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  • Make it! For Anthropologie

    June 23, 2014 | No Comments »

    make it lantern DIY for anthropologie thisisloveforever.com
    Big self promotion alert: I have started writing DIY posts for the Anthropologie blog! This one above features five different ways to use and decorate a summer lantern. I have another DIY coming up soon. Stay tuned!

    I Love (Hate) Stuff: A Shopping Cleanse

    June 9, 2014 | 3 Comments »

    most beautiful / thisisloveforever.com

    I am not a minimalist. I love color and print and clutter. As a result, I like stuff. I am giddy with the thought of a pile of vintage fabric, a basket filled with buttons, a stack of beautiful linens. Often, it’s an emotional response, an electric tingle that jolts me alive.
    But this desire for stuff can go very, very wrong. What was once a quest to behold beauty can become an insatiable need to consume it. Quantity starts to trump quality and nothing is ever enough. I’ve talked about fast fashion being exhausting before- how hard it can be to separate the desire to look at beautiful things and capture them with your mind with the compulsion to buy all the beautiful things and own them with your credit card. We can never own all the beautiful things and besides that, many of the world’s most beautiful things simply aren’t for sale.
    I remember this the most when I’m on vacation. When you are on a great trip, doesn’t it always feel like you could just live out of your suitcase forever? All those stragglers left hanging in your closet at home, would you really care if you no longer had them? Probably not.
    So here’s what I am going to do: I’m going on a little cleanse. I need to re-learn the value of things, to accept that it’s possible to experience beauty without spending a dime, to appreciate a fleeting moment of beauty for what it is and need no more. To be clear, I don’t think there is anything wrong with buying things that you love, but I am no longer consciously consuming and that’s just not a good place for me to be. My goal is to get better at consciously consuming and it certainly doesn’t hurt that I will be saving some money in the process!

    The rules:
    -No clothing or accessories purchases, with the exception of necessities like socks or underwear, for three months. I can, however, make clothing or accessories myself.
    -After the three month mark, I can buy one vintage or handmade item a month. After the 6 month mark, I will re-assess how I am feeling about my possessions.
    -Continue to purge my closet of things I know I will never wear.
    -Continue to talk about my cleanse on this here blog. Make an effort as well to feature experiences on my blog that can’t be bought!

    img via Rijksstudio, altered by me.

    Read/Watched: January

    February 10, 2014 | 1 Comment »

    50/50 watercolor / Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com
    I signed up for the 50 50 challenge again this year! That’s 50 books, 50 movies in one year. I never really make it but it doesn’t hurt to try right? This year, I’m off to a pretty great start with three amazing novels, one memoir, one book about books and seven movies that are pretty much all over the map. I’m trying to curb my Law & Order addiction (confession: I’m watching one right now) in favor of getting into bed earlier in the night with a good read. And to add yet another dimension to the project, I’ll continue to post my monthly lists here in some creative visual way.
    So off I go! Let me know if you are working on a similar project this year! We can keep each other honest.

    (watercolor by Kayte Terry)

    Make It! Quilted Marimekko Trivets

    November 14, 2013 | No Comments »

    As I’ve mentioned probably a hundred times before, I am a huge fan of Marimekko and all designs Finnish, so I was super-excited to get an email from Erica at FinnStyle, offering me a bunch of Marimekko fabric scraps for sewing projects. I leapt at the chance; FinnStyle is an independently owned perveyor of hundreds of Marimekko prints and lots of other Finnish goodies. Oh and FinnStyle is having an amazing sale on Marimekko fabrics from November 15th-25th!

    This DIY project below is a great way to use special fabrics in small amounts, a little way to make a big impact if you will. Trivets are a perfect project for your Thanksgiving table or an awesome gift for the holidays! Since I’m using scraps, each one is slightly different, so it’s a one-of-a-kind gift!
    This is also a prime way to dip your toe into the world that is patchwork, since it doesn’t involve a lot of fancy templates or planning. I love improvisational patchwork and this is a great project to play around with this technique. Just think about the infinite possibilities!
    Here’s how to make them:

    What you need:
    One piece of fabric that measures 11″ x 11″ (or a combo of fabrics that measure this in total)
    One 11″ x 11″ square of wool felt
    One 11″ 11″ square of cotton batting
    Rotary cutter
    Cutting mat and ruler
    Straight pins
    Sewing machine
    Thread for the machine in your desired color.

    Step 1: Pick out your fabrics. Many Marimekko prints are large-scale and cutting them into smaller pieces uses the prints in different ways. It almost abstracts them!  For this trivet, I chose a large scale floral print, an abstract print and the printed selvedge of the fabric (because I am a super-nerd and love Marimekko!). The goal is for the top of the finished trivet to be 11″ x 11″  so keep that in mind for your design; I just experimented with cutting a few pieces and sewing them together with my machine.


    Step 2: To patchwork the pieces together, lay the pieces you want to sew wrong sides out (that means the side you can see is the wrong side of the print) with one edge of both pieces flush together. Pin. Then sew together with a 1/4″ seam, making sure to reverse the machine a few stitches at the beginning and end of your seam (this secures the fabric together). As you can see above, I have one finished top on the right and one on the left that I am still sewing together.

    Here’s a close-up of that seam!

    Step 3: And here’s the back side of a top all stitched together. When you are finished, use an iron to press the seams down to one side. (some people like to press them open, so you could do that if preferred).

    Step 4: Use the rotary cutter, ruler and mat to cut your top down to exactly a 11″ x 11″ square. If you don’t have some of these things, a ruler and scissors will do.  But, if you are going to do any sewing at all, I highly recommend investing in a rotary cutter, mat and quilter’s ruler. They are, in short, the bomb.

