Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Things We All Do

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Have you discovered Things We All Do?
 So funny!  Hope they make you smile!



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

This is what happens....

.... when conference calls run too long:
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And if you think this bad, keep in mind, you are only seeing head shots.
I mean, there was marker in places there shouldn't be marker.
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Thank goodness the house was spared and it was washable marker, so mostly it was pretty funny.  Though I have to admit, there have been moments--like when they flooded the house--that were not so funny.  Oh, the stories I can tell!  They are creative, I give them that.

What about you?  What kind of trouble have your kids been up to lately?





Sunday, September 25, 2011

Saidi Shoes - This Monday!


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The Saidi shoes are available this Monday, September 26 at 11 pm CST.  They will be available for purchase here.

I photographed the shoes with cuffed jeans and purple, but don't let that color palette limit you.  There are quite a lot of colors in these little shoes: yellow/mustard, pale pink, plum, denim, olive and more!  The shoes have all the wearability of a leather shoe, but with the added spunk of little colorful blooms in an assortment of fabrics.
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Each pair of Saidi shoes comes with a matching clip...
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For the last launch of new styles, we rushed a significant portion of the inventory here--and we sold through those within the first ten minutes and went into back order.  It is a similar set of circumstances with the Saidi shoes.  So, if you want a pair early, I would say you need to try for a pair right at the launch time.

The rest of the inventory is arriving October 17. 
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Hope to see you Monday night! :)







Friday, September 23, 2011

Photo Folie - Cuffed and Belted Bootie


Today is Friday and with it comes another Photo Folie.  If you are new to Joyfolie, Photo Folie is a new shoe design inspired by a photo.  I have only made one pair of the shoes shown, so they are not something we are actively selling--at least not yet.  Most of the shoes currently available on our site started out as a Photo Folie.  So, if we get a lot of feedback that a particular style is well-loved, we will definitely rush it into a firm-soled shoe in size 4-13.  If you would like to shop our in-stock shoes, please click here.

Back to today's shoes, I really love the photo above and the innovative use of old photographs over antique mirrors.  In particular, though, I like the tan, faded straps of ribbon and all the lovely textures.  Today, I took this same concept and applied it to a cuffed bootie.  It is made with a heathered, cappuccino-colored suiting material, over chestnut velour, finished with a cognac strap of leather I had from an old trip to Florence.  The result are some really wearable little kicks that would be so cute for the little lady with leggings and an over-sized sweater tunic. 
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Happy Friday!
Thursday, September 22, 2011

Saidi - Coming Soon!

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Saidi shoes--coming Monday, September 26 at 11 pm CST.

Luvie

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I was searching through archives the other day and stumbled on this photo of Mia when she was only 14 months old. What you can't really tell in the first photo is that she is holding her pink "blankie" that is dragging on the bridge behind her. Both my children had a little silk blanket that was their luvie; their little security item they held at night and cuddled for comfort.

You can see if more clearly in the photo below.
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I have mentioned that, no matter how hard we try, Mia keeps coming into our bed in the middle of the night. I feel more and more tired as this trend continues. Anyway, for both children, we took away their security blankets around the age of 2. Robert and I didn't want them to be too attached to it... or if it was ever lost, we would be beside ourselves and find fits of tears and a guaranteed sleepless night. So, at around 2 years old, we took them away. Neither one put up too much of a fuss about it nor seemed to miss it. We stored both of their luvie blankets as keepsakes.

Anyway, night after night for at least a half a year now, I have been getting up at 2 am to comfort Mia crying at the top of the stairs saying she is scared or lonely. It's that or she climbs into bed with us, and I end up moving to the couch because of her tossing. After 6 months of broken sleep, I am wondering if we should bring a security item back! Isn't that crazy! I would try anything to get my girl to stop waking me up every single night at 2 am!

So, I am curious, did your child have a blanket or security item? At what age did you take it away? Did you feel this helped and comforted your child, or over time did they develop too heavy of a reliance on it?
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

DIY Wednesday - Curly "Fur" Vest

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I am so happy to have an original DIY post for you this week. This one is especially fun, and {as with all my tutorials} easy and fairly inexpensive. Today, I will show you the step by step to make the curly "fur" vest that my daughter Mia is wearing in the photos of our new Zoe boots--coming this October.

