Posts Tagged ‘pink’

Recently Finished Things

August 22nd, 2012 | By Jen in Whatnot | 3 Comments »

Macrame Silk Cord Bracelet by The Fabled Needle

Bracelet tutorial here: DIY Macrame Bracelet.

Hobo Jeans by The Fabled Needle

A new patch on my hobo jeans.

Dress Parade {Holiday Pink, 1920s Style}

October 14th, 2011 | By Jen in Sewing | 12 Comments »

I made this dress several weeks ago, strictly on a whim, inspired by a wee baby’s dress I found at a yard sale and a blouse spied on Pinterest (via Casey).  In my excitement and haste, I went about things rather haphazardly, throwing all caution to the wind.  It’s made in a typical 1920s fashion, the skirt is created from a series of squares and rectangles sewn in various ways, not wasting too much fabric.  2 rectangles for the front and back, 2 slits cut into each, and a triangle (half a square) set into each slit is all the skirt is, easy to do but looks extra nice.

While I love wearing silk georgette, I simply do not like sewing with it (see my other dress using this fabric).  The nude fabric inset’s seams are a bit wonky.  I think if I had planned better and not rushed, stabilized the fabric (or something) it would have turned nicer.  All I can say is the next time I do a fabric inset like this, it won’t be with georgette!  The bodice and hem are finished with a zigzag stitch and the back closes with a single vintage button (that I forgot to photograph).   I like to think it looks like an actual vintage garment and not something newly created.

But, despite the issues, I adore this dress.  Unlike many projects I have sewn, I wore this out and about–to the pet store of all places…ha!  Why wait for a fancy occasion to wear a fancy dress?  And the color is gorgeous.  I’m not sure how it looks on your monitor but I would describe it as salmon pink.

I have other sewing projects in the queue (as usual) that I hope to continue working on this weekend but I’m also going to start a knitting project, something I haven’t done in quite a while.  (And it’s all I can think about even though it was 98 degrees yesterday!)  I bought a skein of the prettiest mermaid green yarn that I’ll use to make this little scarflette.  I’m just going to ease into knitting slowly before I jump into anything more complicated!

Have a splendid weekend.

Tea Rose Mary Janes {A Shoe Refashion of Sorts}

August 3rd, 2011 | By Jen in Frocks & Such | 18 Comments »

Don’t you love it when you are so inspired to do something that you have to do it RIGHT NOW?

Several weeks ago I saw these 1930s floral-pattern and metallic shoes on Pinterest (from the Thought Patterns blog):

Beautiful!  I immediately bookmarked this image, on Pinterest, and in my mind.  I knew there was a way to make/refashion similar shoes.  I had a starting base:

Very old, maybe 1920s or ’30s Mary Janes.  You can see me wearing them here.  I had been thinking about getting them professionally repainted/dyed a darker color for fall but had been putting it off for no particular reason.  (OMG, I just realized, looking at this photo, the perforations form a heart in the center!)

So I’ve been trying to figure out how I was going to get the roses on here.  Paint them?  (HA!)  Waterslide decals?  (Probably not suited to leather.)  Decoupage with Victorian clip art?  (Might be messy.)  I have a whole bunch of Victorian stickers on my stationery drawer that I haven’t used.  While decorating a package today (for a certain little fairy friend), I realized that the stickers were printed on thin, clear plastic.  Eep! Just the ticket.

I went to work straight away.  No, I don’t know how durable this is and what will happen when I actually wear them out and about.  But I didn’t care, I was having too much fun.

And they are not perfect, there is a wrinkle here and there but I think they look pretty good.  I’m going to wait a while to see if the stickers start to peel off; if so, I might put on a coat of satin clear acrylic paint over them.

To finish these off I painted the trim a pretty, faded gold (“Champagne Gold” metallic acrylic paint from DecorArt).  These are now the prettiest shoes I own!  OK, so where to wear them?

Le Week-end

June 17th, 2011 | By Jen in Domestic | 2 Comments »

Bought peonies for the first time yesterday.  Aren’t they incredible?  They are the most beautiful things in the house right now.  I can’t stop smelling them and I even brought them into the bedroom last night so they’d be near me.  If friendly aliens from outer space came down to visit us, we should welcome them with peonies.

I’m not the only one enchanted by these flowers:

Here is Spoo Kee just before I shooed him away.  He likes to sink his kitty teeth into plants, the more fragrant the better.  The other day I found the most pitifully chewed up tea rose (from the garden) lying down on the mantle, OUTSIDE of its vase, due to this mischievous feline with an affinity for rosids.

Oh, before I forget to tell you, I’ve updated the vintage shop:

Have a wonderful weekend!

The Sleepy Hollow Quilt {Triangle Template}

June 10th, 2011 | By Jen in Sewing | 3 Comments »

My Sleepy Hollow quilt template came today!  After searching high and low and I found these templates on  Actually I’m just going to use the 45 degree triangle on the right for the quilt.   It’s the perfect isosceles triangle for the Sleepy Hollow pattern.  (The much more spindly-looking 30 degree template on the left is being saved for another project.)