    Step 5: Now you are going to lay out all the pieces you need to assemble the trivet into a sandwich! On the bottom, we have the cotton batting, followed by the wool felt, then the fabric top, facing wrong side out. You can see the layers above.

    Match up these three squares and pin. Instead of pinning straight up and down the fabric, pin your pins horizontal and diagonal to the fabric, with the ends of the pin facing out. This way, if you sew over one by mistake, you won’t lose an eye due to flying pin heads! To see what I mean, see the image above.

    Step 6: Now it’s time to sew! Starting in the center of one of the sides, sew around the trivet using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Stop sewing about 3″ away from the spot where you starting sewing. This opening is so you can turn your trivet right side out! Bring your sewn trivet back to your cutting mat and use the rotary cutter and a ruler to trim off excess, particularly at each corner. I cut of little triangles at each corner so the points of the trivet are much easier to turn.

    Step 7: Turn that trivet right side out! If needed, use a chopstick or your finger to push out the points. To close up the opening of the trivet, pin shut, tucking the seams in. Then bring your trivet back over to the sewing machine and stitch all around the outside of the trivet, close to the edge.

    Step 8: I always think it’s fun to add some decorative stitching to my work. Essentially, you are machine quilting (yay, look at you! Patchworking and quilting!). I sewed around the prints and added some lines at the seams but you can do whatever your little heart desires.

    Here’s some of the stitching close-up.

    Step 9: Enjoy your handiwork! Congrats on your beautifully bespoke trivets!


    Susy Pilgrim Waters / Illustrator and Designer

    April 20, 2013 | 4 Comments »

    My pal Susy Pilgrim Waters is one talented lady! She's a textile and print designer, illustrator, painter and product designer to name a few. And, she's the illustrator of a new gorgeous children's book called Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale. She and the author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, will be signing books on May 8th at 2pm in the beautiful New York Public Library. Here are a few of her illustrations from the book:




    Join me at Brooklyn Craft Camp!

    February 4, 2013 | No Comments »


    I am so excited to be a part of Brooklyn Craft Camp, a one day DIY vacation in Greenpoint, Brooklyn! Sign up for a day of camp and you get to take four 90 minute classes on everything from terrariums to crochet to paper craft, enjoy local and delicious food, hear Project Runway Season 1 winner Jay McCarroll speak, try some DIy nail art and hang with crafty sparkly people all day long!
    I will be teaching crepe paper flowers- they look pretty realistic, no?

    See you at camp!

    Resolutions, Schmesolutions.

    January 8, 2013 | 5 Comments »


    I’m terrible at keeping resolutions. The second I make one, some secret
    part of me can’t wait to betray it. Sometimes I wonder if I should make
    opposite resolutions, like, “drink less water”, or “get a horrible
    night’s sleep, every night” to see if I can trick my subconscious. Oh, how I like to make things difficult!

    This year, I threw up my hands and decided not to make any resolutions. But then the second week of January rolled around
    and I was already thinking of 2013 as a great big 2012 run-on sentence. I know
    that our calendar is just a construct, something to give us a measure of
    time, but I think people need these measures to make goals. Maybe
    keeping the resolutions is not the point. Is the intention more
    important than the result? I think so.

    So, here are my resolutions for this year. Four of them are more general guidelines for how I hope to live my life in 2013. And only one of them is an honest-to-goodness-I'm-holding-myself-accountable resolution: 50 books and 50 movies in one year. I've tried to read 50 books in a year and "failed" but even failing means reading 35 books and that's not all that bad. This year, I'm making the effort more official by joining the fifty.fifty.me challenge ((oh, hey, if you sign up, let me know!!) and keeping track of my progress on this blog.

    Happy 2013!

    Come meet me at Art Star, November 2nd!

    October 15, 2012 | 1 Comment »


    Remember these photos from my New York book event? Want to have some fun with me in Philly?
    I am so excited to announce that I am going to be doing a Paper Made! event at Art Star in Northern Liberties in Philly on November 2nd (that's First Friday!) from 6-8 pm.
    There will be books to sign, drinks to drink, sweets to eat and paper crafts to make! We'll be making the Kirigami Wallflowers featured in this photo.
    Here are the details:

    Art Star signing and workshop
    November 2nd 6-8pm
    623 North 2nd Street Philadelphia, PA 19123 (215) 238-1557

    Hope to see you there!

    Squam-ward Bound!

    September 11, 2012 | 1 Comment »

    It's hard to believe that it's been a year since I snapped this photo. Me, my legs dangling off the dock on the lake, just a few minutes after I arrived at cabin at Squam. Me, just a few hours from giving the opening night speech at Squam, not sure what to expect.
    This year I'm returning as a teacher. I have lots of new friends I can't wait to see and a lot of new experiences to be had.
    Last year, on my way home from Squam, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and barely recognized my reflection. I looked younger and more relaxed than I had in years. I can't wait to reclaim a little bit of that calm, if only for a few fleeting days.

    Extra Extra! I’ll be in Milwaukee this Weekend!

    July 26, 2012 | No Comments »

    Craig McDean photographs model Karen Elson in Balenciaga for Vogue

    Hey everyone! I am so excited to be travelling to Milwaukee this weekend to do some book events! I've never been before but I hear through the grapevine that it is awesome and super-crafty.

    Here's where I'll be:

    Saturday, July 28th
    Books & Co.
    1039 Summit Avenue
    Oconomowoc, WI
    2:00-3:30 pm
    We'll be making paper wrapped bangles and accordian books!

    Sunday, July 29th
    Next Chapter Bookshop
    10976 N Port Washington Road
    Mequon, WI
    2:00-3:30 pm
    We'll be makiing kirigami flowers and paper origami boxes.