Sunday, January 31, 2010

February's heartfelt wallpaper sketch

click here to download this month's wallpaper calendar
Maybe, because I have always adored hearts, especially deep, rich, handmade chocolates that are sunk into lush red velvet heart shaped boxes, and all the other tempting things associated with Valentine’s Day – that this month’s calendar had to reflect all of it and more. I started painting and drawing red, violet and pink hearts with this heavenly, real gold, solid gold painted background, like a golden heart … and from there the sketch developed. How many hearts can you find in the sketch? Wishing you a most love-ly month of February!

Need help to fix my blog feed

Once again I am receiving emails from fellow bloggers that they are not able to follow my blog. It is so discouraging to hear this, since my reason to post is my wish that they will inspire or be enjoyed by this special community of bloggers whom I enjoy, and who inspire me!

I do know that my blog fee settings are sent to “full.”

If anyone can help me to technically overcome this problem, with pleasure I will send you a great big hand sketched thank you note!! With many thanks in advance.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Paris Couture Spring 2010 Madness

Dior Couture, Spring 2010
above photo from Chanel is from style rookie, who, don't you think, was Karl's muse ...

While I have been at home hemming my jeans, some people have been thrown into the twilight zone of the Paris Couture fashion fantasies, for the Spring 2010 shows. As I gaze through the images, while mending my jeans, I do feel a bit like Cinderella ... I mean, after all, we are on opposite sides of the moon and the stars, at this moment, as I'm trying to be resourceful and others are inventing magic and looks destined for fantasies. But how can one not love all the creativity and madness. Chanel's silver glitter is everywhere, stockings, nails, shoes and jewerly - silver highlights in the hair, the way it's been teased into a power shape accented with flowers and bows, is so 2010 and looking forward. Thank you Chanel!
Dior is also on the other side of the stars. The sumptuous flowers and fabrics drapped all over the runway, with the overly elaborate taffetas, make-up, hats and clothes, are simply out of this world literally. We must pause, enjoy the magic, the imagination, and the world of never never land...... realizing, that what looks outrageous at this moment, as fashion goes, is going to be on everyone tomorrow - just watch it happen! Hmm, can't wait for Spring, for the piles of flowers and sumptuous clothing. Photos from French Vogue, The Vine, Style Rookie and the Chanel site.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

How to hem jeans with designer style

click here for tutorial
Even though hemming jeans is one of the most common clothing alterations, surprisingly, it is rarely sewn correctly (and when it’s wrong it’s truly glaring, like a billboard wrapped around your ankles.) The widespread mistake is to just fold the excess length back and stitch it like any other pants. This is in conflict with the stitching and washed details on the cuff that need to be seen and not hidden.
When jeans need to be shortened the hem should be durable, invisible and not change the style or look of the jeans. The hemming technique in this tutorial is designed especially for denim. I love to give names to techniques and this is named "For Your Eyes Only" due to how it blends so seamlessly, that only the seamstress knows it’s there. As you will discover, it is simple and easy to do, or, if you’re not a seamstress, then to explain, to the person who will shorten your jeans. Repairing jeans is a pleasure because the material sews beautifully and the wearer is so appreciative.
Click here to download or print the tutorial.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

A handknitted vintage cardigan

A while ago I knit this sweater from a vintage pattern I found in my mother’s fabulous stash of patterns. It’s made from Rowan’s (now discontinued,) “Lurex Shimmer.” The yarn has a soft, lovely hand feel, and the copper color is particularly pretty. Lately I am wearing it with old, worn jeans and am searching for the pattern as I want to knit it again, this time in a super fine, pale pink, merino wool.
My mom, by the way, is an incredible knitter. I have many sweaters, ski sweaters, vests, hats, and various pullovers, that she has made for me over the years. Each stitch is beautifully, evenly formed with great skill. One of my favorite things to do is to browse through her pile of knitting patterns and books, of which she has gathered a personal and richly diverse collection. I know each one by heart, and they all have associations and memories. It’s similar to searching through a button box, and not unlike the intimate pleasure, of being with one’s own memories when one looks through a family photo album. Now, back to searching for that misplaced cardigan pattern!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sweet,heart shaped sunglasses

10 Corso Como is not unlike a candy shop for adults. They imagine, invent, produce and select the most wonderful things ... such as these red, heart shaped sunglasses. Visit their website to discover their music, prints, designs, scents and beauty products as well as their tiny hotel, cafe and more. As I browsed around, I found these flowers, a one-of-a-kind, handmade bouquet a playful keepsake of their logo (to be found also on their tissue wrapping paper, which is too cool to be tossed.) Such a tangle of wire stems and bold blossoms - aren't they beautiful! 10 Corso Como is a whole world, situated around a lovely enclosed garden, in the heart of Milan.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Inspiring Valentine's ideas

The above "chunky cutting board made from French oak" seems like a special way to enjoy fresh bread on Valentine's Day and all year long ... from MAGAZYN, in Antwerp.In "Liberty's" newsletter, among other wonders, are cake decorating classes especially for Valentine's Day with Mich Turner of the Little Venice Cake Company. I hope you enjoy all the delicious, lovely and imaginative images, and maybe, someone will make it to the workshop!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Links for giving aid to Haiti

New York Times online has compiled a thorough list of links and information.
Google has also created a page with many links to aid organizations and information on how to SMS a donation (only within the U.S.):
SMS text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts
SMS text “YELE” to 501501 to Donate $5 to Yele Haiti’s Earthquake Relief efforts
SMS text "GIVE10" to 20222 to donate $10 to Direct Relief

Friday, January 8, 2010

Velvet slipper tutorial

If you want to make yourself a dreamy pair of slippers, click here for my tutorial posted on my most favorite crafting blog - craftzine. Craftzine has formatted the instructions with plenty of sketches, into an easy to use, nice to keep and to re-use or pass to a friend, pdf file. And once you make a pair in velvet -- you may start to make more ... ...such as the ones above made with a Liberty cabbage rose print, re-cycled denim soles and antique lace and fringe trims ... and when you finish, just put your feet up and gaze at your lovely handywork. Ahh, all is a day's work.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Desigual - why not disguise your jeans ...

For a wonderful way to re-think how you may recycle, patch, decorate or re-shape altogether your cast-off jeans, click this link which will take you to Desigual, the rebellious, streetwise Spanish clothier.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

January 2010 fashion screensaver

It's already the 3rd of January - and I am filled with the giddy enthusiasm of entering a new decade. I'm already madly in love with 2010. The new inventions and goals of the last decade seem to have magically evolved into the wiser, better and more clear hopes of the future.

Today the ground is covered in fresh snow, so I've sketched the way the world looks -everyone bundling up, layers upon bulky layers, in their own individual way, to enclose themselves with the feelings of winter, the freshness of the air, surrounded by the faintest glow lingering from the fireworks that rang in the year only hours ago.

Cheers to all and one in twenty-ten!