Thursday, June 24, 2010

Let's Colour



I came across this beautiful project via Poppytalk last night and just had to share.  It's amazing what color can do, isn't it?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Turquoise Collection

The Turquoise Collection, Just added to my Etsy shop!

The Turquoise Collection, Just added to my Etsy shop!

The Turquoise Collection, Just added to my Etsy shop!

Just added some new One-of-a-kind jewelry pieces to my Etsy shop, so check 'em out!

XO,
Genevieve

Thursday, June 17, 2010

GET YOUR CRAFT ON: Gypsy Banner

Get Your Craft On: Gypsy Banner

As promised, here are the directions for the quick and easy Summer project that I made the other day.  While making flags/bunting isn't exactly rocket science, this is just a simple little tutorial that you can whip up with some of your fabric scraps you may have laying around.  It's a great accessory to dress up an outdoor party or BBQ, or even to hang in a kid's room or studio space.

Supplies you will need:
Assortment of fabric (for this project I mixed scraps of Flower Bucket and Gypsy Garden together)
Rope (got mine super cheap at the Hardware store for about .39/lf - length of rope will depend on your space so pre-measure the area where the banner will hang before heading to the store.  Mine was around 30' long)
Disappearing ink fabric pen
Pinking Shears
Scissors
Scrap piece of paper or cardstock
Hot Glue Gun or Sewing Machine (not pictured)
Optional Supplies:
Picnic Blanket
Your favorite Summer beverage (might I suggest Ranger IPA- sooo good!)
Your favorite Summer tunes (I went with the classic Hippy mix of Marley and The Dead for this occasion)
Get Your Craft On: Gypsy Banner

Step 1:
Take your scrap piece of paper or cardstock and fold it in half.  Cut a triangle shape template for your flags.  Fold the paper over the rope to take into account the thickness of it to make sure it will be the right size that you would like.  Make any adjustments to the template if necessary, and snip the ends off of the top corners where the fabric would stick out after folding the fabric over the rope.
Get Your Craft On: Gypsy Banner


Step 2:
Trace your template onto your fabric (if you are using the disappearing ink pen you can spritz the fabric with water at the end of the project to make the marks go away, or you can trace your template on the back side of the fabric and not even have to worry about the lines at all- wish I would have thought of that part before I got half way through with tracing mine...).  Also, the most efficient way to trace and get the most flags possible is to precut your fabric into strips the same height as your triangle template.  Then after you trace one triangle, simply flip the template upsidedown and trace the next one.
Get Your Craft On: Gypsy Banner


Step 3:
Use your pinking shears to cut out your flags.
Get Your Craft On: Gypsy Banner


Step 4:
Snip the top corners off to prevent them from sticking out after you fold the fabric over the rope.
Get Your Craft On: Gypsy Banner


Step 5:
Arrange your fabrics on the rope and secure.  I'm a hot glue gun girl at heart (hardcore sewers don't be mad at me), so I used my gun to finish the job.  If you are looking for a more finished look or for something that will last longer you can bust out the ole trusty sewing machine as well and run a simple straight stitch to secure the flags into place.
Get Your Craft On: Gypsy Banner

Hang up your Gypsy Banner and enjoy!  There you have it- Easy Peasy...
Get Your Craft On: Gypsy Banner

XO,
Genevieve 

P.S.- Any fun Summer projects you guys are working on?  I'd love to hear about them!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Good Times...

This past weekend a group of us got together at my Dad's new place to go kayaking, hang out, and listen to our friend's new band play their first live gig...

River Bash 2010

River Bash 2010

Here's my friend "Poncho" floating back towards dry land after a couple of hours on the river...

River Bash 2010

Mom and friends inside the cabana enjoying the potluck food...

River Bash 2010

The 5 footer!  My job of this new kayak operation has been decorating the cabana.  I've only had abandoned/"repo" furniture from my Dad's storage units and a $200 budget to work with- thank goodness for spray paint and Target outdoor pillows!  It still needs a little more work, but it's come a long way from a set of gray cinder block storage units!

River Bash 2010

Everyone hanging out and listening to the band play...

River Bash 2010

Here are the guys getting their jam on...  They did really great for their first gig!  I made them a little banner thing to hang in the trees above the "stage."  Dad busted out the red Georgia Dawgs tent that totally clashed with my decor but that's ok- I'm sure they were more concerned with staying out of the sun that coordinating with my color scheme!  Oh, and I will have a tutorial for the banner coming up next so stay tuned!
River Bash 2010
Here's Brian and I towards the end of the evening (don't mind my crazy river hair).  We were so worn out by the end of the day, but overall it was an awesome time and I can't wait to do it again soon!  P.S.- if anyone is looking for cheap/cute Summer dresses, Wally World has really stepped up their game!  I bought that strapless purple dress for like 10 or 12 bucks last week...  Oh, and that "art" on the wall behind us is actually a group of melamine plates that I got from Target too for like $3 a piece- super inexpensive and also suitable for outdoors!
River Bash 2010
Hope y'all are having a great Summer!
XO,
Genevieve

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Baby Gypsy Shoes!

Baby Gypsy Shoes

Baby Gypsy Shoes
Check out these little cuties I got in the mail this week!  Nope, I'm not preggers, but I have 2 friends that are expecting baby girls this Summer.  I came across the Etsy site of Little Wishing Tree and thought it would be fun to have some shoes made out of my fabric.  She did a wonderful job and I can't wait to give these to the Mommas-to-be!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Wedding Recap: TJ and Jessica

TJ and Jessica's Wedding

TJ and Jessica's Wedding

The ceremony took place under the trees in front of the beach...
TJ and Jessica's Wedding

The Fam ;)
TJ and Jessica's Wedding

Party tent!
TJ and Jessica's Wedding

This is what happened when the band started playing...
TJ and Jessica's Wedding

The getaway "car"!  Bicycle built for 2 ♥
TJ and Jessica's Wedding

My brother got married last month and it was one of the best weddings I have ever been to!  They tied the knot in Jekyll Island, Georgia and it was absolutely beautiful there.  The scenery was gorgeous, the band was great (Brian especially loved the music- ha!), the food was incredible (the shrimp and grits were sooo good), and I got to see some family I haven't seen in a while which was really nice.  Not to mention coming from a family with 3 brothers I now finally have a sister (and BTW, how amazing was her dress and hairpiece)?!  It was just an overall wonderful time.  Love ya Teej and Jess!

Special thanks to Brooke Roberts for allowing me to share her pictures with you guys!  Brooke is an amazing photographer located in Golden Isles, Georgia so check out her website if you would like to see more of her work or are looking for a wedding photographer!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Wedding Recap: Liz and Richard

Liz and Richard's Wedding
Liz and Richard's Wedding
Liz and Richard's Wedding
Liz and Richard's Wedding
About a month ago two really good friends of mine, Liz and Richard, tied the knot!  The wedding was absolutely beautiful (as was the bride) and it was SO much fun!  Stella was a champ and modeled her collar like a pro.  We also decided to add a little somethin' somethin' to Liz's attire- some pretty gold buttons on her sassy green peep toes- cute!  The weather was perfect, I got to catch up with a lot of old friends, and we all danced the night away.  It was such a great wedding and I was honored to be a part of it.  Congrats Liz and Richard!