Just in time for holiday shopping I’m bringing you a pretty decent sized shop update! I have a stock pile of new jewelry, vintage goods, pom garlands and L&F gear waiting to be photographed. All the jewelry is limited edition. Pom Garlands can be custom made in just about any color or color combination you want. More will be coming throughout the next week and through the weekend. Between my quilt and shop, I’ll be very busy.
For more info on any of the pictured items, please visit the Lost & Fawned Shop.
I’ve already started my holiday shopping since we’ll be leaving town early this year. A few people on my list will be lucky to get some beautiful pieces from Jason Wolff Pottery (sorry to my family for the spoiler, but I can never keep a secret). Jason just collaborated on these gorgeous product photos with Christa (another dear friend of mine) and I love how they turned out. Each and every piece is made by hand here in Ohio. The holidays are a great time to support artisans and craftsmen like Jason. Take a peek at Jason Wolff Pottery on Etsy for more info and ordering.
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So it’s been rough, but I’ve made some major progress on our wedding napkin quilt. As you may recall I have finally gotten around to starting a quilt using the napkins and table linens from our wedding in 2009. I’m a total quilting newbie. And I’ve made loads of mistakes so far. But I’m going to share my current progress and give you some tips I have picked up so far.
As you can see, it is FAR from perfect. My rectangles are wonky, my seams don’t line up and the scale varies. But, overall the quilt is square and smooth. Here is how it happened. When I started this I had only done one small quilt, so I understood the basics, or so I thought. I just started cutting, with a loose plan and dull blade. My pieces weren’t all cut perfectly (first mistake) but I started piecing them together anyways. I seam allowance wasn’t perfect either (second mistake) so my blocks were all different sizes and far from square. I was very discouraged. Before I started joining together the 12″ blocks, I watched a lot of videos (I’ll link to those later) and learned a ton. So last night after dinner I turned on a crappy late 90′s teen movie on netflix and set up camp in the living room. I spent a good 2 hours re-squaring the blocks. The blocks still weren’t perfect, BUT they were square and all the same size. This made constructing the final quilt top unbelievably easier. Lesson learned.
The quilt top came together quickly from there. By 1 AM I had completed and decently square quilt top. Like I said, it’s still not a work of art, but it’s a heck of a lot better than it was. Thankfully the patterns are busy enough that is covers some of the imperfections.
I’m also planning to hand quilt it with a fairly busy pattern, which I’m thinking will help hide some of my dicey piecework. I’m going to spend the rest of my morning working on the pattern I’ll be transferring to the quilt top. I’m thinking I’ll pick one of the patterns in the fabric and replete it in a large scale across the whole quilt.
So I’ve learned some things along the way.
Once I transfer my design, baste the quilt and start the hand quilting process, I’ll probably start my next quilt. I’m totally hooked. Hand quilting this will probably take most of the winter and into the spring. I’m planning to take my time and really make this a special heirloom from our wedding day. I’ll be sure to share more progress along the way.
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It’s the return of Pretty Pairs! This was one of my favorite types of posts when I contributed to Cotton & Brass and I’ve decided it’s time to bring them back. Today’s collection is a total grab bag of themes and photos. From here on out I’ll stick to a theme or season.
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As I mentioned before, I’ll slowly be showing you some of the outtakes that didn’t make it into the Ikea Family Live article. Some will be full rooms, others will be little details.
Today’s is one of those little details. I have shared with you the guestroom before, but never from this angle. The whole room needs some color (I’ve been eying Pink Granite), but I spruced up the dresser this summer with some fresh towels and cheap art. The map was a killer find at an estate sale (25 cents!) and we have slowly been adding pins to the places we visit together. The floral piece is an inexpensive Ikea frame with a cutting from a vintage sheet. Super cheap, super easy. I fill up the bottle with fresh water and the crate with fresh towels when family or friends come into town.
More to come! Happy November!
I’ve been really making a sincere effort to take care of my things lately. I have been investing in nicer pieces and my goal is to make them last as long as humanly possible. With my shoes and purses, this means using dustbags. Since I buy pre-loved sometimes my bags don’t come with dustbags. So I decided to make my own. I made a whole set in an afternoon and they turned out so cute I decided to try to put together a little DIY for you.
