September 2012

Butterfly Boxed Bags

by ilene on September 27, 2012 · 1 comment

in sewing

Do you ever have any special fabric that you have that you can’t bear to use?  The first time I went to Purl Soho in New York City, I fell in love with this beautiful colorful butterfly fabric called Canyon Flutter by Alexander Henry.   It was my first time shopping at a fancy, designer […]

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Boxed Bags out of Japanese Fabric

by ilene on September 26, 2012 · 4 comments

in sewing

I’ve been really into sewing boxed bags lately. I’ve been churning these suckers out left and right!  They are easy to make and come in really handy!  I use them all the time to organize my makeup and jewelry and they make great gifts for friends.  Its nice to have a stash on hand in […]


Red Velvet Cupcakes

by ilene on September 25, 2012 · 2 comments

in baking, recipes

Since I shared about my green tea cupcakes last week, I thought I’d share about my absolute favorite cupcake of all time:  Magnolia Bakery’s Red Velvet Cupcake.  I love love LOVE red velvet cupcakes and NYC’s Magnolia’s has the BEST RECIPE.  It’s my “go-to” cupcakes for birthday celebrations, potlucks, dessert potlucks and just whenever I have a hankering […]


Green Tea/Matcha Cupcakes

by ilene on September 21, 2012 · 4 comments

in baking, recipes

  I experimented with making some green tea flavored cupcakes for my friend N’s bridal shower a few weeks ago. My co-host L and I were planning a Japanese tea-themed shower for her so I wanted to make some matcha flavored baked goodies!  I wasn’t really sure how do make green tea cupcakes, so I […]


Maternity Countdown Shirt

by ilene on September 19, 2012 · 5 comments

in baby, pregnancy, tutorial

Hey guys!  Thought I’d share another maternity project that I’ve been working on – a maternity countdown shirt!   When I first found out I was pregnant, I was trying to think of fun ways to document my ever expanding belly.  At first, I was buying fruits that were about the same size of the […]