Earring Frame

{for tori's george washington dorm room}

If you’re too short on space for a proper jewelry box, you may consider replicating this little earring holder that Clare and I made for Tori’s dorm room.  You just need a frame capable of holding staples (wood, etc.), some mesh, and a staple gun.

  1. Remove everything from the frame except hanging hardware.
  2. Cut a piece of mesh a little larger than the frame. *we used aluminum mesh
  3. Lay the frame face-side down.
  4. Pull the mesh taut over the frame & staple it along the inside ledge:

Depending on the mesh you use, and I’m not even sure the proper term for this stuff is “mesh”, you may or may not need to cover the edges of it. Since we used aluminum mesh, we covered the edges with duct tape to keep Tori from pricking her fingers.

When you finally have your frame done, you can mount it on a nail like this, using the hardware already on the back of a hanging frame …

… or, if you’re moving to a dorm like Tori, you can add some wire to the back of the frame & hang the frame on a couple wall-friendly, removable 3M hooks. To really maximize wall space, add a few tiny hooks along the bottom of the frame so that you can hang your necklaces, too!

[And thanks to Clare for letting me in on this project.
It was fun. I hope you love it, Tori.]

Happy crafting! xx

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{for: Ann. love, yo’ momma}

{just for ann}

Dear Ann,

You have such a great mom; I just love her. When she ordered this yoga mat bag for you, the first thing she said was, “I want to get one for Ann … just because she is a great daughter.” I think that’s super sweet, and I hope you love your custom bag!

It wasn’t easy to match the green Kaffe Fassett fabric you like; but I think this blue coral fabric works well, and I’ve heard you like coral (apparently we have quite a bit in common! haha). But if you don’t love it, make sure you let us know … great daughters should never settle for so-so accessories.

Cheers,
Alainna

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Catching Up

{right outside my window}

Say whaaat? You’d prefer a rainbow or the moon outside your window? Well, sighting these little mushrooms made my day yesterday, so I thought I’d share. They inspired me to think of fall … and black leggings with a crisp, white oxford and brown riding boots. So I snapped a photo of the little beauties, mixed up a skim white russian, & got to work on this large tote for fall:


I’ll be putting it on Etsy this afternoon, but I secretly hope no one buys it … because I’d love to keep it for myself. This is a larger version of the Cruisin’ Tote, style name TBD. I love my Cruisin’ Tote’s compactness, perfect for a quick beach cruise to 7-11 for más cervezas, but wanted to make a larger version of it for fall. Come November, I’ll need the extra room to tote a quilt and thermos of coffee to the beach, and this bag should be perfect for all that and a bag of Milanos.

Since summer’s still upon us, I also made a Cruisin’ Tote with this Kaffe Fassett home dec fabric I lurve:

Yum. Off to sew up a custom yoga mat bag … see you again soon!

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So Sorry

{custom order yoga bags galore}

So sorry I went missing lately! I’ve been swamped with a few things … like custom orders and mid-summer parties and fabric shopping.

Since I’ve been gone, I’ve also been juried into the Virginia Beach Christmas Market (!!!!!), so I would like to officially request that you save the date:

Virginia Beach Christmas Market * Nov. 26 – 28  * VB Convention Center

Off to sew, but I promise to indulge your creative bug again in a few days.
xx, m.i.a.-me

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Yoga Bag: take two

{nobody likes matchy matchy}

Though the BAG LAiDY yoga bag prototype was a couple inches longer than my Plank mat (if you click the link, my mat’s the 3rd from the left; and yes, I love it; and yes, that is a muffin on the bottom haha), it turned out to be a couple inches shorter than Maggie’s much thicker and much longer mat. So I made my first “real” yoga bag some odd 3″ longer, which turned out to be long enough to fit a tiny monster on top of my Plank mat; so I’m not sure I’ll be doing that again.

Not a fan of solid chunks of fabric, I used a really nice home dec upholstery fabric for the bottom half of the bag and a remnant Amy Butler home dec fabric for the top half.

Then I added a completely contrasting pocket in scrap Amy Butler home dec fabric to one side of the bag:

… and a key hook in scrap Valori Wells home dec fabric to the other side:

So if you have any questions or comments or suggestions, send them my way. We all have different yoga mat bag needs, and I want to accommodate as many as I can in this one design if possible. And sorry about the sad photos today; my model (Mom) went on a date with some dude (Dad) and left me to use the deck for photographing bags today.

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choco gelato + anisette clams

{dark chocolate gelato prep}

I’d been dying to use the ice cream maker since we hit 90F in Virginia, but I just hadn’t found the time. So I took advantage of our 108F day to stay indoors and make dark chocolate gelato. Yum. I’ve justified this batch of chocolaty, frozen goodness with my recent 3-pound weight loss, soon to be a 3-pound weight re-gain.

I followed Ina Garten’s {Deeply Chocolate Gelato} recipe and subbed in Dagoba dark chocolate for the 2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate. Need a way to spend your 105F day tomorrow? Well then, follow Ina Garten’s full recipe here or the abbreviated version below:

  1. Heat 2 1/4 cups whole milk, 1/3 cup heavy cream, and 1/2 cup sugar in a 2-quart saucepan, until the sugar dissolves and the milk starts to simmer.
  2. Add 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder and 2 ounces finely chopped dark chocolate and whisk until smooth. Pour into a heat-proof measuring cup.
  3. Place 4 large egg yolks and 1/4 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on high speed for 3 to 5 minutes, until light yellow and very thick.
  4. With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the hot chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Pour the egg and chocolate mixture back into the 2-quart saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened.
  5. Pour the mixture through a sieve into a bowl and stir in 2 T. Kahlua, 2 t. vanilla, and a pinch of heavy salt. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the custard and chill completely in the fridge.
  6. Pour the custard into the bowl of an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  7. Pour the mixture into an airtight container, stick it in the freezer until fully frozen & enjoy!

While the gelato was setting up in the freezer, I got out the clams I bought at the Old Beach Farmers Market this morning (surprise surprise) for a yummy afternoon snack.

If you have ever had the mussels at Bonefish Grill, you know that they are amazing. And apparently the secret ingredient is ::drumroll:: Anisette. So I added a splash of the anise-flavored liqueur to my clams instead of the usual white wine, threw in a few large dices of tomatoes from our garden, and finished them with lemon juice and basil. So good:

I hope you’re staying cool today, too. If you’re close, come share a bowl of gelato with me!

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{for Janet & baby c/o Sarah}

{custom order, say whaaaaat}

So this post is mostly for Sarah and her sister Janet in England. Like it, Janet? It’s okay if you don’t! I ended up using soft midnight blue canvas for the interior so that you wouldn’t see any little baby food or juice stains on the bottom of the bag’s lining (sneaky, I know). And I used the stripe fabric for the side pockets and interior pockets as planned. The straps turned out better with stiffer canvas than with the stripe fabric, so I used that instead. And, of course, there’s a little magnetic snap hidden under that tab. For those of you thinking that this bag looks an awful lot like the Market Tote: surprise! The Market Tote was my diaper bag prototype. I just fell in love with the side pockets despite having originally designed them for bottles.

the size:

the inside:

Dear Janet, if you don’t love it, please don’t hesitate to say so! As it were, I know a few baby mamas in the States, too :)

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