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it's in the details :: Roberto Capucci, Sculptural Fashion

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"Moonlight is sculpture."  -- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Roberto Capucci refers to his work as a "study in form."  Inspired by architecture, poetry, and music,
his garments wrap the body in color that sings.  I love the pleats and folds, the high voltage use of color, 
but most of all I am inspired by the sense of movement in each garment.  

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free pattern :: think spring t-shirt

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"Springtime is the land awakening.  The March winds are the morning yawn." -- Lewis Grizzard

The weather has been quite a tease this past week with temperatures near 50° F one day and a bone chilling 16° F the next.  By this time each year I am done with winter and ready for spring.   My niece assisted with this project.  It is a reminder that warm weather fun is just around the corner. 

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kitchen inspiration :: getting organized, part one

My pantry

"The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious." --  Marcus Aurelius

I have a great pantry.  It's a full walk-in closet with a built-in dresser at one end and lots of shelving. You would think that with this amount of space I wouldn't have issues, but I do.  The room is grossly under utilized.  After recovering from the sticker shock of a quote for pantry organization, I decided to go DIY. 

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it's in the details :: I ♥ Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

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I have a love affair for the work of Agatha Ruiz de la Prada.  Her work crosses over from fashion to art and adds a dash of whimsy I can't resist.  The bird cage necklace is an example.  Yes, those are live birds in the tube flitting about as the model walks.  The heart headdresses are equally spectacular.  You have to check out the video to see their true beauty with movement.  

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thinking about family


I don't mind getting older.  I can handle the aches and pains, the streaks of grey in my hair, but I miss family.  I miss my elders.  I still find myself picking up the phone 13 years later to call my Gam with a baking question.  I can't watch Downton Abbey without thinking of Mom.  I want to share with them those small moments that make life so rich.  Sometimes the missing turns to tears, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  I'm lucky to have been blessed with their presence and hear their love and advice ring on in my ears.

Inspiration :: Chalkboard Paint in the Kitchen


My kitchen is in desparate need of a remodel.   I dread the process - all the decisions, the mess, and the expense.  But let's face it, it's time.  The last update was circa 1969 when the previous owner lived here.  The counter is cracked, the floor tiles slide out from underfoot and the plaster walls have a lovely pattern similar to swiss cheese.

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it's in the details :: Red Valentino Fall 2013

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"Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin.  That, or a kick-ass red lipstick." -- Gwenyth Paltrow

Look at all the embroidery!  And those giant red velvet roses!  I'm in love! RED which stands for Romantic Eccentric Dress and is Valentino's trademark hue, is the sister line to the Valentino fashion house.  Granted, this middle-aged gal prefers skirts that are a tad longer, say to just above the knees, that little black suit is swoon worthy.

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Blog Love :: Mini-eco


A hundred hearts would be too few
To carry all my love for you.   -- Author Unknown

I recently came across Mini-eco's website and have fallen in love.  Kate's design esthetic is whimsical, urban chic.  Her tutorials are fantastic, such as this one for 3D paper hearts.

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Dress to Kilt : Chanel pre-Fall 2013, Knitwear Fabulous


"Doing collections, doing fashion is a non-stop dialogue." -- Karl Lagerfeld

Be still my tartan and fair isle heart!  Karl Lagerfeld's pre-Fall 2013 collection for Chanel is outstanding.  I'm a Lindsay with ties to Clan Lindsay, so maybe I'm genetically programmed to love this look, but really, can you blame me? The layers of knit and wool fabrics are Chicago winter perfect. And all those details...swoon! May I please have that ruff?  And that orange scarf!

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Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop: Felt Hearts Valentine Decoration


"At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet." -- Plato 

These easy to stitch felt hearts declare your love to all who see it.  

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