Archive for March, 2010

March 26, 2010

Pandas Are Cute!

Chris and I are going to birthday party for our friend’s one year old this weekend. The invitation says “no presents please.” Does anyone ever pay attention to this? I never do. I love giving presents!  So I thought about it for a while and decided to make a stuffed panda bear.

I turned to my book Baby Stuff by Aranzi Aronzo, to find a pattern I then modified and added to.  (I highly recommend this book.  It is full of cute patterns for babies.)

I used 100% bamboo felt which is some of the softest felt I’ve found. For the first bear, I followed the pattern pretty closely and created the head and body as separate pieces. After they were completed, I sewed them together.

This worked out okay, however, I definitely had some trouble stitching the two pieces together cleanly and because they were originally two pieces, the head flops over when you hold it up.

I was not happy with either of these issues so I gave it another try. This time I redrew the pattern so that the head and body were one piece. I completed the rest of the pattern as stated in the book, adding the eye patches and the black stripe across the torso.

I even stitched a little red heart onto it’s back.

While the next time I will probably make his body a little rounder, I think this panda turned out pretty well.

This project was actually surprisingly easy.  I’m so excited to give this to Scoot for his birthday!

March 24, 2010

Terrarium Bonanza

It seems as though terrariums are all the rage lately and are popping up all over the web. They all look so pretty. I feel like if I had a terrarium it would end up a soggy mess of condensed water and rotting plants. There must be some kind of secret water to plant ratio.

My personal favorite is featured as a how-to article on The Hipster Home: a tiny terrarium in a light bulb. There is something about the juxtaposition of the industrial light bulb with the natural elements that I love. Plus, this article makes it look like I could actually make this and maybe even succeed in keeping it alive. This particular terrarium is made by Julie over at Tiny Terra. I think I may have to give it a try.

photo via The Hipster Home

These next two terrariums were featured on Design Sponge in February. The first from VivaTerra is 14 inches high. I think I would like to have it in my kitchen and surround it with real pears.

Litill, located in the pacific northwest, creates these lux terrariums in their hand blown glass vessels. Beautiful pieces of living art.

photo of Litill terrariums via Design Sponge

The terrarium trend is also showing up in jewelry. Check out these pendants I found on Etsy. Seller WarmCountryMeadows makes teeny tiny terrariums in 2″ long glass vials that you could wear around your neck. I should think it would make you feel like a woodland sprite.

March 19, 2010

Things I Love: Fiberglass Chair

A brand new Whole Foods just opened up in Dallas. It is huge and filled with natural sunlight. Yesterday they donated 1% of all of their proceeds to Dwell with Dignity. Whooo! I was there in the morning manning the informational table. While I was waiting for everyone else to get there, I stopped by their little cafe to grab a cup of coffee and I noticed these chairs.

(once again, taken with my phone.)

I love these Eames style fiberglass chairs. I especially love the contrast of the fiberglass shell with the natural wood base. So much so that I pulled that move where I get down on the floor to try to find the manufacturer’s name on the underside of the chair. This is not the first time. The company is Modernica out of L.A. They have a website full of modern/mid century style furniture. Check it out.

March 17, 2010

LJSG is on Etsy!

At the beginning of the month I launched Lily June Strawberry Girl on Etsy! To find me, go to and search the sellers for Lilyjune. Or, just click here. I’m starting out slow with a few purses and bags made right here in my dining room. In the next few weeks I hope to see my inventory grow. Check it out! (Seriously, go now and tell your friends.)

P.S. While you’re there, you should stop by DrinkUpandComeHome (the husband) to check out all the amazing photography.

March 15, 2010

Dallas Flea

I had so much fun at the Dallas Flea on Saturday! I arrived early to help man the Dwell With Dignity table right up front. Thanks to everyone who stopped by.

I, of course, forgot my camera and had to take this photo with my phone. Sorry it’s so blurry!

There were tons of Texas based artists and shops. I had a delicious s’more cookie from Tart Bakery located on Lovers Lane while I browsed the booths in the afternoon.

My faaaaavorite, hands down, of the whole event was Noshii. Nosheen Iqbal is a London born artist and designer living here in Dallas. She creates beautiful pieces by combining painted wood panels and veneers with embroidery. They are, in one word, stunning. Check out these pieces from her website.

She has also ventured into jewelry creating beautiful cuff bracelets and rings. I lust after this bracelet.

And check out these lovelies from her blog available at Byrd and Bleeker in Ft. Worth. How sweet would these be hanging in a child’s nursery, or anywhere for that matter. So Pretty. Please go to here website and look around.

Another artist I fell in love with is Peace Traveler. Peace Traveler transforms vintage luggage with paint and stencils to create beauties like these.

Check out that vintage hair dryer case made brand new with the crisp black chandelier. And how much fun would it be to travel with one of these carry on items? All these pieces are available in the Peace Traveler Etsy shop, right here.

March 12, 2010

A Wedding Recap

Awesome party.

