Sunday, March 23, 2014

Natural Life Music Festival


What a beautiful day it was for a music and craft festival. Natural Life Music Festival was such a great event, and we were so honored to be one of the craft vendors, selling our handmade wares. We found Shelby's dream car, a red 1970 Volkswagen, parked next to us with our friends at Byrd's Nest Soap. We even spotted another vintage camper, selling all kinds of goodies at the festival. 
My friend, Michelle, was also there, volunteering with local company Rethreaded, a company that helps women affected by the sex trade, empowering them with sewing. Read more about their mission here.
Always our favorite part of Jacksonville markets and craft shows, we get to enjoy Dig Foods, Matt and I sharing our favorite, a carrot dog with beet slaw, and a collard wrap over a cous cous salad.
Kids were able to partake in all kinds of crafts, tie-dyeing shirts, leather stamping bracelets, decorating hula hoops, all kinds of stuff available at "Crafternoon". Find out more about Natural Life here

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Paddy's SALE

As we work on some new listings and prepare for a big presentation this week, enjoy 30% off our entire inventory! Check out OUR SHOP and use the coupon code "StPaddy" to apply the discount!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

DIY: How to sew on a button

All of us have experienced this dilemma. Put on your favorite shirt, or you're wearing it out in public, and BAM, a button falls off. What to do? What to do? You aren't familiar with sewing, and the task seems daunting. Well. Here's the good news, it's not. It's actually super easy, and a great starter lesson for the non-sewers of the world. You will need: thread, a needle, scissors, and the button. That's it! 
Start by threading the needle. Wrap the end of the thread around your index finger twice (I'm left-handed so I wrap it around my left finger, but do whatever is comfortable). Use your thumb and roll off the tip of your index finger, creating a small loops. Pull from the top of the loop towards the end of the thread. This will create a knot. Trim extra thread at the end of the knot, and you're ready to head to your garment. 
Find the original thread holes, from where the button originally sat. From the backside, push your needle through towards the outside of the garment. 
 Place your button through the needle.
Laying the button on the garment. Line it up exactly where it though be, and insert needle into second hole of the button. Look at the other buttons to match up the threading. Ex. This shirt is sewn with the thread vertically through the button holes. So I sewed from the bottom left hole to the top left. Repeat 3-5 times, and move to the other side of the button holes. Right bottom to right top, same as the other side.
When you have sewn through the button holes, it is now time to tie off your thread. Bring your needle to the backside of the garment, through one of the button holes. Grab just a little bit of fabric with the needle sticking out about an inch. Grab the backside of the thread, and wrap around the tip of the needle 2-3 times, securing your index finger on the back of the tip of the needle helps. Pull through and this will knot your thread. Repeat again if desired for a more secure knot. Cut and trim thread. And BAM. Good as NEW!
This shirt is going to be my new spring staple. Red is my favorite, AND bonus: I got it in a recent clothing swap. As soon as I wore it around the house, the second button fell off, an essential button for sure. Hope this tutorial was helpful for you all! I'm aiming to bring you more basic, beginner lessons in the future. What would you like to learn next? Comment below, and let me know!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Photo shoots with Zeus

Anyone out there that has a gentle giant of a large dog, or a Great Dane in particular like Matt and I do, know what it's like when they are always giving you the look. That pitiful "I'm dying because you're ignoring me" droopy eyed look. And Zeus has it down pat. This is the day in the life of Zeus. When 'mom' is working and he has to just sit around and watch. Rough life, eh?
Photo shoot time means Zeus' fat lip and droopy face come out to complain. My favorite is when he stands between me and the mannequin and thuds down on the ground. I wasn't lucky enough to catch that today, but he sure was a ham for the camera. Enjoy some silly sweet Zeusy pics. He's the best dog in the whole world.
 "Oh geez, another photo shoot where I have to sit and chew on ma's socks. Life is so hard..."
His '100 yard stare'... I think he needs an agent with these poses. What do you think?
 "Ughhmph. That woman made of stone gets all the attention from ma," as I photograph purse after purse on my mannequin, Ursula.
You'd think he was forced to lay on hardwood floors all day from this face, as I literally took him for a car ride when I had no place to go, because it rained all day and he didn't get to play much, as he's drooling on the couch next to me while we watch The Following. He is definitely not miserable like he looks in the photos, that is surely not the case. Sometimes, I take a step back and laugh at how much of a dog person I've become since Zeus and Matt came into my life. And since Matt is out of town, I can guarantee Zeus will sleep under the covers tonight, snuggling like a big ol' mutt. Talk about spoiled. He's the best.

New listings up in the Etsy shop, y'all. Check. It. Out.... 'Night!

Monday, March 3, 2014

DIY Bunting Fabric Banner

As the beginning of spring approaches, so does my weekly market. Riverside Arts Market reopened this past weekend, and I wanted something new for Shelby and my booth. I'd been wanting to make these triangle fabric banners for a while, and I didn't even know what they were called. After some typical googling, I found they are "Bunting Banners". I knew they would serve well to draw people in, and make a defined space for my booth. 
They turned out to be a big hit, and my booth was beautiful! Don't you think? I'm so in love with them, I can't believe it took me so long them! It's been in my head for months and months. I made two 15 feet banners with scrap fabric from my sewing room, and with double fold bias tape. Here is a nice and quick tutorial, great for any skill level of sewer.
Materials and tools you will need:
  • a triangle cutout on cardstock or thick paper or the size you desire
  • one yard of fabric or scrap pieces
  • cutting tools
  • double folded bias tape or trim for the rope of the banner
  • matching thread
Cut about 30 triangles, but here a quick trick. Fold your fabric good sides together before cutting. Cuts the work in half and cut two at a time. Sew the two long sides of the triangle. Turn right side out and top stitch along the edges for a crisper finish.
Using two strips of double sided bias tape, place the triangle between them and top stitch from one end to the other. I spaced the triangles out with the gap between them as the same width of the triangles.The first line, sew the top side.
Double back and sew along the bottom edge of the bias tape. And BAM! All done. String them up and hang them wherever your heart desires. 
Aren't they just too cute? I wish I had more excuses to make them and drape them around the house. I'm sensing seasonal bunting banner coming soon in our home! 

What kind of bunting banners would you make? Where would you hang them?