First, I am so excited about the Zoe boots. You may have seen our Gretel boots, which sold in years past. {By the way, we have a few of those boots left in size 0-3 and 3-6 months, available here.} Whie I loved the Gretel boots and the white fur, I thought we could do something better, darker and more dramatic this season. The Zoe boots are all that and more! The faux fur is amazing. Really soft and great quality. The boots are lined with extra soft and snuggling white fleece and lace up practically to the knee. You can tighten the laces, but they have a zipper in the back for easy on and off. {Available in October--a little over a week away!}
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For the wardrobe with these boots, I really wanted an interesting vest, so I decided to make one that appeared made of fur:
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The vest is not fur though, it is made out of yarn and cost about $6 to make. It's really simple and requires very little sewing experience. Here is what you need:
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materials:
thick, interesting "curly" yarn
white fleece
cream thread

tools:
sewing machine

First, trim cut your fleece to the desired length of your vest. In my case, Mia's was 4.5" wide and 32" long. In actuality, we are just making a textured scarf, that I belted :)

Once you have your fleece ready, unwind the yarn into an interesting heap, like this:
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Take your heap of yarn and pull it so its a little larger than your piece of fleece and lay it on top. Like this:
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Next, sew the yarn onto the fleece using a zig zag stitch on your machine. Then cut yarn 3" above the stitch line. It will look like this:
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And like this from the back:
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Working at 4" intervals, reposition your pile of yarn, sew a section in a zig zag stitch, and then trim. Basically, you are just sewing chunks of yarn onto the fleece and 4" intervals and trimming it. I found it was easiest to pile the yarn on the fleece, flip it over, and sew fleece side up. If you sew with the yarn on top and fleece on the bottom, the yarn gets caught in the foot of the machine. Over time it will look like this:
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When I was finished the vest/scarf, I had 12 stitch lines. I am really sorry, I accidentally deleted the finished photos of the vest only. So, if there is any confusion, I can always take more photos. But it's a really simple concept, I just sewed chunks of yarn onto the fleece, trimmed it with the scissors, and then sewed on another overlapping chunk, until the entire piece of fleece is covered in yarn. Once I was finished, I trimmed any large pieces. As I said previously, it's really more of a scarf, which has amazing texture and is great for photos. To make it a vest, simply add a belt.

I really love the results.
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It would add a great textural component to holiday photos, and of course, looks cute paired with our Zoe boots and some leggings. My daughter, the drama queen...
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I hope you enjoy the tutorial and give it a try!
XO
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Adventure

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"Adventure is worth while."
-Aristotle


I have all sorts of photos that I never get a chance to edit... photos of the kids, travels, nature, etc. So, I thought it might be fun to drop in a shot here or there, and in the meantime, make a dent in all those unedited photos.

This image is from a last minute trip Robert and I took just last month. When I say last minute what I mean is that I was on the phone with my friend Kelly who got us the standby tickets { you Kelly!!!} the night before, conferring with Robert in the background that we were for sure going to start the next day at 5 am en route the airport. The next morning, off we went, and an adventure it was! Some parts good {romantic dinners on cobblestone streets in a colonial city} some parts bad {traffic} but an adventure all the same! We went to Virginia, this particular photo was taken in Williamsburg.

I don't know how it is for you, but for me I get this pulse in my veins beckoning me for newness and travel. Adventure isn't always easy and sometimes it's more work than we bargained for, but in the end... I do think adventure is always worth it! What about you? Have you taken any risks or last minute adventures recently? Was it worth the effort?
Friday, September 16, 2011

Photo Folie - Pumpkin and Slate Stripes


A long time ago, I started a series called Photo Folie--where every Friday I designed a new shoe inspired by a photo. I have been thinking for awhile now that I need to bring the series back. I don't know if I will be able to pull off every Friday... gosh, I forgot how long these kinds of posts take!

Anyway, today's shoes are pretty simple. I liked the table scape up above with gray and orange. These shoes have a similar slate stripe and pumpkin hue--great for fall, but still appropriate for the lingering warm weather.
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Happy Friday!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

DIY Wednesday - Mercury Glass


So, I actually had my own tutorial all worked out for you, but I just could not get all the photos I needed in time. So I am going to defer to someone else and share a great idea I have seen in numerous places on the web: DIY Mercury glass.

I used to be an avid thrifter and antique-r, dragging home forsaken pieces and giving them fresh life. Spray paint is an amazing tool in that transformation. Almost anything can be spray painted--even glass! Krylon makes mirror-colored looking glass silver spray paint. Now, it does not look like a mirror, but it is a nice silver color. So, to achieve the look of mercury glass, take a clear glass item {pendant, lamp, bottle, candle holder} and spray it with water. Before the water spots have dried, spray it lightly with Mirror spray paint--allowing the paint to have missing/clear flecks a la mercury glass. Fun and easy! You can read a step by step tutorial on Lovely Little Detail's blog here.

