Blog on the Move!

Things have been a bit quiet over here but I’m pleased to announce our move from WordPress.com over to WordPress.org!

What does this mean? We now are a hosted blog and all new posts going forward can be found here.

Why did we move? Our new address on the web will allow us to give you more content and integrate our blog with our soon-to-be launched e-commerce shop in one lovely site. The only thing you have to do is click here to get there, (and subscribe if you wish) and you’ll be able to see our latest posts and continue following our creative life adventures.

Thanks so much for reading and hope you all are having a lovely week!

ox

-Stacy

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Kelly Wearstler comes to Illinois

I was back in Illinois earlier this month and one of the great things about my hometown is that it is an absolute treasure trove for fantastic vintage items. Fortunately, this also means there are a plethora of vintage items that no one there seems to see the potential in.  While at one of my regular stops, I happened upon this very unfortunate pair of lamps:

Forget the shades but great shape, great design, just awful finish, right? Well…after some aggressive DIY…and channeling Kelly Wearstler’s Viceroy Hotel Palm Springs

*photo courtesy of Viceroy Hotels & Resorts

Wah-lah!

I’m slightly obsessed with how well they turned out and how they scream modern Hollywood Regency (my absolute favorite style for interiors).

What do you guys think? Love them? Want them? Want to see more images? They are one-of-a-kind, so find them here in my shop while they last!

Thanks and hope you’re having an awesome last week of summer!

ox

-Stacy

Etsy Worldwide Craft Party 2012

In case you’re looking for something to do tomorrow, Etsy is celebrating Craft Day worldwide tomorrow night, Friday, August 24th.  It’s kind of a big deal as there are over 1400 communities around the world celebrating with their own event tomorrow!  To find a Craft Party Meetup in your area, just click here.

In New York, Etsy Headquarters is hosting a party from from 6-8pm at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 with crafts, food trucks, etc… and it’s free! Just RSVP via this link.

ps – In case you saw the info in this week’s Time Out New York…Yep! That’s my face (on the right) promoting the New York Craft Party on page 60. I about died. I’ve officially arrived. ; )

Spring Into Coral

Spring is in full swing and as I change out of winter mode, there’s no other color I’d rather fill my wardrobe and home with than coral. Pantone set the trend naming “Tangerine Tango” its color of the year for 2012 and brought coral to the forefront in everything from fashion to home goods. From coral pinks to the deepest orange-hued coral tones I’ve scoured the web and came across my favorites featuring this gorgeous hue. Enjoy!

clockwise from top leftCoral Chevron Mugs from Jill Rosenwald; Miranda Corals framed prints by Miranda Baker; room from Shelter Interior DesignCoral Desk by Jelena

clockwise from top left: shirt and coral shorts by H&M, with clutch by Primark; Quartz Ring byTopshopcoral skirt by ASOS via Atlantic-PacificCoral Earrings by Etsy New York team member, Loella Medina

clockwise from top leftDraped Coral Trench by Tibi; Gold Sea Urchin Ring by Etsy New York team member Virginie Millefiore; skirt & ruffled top via Through the Looking Glass Style;  Elsie Miniature Leather Shoulder Bag by Chloe

clockwise from top leftCoral Monochromatic Pleated Clutch by Etsy New York team member Jes Witaj; Working Girl Shorts and TopFlamingo Coral Scarf by Forget Me Not; Vintage Levi’s Coral Ombre Shorts by Kaleidoscope Eyes

And not to leave guys out of this, I’ve found some great choices with this hot color for men as well:

clockwise from top leftAsics Onitsuka Mens Mini Cooper; Coral Chinos by J.CrewTangerine Tango iPhone case by Pantone; bow tie via Through the Looking Glass Style

Have fun shopping and Happy Spring!

-Stacy

*Disclaimer: As a writer for Etsy New York, I originally posted this over there yesterday but thought I’d share with you all over here as well. =)

Game Changers

It’s been a busy month (as, errr…is reflected in my blogging activity – sorry guys!) and March has flown by!  However, I’m so very excited to show (and tell) you about some of the reasons for my absence. With all the supplies I’ve acquired (thank you rare and amazing NY closet space) I really decided to go full throttle with Fritz & Fräulein, my vintage redesign biz.

