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DIY Post: Doily Bowls!

(A Special Guest Post from our Australian Friend and Blogger Sam at ittybittypolkadot Blog)

Whether it’s been crocheted by someone you love, salvaged from a thrift store, or passed down from your Grandmother; each doily has a special story to tell. Their intricate patterns and design epitomize vintage charm.

But what if these antiques could be modernized into something that is not only practical, but a delightful addition to your decor?
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What you need:

Doily – any shape, size, or color
Fabric Stiffener
Bowl – the shape of this will determine the shape of your doily bowl
Spare bowl – used for dipping
Cling wrap

What to do:

Decide whether you want your doily bowl to have scalloped or flat edges. For scalloped edges, mould your doily on the inside of the bowl. Alternatively, drape your doily over an upturned bowl to create flat edges. Test out a few different bowls till you are happy with the shape it makes. Once chosen, line the inside/outside of your bowl with cling wrap.

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Pour a generous amount of fabric stiffener into your spare bowl. Dip doily into stiffener, making sure it becomes totally saturated.

Mould doily to the inside/outside of your chosen bowl.

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Allow doily to dry overnight (or a little longer if necessary). When dry, gently pull doily bowl away from the cling wrap.

And there you have it … your delightful doily turned into a beautiful bowl! Fill with anything your heart desires; spools of thread, crafty bits-n-bobs, or even vintage jewelry.
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These bowls are deceivingly simple to make. Why not make a few while you’re at it! They can add instant charm to any room or make a perfect gift when placed in a cute box.
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Whatever it is you use them for, these doily bowls are the perfect way to recycle those often outdated, vintage heirlooms, into something that can be enjoyed time & time again!

– Sam

Feature Post: Jet Set Tables!

One of the things we have been working on here at Libby Story for the New Year is creating not only one of a kind furniture pieces, but also a number of furniture designs that will be released as part of our original furniture line. That means these pieces, while still individually unique and handmade, will be part of a series produced in our shop in multiples and sold in our stores in various colors, sizes, etc. Watch out 2013…
As part of that plan we are proud to introduce to you one of our first series designs …
The Jet Set Table Series

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These tables are each made from vintage suitcases, seated on a frame work of salvaged wood. The design blends the sleek modern look of the squared legs along with the rustic textures from the salvaged wood and a vintage kick added by the classic look of the suitcase.
These tables are perfect for sofa end tables or bedside use. Lightweight and sturdy, you can stick one of these in the corner as the perfect table for a vintage lamp or slide it in and out of place as you need a tv tray, small writing surface… whatever you want.
Some of you guys may have seen these on our Facebook or Instagram, and there are now two different sets available in our Ridgeland store. More Jet Sets and original furniture to come!
– Jet Set Tables $78 each –
Also make sure you check out the recent vintage and antique furniture pieces and handmade chalkboards we have gotten in lately (some shown below)
- CT

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Last Minute Gift Guide for Your Guy

Last Minute Gift Guide for Your GuyIt’s Christmas Eve and if you’re like me, you probably still have gifts you need to get, whether you plan on having them in time or not. Because Christmas is so close, you may need help with some ideas for those guys in your life. Here are some great last minute gift ideas to help keep your guy stylish, organized and manly.

 

 

  1. Maple Bluetooth Keyboard by Orée. [$165]

    These keyboards may be on the pricier side of your gifts but these gorgeous Maple wood keyboards are great for any guy who has to type anything. Since it is bluetooth it is simple and easy to connect it to tablets, smartphones, laptops and desktop computers.

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  3. Pad & Quill Cases [$40-$120]

    Pad & Quill’s cases are beautifully designed, holding a likeness to Moleskin notebooks. These cases are great for every device your guy has. From his iPhone to his iPad (or iPad mini) to Kindle and more.

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  5. Vurm 4-Bottle Wine Rack by Ikea [$10]
    This gorgeous stainless steel wine rack will help keep your guy’s wines organized and show them off. The racks are designed to tesselate and fit with itself, so they look great with multiple racks along one wall.
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  7. Hopside Down Glass by Fred & Friends [$20]
    The Hopside Down Glass is a fun edition to any guys glassware collection. It holds 16 oz and thus is prefect size for any brew.
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  9. Native American Cardigan by Carapace [$50]

    This stylish Native American inspired Cardigan has a shawl collar, ribbed hem and cufffs and fits true to size.

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  11. Washed Canvas Backpack by J. Campbell [$70]

    With 4 outer pockets & 3 inner organizational pockets, this backpack is perfect for hauling all of your guy’s gear and looks great.

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  13. “Audio Video Disco” Vinyl by Justice [$25]

    Being one of the greatest albums of the year (in my opinion), this is the perfect gift for your guy, the music lover.

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  15. The Art of Manliness by Brett and Kate McKay [$10]

    Brett and Kate take lessons from classic gentlemen such as Theodore Roosevelt and Benjamin Franklin and put together a collection of useful advice your man needs to know.

