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Figgy’s Patterns

This..

Swing Coat, $15.95

Swing Coat, $15.95

makes me want to learn to sew. Figgy’s Patterns creates “simple to make patterns with modern styles and contemporary taste  that won’t be out of style in a season or two”.  They use beautiful fabrics with great patterns like ikat and Navajo prints to make very wearable, super cool, almost sophisticated (in a good way) clothes for kids. With bubble skirts, reversible hooded coats and pocket dresses, my only request is to make patterns in my size!

Pocket Dress, $15.95

Pocket Dress, $15.95

Photos: Figgy’s  Patterns

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Why Don’t You… [re]design Christmas?

The gift giving season..

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Why Don't You...

is not that far away (yikes!). So instead of stressing over shopping and budgets take a look at this great book called Why Don’t You… [re]design Christmas?(Thanks again Nell)! Turn to this book for some great gift ideas that you can make yourself for friends and family. Things like balloon bowls, chestnut antlers and an IWire – peaked your interest? Each project has step by step instructions of what materials you will need, and how to construct each item. Mom’s not the only one who loves a home-made gift, and keepin’ it real for a season that has really started to get out of control is the way to go.

Photo: [re]design

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DIY Shower Curtain

The creative possibilities..

Ty D.I.Y Shower Curtain

Ty D.I.Y Shower Curtain

are endless with this D.I.Y shower curtain. It’s made from Tyvek, is recyclable, and also comes with a personalized marker so you can do your thing. Wouldn’t it be fun to fill this blank canvas with graffiti, or to have friends sign it after a visit to the loo? Available at Twine, a magical online shop that has such a thoughtfully curated selection of home goods, artwork and gifts.

Photo: Twine

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Sangria Bianca

It’s summer..

Sangria Bianca

Sangria Bianca

which means it’s sangria season! Refinery29 listed some pretty great warm weather drink recipes not too long ago. One of which is this delicious cocktail – Sangria Bianca, made from white wine, which I’ve always been a fan of, and lots of fruit.. so it’s healthy, right? Check out this recipe as well as some other rather amazing concoctions on Refinery29 and get your weekend started!

Photo: Refinery29

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Photo Blocks

Original photographs..

LittleputShop

mounted on natural wood from LitteputShop. The photo blocks can be stacked, hung or even used as small nesting boxes. And if you’ve got some favorites of your own, they can be customized with your photos. If you happen to be crafty, for a mere $8 you can get a tutorial and some guidance from a professional to DIY!

Photo: LittleputShop

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Chocolate-Banana Ice Cream

So easy..

Chocolate-Banana Ice Cream

Chocolate-Banana Ice Cream

why not whip this up? It’s ICE CREAM without the cream and is made from 1 ingredient (well, maybe 2 or 3 – depending on how creative you want to be). Rumor has it, this banana-based ice cream is super delicious, nutritious and the ideal dessert for summertime! I’ve seen several variations since being introduced to the concept – some with vanilla (2 teaspoons to be exact), brown sugar & cinnamon – no fancy machine required, so the options really are endless. Here’s one with cocoa from hilaroux. One, two, three – it’s that easy!

1) Freeze a banana
2) Combine with 2 tbsp cocoa powder
3) Blend until smooth and creamy.

Photo: hilaroux

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Healthy Granola Bars

Nutritious..

Granola Bars

Granola Bars

and delicious. A recipe for granola bars from Fitness Mag that doesn’t seem too complicated. It uses such good ingredients – walnuts, dark chocolate and flaxseeds. These guys are totally customizable by adding a little more of this or a little less of that. A great snack, made in under an hour and not processed.  Homemade, so they don’t come individually packaged – which means they’re good for the environment too.. really there’s no excuse for not trying them, right?!

Ingredients:
Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
1/2 cup Grape-Nuts cereal
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 beaten egg
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 16-ounce package mixed dried-fruit bits
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup dark-chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8-by-8-inch pan with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray. Set pan aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats, both flours, ground flaxseeds, Grape-Nuts, and ginger. Add egg, applesauce, honey, brown sugar, and oil; mix well. Stir in fruit bits, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and chocolate chips.
3. Spread mixture evenly in prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Cool completely on a wire rack. Use edges of foil to lift cooked granola from pan, and cut into bars.

Photo: Fitness Magazine

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Miniature Rhino

Get crafty..

Miniature Rhino DIY Kit

Zodiac Embroidery Kit

with the Zodiac Embroidery Kit. The do-it-yourself constellation kits are created by Jessica Marquez of the Brooklyn based Miniature Rhino. It would make a really thoughtful, personalized and best of all inexpensive gift, or keep it for yourself to hang proudly in your own home.

Miniature Rhino

Miniature Rhino

Photo: Miniature Rhino

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Condiment Jars with Chalk Surface

Hi Sugar..

Condiment Jars with Chalk Surface, $48

Condiment Jars with Chalk Surface, $48

flour, or whatever else. These ceramic jars are much like the chalkboard skateboard, a great way to repurpose an everyday item or to just really make it your own. Home store in SoHo, Canvas, sells products that combine natural materials and interesting textures.. these jars are a perfect example of their assortment.  Since spotting them, they on my list of must-haves.

Photo: Canvas

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Ecological Business Cards

Who would’ve thought..

Andrea Romani Ecological Business Cards

Andrea Romani Ecological Business Cards

a rubber stamp could be so functional? The environmentally friendly business card created by Andrea Romani is just that. It was designed in an effort to minimize the amount of paper used with traditional business cards, and given the fact that you can use a rubber stamp on just about anything, mission was accomplished. Cost effective, uses recycled materials so it’s good for the environment and just kind of cool. Quite clever, right?

Photo: Ads of the World

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