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Envy of The Day

Martha’s Craft Room

Here’s a tour of Martha Stewart’s own attic craft room. I’m usually indifferent about attic rooms – they always look claustrophobic to me, but this one is still great nonetheless.

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.









Note to self: Must buy kraft paper dispenser.



Martha’s sewing machine is hooked up to a computer, which reads a CD-ROM of patterns that she purchased and translates them into thread, as on this set of napkins.



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Hola Orla!

Hullo, ladies and gents.

Today’s topic would be the new Orla Kiely collection from Target.

This may sound like blasphemy, but for the most part I only like it – not love it. Don’t get me wrong now, I worship Orla Kiely as much as everybody else out there. It’s just that in this collaboration with Target, they choose to lower the quality and I think it’s about high time that I move on to a more refined taste in dinnerware. Real porcelain – yes, melamine with fruity pattern – no.

Having said that, I really really like the canisters, the mugs, the 2-tier tray and of course – the apron. And as we speak, I’m debating if I should get the floor mat to replace the shaggy pinkish one we currently have in the bathroom.

And here are some of the items, though I have to add they look muuuch better in person than on your screen.




Images from AT

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Oh, Dear!

It’s not everyday I found myself staring agape at the screen. But this one did it.




No, no. I’m not even talking about the clothes. The decor!

Copied from AT:

These amazing pictures are of a Chanel Runway for the 2009 spring and summer collection. The gorgeous white paper flower arrangements of roses, daisies, leaves, and petals decorated the massive columns and entryway staircase of the Cambon-Capucines Pavilion in Paris. They used 7000 handmade flowers and it took 4800 hours to put it all together. What a dramatic effect! On a smaller scale this could be a great way to decorate a dinning table or an entryway for a special occasion.










This makes the paper flowers on my window sill so pale in comparison =P

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1,2, Buckle My Shoe



Hello, and Happy New Year to you!

I picked up this children’s book the other day, not realizing that I’ve hit the jackpot. It’s a wonderful picture book by Anna Grossnickle Hines, where she combines: 1. nursery rhymes, and 2. quilting into a children’s book!

I’ve seen picture books made of polymer clay, collages, and what not, but quilt? That’s new. Flipping through the pages is nothing short of inspirational, and she has a section on her website where she went over the story on how the book came about. Love, love, love it.

So here’s to a brand new year, here’s to more inspirations and revelations!

And I am yet to nail down a new set of resolutions for 2009, but I have a hunch it will have something that sounds like this: Draw more, sew more, craft more, write more.

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Luggage Tags, pt. 0

What an exhausting weekend.

Managed to finish the first pair of luggage tags though, and even practiced with my new camera! Too bad I still can’t figure out how to upload the pictures. And my SD reader can’t read an SD-HC, as it turns out. Boo. Anyway, will give the tags to my friend during dinner later tonight. Do you think one hour is enough to dress up, put make-up on, AND wrap the tags? Hmm? Probably not.

Speaking of gift wrapping, I’ve always been awed by the stark simplicity of kraft paper and baker’s twine.


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