Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Happy Tuesday! I don't know, I'm in a good mood. Anyway, here's a cryptic collage of what I'm wearing today. I felt like I should wait until Spring to wear this vintage dress, but after rediscovering it in a suitcase last week, I just couldn't wait. So yes, I look a bit like Easter!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

when i'm with you i have fun / my weekend outfit...

This became my weekend outfit. I don't exactly know how it became what I wore Saturday and today. Maybe it was just too easy and comfortable, but I do love collared shirts and blue and yellow are my favorite colors that I can never wear enough of.
This weekend we slept in, went to OMSI (the science museum in Portland), pretended to be Tesla, stood by the river at night, window shopped, ran some errands, ate delicious veggie burritos, cruised around town...its been fun. Also, I continued my closet(s) cleaning and found a few more items to put on Storenvy (hopefully by Tuesday at the latest).

Friday, January 27, 2012

past lives...

Well, I think that Spring cleaning bug caught up to me a bit early this year! I have been going through ll of my drawers and closets seeing what I can donate, sell, or remake. It's actually quite fun and a little funny when I come across an item from years back and think, "What the heck was I thinking? I must have been really brave the day I wore this!" Then, there are those items that you come across and can't believe you haven't worn more often. Like this dress!
Have a great weekend !!!
***Sorry the lighting isn't better, but I didn't open the windows for fear of having to explain to my gardening neighbor why I was taking photos of myself in the mirror!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Today's outfit...

So I may be all dressed up with nowhere to go, but hey, that's what makes life a little sweeter! It's actually not raining right now so I would use this outfit to at least do some window shopping or grab lunch around Portland, but that's just too tempting. I am not taking any chances! I don't know what got into me, but I spent a little more than I should have on a "few" items this morning while online. Not to mention my little trip to F21 yesterday! Anyway, this is what I'm wearing right now while browsing around some blogs and trying to avoid looking at the bank accounts.
 F21 top; Demonia Bat Buckle maryjanes;handmade tulle skirt

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Lavendar Sachet from Her Name Was Greta...

Here is the sweetest guest post from the sweetest lady! Enjoy!

My name is Stina and I blog over at Her Name Was Greta and I'm thrilled Lilly gave me the opportunity to share this fun and quick tutorial with you!

We will be making a lavendar sachet today. They are great to place among your clothes and linens. It gives them both a fresh smell AND deters moths. Lavendar has a relaxing effect and I love picking out my clothes in the morning and inhaling that sweet fragrance. It's a great way to start your day, in my opinion.

I hope you will like this cute tutorial. Please, do share links or photos of your finished cupcake sachets, I'd love to see them!

First, https://rapidshare.com/files/471185376/Lavender_Cupcake_Sachet.pdf download the pattern from Rapidshare with the link above. Click the download button (under the hopping green arrow), ignore the wish to pay for a pro account and let it count down to 0, then click the download button again and it will start to download.
The PDF file includes the pattern as well as the tutorial for your convenience.
Materials Needed:
Dried lavender
Poly fill
Sharp, small scissors
Scrap fabric in 2 different colors
Small piece of ribbon or lace 
Small beads

1. Cut out the 2 pieces from the pattern and pin them to your scrap fabric.
2. Cut 2 of each shape!
3. Lay the smaller shapes (the icing) on top of the larger pieces.

4. Sew the bottom of the icing to the larger piece. To keep the fabric from moving around, secure it with pins. Do the same to the other half of the cupcake.

5. Embellish wit beads to create the sprinkles! 

6. Lay the 2 cupcake halves together, wrong sides facing each other, and sew around. Make sure to sew through all 4 layers. Sandwich your ribbon or lace between the layers on top and sew it in place.

7. Leave one of the sides open.

8. Take 1-2 tablespoons of the dried lavender and put it in your cupcake and lightly stuff with poly fill.

9. Sew the opening shut. Hang in your wardrobe or place in your drawer. Enjoy your fresh smelling clothes and linens!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

le diable dans le details...

Yesterday was just a great day! I did some shopping, figured out how I want to organize & list my Storenvy & Etsy shops so that it much easier for me to keep track, and it snowed!! I was the most happy about that last one!  
My first snow while living in Washington

Heart-shaped chalk board (turned weekly calendar) from Target $2.50!
Star Wars at Target
 That drawing is too great to be on a $1 coloring book!
Some craft time

Sunday, January 15, 2012

today's outfit...

The only thing I am sad about today is that I have to wear a big coat over my outfit. I love it. My vintage skirt was actually the most amazing vintage dress I discovered about 7 years ago at an antique store. Sadly (there may have been actual tears), I had to turn it into a skirt after it was ruined at a party. The top part was so ruined! I don't mind saying that I am a wizard at fixing and altering clothes, but this kind of disaster? There was no saving it. After a couple years in the back of my closet I decided the material was just too sweet to not be shown the light of day again. I think turning it into a skirt was the best choice I could have made given the extent of destruction. Now I can dress it up or down, like today, and it will always remind me of how much we enjoyed ourselves in our past lives. Lesson: take care of your one of a kind dresses, Lilly!! 

Friday, January 13, 2012

hello, again...

I have been very busy and maybe I have taken on some projects that I really didn't have the time for. I really like knowing that I have given each job, craft, project, my full attention. Since right now I feel like I haven't been able to do that, I guess I have to hold off on some of my personal projects like the Calamitous Heirs blog. Oh well, I wasn't very attached to it yet, but it really was a great idea...I think anyway!
Well...I don't think it is very healthy to cut out all personal endeavors so I would really love to do more outfit posts. I was doing good on that for a while, but then my camera was dropped in the rain (thanks Portland!) and it has never been the same. Now I am just left with my iphone, which does take good enough pictures, but I can't figure out how to take a good outfit photo with it. I don't have the pose/position right! I don't know. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions...
 This isn't my favorite outfit, but it does make me
super happy I decided to crack open the old  T-shirt drawer...
This is just my clothes rack...
Also, are any of you dying (like me) to get your hands on the Jason Wu for Target items?!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Well, since I adore spending hours looking at everyone's outfit & life photos on their blogs, it might only be fair to share some of mine. I usually take photos with instagram, outfit details and such, but not really the same as posting on a blog is it?
              A necklace I made for my mom...

Flapper pendant that I was more than eager to make 
into a necklace and wear immediately...

My purple & black dress (Goodwill find for 2.99!)
 A shop in New Mexico that you could spend an entire day in.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

looking forward to adding these to the shop...

Working on a few necklaces & absolutely loving these...
made with vials and vintage inspired card stock stickers and maps.