Part 1: I joined The Etsy New York Street Team (no, not a gang of knitting needle wielding ninjas roaming Williamsburg keeping the hipster population in check – well, not yet at least). ; )  The team is an amazingly talented group of handmade Etsy artists from the New York area that meet online and off to share information on everything from markets to sell at to tax tips and supplier recommendations (yes, for my never ending “trim sourcing” quests for the perfect zipper, chain, buckle, leather, whathaveyou) or just attending handmade events like the upcoming Etsy Symposium and an Etsy-focused taping of The Martha Stewart Show.  We also host our own team blog (which I’m a writer for – yay!), Twitter, Facebook and are launching a Pinterest shortly (and you knowww I’ll be a part of that) ; ) to share anything and everything related to the handmade movement and growing a small business. In the short time I’ve been a member, it’s blown me away with how active and helpful this community is that I’m so very proud to be a part of.

Part 2: This leads me to…the fact that I’ve been desperately needing to acquire an industrial sewing machine to replace my sad little home sewer that just isn’t up to snuff to efficiently sew my Garrison Clutches (and soon-to-be released upcycled iPad/laptop sleeve line). I spoke to Parsons, FIT and my old fashion department at Syracuse for advice and then scoured craigslist, the fashion district and spoke to more fast-talking dealers (sewing machine dealers people, sewing machines) than I care to remember. Just when I was totally over the whole search and about to pull the trigger on a used Juki from the least shady dealer I could find, Etsy New York came through. =) Fellow team member, Rosi, from Rosi Rouge, was moving her studio and needed to sell a vintage industrial Singer 95-10 for a steal. I did my research and learned it was one of the original Singers, Made in America on August 5th, 1920 in Elizabeth, NJ (yes, the “need to know” researcher in me actually called Singer with the serial number), is highly regarded in the industry as one of the best machines ever made and still used by designers today, particularly preferred for it’s “elegant stitch.”  Needless to say, if it ran good, it was recommended that I snatch it up.  After testing it out and being in utter amazement of its gorgeous work and whisper quiet whir, I did. =) Aaand here it is…

I have yet to name her/him but suggestions are welcome.  Maybe this will be the Fritz to my Fräulein (at least for now). =)

Favorite DIYs of Pinterest – March 2012 Edition

As you’ve probably already read, I’m kind of a fan of Pinterest.  Being that DIY is such a hot category (and I’m a DIY pinning addict) I’m going to do a quick roundup of my favorites (that I will do – when i get a moment to breathe – i swear). 😉  I should mention that I like to tweak DIYs to give them my own personal style, so I’ve shared the links to the original DIY and included some of my notes / tips below each photo.  If you’ve done any of these or have any favorite projects, please share and comment with any tips, links or pics. In the meantime, Happy Friday and I hope this inspires you to get your hands creating this weekend.

-Stacy

Studded collar via Atlantic-Pacific (project inspired via Cheetah is the New Black). You can pick up these pyramid studs online at Studs & Spikes or at M&J Trimming here in New York (not available via their online site).  Just make sure you dab a bit of Fray Check around the edges of each hole to prevent the fabric unraveling/studs falling out.

Okay, this isn’t really a DIY but I’m digging around to try and find some ombre how-to instructions for at least a few of these (stay tuned). For now, I will say the petals on the cake are pretty self-explanatory (+ pretty beautious, right?) and can probably be picked up at your local silk florist, Michaels or Hobby Lobby. *Thanks to Decor8 for posting.

For those of us that haven’t fully purged our closet of that favorite too short sweater <<slowly raises hand>>, this DIY is for you.  *Disclaimer: I may try this out first on a Goodwill find before taking my scissors to that pink cashmere. I know, I’m a being a baby.

Puff paint? Spray paint? Redesigning? Amazingness. Who needs Jonathan Adler now? Thank you PS – I Made This.

Even though I don’t decorate in this style, I absolutely loooove this DIY. The instructions can be found here. Make sure to scroll down and read all the add’l tips as it seems this DIY has been a little tricky for some. *I’d like to modernize this somehow…maybe spray paint the doilies with metallic paint to make them look like metal embroidery? Add some small chandelier crystals dangling randomly throughout the interior? Do a cluster of sizes but in the spirit of the bubble lamp? Hmmmmmm…thoughts???

