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11 posts from January 2011

January 30, 2011

Winter Storms

Last weekend, while my friend Val was visiting, we had a tremendous snow storm. When I say tremendous I mean tremendous by St. Louis standards, because even though we are in the midwest Saint Louis-ans reaction to snow is much like the worker ants reaction to the leaf falling in "A Bugs life".  As soon as the first flakes hit: panic spreads like wildfire. People leave work early to "beat the storm". There are dozens of car wrecks because the streets are never properly salted and no one knows how to drive in the snow. All of the schools in the city and surrounding areas declare snow days. It is ridiculous.

Prior to moving here I had kept a snow shovel in my car to aid travel to and from work. I am not alone in this. Carrying a shovel was common practice. If it snowed, and it was still possible to dig your way into the building, you were expected to be there.  Don't get me wrong, I love a snow day as much as the next guy, but come on... six inches should not shut a city down! Never ones to be shut in by snow, we ventured out for brunch. It was lovely!

Snow Day

The snow was falling in gigantic fluffy flakes so we sat by the window to watch it collect. So pretty!

Beet & Goat Cheese Scramble

Val ordered the beet and goat cheese scramble.

Eggs Benedict with Asparagus

I ordered eggs benedict with asparagus. Both were incredible.

Breakfast Skip Bo

We spent the rest of the morning sipping juice and lattes and playing skip-bo. It was by far the coziest way to spend a "snow day". The weather reports all say that a massive ice storm is headed our way tonight. I parked on the street, but I'm not holding my breath. :)

January 28, 2011

January Winner!


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To claim your plush just email me your address at: kali@kalidarling.com.

Tonight is date night! We're heading out to Pi for pizza with my cousin and her husband and then coming back to our house to play games! I'm really excited.

January 26, 2011

So Pretty...

I've been slowly working my way through the gift cards I received for Christmas. I had two gift cards to spend at Bed Bath and Beyond and was blown away this weekend when I saw these:

Amy Butler Bath Towels!

Amy Butler Bath Towels!

Amy Butler bath towels! Maybe it's sad to get this excited over new bath towels, but I refuse to feel ashamed. These are awesome! They are so pretty and so soft I could stand in the bathroom for hours admiring them. Okay, maybe not hours, but you get the idea. We have vintage peach tile in our bathroom as you can see and up to this point all of my towels have looked weird in there. These actually match. *sigh* I love, love, love them!

I have long been an Amy Butler fan. I started collecting her bag patterns in college and I can spot her fabrics now faster than any other fabric designer. She is one of my biggest inspirations and one of the biggest driving forces behind me wanting to one day design a fabric line. (I will still design a print this year - baby steps!)

If you aren't a fan of hers already her are a few samples of her newest fabric line titled "Soul Blossoms". They're gorgeous:



I want the whole collection. Her fabrics are bold without being overstated and her patterns are perfection. Wait, wait, it gets better. In addition to her incredible fabric and pattern lines available for purchase she also has free patterns available on her website! They are all amazing too! Check them out! I will be making the Honey Bun Poufs in the very near future!

I've loved reading all of your Valentines favorites in my giveaway comments so far. Don't forget, you can still enter once a day until this Friday when the winner is drawn. For now, I'm beat. We had a local roller derby scrimmage tonight and my bed is sounding awfully comfortable right now. Have a good night!

January 24, 2011

January Giveaway!

I had the most glorious of weekends! Awesome time with friends, hilarious thrifting, incredible eats and really getting caught up on some crafting - I could not have asked for more! I have loads of photos to sort through and edit now, but I'm really looking forward to it. There will be some cute posts coming up.

For now... how about a giveaway? This month the giveaway is for a plush owl. I've been working on some new plush designs and tweaking some of the old ones in preparation for some Spring shows I've entered. I made this during the process.

Plush Owl

It's perfectly colored for Valentines Day, but not so much that it couldn't stay out all year round. It was constructed using both machine and hand sewing and it could be yours with just one comment.

Plush Owl

Here are the rules:

To enter just sign your name in a comment and tell me what your favorite thing about Valentines day is. If you hate Valentines day you can tell me that too. I'm not biased.

For a bonus entry tweet a link to my giveaway or post a link on your blog. (Make sure you post an additional comment here letting me know so you get your bonus entry!)

The winner will be randomly selected Friday night (Jan. 28th) at 6pm. You can enter once per day between now and Friday to increase your chances. Good Luck!

*You are asked to enter your email address when you comment. This is only so I can reach you if you win. I do NOT send out mass mailings!

January 19, 2011

Craft Night!

For the past few Wednesdays I've been getting together with some of the girls from my roller derby league and we've been working together to sew a derby outfit for an AIDS awareness fashion show. The outfit is really starting to come together and I should have some progress photos next week.

Tonight I focused on constructing the base for the top and fitting it to our model. I also made valentines cupcakes for snacks!



Chocolate banana with butter cream frosting - Killer! This weekend one of my best friends is coming to visit. We have a full weekend of crafting, thrifting and shooting photos planned, but I will also be putting the finishing touches on this months giveaway. It will be announced on Monday. I could not be more excited!

