Cool Color: Bouncy Balls

San Francisco Bouncy Balls
{Photo Source: Peter Funch}

Because it’s Friday and I’m in a wonderful mood… I need to share this video – well it’s actually a commercial. Do you remember this Sony BRAVIA commercial from a few years back? I was obsessed when it came out and I just crossed it’s path again the other day so I thought I’d post it for you too.

I can’t even tell you how incredibly happy these San Francisco streets filled with hundreds of thousands of bouncy balls make me. Such a lovely and dreamy way to celebrate the beauty of color. So cool!

Happy Friday everyone.  Have a magical weekend!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween Everyone!!

Since it’s Halloween, and spiders are kind of Halloweeny, I thought I’d share this silly spider illustration by Gemma Correll.

Made It With My Bum

I love popping over to Gemma Correll‘s blog on a regular basis.  She creates all kinds of silly and quirky illustrations that are fun to look at… and often give me a little chuckle.  This one below is spot on!  Although it does not just apply to pugs… Little M does the exact same thing anytime I’m on the floor for an occasional stretch or lazy yoga sesh.

Gemma Correll

Anyway… hope you all have a great day! :)

Motif #1 Baby Quilt

I just finished up a baby quilt I’ve had in the works for the past couple of months!  Mr B and I have a new little nephew arriving soon so, of course, we were both excited to design a little quilt for him.  Since this little fella will be residing down in the south in the warmth and sunshine, it was important to us to give him a little piece of his home up north.

Mr B decided there would be no better subject for the quilt than Motif #1.  And so we buckled down and made it happen!

Motif #1 Quilt

A lot of work went into the quilt.  It’s an original design, sewn and quilted by hand.  Here’s how it all came together (sorry for some of the fuzzy phone pics) …

First, I sketched out the basic shapes and design on craft paper and cut it into pieces for the pattern.

Motif #1 Quilt

Then, I chose colors, fit them to the pattern and pieced the background together.

Motif #1 Quilt

Once I had the background together, Mr B and Little M decided to test it out to make sure it was cozy enough for a little baby…

Motif #1 Quilt

Next up were the details on the quilt – they were designed, cut, pinned and appliquéd onto the background.

Motif #1 Quilt

Then it was time to choose the border.  Mr B and I took a trip to the fabric store and chose a navy chevron for the border.

Motif #1 Quilt

Once the whole top was put together, it was time to pin all layers together and quilt!

Motif #1 Quilt

Motif #1 Quilt

Motif #1 Quilt

Motif #1 Quilt

And voilà!!

Motif #1 Quilt

Have a Really Good Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone!  I just wanted to share some happy thoughts and new  desktop downloads from Design Love Fest.  It’s always refreshing to change up the old desktop wallpaper every now and then.  I love having positive thoughts or a playful design hanging in the background of my screen.  Hop over to this post to see the new desktop designs Bri introduced this week.  You can download the one below plus a few others right here.

Things are about to get really good.

Think positive and have a really good weekend!

Cheers!
M

Get Your Halloween On!

Halloween is only a few weeks away!   Will you be getting festive and donning a costume for any bashes?  Maybe you haven’t come up with an ensemble that is worthy of your party plans… Whether you’re someone who pulls together a costume on the fly as you’re walking out the door or someone who works on your getup weeks in advance, I’ve gathered up a few good posts to inspire your costume creations!

Forget saving the best for last.  This kiddo costume representing the ultimate fashion icon, Iris Apfel, is so perfect!  Iris has been a super-star in my eyes for a while now and this getup kills it!  Iris wears some of the craziest garments and accessories ever, but always looks super cool.  I had the pleasure of meeting this rare bird of fashion when I was interning at PEM and, though it was only a brief hello, I can honestly say she was one of the coolest ladies I’ve ever met.  I was even lucky enough to work on the All Dolled Up Interactive where you can play dress up with some of her most notable outfits!   Anyway, you can find out how to create your own Iris Apfel Costume plus more fashion icons over on Oh Happy Day!

Iris Apfel

Pop culture costumes are always a hit.  Check out this collection of 9 pop costumes from 2013 from Brit & Co.
Pop Costumes

These costume toppers featured over on Studio DIY are adorable and perfect for those last minute folks out there… Costume Toppers

Heading to a party with a group of your best buds?  Group costumes are some of my favorites!  Here is another round up from Brit & Co….  20  great group costume ideas!

Group Costumes

When it comes to halloween craziness you can’t forget your furry friends!  Check out these adorable pet costumes rounded up on the Etsy blog!
Pet Costumes

Happy costume hunting!! :)