San Fransisco report part 2: Bell’occhio

My trip to San Fransisco was one I will never forget! The food the sites and the new found shops that made themselves at home in my heart!

My new friend Joan, who I meet while visiting Timeless Treasures, suggested I go check out Bell’occhio just off Market Street.  I knew I loved Joan! She has amazing taste and sent me to a unique shop I soon loved!

 

Bell’occhio was charming and like nothing I had ever seen before! I felt like I was walking a Paris Street and jumped inside a shop that urged me in! This store had the most beautiful displays of the finest ribbon, the most delicate trims, the darlingest stationary and so many other treasures….


This beautiful wall unite displayed fun ways to wrap or store gifts! Hat boxes, bags, colorful string and more!

When you first walk in a canopy bed catches your eye. Atop the bed sits endless ribbon and trim that just begs you to touch it! I’ve never seen such a collection.

Note cards and paper have always been a weakness so when I found my way to the stationary I was in heaven!


These small spoons made from shells and bone were so darling!


But this is what did me in! The Vintage spools that help all the ribbon and embellished trim! It was like art! I could have stared at this display of ribbon for hours!

This is Claudia, the owner of this amazing shop! For over 20 years she been running this charming business and I can only imagine how rewarding it must feel! Could you imagine being surrounded by beautiful and inspiring things all day long! It was an honor to meet her an dbe a guest in her shop!

 

Add Bell’occhio to your list of MUST see locations when you visit San Fransisco! You’ll regret it if you don’t! And be sure to visit the website to get  a full look at everything they offer.

 

Even Martha Stewart Loves Bell’occhio–

“My favorite tiny shop for creative things in San Francisco is Bell’occhio.”

–Martha Stewart 2008

 

I can’t wait to show off what I create with some of my Bell’occhio finds!

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Ribbon belts with flower embellishments.Making a felt flower.

I make head pieces and accessories for a local dance studio for competitions and photos. They needed a pop of red for a group photo so I whipped up these easy ribbon belts! Each belt needed to be slight different. I love how the creative process works! While creating one belt i came up with a way for a different one!

I used a silk flower, riffles and felt to create three different looks! The silk flower was easy…remove the back plastic part and glue! the ruffles were wrapped in a circle and glued down onto felt. and the last one was created with that plastic left over piece from the silk flower!
Supplies are simple. One yard of ribbon for each belt, belt loops and your flower to embellish.

 

Sew the belt loops together on one end and roll and finish off the edge of the other.
To create the demetional felt flower you’ll need the plastic backing to any silk flower and cut circles of felt. Teh circles do not need to be perfect but they need to stagger in size.
Using hot glue you’ll glue each circle, starting from largest to smallest, into the center of the plastic flower part. It will create a beautiful ruffle look with each layer.
The last circle you’ll need to fold to get into the very center!
Fluff up the layers and add dabs of glue to make extra ruffles and folds.
And there you have it!
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Sparkle Sparkle! Trim turned bracelets in a jiffy!

Who doesn’t love cheap affordable! I for one am always looking for affordable ways to create accessories so while I was waiting in the cutting line at JoAnns and the trim section caught my eye I knew I was on to something great! I’m on a jewelry fix right now and my brain started churning.
Project Runway now has a line of trim at JoAnns! Loads of beautiful trim that sparkles and adds texture! I was drawn to the ruffles and sequins and thought they would make beautiful bracelets. I bought 1/3-1/2 of a yard of each and spent around $5 total on all this trim. 

 

 

Next it was off to the jewelry making section where I grabbed a pack of ribbon clasps for $2. This pack will give me three finished bracelets.
I measured and cut my trim to fit my wrist. Be sure to burn the edges to keep the ends from fraying. You’ll need a small pair of pliers to clamp and attach the clasps.
The thinner gold trim worked great to get a twisted look. I took two pieces and twisted them together before I clamped the second end.
I love this last one! It looks like a fun cuff! This trip was stretchy so all I did was hot glue the ends together. You could also stitch it.
So cute right! So for $7 I created 4 new bracelets that are going to  add a little sparkle to my outfits!
Think outside the box the next time you visit the craft store. Trim can become a great tool for jewelry and with all of the amazing varieties out there you are sure to find something great to work with.
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My sweet little 50′s girl! Thank you Abode!

Ok…look at that face! Is she not the most mischievous looking little girl you’ve ever laid eyes on!? This here is my youngest and she is exactly what you think…a whole lot of fun, spunk, laughs and personality! Remember her run in with my flour… She actually never sits still long enough to take her picture so I count these latest shots as one’s to treasure!
And to make it even better I found the most adorable Vintage dress in perfect condition at my favorite consignment shop in Salt Lake called Abode.
I was dying when I saw it and had to buy it and boy am I glad I did! It fits Charlies’ sweet and sassy personality to a T! 