We're expecting some snow tonight. I was fully prepared to blow it off since we usually get way below the estimated amount, but it's really starting to build up. Fingers crossed for excellent sledding conditions!

January 17, 2011

Bento #10

Record Breaking bento.

Bento #10

This bento was made in less than two minutes. We were also super low on groceries hence the lack of color. Everything was found in the freezer and steamed once I got to work.


  • Veggie Sausage
  • Edamame
  • Spinach and Mushroom Bao

We did manage to make it to the grocery store this evening with a quick stop at the Asian food store, so there should be some prettier bentos on the way. The rest of tonight and tomorrow will be spent working on this month's giveaway. Stay posted!


January 15, 2011

DIY Fabric Frame Cover

I've been talking, you've been waiting, and it's finally here! January's tutorial will show you how to take a simple or worn out photo frame and update it with a fresh look. This would be a great project to unify a collection of mismatched frames or give more life to frames that may be slightly damaged or worn. Let's get started!

Getting Started

Here's what you'll need:

  • Photo Frame
  • Fabric remnant large enough to wrap around your frame
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Low Temp Glue Gun
  • Low Temp Glue Sticks
  • Ribbon/Buttons
  • Not Shown: Pen, Ruler, Fray Check

Marking Edges

1. Begin by spreading out your fabric under your frame and marking off a perimeter along the outside that when folded back over the frame, reaches within a quarter of an inch of the inside edge.

Lines Drawn

2. Measure out another line a half inch from the inside edge of the frame. Trim all excess fabric from the inside and outside.

Gluing Inner Edges

3. Draw lines from the inside fabric corners towards the inside frame corners stopping about an eighth of an inch from the actual corners and then snip the fabric along the lines as shown above.

Gluing Inner Edges

4. We're ready to glue! (It's really important here that you double check and make sure you are using a low temperature glue gun with low temperature glue sticks to match. You will be using your fingers to smooth the fabric onto the frame and you DO NOT want to get burned!)

Run a thin bead of glue along the inner edge of the frame and then quickly smooth an edge of fabric into the crack. You will need to work quickly as the glue hardens fast and you'll want to try hard to really smooth the glue out so the glass will fit back into the frame when you're finished. Repeat on all three remaining edges.

Sides Glued

5. Once the inside edges are in place, run a line of glue along the back of the frame and stretch the fabric snugly over the edge of the frame on two opposing sides.

Finishing Corner

6. Now for the corners. If you're familiar with hospital corners when making a bed you're ahead of the game. If not, pull the corner fabric as shown above until the desired look is achieved and then glue in place.

Corner Glued Down

The finished corner should look like this.

Inner Corners

7. With the corners in place glue down remaining sides and then dot each of the inner fabric corners with fray check to prevent the threads from pulling apart. If you don't have fray check don't worry - a dab of clear nail polish will work also!

Felt Backing

8. Cut out a piece of felt that matches the inside of the back of the frame exactly and falls just a quarter of an inch short of the outside of the back of the frame. This is also where you add any ribbons or buttons that you might have.

Finished Back

9. Now glue the felt in place to cover up any messy edges.

Finished Frame

10. Reinsert the glass, photo and backer and you're finished!

If you try this out on your own post a pic in the comments I'd love to see it!

January 12, 2011

Spring Daydream

As winter drags on and the cold gets more bitter I'm spending more time bundled up in my house daydreaming about Spring. Here are a few things I'd like to add to my spring wardrobe.

1. Knit ribcage unitard from Betsey Johnson's Spring 2011 collection. As soon as I saw this on the runway I wanted it. If a version does not leak into the mainstream market soon I'm going to have to knit my own. I die.

2. These glittered Mary Janes from Forever 21.

3. The Coach Tour Dress from Modcloth.

4. This turquoise poppy necklace by RachelleD.

5. Pretty pattern spring tights.

With a low of 19 degrees for the week and the rest of the days just skimming 30 degrees, I'm sure I'll be adding to this daydream collection. Hope you're staying warm!

January 09, 2011

New Years Eve

 Today I finally had some time to upload my recent photos. Here are a few from New Years Eve.

New Years

New Years

New Years

New Years

This year we attended a friends birthday party. I brought small fireworks and Mocha Martinis. Yum! Then we closed the night with a late breakfast and video games. Good times!

Last week I had a cold that slashed through my productivity, but I'm feeling much better now and I've spent most of my day taking and editing photos and working on some upcoming posts. Hope you're having a great weekend!


January 05, 2011

That's Awesome!

Top 5 things that currently inspire or amuse me:

1. The minimalist Star Wars posters by Justin Van Genderen.

2. The tiniest octopus ever!

La maison de Memi

3. This adorable work space by Memi the Rainbow.

4. Joe Hamilton's crazy crochet portraits!

5. These pretty little egg cups by Gijis.

Tonight I brainstormed for some upcoming projects and started this months tutorial. It's also day five of no nail biting! Be expecting more updates soon!

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