Wednesday, March 31, 2010

the fashion diaper bag

i just made my first diaper bag! i had a custom order to create a diaper bag out of this floral fabric and green wool felt- it looks just like a regular oversized bag, really. it has three interior pockets and two 20" straps. i also whipped up a zipper pouch to match ::

i will be sewing like a crazy woman for the next month to get ready for portland's famous crafty wonderland show on may 1st and 2nd! so i'll be previewing some of my crafts and softgoods on my blog as fast as i can turn them out- stay tuned!

Monday, March 29, 2010

one year old!

my blog turned one-year-old the other day! i've been so busy that i missed the big day, oops.
thanks to everyone who has shared this journey with me- it's been more fun than i ever thought it would be and i've made some wonderful online friends.
here's to another year in cyberspace!
photo by butaho

Friday, March 26, 2010


what a beautiful image, yes? in the etsy shop description it says:

“Deep in my heart I'm concealing things that I'm longing to say.
Scared to confess what I'm feeling - frightened you'll slip away.”

lovely. art by mizaru.

have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

vintage ephemera

i adore the vintage style of these postcards by john derian company. and i equally love the word ephemera. i actually had to look up the exact definition because it was, to me, somewhat mysterious. according to, ephemera can be defined as: "transitory things". mmm... that kind of makes me swoon a little. mysterious indeed.

another, more precise definition of ephemera is "publications that are designed to be short-lived." postcards fall under this category because they are meant to be read once and likely never used again.

visit the john derian company website for lots more vintage-y goodness.

Friday, March 19, 2010

le sac orange

i made this bag last december for a charity auction at a craft show and it was so popular that i had three requests to make more that same night. i finally finished filling the orders- what do you think? the orange fabric is a very nice "melange tweed" from maharam, which is actually an upholstery fabric but it really works for the purse, no?

the fabric i used for the sides was a robert kaufman print, i think. it just happened to match the orange perfectly.

the fabric flower is sewn on and embellished with a brushed gold button. this is a very happy purse! it's funny that i dreamed this up and put it together in about 48 hours and it turned out to be one of my more successful pieces. does that mean i do my best work under a deadline? perhaps. :)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

she wore a frock of frolic green

this morning at coffee shop ::
girl at coffee counter :: good morning! are you wearing green? where's your green?
me :: (bleary-eyed, still wearing my pink pajama top under a coat) uh... huh? oh, oops.
coffee girl :: you better go put on something green!
me :: oh, okay. i just need my coffee first.

happy st. patrick's day!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

new american propaganda

i LOVE this artwork by portland artist Joe Wirtheim. he calls it "new american propaganda". and it definitely promotes positive messages for a new age ::

now this is propaganda i can support!
visit joe's etsy shop at

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

time flies

is 2010 flying by or what? i can't believe it's only march 10th- 10 more days until spring! i just love to see the flowers blooming all over portland lately. and i'm looking forward to longer days, warmer weather, and getting out of the apartment more often. what are you looking foward to?
photo by tina crespo

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

my vintage etsy outfit

all pulled from the "vintage" category on etsy.

necklace from echos of stars
shoes from decades
dress from vera vague

Sunday, March 7, 2010

new invitation design- "vintage western"

introducing the "vintage western" wedding invitation suite!

i chose to use the candy-colors again to draw attention to the "carnival" feel of the design. but, as always, the colors can easily be modified to suit any bride's taste.

the suite includes a pocketfold invitation, an rsvp insert, information insert, mailing envelope, and custom name tab closure.

visit my paper + pinafore shop on etsy to see all of my wedding paper designs!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

new invitation design- "carnival stripes"

i've just added two new invitation designs to my wedding shoppe, paper + pinafore! this is the "carnival stripes" wedding invitation suite. what do you think?

i chose a bright colorway of pinks and aqua- perfect for summer weddings. {although the colors can be modified to fit any bride's wedding theme.}

the invitation suite includes the invitation in a pocketfold envelope, an RSVP insert, an Info insert, mailing envelope, and a cute little name tab closure on the front.

visit my paper+ pinafore shop to see all of the designs! and if you refer me to any bride or groom, make sure they mention your referral and i'll send you a special gift!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

happy day to me

yay for my birthday! it's not raining in portland, so that means it's a wonderful day! i just got back from feeding a stray kitty {the same one whose kittens i helped rescue last fall} and boy, was she hungry. so i'm feelin' pretty good. it's the little things that matter, right?