9.30.2009

On the hunt...


You know you're in sad shape when your dream...I'll go as far as calling it your life's goal...is to find a long blue sink like the one in this photo from Country Living. This would look amazing in a contemporary kitchen. Keep all of the knickknacks, dogs, linens, and dried flowers and just leave that sink on my front porch...no questions asked.

Embroidered headboard...


Another great idea for a headboard found via emmas designblogg. I'm not sure what text I'd embroider though...maybe 'his' and 'hers'. What text would you embroider?

Shop alert...



Very exciting news today from one of my very favorite bloggers, Lori of Automatism. She's opened a shop called Automatism Atelier where she'll be selling limited edition fine art prints, one of a kind mixed media collage work and more! Congratulations, Lori! I totally love these prints. Wouldn't they make lovely hostess gifts?

9.29.2009

Random...


Sorry for the randomness today, but has anyone ever had tea towels printed? If so, where?

*photo found via
ooh_food originally from design*sponge

This week's project...


I can hear what you're saying: For real, Abbey? A teepee? My answer: Yes...a teepee. We've (yes I said we, PRH) decided to make one for EZ E for christmas and I feel an insane urge to start it this week. It certainly won't be as fancy as this one from Poppytalk's flickrstream, but I have plans. Big plans. I'm glad they have a name for this bizarre phenomena: N-E-S-T-I-N-G.

Latest obsession...



I think I'm obsessive enough to do something like this. It would make pulling into the driveway that much better, wouldn't it? I think I need to get out more.

9.28.2009

Zig zag...


I was supposed to be hunting for a new diaper bag, but I'd really rather buy this bag from Chin Chin Vintage.

Thrift score...


This weekend was thrift-score central. Someone must be unloading their Breyer horse collection because I found a bunch at the thrift store this weekend and I'm SO excited. Hooray for Kicky's first collection!

*photo by Andrea Galvani found via
lisa.unicorn

I'd like to know...




Today is Monday, so that means it's time for I'd like to know, a weekly post dedicated to talented artists, designers, etc...all people I'd like to know and who I thought you may like to know of too. Today I'd like to know...Cody Hoyt. I'm a sucker for mixed-media prints and these are too good. You can see more of his work here. Happy Monday!

9.25.2009

This weekend...


Bring on the apple festivals, sweater weather, the pumpkin farm, squash of any kind, crisp air, and candy corn. I LOVE FALL!!! Happy weekend, everyone!

*I can't remember where I originally saw this image, but it's from ionushi

Studio renovation...



I mentioned a while ago that PRH and my dad have been renovating part of an early 1800's barn into a studio and woodshop. They've finished hanging the drywall and installing the electricity, so there are only a few things left to do before we can start using the space. I thought you all would enjoy a very small sneak peek...these photos were taken over a month ago. The bottom photo is looking into the woodshop and shows the wall and windows between the two spaces. The top photo is looking into the studio. Both the rounded door and the half door came from an old church...they're really beautiful in person. I'll share more once we're settled in.

Details...


The plan today is to take some time to soak in the tiny details that make life so enjoyable...like these colorful barrels from our recent mini-vacation.

9.24.2009

Super cute...


One word...aaahhhhhhhhhhhh!

*from
handmade baby love

Fall necklaces...



I've been noticing a lot of great necklaces on etsy lately and thought I'd share a few. The two above are from June Designs and the necklaces below are from Miss Mouse...


petites curiosites...


and of love...


All perfect for fall!

Collected...


Kicking off this morning with a sweet little collection of animals from simple tess. I'm loving the fall vibe in this photo.

9.23.2009

Project...


A number of folks have emailed me asking for a pattern for EZ E's owl costume. As I said in the post, I didn't follow a pattern and made it up as I went along. Unfortunately, I don't have enough time right now to make a pattern but here is the very rough sketch that I drew before I started making the costume. Hopefully this will help clear things up a bit. Let me know if you have any questions. Oh, and fair warning: I don't know much about sewing, so I probably won't be able to answer technical questions. Good luck and be sure to send photos of your finished projects!

*UPDATE: The same is true for the shark costume I made last year. I did not follow a pattern, nor do I have one to share, for sale, etc. This may be something that I think about in the future, but for now (and with a baby due in a few weeks) the photos are the best I can do. Good luck with your projects!

Great idea...


I saw this fabric headboard on decor 8 and think it's such a good idea. I'm not in love with the room or even the fabric, but it seems like a perfect solution for an indecisive person like me who can't bring herself to commit to a 'real' headboard or bed. :)

Chevron...


How great is this little girl's room from frillie designs? Isn't that chevron afghan fabulous? I also love the rocking chair. My parents bought the same chair for EZ E...well, his is red. I found this room on a Beautiful Homes gallery on flickr. There are a ton of other great rooms in addition to this one. Check them out here.

