Monday, January 31, 2011

project restyle - diy

i restyled a cute jean skirt my daughter grew out of, turned it into a purse.
it was totally easy and fun. the result is super cute too!

i decided how big i wanted the purse and then cut the extra off  the bottom as straight as i could. i used the scraps for the strap and embellishments.

next i turned the skirt inside out and tried to sew a straight line to close the bottom. 

added the strap.

used a messy hand stitch near the edge of the scrap strip, then gathered it up to make a flower.

I glued the flowers down and added vintage buttons to the middle.
 the middle flower was from my sons shorts that just happen to tear while i was making the purse, funny coincidence. for the final touch i grabbed a ribbon belt from an old sweater that i had in my closet.

cute, cute. what have you restyled lately?
xo, c.f.

Friday, January 28, 2011

inspire inspire

oh anthropologie. your necklaces are
so pretty.

i will have to put these on my 
wish list for now, but...

 how great would it be to create little beauties inspired by these?

i can't wait to get started creating!
xo, c.f.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

day79*c.f- this weeks palette

i just had to share the most beautiful sunsets we have had this week! i hope everyone has a chance to catch a glimpse of the evening show.

Monday, January 24, 2011

day78*c.f. - iphone pic!

i was so excited to see a blossom on the tippy top of a tree. quietly i am already dreaming of spring.

Friday, January 21, 2011


i ran outside to catch the final moments of this sunset. the reflection lit up my family room.

Monday, January 17, 2011


we picked these,and made enough oj to last us 2 days. what great memories oranges hold for me.

Friday, January 14, 2011


when i asked him if he finished his fruit, he said "yes but i shared some". i thought he meant with his sister.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

project restyle

Elsie over at A Beautiful Mess has created a wonderful project idea to restyle damaged goods. how fun is that. for generations, in my family, we have been restyling, upcycling, and making somethings from nothings.i would love to continue this tradition with my kids. i joined a year of project restyle fun with my family. we are excited to get crafty. i wanted to kick it off with my grandma's restyle project that was made years ago, but is so awesome that i have to share it!

This pic is of a zipper pull that closes the stylish purse she made.

ok. here is the remarkable part, she made these out of the plastic  ribbon that used to wrap around the LA Times newspapers! how awesome is she? on rainy days and sundays the colors of ribbon would change. she would save the ribbon, then tie them together, and use them as her yarn to crochet with.

after crocheting the outer shell, she would sew in a lining and zipper. finally she embroidered details. i just adore these purses. 

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

project restyle - sneak peak

we are doing this! 
creative and exciting. we joined elsie @ a beautiful mess for a year of restyling. here's a sneak peak.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Saturday, January 8, 2011

day74*c.f./ things i adore

i found these things to adore this week:
* salted caramel hot chocolate from starbucks
* beautiful shiny clean smiles
* the anticipation of extreme happiness and excitement
* "mommy is it daytime or night time" i love how he is so timeless.
* night time snow in so. cal.
all of these made me happy, some more than once (ahhmm starbucks). what are some simple things you adore?
xo, c.f.

Friday, January 7, 2011


At the skate park he rode up and down the ramps and jumps with the big boys. i practiced my new years goal to breathe in between happys. i got a lot of practice. I am so amazed by his courage.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

day72*c.f. i've got your back

this year has already proven to be an exciting one! for us a small dusting of snow is incredible. that's what we got, enough to make a snowman. we were so excited that we danced around in it, made a snowman, took a walk, had a snowball fight, and then went inside to get warm. the snow is cooold!

Monday, January 3, 2011


we had a great cozy little new year celebration. i am excited to welcome 2011, i have a feeling it's going to be an exciting year. i have lots of little goals for 2011, but my main goal is to breathe in between happy. what are your goals for the new year?