Weekend DIY

These days, it seems like it’s all about DIY. See a table you like? You can make it. Digging that tote bag? Get out your sewing machine. With the popularity of Pinterest and the ever-growing list of inspiring design blogs it’s hard not to feel inspired. Here are a few projects I came across this week that have made it to my expanding DIY to-do list.

{Suede Shoulder Heart Patches :: A Subtle Revelry}

{Straight Knot Necklace :: Meek~N~Mild}

{Art Inspired Chevron Tote Bag :: Fabric Paper Glue}

{Snowy Day Hat :: See Kate Sew}

{Painted Baskets :: The Marion House Book}

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Happy DIY-ing;)


work: hangtags

In the world of design & photoshop I am a baby beginner. I have lots and lots to learn, but I happen to be one of those people who relishes a challenge. For all you experts out there, send your tips my way!! I’m loving every minute of this;).

These little postcards will be printed and placed in swag bags at a fab sewing & blogging conference this month. They were designed as hangtags that can be displayed in a sewing or craft room as a quick reference guide. The backsides feature the top 10 interfacings for apparel & handbag creation. If time permits, I’ll punch a hole in the top and string a snazzy little ribbon through for an easy method of display. Thoughts?

They will also be offered as a free download via the Pellon Projects blog in November:). Woo hoo!

Fall Style: Anthropologie

The crisp air and bright skies we’ve been having here in Maine lately have me thinking about my ideal Fall wardrobe. And, when I think wardrobe my mind immediately goes to Anthropologie. I have a problem, I know, but sometimes they just get it SO right. Until the day comes when Maine actually gets its very own Anthro, I’ll have to express my adoration through online browsing and coveting.

1 — Riveted Plaid Jacket, $268
2 — Here and There Tee, $48
3 — Citizens of Humanity Ava Straight Leg, $189
4 — On Target Hoops, $32
5 — Equine Karma Hobo, $478
6 — Gallop Mid-Boots, $258

[psssst! fab photo frames above are thanks to pugly pixel]

Weekend Sewing: Pouches

Saturday marked 35 for a good friend of mine and in celebration I decided to make some pouches! Okay, so maybe we’re not as crazy as we may have been at 25, but you’ll be happy to know that she also celebrated with a rocking Journey concert on Friday night. Yes, Pat Benatar and Loverboy were also there;).

I found a tutorial on Say Yes To Hoboken ages ago, and was thrilled to have an excuse to give it a try. I made two versions — one with all boxed corners, and one with a boxed bottom and a straight top. I also referenced a very handy zipper tutorial from Bree at My Crafty Crap to make my zipper edges pretty. They’re not perfect, but they’re getting better!

For a peek at my ‘sewing-to-do’s, check out my Simple Sewing board on Pinterest.

Trend: Arrows

Whether it’s printed on a tote, hanging from a chain, adorning your wrist or wrapped around a gift, it seems that the arrow is everywhere these days. Sure, it’s always been a popular symbol, but I can’t help but wonder if this new resurgence has something do do with the Hunger Games;). Despite all of the hype and the hoop-la surrounding the movie, wouldn’t we all still like a little bit of Catniss’s courage, selflessness, and unyielding sense of loyalty? Isn’t that part of what her arrow signifies?

I haven’t yet decided whether I’m destined for a pair of golden arrow studs, or if I’ll settle for a simple printed tote, but while I ponder my desires, here’s a bit of eye candy for you!

{1 – stacking rings via Tryst by Kelly,
2 – Jennifer Meyer earrings via Fashionologie,
3 -necklace via The Catkin Boutique}

{4 – fabric via frumafar, 5 – fabric via Katherine Codega}

{6 – necklace via foudre blanche,
7 – necklace via Lemon Sweet Jewelry ,
8 – necklace via Jewelry by Carmal}

{9 – tote via eleventyfive, 10 – iPhone case via Pencil Shavings Studio}

{11 – earrings via Melanie Favreau,
12 – custom TOMs via shandke,
13 – cushion via Spools and Sparrow Shop}

{14 – arrow cuff via Catbird, 15 – wrapping paper via ToodlesNoodles}

+ don’t miss this fab DIY napkin ring tutorial via Ruffled®!!

{image via Ruffled® Blog — click here for more info}

The Big Unveil

I’m not sure how big the unveil really is, but it sounds exciting, right? It’s a tough step to re-start a blog after nearly two years of inactivity. Sure, there were little posts here and there, but a happy valentine’s wish and a kick-ass video share hardly count as steady content. I think that’s why I’ve taken so long to jump back in. I didn’t want to do it halfway and I didn’t want to do it on a site that I wasn’t at least a little proud of. So, I revised, scrutinized and discarded no less than 6 different layouts and finally settled on what you see here. It’s simple and clean, and it suits me just fine;).

