RWL: The Office

On Thursday NBC will air the final episode of The Office. I thought that I was ready for this, but apparently I’m not. I have been an avid Office fan for over 7 years and truly love the show. I’ll admit that there were definitely some seasons that I preferred over others, but as a whole, I think that the show is dynamite. So in honor of the wonderful characters, actors, and writers of The Office, I present you with this week’s Rainbow Wish List.

That's What She Said MENS Funny The Office T-Shirt (Red- White Ink) S, M, L, XL, XXL Dwight Schrute Art Print / Poster "Fact"

Justice Beaver cross stitch -- small cross stitch for a more heroic office Office Button -- Andy QuoteThe Office - Scissor Me - Poster Wall Art DIY Printable PDFThe Office - Kelly Quote Button Damn it Meredith where are your panties - The Office tv show - hand embroidered quote framed in 4 inch hoop, vegan

Unlike all other RWLs, I cannot explain why I love each of these items. All, of course, have Office references, so if you don’t watch the show, then my explaining them will not do the show justice. And if you watch the show, then you need no explanation as to why these items are amazingly awesome.

I will say this, personal bias towards hoops aside, the Justice Beaver and Meredith’s Panties items are my absolute favorites from this list! These are pure, comedic gems! Of course, even those who don’t watch The Office will recognize the “That’s What She Said”, but these little hoops will only be loved by true Office fanatics.

And now I’m feeling nostalgic! It’s been a good run Dunder Mifflin, Scranton. A very good run.

The Office Wooden Peg Dolls

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RWL: Lace

About a month or so ago a senior neighbor of mine moved away and into an assisted living community. This woman learned how to sew at age 30 and had slowly become quite the seamstress over the past 50+ years. The result of this was an absolutely enormous stash of fabric! If you are or have ever been a quilter, then you know exactly how fast your stash can grow; now imagine how large this would be after decades of “scraps”! So during her last week as my neighbor she called me over to her house and said: dear, I have a few scraps of fabric I want to give you. “A few scraps of fabric” was, in actuality, four trash bags busting at the seams as well as a few specialty pieces from Japan that were carefully preserved separately!

Thank God that I have a giant attic and lots of crafty friends or else I have no idea what I would have done with all of that fabric! This weekend, I finally cracked open one bag and stumbled upon some lovely yardage of vintage lace. It made me realize that I know little to nothing about working with lace so I began searching for lace items on Etsy to see what others do with it. I was quite taken by all of the lace pieces I found, henceforth we have a lace inspired Rainbow Wish List this week. Enjoy!

Lace pendant necklace, Red lace jewelry, Victorian jewelry 1960s dress / 60s orange lace party dress / fall autumn vintage halloween fashion

baby romper, Light Yellow Lace Petti Romper, rompers, baby girls Rompers, Photo props, newborn Rompers, Birthday outfit, flower girl, baby Lime green lace black clutch -  fashion, large purse, hand painted accessory OOAK

Navy blue lace embroidered floral tulle net trim 2 yards BL085 Bridesmaid jewelry, Purple Blue lace bracelet in antique bronze, bridal bracelet

Lavender Crochet Bib Necklace with Brass Chain and Antiqued Brass hearts

 

Voila! Aren’t they just lovely? And isn’t that little chubster in the yellow outfit just to die for? So many rolls!

Now let’s see what becomes of my lace yardage. Have a wonderful Tuesday, everyone!

RWL: Polka Dots

I have absolutely no idea why polkadots was the first thing that came to mind for this week’s Rainbow Wish List. Actually, when I stop and think of it, I do have two polka dot dresses, two skirts, and even a polka dot swimsuit. So those tiny little circles must have subconsciously willed themselves to be this week’s theme. Sneaky little devils! Okay ladies and gents, here we go…

Panda Doll Handmade Plush Cushion - Jia Jia from Singapore60s Catalina Gray Red Orange PolkaDot Retro Pin up Rockabilly One Piece Swimsuit Bathing Suit . XXS . XS . D073 . No.196.3.28.13 Maggie Mae. mustard yellow and white polkadot bow Fitted Baby shoes in a Green Polkadot by Scarlettos for Etsy

Washi Tape - White on Blue Polkadot - 15mm x 10m - TP226  Navy and White Polka Dot Infinity Scarf

Eyeglass / Sunglasses Case - Purple Polkadot

Red: This is honestly the thing I want most from Etsy at the moment. Yes, this tiny little panda bear plushie. I am currently obsessed with the name Jia so I was pleasantly surprised to find this cute little panda donning that very name.

