Lacy mohair rectangular shawl in pale green
Amazingly airy hand knitted mohair shawl in beautiful pale green shade. It will make a great addition to your evening dress as well as to your everyday jeans.
Cranberry Oatmeal with Honey Cold Process Soap
This cold process soap is my favorite. The cranberry fragrance is fresh, sweet, and clean.
Angela Lace Lipstick Red Cloche
Retro styled, hand knitted cloche, in a vibrant lipstick red bamboo/wool yarn.
Matou en Peluche: I have been drawing and making things enthusiastically since before I can remember.My favourite thing is to spend the day drawing – preferably lovely looking girls – drinking cups of tea and listening to music. I think I am a closet hermit!
Over the years I’ve cartooned and illustrated for a number of Sydney magazines and newspapers and have had exhibitions of my drawings and paintings. I have even been known to do a bit of performance art.
I had a very memorable time this weekend, a few of us bridesmaids were lucky enough to be able to join my cousin as she chose her wedding dress! We drove over the border, a popular pastime for us Canadians when the dollar is high, and were rewarded for our efforts. Of course, even after trying on 20 dresses – the first dress was “the one”. It’s so often that that is the way, huh? We also chose our bridesmaid dresses too – so that was pretty exciting. I’m looking forward to dressing up and celebrating, big time! On the way back we were treated to an unusual snowstorm (we usually never get snow this late in the year) which made for some very interesting driving! We laughed it off and enjoyed the occasional treacherous patch, with the car sliding just slightly out of control. Because driving conditions weren’t ideal a few of us found ourselves on public transit for part of the trip, but that just added to the fun. All in all it was nice to get home, and to have a nice cup of tea as you can imagine.
Without further ado I’d like to share a wonderful – new to me – site with you, Wedzu. I figure this is the time of year that brides are starting to get more serious about planning for their upcoming summer nuptials – so the timing is perfect. This online marketplace for indie and handmade sellers is dedicated to weddings exclusively, making browsing a real treat. Shop from invitations, jewelry, accessories, and much more!
For brides wanting a more casual look I found the above sweet, short wedding dress style from: KT Jean.
I couldn’t pass up sharing these fun and sweet decorations with you from Party Poms!
Andrea Bonelli’s creations are nothing short of stunning, and I think you’ll want to drop a hint or two about this shop to your fiance to be before he starts ring shopping.
I’ve seen so many brides in beautiful veils and gorgeous floral hair accessories these last couple of years, I love this one from Chinny Lulu!
For all those brides to be out there – I hope your planning is going smoothly! Would love to hear about your fun handmade bridal finds in the comments section.
Dandelion papercut – handcut from 100% rice paper by Li of Papercut Diecut
A wise person once said, “It’s only a weed if it bothers you.” Or, in the case of my yard, “It’s only a weed if it bothers the people next door.” Most people want a lush, green, lawn; free of weeds, including (or especially) dandelions. Personally, I’m fine with a bit of colour in my grass, but that opinion is not shared by my neighbours. So, in deference to their wishes, I am going to make a concerted effort to keep my yard relatively weed-free this summer; in an eco-friendly, non-toxic, low-maintenance way, of course. In my research of earth-friendly ways to eliminate Dandelions, I found myself way off-track discovering all sorts of interesting facts about them, too.
Dandelions have a long history as a medicinal herb. In fact, Taraxacum officinale, the scientific name for dandelion, translates to “the official remedy for disorders”. Applied topically, the naturally antibiotic juice can be used for treating everything from warts and corns to clearing eczema and acne. Taken internally, Dandelion promotes regularity and is an effective diuretic, blood purifier and kidney tonic. With a coffee-like taste and all of the medicinal benefits of dandelions, “Dande Day” is a great alternative for people looking to kick the java-habit. Jesse, of Good 4 You, roasts dandelion root and combines it with chicory to make an all-natural, caffeine-free coffee substitute.
As an edible herb, dandelions rank as of the most nutritious leafy greens out there; high in beta-carotene, calcium, iron, and vitamins A and K. The leaves can be used in salads, soups and stir-fries, while the flowers are most commonly used for beverages, such as wine and tea. With this in mind, four:paper’s Jacklynn includes a recipe with each of her wildflower-inspired notecards, like these (above) featuring cheerful, golden dandelion. (Note: although dandelions can be found just about everywhere, be sure to do your foraging well-away from public areas that may have been sprayed with poisonous herbicides, or look for organic greens at your local market or farmer’s market.)
Dandelion fine-art print by Sunshine Art & Design
In addition to being good for your health, dandelions are actually good for the eco-health of your yard…just ask any ladybug. They are a favourite of aphids (a ladybug’s favourite food) and help to detract them from your precious garden plants. Studies have shown that plots containing dandelions contain more ladybugs and fewer aphids than dandelion-free plots. As a result, the gardens with dandelions had less plant-damage and higher yields. In the lawn, dandelions help to aerate and feed the soil and, when you think of it, can actually make your yard-work easier.
I think I would have a hard time finding a mother who hasn’t at one time or another been offered a sticky fist-full of golden dandelion blooms. Perhaps it is their accessibility and abundance that makes dandelions a favourite flower for children everywhere. I remember spending hours as a child wishing on dandelions that had gone to seed; blowing as hard as I could on the white puffs to ensure that my wishes would scatter as far as the wind could carry the seeds. (Much to the chagrin of weeders for miles, I’m sure.) I still find myself drawn to dandelion puffs, but perhaps in the interest of weed-control I should pick up of these cute tees by Ellembee and make as many wishes as I want without scattering seeds throughout the neighbourhood.
With all of that said, however, I’m still going to have to get my dandelion situation under control before my neighbours revolt. According to the experts, the first step is to promote a healthy lawn through regular maintenance and judicious weeding. At the suggestion of a trusted friend, who is a bit of a gardening wiz, I have picked up an addictively-fun (really!), long-handled weed puller to use on some of my in-lawn weeds. As for the weeds popping up in the sidewalk cracks, I am going to try plain old boiling water, straight from the kettle. Once I’ve made myself a cup of dandelion tea, that is.
It’s summer, time for lots of parties that will put your kitchen into overdrive! It’s easy to keep your kitchen pretty and well-stocked with a supply of handmade goodies.
First up are these yellow damask tea towels from Fancy Boutique. The yellow color screams summer while the damask pattern adds a hint of sophistication. Also, check out the Fancy Boutique etsy shop for aprons to pretty yourself up while you’re working in the kitchen.