9.22.2009

Bender...



I'm on a crafting bender. I went into this mode when I was pregnant for EZ E too, so I'm not surprised. Here's the doll I made for Kicky. She's a little wonky in spots, but I'm OK with that. I wanted her to be a cross between a regular doll and a rag doll...hence the floppy, unstuffed arms and legs. I didn't use a pattern, but was largely inspired by the dolls at Project Grab Bag and Nooshka. Now I just have to finish that damn quilt. I'm appliquéing the letters (all 26...you suck, English alphabet) and it's a pain. I don't even want to admit what letter I'm on. I'll make more of an effort this week and will try to have photos soon. I swear!

Pattern freak...


I'd be so happy to wake up in either one of these rooms each morning. I think some people just love pattern and some do not. No matter how hard I try I can't get away from pattern. I'd even go so far as to call myself a pattern-freak...I can't help myself. I found the photo above via lutterlagkage. It was the inspiration for her room (below), which I think I like even more.

Hey, cupcake...


Poppytalk Handmade's latest market launched yesterday and this cupcake jar by KG & AB caught my eye. I've admired their work for a while and think their 'bears in love' would make a great wedding gift, don't you?

9.21.2009

The big reveal...




Here he is! Our little owl! Unlike the shark costume from last year, EZ E was quick to try on this costume and ran around the house saying, "I'm flying! I'm flying!". I knew he wouldn't wear a mask like Martha's (directions for that mask are in Martha Stewart Living this month), so I decided that a hat and cape would be the best route. It's wool felt and I didn't use a pattern, but it was an easy costume to make. I think he looks really cute and I'm relieved that I finished it before Halloween and before his baby sister arrives. What do you think?

*I also uploaded a shot to Martha's website

Fall baby...


Like I said on Friday, I have owls on the brain. I also have stuffed animals on the brain. Long-time readers may remember the bunnies I made for EZ E before he was born. He finally likes them (it's only taken 2 years) and I'd like to make something similar for Kicky. I finished a doll for her this weekend (photo coming tomorrow) and am thinking that an animal is in order for the second softie. I'm feeling particularly inspired by this softie owl from plants and animals. Too cute. Stay tuned...at 3 today I'll be sharing photos of EZ E's costume that I made this weekend.

I'd like to know...




Today is Monday, so that means it's time for I'd like to know, a weekly post dedicated to talented artists, designers, etc...all people I'd like to know and who I thought you may like to know of too. Today I'd like to know...Chris Natrop. I saw his work on our friend Rachael's blog, a photo and a link, and immediately ran over to Natrop's website to see more. I love that he includes 'cast shadows' as one of his materials. You can see more here. Aren't you amazed at what folks have been doing with cut paper?!

9.18.2009

This weekend...


We don't have much lined up for this weekend which is fantastic. There's nothing I love more than slow, lazy weekends. Hope yours is relaxing!

*photo of Scott Newkirk's house from
NY Magazine

In the works...


It's official...EZ E is going to be an owl for Halloween, so I'm obsessing over owl images. I found this cute lunch/gift bag via party perfect and think it would be a cute candy carrying bag. I'd have to modify it a little but that should be easy peasy, right? The costume is already in the works, so I'll keep you all posted.

Make me go to...


I love everything about you, BROOKLYNrehab.

9.17.2009

Upon arrival...


Kicky is bringing EZ E some gifts when she's born and we've been trying decide exactly what those gifts will be. You may remember EZ E telling us that the baby was planning to bring a 'real' car and scissors with her...he's since added a jackhammer to that list. Unfortunately (and thankfully for me) she won't be bringing a jackhammer or a real car with her (she is giving him scissors though...she's picking those up after she arrives). I'd like to get him these awesome flocked alphabet magnets that I saw in Living Etc and have been trying to find a complete set, but can't seem to find them anywhere. I think that Habitat sold them. Have any of you seen them before?

Backyard...


This log fence makes me wish we had our own backyard. BTW, the rest of the house (found via remodelista) is amazing.

Collected...


This wall of game boards in Douglas Copeland's house is genius. I've always loved the graphic quality of game boards and even have a few laying around the house. This is a great way to display a collection like this. Copeland has a number of other interesting collections that you can see here.

*found via dear ada

9.16.2009

Color combo...


I really like the color combo of this house. I found it via Hooked on Houses, a blog I'm totally 'hooked' on...especially her Movie Monday posts. Take a look here.

Flowery and fabulous...


As if we needed another reason to love Liberty, check out the outside of their store on Carnaby Street. You can read more about it here or here.

What I Wore Today...


What I Wore Today, started by Gemma Correll, is such a great idea. Gemma's image is above and the images below are from Emily Tu...

and Sarah McNeil...



*found via Pikaland.
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