I’m going to try to make this as clear as I possibly can, but I am not a professional or have no real formal training. The beauty of these bags is there is no real right way to make them. As long as you end up with a drawstring at the top of a simple bag, you did them right! In fact, I’m sure there are easier ways. But this is the way I make them. If something is unclear, please feel free to comment and I will try to clarify and adjust.
So to put it simply you will be sewing one side closed, then sewing the drawstring pocket across the top and then sewing the other side closed. Once you finish one, the rest will go really fast.
Note: The bag I used as an example in the diagrams is the 2-Way Tassels & Braided Leather Purse by Embi.
Keep in mind this is bag does not have to be done exactly this way or sewn perfectly. They are just going to sit or hang in your closet.
Make smaller ones for shoes or even tiny ones for finer jewelry. Anything you want to clean clean and protect while it’s not in use. These even make great gift-wrap. I make one when I’m wrapping a shower or wedding gift. If you use sheets or other inexpensive material, like unbleached muslin (which would be so cute dip-dyed or tie-dyed) the materials should cost you around $1 per bag.
Again, I am open to questions! These directions make sense to me, but not everyone reads directions the same way. I’m more than happy to clarify in the comments. Good luck!
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Oh goodness! This week I find myself head of heels for everything Naomi Wilkinson has ever done. Her style, her color, her subject matter… It’s all made me smile. Check out her website for more of her portfolio or follow Naomi on Twitter.
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A couple of months ago, I got an email from Ikea (DIES!) asking if I would like to be featured in the US edition of Ikea Family Live, their digital magazine. I was sent the list of photo requirements and interview questions and was feeling overwhelmed, but how can you pass up something like this?
This morning I woke up to find the November issue is live! And there is our little house (and a big photo of my mug). I’m pretty pleased with how the house looks (though you wouldn’t believe how hard it is to make a bed look tidy!). The dogs didn’t make it easy. They were constantly hoping in and out of the frame. Unfortunately, photos that included them didn’t make the cut. I’ll be doing an extended version in the next couple of weeks to show you the full tour, including angles and rooms that didn’t end up being featured.
For now, you can check out the full feature to see the rest of the photos. A big thanks to Ikea for the opportunity!
I know this doesn’t necessarily fit conventionally into my budget blogging, BUT let me explain my reasoning. If you can afford the upfront cash to buy a quality leather bag, and you take care of it, it can last you a lifetime. If you are going to treat yourself, you might as well treat yourself to something that you can get decades of use out of.
KiliDesign caught my eye this week. They range in design from futuristic and innovative shapes to classic and professional bags that you could use everyday. I want one of just about every piece in their shop. One great bag, like maybe this tailored satchel or this leather tote could be used day in and day out in all seasons.
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I’m currently working up the confidence and fine-tuning the technique to show off some of the new wardrobe I’m building. It’s not quite blog-worthy yet, but I’m making progress.
I bought this dress for Halloween and I love it so much I’m dying to wear it everywhere (but trying to wait until after Halloween). The blazer was a piece I added to my closet this autumn when it went on mega-clearance. It’s structured jersey, so its comfortable but still looks tailored. The handbag was another steal. It’s almost new (a little stain on the inside lining) but it was $38 on eBay.
Sources: Blazer via J. Crew (no longer available) – Clearanced for $39 // Dress via Modcloth – On Sale for $35 // Shoes via Seychelles (no longer available) – Similar for $29.99 // Bracelet from Hanjiun – Similar for $15 // Handbag from J. Crew via eBay – $38 // ‘Tart Deco’ Polish by Essie – On Amazon for $5.49
And now for an update. It’s Jared’s birthday week and he is sick as a dog. It’s not the flu, but he does have a pretty nasty cold. We are postponing his birthday dinner until he’s feeling better. Finn is also going to the doctor today. He is having a dewclaw issue. I’m not feeling great, but I am determined to not be sick. So far my head is winning and I’ve been able to stay on my feet.
We put in a bunch of new plants. We split some of my grandma’s coral bells and helleborus and some of Jared’s grandma’s peonies. They all look pretty shabby right now, but hopefully this spring they all come in nice and healthy. We will be putting in new beds around the front window in the spring. The yard is going to looks so much different than it did this summer.
We’ll be spending the holiday with my parents this year in Oregon. It will be my third trip out this year, but it will be the first time Jared has been out there in awhile. We are planning to spend some time at the coast. We haven’t been out there since our wedding. It will be nice for him to kick back a little and relax. I’m counting down the days.