Monday, November 3, 2014

Australian culture, Derby style party

Every resident of Australia knows what happens on the first Tuesday of November. When the northern hemisphere of our planet is preparing to celebrate the winter Australia celebrates one of the most colorful events of the spring - the Melbourne Cup - the world famous horse races at Flemingon in Melbourne, Victoria. 
The official holiday, thousands of Melbournians with families, children and friends rush to the racetrack - bet, participate in children's parties, tastings, watch concerts and participate in contests. For women of all ages it is a special day at the racetrack, which some have prepared in advance - the Melbourne Cup is famous for fashion on the field, contests of hats and dresses, which any visitor can take part in. The Fashions on the Field were introduced specifically to attract the attention of the ladies to jumps.

For women is an unspoken rule to appear on the racetrack in the headdress - hat, flower, hair ornament or “fascinator”. 

Carnival Fashion at Flemington includes Derby Day - the most stylish and classic fashion show, which prescribes the rule to appear on the racetrack elegantly dressed in white and black color scheme. 

To participate in the Derby day celebration of fashion you don’t have to go to Australia - arrange a derby party at home. Decorate your home, invite your friends and family, asking them to come in black and white clothes, drink champagne, eat strawberries and snacks and you can even place bets on the internet! Great excitement guaranteed!

Art prints -  My Soul Fly, Re Style Graphic. Shoe clips - Katrineshine. Lady`s purse - Vasilinka store, Vintageer. Silk scarf - Mulberry Whisper. Jewelry - Diamblond, Lepun, LeeMarina. Rag doll - Cherry Garden Dolls. Clothing - Vintage Dream Box, VL studio, Milly S Collection, Marinaasta. Floral embellishment - Katya Fantasy, Belle Blooms
Story and photo collages by Sveta CherryGardenDolls

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The day at the Trento Flea Market with Milly Sorrentino

My name is Milly and I'm the owner of "Мilly S vintage & collection" (millyscollection). I have always admired antiques and collectibles and I would love to share with you the best finds that I discovered during my weekly visits to Italian flea markets, brocantes or antique shops in Italy, France and Austria.

Today I would like to show you one of my favorite places to visit, a Trento Flea Market.

Trento Flea Market is open on second Saturday each month. Market is located in the heart of the city and spreads out on several streets and in a small public garden near the main market square.

Trento is an Italian city in the Adige River valley, Trentino-Alto Adige / Südtirol/South Tirol. It is the capital of Trentino Area.

Trento is close to the mountains and forest so vintage and antique finds from wood aren't unusual in this market.

Wooden things are in fashion again and I just love this wooden telephone!

Another interesting find for the kitchen:
Trento is close to Austria and Germany, so here you can find antique and vintage items are not only from Italy but also from those countries.

There are more and more items - toys, souvenirs, vintage and retro.

I love this stand - vintage lace, linen and trivia made ​​from it, all sorts of little things women like.

Very nice, aren't they? But these are not really vintage. These are just made in vintage style "shabby chic". All handmade, natural wood, but all new

These are treasures of the seller I am well acquainted with. She calls me "the girl with spoons," because I always order "interesting spoons" from her for my store.

I'll be back here again next month and I accept orders.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Annual Holiday gift exchange 2014

The yearly Holiday gift exchange* application process is on!

The rules are simple. There is a large group of people participating but you will send just one gift and you receive one gift. Your gifts should be pretty and fun to open. They should be as good as you would like to receive yourself. Try to get a gift within your recipient's wish area.

How to know what to send? Albina (albinasjewelry), our exchange curator, will send you all the details on a gift for your recipient. Don't forget to include a greeting card with your name, shop name and contact info!

Remember, how busy post offices are in December? Send your gift early so that it would get there just in time for the Holidays!

*To participate you have to be a member of Russian Artists team on Etsy. Please visit our forum for details.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Children crochet leg warmers free pattern Molika

The temperature is going down so it's time to get warm! Get your bulky wool yarn and crochet hook and you will make these pretty legwarmers over the weekend so your child's little legs could stay warmer this fall and winter.
This free pattern is courtesy of Adina from  А&А Cotton Creations. Check out her matching cowl pattern, too! 

Children crochet leg warmers free pattern Molika
Skill level: easy

8” x 11” (20 cm x 28cm) unstretched for 1 to 4 years old child
9” x 13” (23 cm x 33 cm) unstretched for 5 years old to pre-teen

·Loop&Threads Cozy Wool yarn. Super Bulky, Yardage/Meterage: 90 yds/82 m, ball weight:4.5 oz/127g.

·Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn. Super Bulky, Yardage/ Meterage: 108 yds/98 m, ball weight: 6 oz /170 grams

- or any other blend of similar yardage yarn. You will need 1 skein for toddler size and a little more for children size.

Crochet hook  M/N – 9 mm or size to obtain correct gauge.

