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Memories Contained {diy}

This is one of those projects that do not require instructions, you just need a jar and a photo. How’s that for simplicity and budget-friendly? Here I’ve used two jars, one vintage and one new, to 1) display my favorite photo and 2) for showing my quote of the month, usually torn from the pages of Real Simple or from a card, along these lines.


I like the idea of a quote jar because I can add new ones as I please and have the vessel for also adding all of the movie tickets and fortune cookie messages that my husband and I have saved since our first date. I can’t take credit for the ‘jar as display’ idea though, I found it via Australian glossy Inside Out, given to me by one of their writers (thank you!). But I can take credit for the quote jar, that’s entirely my own but you are welcome to try it for yourself. :) Simple but cute.

This is my favorite photo from our family collection of vintage shots, although I never say vintage around my mom. :) This photo is from the 1950′s, of my mother (in the front) with her mom and sister behind her. This was snapped on their family farm where she grew up and I think everything about it is just too cute, especially the pom-pom ties on her coat and the little white socks. Even the car in the background. Sweet.

And I love seeing my grandmother this young and happy. Her name is Millie and she relocated to a New England farm in her late 20′s from Wicker Park Chicago. She was always so stylish, must be the city girl in her, I remember her wearing heels around the house, even to the grocery store. Heck, even now at 87 she still gets her hair done up and insists on wearing red lipstick and clip-on earrings. But you see, these little memories contained here in a simple jar mean little to you but so much much to me. Now it’s your turn to find a jar and place something inside that you love. Since I’m really tired of traditional picture frames crowded around on tables, this arrangement works for me. I hope you like it too.

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in diy on December 17, 2007
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Wintery Snowflake Mobile {diy}

Snowflakes and oranges and pom-poms on branches… Oh wait. Not again, wrong lyrics! But can this idea be any sweeter? We owe Leah thanks for this one, the Bay area blogger behind More Ways to Waste Time sent in a little DIY tip because she noticed recently that I’m a big fan of using vintage doilies in new and exciting ways.


Of course I couldn’t resist posting it because this is such an easy way to pretty up your space for the winter season, something you can keep hanging around well into the new year. These photos were snapped recently at the Atomic Garden, a “green boutique” in the Rockridge neighborhood in Oakland, California (Atomic Garden store tour here). This is what you’d see if you walked by their pretty window. Drool. This display would certainly lure me in.


Thanks to Jamie and Erin over at Atomic Garden, because they were generous enough to send Leah complete instructions in case you’d like to try this at home. Click here for the complete recipe. :) Just don’t eat it, although it’s pretty enough to be tempted!

…These are a few of my favorite things!

(images from more ways to waste time)

Posted in diy on December 16, 2007

Flowie {fabric + such}

I saw this fabric over at Flowie and had to blog it since so many emails arrive asking me for leads on quality fabric that is modern, inexpensive, and not “for the trade only”. Flowie is a collection of products ranging from napkins to bags (love the patterns, don’t you?), but there’s also a section on the site where a small collection of hand screen printed fabrics is offered that you can purchased for $29 USD per yard. Yippie!


Thank you so much Sarah for sending me this link, reader Sarah found this on d*s today and sent me over to check it out. Flowie appears to be a brand new shop, so support small biz and view her wares here.


TIP: I’d love to use Gerrie (yellow) in a simple way, cut into a square or rectangle, hem 3 sides, sew a rod pocket on the top, and slip it onto a lovely slim tree branch collected from outside and mount on the wall over your bed. I think it would look great for under $30, adding both pattern and something from the natural world to your sleeping space. I’m a bit of a nature freak, but if you’re not into tree branches, you can use wire or simple pins for a more relaxed look.

Thanks Sarah for the tip, and best wishes on your new shop Yaling!

(images from flowie)

Posted in diy, textiles on December 13, 2007

Little Tree {DIY}

Feelin’ crafty? I just discovered a free pattern download that Stephanie Barnes of Little Birds and 3191 fame so graciously put on her blog like forever ago. After finding it on Monday, I grabbed a few pieces of fabric and after a few snips here and some stitching there, this my friends is my 1st little soft tree.


She’s a little imperfect, but still very cute. This is the easiest thing you’ll ever sew, so please give it a try. I made this while watching Project Runway last night (which by the way, this is such a great season, I totally see Christian, Rami, and Jillian in the final three).


But back to the tree, after looking at it for awhile, I decided to give this softie a little personality with some black thread. So now the tree is a she and I’ve named her Clara. Download your pattern here, and when you finish your little baum, please post it in Stephaine’s flickr group called soft trees so we can all ooo and aaaah over it.

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, diy on December 13, 2007

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