Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Update on shop & Inspiration when you least expect it...

Things are running along at a somewhat frenetic pace.  I always seem to running on at least two different tracks of time.  Normal time, and then there is Mom time. :)  There are days when I am amazed at how much I am able to cram into 24 measly hours, then there are others...  Yes, those days where it takes hours to paint 12 tiny wooden blocks, homework is checked, dinner is eaten at in a high speed panic rush.  Nevertheless, two and nine (almost ten) are really fun ages, that I am trying to enjoy as much as possible, and if that means it takes a week to finish a project, so be it!  That said, I am really excited about the results of the past several days, and a little amazed at how fast things are moving along.  Previews should be showing up either on here, or Facebook soon!

As Bryan and I are developing and making new items, I have really been trying to decide if I want to continue making headbands.  I happened to notice one day that my friend Crystal, who happens to be an awesome photographer was looking for headbands...  This kicked off a flurry of activity. In between trying to put together something that would work well for her photo shoot, and seeing the results, I was just really inspired, so be on the look out for a new collection of headbands when Feath & Kee reopens.

If you are in the North Texas area, and are interested in portraits, I highly recommend Photography by Crystal Stewart.  You can find her on Facebook, and Zenfolio.

Here are the headband pictures... Such a precious angel!

 These are some of my favorites...

Untitled by Photography by Crystal Stewart
Untitled by Photography by Crystal Stewart
Untitled by Photography by Crystal Stewart

Untitled by Photography by Crystal Stewart

I could keep going here, but I will stop and send you to check out her albums.

-- Jessica

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Halloween ReCap ... Finally!

It is not possible to put Halloween 2013 away with out a recap of this year's handmade costumes.  I asked Feather what she wanted to be.  At almost 10, I am not sure how much longer she is going to let me do this, so whatever she wants to be, I try to make it.  Last year it was Yogi Bear and Keela was Boo Boo. They were really cute, but with our Texas weather, the costumes themselves were not exactly appropriate.  They made it through the town's Halloween parade, without succumbing to heat stroke, but still....  I am of the belief that the ultimate costume above all has to be fun to wear, or it just defeats the purpose.

So when Feather informed me this year that she and Keela would be bats, I set about trying to figure out the best way to go about this.  I stumbled upon another Texas mom, Dana, who tackled this a couple of years ago.  Check out her blog here.  With a simple cape and hood, you have your costume.  This worked out great for us.  If it was hot we could do short sleeves, cold, we could switch to long.

My learning experience here, is that when working with poly satin, it really does make a difference on how you cut the fabric.  Also, while making your pattern on the computer and printing can simplfy things, make sure that you lock in the scale when you enlarge it. :)  Did this with Keela's and did not with Feather's.  My life would have been a whole lot easier had I kept everything to scale (Thank you Bryan for helping me put the crazy/weird pattern together!).  Although I am sure all of you already know that.  All in all, I had a lot of fun sewing these, and the girls love them.  Even though when Keela saw Feather's hood for the first time she ran away saying that she was "scared of the purple pig". lol

I will stop blathering and get on to the pictures...  These were taken as soon as they were finished.  For Halloween, they wore black and pink clothes with the capes and hoods.

-- Jessica

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Treasured Thursday - Twenty Eighth Edition

Hello Thursday! If you have happened by Feath & Kee, you might notice that the shop is on vacation.  You would think that this would mean that Bryan and I would be relaxing on a beach somewhere.  However, those of you from the Etsy / Handmande / Vintage world might also relate to the hum of activity that is taking place around day jobs, chasing kids, etc. that makes up our daily life.  The plan is to have Feath & Kee up and running again, revamped and restocked within a couple of weeks.

However, today is Treasured Thursday day, and with all considered, it may be a couple of weeks before the Twenty Ninth Edition.  There was only one item that was featured in a treasury this week.  This was the cute headband with a little poof.  The ladies that featured it in their treasuries also happen to be the owners of two of my favorite shops, so this is another fun post for me.

Hand Dyed Headband from Feath & Kee

First up, Kate from Pieces of Home Mosaics featured our headband in her fun and festive treasury "Be Jolly!"

'Be Jolly!' by katebrooks1

Enjoy these outstanding items!

