now accepting september sponsors!

Category: guest bloggers | August 25th, 2011

i’ve thought about this for forever and i feel that this is a great opportunity! through sponsorship i hope to bring even more to my readers, and at the same time help promote other businesses/blogs. check here for more details.

***bonus: the first 3 people to email me about sponsoring will get half off! what? sounds like a good deal to me!
***extra bonus: sponsor PLC and get a free bow headband! (i have lots of colors to choose from) :)

mix and match this spring~guest post

Category: guest bloggers | April 11th, 2011

i have a lovely guest post today from miss meryl! i am excited to share her knowledge on fashion and mixing and matching patterns. i love when people do this and especially when they feel confident in their outfits. i need to work on this!

For the past couple years, designers and fashionistas alike have turned the mixed prints look from faux pas to in vogue. This can be a hard look to master, but when done right you get beautiful pops of color, the likes of which spring has never seen. Mixing prints is a great way to stand out this season, so look your best with these tips on how to make prints sing a beautiful spring tune.

Prints by Color Scheme

If you are looking for some balance without giving up the fun, try getting into the pattern groove with matching color scheme throughout your outfit. By picking different prints with the unification of the same shades, you are able to produce an attention-grabbing outfit without being too matchy-matchy.
Make a statement this spring by coordinating two bold prints in like colors. Proenza Schouler showed off this striking number keeping the harmonious colors from head to toe. You could also do this with a more subdued look, introducing a monochromatic look. By keeping the colors exactly the same, you are able to get the same bold effect by using louder prints.

Working with a tight color palette enables you to play with scale of prints and type you are working with. By keeping the same colors you can go wild; mixing stripes with animal print, florals with polka dots.

Scale your prints
The best way to mix prints, without being an eye sore is to choose similar patterns in different sizes. Take polka dots for example. Pairing a big, bold, polka dot print tunic with smaller scale dots will give you an effortless look that is both flirty and fun for spring. This is definitely the way to go when you are new to the print mixing trend, and you can go as simple or as crazy as you want.

Keeping the Pattern

This is one of the hottest ways to mix patterns this Spring. Keeping the same scaled pattern, but utilizing them in different colors is great for adding depth, without going too extravagant. This technique can be easily thrown together with pieces you probably already have. Plaids have been a staple in closets for years, and are always in style.

here are some more mix and matching that i’m loving!

[all photos from here and here]

Meryl Fulinara is a freelance fashion writer and pop culture junkie. As one of the editors of a fashion careers blog, Meryl specializes in all things beauty-related. From designer profiles to careers in fashion, Meryl loves to write and explore all facets of style. With her love of art and all things fashionable, she delights in sharing her sense of style from her closet to your computer monitor.

thanks Meryl for the good advice! i am definitely inspired. now i want to see everyone out there mixing their patterns. you should send pics and i can post them! ready…go!

sponsor spotlight: live, love, craft

Category: guest bloggers | March 14th, 2011

here is another sponsor for you lovely readers. she is super cute and getting an early start on this blogging/crafting world! that takes some guts. :) meet alyssa from live, love, craft! learn a little about herself and go visit her blog!

tell us a little bit about yourself:
I am 13, homeschooled, and I love crafts! I spend my free time playing with my brothers or friends, crafting, and reading blogs!

what’s the story behind live, love, craft?
The story of my blog is pretty short. I had been reading a LOT of thrifty, crafty, and decorating blogs, and I thought the idea was great! I already had a blog I started a few years ago (I don’t know why… I never used it!) and suddenly it struck me, I should make a crafting blog! I had been doing a lot of crafts, so I figured it would be a good idea. I changed my blog’s name and when I saw Kristen’s post about free advertising and took advantage of it! (by the way thank you so much for that Kristen!!)

what inspires you?
Jesus, Family, Friends, pretty pictures, nature, and blogs!

what’s your favorite part about your blog?
I have fun blogging and it’s a great way to meet new people and share ideas!

what’s the most challenging part?
You have to blog a LOT. If you don’t crank out tutorials and posts, you’re going to go no where!

