even. Here’s me sportin’ it in a coupla outfits:

 

My Verveine in action with the Decade by Decade Skirt and Scalloped Buttondown.

And here again with the Million Pleats Midi Skirt.

So, when I read Tamara’s comment that she was working on a little somethin’-somethin’ for herself, I thought I’d weasel in and ask if she wouldn’t mind doing a guest post on it.  Happily, she obliged, and the rest is history! Please give Tamara a warm welcome, and hopefully you get bitten by the DIY bug today.

Take it away, Tamara!

Step 1: Gather Supplies

Supplies Needed

You’ll need:

-       small pliers/wire cutters (mine are Craftsman brand, from my husband’s tools- he just thinks they’re still his)

-       beading wire (7 strand bead stringing wire is what I used)

-       crimp beads

-       various beads in different sizes

-       flower pendants or charms

-       6-8 inch length of chain

-       cording strand (mine is 18”)

-       head pins (not pictured)

-       jump rings (not pictured)

Note: these all come in various metal finishes (silver, gold, brass/antique gold, etc), just pick what you like. I have these all in silver because that is what I use the most.

Step 2: Attach all of the non-adjustable pieces together. I joined the cording to the flowers and the chain before doing anything else, to get a sense of the finished length.

Step 3: Cut a length of wire, about 3 inches longer than you think you want it (it’s better to be too long than too short). Add a crimp bead and loop the wire back through it. Then crimp the bead with the pliers (just smoosh it till it’s flat on the wire). Add the beads and check the length by comparing it to the necklace base that you already put together. Repeat for all of the bead strands you want.

Step 4: Lay out the necklace for a final check.

Step 5: Use the head pins and various beads to make the bead cluster that goes on the opposite side of the flowers. Add bead to pin, cut off the wire about 1/4” above the bead and loop it around the pliers until closed. Repeat for the desired beads.

Step 6: Use a jump ring and attach all ends together. To open and close the jump ring, use the pliers and twist the ends to the sides, do not pull it open (if that makes sense). On the side without the flowers, I put the single beads for the cluster and all of the beaded strands together on one jump ring. It was kind of crowded and hard to close, but I liked how it looked all together.

Note: You can add a clasp in if you want, just attach with jump rings. My necklace is long enough to slip over my head, so a clasp was not necessary.

Step 7: Wear and enjoy!

Sources: Michaels: Vintage Groove by Making Memories- pendant brown leather flower, pendant beaded flower, silver chain strand; Bead Landing- clear round faceted large beads, cording strand; Blue Moon Beads- crimp beads, head pins; Beadalon- bead stringing wire.

Local bead shop: small brown faceted beads, medium smooth white beads, miscellaneous beads and rhinestone beads for cluster.

A MILLION THANK YOU’S, Tamara!! I’m all sorts of inspired now, Michael’s coupons in hand. If you need me this weekend, you can find me snipping wire and playing with beads. :)

Where will you be?

xoxo Molly

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