Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wary Meyers again

I've shown you work from Wary Meyers for VIA Advertising Agency before and it was spectacular. But these ink drop seats? SPECTACULAR. Wary Meyers is run by the husband and wife team of Linda and John Meyers. I want to shake your hand and give you the key to the city Mr. and Mrs. Jones, because your work is stunning.

Now go, go look at more of their work and sigh with happiness!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

These boots..

We are leaving tonight for our trip to Austin. Yes, I am considering cowboy boots. Especially if they are Givenchy..

Liberty Scarf

You are going to LOVE what our lovely friend Lauren (of My Aunt June fame) made for us. You are the very best Lauren!!

As soon as I saw the new Liberty that Bon Bon had gotten in, I new I had to have some. I've been collecting bits of Liberty fabric for a few years, mostly just to look at and pet, because I am usually a bit intimidated by the thought of cutting into it. I remember when I first became obsessed with the cult of Liberty of London, just LONGING for a place where I could find it without going to New York or London (or paying for shipping from those places!), and how my MIND WAS BLOWN when I finally discovered that Bon Bon carried it. Anyway, my adoration of the fabric has, ironically, always kept me from using it, until last week.

Going in to pick some up, I couldn't help but notice how well this piece (Douglas Stripe) coordinated with several of the shot cottons. I had seen some lovely figure 8 scarves on both Anna Maria Horner's blog, and also Alex at Teaginny Designs had made an absolutely stunning version, so I was dying to make my own. I strayed a bit from Anna Maria's tutorial, but here is how I did it.
You'll need:

1/2 yard Liberty cotton lawn or similar lightweight silky fabric, such as Anna Maria Horner's voiles
1/2 yard shot cotton
sewing machine, thread, & hand sewing needle

1. Cut both of your fabrics into (2) 9" strips from selvedge to selvedge. Take the Liberty and pin the two pieces together at one of the short ends, right sides together. Stitch together, 1/4 from the edge. Press open. Repeat with the shot cotton.

2. Pin your two long strips, right sides together, along both of the long sides. The Liberty strip will be approximately 18" longer than the shot cotton strip, trim that off and save for small projects. Stitch along the long sides, 1/4 inch from the end, creating a giant tube. Turn inside out and press flat.
3. Take one end of the tube, and fold it to the outside, as if you were cuffing a shirt. Pull that opening all the way to the other opening. Note that outer half of the tube, that you have just pulled up, will be inside out. For lack of a better illustration, imagine it as taking a rubber glove halfway off, and meeting the opening of the glove to the fingertips. Make sure that the scarf isn't twisted at any point on the inside our the outside of your tube.

4. Pin the two openings together, matching the seams, and sew all the way around, leaving a 4" opening in the middle of the shot cotton side. Pull the scarf right side out through that opening and press flat. Press the seam allowances under at the opening and then hand sew shut, being sure to not sew through the Liberty layer. I used a Ladder Stitch, but you can also use a running stitch.

5. Put it on and enjoy!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Jillian Tamaki

Jillian Tamaki, I would like to shake your hand. And give you a cake. And maybe throw you a party. All because of your beautiful embroidered book covers. They are amazing, and I'm totally going to have to get these books just so I can have the covers.

If you love these as much as I do, you have to go to Jillian's site..there are a few in progress pics as well as some of the full wrap cover.

Thanks to Sharry for showing me these! Good find!

New fabric!

We received an especially Spring-y and gorgeous shipment of fabric yesterday. I am ready to sew for summer after seeing these.

Here we have Dena Designs Sashi print. Great colors!
And the (long awaited) Jay McCarroll Raise the Roof in green. This, like his other Habitat fabric is perfect!
And now we get to the linens. I hadn't touched the Free Spirit linens before, but I'm so glad I ordered them. They feel so soft, and the colors are amazing.

Here is a nice Valorie Wells linen print. Perfect for a summer dress, don't you think?
And the linen solids! Turquoise, blush and butter. Last night E and I were just itching to get started on some linen projects, but have too many going right now. Maybe I can squeeze something in before this weekend, but I'm not committing.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Dream Jobs

J and I were discussing Dream Jobs. Whether a Dream Job was something you go for, or something you file under pipe dreams: a different life. I know my major 3 dream jobs (aside from the whole owning your own awesome store thing. Living it!) and one is actually in my field, therefore the realm of possibility.

J was having trouble figuring out his. We narrowed it down to working in a major league sports environment and having to walk across the field on a daily basis. I suggested groundskeeper.

Do you want to know my 3? Do you promise not to laugh? I bet I know a few of you that will get a good chuckle...alright, here they are in no certain order.

1.Work at Liberty of London (again). Huge surprise there, right?

2.Work at Disneyland. Magical.

3. Backup singer for Neil Diamond. This is going to be a bit of a challenge considering my incredibly poor singing skills. I could totally swing those backup singer moves though.

Now tell me yours!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Shop Westport

The Shop Westport party is tonight! We hope to see you there!

By the way, the first 10 people at the bon bon table will get a free gift!

And there will be a raffle drawing for Westport Gift Certificates!

Westport Retailers cordially invite you to:

Shop Westport!
Thursday March 24th 5-7pm
Californo's at 4214 Pennsylvania

Westport retail is back! Westport's reputation as all drinks and dining is quickly flaming out as independent retailers flock back to the area. Now you can spend the day in Westport looking at everything from apparel and accessories to handmade gifts and hard to find collectible toys.

