Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Trending: Tangerine Tango for the fall

 Costello Tagliapietra and Jonathan Saunders

This past week I guest blogged at the Etsy NY Team's blog.  Above are some runway pics. I love the orange plaid dress! So cute and perfect for fall weather with a pair of boots.

I wrote of Tangerine Tango which is the pantone color of the year. How to wear this bright orange for fall and especially someone with my coloring, irish polish white skin with blonde hair. This is a tough color to pull off. However, some of the orange boots I found are awesome! And mixing this orange with navy is always a winner.

For more, visit the post here. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Taking a poll. What clothing repairs do you need?

So I am working on new class development.  I receive alot of requests from students who want to learn how to hem pants or sew a button. I am always surprised to hear this request but I have learned it can cost MONEY in NYC to have pants hemmed, starting at $10.00.

So tell me what clothing repairs do you need done all the time? Hole in the jeans? Hems? Ripped seams? Broken zippers? What do you wish you can fix on your own?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Student Spotlight: Jillian from Burdastyle

Jillian at 3rdward

Happy Monday! I just learned that a past sewing student has finally posted the blog post she was working on in my class. Jillian, who is an employee at Burdastyle, took my Sewing 101 at 3rdward in Bushwick this past Spring. Personally I was a tad nervous having someone from Burdastyle take my class where I taught a bag from Burdastyle.  What is Burdastyle you ask?   Well it is an online community for sewing and sewing enthusiasts.  You can buy a pattern, download a free pattern, post your projects and today I learned they are now linked to etsy so you can sell the item you made from the pattern you received from Burdastyle.

Jillian was in a great class. Every student took a different take on the Charlie Bag which when made reversible I call the Samantha Bag. These are great grocery bags but also all day bags.  I use mine as a purse and to carry my laptop. I also sell them in my etsy shop.

Here is a link to Jillian's post.

Ramell did a denim and contrast fabric for pocket

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Trending: Faux wood, Faux Bois

Sonya Winner at
Well faux wood grain.  Faux Bois is the French word referring to the imitation of wood or wood grain. Apparently the latest thing. Little did I know when we received this fabric at Purl and I thought about it for 2 hours then bought 3 yards. Hmmm.....table runner, skirt, napkins....will look perfect next to our faux bois wall paper. I guess our wall paper technically is not faux bois but faux bois inspired.
Cole and Son
Wall paper in a box just needing to be unrolled and hung.  But the new fabric I am in love with.

Midnight Twig from Martha Negley

Elle Decor this month has listed faux bois under the trend alert.  Do you need some wood in your home? 
Gus Modern

I think the tables might be my favorite. I always have loved the idea of a round table. It seems so much more inviting and communal.  If investing in a table is too much of a plunge you can always add the pillows. Here are some fabrics being offered with some faux bois.  And don't feel just because these are home dec fabrics you need to make pillows. Make a tote or a nice utilitarian skirt for the fall. What else would you make with these fabrics?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Tutorial - How to sew a button

Stop paying people to sew a button for you and do it yourself. DIY.

Check out my guest blog on the Etsy NY Team blog today: How to sew a button.

Homer and I wish you a Happy Monday and have a great week!

Homer sitting in Andy's chair while we work on our blog post this morning. 


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Celebrate Brooklyn ends Saturday


Celebrate Brooklyn, the movie and music in Prospect Park, is coming to a close tonight with Lyle Lovett.  Myself along with 15 other Etsy NY crafters and designers have been selling in the General Merchandise Booth. If you haven't had a chance to stop by these are some of the sellers you've been missing out on:

Check out this treasury on etsy.


Bugged Out
portion of proceeds goes towards MS research

Be in the Moment

Pure Spa2
vegan bug sprays, huge seller at the park

Hazel Village  
organic cotton toys

double sided reversible jewelry
Pepper Press

Tracey Toole

Faune Yerby
truly an artist, her objects are fantastic!

Hook and Matter


Louise Cozzi Fischer

Brooklyn Owl

City Bitz
great wedding party gifts

If you didn't get a chance to stop by our booth at CBK just click on the treasury which will link you to each of our shops!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Flower Inspirations

Soiree Floral in Nantucket, also serving CT and NYC
Summer is in high gear and my garden is finally starting to bloom! My little dahlias and cosmos make me so happy.  I cut maybe 4 or 5 at a time, place them around the house. Sometimes just one bud in a simple old blue jar I found at my Uncle's house.   But I wanted to share with you some floral arrangement photos that I find inspiring.

Soiree Floral what a cute idea!

I have to say I am partial to Soiree Floral in Nantucket. Dawn the owner and creative director is simply awesome and they did our flowers and tables for our wedding. Here are a couple photos from our wedding taken by Claudia Kronenberg Photography.
cranberry branches

Australian flowers

I really like using vintage jars for vases. 

The below pic is from Martha Stewart on facebook. Love how they use bark adhered to a terra cotta pot. What a great idea!

Martha Stewart using bark on a terra cotta pot
From Little Flower School blog in Brooklyn
I discovered this wonderful gem of a blog thru google...gotta love it.
 These 2 gals are in Brooklyn and their classes sell out at the Botanical Garden so quickly. Maybe some day I will get in on time. I love the wild but perfectly placed Marie Antoinette look of this arrangement.

The below pic comes from Tea on the Terrace in England. 

And a shot of my own handi work from the garden.

zinnias from seed

What are your favorite flowers to grow? This is my first season growing "cutting" flowers.  I look forward to the sunflowers to pop out. I planted a few types of different sizes and colors.  Can't wait to place them in a vase with some pink cosmos and zinnias!