What is it about cupcakes that makes them so darn cute? Although we are no longer six years old, there is still this desire to enjoy a tiny frosted cake. It’s time we move beyond the can of frosting and sprinkles to a more sophisticated version of cute, however. I recently came across this blog cupcake bakeshop that shows us how to do just that. The little cakes look so yummy and the photography is really beautiful.
I am obsessed with this pompom rug! I found it on craftypod, a podcast blog written by Sister Diane of the Church of Craft. She posts weekly audio podcasts with craft tutorials and interviews with crafters, authors and such. Check it out, she features some really awesome projects. I really wish these were videos though! Especially for the tutorials.
Found via love forever.
Check out Susie Bubble’s DIY instructions for creating your own “puff” skirt. You’ll need a full circle skirt and some ribbons! If you do it just so, the skirt might even look cool both ways, with the puffs and untied with the ribbons just hanging. If you don’t know Susie already, check her out. Her blog is definitely one of my favorites for fashion.
Miss the Bust Holiday Craftacular? This weekly video blog, the pink of perfection, has some moving pictures to share featuring interviews with both Bust magazine staff and crafters! I don’t know how she managed to film this. It was a total madhouse in there. Any way, check out the site. She also features other fashion craftiness and lots of food too.
FYI, found this site via love forever…
Found these images on what you make it (see below entry) by artist Lisa Solomon. She makes these installations using hand crocheted doilies and detailed drawings. They look so intricate. Pretty amazing.
Lisa’s work reminded me of some pieces we used for our Free People store fall display. The display team hand crocheted these enormous doilies from enormous yarn balls (you can see the yarn balls on the floor in the photo). The picture above is in the lobby of the FP home office.
Check out this “online art zine of sorts” called What You Make It. This is the second issue and is even better than the first. (The first issue introduced me to wardrobe remix, however) This issue covers some really inspiring artists and crafters and has a cool feature on holiday shopping. It also introduces a book called “By Hand” that looks especially interesting. Before I give it all away, see for yourself!
Have you ever found the most perfect pair of boots on a website, and then gone back later to find them and spent, like half an hour trying to find that same website. Or maybe you tend to save your choice shopping sites under the “Favorites” column on your toolbar, and now there’s about a million and you have no idea why they’re there. There are a few tools out there to get your shopping lists in order, and serve as a kind of “social networking” with myspace-like features.
I have found the most basic of these sites to be wists. Here you can save pictures of the things you covet and tag them with categories that will help you find them easily.
This other site that I like is stylehive created with the purpose of “amplifying the buzz factor” of online shoppping. I like searching by what’s “popular” for that day, week, month, to see what products are getting some “buzz”. Stylehive also has a good blog for discovering what’s new on the web.
And my favorites of this breed of sites is thisnext. This site offers the most ways to personalize your lists and have a real identity. On this site it is easy to discover people with similar interests as you, and then learn about new products/websites that they have discovered. Let me know if anyone has any tips for discovering new trends through these sites!
Whowhatweardaily has called out our jewel toned flats as the perfect satin ballet flats if your name is not Kate, Lindsay or Sarah Jessica. The site is actually kind of cool. You can submit questions to find out what celebrities were wearing what and where. And they have a stylist you can question to find more personal fashion advice. I like their tagline…”We don’t care about who you’re dating or if you eat. We only care about what you wear.” I know I , for one, do care IF people eat, but I’m glad there’s a celebrity site that’s not discussing it constantly…
Remember that song in girlscouts? Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the…Anyway, blogging has connected us with some new friends, as well as a few we were already quite fond of. Just wanted to thank all of them for the support. Happy exploring…
An artist’s blog…she says, “Change is only one brush stroke, one word, one painted chair, one cut up magazine away.”
To find some girlie designer goodness…and she’s from Philly.
An inspired lover of fashion and art…and she does really cool illustrations.
“A visual filtration of ideas + aesthetics + amusement.” Yes.
Features home and product design, and she has some real good taste.
A good friend of the free people crew. I think the word “seamsters” says enough.
Etsy is a really cool website. It’s like ebay in that the site can host your business and provide the necessary structure for selling your goods. The difference is Etsy is completely dedicated to promoting hand made craftacular wares. One way I like to find out about great artiists and crafters is to check the featured seller. The site profiles the artist/designer/crafter with a bio and funny interview questions. The current featured seller is cricketpress, a husband and wife screenprinting duo. (Their cards pictured above) Etsy is the perfect place to do some holiday shopping and support small businesses. (Oh, and you can shop the site by color…neat.)