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Monday, 14 March 2011 08:23

DIY Book Making

Now I know that book making sounds like one of those really complicated DIY projects to learn, but it really isn't too difficult at all! I have made dozens of books as gifts and as a medium to display various series of works from my photography.  You can use them as scrapbooks, recipe books, journals, and they make absolutely perfect guest books for a wedding.  I started to learn about the art of book making at Indiana University in one of my BFA seminar classes.  The class was taught by the one and only, Jeffrey Wolin.  He is the head of the BFA department and an  incredibly talented portrait photographer.  You can check out his work here.  We learned all about the different kinds of books that you can make from accordion books to scrolls.  Like most DIY projects, it was a lovely break from working at the computer doing Photoshop all day and switching to a medium that was really hands-on.  

The technique that we are posting here today is a traditional sewn hardback book.  This technique makes a pretty durable book that opens easily so that it lays quite flat.  Feel free to get creative with the book cloth and paper to add a personal touch to your book.  

Happy book binding! 3_busy_binding_my_book_page


 Busy Binding My Book 

by stephania stanley

What you need: 

  • 10 sheets of 12 x 6” paper (make sure the grain of the paper is vertical)
  • Book cover paper (doesn’t need to be exact, but about 16 x 10”)
  • Hard card (15 x 6”)
  • Awl or a heavy-duty needle (an awl will make your life much easier though)2_busy_binding_my_book_page
  • 1 sturdy needle
  • Book binding or wax thread
  • Wax paper
  • Book binding glue
  • Box cutter
  • Ruler

What to do:

Fold the 10 sheets of paper in half to make 6 x 6” pieces. While folding, use a ruler or another sturdy edge and run along the fold to make sure that each is as sharp as possible. Grained papers should be folded along the grain. In your book, all grained papers and boards should align vertically, and the grain should be parallel to the spine. If you are worried about following the grain, do tests on scrap pieces of paper. Try folding a piece vertically and then horizontally; it will fold more easily when you’re folding with the grain.  You can also test by tearing a spare sheet vertically and then horizontally.  The paper will always tear in a straighter line when you are tearing along the grain.

Once all the sheets are folded, you’re ready to begin making your book.  Open one of the sheets.  Using your awl, punch a series of holes from the inside of the fold and through the outside crease.  Punch one hole ¼” in on each end.  Punch four evenly spaced holes between the two end holes, resulting in a total of six holes in the crease.  Open the next sheet of paper and place it behind the holed paper, lining up the edges perfectly.  Use your awl and punch through the already made holes and through the new sheet of paper.  This will ensure that the holes are in the exact same place.   Continue until all sheets of paper are holed, using the first holed sheet as a template.

Thread the needle and tie a knot at the end of the thread.  Measure your thread to be five times the length of your book.  Separate the sheets into groups of about three to four sheets, depending on their thickness.  The thicker the paper, the smaller and more groups you want.  The groupings do not have to be totally equal, but only make them one sheet off at the most.  Stack the first group together so that the outside sheet holds the inside sheets inside, not folded and stacked on each other.  Push the needle through the first hole going from inside the fold (threading through all groups of first holes) and through to the outer edge of the fold.  Now thread back through the second hole and into the inside of the folds.  Continue until you reach the last hole. Place the second group of paper on top of the first group and continue the same thread through the second group’s first set of outside holes, weaving in and out.  Between each hole on the outside of the fold, thread through the first stitch on the outside, binding the two groups together. Sew through all the holes until you get to the opposite end. Then, sew through the third set of paper’s first set of outside holes. Continue with each group, making sure to thread through the previous1_busy_binding_my_book stitches on the outside stitches.  Tie off the end with a knot and cut the extra thread.

Cut a strip of paper the same width of the groups of paper bound together (which is now the width of the spine) to six inches in length.  Glue the strip to the outside spine, sealing the spine together.  Now its time for the cover!

With a box cutter, cut two pieces of the hard cover, 6 1/8” length x 6 ¼” width.  Cut a strip 6 ¼” by the width of the spine.  Lay out the paper cover paper so that the good side in facedown.  Line the hard cover pieces on top of the book cover paper so that there are about two inches of cover paper border.  The hard cover pieces should be lined up so that the strip is placed between the two larger hard cover pieces.  Space the hard cover pieces so that there is about 1/8” space between the two spaces.  Glue the pieces in place, working out the creases with your fingers.  Be very careful here not to get glue on the outside cover paper.  Next, cut the book cover paper corners so that you are cutting little triangles off of each corner.  Make sure that you leave a little left to cover the points of the hardcover.  Fold and glue the borders of the book cover paper onto the exposed hard cover pieces.  Fold the horizontal strips first and then the vertical strips.  Be careful of creases here as well.