HO HO HO..Be Jolly...Leopard Christmas Wreath - ADoorableCreations05 Vintage Set Of Kissing Christmas Angels Boy and Girl Trimmed in Gold 1970 - LaGaleriaDeDual The Recipe, oil on canvas will take you back in time.  The painting is an 9"x12" and comes framed in your choice of gold or black. - PetrocyStudios Primitive Folk Art Hand Stitched Christmas Winter Snowman Doll Ornies Set Of 3 - FromTheFarmPrims
First Christmas, Personalized Snowman Family of 3 with baby girl in arms, Grandparents First Christmas - doodlepaddesigns 3 felted Xmas tree soaps, set. Soap, scrub and sponge in 1. Christmas gift under 10. - feltinga 3 Piece Set Large Hole Metal Reindeer and Sparkly Beads, Christmas set - GodivaJewels Pretty Headband with Light Red Pom Pom baby girl, soft handmade,hand dyed, Christmas - FeathandKee
Snowman Shapped Christmas Handmade Card - BeingACreativeMom Red Silver Stipes and panels, Urban statement jewelry set - Peyote bracelet and band ring jewelry set, Handwoven, modern, bronze, gold - PeyoteArt Ruby Glass Bread Plate - PriorMemories Striking Natural Evil Eye Solar Quartz w/ Gold Chain and Silver Findings - KalosandCo
Greek Leather Cord Wrap Bracelet Made with Autumn Colored Seed Beads and a Button Clasp - BeadingDerby Snowman - Needle Felted wool Snowmen - 213 - BearCreekDesign CC145 Santa and Snowman Paint Sticks E Pattern - CyndiCombsDesigns Snowman Magnets Set 1 / Christmas / Magnet Trio / Winter Trio - westwildwood

If you are looking for something bright and colorful to add to your life, Pieces of Home Mosaics is sure to have what you are looking for.  

Recycled Glass Christmas Star Ornament from Pieces of Home Mosaics

Gun shell Casing Wall Art / Paper Weight from Pieces of Home Mosaics

Mosaic Stained Glass Wreath from Pieces of Home Mosaics

Mosaic Window from Pieces of Home Mosaics

Megan from Cloud Hunter included our headband in her treasury "UNIQUE Fun Feminine HOLIDAY GIFTS".

'UNIQUE FUN Feminine HOLIDAY GIFTS ' by cloudhunterco

Feminine and unique gifts for family and friends for the holiday season! Great designs, buys and totally useful and unique (: xo Megan

Pattern for Crochet Pillow for Kids - Reversible Elephant Toy - PDF Instant Download - HerterCrochetDesigns Antler illustration and Flower No. 4217 - kariherer Pattern for Amigurumi Crochet Bunny Rabbit - Crochet Toy or Christmas Ornament - HerterCrochetDesigns Gold Filigree Chandelier Dangle Earrings, Hippie Boho Bohemian Gypsy Traditional Ethic Style, Drop Earrings Gold Tone Ornate Vintage Jewelry - TheRainbowFarmer
Set of Vintage Heart Wood  Mirrors French Country Shabby Farmhouse Mirror Set Distressed White - AnnClarkInteriors Red Korean Hanji Tissue Box Cover with Plum Blossoms Designs - HanjiNaty Vintage Shabby Victorian Gold Filigree Mirror Tray Dresser Tray Vanity Tray - AnnClarkInteriors Crochet Granny Square Scarf, Women's Crochet Fashion Scarf, handmade polymer beads - Countrycutecrochet
Giraffe and Flower Photograph No. 88224 - kariherer Newborn to 3 mos pink fuzzy teddy hat booties set crochet newborn photo prop newborn photography,Free shipping - Countrycutecrochet Handmade Felt Art Flower Ridge House Wall Hanging - Gaoui Butterfly Hanji Paper Magnets Colorful Butterflies Zen Asian Decor Handmade (set of 4) - HanjiNaty
Handmade Felt Portrait Woman Felt Artwork Wall Hanging Felt Flowers Comfort Expression Art - Gaoui Pretty Headband with Light Red Pom Pom baby girl, soft handmade,hand dyed, Christmas - FeathandKee Flower Cushion Cover - felt embroidery applique design in pink/white/purple - Bothali Boots - Black and White Cat soap holder, sponge holder, Hand Thrown Stoneware Pottery - muddywaterscc

I think that the name says it all with Cloud Hunter.  Megan has such a delightful selection of bedding.  Her duvets make me think of floating on clouds.  Here is a sample of what you can find at Cloud Hunter.

Snow White Floral & Leaf Bedding with Bead Trim from Cloud Hunter

Unique, Chic White Bedding with Pink Rosettes from Cloud Hunter

Ivory Cream Bedding with Ruffles from Cloud Hunter

Whimsical Ruffled Bedding from Cloud Hunter

So that wraps up this week.  The annual Halloween costume post is coming, hopefully some time before next Halloween. ;)