Avatars

I think it all started with my love for paper dolls in the 70’s and 80’s.  But as soon as I became proficient in Photoshop in the 90’s all hell broke loose with creating my own customized avatars.  StorTroopers and Poupee Girl have been the sites that I have had the most fun with. But there is a new kid on the block that I can’t resist – imadeface.

avatar shotokan stortrooper

A good friend of mine that I worked with at Morgan Stanley put me onto Stortroopers.  At the time they had a Harry Potter edition – man I wish I had saved some of those.  This particular mash up I made using some of the base Trooper parts, plus my own additions to make the Karate gi (uniform).  Then I borrowed the background from Yoritsuki.  The creations of Hybrid Works are incredible.  Do check em out.

avatar naruto leaf ninja stortrooper

After Harry Potter I went through a big Naruto phase.  That lead to this avatar based on the Konoha Leaf Ninjas. This was so much fun getting all the little details right: the leaf on the headband, the swirls on the sleeves and the kunai (knife) holder around the leg.

avatar seamstress poupee

avatar candyland poupee

Poupee Girl is a far more complete avatar so there isn’t much to add in Photoshop.  There are certain clothing items that I don’t have enough “ribbons” to pay with which become my muse for ‘shop work.

avatar imadeface app

Which brings us current with imadeface.  Its an interesting departure from my previous loves.  There is only so much you can really change without losing the fantastic simplicity of it.  They don’t yet have the best hair options for me, so I did get to make a few touch ups.

Do you have a favorite site or app that you like to make personal avatars with?  Would love to hear about it.

Ahcahcum Muchacha – Limited Edition Variety Box

About a year ago I became addicted to the brand ムチャチャ⇔あちゃちゅむ. It all started with their Spring Mook which contained the most awesome cat face tote bag.  Mine has seen a lot of action since then.

Oh Kinokuniya, you did it again.  I went in for notebooks and left with the new Ahcahcum Muchacha Limited Edition Variety Box!  It is purrrrrfect!  There are some nice photo’s of the box set on Amazon Japan. It was released on Jan 31 and if you are quick there was a massive stack at Kino in Bryant Park as of Friday night.

ahcahcum box set contents

ahcahcum variety box special

ahcahcum muchacha postcards

ahcahcum muchacha scarf

I paid $36.30 for the set and it includes:

  • 16×22.5cm purse – that can be carried by its handles or slung over the shoulder by the chain
  • 50x50cm scarf
  • hardcover book that contains 24 postcards featuring the brand’s unique designs

You can check out more items from the brand over at ZOZOTOWN. I am secretly wishing that their next Mook or Box Set will include one of their rabbit designs.

 

latest muchacha products

Snow in the Morning

trees covered in snow during winter

 

Woke up this morning to a beautiful winter scene.  We’ve been lucky to have several nights lately, where the snow falls while we sleep.  And when the sun comes up it looks as if everything has been sprinkled with a covering of powdered sugar.

Credits: Photo is a collage of snaps taken from my bedroom window; the fan base was altered from an image found here.

9 Grams

Tempted to get some of my Instagram photos turned into magnets with StickyGram. Several of my fave bloggers have posted their results and they are super cute.  The question now is which 9 would I have printed?  Here is what I am thinking:

stickygram magnets my picks

Check out: I Spy DIY’s Magnets & Scathingly Brilliant’s Magnets.

The alternative and equally tempting option is Prinstagram and their Tiny Book.  Quoting the site, each book has 24 photos and you get 3 books with each order.  How cute is this:

prinstagram tiny book

What do you think? Is it worth $15 for the magnets or a better deal to get the 3 books for $10?

But wait there’s more…

I saved the very best for last.  What I really want is a custom iPad case that I can deco out.  So along comes  Casetagram and their slick iPad case!  I am on the fence about getting one. Apparently it is supposed to work with Apple’s Smart Cover… but I can’t tell for sure. I definitely need an option that covers the screen from my clumsy streaks.

ipad case instagram

Sweet Dreams, Sheri

 

 

 

Be My Valentine

valentines greetings

Happy Valentine’s Day!  While Pinterest this week was chock full of heart inspired clothing, romantic drinks, and many a DIY craft, my Tumblr dash went old school.  The simple search of “vintage valentine” had me strolling down memory lane.  I remember bringing in a decorated box filled with store bought, and rather cheesy, messages to hand out to my classmates.

vintage valentine greeeting cards

So hard to pick favorites.  I am a sucker for the delicate and detailed Victorian cards.  But this year the 1960’s variety captured my fancy.  Credits: (1) (2) (3) (4)

Outfit Rundown: purse & dress, Baby the Stars Shine Bright; cardigan, Ralph Lauren {that I swapped the buttons for hearts instead}; baret, my DIY; mittens, Target; Boots, Ugg; Westie, Victoria Secret 2001; and valentine, my own design.

