{Music Monday} Crystal Fighters

urlI truly believe that these days most talented artists come from across the pond. The Beatles started the trend followed by the rocking Arctic Monkeys then Ellie Goulding and now the Crystal Fighters. Meet Sebastian, Gilbert, Graham, Andrea and Eleanor. They fill a new genre that the indie community likes to call Folktronica. A mix between acoustic-y guitar music and electronic dance synths. It’s fun and it’s even more fun to dance to. So check out Crystal Fighter’s single “You and I” below in their official music video.

Pretty Packaging for Nothing

Recently I sewed up to two handmade pouches, one for West’s teacher and another for a great friend that hit a landmark Bday.  Unfortunately, I spent too much time on the sewing, so when it came to wrapping in each instance I only had a couple of minutes to complete the task.

Lucky enough to have some brown packaging paper in the house I just made do..

Sewed up side and stole a flower from my outside blooming rose bush.  Lucky!

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Inside

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Bakers twine and a handmade tassel

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Dolly Dress Up

I had this cute doll set from Wu & Wu –  the set included the doll,  felt kimono, some floss and a needle. The kimono had some perforated holes on the side for young sewers.  All quite adorable except if I were to sew the kimono on little True would not be able to get it off without the help of scissors.  So,  with an hour to kill a little skirt and matching crochet top were made.

The skirt was made using lingerie elastic.  The crochet top was just 2 rows of Half Double Crochet followed by a series of crochet stitches going up then going down.  Single crochet, Half double, Double, 2 x Treble then back down.

My little Geisha Girl was starting to take on a definite boho vibe so I quickly tied a feather necklace around her neck to make the look complete.

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Do away with that tie!

I have a mess of curly frizzy hair.  I do not like my hair (I tried hard there not to use the word “hate”).  Basically I wear it up 95% of the time.  I do like the elastic hair ties that are out there but was always annoyed by the tie at the end that always end of fraying and that manages to always catch hairs.  So today I came up with an idea to make the whole thing a little prettier and much more seamless.  This is what I came up with.  I made a mini one for True Boo.

 

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Boho Desert Pouch

il_fullxfull.470271017_bvlgI’ve been on a whole Hippie vibe lately, I even made a Pinterest board dedicated solely to hippie love. Check it out here. So using some linen, leather and beads & things, I made this pouch with a cool wrap around closure.

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Go Wild!

I saw this great pin of a DIY version of the animal necklaces at Anthropologie.  She had done a great job of making up cheap little versions of the more expensive counterparts at Anthro.  I tried to find the pin again, but sadly failed :(

Anyway,  I had to come up with a craft to do at West’s school for his Bday and thought this would be more fun and stylish than the other typical kid crafts.  The idea is that they can hang them on their backpacks or jeans or wherever.  If it will really work with 22 6 year olds in another thing….

Before – sad

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After – yay!

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Organize Yo Self

In our small cottage I don’t like to stay organized – I HAVE to stay organized.  These little baskets in all shapes and sizes helps.  Really simpl to make you just have to make a lined bag and then add a gusset.  I love combining new and vintage fabrics :)

 

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Her Favorite Things

Tessa had to do a last assignment for high school (graduating in a month!) for her  Gender Studies class.  She absolutely loved the class and was given specific instructions to be creative and make something that expressed how she felt as a female.  Needless to say when I hear the word “creative” my mind switches into high gear.  She wanted to do something that represented her German background and the things that she grew to love while living the last 8 years here in the US.  So she put her graphic and sewing skills to good use and make this little pouch.  I love it because really each side is Truly Tess!

There is no limit what you can do with a little printable fabric.

 

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we added an detachable “hok.up” charm for good measure

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