Join us March 24th for a preview of Westport's thriving retail, and see for yourself all Westport has to offer. Remember, shop locally, shop Westport!

Dieppa Restrepo

When I wandered onto the Dieppa Restrepo website I had to catch my breath. The shoes. They are so shiny. And such lovely colors. Oh, and look at the red, but then there is the purple. My eyes can't look at these shoes too much.

So, so gorgeous.

I have a feeling that e will agree with me on this one.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Ric Rac Apps

The deadline for entering your Ric Rac Roundup applications is right around the corner! Do you need one? Do you have one and haven't sent it in? Get on it!


We are going to Texas next week! Yee-ha! Specifically Austin. So, the question is where do we go, what do we do and (most importantly) what should we eat? Anyone have any recommendations?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cogs Workshop

Don't forget to sign up for the Cogs workshop! To make it even easier, you can do it online!
Super talented quilter extra-ordinaire Jacquie Geiring from Tallgrass Prairie Studio will be teaching a Cogs quilt workshop at bon bon! The class will be three sessions with a little homework for you to do. The class dates are: April 9th, 23rd and May 7th. The workshops will run from 10-1.

There will be two size options; baby or lap. There will be kits available. The class is $180 for all three sessions. Keep in mind that this isn't a beginner quilt, you will need some quilting experience.

Please call us at 816.756.0855 if you would like to sign up!
Or you can email

The Liberty is here!

The new Liberty fabric is here! What a glorious day this is! I ordered most of this in August, if not July, so I felt like this day would never come. But it has and now we have a wall full o' Liberty. Would you like to meet our new patterns?

First we have Asami Sayo. Isn't she lovely, like a grand theater curtain?
Then there is Olivia Strange, who is a personal favorite of mine.
Kayoko seems like she would be pretty in many different forms.
E's favorite is Eb's D. Very cool.
Durie is a little brighter than the others with a lovely Asian feel to her pattern.
And last but not least, Douglas Stripe. Which seems a horrid name for such a perfect floral pink stripy fabric. E and I have both fallen in love with Douglas Stripe.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Ikea Fabric

Yesterday I opened the closet door in my sewing room and was surprised to see the stack of Ikea fabric that I have built. Especially since I was adding new purchases to the pile. I tend to get carried away when we visit.

The real problem is that I buy a slew of fabric with a HUGE print and then don't know what to do with it. Let me show you some choice pieces I have and you can give me some ideas.
I think I only have a yard or two of these birds. Super cute, no idea what to do with it.
Now this crab fabric I actually have used, I made slipcovers for our outdoor furniture with it. It turned out nicely. I think I have probably a yard left.
Foxes is new to my stack. Had to have it, I suppose I'll use it for something someday.
This mountain fabric makes me happy as a clam. I actually have used it as super cute curtains in our back room, but I have a huge pile left over. I guess I tend to overbuy.Now in this pic I actually only have the dot fabric. But I have a plan! And I bought it with a plan! In our back room we have a horrible drop ceiling and I'm going to cover it with this fabric. Won't it be awesome? I'll show you when it's done.
I've got a yard or so of navy with white polka dots. I think I had envisioned a skirt with it, but haven't gotten around to it.
And last but not least, I have this super soft lovely plaid. Which is one zipper away from being a summer dress. Success! An Ikea fabric project finished.

I actually do have 4 more Ikea fabrics lurking in the background, but I've had them so long they don't even sell them online anymore. One however is just the leftovers from a skirt I made, one will be made into a dress (somehow. I have to work around a HUGE poppy, and I have a feeling that if it isn't done right it will look odd) and the other two are just waiting. Patiently.

Any project ideas you want to share with me?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Shop Westport!

So we are having a little soiree next week with other Westport retailers, you should definitely join us, there will be some amazing things to see!
Westport Retailers cordially invite you to:

Shop Westport!
Thursday March 24th 5-7pm
Californo's at 4214 Pennsylvania

Westport retail is back! Westport's reputation as all drinks and dining is quickly flaming out as independent retailers flock back to the area. Now you can spend the day in Westport looking at everything from apparel and accessories to handmade gifts and hard to find collectible toys.

Join us March 24th for a preview of Westport's thriving retail, and see for yourself all Westport has to offer. Remember, shop locally, shop Westport!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Disney Dream Series

Do you remember a few years ago when Annie Leibovitz did the Disney Dream series? Well, she is at it again and they have released three new images, as well as a behind the scenes video. In the video you see Patti Smith dressed as a pirate, so I'm excited to see those images when they are released!

St. Patricks Day

Happy St. Patricks's day everyone! Due to the craziness of Westport we will not be open today. See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Liberty Bike

I would LOVE to win a Liberty Print Bike! Hmmm, what should I enter?

Selvedge! (s)

Hooray it has arrived! The delivery that I've been waiting for was finally drug in by our long suffering (but fabulous!) mail lady today. The poor woman had a heavy bag gripped in her hands and I was delighted to see that it said Royal Mail on it! (Side note: I've ordered many things from England but have never received them in an actual Royal Mail bag. Of course I will be keeping it!)

What was inside you ask? Selvedge Magazine! Actually not just Selvedge, but SelvedgeS. Not only do we have the current issue of what might be the best magazine ever, but we also have back issues!

They are so gorgeous, and the paper is lovely and they even smell really good. This is a magazine that you horde, save and look at when you need inspiration. Come in and see!