Valentine’s Fabric Hanging Mobile

When I think of Valentine’s Day, I instantly gravitate to things that are hand made.  The love that goes into creating something unique. And those little imperfections, that you can’t get with something manufactured, really capture the sentiment of the holiday.

valentines hanging mobile

My studio at home, where I do all my sewing and crafting, has begun a transformation.  I love the space and focused for a long time on the furniture and layout.  Now it is time to put an artistic stamp on the place.  So in the spirit of Valentine’s Day I added this simple fabric hanging mobile to the studio window. I’ve hung it from the curtain valence so that it can spin freely over the window panes.

fabric scraps diy decorationsHow To Make It

  • 4″ fabric squares – I had a batch in pink, white, and red. You can usually buy pre-cut quilt squares on eBay for a great price.  This will give you a variety of prints without having to buy a lot of fabric from say JoAnn Fabrics. The number of squares you need depends on how many items you want to dangle from your mobile.  I used 18 squares.
  • Pinking shears
  • A branch of small fake flowers
  • A few random buttons
  • A few bows or other embelishments
  • A small amount of stuffing
  • A skein of embroidery floss
  1. Using the pinking shears cut out two squares at a time into circles and or hearts.
  2. Embellish as you wish using the bows, buttons and fake flowers.
  3. Making sure the wrong sides of the 2 pieces of fabric together, sew close to the edges around the shape to bind them. Be sure to leave a small gap/opening about a 1/2″ wide.
  4. Put a small amount of stuffing inside the opening.  Don’t overstuff.  You want just enough to give them a slight poof. You don’t want them to be too heavy either or they won’t float nicely on the mobile.
  5. Stitch the opening shut.
  6. Cut a piece of embroidery floss to random lengths for each strand in the mobile.  Mine range from 14″ to a little over 20″.
  7. Tie the end of each strand into a small loop.
  8. Thread the other end of the stand into a large eye needle.
  9. Hand sew the strand carefully through the center of the sandwiched layers of one of your circles/ hearts.  The first one should rest on top of the knot of the loop.
  10. Add more circles by tying knots a few inches above each circle and sewing the strand through the center.
  11. Finish the top of each strand with another loop.  Leave it large enough if you want to hook it over say a chandelier.  In my case I used very small safety pins and attached them to the hem on my window curtain.

I’ll have to explain how to make the little ume blossom strands another day.  Photos of the steps are needed to properly explain. So for now, happy crafting everyone!

 

Snowboarding the Catskill Mountains

snowboarding in the catskills

With all the snow Nemo left us, me and about everyone else within a 3 hour driving radus of the Catskills landed at Hunter Mountain on Sunday.  With a foot of new powder how could one resist.  The lines were insane, but we got a few runs in.

driving in nyLook at them clouds.

I think half the fun of the day was the drive. Seeing everything all covered in snow and ice was spectacular.  My friend and I even spotted two, yes count em two, rainbows!  My trusty iPad wasn’t exactly up to the challenge of capturing those unfortunately.

ice on the roadMother Nature’s ice sculptures as we make our approach.
hunter mountainHunter Mountain comes into view.
Credits: Illustration is a compilation from Poupee Girl.

#NEMO

The storm everyone was tweeting and posting about has come and gone.  We received a good foot of snow.  To everyone’s relief, we didn’t lose power. Phew. Woke up Saturday to a spectacular view. My favorite thing about snow is that it doesn’t discriminate. It left a perfect blanket of pure, white, fluffiness as far as the eye could see.

cellar stairs covered in snow

blanket of snow

deep tracks in the snow

old squirrels nest

digging the car out of snow

Luckily the storm wasn’t as fierce as it could have been.  To be honest if was the perfect winter day where big fluffy flakes came down from morning straight into the evening.

Follow Your Heart

The snow is falling and we are tucked up inside today.  Neither of us are big sports fans but we figured any excuse to celebrate is a good one.  So for Super Bowl Sunday we are making a massively fancy Indian dinner which will be followed by a Naruto anime marathon.

The weather is making me nostalgic for chilly days as a kid spent making hand made valentines.  The classic lace doily and glitter combinations come to mind.  I liked simplicity but with a little sparkle. Then I remembered this charming girl I met in San Francisco last year.  She hand sewed felt hearts all higglety pigglety to a pair of tights for her valentine coordinate.  The tights had such charm and a vintage feel.

valentines hearts in fashion

Since the days of handing out heart felt sentiments with classmates has long passed, I am thinking of making something understated that I can wear to work this year for Valentine’s Day.  There are a lot of sweet and DIY-able inspirations tucked away in my Pinterest boards. Right now a heart patched cardigan is top of the list.

Credits: (1-a beautiful mess) (2-honestly wtf) (3-shopflattery on etsy) (4-theiceberg & janitors) (5-modcloth)
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