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Me-Made-May Week 1

So far, I am totally rocking the Me-Made-May challenge.  In case you didn’t catch my last post, the goal of Me-Made-May is to wear (and love) the clothing and accessories you have made. Dig ‘em out of the closet, finish off that project that has been waiting for a final button or hem, and feel fabulous in your wonderful creations.

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And I will say that the first week was a total success.  It was actually cool enough to break out a few scarves I had made (always my go-to project when I’m feeling crafty), and I even completed my very first skirt.  *Cue the applause*

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Me-Made-May

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       So, spring has arrived here in Texas (or at least it had until yesterday when the temperature dropped by 30 degrees), and that means that we have approximately 10 more days of pleasant weather until summer hits.  We don’t really do in-between weather here, it’s either 100 degrees for months on end or sleeting during our fickle “winter”.

And I’m gonna admit, I’m kind of over it. 

Most of my frustration with our intense summers boils down to the seeming impossibility of finding clothing that doesn’t make me miserable in the heat.  How hard could it be to find clothing made of natural fibers?  And yet I usually find myself stumped. 


Admittedly, there are plenty of options out there for cottons and linens (which I love!), but I balk at the usual hippy-ness of most offerings.  It’s just not my style.  I’m also really cheap and have a hard time forking over the money for basics like undershirts and tees, even though those are the pieces I would wear the most. The flaws in my logic run deep, I know this. 

Which brings me to my point: Why don’t I just make it myself?  I will admit that I am no expert seamstress, but I am rather handy with a needle, can follow instructions well, and I can make my own patterns fairly easily.  I have such respect for handmade clothing and integrating handmade items into my everyday life, but when it comes to clothing I am woefully lacking. 

I want to change this.

I don’t (yet) have aspirations of a 100% handmade wardrobe, and probably never will.  But I want to have a greater appreciation and respect for the clothes I live in. 

I recently discovered this lovely post from Lula Louise, and I immediately got excited about it. I had never heard of Me-Made-May, but it was right up my alley.  I headed over to

So,Zo…" for a little more info, and here’s the basic idea behind it:

Me-Made-May ‘13 (MMM’13 for short) is a challenge designed to encourage people who sew/knit/crochet/refashion/upcycle/insert-other-creative-discipline-here garments for themselves to actually wear and love them. The me-made and self-stitched challenges have been taking place for over three years now and they work on both a personal and community level.

The participants decide the specifics of their own challenge pledge, so that the month is appropriate and challenging for them… A very common pledge is for a participant to aim to wear one self-stitched or refashioned garment each day for the duration of May 2013.

Obviously, I don’t have nearly enough me-made pieces to make it through a full 31 days, so for now my goal is to wear at least two me-made pieces of clothing or accessories every week, as well as add one NEW piece to my arsenal every week. 

I am excited already!

I will also be taking this opportunity to wear as many of my favorite handmade pieces made by other talented artists and friends.  Wearing handmade items truly does change my mood and my outlook, and I want to make a concerted effort to see how a month of choosing my clothing with intent can affect me.  

Admittedly, I’m hopping onto this a bit late, but I hope my enthusiasm more than makes up for it.  I’ll be (hopefully) posting weekly updates for you, so stay tuned to hear more about my adventures in me-made.  It should be… interesting to say the least.

Mother’s Day gift guide

Mother’s Day is May 12th!  Start thinking about a few gift idea now while it is still early.  Etsy has some great selections for even the hardest-to-shop-for moms. Just click on the pictures to find out more!


I love the idea of cozy gifts for mom.  I don’t think I know of any mom who couldn’t do with a little more rest and relaxation in her life.  How about a quirky and cute sleep mask for the women in your life?  At only $12/each you can pick up several and be the new favorite in the family.

Bamboo jersey is one of my favorite materials, and when you add in sari silk embellishments my heart does a little leap for joy.

Sweet feminine details like this crochet brooch are always a welcome addition to any outfit.  VeraJayne has a lovely selection to choose from.

I am constantly amazed by the amount of love and care that goes into handwoven items, and these kitchen towels are no exception.  For the mom who appreciates well-made tools and isn’t afraid to use them.  Fiber artist Amy C Lund has quite the selection to fit any style.

It’s all in the packaging

Since we showed off some of our lovely bird cake toppers on our last post, I thought this would be a good opportunity to show you all a bit about what goes along with them: pretty packaging!

Packaging is one more way to let our customers know that we love our handmade pieces, and are happy to send them on to their new homes in the prettiest way possible.

The birds are carefully wrapped, padded with bubble wrap, sealed up with decorative washi tape and a custom sticker, and then given the royal treatment with a snazzy organza bag. I always make sure to include a care card and a quick thank you with every order to ensure all of our brides know they are loved and appreciated. 

 
I have almost as much fun packing the orders as I do when I am making them.  Being sure that every order will arrive safely and beautifully means a lot to me, and having packaging that makes it happen is just the icing on the cake.

A Flight of Fancy

Okay, okay, I know.  Birds.  In the wedding (and design) world, you see them everywhere.  And I do mean EVERYWHERE.

Portlandia was only slightly exaggerating with their infamous “Put a bird on it!”.  Because, honestly, it works.  People love it!  They go nuts for those little feathery creatures.  And don’t get me started on owls.  It’s almost as impossible to avoid the now-ubiquitous birds and owls as it is to avoid chevron patterns on any design blog under the sun. 

And I am okay with that.  You wanna know why?  Because I have finally given in whole-heartedly to the birds.  (I still detest chevron patterns, but that’s another story.) 


Ditch the cutesy birds you find on all the baby decor, and look for something a touch more elegant.  Might I suggest…. these little beauties.  

 

Simple and understated, they make a beautifully romantic addition to any wedding cake, big or small. They can be tucked in among the cake flowers, take center stage all on their own, or even pair nicely with a monogram.

Make them all your own with custom colors, optional crowns, or even flowers. 


These sweet lovebird cake toppers are available from our shop in 11 different colors, or you can send us a color sample and we will custom make a set just for your special day.  All of the birds are sculpted by my own two hand right in our studio, ensuring that they are all made to the highest standards before being hand-painted and sealed. How much lovelier could it get?


And to ensure that they stay perfectly perched on your cake, all are made with a dowel rod that can be inserted into the cake to keep them from flying away.  (Your baker will thank you for that.  Trust me.)

So, yes, you might be afraid of becoming yet another victim of the “Put a bird on it!” mentality, but hopefully these sweet birds have convinced you to at least reconsider.  They are too beautiful to resist!  They make a wonderfully romantic alternative (or addition) to the basic monogram or floral cake topper,  and will make your special day just a little sweeter.