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Party Must-Have: Confetti Bunting by Engel

confetti bunting

confetti bunting

I am pretty sure that if you hang these retro fabric confetti buntings, they would be a hit with your party guests as much as the giant balloons of two weeks ago.

Since they seem to only be available in The Netherlands and in United Kindgom, you may consider making your own with your fabric leftovers.

Confetti Bunting € 16,50 at Engel
+ Confetti Bunting £18 at The Balcony Gardener


LookBook: Geometric Orange At Your Table

retro orange and blue

It is no secret that I love orange as much as I love modern style. I like so much the clean lines of the city tea towel that I present you to way to mix geometric patterns with it.

Option 1

retro orange and blue

Shown here: City Series Tea Towel $22 USD at Lekker Home | Blocks Fabric from Melinki Two collection by Scion (part of Harlequin Group) |  Circa Aqua Bowl $9.95 USD at Crate and Barrel

Option 2

retro orange inspired table linens

Shown here: City Series Tea Towel $22 USD at Lekker Home | Studio Oh! Heavyweight Paper Placemats $19.99 USD at | Atom Art Bowl $8 USD at Anthropologie

Which board do you prefer?


New Amy Butler’s Solstice Travel Bag Collection

solstice traveler bag collection by amy butler

solstice traveler bag collection by amy butler

Amy Butler launched Solstice, her third collection of fashion handbags and luggage from Kalencom. The Solstice collection is available in a softer palette. Amy took her inspirations from the graceful silver engravings on decorative doors and archways, elaborate stone carvings, fanciful scrollwork and drops of rain on lotus ponds that she saw while visiting India and Bali.

solstice collection :: honeysuckle tote by amy butler

I featured the Take Flight traveler bag (top left) and the Honeysuckle tote (bottom left). They could be just what you need to travel in style this Holiday season.

+  Solstice Travel Bags and Handbags by Amy Butler for Kalencom.

BABY products FAMILY

Beautiful Bibs by Oktak Mini | Etsy Finds

reversible large bib by oktakmini bird and red stripes

reversible large bib by oktakmini bird and red stripes

I bought several pouches from Oktak, the brand of Aki Takada, a Japanese bag designer who lives in Manhattan. Aki has launched an Etsy store for baby stuff called Oktak Mini. Like for her coin purses, pouches and clutches, her fabric choice is awesome.

reversible large bib cars

The small and large bibs would make baby shower gift that parents will appreciate since you need a few ones.

reversible small bib fork and spoon

+ Large bib – bird and red stripes $12.50 USD on Etsy
+ Reversible large bib – cars $12
+ Reversible small bib – spoons and forks on light blue $14


Amy Butler’s Style Stitches

amy butler's style stitches :: sewing book for handbags, purses and bags

amy butler's style stitches :: sewing book for handbags, purses and bags

Fans of Amy Butler will be happy to know that she published a new sewing book. Style Stitches proposes 12 easy ways to make 26 wonderful bags. The book explains to you how to customize and tweak each bag to let your own style shine. There’s a wide range of great projects, from chic clutches, coin purses and wristlets to modern hobo bags and cool reversible totes.

amy butler's style stitches details

As you can see the projects covered on her book are diversified. If you are a sewer or have a girl friend who enjoy sewing, this would be a great addition to your book collection. As a bonus when you buy the book on Amy Butler’s web site, you get a signed copy by Amy. Otherwise, the book is available at a book store near you and on Amazon.

+ Amy Butler’s Style Stitches $29.95 USD with a signed copy
+ Amy Butler’s Style Stitches $19.95 at [affiliate link]


Avril Loreti’s Mixer Totes and Cocktail Napkins | Etsy Finds

i heart mixers tote by avril loreti

i heart mixers tote by avril loreti

I featured today Avril Loreti, who is living in  Toronto, for my Etsy Finds column. She designed modern home decor and accessories with a playful “wink”. Avril makes cute kitchen theme shopping totes. It probably cut my eyes because it depicts the Empire red Kitchenaid mixer that is on my wish list. She printed her I heart Mixers illustration on a Bull Denim Woven Cotton Tote from American Apparel. If you do not like the red, you can specify which of the 7 other colors you want for the mixer.

cocktail napkins by avril loreti

Avril also makes white fabric napkins. It could be fun to play name the designer or the chair at cocktail parties. Or you can go with her Many Mixers Cocktail napkins.

+ I heart Mixers Tote – Red by Avril Loreti $29 USD on etsy
+ Designer Chairs Cocktail Napkins by Avril Loreti $52 for a set of 8
+ Many Mixers Cocktail Napkins $26 for 4, $52 for 8 at goodEGG Industries
+ Avril Loreti


Give Luck. Give Love. Give Joy.

gift love fabric gift wrap at chewing the cud

gift luck fabric gift wrap by chewing the cud

Chewing The Cud has a collection of fabric gift wraps with lovely messages. Give Luck seems to be only available in blue. It is a shame since I like it in yellow.

gift love fabric gift wrap at chewing the cud

The yellow and grey pattern of Give Love is freshly modern. This is probably my favorite.

gift joy fabric gift wrap at chewing the cud

The fuschia and lime pencil drawing style of Give Joy will appeal to recipients of all ages.

