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Loving…Purl Soho

I love a good fabric & notions shop…and Purl Soho is certainly one of them…

The imagery the home page of Purl Soho uses is what caught my eye when I first stumbled across this store. I was totally drawn in with the colorful fabrics and photography – and then I found out that they carry Liberty of London prints! It was love at first sight, haha. Purl also has knitting, felting, crocheting, and other crafting supplies as well.


Button Up…

I love embellishing with buttons…

Le sigh…!

Loving…Totally Severe

I am throughly enjoying this awesome design site, Totally Severe. It’s ran by graphic designer, illustrator, and textile maker Sarah and it features some really witty and fun embroidery designs, wallpapers, fabrics, and fonts.

A lot of the wallpapers come for both desktops and iPhones…they’re really vibrant! Check out Totally Severe…you won’t be disappointed! I mean really – who wouldn’t want an embroidered design of Tim Gunn?

Gotta Have It…Vintage Buttons by Snapcrafty

One of my favorite parts in the garment constructing process is getting to the end where you can just go crazy with embellishments and trims. I’m overjoyed to have come across Snapcrafty’s Etsy site, which carries gorgeous fun, colorful, and vintage buttons and trims. Here’s some of the ones that would make a dress or top from my vintage pattern collection that much prettier!



Gotta Have It…Color-In Dress

Cute dress + Markers = Coloring Book Garment.

I don’t really have much to say about this dress because its simply awesome, you can color it whatever colors you want and it would be uniquely you. I’ve done something like this with some crossoword print fabric – it was a bag, but this dress is such a cool idea!

This & That From Japan

I found this awesome Etsy site that sells imported fabrics, crafts, books, and kick-knacks from Japan…here’s a look at some of the awesome stuff they sell!

Alice in Wonderland Fabric


Cake shaped erasers

Book on making felt bread shapes

Squirrel trim

Book on making plushies

Japanese stickers

This is why I love Japan! So many unique goodies…the prices are amazing at This & That from Japan – Im totally buying some stuff!

Kim Burke’s Mouth-Watering Food Miniatures

I have always been drawn to minatures. In fact, I even collected the Kitchen Littles sets when I was a kid (remember those?!) I think that’s the main reason why I’m really enjoying this collection of minature food by artist Kim Burke. The collection contains sweets, stews, finger foods, and so much more. And with such amazing detail! She makes them out of polymer clay. Behold…

Burke not only creates these pieces to be drooled over, but many have been made into earrings and rings as well. You can see more of these delicious looking goodies on Burke’s Flickr or purchase some pieces at her Etsy site…which I just may do…

Designer of the Day…Swank Dollar

Hooray for chunky and colorful knits! And that is exactly why I wanted to feature Annie Larson’s Swank Dollar – which is an awesome collection of knitted sweaters, bags, and pants. Plus, it appears that Larson is a Minneapolis native, so that was another cool reason to feature Larson…she’s nearby!

I really love  a good knit and Annie Larson’s creations are just that. From what I’ve gathered, she uses a knitting machine and she loves color. She’s used many different knit patterns in her unique pieces including Fair Isle and Geometic patterns. Plus, her knits are available in everything from knitted leggings, shortalls, caps, and pencil skirts.

I’m totally going to contact her and see how much a custom piece goes for…or maybe we can even collaborate! Which ever happens, I have got to own a piece of Swank Dollar!

Loving…Needlepoint Pillows by Jonathan Adler

Pillow are one of my favorite things to decorate with, so you can imagine how much I love these needlepoint pillows by the awesome Jonathan Adler. These pillows are unique just like the rest of Adlers’s collections of home goods.

They are so vibrant! My favorites are the Zodiac pillows and the Necktie Pillows. They are a bit out of my budget range for a pillow, but I would definetly love to have one!

Artist of the Day…Karolin Schnoor

I’m featuring today’s artist, Karolin Schnoor because I’m really enjoying her colorful illustrations. Schnoor is a printmakers that hails form London and has done promotion work for Nokia and various festivals. She also has an Etsy shop where she sells cards with various illustrations.

I find myself drawn to illustration work that has lots of line use, which Karolin’s work has. It’s also so whimsical and uses motifs like animals and nature which I really enjoy seeing in art.

Very cute. I’d like to own a set of her cards.