It’s so great to see such lovely, airy, truly summery clothes by TWIN-SET by Simona Barbieri, in their gorgeous Summer 2017 Collection. The girl’s collection has the same easy flair as the women’s collection, and although not a mini-me rendition of the women’s line as per other brands, the sweeping and fluid lines are present and unmistakeable. The look is also unmistakably Italian fashion at it’s most effortless and confident. The tones are earthy, white and muted, and embroidery always plays a part in these collections. And then there is the funky, streetwear with faded denim and distressed motifs.
The TWIN-SET Simona Barbieri brand appeared on the Italian market in the early ’90s thanks of Simona Barbieri and the entrepreneurial flair of Tiziano Sgarbi. The brand gained a foothold in Italy and abroad, and year after year, they’ve grown into an ever richer and complete look, adding to their beginnings of just sweaters and knitwear, which are all, by the way, produced entirely in Italy.
TWIN-SET also produces tailored garments, accessories, lingerie and resort wear, and a novelty denim collection.
Now here is something very simple to make: Valentine’s Day Kid Friendly Dipped Pretzels! Yes, Valentine’s Day is almost here and if you are looking for something so easy to make that even the youngest kids can help with, here it is. Dipping is fun and there is so much you can do with the various sprinkles and the different colored chocolate dips. And if you want to be fancy, you can buy sweet bags at the craft store and they will look professional for gift giving.
Find out exactly how to make these beauties right here!
These are seriously Delightful Handmade Portrait Dolls by Timo. They caught my eye on Etsy and there is something so interesting about the craftiness of these dolls with those graphic touches. They are like a marriage of drawings and rag dolls. And the stories that Timor, the artist, weaves with her characters are charming. There are portraits of humans and animal families and fairies and all sorts of beings going about their business in this world, dressed in very original garb, I might add.
Visit her Etsy store. It will change your day and make it more lyrical!
Every now and then, I get the urge to completely transform the girls’ rooms and go on a hunt for really wonderful decor. And this time I came up with these Cool Kids Rooms That Will Blow You Away. Well, they blew me away! Especially because I can’t imagine kids’ rooms being quite so orderly. But the touches and colors are so inventive and there seems to always be some new idea that I’ve not seen before. It’s always the matter of deciding which way to go in style, whether it be monochrome, rustic, highly modern or artsy…
Okay, here is something for all the chocolate aficionados. Just when I think I’ve seen and eaten almost every type of chocolate dessert, one with a new twist comes along. Sure, we’ve all had chocolate pancakes before, but these Hot Chocolate Pancakestake it to a whole new level with the fudge sauce and marshmallows on top. And these are so thick and cake like.
These are a creation of Tessa, so head on over to her blog to get the recipe. I’m actually going to make these tomorrow morning. If I could make them now, I would. But the girls would smell the chocolate and I would never get them to sleep!
I’m smitten with these Animalesque Animal Headdresses by Sara Lowes. ThisLondon costume and textile designer creates unique, handmade animal headdresses and costume accessories. The pieces are rich with colour, texture and character and made to cherish. I can imagine these headdresses being played with over and over and then displayed on the wall for years to come.
Sara has worked as a costume and embroidery designer for theatre and high end fashion and Animalesque marries her skills and passions, to create these playful and artistic pieces. Her trademark style of illustration, screen-print and embroidery all play a part in the making of these marvels. These are part play wear and part pure art!
Sara uses diverse materials and techniques she picked up along the way during her world travels. Each piece has its own character which is brought to life by the qualities of the fabric, the embellishments, the colour, print and pattern.
Animalesque is based in East London, and these pieces sell worldwide through the Animalesque website shop, and brick and mortar shops. Sara also works on bespoke theatre, dance and fashion commissions.
So here is a really effective and fairly simple craft for a weekend! I’m a huge sucker for wooden toys and anything made of wood actually, so DIY Stacking House Blocks would be just the ticket if my girls were younger. I’m kind of sad that the really simple toys of a few years ago have been replaced with more complex things. However, I’m still tempted to make these.
I found this on Mer Mag, and Merrilee guides us to even saw these up into the blocks and make the A frame roofs. All you need is a stick of wood 4×4, sandpaper, paint and a bit of beeswax if you like. Yes, and the saw! The great thing is these blocks are much larger than most blocks, making them much more original. And you have carte blanche as far as painting them. Get all the instructions right here.
BTW, apart from making fabulous crafts from anything and everything, Merrilee is also an illustrator. Take a look at her work here.
I’m super excited by Raspberry Plum Fall/Winter 2017 Circus Collection! Designer, Aleksandra Matthews delights us every season with her artistic and fashion forward collections and this season she has gone a step further in her creativity and boldness with this British label. The theme is Circus and is heavily inspired by paintings by Matisse, Picasso and the Dadaists.
The knits are the most fun kids are going to have in a sweater and the color palette for this season is bright, clear and broad. Fabrics are a large mix of wool blend, Italian silk, organzas and silks, and appliques are abundant this season.
I also love the ethics of this brand. Their goal is to give back to the community, and starting with the ss16 season RaspberryPlum started working with a non-profit organisation in Serbia, who’s aim is to gather dying traditional and local crafts. They pass on their knowledge to the community through lectures and craft therapy in hospitals and other institutions. This organisation produced the pompoms on the socks for Spring/Summer 16 collection. RaspberryPlum is planning to continue their work with such organisations and also work closely with charities.
These quirky wooden toys & furniture byAlexander Kanygin — product designer and architector based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia are wonderful. He creates modern furniture, decor items and toys, working mostly with wood, and experiments also with plastic and metal. Alexander opened his own workshop in 2010 to provide complex interior solutions for his projects. He takes part in international product-design exhibitions since 2012.
Take a look at some of furniture and decor below. And you can see Alexander himself in his quirkier than quirky wooden beard and his team all decked out also in wooden beards! Keep Reading…