RWL: Downton Abbey

I have succumbed to Downton Abbey fever. Ah, it’s true! I now look forward to Sunday evenings not because the work week starts soon after, but because I get to find out what’s happening at Downton. If you’re a fellow Downton addict, then I’m sure that you too are still mourning the death of Lady Sybil, so hopefully this list will remind you of happier times at Downton.

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Red:  Seeing that Sybil was always the more fashion-forward, risk-taker of the sisters I could have most seen her wearing this red felt cloche hat. Remember those awful turquoise Alladin pants she had made for herself? Um, yah. I think that this hat would make a much safer and posh choice than those pants. I love the brim!

Orange: Isn’t this serving tray the cutest? Although I highly doubt that Carson would serve the Crawleys with it, I feel that it is very reminiscent of that era. Wouldn’t that be a great conversation starter piece? My dinning room chairs are almost an avocado green shade and I would love to see how the two shades would play upon each other.

Yellow: For some reason I most see Cora wearing this lovely lace necklace. I think that the addition of the yellow lace affixed to the antique brass chain was genius! Come to think of it now, I’m not sure if any of the Crawleys would actually ever wear brass (that might be too middle class), but it’s my RWL and I can pretend all that I’d like!

Green: This vintage emerald ring would have to grace the hand of Lady Violet. I adore pieces like this. A few Christmases ago, Husband bought me a vintage inspired diamond ring whose band detail is very similar to this one and I absolutely adore it. Truth be told, I often wear it in place of my wedding ring! It looks like a wedding ring (I’m not trying to be sneaky) and sometimes its just fun to mix it up. And I always wear it in place of my actual wedding ring when traveling abroad… never go overseas with your real ring lest you lose it!

Blue: If you can’t read it, this little card says I love you more than Downton and if you’re not familiar with the show… that’s a picture of Downton Abbey on the front. I would love to have this little card on the pinboard in my crafty space; its simple and elegant, yet so much fun. This little number can be purchased here: http://papercrave.com/downton-abbey-love-card/

Indigo: Let’s imagine for a second that the Crawleys did not believe that the sun rose and set on the English. If we can imagine that, then we might be able to imagine that they might introduce a bit of culture into their lives by adding this Japanese inspired porcelain pair into their massive collection of dishes. I could only image what Mrs. Patmore and Daisy would have to say about that geisha design!

Violet: Her name is Lady Violet for Pete’s sake! How could I not have used a photo of her?! Besides, she wears violet shades half of the time.  And does this lady not age? I mean she looks old, obviously, but I remember her from The Secret Garden back in the mid 90s and she looked just as old then!

Well my dear lords and ladies, I hope you enjoyed our travel down the Downton RWL, have a splendid day!

RIP Lady Sybil

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RWL: Felt

So, I’ve been working a lot with felt this week (a lot). And, let it be known that the only good felt supplier in San Diego County is way, way, way up north about 45 miles away and I have had to drive all the way up there twice in the past 10 days. Luckily I have my trusty musical soundtracks to keep me company while on the road! Anyhow, I decided that felt must be the topic for this week’s RWL; check out these cute little treasures!

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Red: My kingdom for a kiss! Can you hear Jeff Buckley singing? I find this felt castle creation whimsical and romantic. And bonus, the designer is from Spain (the land of amazing castles) so it seems fitting.

Orange: When I was little my Nana used to take me to a wonderful Chinese restaurant where we would drink tea, sip won ton soup, and eat shrimp fried rice till our hearts’ content. After the meal was finished we would walk to the counter to pay the bill and Nana would buy me a Sunkist gummy that looked very similar to this plushie. Nana went to be with Jesus in 2011 but I still buy that Sunkist gummy whenever I go to that Chinese restaurant and think of her.

Yellow: I want to buy this little yellow critter and keep him hidden in my pocket for sucky days. He just seems to exude joy and happiness. Lovely.

Green: I have no idea how these green shoes would actually feel; my gut feeling says itchy but they are fun! Want to hear a cringer? This was the color of the prom dress I wore my junior year… yikes!

Blue: After making several pendant necklaces myself, I have the utmost respect for anyone who can create artwork of this magnitude on such a tiny canvas. I especially like those six little French knots at the bottom (and I would kill to know  where those pendants come from!).

