Wardrobe Style Boards: Summer Part 2

Did you know that yesterday was the longest day of the year? Always neat and one that reminds me of our wedding anniversary. Our big day is actually tomorrow on the 23rd, but when the longest day of the year comes ’round, I’m reminded of a long warm summer evening, a sweet serenade atop a deck adorned with globe lights, and a happy reception in the rolling hills of Santa Cruz.

Alas, Monday I was out with a mean case of food poisoning (the can’t-get-out-of-bed type – I’ll save you the gory details) but I think I’m finally better. And just in time for the 4th anniversary.

But before that day arrives, a quick splash of summer in the form of two hot-weather outfits.

This billowy white top would look great over ruched grey shorts (either loose and airy or tucked in for a form-fitting feel). You can’t go wrong with casual but bright jewelry and a pair of Ray Bans, and I’m really loving this 7 Chi hobo bag that would hold an entire day’s worth of errand running gear (you have plenty with a baby in tow). Plus, cute comfortable sandals? So says LifeStride.

My favorite go-to staple is a summer dress and this buttoned version is one that I know Maryam would approve of. A bit of contrasting color in the jewelry and bag balances the look out.

Sources and more style boards over here. Happy day-after-the-longest-day-of-the-year!

Project Nursery: No Sew Fabric Pennant

Hope you had a great weekend with all of the dads and granddads in your life! I hope to post a few photos of ours soon.

Crossing my fingers you haven’t seen enough of it… but I wanted to revisit a little project that you might have spotted during the nursery reveal – it’s easy to miss in the larger room photos but here’s a close up.

I’ve been looking for creative ways to incorporate the remaining fabrics from the initial nursery fabric selection (and here’s the line up before we knew whether we were having a boy or girl) from over 4 months ago, and I thought a little set of pennants (or flags) would be a great way to introduce different fun patterns while staying within the room’s color palette.

To keep the project short and simple, I turned to my trusty no sew hem tape. One hour later and the pennant strand went from squares of extra fabric to finished!


No Sew Fabric Pennants

Materials: Fabric remnants, no sew hem tape, iron and ironing board, scissors, ribbon the length of your final set of ‘flags’

{1.} Cut triangles (two long even sides, one short top) out of fabric, keep in mind the size of each hem and cut your triangles roughly 1/2″ wider on each side.

{2.} Fold each side of the triangle creating a 1/2″ hem, iron to create a crease that stays put. Tempting as it may be, don’t skip over this step – it makes adhering the hem tape and creating a clean, straight edge for your pennants 10x easier.

{3.} Use hem tape to line the inside of the two longer portions of the triangle, apply heat of the iron for at least 10 seconds to each side (moving iron back and form slowly over crease) to create a permanent adhesive. The bottom corner of the two longest sides may require a bit of layering of the hems to look even. Leave the top hem open.

{4.} Once each flag or pennant has been ironed and hemmed (on the two longer sides of the triangle), line up pennants along your ribbon to create your pattern layout. Flip over (you may want to mirror your trial run exactly or you may be fine with giving each single pennant a direct face as I did below) and line the ribbon up along the top edge of each pennant.

{5.} Snip extra corner pieces for a clean look.

{6.} With each pennant individually, fold the previously created top crease (step 2) over the ribbon so that the fabric crease now sandwiches the ribbon in place. Add hem tape to each side of ribbon and press with an iron. Repeat for each pennant moving slowly down the ribbon.

{5.} Now that each pennant is secured to the ribbon, flip over and hang!


Really really love how it turned out! It also looks adorable tied to the front of the crib and will make a great addition to a birthday party or other event one day.

Fabric pennants are a really easy way to use up remnants of fabric that you have left over from other projects, and with hem tape it takes just an hour or so to iron together a short little line of adorable flags.

More Project Nursery posts and tutorials over here.

Now really, truly, honestly back to focusing on other rooms in the house :), big sigh of relief for those of you who are done with seeing every angle of this space!

Birds of a Feather…

…flock together. Well – maybe not of a feather. These little buddies are more of the cast iron variety. I spotted them a while back and thought they were so cool and would be a nice little addition for the new kitchen.

Kitchen iron birds 1

But when I couldn’t find the sourcing information after searching for everything ‘iron’, ‘bird’, ‘oil rubbed bronze’ — you name it on Google, I eventually let them go and forgot about them.

Then a couple of weeks ago I came across the pair on HomeDecorators.com for $19 and nabbed ’em quicker than you can say ‘new-birds-for-the-kitchen’. I think I spotted something similar a while back at Pottery Barn for $70+ and recently a different version at West Elm for $20 each.

There’s just something quirky and special about this little pair, and while I won’t use them as votive candle holders (as they’re shown above), I love how they peer over the kitchen from their corner perch.

Sort of a Where’s Waldo but for iron birds – can you spot them?

Here’s a close up:

A picture from a taller vantage point would be nice, I should have stood on a stool. These short legs only offer so much.

Kitchen decor - new iron birds 2

Here we go, here’s a higher angle. I didn’t think Kevin would notice but he walked in just as I was opening the delivery box. When he said ‘Sweet birds’, I knew that they had found their home. Yay for rediscovering a favorite find!

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