Thursday, March 8, 2012

Flower Power In A Box

I wanted to take my crafting to another level and decided to hand make the gift wrapping to compliment my hand made headpiece. One bottle of wine and two hours later... I came up with something personal, sweet and timely for the upcoming spring/summer seasons. This piece was done as a 'thank you.'

My Inspiration:  November issue of W Magazine for spring 2012. Photo shoot styled by Giovanna Battaglia, labels such as Givenchy, Balenciaga, Michael Kors and Alexander Wang get a floral makeover.
My Inspiration: Free People floral head piece sketch spring 2102

My Inspiration: Chloe' RTW S/S 2012

My Inspiration: Chloe' RTW S/S 2012

The headband: "Spring Has Sprung" - Sea pearls, yellow feathers, marble turquoise stone. I loved the idea of doing some hand painting on my head pieces so I custom mixed acrylic color to match the turquoise stone. I lightly brushed the feathers with my color. Turned out really nice.

The box: I wanted the outside to look just as thoughtful as the inside. I took a recycled gift box and hand painted star bursts on the outside. I adorned the box with a red paper bow.

The note: Hand written notes are a thing of the past, but I just can't let them go. I hate using store bought cards. I prefer to make them. I took a piece of textured card stock and burnt the edges with a lighter (an elementary school touch). The envelope is two piece of felt sewn together. I though it looked a little plain in comparison to the rest of the gift so I topped it off with a wire butterfly.

Happy crafting!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Happy Brithday to the Suessiest of Doctors

I had the entire collection of Dr. Suess books. Aside from his obvious charm and whimsy, Theodor Seuss Geisel (he didn't actually practice medicine, or even earn the doctor title) truly turned the world of children's books upside down.

FUN FACT:  "The Cat in the Hat resulted from a theory Seuss had that the ‘Dick and Jane’ children’s books were so boring, reading levels were down in schools because kids refused to read them. To fix this, a director at Houghton Mifflin sent Seuss a list of about 350 words kids should know and then challenged him to write a book kids couldn’t put down with only 250 of those words in it. In the end, the book uses 220 of the words most used by children."
Find more Suess facts and oddities at 15 Things You Didn't Know About Dr. Suess

Suess had an uncanny way of encrypting both sentimental and intuitive messages in this stories.

Once of my favorite movies of all time, and what I believe to be a fantastic remake and interpretation of Suess' story.
Mike Myers (accompanied by a young miss Dakota Fanning) in the 2003 feature film of The Cat in the Hat - in my opinion second rate the the remake of How The Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey.    
Just in time for his birthday (those smart movie peeps), The Lorax comes out in theaters today and stars Danny Devito, Ed Helms, Zac Effron and Taylor Swift.

I leave you with the wise words of Ellen DeGeneres wishing Suess a happy day of birth...
 "Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Your books are better than some juice. Something something something Bruce. I’m not great with rhymes. Caboose."

Thursday, March 1, 2012

DIYing for spring/summer 2012

Happy March 1st everyone! I can feel spring rounding the corner. The sun wants to come out so badly in LA, and I terribly want to flip my closet to spring wear!

Design*Sponge is ALWAYS providing fab content for DIY projects for even us average Joe's. These 'life-size Barbie' paper flowers were from a D*S contributing writer - she made these for her wedding. Get out, these are to DIY for! Check out her tutorial and some gorgeous photos here.