 

My sweet little 50′s girl! Decked out in her red plaid ready to rule the world! All she’s missing is her text books wrapped in a belt and an apple for the teacher. Charlotte is her given name but we never call her Charlotte! From the very beginning we’ve always called her Charlie! It’s the prefect name for this larger then life little ray of sunshine! She’s a Charlie through and through and even a  Chuck on some days! I’m the luckiest mom on planet earth becasue she’s mine! Even if she’s all sorts of trouble,
I love this little chicken nugget!

 

 

The last thing this new outfit needed was the perfect accessory! Have no fear! Momma’s got this under control! Time to whip up a simple
Mary Jane Bow!

 

Boiled Wool (felt), really good wool, make’s for the best bow! Heather Bailey Wool is my all time fave and you can buy it locally at Material Girls Quilt Shop! I have a stash in endless colors in my craft room! Red was a given in this case! This strip is 12″ x 1″

 

 

 

A few simple folds later you’ll have the basic construction. The second photo is a side view so you
can get an idea of how I folded it.

 

Add tiny dabs of hot glue in between each fold to secure this shape.

 

 

 

You’ll add the center band by cutting a small strip of wool and wrapping it around the center being sure to secure it with hot glue on the back! If you pinch the center when you do this you can create a pucker! Trim the ends.

 

Lastly glue on a clip. Glue the clip on with the clip opened so you don’t accidentally glue it closed!

 

 

 

Sweet and easy!  Almost as sweet as my Charlie!  Ooh!!! I could just eat that face!
If you love vintage and great finds you must must must get over to Abode! I’ve never been in there and not felt like I just found the greatest find of my life!
Abode has it all! Painted and refinished furniture, vintage clothing, toys, home decor,  Letters, Maps, doilies, linens, accessories, artwork, and endless vintage details you didn’t even know you wanted!
Come see why I love this place!

abode
1720 S. 900 E.
Salt Lake City, Ut 84105
(801) 486-2633
Visit them on line HERE!
Read their fun blog HERE!
Follow their sweet tweets HERE!
And follow them on Facebook HERE!
p.s. Abode has groovy music that plays on their website! I may have in fact been listening to it the entire time I’ve been writing this post and I’ve had a perma-grin on my face because of it!

 

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Marshmallows + Chocolate = Yummers! Chocolate dipped Marshmallows.

Nothin’ like a homemade treat to put  a smile on your face or the face of a good friend on the receiving end! I love this time of year for a few reasons… 

  1. I get to gush over my lover and no one can make fun of me!
  2. Pink is more tolerable
  3. They sell STRAWBERRY Marshmallows!
I may in fact be addicted to Strawberry Marshmallows!  I’m embarrassed to admit that I can polish off  half a bag in under 5 minutes! Gross right!  But when you dip ‘em and gussy them up a little for the holiday they are even more addicting!
I use a double boiler on the stove top when I melt Chocolate for dipping! It’s way more controlled then melting it in the microwave. I add a tablespoon of Crisco to 1 1/5 cups of Chocolate to get  a shinny glean when the chocolate dries!
Be sure to stir, stir, stir! Once the chocolate looks like a pool of  goodness that you want to drink, it’s time to dip!
Top it off it a sweet little Heart Candy and let ‘er dry!
I also dipped them in White Chocolate and used pink sprinkles! I placed then in pink and purple candy cups and used a window box to display them! Are they not cute or what!!!!
And look at how cute this is! I found  pink Egg Cartons on line at eggcartons.com! I ordered a sample of each color they offered and  my mind is spinning  with future project ideas! Easter is going to be awesome this year with these babies!
I’ve spray painted egg cartons before but it takes like three coats to almost cover the writing completely. I like this way much better and if you ever plan on making tons of treats to pass out you can order a bulk order of 25 cartons in any color!
Happy Dipping!
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Tin Can Planter Neighbor Gift Idea

It’s crunch time over here!This is the week for me to get my butt in gear and get some last minute holiday things crossed off my “To do” list! Neighbor Gifts are high on that list!  I’m determined to come up with a creative and simple and affordable small gift idea to hand out to my neighbors! I know this can be stressful! VERY STRESSFUL actually so I was never more grateful to see this darling gift idea when I toured Thanksgiving Point! I was able to make one and man is it easy!

