I’m a Sucker for Floral Fabric

It must be the fact that I grew up in Laura Ashley 80s that I have a thing for floral fabrics.  Do you remember Gunne Sax dresses?  Or Leslie Lucks dresses?  We weren’t rich enough for Leslie Lucks.  What about those floral jumpers with the big Peter-Pan collars–were those hot where you grew up?  Thank goodness I never fell for that trend, due in part that there was never one long enough shoulder-to-crotch to fit my 5’11″, 115-pound body.  I mean, a floral romper might look good on a baby–but a teenage gangloid with glasses and a gummy smile?

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So, yeah, the vintage floral on this pillow makes this granny happy when I’m in the studio.

And just in case you were hankering for a vintage floral romper, Etsy’s got your flower-strewn back.

romper

Diaphanous Vintage

And, hey, I’m participating in a MyColor paint party this week with four other design bloggers!  I will post my paint project on Tuesday the 9th–I hope you’ll swing by.

Midsummer Night’s Dream

My friend Chris has connections with fairies and magic and charms–I’m sure of it.  Her daughters’ highly-anticipated birthday party this summer lured fairies from undercover to flit across twilight lawns.

I know my daughter was excited to attend this Shakespeare-inspired affair, but I cannot imagine that she was more excited than I…because I was pretty darn aflutter.  Chris knows how to throw a party–it is one of her God-given talents.  Folks, the party’s approach actually motivated me to fire up the glue gun and, gasp, stitch for my daughter’s costume.  Chris is a miracle worker.

She thought of every detail…fairy dust in tiny glass vials, twinkling garden lights, sequins and glitter, toadstools, lanterns and love potion served in moss-covered goblets, pathways strewn with rose petals, and a magically rosy sunset.  She apparently controls the weather, too.  And, their family’s beautiful estate provided the perfect background.

I won’t tell you how many vegan lavender-glazed lemon sugar cookies I ate. (Five.)

Fairies have mamas, right?  My fairy does.

And her fairy mama also has a set of wings.


It was such a gorgeous evening.  The party of all parties.  So quintessentially Chris.  We were honored to be guests in the atmosphere of lavish creativity.
Now I’m just waiting for the next excuse I have to don my fairy wings.

(Want to see her Valentine’s Day party and a tour of her house?)

Matching Clothes…We’re Those People

Remember this skirt?  I figured I’d get more wearability out of it if it were shorter.  So, reciting the three Rs, I had the excess made into a dress for my daughter.  She’s 7 now so there is no time to spare before the opportunity to dress alike passes me by…like before she refuses with utter mortification.

She and I had a hair appointment together recently–just what I thought having a daughter would be like.  (And, she is also perfecting those looks of why are you ruining my life–just in case you thought it was all hugs and giggles.)  We’re loving the pink!

And, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that this skirt is also of TPH avatar fame–drawn by Violet at Creative Devolution.

How cool is that?  I’m doing that very dance right now as I type…

Boots for Boys & More

Aren’t fun boy clothes hard to find?  I mean, how many stripe shirts can one kid wear?  And shoes are no different.  So when I spotted these li’l cowboy boots just the size for my baby, well, I had to.  Oh, and they’re metallic, baby, yeehaw!

Livie & Luca:

I’m also a fan of Morgan & Milo for boys.  I just picked up a pair of watermelon-hued Morgan & Milo velcro sneakers for him on clearance.  These are also cute for those seeking less fruity colors:

See Kai Run also has fun designs for boys:

[all the above can be found on Piperlime]

And did you know that you can design your own Converse sneakers online?  My 8 year old came up with this:

Now that’s what I’m talking about.  I also have to remember that any plain-Jane shoe can also be jazzed up with colored laces.

Let’s hear it for the boys!

Making a Spectacle of Myself

When someone gave us tickets to Night of Spectacles-an eyewear fashion event benefiting Georgia’s Lion Lighthouse Foundation–I started thinking about what I should wear.  Of course.  The evening traditionally begins with a fashion show of garments designed by SCAD fashion design students, who compete for a scholarship that is awarded later in the night.  The garments are unique in that each student must incorporate discarded eyewear lenses.  Well, I adore playing dress up so I thought it would be fun to put together my own spectacles-inspired spectacle for the evening.  Because sometimes a LBD is a little boring.

My friend Sonya made the skirt and black sash for me from this fun Kokka fabric.  The girl is talented with a sewing machine, and we did the whole thing via email and text messages.  I found the bodysuit at American Apparel and had my dry cleaners alter the long sleeves into short ones (by the way, it has been decades since I’ve worn a onesie and I feared that at any moment someone was going to flip me on my back and try to change my diaper).

The benefit was held at Mason Murer, an art gallery and event venue.  I battled it out with “Heather” on a silent auction item, admired the SCAD-designed jewelry from discarded eyewear, and spotted the Luke Allsbrook paintings on the wall.  A fun night.

Wouldn’t you know that my Target necklace got a lot of attention?  Now don’t be snobby…I didn’t select it from the ones hanging on the wall in the jewelry department, but I chose it among the jewels within the glass case.  Meaning, I had to summon someone to fetch it for me.  It is just that nice.  Thank you, Target.

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