Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Inspired by: Pushing Daisies

Okay so I'm definitely behind on this one, but I just recently fell in love with Pushing Daisies, the ABC "whimsical crime drama" that lasted about two seasons ('07-'09). The visuals, the characters, the clothes, and basically everything about this show is inspiring. I love it!

The main female character, Chuck, has the most amazing dresses. Want.

This guy is obsessed with knitting, so he's obviously a man after my own heart<3

I'm a HUGE Kristin Chenowith fan. I'm also a fan of her name (Olive) and her apartment full of florals. And that dog.

So I'm basically in love with this show, and now I'm really upset that it was cancelled. At least I have Netflix instant and a lot of colorful images to sift through.

Knitting Display

I'm on a roll with really quick and easy DIY projects lately. I've been looking for something to spruce up my bookshelves, and obviously one of my main interests is knitting, so....

I took two bamboo knitting needles that started breaking (splinters, ow!) and began wrapping some old craft yarn into a ball.

Keep wrapping until it has reached an acceptable size and you'll have an incredibly simple but fun display item. I'm not even sure if you can call this a DIY...

Monday, November 29, 2010

Shop Local: Minneapolis

I've never been to Minneapolis, but it looks like a wonderful city and the handmade artisans really have a lot to offer. Here are a few of my favorites.

Rock and Gold is full of beautiful pieces - beads, charms and quirky designs.


Mustaches are huge right now, and Modern Madness puts them on everything from wine glasses to cups to mugs.


This shop has the cutest ornaments, toys and other plush accessories - everything from owls to bunnies to bacon!


This shop has some seriously amazing home accessories. If you're into modern style, Pilot Design is really a must-see.


This shop has an adorable assortment of stationary, invitations and other paper products. You can personalize items or choose from the huge variety already available.


I'm really in love with the map accessories in this shop, but there's also some scrabble pieces, dictionary pages and lots of other quirky goodness.


I'm not even sure what to say about this shop besides: It's adorable! There's a huge variety of items and each one is cuter than the last.

So that's my Minneapolis roundup! I'm not sure where I'll be heading next month so if you're an Etsy seller and you want to be featured on Shop Local, just leave me a comment and I might stop by your city next!

No-Knit Yarn Necklace

I'm always looking for new projects where I can use some of my scrap yarn. I meant to make a cowl, but it turned into a smaller necklace, but I think it still turned out well. So here's a tutorial for you non-knitters or knitters with a little leftover yarn.

All you need for this project is yarn and scissors. First, cut a strand of yarn slightly larger than your neck - it should go down just past your collarbone. Do this 35 times. Tie each strand in a circle - it can get a little tedious, but it's really easy to do while you're watching tv or something.

Leave 5 strands untied. Once you have the rest completed, put them together and then use the last 5 strands to tie the rest together. Space them out evenly around the circle and wrap them around the rest of the strands several times.

I'm thinking about making one with some chunky, wool yarn so that it'll be a bigger scarf. This project took awhile but it was really easy and incredibly cheap. Highly recommended!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday!

Happy shopping day, friends! I'm not adventurous enough to venture out on this day. I'd prefer to stay in and do all of my holiday shopping in the comfort of the internet. If you feel the same, you're in luck. I've compiled a list of amazing handmade and vintage shops who are offering sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you'd like to add yours to the list just send me a tweet on twitter or email me at anne.pilon@gmail.com. Here goes...

Taylor House - 10% off entire purchase with code BLCKFRIDAY
Peggy Ann Design - Free gifts with purchase and 20% off with code HOLIDAY20 (more details here)
Hiya Luv - Get 40% off with code TURKEY40
factory girl ashli - All items marked 20% off and get an extra 10% off with code BLACKFRIDAY10
dodeline - Get 15% off stationary purchases with code BLACKFRIDAY2010
Flapperdoodle - Buy one get one all weekend
Dear Golden Vintage - 15% off your order through Monday (use coupon code MAYFLOWER)
Reware Vintage - Lots of deals and coupon codes (view details here)
Gussy Sews - 30% off gift cards on Friday and 30% off all items on Monday (at select times)
blend creations - 33% off with code BLACKFRIDAY
letterhappy - Discount codes listed in the shop announcement
Ooooh Shiny - All items 20% off and additional discounts available in shop announcement
Thread Rare - Use code BFRIDAY30 for 30% off your order and free shipping
Grace Hester Designs - Buy one get one on all fabric stationary holders (stationary included)
Much Love Illy - Buy 2 get 1 of equal or lesser value free
bailybelle creations - Get 10% off already reduced prices with code BLACKFRIDAY10
Sense and Sensibility Designs - 15% off all weekend with the code sensiblefriday
ArtTales - 15% off all weekend with the code BlackFriday

aaaaaaaaaaaand I will also be having a sale. All items are already marked $5 off and include free worldwide shipping, and as an additional bonus to my favorite blog readers in the world, use the code WISHBONE to receive an extra 15% off your entire order. I'm also offering coupon codes on Twitter and Facebook (only for fans and followers) so find me there for some additional savings!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I Spy: Ruffles

I'm obsessed with ruffles right now. They're so feminine and simple, and by the looks of the blogosphere these last few weeks, I'd say that my obsession is shared by many of you. Here are some of my favorites from the last week.