Glue the spine to the strip of hard cover.  Make sure to line the edges up as accurately as possible.  Glue each end page down so that it covers the rest of the hard cover.  Place a sheet of wax cover in the front and back of the book to help prevent the glue from spreading and sticking your pages together.  If you have a book binding press, use that to flatten and let the glue dry. If not, use as much weight as possible so that the book will dry and flatten.  Remove from weights in about five hours and you, my friend, have officially bound a book!


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Friday, 11 March 2011 09:04

Textile Week: Cassette Makeup Bag

If you're anything like me, you always carry around a ridiculous amount of stuff with you everywhere you go (just in case!), so you can always find a use for another bag. I'm also a huge fan of mixed tapes and I fondly remember the hours and hours I used to put into making them. Point being, I love this little makeup bag that Julia submitted! Julia travels a lot for work, so this little handy makeup bag is perfect for her nomadic lifestyle or for anyone who likes to store her stuff in style.

Happy crafting!



 Mixed Tape Makeup Bag cassette_bag

by julia dixon

What you need: 

  • Felt squares
  • Pattern (I printed out and blew up an image from the internet that I liked)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Fastener of choice (zipper, velcro, snaps)
  • Needle
  • Thread

What to do:

From the printout, cut out the pieces of the image you will be using (ie: each cassette part that is a different color, I cut out from the image). Determine which color you will use for each part, and safety pin each cut out to the felt. Using fabric scissors, cut around each shape and remove the safety pins. Arrange the felt cut outs on the good side of one square of felt (this will make the front of your bag) and safety pin them on. Next, sew on each piece and remove safety pins.

Safety pin the two good sides of the felt squares together (the squares that will make the front and back of the bag). Sew along the left side, bottom, and right sides about ¼” inch in, so that the two squares are sewn together on three sides, but open at the top. Turn bag right side out. Add your desired closure to the top edge of the bag (I used a zipper, but snaps, Velcro, etc are fine), fill with makeup or other goodies, and you’re ready to step out the door!


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Thursday, 10 March 2011 12:34

Thursday Night Dinner: Florida Style

It is officially Thursday and I have just arrived in Florida for a little vacation with my mom and sister, Hillary.  I’m pretty sure that it’s a midwestern thing, but we go to Florida every spring for a little jolt of sunshine and fresh oysters.  We usually go to Sanibel, where literally everyone we meet is from Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, and then a few from Wisconsin.  This year we decided to shake things up a bit and go to St. Petersburg, where my old tennis coach now resides.  I am super pumped to get away for a few days and to have a Thursday night with my mom and Hillary.  I have packed my new Bohemian Braided Necklace and the craft for this Thursday, Dip ‘n Dye Tote Bag, which I will be using as my beach bag.  We will be doing a very un-Thursday like thing by going out to dinner tonight, but I will be writing down loads of notes for new recipe and craft ideas throughout the weekend.  I find that vacation is always reliable in revitalizing and inspiring old and new ideas.  I am already thinking of new textile crafts from my surroundings that are filled with beautiful bright oranges, purples, greens, and blues.  I’m anxious to try my hand at painting on fabric dye on an old tank top.  Surely there is a craft store around here somewhere!

I will also be using the weekend to get organized for a few weddings that I’ll be shooting over the upcoming wedding season.  Yes, I am up for grabs as a wedding photographer this season! If you are in need of a wedding photographer, shoot me an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Colleen and I are also offering for the very first time a DIY wedding craft seminar exclusively in the New York area.  Colleen is preparing for her August wedding and we have come up with some creative ways to keep costs down and to make the wedding completely unique to the bride and groom (or bride and bride or groom and groom).   You can bring anywhere from 3-10 people to the DIY wedding class.  We will be offering two different options for classes: 1) 4 hour craft class where we can prepare décor ranging from center pieces to general décor to make your location uniquely yours for the night (depending on the difficulty of crafts and number of people, we can complete 2-5 crafts in a four hour section) and 2) A series of 3, two hour classes, where we cover DIY save-the-dates, wedding invitations, and DIY wedding décor.  These classes can be spread out so that your invitations can go out on time and we can finalize the décor closer to the wedding day.  Email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for inquires.