Some of you have been with me since Just Plain Lovely first launched back in 2010 — some even since the Clarabella days — and some of you are brand new. Thank you, truly, for sharing your day with me. You JPL veterans may be wondering: “Where the heck did you go?”. The answer is simple… from the moment I got engaged (Christmas Night 2010) I devoted all of my extra time to scouring wedding sites, looking for fashion and décor inspiration, charting bits of progress here and there via a private tumblr account. I truly wish I’d been one of those ‘do it all’ gals who turned her wedding prep experience into a brand new blogging experience, but I suppose my multi-tasking was already stretched too thin.

So, to catch you up… here’s what you missed, in a nutshell:

Since then it’s been fulfilling, challenging and engaging new job + adoring new husband + cute beyond words new puppy + ‘I can make that!’. Not so bad, right?

With all that said, I’m hoping you’ll forgive me for my silence. I can’t WAIT to get back into fashion & accessories round-ups, music obsessions, artist showcases and now a whole new angle on DIY. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to email with story ideas or a simple hello. We’ve got a fun road ahead!

this is your life.

live it:)

Thanks to oh my! handmade goodness for the link this morning. I couldn’t agree more!

[for more on the Holstee Manifesto, head here.]


Happy Valentines’s Day!!

[image via favim.com]

Keeping Warm and Stylish @ Unabashed Apparel

Oooooooooo:) This one was fun! You might remember that I did a little feature on the fabulously stylish Sarahbeth Larrimore and her fabulous clothing line Unabashed Apparel back in June. I was incredibly honored by her invitation to be a guest blogger and am just so thrilled with how it all turned out. Thank you again, to Sarahbeth, for the opportunity and the never-ending support. I absolutely adore working with lovely ladies like you!!

Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll see over at Unabashed Apparel… for the rest, click here.


Early Morning Run

It is my absolute pleasure to introduce you to Lisa of Early Morning Run. Lisa and I have known each other for years. We first met when she started as an intern at my old company. She ended up signing on for full time and was a pretty remarkable woman to work with. Lisa is motivated, organized, curious, caring, and quite frankly, one of the sweetest gals I know. Her blog is a destination for daily health inspiration with writings on everything from her running adventures, to meal plans, to training schedules, to book reviews, and more. I’ve become a particular fan of her weekly series, 5 for Friday. And mmmmmm… check out her recipe page for some yummy tips for healthy cooking!  I thought it might be nice to pass a little bit of the inspiration that I find in Lisa’s blog on to all of you!

I’m very honored to have Lisa as a guest blogger today. Please do head on over to her site to read more!

Without further pause… meet Lisa:

(Lisa, after the NY Marathon!!)

When Erin asked me to write a guest post for her blog, I was absolutely honored. Erin is someone I’ve admired for a very long time. She’s one of the most kind, fearless, creative, intelligent, and selfless people I have ever met. I’m sure many of you know this first hand and can appreciate how overjoyed I was to receive an invitation to occupy space on this lovely blog!

I write mostly about running, food, farmers markets and other things that fit with the healthy living theme I like to focus on, but it all started around running. I began running about four years ago out of necessity. After moving from Michigan and the comfort of family and friends, I was along for the first time, in New York City and my sweet tooth and loneliness took control. I started working out and then I found out about the New York Road Runners and the constant stream of races they produce in Central Park. I knew it would be the motivation I needed to start running and hopefully, lose some weight! It wasn’t long before I fell in love with running and knew it was something I’d want to do for as long as I was physically able.

When I run, I feel free. My mind wanders. I feel strong, even on those not-so-great days. Running has allowed me to explore not only my own neighborhood, but foreign capitals. I have made lifelong friendships and learned many things about myself. I have found strength and confidence. In the same year, I underwent brain surgery and also finished my first marathon.

It’s a funny thing what running can do for someone. I love that you don’t have to finish a marathon to be a runner. You don’t have to be blazing fast to be a runner (I am one to know!). Some fantastic runners are blind, or use prosthetics. It’s not always easy, but the reward is amazing. Watching the sun rise and feeling the crisp cool air of a new day as my lungs and legs carry me on a new adventure is overwhelming and invigorating. All you need is a little desire (and a cute running outfit doesn’t hurt either!).

(Lisa and her husband after the Turkey Trot in NYC)

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