While we all would like to afford beautiful, handcrafted furniture, the reality is IKEA will often have to do for now.  Fortunately, there’s IKEA hacks, such as this that make designing your own unique piece of furniture inexpensive and easy.

I think this is SO simple and gorgeous. You can find the tutorial here. I envision this in pairs on the double doors of a library, an English classroom, but I also can totally see this on my front door, adding a little something to our dreary hallway.  But I’d probably dust the pages in gold powder (shocking). 😉

With Love, From Brooklyn

It’s no secret that I absolutely love supporting and working with the bubbling entrepreneurial community of artists and startups in my little town of Brooklyn.  Needless to say, when I heard about With Love, From Brooklyn (thank you Daily Candy), I didn’t need much convincing.  Darla Furlow is definitely my kind of people, recently launching this online shop selling carefully curated care packages filled with only the best local sweet and salty treats, grouped by theme and shipped to your foodie friends, family or clients.

Of course you could always schlep around the city putting together a care package yourself, but when her baskets don’t break the bank and each product has already been taste-tested by a panel of local food lovers, how can you go wrong?  Check out Darla’s rotating selection of goodies at  With Love, From Brooklyn and let your people outside the borough know where it’s at.

Granny Chic

Who would have predicted what once was only hot on the bingo circuit would become such a long-staying trend?  Knitting, crocheting, quilting, doily’ing (errr..?). Until recently, these words probably brought to mind those not-no-chic, cringe-worthy gifts from your childhood (three armed sweater anyone?).  Today, Gramma’s crafts have turned into one of the biggest trends to hit the design world.  With the revival of the handmade movement over the past several years + the comfort these sorts of materials have brought through these not-so-fun times, Granny Chic has infiltrated all aspects of product design.  You can find it in interiors, with these cute, knitted ottoman poufs from CB2:

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CB2 Knitted Poufs in GraphiteCamoPool, & Blood Orange (online only), $79.95-$89.95. Available in store or online.

Or you can go modern handmade and snatch up these upcycled doily-laden pillows and crochet Kindle cases from Betsy Bell:

Rockin' Grandma Vintage Doily Cushion Cover

Granny Chic Throw Pillows (available in a variety of colors and sizes/also does custom orders), $32-$38/each

Eco-friendly Kindle Snug with Tassles - Chunky Crochet - 100% Peruvian Wool

Eco-friendly Kindle Snug with Tassles (available in 12 colors/also does custom orders), $26

If you need to get organized, go for some vintage crocheted hangers from our own Fritz & Fräulein shop:
Crocheted Wooden Hangers - Blue, Cream, Green, Turquoise and Red Split (set of 3)

Vintage Crocheted Wooden Hangers (wide variety of colors) $9-$18/set

Or add a cute, retro touch with these LOVE yarn stitched coasters:

Coaster Set - LOVE Coasters

LOVE Coaster Set, $14

If you’re looking for a unique (and super cute) handmade gift, check out Skunkboy Creatures. She hand stitches every plush item, including the most adorable ornaments, larger plush animals and amazing custom cake toppers.

Image of Penguin Ornament  Image of Custom Blue Bird

Image of Laying Fawn

Image of Custom Bunny Wedding Cake Toppers

Penguin Ornament, $40; Blue Bird, $75; Laying Fawn, $200; Bunny Cake Toppers, $100.

Maybe fashion’s more your game? Be super chic with the Dublin knitted handbag from Gerard Darel, the designer French women and celebs alike (Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry) flock to for his classic styles.

24 heures Dublin

Gerard Darel 24 Heure Dublin350 €. Available in store (France only) or via gerarddarel.com.

If you’re not ready to hop the pond and drop that kind of coin, you can always pick up a lace shirt or Granny-inspired sweater, at retailers like Zara or American Apparel.

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Silk Lace T-Shirt, Zara, $25.90

Sweater, Zara. *photo courtesy of atlantic-pacific.blogspot.com

So whether it’s home goods, accessories or fashion, pick your poison and insert some Granny Chic into your life. Gram would indeed be proud.