In honor of the recent warmer weather in NYC, I am posting our Fresh Fish Tacos for dinner.  Top it off with our Siesta Salsa and if you’re looking for a good app to accompany this dinner try out our Chunky Monkey Avocado Dip.  This recipe is incredibly satisfying with a good bottle of rose or my favorite warm weather beer, Blue Moon (served with a slice of orange of course!).  

 Fresh Fish Tacos avocado339B2582

by colleen reilly

What you need:

  • 1 lb tilapia fillets (catfish works well, too)
  • 3 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • ½ avocado, removed from skin and cubed
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 7 slices jalapenos, diced
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 16 oz can black beans
  • 8 taco sized flour tortillas
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salsa

What to do:

Note: Parsley is a good substitute if you are cilantro-phobic.

Fire up the grill.  Open can of black beans, remove label and place on grill, stirring occasionally. When it’s bubbly, it’s ready. Coat each side of tilapia fillets (1 lb will be about two fillets) with olive oil. Sprinkle pepper and 1 tbsp of cilantro on each side and rub to spread evenly. Use the extra tbsp of cilantro as a topper for the finished tacos. Put fillets on the grill (we usually put ours on a piece of foil because, admittedly, we aren’t that great at keeping our grill super clean.) The olive oil will prevent fish from sticking.

While the first side is grilling, begin chopping the toppers (avocado, lettuce, jalapenos, onion and set aside). Flip the fillets after 3-5 minutes. While the second side is cooking, put as many tortillas on the grill as will fit, and grill each side for about 30 seconds, until slightly browned. After 3-5 minutes, the tilapia should be white and flaky. Let them go for a few more minutes if there are any clear-ish parts remaining. When cooked thoroughly, remove from grill and cut up each fillet into inch-size pieces. Load each tortilla with black beans, fish, cheese and then whatever cold toppers you want. Dribble some salsa on top and close up the tortilla. Of course, Stephania and Colleen always add hot sauce as well.

I can’t think of anything better than sitting in a friend’s backyard or deck (or whatever outdoor space you can find) eating these tacos and drinking a margarita on a hot summer Thursday. Ahh…summer!  -Colleen

 Dip 'n Dye Tote Bag 

by Stephania Stanley

What you need:Dip_n_dye_tote_IMG_2783

  • 1 tote bag
  • Dye (we used Jacquard’s fabric dye)
  • 1 plastic bin (same width as tote bag)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler (optional)

What to do:

Note: Some dyes may need to sit overnight before rinsing out. In this instance, wrap the dyed part in a plastic bag until it is ready to be rinsed out.

Follow directions on the box of dye you chose (warm water, cold water, pre-fixing, etc) and fill plastic bin with dye. Decide where you want your line of dye to end and mark on each side of the tote bag with the pencil. If you are on the anal-retentive side use a ruler to measure on each side, and mark with pencil. Hold the bag as straight as possible and dip it into the tub of dye all the way up to the line. Hold the bag in the dye for a couple of minutes and slowly lift the bag out of the dye. Rinse out the dye with cold water until the water runs clear. Wash the dyed tote bag with laundry detergent and about ½ a cup of salt. The salt will help fix the dye into the fabric so that the dye stays on the tote bag and doesn’t get on anything else. Dry at a low-heat tumble or hang dry.

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Wednesday, 09 March 2011 10:36

Textile Week: Big-Eyed Owl Pillow

We had Thursday night dinner at Emily's a few weeks ago, and she showed me an adorable owl-shaped pillow she got for Christmas. A couple of nights later, I got struck with the inspiration to make my own (although, admittedly, this one looks nothing like Emily's). As I went to make my pillow, I realized I didn't have any pieces of fabric big enough. Therefore, this is made out of the back of an old t-shirt, so not exactly the color or size I would have probably gone for, but this is a good start. If nothing else, it makes me laugh every time I walk past the guest room and see it sitting on the bed. This same concept can be applied to smaller stuffed animals or larger pillows. Experiment with adding wings and different fabrics for making your owl's features.

 Big-Eyed Owl Pillow owl_pillow

by colleen reilly

What you need: 

  • Fabric scraps
  • Felt scraps
  • Buttons
  • Piece of white paper
  • Pencil
  • Safety pins
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors (fabric and non-fabric)
  • Stuffing (in fabric section in craft store)

What to do:

One a piece of paper, draw an owl pattern. (Google owl patterns to give you an idea of what you're drawing). Draw a U shape to make the top of the owl's head and ears, then connect both tips with a sort of stretched out half-circle shape. Size and shape are going to be up to you here-- just try to make the pattern as equal on both sides as you can. After finished drawing, cut out pattern along the lines.

