Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tuesday Love Links: Fatshion!

This Love Links installation is dedicated to all the rockin' fat folks who inspire me to dress my own fat, rockin' bod with style and confidence.

“People always ask me, ‘You have so much confidence. Where did that come from?’ It came from me. One day I decided that I was beautiful, and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl … It doesn’t have anything to do with how the world perceives you. What matters is what you see. Your body is your temple, it’s your home, and you must decorate it.” —Gabourey Sidibe

Gorgeous natural hair and excellent use of color from Beautiful is Big Tumblr.

Erin Majestic Legay, blogging now at That's So Majestic (frequently NSFW), bowls me over with their personal style and fierceness with absolutely stunning regularity. 

17 Sundays is a cool Aussie streetwear brand. Check out their sale items here (this dress is included).

Caro Emerald is the plus size queen of Nu Jazz. Check out her homepage here.

Shawna is always such a babe. Check out her handmade clothing line, Chubby Cartwheels, here.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival

 An old 1917 Singer industrial machine head on display in unknown museum in Washington, D.C., photographed by Corey. This was the very first sewing machine model Singer ever commercially produced!

Have you ever heard of Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by quilter and published author Amy Ellis? I hadn't until recently. I was recently thinking about quilting possibilities for the bagfuls and bagfuls of scraps I have in my closet and looking for a wide variety of style and subject examples when I found Amy's blog and spent a couple hours perusing through past entries from 2011 and 2010 and found a lot of very pretty and inspiring works of stitch-y and functional textile art. (Go click on over and take a look! There is some really amazing craftsmanship and artwork on display in those Linky entries, from all skill levels!) You can also look through the Flickr pool here.

Of this spring's festival Amy writes:
To Participate & Win : :
1 – Write a post the week of the festival (old posts will be deleted).  Please respect my efforts and the efforts of the event sponsors, and do not offer giveaways in your Quilt Festival post.
2 – In your post link back to the festival.
3 – Share a link to your post, in the linky on the festival post.
4 – Leave me a comment on the festival post to be entered into giveaways.
5 – Visit all the other quilters sharing their quilts and be inspired!

The next Festival will run May 18-25, 2012. I've only ever completed one quilt before, and it was decidedly non-traditional (a photo of which is currently my blog background at the moment), but I am thinking of finishing up a more traditional scrap quilt I have started and entering it in the festival. The super-traditional paper-pieced hex quilt top I am still working on will not possibly be done in time, though I could perhaps apply the technique to making something smaller such as potholders.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tuesday Love Links

Montgummibears has a nice clean aesthetic going on at home with the exception of all those unmatched socks. A string, some tongue-in-cheek humorous lettering and tadaa problem solved. I'm seriously considering doing this to a wall here; our socks tend to be much more utilitarian and mundane, however. I'm not sure how well it'd work as a decorative feature here in our house, but it would definitely help solve the unmatched sock epidemic.  

Over at the Purl bee, Molly has a tutorial for making very sweet and simple swaddling blankets*

I've been throwing around the idea of making a set of these tangram-esque fabric toys (from Beauty All Around)in patterned or natural dyed fabrics for a few weeks, but the more I think about it the more I realize I probably won't get around to it with the other things I have going on.

Janine Basil of London makes some totally awesome comic-inspired hair accessories. Blammo is my favorite.*

Flickr user sian keegan has made some seriously adorable and amazing stuffies. Who doesn't love a narwhal!?

Curbly's editor-in-chief, Chrisjob, wrote a tutorial showing how to reuse #6 plastic packaging to make skrinky-dinks*
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