Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Costume!

Hi! I thought I'd share photos of my halloween costume! It was super fun to wear and now I am obsessed with the color red! I could wear that cape EVERY day!
This was the first time I've ever tried styling a 1940's hairstyle. I followed this tutorial. My mom ended up helping me with it. I think it turned out great!

Dress- reconstructed vintage
Cape- vintage
Shoes- Nordstrom Rack
Basket- vintage

See the inspiration for this costume here.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Hope you have a spoooooky Monday :)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Hello again...

Fall is in full swing and I feel busier than ever. I thought I'd share with you my current to-do list:

- Finish redesigning my online portfolio (I swear designing for myself is harder than designing for a client!)
- Finish my holiday card designs
- Have a pumpkin carving party
- Make lots of homemade soup
- Buy a new winter coat
- *Finish making my halloween costume

Speaking of halloween costumes, my boyfriend James and I have decided to do a couples costume of Red Riding Hood and the Wolf! Except we're not going to be the typical fairytale characters, rather we are going as Tex Avery's cartoon, Red Hot Riding Hood!

I hate the slutty costumes most girls wear on halloween, so I found a classy sexy vintage reconstructed red dress at the Portland Design Collective yesterday. I plan to alter it a bit more and then make a matching red cape! (I'll be sure to post photos soon!)

What are your plans for Halloween this year?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Red Riding Hood

Check out this Red Riding Hood treasury I made on Etsy!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

DIY Candy-Filled Pumpkin Tutorial!

Happy Friday everyone! I recently created this fun tutorial for the My Own Ideas blog and thought it was so cute, I'd share it on my own blog as well! Enjoy!

I originally got the idea from Martha Stewart’s Cherry Bomb Wedding Favor How-To. But instead of a cherry, I decided to make pumpkins for Halloween favors. Martha’s how-to says these are “a cinch to make” but it took a little practice for me to get the hang of it. After making 4 duds, I came up with these beauties!
Tools & Supplies:
• Orange tissue paper
• Scissors
• Candy (I used Reese’s Pieces)
• Covered floral wire
• Floral Tape
1. Stack two layers of tissue paper. Using a small plate (6-8 inches in diameter is a good size), trace a circle. Cut out, cutting through both layers.

2. Place about 30 pieces of candy (fewer depending on the size of candy you use) in the center of the circle.
3. Gather the edges of the tissue up over the candy and twist together at the middle to create the stem of your pumpkin. You’ll want your ’stem’ to be about 3/4″-1″ long. Set aside.

4. Cut a piece of covered wire about 6″ long and bend one end at a 90 degree angle that is the same length as your tissue stem.

5. Wrap the long end of the wire around a pen or pencil to create the pumpkin’s twisty vine.

6. Place the straight end of your wire at the base of your tissue stem with the twist pointing downwards (toward the ‘pumpkin’). Using floral tape, wrap tightly around the wire and all the way up the tissue stem. If you want you can add a small piece of tape at the very top of the stem (to cover the top). Keep wrapping the tape around the stem until it is completely covered (remember floral tape isn’t like normal tape. It only sticks to itself, so wrap tightly and be sure to overlap it to ensure it holds together well).
(I added a small diamond gift tag from to make it more personalized, but that is totally optional!)

PS. For anyone interested in personalized labels and tags, we are hosting a giveaway on the My Own Ideas blog for a $50 gift certificate from!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Camp Isabella

Hi! I know it's been pretty quiet around here lately. I've been overwhelmingly busy this past month! I've been juggling a bunch of freelance design projects, developing new fall/winter items for my shop, visiting friends in Seattle, and working on revamping my design portfolio.

One of my most recent projects was designing these super cute CUSTOM Scout Badges. They are for a little girl's 8th birthday party. I designed a special button, "Camp Isabella" just for the birthday girl and then created her own Scout Badge collection in her favorite colors, orange and magenta!

I think they turned out SO cute! This is definitely the most fun custom request I've received on Etsy so far :)

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