Here is a sneak peak at the crazy vest I made, tutorial coming next Wednesday and the Joyfolie Zoe boots coming early October!
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Sabrina Shoes....

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Coming Soon!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Joyfolie on the Red Carpet!

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We are so excited and honored that the adorable actress Emma Lyle {who plays Sarah Jessica Parker's daughter} in the movie "I Don't Know How She Does It" wore our Luna shoes to the premiere.

Thank you, Emma! We hope you love your shoes!
You can see photos of Emma in our Luna shoes on CBS News and many, many others!
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Sunday, September 11, 2011

I love....

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....how children
when they are extra tired
can sleep in the oddest positions
and most unusual places...

Mia asleep on the stairs just yesterday
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Aidan circa 2009
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Thursday, September 8, 2011

New Fall Styles!

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We are so excited to announce that we have three new fall styles available at noon today, including our first pair of firm-soled boots!

Click here to shop.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Back To School Photo Winner!!

After long last--so many of you entered have been asking--I have the announcement of the winner of the Joyfolie Back to School Photo Contest.

I love to see customer photos, and I felt bad that some weeks it's admittedly a struggle to keep up with the comments on Facebook. But for the record, let me say, I thought they were all so good! Some of you went all out with old buses and massive piles of books and vintage desks. Part of the criteria was whether they had the "back to school" look. Anyway, I was impressed by the photo styling and inspired by the pictures :)

It was really hard to choose, so I whittled it down to my top few and then had the gals on our staff contribute. They were unanimous in their suggestion, which was Hayley Boone and her darling daughter in the little white jacket with the red had and Sabre booties. Congrats Hayley, you won a pair of either Callista boots, Julie or Luna shoes! Please email your address, size, and style selection to hello@joyfolie.com
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However, as a thank you to everyone who entered and tried so hard, we are offering 25% off on one pair of our fall shoes. We didn't have a lot of submissions, but those who entered did a bang up job! Please email us after your purchase with the link to your photo on our FB page and we will credit you the discount.

Here are a few of the photos that were submitted:
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Thank you to all who entered!
Tuesday, September 6, 2011

DIY Wednesday - Lace Crowns

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Luna Clip and matching shoes

Yesterday I posted some photos of our Luna shoes and matching clip with the crown above. Mia and I made the crown together, and today I will show you the step by step to make your own lace crown.

A few notes before I begin the tutorial: this was not my original idea. Most of my tutorials are, but I found this idea via Bitter Betty Blog. You can view her tutorial here. I modified it a bit, which I will explain. Second, I was making these crowns with photography in mind--not so much every day play wear. The crowns do get pretty stiff, but I can't comment how they would hold up or how safe the paint is to be worn and played with regularly by a young child. So, here is what you need:
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Materials:
lace - 13-15" depending on desired size
fabric stiffener or modge podge
gold, bronze or silver paint or a paint pen
wax paper

Tools:
paint brush
glue gun

Let's talk supplies :) For the silver crown, I used some really interesting, really wide crocheted trim. The crochet actually seemed to absorb the stiffener a little bit better and make a more sturdy crown. However crocheted lace trimming can be a little hard to come by {mine was vintage that I bought in the city} so I will show you how to use a thinner, more readily available lace. I got the one in the example at Hobby Lobby.
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Once you have your lace, cut it to 13"-15" inches depending on desired size. I think the crowns look darling with a small circumference. However, if you want them to really sit down on the head, you will need to go larger.

Next, take your strip(s) of lace and saturate them with fabric stiffener. I bought my bottle of fabric stiffener for $3.99 at Hobby Lobby. I think fabric stiffener is easier to use than modge podge because it's thinner and doesn't glob up the lace like modge podge does. However, I have used both, and both yield good results. So, on a sheet of wax paper, saturate your lace with stiffener, and spread it around with your finger. {You could use a brush, but the bristles kept getting in the glue which was driving me crazy... plus there is something therapeutic about getting a little messy :) }
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After the lace has been saturated, blot off excess and allow to dry. You will need to repeat this 2-4 times, depending on how well the lace absorbs the stiffener.

Once the lace has dried enough so it is no longer tacky, paint it the desired color. For the silver crown, I used a silver acrylic paint pen which worked surprisingly well. In the photo below, I used Precious Metals paint in the color titanium.
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After the paint has dried, match up the pattern and glue the lace in a circle with the glue gun {or craft glue}. The crown will stiffen up quite a bit more, after it has had 24 hours to dry. And... you are done! A very pretty and vintage-looking crown... perfect for your prince or princess.
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Here is another photo of the silver crown being worn:
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