Each 28×28 inches fabric wrap costs $12. They are slightly smaller than the traditional 90 cm square furoshiki, which means that you will probably not be able to carry two bottles with a single cloth. But otherwise, you should be able to wrap a fair amount of items.

+ Fabric wraps at Chewing The Cud $12 USD


Retro Mama’s Sewing Projects: Easter Eggs, Pincushions and Plush

learn how to sew your own fabric easter eggs :: tutorial by retro mama

learn how to sew your own fabric easter eggs :: tutorial by retro mama

Kim Kruzich of Retro Mama wrote an well-documented tutorial that will teach you how to make your own Fabric Easter eggs. She provided useful tips to make this sewing project a success. If you make your own, share your photos on her Flickr group.

More Sewing Patterns

pear pincushion and owl softies sewing pattern by retro mama on etsy

Kim also has an etsy shop where she sells her creations and her sewing patterns. I particularly like her pear pincushions and the super adorable owl softies. She has a great eye to style her product photos.

+ Fabric Easter Egg Tutorial on Retro Mama
+ PDF Sewing Pattern for Plush Pear Pincushion, Ornament, and Pillow by Retro Mama $10 USD on Etsy
+ PDF Sewing Pattern Stella and Stewart Owl Softies by Retro Mama $8 USD on Etsy
+ via My Design Folder


New Amy Butler Fashion and Travel Bags for Kalencom

fashion travel bags by amy butler for Kalencom

Fans of Amy Butler who are week-end travelers or who often take a-week vacation under the sun would be thrilled by this news. You can get a fabulous carry-ons designed by Amy Butler. As usual, the patterns are divine.

I would love to get a navy Dream Traveler-Sari Flowers for Christmas. Sadly, the Graceful Traveler-Fuschia Tree that is on wheels is too big to bring to the cabin of an airplane. Other travel essentials are the carried-away everything bags that come handy to bring your beauty products and makeup.

fashion bags by amy butler for Kalencom

The fashion bags are big enough to carry all your stuff across the city. The Josephine bag or the Abina tote would suit the needs of a creative business woman, a mother or a fashionable university student.

See the entire Amy Butler for Kalencom collection here.

+ Dream Traveler – Sari Flowers $260 USD
+ Abina tote $180 USD
+ Josephine Bag $160 USD
+ Carried-away bags $22-$42 USD


Housewarming Gift Ideas for the Cook and the Hostess

gift ideas for cooks hostess :: housewarming gift ideas

Cooking is enjoyed by both men and women. It is not that rare to see couples who enjoy cooking together. For them, it may be more appropriate to use gender neutral kitchen linen. One collection that is elegantly simple is Fog Linen Work available at DWR and other selected retailers across the States and in Canada.

Japanese designer Yumiko Sekine uses raw linen from Lithuania to create, what I feel, are timeless products. One exception is the brown leather pot holder. So if you have friends who just moved in a new house, grap a garcon apron and a cafe aprons or wrap a few place mats with napkins. Sekine says that her Pot Cover keeps her teapot warm for 30 minutes but results may vary with your own teapot.

You can also buy them nice carafes. My favorite ones are the affordable Vaso Carafe and the sleek Black Glass Pitcher with his gorgeous seamless matte finish. The shape of the Vaso carafes could come handy if you do a Mad Scientist Halloween party.

Remember that you get 15% off the regular price at Design Within Reach until October 13th, 2009. I noted below the regular price.

+ Fog Linen Napkin $14 USD
+ Fog Linen Place Mat $16
+ Fog Linen Garcon Apron $70
+ Fog Linen Cafe Apron $55
+ Fog Linen Leather Pot Holder $24
+ Fog Linen Pot Cover $46
+ Vaso Carafe med $25 large $38


Birds in a Tree Decor for a Nursery

handsewn bird mobile by spool sewing

You recalled the fabulous mobile birds created by Spool Sewing that I showcased last March. I just realized that they would look awesome next to the Season Surface Graphics by notNeutral. Made of removable and reusable vinyl, the Season wall decals can stay with your kid up to the preschool years.

Wall Decals

season graphics by notneutral

Build you own tree or small forest with the tree trunk parts, leaves, flowers, birds and butterflies of the Season Surface Graphics set. If you wish to create a complete natural backdrop, you could save some money by getting the Seasons & Elements package from notNeutral. That package joins the tree, air and land wall decal sets.

Stretched Art

Birds in a Tree Canvas by Rachel Taylor for oopsy daisy :: bird mobile by spool sewing

You could also match the mobile birds with art pieces. The San Diego studio Oopsy daisy specializes in fine art for kids. They print on canvas adorable and modern illustrations by many artists from around the world. “Birds in a tree” is a common theme. Let the color and pattern of the wall art piece influence the fabrics you will use to create your mobile birds.

stretched art for kids from oopsy daisy

The bird mobile is a fairly easy hand-sewing project. Making these birdies takes is 2 pieces of fabric, a needle and thread. Think of a modern quilt and mix fabrics. You will find the instructions on the blog of Spool Sewing.

+ Misty Blue Bird pattern by Spool Sewing
+ Seasons & Elements Complete Set $120 USD
+ Birds in a Tree Canvas Reproduction by Rachel Taylor $138 USD
+ Green Bird Postage Stamp Wall Art by Paula Prass
+ Petite Fruit Tree Canvas Reproduction $108 USD