(all photographs copyright Brian James Photography)

March 11, 2010

Bonus Post: Dwell With Dignity

Last week I attended a volunteer meeting for the organization Dwell With Dignity. This group, based in Dallas, helps families escape poverty and homelessness by donating and installing apartments full of furniture. They really are an amazing group and rely on donations from local companies, designers, and showrooms. I can’t wait to start volunteering! For more information, check out their website and blog.

This weekend Dwell With Dignity is going to be a featured vendor at the Dallas Flea. I have never been to the Dallas Flea before but I’m super excited to go. It’s a market composed of Texas based businesses and designers selling all kinds of unique items. I will be manning the Dwell With Dignity table from 9-12:30. Stop by, say hi, and pick up a signature “Fresh Start” candle to support this great organization. Hope to see you there!

The Dallas Flea is Saturday from 9:00-4:00, 1409 South Lamar Street, $5.00 entry fee

March 10, 2010

Guest Book

Chris and I never really gave much thought to the guest book. I always assumed that we would have a traditional blank book that we would have everyone write a message in. Then one day, on yet another wedding blog that I can’t remember the name of, we saw a couple who had taken a book that meant something to them and had used it as a guest book. I thought this was a great idea. We had a reading in the ceremony from I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg. We thought this would be perfect until we went to the bookstore and found out the book was about 6 inches square. Too small. After that, the issue of the guest book was largely forgotten. We ended up going to Barns and Noble the day before the wedding to find something and ended up picking out a book called Historic Photos of Cincinnati since Cincinnati is where we met and went to school.

We had planned to section of a place in front for everyone to sign. However, in the midst of getting everything else ready, that didn’t happen. It was actually better this way because everyone found a photograph they liked and signed next to it. So we ended up having pages like this:

(Chris and Emily, May music fill your years together. Love, Emilee)

(And they’re off! Emily and Chris begin their journey together. We hope it exceeds your wildest dreams! Love, Al and Nancy)

(Chris & Emily, May your marriage bring you twenty plus children for your new family band!!! Congratulations, I look forward to coming to performances. You two are awesome. Beautiful wedding. – Tara & Tim)

(Hope your lives are filled with many special kisses and memories! Love, Rebecca & Doug)

Our resulting guest book is hilarious and much more interesting and personal that the typical blank book.

March 8, 2010


There is this magical place located in Dayton, Ohio called Flowerman. At this place you can go meet with a floral consultant who has books and books of flowers. This consultant will help you pick out all the flowers for your occasion and make sure they are ordered for you. When the flowers arrive, a team of flower faeries will assemble them all per your specifications, or you and your team of wedding helpers can go to their workroom and assemble them yourself. All for a fraction of the cost of a normal florist. Can you guess which option we chose?

(photo by Tom)

My wedding helpers and I spent the morning before the wedding putting together all the bouquets, corsages, and centerpieces. All of the flowers were beautiful and the Flowerman flower faeries were there to teach us how to make everything. It was a fun relaxing way to spend the morning.

There were two bridesmaids in the wedding party who got the vibrant yellow bouquets pictured above. We decided to let the six men in the wedding party go flowerless and instead gave them each a very manly ribbon swirl. (I found all of the instructions in the 2009 summer edition of Martha Stewart Weddings.)

And that, is how we put together a wedding of beautiful flowers (and ribbons).

(all photos, unless otherwise noted are copyright Brian James Photography)

March 5, 2010

Paperpaloza Part 2

For our main invitation, we took inspiration form the beautiful Cox Arboretum. We really liked the romantic image of our names carved in a heart, onto a tree. (the image, not the actual carving into a tree) I wanted everything to look pulled together and so we decided to use individual inserts to organize all of the various pieces of information. Check out our monogram on the belly band.

That tree is actually an AutoCAD block that Chris modified in Illustrator. In fact, all of the drawings on each of our inserts were done in AutoCAD then brought into Illustrator for the final product.

For the address label, I modified a free template from the Martha Stewart Weddings website to create the design for our wrap-around label. The finishing touch was the love stamp. Thank you USPS for introducing a card themed stamp just in time to use for our wedding correspondence.

Remember when I said I wanted our paper products to tell a story? Well, when it came the program, we took that literally. The front of the program features a brief summery of how Chris and I met and came to be getting married that day. It also had the added bonus of giving our guests something to read while waiting for the ceremony begin.

Wedding favors. We kept going back and forth on the whole wedding favor issue. One the one hand, favors are a nice way to thank your guests for coming. On the other hand, they cost money that we didn’t really have. While walking through an antique store one day I came across some vintage seed packets (we got a great deal) and inspiration struck. We scanned in the seed packets and under the name of the flower, added the name of a guest. We then wrote a personal message on the back, printed them out, and folded them up. We filled each packet with flower seeds from a giant box we got at Home Depot. Now we had favors that also doubled as escort cards. We were able to carry on the theme of the arboretum while adding a personal touch. Bonus, the seed packets said Dallas, Texas on them, so we were able to honor our now home in Texas while getting married in our home state of Ohio.