any advice for others who want to start a blog?
Use linky parties and comment. That is how you are going to get yourself out there!

any special goals you have set?
I would like to feature epic crafts, share some tutorials, and share ideas and advice!

just for fun: what’s something that most people don’t know about you?
Hmm… I don’t know. I guess that I really don’t like sewing! The only reason I sew is because of my dad. He said that the more you do something, the better you do, and the better you do, the more you like it! I really want to be able to sew cool things and enjoy myself, so I sew!

thanks alyssa! keep it up girlie! you’ll be crafting and blogging all the time (besides school work, family and Jesus time) before you know it! ;) i’m excited to see what the future holds for ya! happy monday everyone!

peace and love

simply bags-embroidered totes

Category: guest bloggers | March 11th, 2011

summer is coming up and that means beach time….which means you need a cute beach tote!! right? yes! and why not get it personalized with some quality embroidery. even better! simply-bags is offering a great selection of beach totes! so many colors and styles! (i love seeing penelope’s name written out) i was given this super cute bag as a gift, and can’t wait to use it!

here are some other cute one! (there are so many more!)

“Beach fashion… Hot fresh summer designs for fun in the sun.” they have a lot of other types of bags as well. go check them out!! simply-bags

had to throw in a pic of her on her fav pillow. too cute. pretty sure i can fit her in her bag. ;) thank you simply-bags! such great embroidery, quality, selection, and service! love it. happy friday!

peace and love

guest post: Toyota Home Sewing

Category: guest bloggers | March 11th, 2011

attention sewers: i have another lovely guest post from Toyota Home Sewing. Toyota manufacturer and supply quality sewing machines and sewing machine accessories for home use. this time they share some tips on how to save some time with that nifty sewing machine of yours.

Save Time with Sewing Machine Accessories

When you have a need to save time when sewing, you have a wide range of sewing machine accessories from which to choose. In fact, even if saving time is not your main concern, but being able to do a job properly that you find difficult to do normally, then an appropriate accessory can often help you to achieve perfection.

Take the elastic gathering accessory, for example. Many machine sewers, men or women, find it difficult to properly gather elastic so that it stretches evenly around the garment. An elastic gathering attachment makes this difficult job very easy to carry out. Other foot attachments, such as an adjustable hem seam guide, can make a whole host of sewing jobs suddenly become as close to automatic as they can get.

Among the most useful sewing machine accessories is the hemming foot. This tool cuts a huge proportion of sling sewing time as you no longer have to stop and fold hems while sewing (or even more time consuming – resort to ironing the hem).

Speaking of visibility – you can get a light attachment sewing machine accessory that attaches to the body of the machine and that has a flexible arm that will throw light on any area of your stitching that you want. This is great to give to full visibility when lighting conditions are less than optimal, or where shadows are spoiling your view.

Other time-saving sewing machine accessories are portable tables that you can set up to hold your work horizontal with the machine so have a much larger work area.  Another advantage of that is that when piecing fabrics you can get all the pieces laid out on the table first. A table also helps to avoid the fabric pulling on the needle and disrupting the stitch or creating uneven stitching, particularly when quilting (a wide throat machine is best for quilting).

There are many other sewing machine accessories available, but when thinking of them don’t forget the essentials. Let’s finish with a couple of essential tips:

First, make sure that you use the best thread you can for the job, and try to match the thread with what you are sewing.  You will need a strong thread for denim, while silk will look better with a lighter less obvious thread. Next the needle: don’t just use the same needle for everything as many do. Use a good sturdy needle for denim, and again with silk, you should use a fine needle that won’t tear the fabric or create visible holes.

Finally, if you sew professionally or semi-professionally, then you may want to consider a serging machine. A serger usually comes as part of the machine, but it sure allows you sew faster by sewing the seam and finishing the edge at the same time.

Oh! – I nearly forgot the most important of all sewing machine accessories for you busy machinists:  a headset for your phone! Saves you switching it off, and you can take calls while sewing!

*thanks Toyota!! that’s some good information there. i need to get me some of those accessories. although i do have a serger…and can’t figure out the tension correctly so it looks horrible. must get on that!

peace and love