 

Gift Guide for Your Guy: The Designer

As a designer I know buying gifts for a designer can be tricky sometimes. Designers, by trade are connoisseurs of the art, music, fashion and culture around them. We continually test the new gadgets, trends and equipment, finding exactly what we like and what works for us. So knowing what your designer uses can be key to buying them gifts they’ll enjoy and use this holiday season.
For example, I am in constant need of liner brushes, bottles of ink, Micron pens of all sizes, fine art papers, sketchbooks, and more. If you know what your designer guy uses on a daily basis, it makes for some cheap and easy gifts.
1. Specific Supplies (Nearest Art Supply Store) [$2-$20]
Remember that designers always need inspiration so magazine subscriptions, art books, design books and art prints are always good purchases. Here’s a selection of gifts that will inspire your designer guy.
Subscription to:
Design Books:
Artist’s Books:
Prints:

Music Post: Bye Bye Birdy

                            Jennica of Bye Bye Birdy – styled in Libby Story -  Photo Credit: Joe Gall

Many of you may have seen our “Traveling Soles” commercials recently, or seen or newest videos here on our blog or on our Vimeo account- if you have, then you’ve already been introduced to the melodic and catchy music of Bye Bye Birdy. We were totally enthralled when we heard her song “All The Things”. This Michigan native’s got gyspy soul, and we like it! If you haven’t heard her yet, hold on to your seats– you’re in for a treat.

Click here for a listen:

“All The Things” by Bye Bye Birdy

Want more? No problem.  Here’s a first hand interview with Jennica- the super cool lady behind it all:

How and when did Bye Bye Birdy come to be and where did the name come from?

Bye Bye Birdy’s first show was in March of 2011. I always wrote acoustic songs on the side from whatever full band I was in, but did not take it seriously until after I had my son, Aubin. When he was born I would always play and sing for him. He inspired me to keep writing music and doing what I love. The name is a metaphor of basically freeing a caged bird. Or freeing whatever is inside you. I think everyone should always do what they’re passionate about no matter how tough life gets. Being creative & expressing your inner most thoughts are so therapeutic. There is also the musical “bye bye birdie” which I did not intend to name the project after.

Where do you draw inspiration from when writing music?

I find inspiration in so many different ways. Obviously through my own hardships & life experiences, but I also tend to find myself being extra inspired by other people’s situations… I think stranger’s stories intrigue me so much, that I tend to put myself in their shoes and think “how would I feel if I were in their situation?” Plus not actually going through what they went through gives my imagination a wide open slate to feel & even grieve what they may have grieved.

Do any of you do any other kinds of art?

Not really. Music is my main thing. I do however, play in another band called The Scenery.

Do you ever get your own songs stuck in your head? (They’re sure stuck in ours!) If not, what song can you currently not help but hum?

haha! Yes definitely. I have one particular song called “grain of salt” that I will be recording super soon. It will be my first full band recording for Bye Bye Birdy. Otherwise… Rivers & Roads by The Head & The Heart has been stuck in my head for awhile now.

Where are you hoping to be in five years?

5 years! thats so far away! haha Honestly, my only hopes are to have a happy family. I play music because I love it & feel it so much, but I’m not doing it to make a ton of money or become crazy famous. I feel like once you set that as your goal… you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.  Its like anticipating the world’s best cupcake and then getting it… & having it taste like a hostess. The music industry is a rough industry to try and wrap your fingers around. I can only play the music  I play because I absolutely love it and feel it and believe in it… & if anything more comes of it, I will accept it with open arms… and with that being said… logically I should have a full record out by then & hopefully a small tour as well.

You  are obviously immensely talented when it comes to music, but do any of you have any hidden talents? (Breathing fire, lion tamer, mind reader, etc.)

Yes. I restore antique airplane engines……. totally not true but that would be SO awesome! I actually danced my whole life… and taught dance at various high schools here in Michigan. Its my second passion next to music… yet they go hand in hand. A dream of mine, has been to write a dance song and then choreograph a routine to it and see it all come together. Maybe on the next next record.??

Lastly, any words of wisdom you can share with other creatives?

Don’t try too hard. And don’t be too hard on yourself. Sometimes the best creations just occur when you let yourself completely free of any expectations anyone could possibly have of you… and you just…. let it out.

 

Wish this interview was still going? Learn more and keep up with Jennica HERE

DIY Post: Free People shop-in-shop

If you haven’t been into our Ridgeland location recently, now is the time to do it! We just wrapped up our renovation of the front portion of our store, which has now morphed into a Free People shop-in-shop (meaning a full space devoted solely to the FP brand)! And, it’s pretty dreamy if we do say so ourselves. What’s even better than that?? Come in tomorrow (Thursday, Sept 6th) and receive 20% off all Free People in celebration of National Fashion’s Night Out!

DIY Post: Industrial Bird Feeder

This fun and easy bird feeder can add an industrial look to any front porch.

Supplies:
Poultry Wire (1/4 inch)
Jewelry Wire
Wire Cutters
Round Nose Pliers
Chain
Bird Seed

STEP ONE:
Start with a 6×6 inch piece of Poultry Wire.  Fold the one edge into itself to create a cone.  Use your wire cutters to cut the edge where the two meet.

STEP TWO:

Use a piece of jewelry wire to “sew” the seam together creating a finished cone.  You will notice at the top of the cone, that one edge is finished and the other is unfinished and sitting higher.  Cut that with your wire snips to make a smooth edge.

STEP THREE:

Add a chain to each side, fill with bird seed and hang to your heart’s content.
Once you get the technique down you can make them in any size!  Group them together at varying heights and create a mobile look that will have the birds coming for days!

Enjoy!

{Shelley Turk is the owner and designer of Stitched & Wired. Her handcrafted goods and blog can be found at www.stitchedandwired.com}