Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Crafty McCraftersons

So the last few days I have been frantically sewing in order to finish these stockings on time to get them shipped to Michigan. I'm really not sure why I do this to myself, other than that I love hand-crafted things.

I made stockings for my husband's nieces and nephews. It took me about a month to finish Cecelia's (so. many. sequins!) and then last weekend I realized it was 2 weeks until Christmas and I had 3 more to do. So I started sewing fast. I did some of the larger chunks on the machine, but the smaller pieces (i.e. most of the stockings) had to be done by hand and by an act of God, I got them done and shipped off today.

My paternal grandmother made me an incredibly intricate stocking made out of felt and gobs of sequins (see picture below), back when she was alive. I've had the stocking ever since and it's one of those few prized posessions that I have.

My stocking looked awfully lonely on the mantel, so I made one for Chris after we got married.

Then Bryan moved out here and he needed one too. I swear, I almost went blind making his--it's a lot of sequins.

Naturally I had to make some for the nieces and nephews. So without further ado, here they are:

Closeup of the little itty-bitty teeny-tiny mouse in the corner:

I'm really pleased with all of them, but I really love Elise's. There are a lot of details that don't show up in the photos: the tutu on the ballerina is actual tulle trim; all of the little presents have bows on them; the ballerina has little pink lips; and nutcracker on Evan's has some cool trim on the uniform.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Christmas Wish List

As promised to my mom, here is my Christmas wishlist for 2007. I have wishlists set up on Amazon and Anthropologie, which should now be accessible.

Clockwise from left to right: Bird of Paradise pajama pants, $48 from Anthropologie; Blue Peacock 5" Plate, $48 from John Derian; Birds and Nests Wall Calendar, $22 from Anthropologie; Gaiam Dryer Balls, $18 from Amazon; Method Home for the Holidays kit, $40 from Method; Natural Wonders wall calendar, $22 from Anthropologie; Shag floor cushions, $59 from West Elm
Lost Season 3, $38.99 from Amazon; Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, $22 from Amazon; The Deadliest Catch Season 2 and Season 3, $50 each from Discovery Store; Blue Planet, $28 from Amazon
Green Tilework Button Up, $68 from Anthropologie; Frilled Button Up, $78 from Anthropologie; Shoestring cardigan in red and black, $68 each from Anthropologie; Snapdragons skirt, $88 from Anthropologie; Button-Tab hoodie, $118 from Anthropologie

A Thousand Splendid Suns, $14.27 from Amazon; Schulz and Peanuts, $20.97 from Amazon; The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, $16.77 from Amazon; Into The Wild, $8.37 from Amazon; Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, $16.17 from Amazon

Panasonic Lumix Digital Camera, $241 from Amazon

80G video iPod, $235 from Amazon

Friday, December 7, 2007

Tiny Gold Rings

In my search for pretty organic-looking gold jewelry, I came across a ton of teeny-tiny gold rings in the Sundance Catalog. I'm not too much a fan of the clothes in the catalog, but I like a lot of the jewelry.

First row (left to right): Spot of Sparkle ring, $180; Relic diamond ring, $890
Second row: Glowing Leaf ring, $990; Diamond Disk ring, $1,900; Applause ring, $1,100; Take Wing Double White Champagne ring, $750
Third row: Take Wing Champagne solitaire, $340; Diamond Ring quintet, $590; Diamond Clover ring, $420; Circle of Diamonds, $690

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

$aving Up

I think I'm in love.
I need this John Robshaw quilt in my life. I first saw it on the Design*Sponge sneak peak awhile back and I have not been able to get it out of my head, which is a really good indication for me that it's not going to be a foolish purchase. It'll mean I'll have to repaint our bedroom, but I'm fine with that because I'm getting tired of the blue. Anyway, here's the room with the red ikat quilt:

I normally don't like to copy people because I like some originality, but then again I rarely find a picture of a room that a) I want to duplicate and b) looks like something that Chris and I would actually have in our house.

Monday, December 3, 2007

All the Fun, None of the Calories!

How cool is this? You start with a basic virtual gingerbread house...

Then you add candy...

And once you're done, you can just make another (and another and another and another...)!

Try it here!
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