Friday, January 29, 2010

an exercise in stripes

loved the vintage quality to the orange in this piece of knit fabric. It inspired me to create a dress with a vintage flare. I couldn't resist playing with the stripes. Treating them as I would silk charmuese by cutting them on the bias to create the chevron pattern down center front & back. The diamond shapes set into the side seam cut on the straight grain for a contrast. When working with stripes in this way, I do enjoy the engineering challenge of trying to make them match as much as possible. The most important match is center front & back. The trick to matching the side seams is balancing the side seam front pattern to the side seam back pattern. If that is done, matching the center front and back will automatically match the side seam stripes. Well ... that is, if the stripe is symmetrical.

I removed the belt to show the details.

oops ... one stripe a tad off.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

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Monday, January 25, 2010

random thought of the day ...

... the majority of fast food portions manufactured today is five times larger than serving sizes of the 1970's.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

My new ring

and you guessed it ... it's by an independent jewelry designer.

It's like wearing pink candy.
Perfect for the girl {me} who really doesn't want to grow up.

When I placed my order the designer emailed me a color chart so I could pick out the color of my choice.

whatever my mood ... whatever my whim.

It fits perfect because the design is adjustable.

This delicious little nugget is designed and hand made by Natha Perkins.
Her line is called Luscious Metals.

shop the ring.

shop the boutique.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Make Your Reservation Soon!



Local Artist's Series

featuring Laura Williams

Saturday, February 6th

12:30 pm

$45. per person
(includes wine, hors d'oeuvre and lunch)

Please reserve a spot at 860.526.9417


Laura will have a complete collection of one-of-a-kind prints
on various papers, cards + cloth
will give a brief talk on her work and inspiration.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

January 13 ...

I had the best birthday ever.

Here is what was happening in the world the year I was born.

It was the year of the Summer Of Love - 100,000 people converge on the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco.

World Events:
US News:
  • Racial violence in Detroit; 7,000 National Guardsmen aid police after night of rioting. Similar outbreaks in New York City's Spanish Harlem, Rochester, N.Y., Birmingham, Ala., and New Britain, Conn. (July 23).

  • Thurgood Marshall sworn in as first black US Supreme Court justice (Oct. 2).

  • Astronauts Col. Virgil I. Grissom, Col. Edward White II, and Lt. Cmdr. Roger B. Chaffee killed in fire during test launch (Jan. 27).
Federal spending: $157.46 billion
Federal debt: $340.4 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars): $7,143
Unemployment: 3.8%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.05

Super Bowl: Green Bay d. Kansas City (35-10)
World Series: St. Louis Cardinals d. Boston Red Sox (4-3)
Wimbledon: Women: Billie Jean King d. A. Jones (6-3 6-4) Men: John Newcombe d. W. Bungert (6-3 6-1 6-1)
Kentucky Derby Champion: Proud Clarion

  • Congress creates PBS.
  • Rolling Stone and New York Magazine debut, spawning the popularity of special-interest and regional magazines.


  • The Graduate, Bonnie and Clyde, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, In the Heat of the Night, Cool Hand Luke


  • The Beatles, Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band


Academy Award, Best Picture: A Man for All Seasons, Fred Zinnemann, producer (Columbia)

Nobel Prize for Literature: Miguel Angel Asturias (Guatemala)

Record of the Year: "Strangers in the Night," Frank Sinatra
Album of the Year: Sinatra: A Man and His Music, Frank Sinatra (Reprise)
Song of the Year: "Michelle," John Lennon and Paul McCartney, songwriters


Jerome Friedman, Henry Kendall, Richard Taylor (US) discover protons and neutrons to be composed of even smaller particles called quarks.

The MIRV (Multiple Indepenently Targetable Reetry Vehicle), which allows one missile to carry several nuclear warheads, is developed. Background: nuclear weapons

Dr. Christiaan N. Barnard and team of South African surgeons perform world's first successful human heart transplant (Dec. 3). The patient dies 18 days later.


Tuesday, January 12, 2010


buy one
get one
1/2 off


For Two

Saturday's Only

January 16 & 23

10 - 4

We will be serving hot cocoa
little treats too!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Bright new colors

Nothing like a simple colorful knit skirt
to shake off the cold.

shop for it online here.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The e-list Distcount Card

MerGirl is a participating merchant. Come in with the e-list discount card and you will get 15% off every MerGirl purchase of $100 dollars or more every time you shop. Details below about the card and how to purchase. There is also a link to take a peek at all the participating merchants all along the shoreline.

The e card is a discount card to the best shops, restaurants and services on the Shoreline. Use it every time you shop with participating merchants. It is not a limited one-time use coupon! Every merchant participating in the card has been listed on the e list. Erica has shopped there, eaten there or used the service.

Click here to go to the list of participating merchants. Then click on the merchant name to visit their website, or search the e list to see what Erica had to say. Discounts and offers listed are subject to change. Some services are limited to first time clients.

The cost of the card is $25 PER YEAR plus $1 shipping and handling, (10% of which will be donated to local non-profit organizations). Purchase the e card online now, by clicking here. You'll receive it within 7 to 10 days.

We think it makes a great gift, too. While they're devouring the free oyster sampler at Liv's Oyster Bar, or taking 10% off a cashmere sweater at Khaki and Black, or drinking a free mini martini at Restaurant L&E, they'll think of you! Just tell us where to send it.