Orange: I absolutely adore this swimsuit! I only believe in wearing one-piece suits and love vintage style suits; add in some polka dots and you’ve got yourself a Lefty Lex approved piece! I might have to force myself to go to the beach this summer if I were to buy this little number.

Yellow: Every since buying my lovely Betty Bow (http://www.etsy.com/shop/hellobettybow) I have become obsessed with these gianormous hair accessories. This particular bow is lovely because it’s crisp, nicely pleated, and (of course) my favorite color. I know that this is meant to wear as a hair clip, but I would also like to see it affixed to Ellie’s dog collar; that pop of color on her black and white coat would be wonderful!

Green: Are these not the cutest little shoes?! Of course, I have no use for tiny little baby shoes, so I’m not 100% sure why I included them in the list but they were too cute to pass up. And that particular green is the perfect spring time shade, don’t you think?

Blue: Ah, the increasingly trendy washi tape! If you’re not familiar with Japanese washi tape, it is all the rage in crafting at the moment. It’s particularly popular for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, and many forms of decor. It also doesn’t ruin items the way traditional tape would. And this tape looks exactly like a blue and white polka dot dress that I have, which is probably why I gravitated towards it!

Indigo: A day rarely goes buy when I am not wearing some form of a scarf/cowl around my neck. (I know that I live in SoCal, but I get cold really easily.) Needless to say, I am a giant fan of this little polka dot infinity scarf; great shade, great length. Just look at how it magically turns a plain white shirt into a complete outfit. Magic.

Violet: I seriously need a glasses case like this! Although, I’m positive that I could sew one for myself. I tend to use giant purses and always feel like I’m going on a treasure hunt every time I try to find my sunglasses in said giant purses! Not to mention the fact that not housing them in a case would prevent them from getting scratched up… and then maybe I wouldn’t lose my glasses so easily.

Well, there is your polka dot fix. Hope you enjoyed it. Now to sneak in just one more…

Big Dolly Bow // Black and White Spotty Hair Bow // Limited Edition // Original Design // Ready to ship

RWL: Wedding Time!

As I mentioned yesterday, my brother-in-law is getting married on Friday. I suppose that I’ll forgive them for barging in on our anniversary month (wink wink). M&T live in Chicago where it is currently freezing, so they were so smart to have the wedding here in San Diego where it is (almost) always sunny and lovely. And I figured that since this is a once and a lifetime event (hopefully!) I would dedicate this week’s Rainbow Wish List to the wedding and other lovey dovey mushy stuff. Enjoy folks!

Wedding Ring Pillow. Ivory - Red Cotton Heart Ring Pillow Festive Orange Wedding Table Numbers

Cake Cuties- Custom Wedding Cake Toppers LARGE SIZE Hops and Hypericum Berry Boutonniere a green alternative to flowers  Something Blue Personalized Hanger 5 Bridesmaid Tank Top Shirt. Half Lace. Bride, Maid of Honor, Matron of Honor. Purple, Black, White, Pink, Coral, Tiffany Blue

On Sale Wedding Card Box / Champagne Birdcage / Lavender / Bird Cage Wedding Card Holder / Elegant / Gold

Red: This darling little ring bearer’s pillow is original. It’s not white satin and lace with the expected silky ivory ribbon. Nay, this pillow makes a statement! It’s bright, bold, and red; the heart shape just adds to the fun.

Orange:  I love table numbers, they truly are one of the unsung heroes of weddings. Just imagine the confusion that would arise at the beginning of a reception without table numbers! I remember how long my own took to make, yikes! My table indicators featured seashell names, not numbers… which is probably why they took so make. But who wouldn’t want to sit at the opihi table?  Anyway, I like the fancy flare of the table number above, the imperfect, hanging hearts are right up my alley. Good design!

Yellow: These little peg people are cake toppers… and they are adorable! M&T’s wedding colors are yellow and grey so this actually fits their theme quite well. And what initially drew me to this topper is that it looks as though it was custom made for them. M has dark hair and tan skin (well, he did before he moved to Chicago) and T is a Nebraska-born blonde. This really should be gracing their cake!

