Friday, April 29, 2011

Happy Weekend!


Merry Go Round

Happy Friday! And as it is the last Friday of the month, it is time to jump on the "Merry Go Round;where a group of craftswomen from around the world come together and give their own responses to the same question or art challenge on their blog, and then share the Love. April's topic is: Time Management - How do you juggle your time?

Mary Kate McDevitt

Mary Kate McDevitt

Mary Kate McDevitt

Mary Kate McDevitt

Time Management has become quite an irony to me in the last couple of years; as the entity of time is mind blowing. I find that minutes turn into hours, hours turn into days, and days turn into years, and all in the blink of an eye. I believe that I am aware of this even more so now that I am a Mama to two baby boys. I have discovered that the best {only} way for me to get things accomplished is to 1st remember what it is exactly I need to get done. Therefore, I am a list maker. {I talked about this in my post yesterday, as well.} I believe in the magical powers of inspiration boards, visualization boards, and writing your thoughts, ideas, and duties down. 

Recently, I came across the art work of Mary Kate McDevitt. Her chalkboards and prints are perfect examples of my philosophy regarding time management. {LOVE}

I Love jumping on the Merry Go Round. If you would like to learn how the other lovely ladies manage their time, please visit their respective blogs! I promise you will enjoy the "ride." 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Love of a Bohemian Mama

The Love of a Bohemian Mama: Honey Do


Right now I am sitting at a garden table in our backyard, listening to the sounds of nature, watching bunnies, birds, and babies play all around me, while soaking in the sunshine on this beautiful Southern California Thursday. {Feeling very blessed.} I am also creating my "Honey Do" list entitled: Spring Cleaning. What is a "Honey Do" list you may ask? It is a very simple, yet calculated, and extremely crafty way to ask for the help you need! I encourage all of you Bohemian Mamas {and everyone else for that matter} to reach out to others for the help and assistance you need. I am a big proponent of the idea: "It takes a village." Remember that; and don't, for a minute, feel inadequate for not being able to do it all on your own. We are only one, {amazing} person, anyhow. 

Here is one on the top of my list, and hopefully one to get you started on your own, "Honey Do":

1. Clean out all your drawers! {Ours seem to have an endless amount of t-shirts that accumulate after a year of events, tournaments, and freebees.} 

Now here comes the "crafty" part: Up cycle your unwanted t-shirts and things into beautiful tie dye creations. I Love Tie Dye; and it is a super fun project to do with your family! And there are so many things you can create out of a tie dyed t-shirt. Here are a few of my favorites:

Tie Dye T-shirt Bracelet
{cut t-shirt into strips. braid. tie. bracelet}

Rock It Out
{be your own designer}

{tie dye it}

What is on your "Honey Do" List?


Wednesday, April 27, 2011


***I cannot express enough how excited I am to debut The Vintage is for Lovers Home Collection. The Collection begins with pillows designed by yours truly and up cycled using vintage heirloom quilts. The lovely and talented Heather, of La Feem, will be complimenting the show with her highly publicized and sought after vintage jewelry collection. If you do not live in Southern California, do not fret, The Vintage is for Lovers Home Collection will be available for view and purchase here, very soon; and The La Feem Collection is available on Etsy, now!***


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Lovers Lane

It feels so wonderful to be back on Lovers Lane; and who better to introduce you to today than someone who is an inspiration to anyone dreaming of living the life you Love, {and owning it!}

Lovers Lane: Rebecca Thoms Hanley

Meet your new best friend, Rebecca Thoms Hanley. I call her your new best friend because don't we all, at some point in our lives, find that special person with whom you feel "renewed, reformed, and re-envisioned!?" That is Rebecca; and she is also very refreshing! 

Rebecca is a handmade designer, bohemian Mama, semi-retired graphic designer, vintage textile Lover, country livin', cocktail lovin', Bananasaurusrex!  Bananasaurusrex is most notable known as the name of her wildly successful vintage up-cycling company that "features astonishing beautiful things for post-modern bohemians - made of amazing vintage, rescued, and ecologically responsible materials." Rebecca is the sole designer and crafter of all the handmade goodies that she sells on Etsy, in boutiques, and at craft and art shows throughout California. 

Rebecca took her "fond(ness) for recycling" and Love for vintage textiles, "that time has mostly forgotten," and began creating very useful products that you can "feel good using, wearing, and giving."
Featured in the "Top 50 Etsy Moms of 2010," as well as on many popular blogs, including poppytalk;  Rebecca is recognized for not only her beautiful designs, but for her admirable conscious living lifestyle and infectious free spirited personality. 