With safety pins attach the pattern to two squares of the fabric lying on top of each other and cut along the pattern with fabric scissors.  You will have two identical looking pieces of fabric. Cut out two circles from different colored fabric (I free-handed mine, but if you aren't feeling so adventurous, trace the bottom of something circular onto the fabric with a fabric pencil). Cut out two smaller circles of yet another color of fabric (I used felt). Cut out a small diamond shape from a fourth color of fabric; this will be the nose. To create the owl's face, attach each feature with safety pins to the good side of one of the owl-shapes you have just cut out. Hand sew each feature closely to its edge and remove the safety pins as you go. I used threads that match my colors pretty well, but it isn't necessary, depending on the aesthetic you're going for.

Once all the owl features have been sewed on, lay the two good sides of each owl shape together, and safety pin about a 1/4" in along the border. Sew the owl pieces together, removing the safety pins as you go. Leave about 1/2" to one inch unsewn, so you can stuff it. Flip the owl pieces inside out, so the good sides are on the outside now. Stuff the owl (use a crochet hook or a pen to shove the stuffing into the tips of the ears). Once the pillow is stuffed to your liking, sew up the section you left unswen for stuffing and you have a new cuddly addition to your bed or sofa!


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Tuesday, 08 March 2011 10:56

Textile Week: Bohemian Braided Necklace

Welcome to Textile Week! I have really gotten into the big statement necklace recently.  I just love how they can turn a simple outfit into
a look full of texture and style with hints of brilliant color.  I am always digging through sales bins trying find unique pieces that I can
throw on or take apart to turn into something that fits my style.  Colleen and I have had some great finds at Target of all places (oh, how
I miss my giant Indiana Target! ). I spend hours browsing online at my favorite websites like Anthropologie, J-Crew
and Etsy leaving completely inspired to take out my crafting gear and make my own.  Today's craft is my latest creation that just so happens
to fit perfectly into Textile Week and with my selection of tank tops that I'll be packing for Florida later this week.

Have you also been making jewelry? Submit it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  We're always looking for new crafts to post on our site!  





 Bohemian Braided Necklace 

by stephania stanley

What you need: 

  • 1 old t-shirt
  • 1 ribbon
  • 2' ribbon (different print)
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Fabric dye (optional)
  Note:You can definitely play around with the design of this necklace. Feel free to use this as a template and add your own personal touch. We suggest experimenting with varying the widths of braids, switching up the fabric colors, or adding beads..

What to do:

If you have opted to dye your T-shirt, first follow the directions on the fabric dye box and dye the T-shirt.  We used Jacquard's fabric dye for cotton to get this pretty light blue color.  After you have washed and dried the t-shirt, lay it out flat and cut off the bottom hemline.  Next cut three horizontal 1 1/2" w strips. Make sure that you are cutting both the top and bottom layers.  Next cut three additional 1 1/2" w strips, but make these about 1 1/2 shorter.  Repeat for a final three strips making them 1 1/2" shorter than the second group of three.  Make sure that at least one end is cut from each strip, so that you are getting a strip that is the length of the front and back of the t-shirt.  Sew one end together for each group of three, so that you have three groups of strands sewn together at one end.  Braid each group together and sew each end of the braids to prevent them from unraveling.  Hold the three braids up as you would for a necklace to check the length of each braid.  Feel free to change the lengths according to your personal preferences.  Next, just sew the ends of each braid together so that you have three separate necklaces.braided__necklace-8438

Now its time for the ribbon.  Feel free to get creative here.  I chose to wrap the ribbon around the longest strand and to tightly wrap ribbon around 1/3 of the way down on the middle strand.  When wrapping the ribbon around the braid, sew both ends to secure the ribbon in place.  Next, cut a 2”x2” square from the remainder of the t-shirt.  Line up your braided strands (now complimented by ribbon) in order and with each sewn end meeting at the top.  Tightly loop the 2”x2” square of fabric around the top of the necklace so that it covers the stitched ends and both sides of the square meet at the top.  You should have access fabric from both ends of the square at the top.  Pinch the fabric closed and sew the fabric carefully and closely to the braids (making sure not to sew the actual strands into the fabric.  Cut off the access fabric from the sewn square.  To finish the necklace, simply wrap the 2’ of ribbon (sewing each end of the ribbon) around the top part of the necklace so that you are covering the square piece of fabric, plus a few inches on each side.