Green: I am a giant fan of this boutonniere! Even though Husband wore a white rose boutonniere at our wedding, I now much prefer a groom’s boutonniere to be a bit more masculine. And this little greenie says formal, but not girly. It is perfection; masculine perfection.

Blue: If you search for “something blue” on Etsy one million items pop up! Literally, one million. I went back and forth on different blue finds but finally settled on this lovely hanger because it’s frickin’ awesome! I love the shade of blue that the actual hanger is and I am in awe of anyone who can bend wire like that. I always have a difficult enough time untwisting wire hangers when trying to make smores!

Indigo: Okay, I might have cheated a bit on the “indigo” this week, but I only did that because I really, really like this tank top set. I wish that my bridesmaids and I would have worn something like this on my big day. I like the designer’s use of lace alongside the cotton. Clever, clever.

Violet: The card holder! Um yah, I forgot to buy (or make) one of these for my wedding. This bird cage card holder is a vast improvement over the traditional gift wrapped shoe box! I adore the simplicity of the extras added to the cage; the designer definitely understands that less is more.

Just in case you wanted to know what M&T look like; this is them. I’m positive that you’ll be seeing much, much more of their wedding around here over the next few days. I’m gonna have my first blonde sister!

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And I would venture to say that if I had let them select the items in the RWL, these two little gems would have most likely appeared. They are giant Norte Dame and Nebraska fans! And I am now wishing that I would have thought of buying these for them at an earlier date. Oh well!

NOTRE DAME (NEW) Silver metal plated cufflinks- with everything from your favorite superhero to sports team-and everything in between Huskers Garter - Wedding garter set - Nebraska Huskers

RWL: Disney

Very early tomorrow morning Husband and I will be trekking up to Disneyland. Woohoo! I love Disneyland. We go each year for our anniversary and it’s something we always look forward to. With this trip just a short 24 hours away, Disney is hard on the brain right now. I suppose I’ll just have to whistle while I work to make today go by extra quickly! Without further adieu, may I present to you, my Disney Rainbow Wish List.

Vintage 1960s Pendleton Red Wool Button Up from Disneyland's Frontierland. Rare and Awesome Disney & Pendleton Collectible Keep Calm and Cruise On Disney Cruise Inspired Bottle Cap Magnet, great for fish extender gifts

Snow White Apple Shoes - Fully Hand painted red apples on yellow  maryjane shoe for girls - baby or toddler  Disney Shoes Snow white Disney Dwarf Doc painting - figure on green and yellow canvas.  Unique wall decoration.

Disneys Aladdin Thermos, Blue Plastic Children's Lunchbox Dreams and Courage - 11x14 Nursery Art Print

Cheshire Cat Alice in Wonderland Inspired Mini Top Hat "We're All Mad Here" In Pink And Purple Stripes

 

Red: That red little pendleton coat shown in the first photo is actually a vintage piece sold in Fontierland back in the 1960s. How cute is it? Even thought it isn’t overly obvious that it’s Disney, if you use your imagination I’m sure you can picture Minnie Mouse strolling down Main Street in it.

OrangeKeep Calm and Cruise On. This combines two of my all time favorites: cruises and Disney. I have long told Husband that as soon as we adopt, we will be taking our kids on a Disney cruise. Don’t the commercials always make it seem like an absolute blast full of magical Disney goodness? Seriously, how cool is it for a little girl to be able to eat with the Princesses?

Yellow: In case you didn’t catch the immediate Disney connection to those cute little maryjanes, they are painted to look like Snow White’s apple. I’m pretty sure that if we had a daughter, she would be rocking those little kicks tomorrow, they are so much fun! Now, if only they came in women’s size 10…

Green: Okay, I probably should not have selected two Snow White inspired items but I adore Doc. Doc has been my favorite dwarf since I was a little girl. Why? Well, I guess I identified with him since he seems to be the big brother of the group and I am the eldest child in my family. He seemed to be the ring leader and the one who looked out for the others and I suppose that’s how I viewed myself. I love the artist’s take on Doc, brilliant!

Blue: This Aladdin thermos brings be right back to 3rd grade! I’m almost 100% positive that one of my classmates had this. Although I find Robin Williams rather annoying now, he was dynamite as the Genie. And which little girl did not want to be Princess Jasmine and fly on a magic carpet? Little did I know at age 8 that I would meet the real voice of Jasmine at age 28. (See how I sneakily incorporate Lea Salonga in nearly each of my posts? So sly!)

