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Charlotte's Creative Predictions for 2012

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Hi everyone!  Today we have asked our resident fashionable fox Charlotte to bring us her predictions of what will be big in the creative world in the year to come. ________________________________

Tally ho, readers! 2012 is going to be a great crafty/design year, brought to you by the wide world of internet.   So many fun things to be inspired by, it will be hard for me to stay focused on my homework and other activities.  The Mushroom Society is taking its long winter's siesta right now, but the Handwriting Club will be in full swing soon.  A steady hand not your thing?  Don't fret, Ms. Joy's "Mastering the Two Letter Words of Scrabble" workshop has extended its engagement for several more dates this winter season.  Season 2 of Masterpiece Theater's Downton Abbey started last Sunday night and Eek! is it good!   I am itching to get some serious costume design under my belt soon!

So, now on to the main event--

Charlotte's 2012 Trendy Predictions

Color: I'd be remiss to not mention Pantone's color of the year--Tangerine Tango--a delightful tribute to orange with an overtone of coral.

Tangerine_Tango
Tangerine_Tango

As a long time orange fanatic, I'd just like to say it is about time.   If  you love orange as much as I do, then be sure to check out these TT Pinterest boards that are part of Pantone's related color contest.

Motifs: Mustaches and robots give way to Yetis, Vikings and bow and arrows:

Vikingboard
Vikingboard

Sources: Top from Herzensart; Middle from HollowShells; Bottom from Anemone Letterpress

French Knots: I am so glad embroidery is only gaining followers--what a fun, versatile way to embellish any number of projects or just enjoy on its own.  In particular, I have seen a lot of french knots popping up here and there:

french knot
french knot

Sources: Top from Myrtle and Eunice; Bottom from sometimesiswirl

Girl's Attire: Simple bows seemingly are everywhere this year--and I am not talking about the carefully tailored structured bows we've been seeing.  Apparently, something your 3-year old tied tacked haphazardly to the neckline of an otherwise lovely frock is all the rage.

dresses
dresses

Sources: Top from Bonpoint; Bottom from Olive Juice Kids

Also, look for lots and lots of pintucks!

pintuck
pintuck

Source doe c doe

Hand Lettering: Apparently, fonts aren't just for computers anymore...

handwriting sample
handwriting sample

Sources: Top from How Joyful; Bottom from Lisa Congdon

Typewriters: Everything old is new again...look for all things vintage to continue to be a source of creative inspiration in 2012.

Typewriter
Typewriter

Sources: Top from FilmintheFridge featuring Melody Miller fabric; Middle from Tascha; Bottom from AnnaLouVintage

Happy Sewing!

~  Charlotte

Charlotte's Pinteresting Finds - v3.12

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Hi again! This week's theme: "American as Pumpkin Pie"--that's because I consider the humble pumpkin the embodiment of all that is good and right in our country.  The pumpkin is perfect in just about every way.  First, it's orange.  That fact alone should suffice, but for the sake of argument, I will continue:

  • In the kitchen, its ability to cross into both the sweet and savory realms is fluid and almost unparalelled. Click here for just a small peak at its extreme culinary adaptability.
  • Not just for the front porch anymore, the pumpkin is a critical go to component in holiday decor, both indoors and out.  Buy why stop there? Make matchy-matchy outfits for yourself and your fireplace mantel.
  • Lastly, but not leastly: comic relief.  Humor through pumpkins abounds this time of year.  Do a quick search of carved pumpkins on Pinterest and you'll surely leave with a smile on your face.  I applaud you, American public, for pushing the creativity envelope each fall with a simple kitchen knife and, well, a pumpkin.
Pinterest week of 10-17
Pinterest week of 10-17

Sources: /one/Wreath found via/two/Toothy pumpkin found via/three/Chocolate pumpkin whoopie pies found via/four/Turducken-style pumpkin found via/five/Gingerbread Pumpkin Bars found via/six/Pumpkin fashion found via

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What's Charlotte liking this week? Find out each Tuesday as she spots trends and captures a little slice of goodness from Pinterest. +++++++++++++++++++++++

Sorry I missed last week's Pinteresting Finds--I was studying hard for a killer spelling test. But that's over now (I missed just one word--hors d'oeuvre) and I'm back...

