Minted Spring Event

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Good morning, mah dears!  It's time for the Spring Event at Minted! Until Monday, March 16, you can receive 15% off all Wall Art and Baby & Kids Products!  I'm currently curating art work for the house my husband and I are renovating, so I've got my eye on several pieces from Minted's Limited Edition Art Prints.  Head on over and check out all the amazing options. Use code HAPPYSPRING to get 15% off your purchase.

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Winterizing A Sleeveless Dress

Thursday, March 5, 2015

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NEW DIY | How to Make a Sequin Statement Top

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Should you fancy a fling with theatrical impact, using some sequin strand to make a statement top will get the ball rolling. Sequins always make the overall effect a little bolder. If your top is super soft, like this sweater, using a harder textured sequin will play against the sugary sweetness. I was wanting to use #LOVE, but opted for hello instead. No matter the statement you choose, it will be the perfect balance of touch and tender--a dramatic mix of gold dazzle against a soft cream canvas. 


what you need green
--blank top
--needle and thread
--one spool sequin strand ribbon like this from Joann Fabrics


WHAT YOU DO green 
1.  With top on, mark the top and bottom of where you want the letters to be. I used some embroidery thread to do this and made my letters long and skinny. My statement is abouut 4 inches tall.
2.  Pull several sequins off the end of strand to leave a 1-2 inch tail. Tie a knot to keep remaining sequins from falling off. 
3.  Lay sequin strand flat on top at starting letter marker. Using a knotted needle and thread, pull thread from inside to outside and return needle to inside over sequin strand. Pull taught but not too tight to prevent puckering. Repeat this step about every other sequin to attach strand to top. The thread should pull under the sequin to remain invisible. 


4.  Using initial markings as a guide, continue looping and tacking letters to complete full statement. If you run out of thread, pull to inside and secure with a knot. Begin again with step one.


5.  Once the statement is complete, pull the tails to the inside using a needle and secure with a couple knots. You can also iron a piece of interfacing over the inside to secure the threads like I did when creating my Anthro-inspired Amour sweater
6.  DONE.  (You'll want to wash a sequin embellished piece by hand.)


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NEW DESIGN | Winterstruck Raventail Dress

Friday, February 6, 2015

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Raventail Dress

You know that Fancy Nancy syndrome that makes a girl want to wear cut lace and scalloped hems every day? That's what I'm indulging with this laser-cut lace design, which is actually a top and skirt worn as a dress. You've seen me design coordinating pieces and style them as a dress before with the Marquette and St. Ignace designs. I love the versatility! It's like getting four outfits for the price of one.  Design home-run!

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NEW TUTORIAL | How To Make a Cube Doorstop Pouf

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

I've been on the hunt for a small floor pouf for my entryway for quite a while. I've basically stalked the internet looking for the perfect cube doorstop. Alas, my diligent efforts to find a classy pouf at a price point I was willing to spend only resulted in stuffed chickens and scary looking cats. Creepy. Ergo...(using that word makes me feel all smart and stuff) the necessity of creating a diy version of a cube doorstop. Enjoy!

what you need blue
--1 or 2 yards of leather fabric like this from Joann Fabric
--1/2 yard printed upholstery fabric mine is a greek key print
--bean bag filler I also used a couple bags of dry beans to add weight to the bottom
--needle and thread
--sewing machine needle appropriate for leather weight

what you do blue
1.  Cut four squares from the leather fabric. My cube is 12 x 12, so my squares were 13 x 13 to allow for 1/2 inch seam allowance.

2.  Cut two more squares from fabric. (My diagram below is backward. I originally planned to have the bottom and top cube panels made from leather, but liked the look of it better to have the majority of the cube constructed from leather with two printed accent panels on top and bottom.) You can do it either way.

3.  With wrong sides together, stitch the four panels together end to end to form a closed square.

4.  Turn four panel square inside out and stitch top panel to all four edges. Clip corners. You can lightly press these seams to make crisp. 


5.  Stitch bottom panel to cube with right sides together, leaving a small gap to turn right side out so it looks something like this.


6.  Fill cube with filler through the small gap until it's as dense as you want it. I didn't want the door to bounce off my cube, so I left a little bit of give. Using needle and thread, slip stitch the seam closed. 
7.  DONE.

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Outfits for Every Season By Adding Layers | The Pink + Orange Edition

Friday, January 30, 2015


I hate strongly dislike being cold. I also hate strongly dislike limiting my brightly colored pieces to being worn only in the summer. Putting these two together is what drives me to create outfits for each season by adding layers to my summer pieces. It's a pretty formulaic way for me to use my clothes more effectively while keeping my look fresh. If you read my post on overcoming 12 months of insecurity, you saw the spring version of this outfit and since then, I've been able to rework the same pink and orange pieces to use even as the weather turned chilly. I've found that extra layers of denim and khaki always add interest and texture. Next year, I could go with a different colored cardigan and work through the whole formula again to create an entirely new group of outfits. Cool, yeah?


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

love that

I'm not a big Valentine's Day celebrator--I don't decorate my house for it, bake little heart cookies for my children's lunch boxes or even send out cards. Total party pooper, I know...
What I do love about the holiday though, is all the pretties that start to pop up in stores. Here are just a few of my current V-day faves.


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