maya mori

in the midst…


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kitchen window

the new year is inspiring.  i am truly excited to create new goals, start new projects and have new experiences.  i keep thinking of the changes i want to implement, the pieces i want to sew & the techniques i have yet to try.

i am so motivated, yet my big commitment to 2012 is to slow down, be more focused and to appreciate the wonderful people & things that already surround me.

in honor of this intention, here is something simple in my life that has no need for change…my kitchen window.  i love this growing collection of vintage bottles…the colors are fantastic and always make me smile when i’m cooking or just passing through.  yes.

kitchen window


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yes, a teepee.

my daughter recently turned two and for christmas i made her a teepee.  she has a great imagination & loves to organize her things.  i knew she would love having her own space!

years ago, i made a one for the boys, but at some point it was left out in the rainy yard.  i still had the old poles, so we spray painted them to look like new and i started sewing!  i used fabric that i had on hand, so the gift cost absolutely nothing.

it was quite a statement on christmas morning and i’ve been rewarded daily by watching her embrace her special space.  on a gray day it can get a bit dark inside, so i strung a small vintage chandelier inside…right above her wicker chair & basket of bears.

perfection!teepee 1teepee 2frankie & her teepee 1frankie & her teepee 2frankieteepee at night


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boundless

i adore the infinity scarf.  so simple, so comfortable.  i’ve been making these scarves like crazy and wanted to share.  i made my first one in bamboo/cotton jersey, then decided to get creative.  i tried combining fabrics, which creates a lovely twist of color &/or texture.  i absolutely love how differently they each look & feel.

super soft bamboo cotton jersey infinity scarf cotton/bamboo jersey infinity scarf

vintage abstract print & mocha linen infinity scarfvintage abstract print & mocha linen infinity scarf

chocolate velvet & linen print infinity scarfchocolate velvet & linen infinity scarf

fuschia silk tweed & linen print infinity scarffuschia silk tweed & linen print infinity scarffuschia silk tweed & linen print infinity scarf 2

beautiful coral silk kimono fabric & silk iris print infinity scarf (light as a feather)coral silk kimono fabric & silk iris print 1coral silk kimono fabric & silk iris print 2


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i feel encouraged…

the first few days of january i felt really inspired.  new year, new goals, new projects, new everything, right?!

then my kids went back to school and the early morning routine was a quick slap in the face.  brushing teeth, forgotten backpacks, homework, whining, uneaten breakfasts, early morning traffic…aackk!

i spent the morning hiding in the world of pinterest, blogs & facebook…trying to motivate myself towards all the great lists i created but days ago.  thank goodness for ryan gosling, huh?  i’ve been enjoying the hilarious handmade ryan gosling for weeks now…but this one made my day mean something again.


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when it’s cold outside…

one of the projects i tackled this winter was wool felt slippers.  i started out with this simple template & tutorial at martha stewart.  first i made one in my size and tweaked the pattern until it fit & looked the way i wanted.  i made these for a dear guy friend, my brother and my nephew, so i used a men’s shoes sizing chart to create individual patterns.next, i fused several layers of wool felt together to make it thicker and added a layer of fusible fleece to the sole for cushion and warmth.i cut the fleece 1/4″ smaller than the sole piece, to reduce bulk in the seam and then covered it with another wool felt sole piece.  i sewed the main pieces together across the top seam and the back heel, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.  i then sewed the top pieces to the sole.  this was a bit tricky, but went pretty fast once i got the hang of it. i blanket stitched the exposed seam with a contrasting wool yarn to give the slippers a lovely, handmade finish.lastly, i made monogrammed flannel fabric bags to present/store them in & cute holiday tags from wool felt scraps.  what a fun project & a great gift!


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some necklaces…

i absolutely love to peruse pinterest…it’s filled with fantastic pictures, vibrant colors & clever ideas.  last month i saw so many great diy necklaces, i decided to try my hand at a few for my friends.  for the first two necklaces, i found some really fabulous diy jewelry tutorials at flamingo toes and changed them up a bit to fit my style & what i had on hand.

for my friend jen (creating bits of envy), i made an anthropologie inspired fabric flowers necklace, using two layered vintage fabric scraps, some wool felt, seed beads & a vintage topaz bead for the clasp.

fabric flower necklace 2

for my friend sarah i made my own version of the anthropologie beatrix necklace, also utilizing the flamingo toes tutorial as a guide.  i used vintage brass chain, vintage silver chain, pearls, beads, & vintage lace with rhinestone buttons sewn on.  i really love this necklace…I think I need to make one for myself next!

sarah necklace 1sarah necklace 2

for my niece i made a t-shirt necklace.  she is eleven & has a fun energy, so i figured a combination of sunny yellow & neutral gray would be youthful, yet still sophisticated.  the process is really simple…just cut strips of tee & pull them until they curl.  here is a basic tutorial…although i love that you can really change this up with the colors, length, twisting, braiding, beading, etc.

violet's necklace