Buttons (optional), tape measure.

7 hdc x 6 row = 4” (10 cm) square.
Make sure to check your tension before starting to crochet. The width is more important to get right than the height. You can change hook size to bigger or smaller to get right tension.

This pattern in written in US terminology.
ch – chain,sl st – slip stitch, hdc – half double crochet, sc – single crochet.

The legwarmers are worked in rounds.


For a child 1 to 4 years old:
Start: ch14, join with sl st in first ch to form a ring. (Make sure chain does not get twisted when you join.)Note: Check the circumference of the ring, it should be stretched out to 9”(22cm). If it’s bigger or smaller change the size of hook or crochet by a different size.
Rnd1-15: Ch2, hdc in all sts around, join with sl st to top of beg ch2 = 15 hdc.
Repeat rnd 15 if you want your legwarmers longer.
Fasten off. Finish off loose ends.

For 5 years old to pre-teen:
Start: ch16, join with sl st in first ch to form a ring. (Make sure chain does not get twisted when you join.)Note: Check the circumference of the ring, it should be stretched out to 10”(25cm). If it’s bigger or smaller change the size of hook or crochet by a different size.
Rnd1-18: Ch2, hdc in all sts around, join with sl st to top of beg ch2 = 17 hdc. Repeat rnd 16 if you want your legwarmers longer. Fasten off. Finish off loose ends.
Decorate your legwarmers with buttons or crochet flowers if you'd like or leave them as is. They are pretty either way!
Happy Crocheting!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fall, pumpkin, and aroma of spices

Fall is the most beautiful season, giving us warmest and brightest colors.

Every hue of red, yellow and brown are here. Fall is copper and amber, it is colorful leaves and orange pumpkins.

Fall gifts us with many new scents as well, ones absent in summer; of wet fallen leaves, sweet honey, fresh apples and spices.

It also gives us soft cozy sounds. Softly cracking wood in the fireplace. Soft drops of rain on the window. It make me feel like wearing warm slippers, wrapping up in a soft shawl, holding a cup of fragrant tea and dreaming...

Story by Natalia Aqvatali

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Nautical style decoupage box DIY

Handmade is always a great gift from the heart. Today Stella from ShimmerPlace will show us how to turn an ordinary unfinished wooden box into something special. The box Stella is decorating is ocean themed but you can always use some other image to suit your  occasion.
* Unfinished wooden box with a lock
* Scissors
* Brushes
* Glue
* Hair spray
* Sponge
* Acrylic paints of different shades of blue
* Glitters (optional)
* Varnish
* Printed picture that you will put on your box. A picture can be cut from the decoupage cards or downloaded from the Internet and printed.
How to do it:

Step 1: Remove the lock from the box and place aside to keep it clean.

Step 2: Paint your box using brushes, sponge and acrylic paints. Stella also created a waved texture looks on her box by using some paint and sponge.

Let it dry.

Step 3: Cut out your picture and glue it to the lid. If you use the image printed on your home printer, spray it with a hair spray and let it dry.

Step 4: If you'd like, decorate your box some more. Use some colorful glitters to add  some details or draw some more images on your box. Stella drew some star fishes on the sides and the bottom of the box to match the top. Let the glitter dry completely.

Step 5: Paint your box inside in the color of your choice and let it dry completely.

Step 6:  Apply a thin layer of varnish on the box. Let it dry and attach the lock.
Stella's cute ocean theme box is ready! A lovely piece to decorate a house or to give as a gift.

If you like this box but don't want to make it yourself stop by by the Stella's shop, there are so many pretty boxes to see! Or ask her for a custom order!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

24th Annual VonSteuben Germanfest

24th Annual VonSteuben Germanfest


Sullivan County of New York is renowned for its spectacular scenic views and brilliant red, yellow, and orange foliage colors. It is the home to a number of great fall events, including (but certainly not limited to) Germanfest.

Despite the nasty weather the Von Steuben Day annual parade and Germanfest began in Yulan as planned on September 13th. Hundreds of folks with children and without showed up for the festival, enjoying never ending pitchers of beer, German food, the music of “Musikverein” and German dancing.

Crafters booths drown the interest of the public and the kids corner was very popular and well attended.

Founded in 1957, the Annual Steuben Parade on Fifth Avenue and an Octoberfest-fest gathering in Central Park have given New Yorkers a chance to celebrate their German-Americanheritage a bit closer to home, the Yulan parade was organazed by volunteer fire companies and sponsored by local businesses to give folks a chance to enjoy German heritage and the colorful change of seasons.

The Fall season just began and we have more events ahead to attend:
Wine Festival at Bethel Woods
Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Craft Beer Festival and Chili Cook-Off at Bethel Woods
Oct. 11, noon-4 p.m., Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Oct. 11-12, Beaverkill Angler, Roscoe, N.Y.

Story by Lyudmila woolsolution

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