Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Whimsey Chronicles - A Must See!

Recently, I was searching for vintage fabric on Etsy and I stumbled on the most amazing textile and wallpaper designer. Her name is Meredith, she owns and operates The Whimsey Chronicles.  I'm going to let her explain the rest...

"A little background - I've practiced commercial interior design for a dozen years and have always had a strong interest in fabric and fashion. I decided to redefine my career path upon re-examining what my true design passions and aspirations were ... textiles and wallpaper! I use Autocad to sketch out my designs and I look for color and image inspiration everywhere: in architecture, signage, fashion, vintage illustrations, to name a few. Every collection begins as a story in my head, with characters and actions, so that I simply feel like I am bringing those things to life as I meticulously place them in a pattern. In fact, a story is included with each pattern to explain how the pattern was designed which truly makes them "storybook textiles & wallpapers." ~Meredith- The Whimsey Chronicles

Here are some example of patterns and products that can be found in her shop:
African Cuff In Tourmaline- Click here to View

Foxtrot- Click Here to view
Brella's Wallpaper- View Listing Here

African Cuff Wallpaper- Click Here to Veiw Listing

Not Yet Released, but coming soon as announced in her blog post today!

The photo above is an image of The Whimsey Chronicles newest collection.  Do you "sea" the seahorse?  Please visit The Whimsey Chronicles website to view the entire collection.  If you take the time to look at her collection, I believe you'll fall in love just as I did (if you haven't already).  I would have to guess that we'll be seeing a lot more of The Whimsey Chronicles in the future, so I'm happy that I've had the chance to share it with you here today.

Hope to see you soon,

Additional Links:
The Whinsey Chronicles Facebook Page:!/pages/The-Whimsey-Chronicles/131110010256271


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Lilly Inspired Labels

My friends over at Razmatags just listed the cutest Lilly-inspired labels in their Razmatags Etsy shop. I use these dishwasher safe, waterproof labels every day (honestly, not just saying that- I use them constantly). I love them. They last forever. They're made with a special vinyl that withstands the test of time and the abuse my girls offer their lunch bags, which is huge. Take a look at these:
Labels from Razmatags

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Very Jane Feature

Just wanted to post a quick link to Very Jane.  My Back to school "Teacher's Pet" headbands are featured on the site today. They are available through Very Jane (.com) for half price, so that's only $3.75 each!

Very Jane is my favorite "Deal of the Day" site and I'm not just saying that because my items are on the website today, it's actually a great site.  I buy items on Very Jane all the time. So even if the headbands don't interest you, it's worth checking out for their other daily deals.

Click Here for the listing. Here are a few photos of my feature.

Script Headband - click HERE to purchase

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Back to School Sale

2 Piece Set in Lilly Fabric (Zoo Patch)
Hello all, I'm having a Back to School special in my Looking 4 Lilly etsy shop. Enter the code "school" for 25% Off your entire purchase!! Offer expires 8/3 12pm PST
2 Inch Vintage Lilly Headband
Folded Floral Lilly Fabric Headband

Folded Floral Bright Headband

Thursday, July 21, 2011


I've been absent! I didn't even realize that it had been so long until I saw the date on my last post...shame on me. Here's the short list of what's been going on:

April: Insanely busy with my shops.  I did about three times the amount of orders that I normally do in any given month (I know weird, huh?) and then, there was an additional order for 500 headbands for a shop that's located on the east coast.  Also, our oldest (not so) little girl turned eight and I wouldn't think of letting her do that without a party. Seriously, my head was spinning.  On top of everything, I have these three kiddos and they, of course, have Spring Break in April , so I tried to make that fun as well.  Balance...

May-Still lots of orders (although, not as insane as April), Spring Break for the girls and a big fundraising event for school.

June-Kids out of school, Daily Swim Practice x two, Travels, Family Reunion and more...

That at least brings us to the current month.

So now, because I'm insane and thrive on stress I'm always looking for a new creative outlet, I decided to open a bridal accessory shop! I'm really liking it.  And why not? I get to play with silk and feathers- all kinds of feathers, I just ordered ivory peacock feathers, so fun. But the best part: The brides I've worked with are surprisingly calm and happy.  I could have used a little of what ever they're taking while I was engaged.  I'm a little ashamed to admit it, but I honestly remember crying over seating assignments- like "losing it" crying.

 Here are a few photos of items in the shop:

I have a Russian netting birdcage veil that I've listed at only $10 as a grand opening type of deal. As of yet, the shop isn't even close to being as full as I'd like. Even so, here's a link if you want to visit KAK Bridal.

Now, I'm headed to the studio to tackle a boatload of tulle that will become elbow veils. On a side note, for those of you who have worked with tulle, isn't it the strangest textile?  It seems to grow, like the Blob- it's as though there's more of it every time I pull it out of the bin. Just had to mention it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

I Thee Wed...Preppy Style

Planning a wedding?  Etsy seems to be a must for brides these days, especially since the bride-to-be can work directly with sellers, artists and designers to have items customized to their needs.  Below, you will see a number of wedding and bridal items that I recently found on etsy. I felt as though they just had to be shared!