Indigo: I love this Walt Disney quote. Let’s face it, the man was a genius. I’m convinced that my sister (Dee) is in love with him. She did some type of biographical report on him when she was in middle school and has been enamored ever since. I will admit that I too have watched at least 3 film biographies on the man. And no, I do not believe that he is frozen somewhere.

Violet: Disneyland is the only place that adults are encouraged to wear goofy looking hats! It’s awesome! Where else can you walk around with mouse ears on your head and not get mocked? Nowhere! I have my own pair of ears (with my name stitched on the back, of course) and I wear them every year. It’s too fun not too. However, this little Alice in Wonderland inspired hat/fastener is a more elegant take on the alternative crazy Disney hats. This hat says mad, but not too mad.

Pixel People - Storybook Princesses - PDF Cross-stitch Pattern - INSTANT DOWNLOAD

Now, if only I did cross-stitch I just might tackle these princesses. Well, that’s this week’s RWL my fine folks; now more excited to go to Disneyland than I was earlier!

Wait, what was that? You wanted to see the behind the scene clip of Lea Salonga as Princess Jasmine? Well, okay…

RWL: Valentine’s Day

Well, just two short days until Valentine’s Day. Truth be told, Husband and I are not the biggest Valentine’s Day celebrators. I have two reasons for permitting this: 1) my birthday is in January (just a few short days after Christmas) and 2.) our wedding anniversary is in March. So I am never truly in the mood for another obligatory festive celebration. Husband should be so happy, he gets off easy!

However, I am not a total Valentine’s Day grinch so I present to you, this week’s love themed RWL!

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Red: I like to think that one day I’ll be the kind of mom who makes uber cute traditions for my kids like making the same love theme breakfast each Valentine’s Day. Perhaps I’d have a cute little bowl like this cute little white and red heart number. It would of course be accompanied by an equally cute mug, plate, table runner, and other heart themed paraphernalia just to complete the effect. And probably an embroidered napkin or two (let’s keep it real here).

OrangeHello. Also, I love you. This is my kind of card exactly: super weird, simple, and to the point. I like cards that aren’t entirely expected. This card is able to capture the love and Valentine’s Day effect without being red, pink or covered with little cupids. I’m also a giant fan of the letterpress look, magnificent!

Yellow: I adore this little yellow print and think that it belongs in my craft space. I love the many shades of yellow (none of them are annoying primary or neon shades) and I quite fancy the font as well; sweet and simple.

Green: This is actually a fridge magnet made of tile. I think that I’m drawn to this piece because it reminds me of Gaudi’s Parc Guell in Barcelona, a home of many, many tiles. If you are not familiar with Parc Guell, then you must take at least two minutes to check out some of the photos on this site: http://www.parkguell.es/en/gal.php. You will not regret it, I promise you! This is the most whimsical place I have ever been; it literally feels like you are stepping into a fairy tale  when you’re there. Hop a plane to Barcelona right now and let the whimsy begin!

Blue: For some reason or another I keep find myself crushing on useless little felt objects. No offense to the artist intended; of course these little blue felted hearts are not useless. If they can make someone smile, then they have purpose. But for practicality’s sake, not much use is achieved through tiny felt hearts… but I love them! Perhaps they’d look cute in a shadow box? Or placed together with other goods to make a unique centerpiece? I’m sure I could come up with a few good uses for these little guys should they make their way to my house!

Indigo: Okay, I know what you’re thinking here in regards to my indigo pick: that it’s not really indigo. But it is, it’s even titled Indigo Heart! So there, I win! This is actually a photograph of a door that belongs to an old, old house in Monaco. And although I have never been to Monaco (Southern France, but not Monaco) I can imagine that this door would belong to an old romantic house in a neighborhood with only cobblestone roads and surrounded by oodles and oodles of flowers. If only you could see the image in my mind!

Violet: Remember being around age 8 and thinking that nothing in the world was cooler than wearing broken heart best friend necklaces with your best friend? That is exactly what these pendants remind me of! Is that not the precursor to the engagement ring? It basically says: hand’s off, this best friend has already been spoken for!

Okay, just one more because for some strange reason I felt drawn to this strange little image. Happy Valentine’s day everyone!

vdayred

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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downtonblue downtonindigo

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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

Downton Abbey Cast

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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feltindigo   feltviolet

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!