Indigo: I love, love, love this most of all! I might actually have to buy this from GaffneyGirlStudio; it’s seriously too cute. My needles would look much better stuffed in this vintage repurposed Jello mold then they do in their little plastic box. I might be drawn to this since I have been watching lots of Downton Abbey this week and it looks like something that might grace her Ladyship’s vanity!

Violet: Monochromatic color schemes do it for me. I’m not exactly sure what one would do with this little tuft of purples, but I like the shades (I believe that all 3 can be found in my felt box too). For some reason I imagine a toddler holding this running through a forest. Don’t you?

I’m so excited to show you what I’ve been doing with felt! Just a few more days until my reveal.

RWL: Keeping Warm

Yes, I understand that I live in Southern California and that according to the rest of the country (except Hawai’i) we don’t know what cold is. But it has been cold here! As I am typing right now, the outside temperature is 42 degrees; that’s cold! This is made all the worse by the fact that our heater is out so it is freezing in our house as well. I am literally sitting at my desk right now wearing pants, long tube socks, a long sleeve shirt, a thick robe and a Snuggie and I’m still cold!

With my mind unable to escape anything but the chilly temperature right now, I present you with this week’s Rainbow Wish List:

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Red: I absolutely LOVE chunky cowls! I bought (yes, bought, not made) a couple of cowls for a trip to NYC that my sister and I took last fall and they saved my life. I affectionately call all cowls Simon Cowl.

Orange: I knitted an ear warmer similar to this a couple of months ago and I really wish that I could find it now. I love the yarn hue and buttons that were selected; perfect execution.

Yellow: With my limited knitting (and non-existent crochet) knowledge, I am always in awe of designs such as this beanie. It almost looks like large hearts around the brim, so cute!

Green: If I had to chose a favorite from this list, then these little green mittens would be it! I highly doubt that I would be able to function very well without the use of my fingers, but this pair of mittens are so cute that I’d be willing to be unproductive. It would only be an added bonus if the mittens came with that warm mug of tea that the model is holding!

Blue: If hand warmth + functionality is what I’m looking for then these blue fingerless gloves would seem to be the logical choice. Look at that pattern detail, this designer has some serious skill! If I were to tackle a project like this, it would no doubt  end in a tangled skein of yarn and a very frustrated me.

Indigo: First off, not a fan of the pompoms hanging off the legwarmers. For some reason pompoms always remind me of these hair ties that I wore as a kindergartener in the 80s. But if these bad boys could keep my legs warm right about now, I’d gladly don the pompoms (or cut them off). I could visualize my cat swinging at them, thinking that they were his new toy.

Violet:This 1960s vintage coat hails from Latvia, a land that knows cold, so you can bet your bottom dollar that this coat  will keep you warm. This hue is sure to stand out among the traditional sea of tan, grey, and black coats that are normally seen during winter months.

Inspired to get bundled now? Go forth and stay warm!

RWL: Les Misérables

You knew that it was coming, right? The Les Mis Rainbow Wish List! I’ll wait while you pop in your Les Mis soundtrack (or at least YouTube I Dreamed a Dream) so that you can more properly get into the mood. Wink, wink.

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Let’s break this down, I thought that I was so clever with this collection! Let’s see if you agree.

Red: modern-day Eponine’s hat, right? I can see her donning this bright beauty while walking the lonely streets of Paris and singing On My Own. Aww, poor Eponine.

Orange: I’m gonna say that this vest could be worn by either Marius or Enjorlas. These guys should still look swanky while defending the barricades, right?

Yellow: Marius’ ring of course! You know, the one that Thénardier steals from him. See, now you remember.

Green: Jean Valjean’s (or should I say the Bishop’s) candlesticks. Yes, I am well aware that the candlesticks are actually silver, but that wouldn’t work well for the RWL so they are green for today. I’m kinda diggin’ these bad boys; I would not mind having these for one of the many nooks in my house.

Blue: I know that you know this one… Javert’s coat. I LOVE this coat and would not mind one bit if Husband were to get it for me for my birthday (cough, cough).

Indigo: The whores’ working garb. Yes, I said ‘whore’. If you look at the film credits, playbill, soundtrack, etc. the ‘Lovely Ladies’ of the story are never referred to as working girls or prostitutes, they are called whores, straight up.

Violet: This would be Cosette’s stationary that she uses to send romantic notes to Marius while he’s playing Revolutionary. I really wish that I had kept up with calligraphy, took lessons in fifth grade and I terribly sad that I don’t remember anything.

Well, there it is: my colorful Les Mis love. Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!