And I’ll probably use this tutorial to cut out my triangles:

I got the idea to use this method from someone else on the web who is making a Sleepy Hollow quilt. (I know, can you believe that?)  I think we should all make one!  Just saying.

Happy Friday!

Spring Colours Week {Pink}

April 6th, 2011 | By Jen in Whatnot | 5 Comments »

For Poppytalk’s Spring Colours Week. (Do you notice a common theme throughout these posts so far, regarding one photo from each?)


Little House in the Forest Recipe Cards {Toffee Magazine}

March 21st, 2011 | By Jen in Art | 5 Comments »

Oh, Monday! We had very heavy rain ALL day Sunday and it’s quite the relief to see the sun shine today.  I like the rain but when it’s constant (and cold) it tends to get me down. (Proof: I ate about a dozen chocolate chip cookies before I realized what I had done.  Whoops!)  But this new week brings pleasant things like the arrival of Spring in the northern hemisphere (YIPPIE!)  and some goodies around these parts.

The first being my bakery download in issue #2 of Toffee magazine!  Toffee is this new and neatorific downloadable magazine filled all sorts of printable goodies, tutorials and articles about extraordinary craftsters and illustrators.  I’m still perusing my copy–it’s that huge!  Tons of good stuff made by many talented peeps.

Issue #2′s theme is “Forest Friends” so I whipped up a recipe card along with matching bakery cards and a tag:

I can totally see myself living in a cute little pink cottage like this.  (Please note: this image is merely a low-res preview.)    So take a peek at Toffee when you can!

Also this week, I hope to share with you some drawings I’ve been working on for my class.  (Drawings I’m not embarrassed to show you, thankfully.)

The Flower Lovers Silhouette Prints

January 25th, 2011 | By Jen in le Shop | 4 Comments »

New prints in le shop.

A lady and her gentleman caller, decorated with scattered flowers inspired by one of my favorite things: 1930s feedsack prints.  Pretty rose-mauve color with cream flowers.  Available in 8″x10″ and 5″x7″.

This one keeps me company and reminds me of the spring to come!

Leggings of All Stripes

January 16th, 2011 | By Jen in Sewing | 10 Comments »

No, I did not plan to sew up 2 pairs of leggings this weekend.   But I did and I’m wishing I had bought more knit fabric because this is my new addiction!

On Friday I got this bee in my bonnet that I needed to make striped leggings.  I’ve been on the hunt for these for a while, but have only been able to find cute ones for little girls or sheer ones (more like footless tights) for grown-ups.  Not sure why it hadn’t occurred to me until now that I could make them.  I guess I find sewing knit fabric very sketchy and I pretty much avoid it (even with a copy of Built by Wendy Sew U Home Stretch sitting on my bookshelf for a year or so).  But I remembered seeing that Angry Chicken posted a tutorial on her blog so I figured I’d give it a shot.   Plus my newish serger has been neglected. (Out of sheer laziness I don’t even bring it out to finish seams though that’s why I bought it in the first place.)

I bought not 1 but 2 stripey knits; I can’t help myself when it comes to fabric (you know that).  Luckily I had some “pajama” elastic and kraft paper (for the pattern) in my stash because I didn’t think about checking if I had these things before I drove off to the fabric store like a addict desperate for her next fix.

I probably followed Amy’s tutorial about 90% (or more, I kind of got started before I finished watching the video).  These were crazy easy to make.  In fact, after I finished my first pair (the red ones), I put them on and was wearing them while I made the second!

Here’s a detail picture of the red fabric in case the first one “strobes” a bit (an optical illusion where a pattern may look animated and wiggly).  I like to scrunch up my leggings just below my knees.  Here you can see even the leg openings are serged.  Easy peasy (once you get the tension right, that is).    For the pink pair I added some narrow stretch lace to girl-ify it up a bit (because pink is not girlie enough).  I’m debating whether or not I should trim the ties though – maybe they’re too much?  Maybe they’d look better shorter and tied simply in a square knot?

I wouldn’t say I was anxious for spring (especially since it has been in the 80s this weekend) but I’m ready.  I’ll just pair these with short, simple frocks and I’m good to go.

Have any of you started on any spring projects yet?  (Or if you are looking towards fall, what about you?  Stripey leggings are good for any time of year.  Just saying.)

Shop Update: Late Summer Flowers (Stationery Sets)

August 17th, 2010 | By Jen in le Shop | 3 Comments »


Hi dears!  I’m so glad to be adding a couple of new things to the Etsy store.  Some pretty stationery things for you: a Thank You card set plus Print Your Own stationery (you’ve gotten a sneak peek of both items on ye olde blog).


The drawings are inspired by late summer:  lazy afternoons, golden sunlight and pretty wildflowers.  And as you can see I’ve used some of my favorite colors too (coral-y pink, golden yellow and teal blue!).

As of this posting, the above stationery items are on Etsy but I’ll also be adding them to le shop as well.  But first my husband is taking me on a museum date!

Happy Tuesday. :)

*UPDATE* Stationery has been added to le shop: Thank You Cards and Printable PDF Stationery.  Enjoy!

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