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Monday, 07 March 2011 11:50

Crafting with Textiles

It's Textile Week (and a half-ish?) at Thursdays and we have lots of fun things we've been working on to show you-- from owl pillows to fabric necklaces to makeup bags. In addition to getting some use out of your sewing machine or needle and thread, crafting with textiles is a great way to repurpose old fabrics that you would maybe just get rid of (like old shower curtains, t-shirts or fabric scraps) and turn them into something cute and useful. Textile projects are great for Thursday night dinner get-togethers-- have your girlfriends bring over their scrap fabrics, needle and thread and share materials and brain power. Most of the ideas we have for crafting projects come from bouncing ideas off of each other.

To kick off Textile Week, here's one of our favorites, Pretty Pillow Case!

Happy Crafting!

Colleen & Stephania


 colleen_pillow_casePretty Pillow Case

by colleen reilly

What you need: 

  • Pillow case
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Thimble
  • Scrap fabric pieces
  • Buttonspillow-green
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue (optional)

What to do:

If you want to make things easier on yourself, it’s best to take the time to unstitch the pillow cases you’re working with. This makes sewing onto the cases much easier. That said, I usually don’t do that, and prefer to do it the tough way.

Usually when I pretty up my pillows, I’m covering up irremovable mascara stains or bleach spots because I’m really bad at doing laundry, so that’s how I determine where to sew on my fabric patches. Use your creativity in determining where to sew.

If you’re going to actually sleep on the pillow, you may not want to use buttons because they can catch on your hair. Or just use them on one side and flip it over when you sleep.

Since I sew the hard way, I usually use a dab of fabric glue in the middle of the patch I’m applying to the pillowcase to help anchor it. Then I thread a needle and sew closely to the edge of the patch to affix it to the pillow.  To prevent fraying, before you apply the patch to the pillow case, sew the edges of the patch under and then iron, so it lies flat. I like the look of the fraying, and I sew very closely to the edge so it doesn’t fray much anyway.

I like to use fabrics with patterns on it such as birds or flowers and then cut out individual shapes and sew them on to the pillow.  It’s also fun to sew the fabric pieces onto a different fabric piece to give the shape a border and then sew it to the pillow.

If you did unstitch the pillow, to sew back together, place the good sides together, and stitch back up the sides that you unstitched about a 1/4” inch in.  A sewing machine is best for this part, so the stitch is more durable, but it can certainly be done by hand.

There’s no right or wrong way to do these—it’s a cheap and easy way to either spruce up your pillow cases for a change or to cover up imperfections. And not using fabric glue makes it a lot easier to un-do and re-do for endless possibilities.


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Friday, 23 July 2010 17:12

Spiral Hair Broche and Hairclip

I've been getting a little bored with my plain ribbed tanks and decided to spice them up a bit.  Spiral Broche and Hairclip is pretty simple to make and is incredibly versatile.  Spiral Broche

Happy Cooking and Crafting! 


Spiral Broche and Hairclip
by Stephania

What you need:

  • 1 8 x 2 ½” piece of fabric
  • 1 1  x ¼” piece of fabric
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Safety pin
  • Bobby pin

What to do:

Note: You can jazz these up a bit  by sewing beads in the center or in the spaces between the rows.

Begin by tightly twisting the 8 x 2 ½” piece of fabric. As you twist, circle the fabric around, creating a spiral. On one side of the spiral, sew together each row about ¼” at a time so that you are twisting and circling and then securing by sewing. Repeat until your pin has reached your desired size. To finish sew at each end (vertically) the remaining piece of fabric across the same side that you just sewed. This will hold your Bobby pin or safety pin. Cut off any extra ends of fabric and you are all done!

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Monday, 21 June 2010 17:15

Update from last Thursday…


This last Thursday was an especially fun summer Thursday night dinner.  Tandi, Bita, and Iliza joined Caitlin and Colleen at our Ft. Greene house. All we had was traditional charcoal (please don’t tell Colleen’s dad we usually use self-lighting), so it took Colleen nearly an hour of fanning and blowing on the charcoal to get the grill going and then she got it going a little too well and had to let it die down for about 20 minutes, so we were a little late on dinner. During this time, Iliza, Bita and Tandi did all the chopping for the salsa and Caitlin took over cooking the veggies. Instead of grilling them, she ended up sautéing garlic in oil in a large skillet over medium heat for a couple of minutes and adding snap peas and asparagus and sautéing for about ten minutes. She added a touch of balsamic vinegar and salt. They came out very tasty!  It was Steph’s first week of her summer and (yikes!) final semester of graduate school, so she came in late as the rest of us were chatting excitedly waiting for the fish to cook. Once dinner was finally ready, we sat around the table eating our tasty dinner, braiding necklaces and discussing online dating stories, debating the objectification of women in photography and learning that Stephanie has a soft spot in her heart for boys who love chicken.  Who knew?