Bananasaurusrex is full of cleverly titled, recycled, all natural collections; from market bags to snack baggies, to eye pillows and aprons, Rebecca has wonderful gifts for you and for the ones you Love. {Reminder: Mother's Day!}

{strong, flexible, can carry a heavy load, and look good doing it. not unlike Mama herself.}

{super cute, eco friendly, alternative to those expensive plastic bags. save $ and the planet.}

{i'll never be your beast of burden. i can carry everything.}

{who doesn't love lavender scented underpants?}

{if you have ever uttered these words: "isn't the watercress delicious? i have it hydroponically grown by monks." or even if you haven't, you still need a little hostess apron.}

{when you're invited to dinner, do you arrive empty handed? no you do not. your Mama raised you right. certainly you will bring wine. it is the perfect gift. and how will you present this lovely gift? 
in vintage wine wrap, of course!}

{perfect for adding a little vintage sweetness to your home.}

Rebecca's titles and descriptions to all of her beautiful, handmade, creations further define her unique and amazing style as an artist. And she is always designing and creating for her shop, so please be sure to stop by often for new pieces. 

When I first "met" Rebecca, I wrote to her complimenting her delicious herb infused vodka recipes found here. What I didn't expect in return was a friend when I needed one the most. She simply asked me: "How are you?" Sometimes you don't realize how three simple words can mean so very much. So, thank you Rebecca! For not only being an inspiration, but for being a friend. 

Here are 10 other "reasons" why Rebecca Thoms Hanley is your new best friend and one super cool chic helping to save the Earth one up cycled creation at a time. 

1. Where do you find your daily inspiration? I work primarily with vintage textiles so I don't need much more inspiration than that. I don't know how you feel about this, but I cut up vintage. Which is not to say that I don't love it because I emphatically do. Some people would never ever cut up vintage; but I think that if I can make something wonderful out of it, something that someone will use and love, that's better than having an intact piece that's stashed away in a drawer for noone to enjoy. Plus, I usually buy things that have been ripped and stained and forgotten - my favorite!

2. What is your most treasured item in your home? Good question. I'm sure I'm overthinking it. But it reminds me of this story a friend told me (go ahead and make yourself a snack and come back, I'll wait). Her aunt was evacuated from her home during the Oakland hills fire and the firefighters gave her five minutes to grab what she could and get out. She took her grandmother's mink coat and a bottle of vodka. The coat because she knew she'd never have one again and the vodka because she might need the company. Sorry, that totally does not answer your question, does it?
I have a vintage dress form that I adore There are some painted rocks and notes from my children and photos of my grandparents that cannot be replaced. But as far as an item most treasured - I have this pincushion that I love and use everyday. It's felted wool and big and funky and my handsome husband bought it for me. It serves me well. (see photo below.)

3.What is your favorite comfort food? Bread. No, pasta. No. Bread. Bread, cheese and tomato is my favorite lunch. If you have basil and balsamic, I'll follow you anywhere.

4. When did you realize that you were an artist? I haven't yet. That's partly insecurity and partly the training and practice of graphic design. As a designer, I tended to view the creative process as more of a "process" than an art form. That and ten years of clients telling you to make their logo bigger, will pretty much crush any fantasy you might have that you're an "artiste." (Hi Clients! Love you!)

5. Best advice you ever received? Just keep swimming. Yes, I received this advice from an animated fish but I don't think that makes it any less useful.

6. Your best advice to an aspiring artist? I read the best thing on Scoutie Girl yesterday....
Laura Simms says: "You will find the limit of what works for you once you've passed over it." And I think that's so true. Choosing to be an artist is not choosing a comfortable, emotional life. It's choosing to make mistakes and push things a little too far and live in kind of an imperfect, honest place. 

7. What is one thing people would not know about you? I can't spell and I'm a control freak. No, everyone knows that. I tend to get obsessed with subjects I have no hope of understanding. Like when I decided I just Had to become a forensic accountant. Right now I'm haunted by the theory of relativity. It's ridiculous.

8. Are you a Lover of Vintage? Emphatically, yes.

9. Where can we find you next? You can almost always find me at my house, folding laundry. BananaSaurus Rex will be at the Livermore Farmers' Market on June 16th, and hopefully a few more venues around the Bay Area this summer and fall. And there's my blog where I wax rhapsodic about making things, housework, the meaning of life, and the increasing difficulty I have figuring out what to wear. (segue!)

