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Vintage B

This is B (short for Bentley) our funny little dog. I was downloading photos from my camera and he was hanging out next to me looking adorable so he got his photo taken... and a fancy treatment. I found this Dreamy Vintage Tutorial and gave it a try.
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Genius... and slightly creepy

This face mug holds your donuts, cookies or other sweets right in your coffee cup! Anything 2 in 1 is great especially when in saves you washing dishes.
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Kraft paper packaging

 I love kraft paper especially is gift wrapping and packaging. In looking for inspiration in my own packaging I stumbled upon this flickr stream of etsy packaging. There is some great stuff in there and a few in particular that I loved. Simple and lovely.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lockette/5108486895/in/pool-etsypackaging
http://www.flickr.com/photos/magpiepaperworks/5021379209/in/pool-etsypackaging
http://www.flickr.com/photos/marykatemcdevitt/4975918158/in/pool-etsypackaging
http://www.flickr.com/photos/parvanacreations/4875557171/in/pool-etsypackaging
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pommes_frites/4278348448/in/pool-etsypackaging
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VIntage Finds

My husband and I went antique/boutique/vintage shopping on Saturday afternoon in downtown Glendale. I wasn't looking for anything is particular... just inspiration. I found some cool old bingo cards and 7 buttons. I'm not sure what to do with the bingo cards just yet but I will figure that out soon. I might need to pick up a few more bingo cards when we go back for the Glendale Chocolate affair in a few weeks!
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Tweedle Twill Valentines day cards

Original designs, hand cut and folder with a handmade vellum envelope. These cards are now posted in my etsy shop! Working on my own wedding invitations, programs etc. reminded me of my love for paper crafts. If these do well I will continue designing greeting cards as an additional product for Tweedle Twill. Check them out!
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I got it at Ross

No really I did. I shop at Ross often and recently I've come out with some great finds. It is probably one of my favorite stores and most people I talk to either love it or hate it. I love the treasure hunt - sorting through the aisles and racks of disarray to discover a shinny nugget of gold.

1.  Large Laundry Hamper  (34.99)
2.  Block, Plant and Bowl Decoration  (3.99-5.99)
3.  Black Shelf  (10.99)
4.  Leaf Dish  (1.99)
5.  Gray Pattern Dress  (9.99)
6.  Yellow Dress  (8.99)
7.  Leather Storage Box  (24.99)
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White dishes are amazing

{via Fish Food Blog}
We always had decorative and colored dishes growing up so naturally when I bought my own I wanted the exact opposite. I loved the price when I bought them and now I've grown to love them for other reasons:

1. They are easy to match. It's easy to add on to your set with one off pieces, serveware and baking dishes that will all match. I bought my original dishes at Ikea very inexpensively and have added on with pieces bought at Target, Ross, World Market and Pier One. They aren't the same shape or style but they look great together.

2. They are versatile. We use them everyday and for special occasions so there is no need to have another set that sits in the cupboard 362 days a year. It's easy to bring color and seasonality in with linens napkin holders or other table decorations.

3. They are a blank canvas. I love how neat and clean white dishes look! They don't steal any thunder by detracting from your yummy edibles.

It may be strange to love my everyday white dishes but I do!
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2 New bags on etsy

As an effort to get back in the etsy game I've created two new bags and posted them online. These are test pieces basically and a glimmer of what is to come in the future. I will be creating quite a few one off's in the next month to reduce my somewhat random fabric inventory and test new design concepts. Stay tuned!
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Vintage style dresses

Loving these vintage style dresses I saw on modcloth.com.I haven't bought anything here yet but may soon or perhaps I will make them myself in a few months.
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A new use for scrabble letters

This was in a Pier 1 email I received a while back. I love the use of scrabble letters as labels! It reminds me to think creatively about things that are no longer useful or of value in their regular context. I don't want to turn my apartment into a landfill hording everything I could possibly use on a project, so starting now I'm going to consider the following:

If it is a small item I can store in a small container with other miscellaneous craft items I will keep it. For larger items I will set a goal: "If I can't find a use for this item in 2 weeks I will get rid of it."
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    Relaunch 2011

    Planning my husband and I's wedding this past year was an exciting and exhausting project that left little time for other personal projects. I loved the process and the crafts that went along with it but missed sewing so after a 12 month hiatus I am once again able to focus on creating Tweedle Twill handmade bags.

    When I launched Tweedle Twill in October of 2009 I had a few designs but not much of a plan. This "relaunch" will be much more focused. I plan to have a collection of bags created with specific color and fabric combinations. I pledge to myself to not buy fabric on a whim and to only shop for supplies with a list. Of course I'm still allowed to shop for inspiration but just not buy willy nilly. Also with the "relaunch" I have created this site to blog about my projects and post inspirational tid bits.
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    Homemade magnet strip

    I wanted a way to hang things on my wall with magnets and couldn't find exactly what I wanted at the store. So I got creative and bought a metal strip at Home Depot for a few dollars and painted it to match the wall. It works perfect but the paint chips easily, there must be something I can coat it with to prevent that from happening. So now I have a convenient easy magnetic memo board! I also bought some magnetic containers to hold rubber bands, paperclips and extra magnets to keep them accessible.
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    Where to Shop

    Tweedle Twill products can be found at etsy.com/shop/tweedletwill and occasionally at local craft shows in the Phoenix area.