So the end of September is about the time I start planning my Halloween costume. As far as "clever" goes, Halloween can't be beat. So many creative people out there and Pinterest is a goldmine for finding some great costume ideas!  Though it's hard to narrow it down to just a few, here are some of my faves:

Pinterest-926
Pinterest-926

Sources: /one/Scuba Diverfound via /two/Airplane Pilot found via /three/Paper Doll found via /four/Mushroom found via /five/Hot Air Balloon found via /six/Owl (check out that stitch work!) found via

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Charlotte's Pinteresting Finds - v.3.1

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What's Charlotte liking this week? Find out each Tuesday as she spots trends and captures a little slice of goodness from Pinterest.+++++++++++++++++++++++

Pink cheeks and nipped nose

Rustling leaves in Autumn wind

But Plaid warms the toes

~ Haiku by Charlotte

Charlotte's Pinteresting Finds week of 9-12
Charlotte's Pinteresting Finds week of 9-12

Sources: /one/ Red Suitcasefound via /two/ Handbag found via /three/ Drum Set Print by Marc Johns found via /four/ Lunch Bag found via /five/ Bow Tie found via

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Charlotte's Pinteresting Finds - v.2.23

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What's Charlotte liking this week? Find out each Tuesdayy--or Wednesday when she's running a little behind--as she spots trends and captures a little slice of goodness from Pinterest.+++++++++++++++++++++++

They say that a rolling stone gathers no moss.  I think it stands to reason, then, that rolling moss gathers no stones either.    Here's some mossy goodness for you.  Think enchanting cottages, the Irish countryside and--best of all--faeries!

Pinteresting Finds 9-7
Pinteresting Finds 9-7

Sources: /one/ Mossy Artfound via /two/ Ring found via /three/ Lost Sheep Terrarium found via /four/ Mini Pots DIY found via

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Charlotte's Pinteresting Finds - v.2.3

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What's Charlotte liking this week? Find out each Tuesday as she spots trends and captures a little slice of goodness from Pinterest.+++++++++++++++++++++++ There's something romantic about airmail, isn't there? Does anyone even use airmail envelopes anymore or have those gone the way of land lines?

Pinterestings Finds 08-29-11
Pinterestings Finds 08-29-11

Sources: /one/ Japanese Masking Tapefound via /two/ Pouch found via /three/ Pillow found via /four/ Print found via

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Charlotte's Pinteresting Finds - v.2.1

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What's Charlotte liking this week? Find out each Tuesday as she spots trends and captures a little slice of goodness from Pinterest.+++++++++++++++++++++++

To the dread of children everywhere, and the delights of most mothers, the new school year is nigh.  Time to sharpen your pencils! Here are just a few graphite inspired items that caught my eye this week.

Charlotte's Pinteresting Finds Week-of-815
Charlotte's Pinteresting Finds Week-of-815

Sources: /one/ Pencil Sculpture by Jennifer Maestrefound via /two/ Scarf found via /three/ Pencil Poster found via /four/ Pencil Case found via

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Charlotte's Pinteresting Finds - v.1.10

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What's Charlotte liking this week? Find out each Tuesday--or Wednesday when she's running a little behind--as she spots trends and captures a little slice of goodness from Pinterest.+++++++++++++++++++++++ I am probably stating the obvious when I say Americans love their coffee. But I am always amazed at how much American's love their coffee mugs. They're not unlike bumper stickers for your car--it is a small and harmless attempt for some of us to interject a little personality into our surroundings.

What does your mug say about you?

Here are just a few that caught my eye this week.

Pinteresting Finds - Coffee Mugs
Pinteresting Finds - Coffee Mugs

Sources: /one/ Snack Shelf found via /two/ Mustachios found via /three/ Mug Jacket Knitting Pattern found via /four/ Good to the Last Drop found via

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Charlotte's Pinteresting Finds - v.1.9

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What's Charlotte liking this week? Find out each Tuesday--or Wednesday when she's running a little behind--as she spots trends and captures a little slice of goodness from Pinterest.+++++++++++++++++++++++ I've been biking to the grocery store this summer, trying to reduce my carbon paw prints. Care to join me on a weekly ride? This week's finds are certain to make you look styling on or off your cycle.