10. What is your favorite thing to wear? Havaianas, like such:
Super simple and comfy - and if I have them on, it must be summer.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Scenes from a Colorful California Weekend!

Spring has sprung in Southern California! 
Blues, pinks, yellows, and greens! 
Everything is coming up roses! 

Hope you had a wonderful weekend, my Loves! 


Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Love of a Bohemian Mama: Eggs, Naturally

I am super excited for the Easter festivities this weekend, especially our community egg hunt! But, this bohemian, earth loving, Mama is not a fan of the plastic eggs. So I was thrilled to discover some very cool recipes for dyeing eggs, naturally! Using common flowers, herbs, and foods, you can feel wonderful knowing your kids are enjoying a non-toxic and eco-friendly Easter tradition. 

Recipe for making all natural egg dyes 
  • Wash hard-cooked (boiled) eggs in warm soapy water to remove any oily residue that may impede the color from adhering to the eggs. Let eggs cool before attempting to dye.
  • You need to use your own judgment about exactly how much of each dye stuff to use. Except for spices, place a handful (or two or three handfuls) of a dyestuff in a saucepan.
  • Add tap water to come at least one inch above the dye stuff.  NOTE: This will be about 1 cup of water for each handful of dyestuff.
  • Bring the water just to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Let simmer about 15 minutes or up to an hour until you like the color obtained. Keep in mind that dyed eggs will not get as dark as the color in the pan. Remove the pan from the heat.  
  • Pour mixture into a liquid measuring cup. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of white vinegar for each cup of strained dye liquid. Pour the mixture into a bowl or jar that is deep enough to completely cover the eggs you want to dye.
  • Use a slotted spoon  to lower the eggs into the hot liquid. Leave the eggs in the water until you like the color. NOTE: Allow the egg to sit in the tea for several hours or overnight. The longer the egg soaks, the deeper the final color will be. If you plan to eat the eggs be sure to do this step in the refrigerator.
  • When eggs are dyed to the color you desire, lift the eggs out with the slotted spoon. Let them dry on a rack or drainer. NOTE: An egg carton works nicely as a drying rack. Be careful to handle the eggs gently and minimally as some of the colors can easily be rubbed off before the egg has dried.
  • For a textured look, dab the still wet egg with a sponge.
  • Eggs colored with natural dyes have a dull finish and are not glossy. After they are dry, you can rub the eggs with cooking oil or mineral oil to give them a soft sheen.


Items To Dye With

Canned Blueberries
Red Cabbage Leaves (boiled)
Purple Grape Juice
Brown or Beige

Strong Coffee
Instant Coffee
Black Walnut Shells (boiled)
Black Tea
Brown Gold

Dill Seeds
Brown Orange

Chili Powder


Spinach Leaves (boiled)
Liquid Chlorophyll
Greenish Yellow

Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)

Purple or red grape juice or beet juice

Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice
Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice
Red Zinger Tea

Yellow Onion Skins (boiled)

Cranberries or Juice
Red Grape Juice
Juice from Pickled Beets

Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Pomegranate juice
Canned Cherries (with syrup)
Violet or Purple

Violet Blossoms
Hibiscus tea
Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Red Wine

Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled)
Carrot Tops (boiled)
Chamomile Tea
Celery Seed (boiled)
Green tea
Ground Cumin (boiled)
Ground Turmeric (boiled) or Saffron

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Healing Hammock


“I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.” - Dalai Lama

Dear Loves, Thank you for your kindness and care. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

One of those . . .

Bob Dylan
I am feeling a little like this today . . . and in need of some inspiration and connection. 
{Heading on over to visit all of the lovely blogs on my list. I know that will do the trick.}


*Lovers Lane will be here later on tomorrow

Monday, April 18, 2011

Festival Fashion

I am Loving all of the vintage and bohemian fashion photos coming out of the Coachella music festival, held this past weekend in Indio, California. Here are a few of my favs. Enjoy! 
{we are so there next year!}

Images courtesy of Refinery 29  and Coachella.

Wishful Weekend

animals and dinosaurs, oh my!
native california medicinal herbs 
{courtesy of my friend, Bret}
Our weekend felt like a summer's day in Southern California: gardening, playing in the sprinklers, relaxing in the backyard, swimming in the ocean, making wishes on stars under the full moonlight, entertaining with friends and family. {and a remembrance of all we have to be thankful for in our lives.} 

What did you do over the weekend? I hope it was just as lovely . . .

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