{clockwise from top left}
Shoes from much love, illy
Necklace from Meg's Musings
Scarflette from Fringe
Bed and Jacket from Peace & Posies

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dog Pictures

Yesterday I took a bunch of new product photos, and one of my dogs, Tye, decided that he wanted to participate. Here are some shots of him (and sneak peeks of new items that'll be listed today).

Monday, November 22, 2010

Grand Re-Opening

Today is the day! My shop is finally open again on Etsy. I'll (hopefully - if the weather cooperates with me for photo-taking) be listing new items and changing around the photos all day today. I've already sold a few things and I'm SOOOOO happy to be back.

I have a new line of super soft cowls, preppy scarves and cute headbands that I'll be adding very soon. I hope you enjoy the new direction wattlebird is taking. I can't wait to see what this year has in store!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

My Hedwig Costume

Okay, I'm FINALLY ready to share the costume that I wore to the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. If you read this blog regularly or follow my tweets, you probably know that I dressed up as Harry's pet owl, Hedwig.

hedwig owl costume

My costume consisted of a knit hat (handmade by me), an owl post envelope that I made out of scrapbook paper, these wings I made out of foam and felt, a white cardigan, and a vintage white flapper dress.

I had so much fun putting this together, and of course, wearing it. I've always gone all out when it comes to costumes, and no matter how old I get, I think I always will.

The Chosen One

HOW could I have all these posts about Harry Potter costumes and not include one of the man himself?

Harry doesn't really wear Hogwarts clothing the the Deathly Hallows, but this is still the most recognizable version of him - gray sweater, collared shirt, red and gold tie, wand, glasses, scar. And there you have it! There's only one costume left and that is my Hedwig costume! Stay tuned!

Bellatrix Lestrange

This lady needs no introduction.

Making a Bellatrix costume can be really fun and easy. All you need is lots of black, lace, big hair, and a disheveled appearance. Then work on your evil laugh and knife-throwing skills (sob).

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Brightest Witch of Her Age

This is my friend Jordan's Hermione Granger costume. She dressed as Hermione from the wedding scene, so the dress was absolutely perfect. Then she carried around her copy of the Tales of Beedle the Bard to add a extra. I have an idea for next time that will make this costume even more awesome, but you'll just have to wait until July 2011 to hear/see it ;)

Draco Malfoy

This is the first costume I've posted that has absolutely no handmade elements, BUT my friend Chris bleached his hair specifically to dress like Draco, so it's still pretty great.

Draco = blond, slicked back hair and lots of black.

Weasley is our King

Time for more Harry Potter costumes! I hope those of you who went last night enjoyed the movie. I liked it so much!

Anyway, here's Ron Weasley:

For Ron, all you need is an ugly sweater, some yarn and some thread. I knit an "R" and stitched it onto this brown plaid number. It also helps that Tommy has naturally bright red hair. (Photo by Drew) I'll be posting more costumes throughout the day today - there are just too many for one day!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wit Beyond Measure is Man's Greatest Treasure

Here's my rendition of a Luna Lovegood costume.

Basic elements: blond hair, weird knit hat, spectrespecs, radish earrings, cardigan, button-up shirt, Ravenclaw scarf, gray skirt, colorful tights, Ravenclaw socks, saddle shoes

Because Luna is so awesome, a lot of the costume elements can be handmade, such as the spectrespecs, radish earrings (which I crocheted) and the Ravenclaw scarf.

Mad-Eye Moody

Here's a really simple costume that I'm pretty proud of. Mad-Eye Moody is a really tough guy whose main accessory is, you guessed it, a "mad eye."

I crocheted this eye with white, blue and black yarn, then I sewed a circle of felt to the back and used a black elastic band to go around the head.

All you really need for the rest of the costume is a trench coat and a pair of combat boots. (Messy hair is also a plus)

Here Lies Dobby, A Free Elf

Dobby the House Elf is a somewhat annoying but incredibly helpful character in the Harry Potter series. He'll play a huge part in tonight's film, so how could I not make a Dobby costume?

This costume consists of a simple gray dress, brown knit slouchy boots, and a hat that was handmade by me.

How did I do?

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