Here’s how to make a super cute vintage necklace!

Vintage Braided NecklaceVintage_necklace
by Stephania Stanley

What you need:

  • Vintage lace
  • Old shirt or scrap piece of fabric
  • 3 small beads (we took ours from an old necklace)
  • Vintage flower pin
  • String of pearls
  • 3 silver chains
  • Jewelry thread
  • Thread (cream and clear)
  • Needle
  • Fabric scissors
  • Clasps (optional)
Note: I made this with the various odds and ends that I had lying around my house.  Feel free to substitute the pins for more florets or use a big bead for the center of the floret.  You can also add chains or different braided fabric layers.  We suggest securing them at the same place on the base layer.

What to do:

Begin by choosing your fabric or old shirt.  Cut three thin strips about ¼” w x 2 ½” l.  My shirt wasn’t long enough, so I cut multiple strips and then sewed the ends together in order to make them long enough.  Gather the strips, tie a knot at one end, and braid.  Tie a knot at the other end to hold braid and set aside.  Next cut 2x2” square out of your piece of lace.  At the center of your cut lace, gather a small amount of the lace by pinching with your thumb and forefinger.  Continue pinching the fabric and using your other hand, twist the fabric around about five times or until your lace begins to ruffle at the top forming a floret.  Secure the floret by sewing around back making sure to secure the pinched part of the fabric.  Now, it’s time to sew the beads together.  Cut about 6” of the clear thread and with a needle string two of the beads onto the thread.  Rethread through the first bead so that the string is now in between the two beads and thread the third bead.  Secure the beads by threading through the second bead by going from the center to the outside of the bead.  Tie a knot at both ends.  Sew the beads onto the center of the floret with the clear thread.

Next take the braided fabric and lay it out on a flat surface in the shape of a necklace.  Sew the beaded floret onto the braided fabric towards bottom half of one side of the necklace.  Secure the flower by sewing with the cream thread.  Attach the vintage flower pin on the other side of the necklace.  Sew each end of the string of pearls on either side of the braid using the flower pin as a marker. Next sew chains into braid at the top of the necklace so that each layer falls at a slightly different length.  If you purchased clasps, sew them on at either end of the braid.

-colleen and stephania

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Wednesday, 16 June 2010 20:59

For This Thursday...


Thank you all who were able to make it out to our website launch party on Saturday night! And a special thanks to St. Dymphna’s for letting us put our pretty flowers throughout the bar and serve our cookies and granola to our guests!


This Thursday we are having one of our favorite summer recipes, grilled (weather pending) tilapia and citrus salsa. And we're trying out a new craft of making a new funky necklace.  We are in love with those long, shabby-chic necklaces that we’ve been seeing around stores like Anthropologie and JCrew and thought that we might give it a shot in making one ourselves.  We have gathered some of our old fabric and shirts that have been taking up space in our very small NY closets, old beads and gemstones, and are going to buy chains.  We will post a photo and exact directions after Thursday, since this will be our first time making one!

Grilled Tilapia With Sultry Citrus Salsa

What You Need:

For the salsa:

  • 1 papaya or mango, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/4" cubes
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, cut into 1/4" cubes
  • 1 fresh jalapeno chili, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • grated zest of one lime
  • juice of one lime

For the fish:

  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • olive oil
  • black pepper

For the aspragus:

What to Do:

For the salsa:

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Serve at room temp and dish out evenly over the top of each fish filet. Makes about two cups.

For the fish:

Cover each side of each fillet with a light layer of olive oil. Grind black pepper on each side of the tilapia (about three turns of the grinder).  Grill about five minutes on each side or until white and flakes easily with a fork.

For the asparagus:

See just the greens, please. Since we will be grilling, follow the instructions, but place the asparagus in foil, closing down all the ends and grill for about ten minutes or until tender. Halfway through, we usually open the foil and move the asparagus on the bottom to the top with a pair of tongs, close the foil and place back on the grill for five minutes to keep some pieces from getting too done.

Happy cooking and crafting!

-colleen and stephania
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