 You’ll start by collecting used and cleaned tin cans! I know! I know! A recycling project too! Can this get any better!!!
 Add about an inch of Road gravel or small pebbles to the bottom of your can. This will help with drainage!
 Next add rich loose soil up to about an inch below the top of your tin can.
 Next add your cute and adorable flower bulb. This is a Paper White. the stem should face up!
Cover the top of your soil and your bulb with moss and water your newly planted bulb!
 Tie on a cut strip of burlap in a simple knot.
 Add some Christmas Greens like Eucalyptus and Ferns and a few craft berry’s!
 Isn’t that darling! So simple and beautiful and unique! Each tiny gift cost about $1.50. Sounds good to me!
Merry Christmas neighbor!
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4th of July "Can" offical start!

The 4th of July has to be one of my favorite holidays!!! I’m in love with all it stands for! Freedom! Sacrifice! History!Hope! Celebration!

I love a good excuse to pass on a little glimmer of my enthusiasm when ever I can! For this 4th of July it comes in the form of this fun candy filled Pop Top Tin Can!

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It’s as easy as Pie… take any pop top tin can and open it with a can opener from the bottom! Rinse it out and dry it well. Fill it with anything fun! Glue the bottom using a hot glue gun! Decorate the can with paper and tie ribbon on the pull tab! Add a cute tag and look forward to Oohs and Ahhs!

Any Holiday would be cause to can a little something! Holiday scrapbook paper is the perfect way to customize this gift idea all year round!

It also makes for adorable birthday gifts! They are the perfect size for hiding gift cards, lip glosses, jewelry and small trinkets!

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I think they would be super cute for party invitations, Thank you notes or visiting teaching gifts! The possibilities are endless!!!

And once the top is off you can use it for a cute pen holder!!!

And yes… we had soup for lunch and my freezer is filled with zip lock freezer bags filled with diced tomatoes and beef stew!

Find out how you can become a guest poster HERE!
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the "Charlie Bug Party Hat"

Hip hip hooray! It’s Party hat day!!!!!

In honor of my birthday (well actually in honor of FINALLY getting it done!) my first ever pattern for sale is READY!!!!






“The Charlie Bug party Hat!” is ready to rock and roll any special birthday girl, boy, mom, dad, girlfriend or perfect strangers head! Customize yours with your favorite designer fabric and call it good! I’ve even included my free Birthday Patch pattern and instructions!


Order your very own pattern emailed straight to you in pdf format!
Print it off and get started!

Sewing level: Beginner
Estimated time of project: 30 min.

“The Charlie Bug Party Hat”
by: Blue Cricket Design
$8

email orders to [email protected] and in the subject line please write “PATTERN ORDER!”

Thanks for the support friends!

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Folded Felt Flowers

It’s time for another flower tutorial!

I love this new technique! We’ll be pairing it with some old classics to make a layered look that’s fun to play with colors, fabrics and buttons!



Start by cutting at least 6 circles of felt. The ones I used in this example are approximately
2 1/4″ circles! Just grab something round and trace away! I used a lid from my girls play tea set!

You’ll be folding each circle into a burrito!

Sew two straight stitched with your sewing machine through the middle.

Now cut between the stitching and now you have two sections!

Lovely lovely petals!

Cut one more circle the same size as your original circles and pin on your petals!

Time to sew!

Yuck!!! This is what it looks like when you forget to put your foot down while sewing! No need to worry! We’ll be covering up our stitches! Thank goodness!

Now we’ll throw on some of our past techniques like our Heather Bailey Flowers! Cut a few more circles out of fun fabric and grab yourself a button!


Start layering them on!

Ooops! You caught me! I traded out the red button for a yellow and stitched it all together! And now it’s up to you how you want to finish it! Glue on a broach pin or an alligator clip or glue it to a headband!



Fun, bright and endless possibilities! I also think they would look great on a package, clustered on a throw pillow or on a frame!

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Double Ribbon Washer Necklace!

While preparing for my Studio 5 appearance last week I came up with a new and easy twist on the original Washer Necklace! It uses two long pieces of ribbon instead of one and is slightly easier to enplane! If you are looking for a fun and affordable project to teach
a group of girls this is it!

Start by cutting two 4 feet pieces of ribbon. Tie your two pieces together at approximately 1 1/5 feet down the two ribbons. Add your first washer by taking the top ribbon and pulling it down its center and taking the bottom ribbon and pulling it up its center.


Add your next washer by weaving your ribbon the exact same way…top ribbon down its center and bottom ribbon up its center! See how it looks! They are now over lapping and you can see a fun new pattern.



Keep it up until you have added all the washers and completed your design!

Here is a slight variation… I weaved a washer and then knotted the ribbon before I added the next washer!


I love the way they look when you mix them with the original look! Now get to work and see what other techniques you can come up with!

Here is the segment I did on Studio 5! You can see the process in action!

Be sure to enter to win my Washer Necklace giveaway HERE! Winner announced tomorrow!

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