Pinteresting Finds 1.9
Pinteresting Finds 1.9

Sources: /one/ Bike helmet found via /two/ Public C7 Bike found via various /three/ Bike bag found via /four/ Letterpress stationery found via /five/ Book Club Embroidery Set found via

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Charlotte's Pinteresting Finds - v.1.8

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What's Charlotte liking this week? Find out each Tuesday as she spots trends and captures a little slice of goodness from Pinterest.+++++++++++++++++++++++ So you think you can stamp?  But can you hand-carve stamp?  If not, you should learn!  Hand-carved stamps are everywhere right now.  In addition to these cute designs, I have listed further below a few really beautiful blogs with great tutorials and inspiring uses for your finished stamps.  So get carving!

Pinterest Finds v.1.8
Pinterest Finds v.1.8

Sources: /one/ Mini Flowers found via /two/ Hot Air Balloon found via /three/ Grass found via /four/ Ice Cream Faces found via various /five/ Thanks found via

For more on hand-carving, check out these sites:

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Charlotte's Pinteresting Finds - v.1.7

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What's Charlotte liking this week? Find out each Tuesday--or Wednesday when she's running a little behind--as she spots trends and captures a little slice of goodness from Pinterest.+++++++++++++++++++++++ Polka, polka, polka!  Polka DOTS, that is.  This week's post got me thinking, is there a connection between the dot and the dance?  The answer, according to my preeminate source Wikipedia, is yes, in fact the dotted version was named for the footed version.  So there you have it.  See you next week!

Pinterest v.1.7
Pinterest v.1.7

Sources: /one/ Gift tags found via /two/ Kokka fabrics found via /three/ Straws found via /four/ Bike helmet found via

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Charlotte's Pinteresting Finds - v.1.6

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What's Charlotte liking this week? Find out each Tuesday as she spots trends and captures a little slice of goodness from Pinterest. +++++++++++++++++++++++

Greetings, happy campers!  Whether it's forging a stream or sleeping under the stars, I love a little nature every now and then.  Chalk it up to my inner wild animal if you will.  Here are some fun things for your next camping adventure, be it indoors or out.

Pinteresting Finds v.1.6
Pinteresting Finds v.1.6

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CAMP Sign

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Camping embroidery

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Camp fire

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S'Mores on a Stick

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Campy Ribbon

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Charlotte's Pinteresting Finds - v.1.5

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What's Charlotte liking this week? Find out each Tuesday as she spots trends and captures a little slice of goodness from Pinterest. +++++++++++++++++++++++

A very special friend of mine is turning 3 this week and I have been helping to plan her party.  What could make for a better summer party than BUBBLES!  Here are some of the tricks I have up my sleeve--click through the source links at the bottom to find the tutorials related to each.

PS Shhh...the artwork in the last item is my gift to the birthday girl!

Pinterest 627
Pinterest 627

Sources: /one/ Giant Bubbles found via /two/ Living in a Bubble found via /three/ Bubble Painting found via /four/Monsieur IV print by Blanca Gomez found via

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Charlotte's Pinteresting Finds - v1.4

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What's Charlotte liking this week? Find out each Tuesday as she spots trends and captures a little slice of goodness from Pinterest.+++++++++++++++++++++++ It is hard to believe that it is almost the end of June! That means lemonade, corn on the cob, bike parades, and lots of red, white, & blue are right around the corner. I'll be making the annual trek to my family's cottage this year to celebrate the festivities. Where will you be watching the fireworks?

Pinteresting Finds 0620
Pinteresting Finds 0620

Sources: /one/ Patriotic Wreath found via /two/ Red, White and Blue Strawberries found via /three/ Flag bunting found via /four/ Summer Dessert with cookie spoons! found via

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What's Charlotte liking this week? Find out each Tuesday as she spots trends and captures a little slice of goodness from Pinterest.+++++++++++++++++++++++ School is out! I went strawberry picking this morning and could not wait to find some yummy recipes for my sun-soaked rubies. I found lots of goodies, as well as few more nature-inspired, kid-friendly snacks to share with you this week. Bon Appetit!

Pinteresting Finds, Week of June 11, 2011
Pinteresting Finds, Week of June 11, 2011

Sources: /one/ Whole-wheat homemade goldfish found via various /two/ Strawberry Mice found via /three/ Butterfly Garden found via /four/ Treetop found via

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