 I'm starting with the item that prompted this post...the monogrammed veil from jfyBride. This veil makes me want to get married all over again!

This BEAUTIFUL monogrammed veil is available from jfy Bride.  Below is another example of her monograms.

As luck would have it, our friend Lynn of L. Whelan Designs has a new line of bow ties made with Lilly Pulitzer fabric. If you haven't been to her shop already, you might want to stop by, her craftsmanship is amazing and her eye for color is delightful. I've been eyeing her aprons forever!
Boy's Bow Tie in Lilly Pulitzer Fabric, pattern: Millionaire's Row- from L. Whelan Designs
Bow Tie in Lilly fabric - pattern: Low Riders from L. Whelan Designs

Now, a few bridal items from my etsy shop: Looking 4 Lilly. These are all made with vintage Lilly Pulitzer fabric. They would qualify as "something old".
Vintage Lilly Pulitzer fabric stemmed rosettes from Looking 4 Lilly. These are made to add a touch of Lilly to the bridal bouquet.  Give them to your wedding florist and they'll take it from there.
Bridal party matching headbands and wedding garter in vintage Lilly from Looking 4 Lilly.

For absolutely beautiful jewelry from a seller who knows all about preppy style, visit Caroline Grace Jewelry . This designer has an amazing talent for combining elegance, beauty and simplicity (with an added touch of sparkle). She uses only the finest materials, which is why she is such a great find for brides.

Earrings by Caroline Grace Jewelry

I came across these gorgeous invitations while looking around on etsy also. They are by Nellia Designs. I fell in love with these.
Buckle Ribbon Wedding Invitations by Nellia Designs

Of course these "Save the Date"  magnet cards caught my eye. They are by Anna Murray Invitations. She has numerous patterns from which to choose.
Save the Date Magnets by Anna Murray Invitations

Last but not least...if you're going to get dressed up and have a celebration, make sure everyone is dressed in their best. These are perfect for engagement photos that include your best friend. This collar is from Pinky's Pet Gear. This happens to be one of my favorite etsy shops, as well as one of my favorite etsy sellers. Take a look at her adorable collars and preppy key fobs.

Monday, February 7, 2011

One Less

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --A. Einstein

I received an email today, which informed me that a mom from my daughters' swim team passed away last week. She was a non-smoker who was diagnosed with lung cancer over a year ago. She was admired by many here in our small, tight-knit community. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family during this difficult time.

Unfortunately, I didn't know her. At least I don't think we ever met. My daughters just started swim team last summer. But, from what I understand, she played an active role on the team in recent years.  She even made it to meets last summer immediately after receiving chemo treatment. She suffered that which sounded like a pulmonary embolism.  So, it was a battle that she endured, but the end was sudden. Now their family of four is one less.

I found myself staring at the beautiful photo of her and her family that I received via email today. I might not have known her, but I knew her. She was a mom, like me, who lived in the same community, she drove on the same roads and shopped in the same stores.

It's sad to hear about loss such as this. It reminds me of just how far removed from death I feel sometimes. It's as though it's the furthest thing from my mind. Then, I get an email like the one that I received today and reality sets in. The reality that the woman I mentioned was probably cruizn' along at full speed a little over a year ago, worrying about the same things that I worry about today...swim practice, grocery shopping, dry cleaning, report cards, you know -the important stuff. And then everything suddenly changed for her and her family. It reminds me that it could change for my family just as quickly. So, I shut the computer off, let the laundry stay in the dryer and hug the girls extra tightly and twice as long. I take the time to ask them about every single detail of their day. I do this for a while and then I get caught up in life again and forget. I forget that this life of mine is a gift and that every moment spent taking it for granted, is a moment wasted.

I forget that those tiny feet that track in mud, will soon be walking out the door to go to college, and that the dog that's leaving paw prints all over our french doors will leave our family before we're ready to say goodbye (because dogs always leave too soon). I forget that the guy I married, the one who forgot to pick up the milk at the grocery store also happens to be the most amazing father I've ever known. I forget to watch the girls when they laugh just because they're laughing and that a five year old child's fib, isn't the end of the world...

I forget that nothing is the end of the world, here on earth, except for the actual end of our world, here on earth.  And, as I'm busy forgetting to be grateful for every moment that we have together, I miss out on some pretty cool stuff. I just know it.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Lilly Party at the Museum of Lifestyle and Fashion History

Lots of Lilly lovers are attending this event (including Ms. Lilly herself!) at the Museum of Lifestyle and Fashion History.  My sister, Tamra and I fly to Key West on Wed. the 5th and then head to the party on the 8th. Hope to see you there!