Wednesday, September 28, 2011

shabby apple giveaway + retail therapy!

I'm almost too excited to write this post because:

A. That grey dress with the yellow heels and awesome patterned tights is just wooing me.
B. Shabby Apple is sponsoring a giveaway on this blog!!! Keep reading for details.

Fall is my favorite fashion season- the colors, the layers...the boots (sigh).  Shabby Apple just launched, Academia, their new fall line and I'm in love!  It gets an A+  in my book for sophistication and great color.  The silhouettes are very classic, which means they'll last more than one season.  After oohing and ahhing at their site for an extended length of time, here are just a handful of my favorites.

Of course the grey dress pictured above is amazing- possibly my favorite.

The only thing better than a little black dress is a little black trench dress...with pearls.

This is the perfect fall dress. I love the texture and the necklace.

You can't get any more classic than navy stripes and this skirt looks so flattering. This would be very versatile, and a go-to staple in the closet.
Three cheers for COLOR! Mustard seems to be an important color this season and I love how they've paired this fun dress with some classic fall elements and colors ( it also comes in olive green, if you prefer)

This sateen number is plum perfect.  I need it for my sister's upcoming wedding....should I dye my hair red too?

There are so many more great pieces in the Academia line, so be sure to check them all out.

Now that we've had a good dose of retail therapy, how about a giveaway from Shabby Apple?!!  I'm so excited! The great folks at Shabby Apple are giving one lucky gal the Teacher's Pet skirt!
Because I believe in keeping it simple, this giveaway is just that!

Followers of this blog, leave one comment letting me know you like Shabby Apple on facebook- that's it!

Official Rules
  • Open to all Google followers of Keep it Simple, Sister
  • Contest ends October 10 at Midnight, Mountain Time
  • Winner drawn at random and announced on this blog October 11, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Etsy Love: Mibo

(image from Mibo on Etsy)

I was thumbing through...o.k., I was clicking through one of my favorite online magazine, Sweet Paul Magazine, when I spotted these little gems:
(image from Mibo on Etsy)

Friend, meet Mibo.  Is it love at first sight?

It was for me.  Mibo is a design studio that creates amazing paper products sold as downloads that you print and assemble yourself.  The price is right at less than six dollars per kit. Their products are all available for purchase on Etsy.  They would be great in a nursery, for a birthday party or in the classroom.  Wouldn't it be a fun holiday activity to assemble these sweet little Christmas Creatures with your little creatures?   View all of Mibo's adorable paper creations here.

(image from Mibo on Etsy)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Winner of the Giveaway!

Really, blogs should have a bult-in drumroll feature. I am so excited to announce the winner of the giveaway (but I really wish everyone could win). The winner of 250 custom labels from is:

Congratulations, Tana! 
I'll contact you with the details shortly!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Last day to enter the giveaway!

Hi friend! Today is the last day to enter to win 250 custom labels from  The uses for labels are endless.  Click here to enter and get some label inspiration.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Fall Bulbs = Spring Blooms

{image via google}

I know it is hard to shift one's brain to thoughts of Spring flowers, but it's time to plant bulbs, friend!  Here is a little inspiration via Pinterest to get you in a Spring bulb state-of-mind.

I've been thumbing through the pages of the Breck's catalog, thanks to my good friend, Heather.  I've been coveting her tulips since Spring when they made a much more spectacular display than my Home Depot counterparts.  She generously shared her secret of Breck's and their fabulous direct-from-Holland bulbs.  They actually take reservations from their customers and select the cream of the bulb crop in Holland just as soon as they are harvested, to fill those reservations. You can order your free catalog, complete with some great coupons, here.  Most of their bulbs must be ordered by late October or early November. Check their ordering schedule here for details.

Here are few varieties that have caught my eye.

Aren't these Queensland tulips amazing?

I love the frayed look of their serrated edges. I don't know if this flower knows it, but it is right on trend ;) It would be fun to force these bulbs indoors for a party or shower.  They would make an amazing centerpiece.

The Peony-Flowering Tulip Mixture is a fresh take on Spring blooms.

My daughter, who loves tulips, is favoring these pink and pinker beauties and I can't blame her. Breck's calls them the Apple Blossom Tulip Mixture.

They would make a vibrant, cool-hued Spring garden with these blue hyacinths.

Apparently, I'm in the mood for pink, because I'm also drooling over these pink-yes, pink- daffodils.

How is a girl supposed to decide?

Do you plant Spring bulbs?  What are your favorites? Where do you like to buy them?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Spark your creativity with an easy giveaway from


Do you know what I am positively giddy about today, friend?  Printing labels. Stay with me here. Have you ever thought of the endless uses for printing labels? Whether you run a business or are just habitually crafty and creative, the possibilities are limitless:

-Holiday crafts
-Personalized mailing labels
-Home organization
-Gift wrapping
-Party decor
-Personalizing items
-Food labels
-Product labels
-Marketing materials

The wonderful folks at are generously giving away 250 customizable labels for one lucky reader to use to their creative heart's content!

Uprinting allows you to upload any design to their site or create your own design with their easy-to-use website and standard label templates. You choose the product (labels, flyers, business cards, etc.) and the quantity. They do the label printing for you and ship it to you.

What would you print if you won the giveaway? Here is some label inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.  All images are downloadable files from various sources all available on my Pinterest board.  Please note: these are just examples of files you could upload to to make your own labels.

Book labels would be a great favor for book club or  just keeping track of your kids' favorite reads.

Easy stick-on food labels for canning or freezer meals sure would beat the smell test.

I love themed and personalized party decor.  You could upload this free printable to UPrinting website and have a hoot with stick-on soda wraps.

Moving or storage box labels would save a lot of headaches and needless hunting.
Wouldn't Holiday gift-giving be so much simpler, not to mention more festive, with custom pre-made labels to stick on your baked goods?

I love apothecary and specimen jar decor for Halloween and they're much spookier with a label.


I love the concept of monogrammed stick-on gift tags.  I think I'll order a set for each family member and Christmas wrapping will be a snap.

I've always wanted custom mailing labels. Wouldn't they be fun for sending Christmas cards?  I created these on the Uprinting website in just a few minutes.

Are you giddy about labels now? Do you want to win some?

The Prize:

250 Customizable Print Labels, size 2" x 3.5", 70lb Label Matte, Front Only Printing from

The Contest Rules:

 In the spirit of keeping it simple, sister, here are the details on this simple giveaway:

  • Open to all K.I.S.S. followers 18 years of age or older who are U.S. residents
  • Contest ends Septemeber 20, 2011 at Midnight, Mountain Time.
  • Winner will be drawn at random and announced on this blog September 21, 2011
  • Leave a comment and let me know how you would customize your labels
  • Double your chances of winning by leaving a second comment on this post letting us know you like on Facebook.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fabulous Fall Felt Ruffle Wreath tutorial

Here's what I've learned about mustard-colored felt: it's very polarizing. Since making my fall wreath, the responses I've received have either been overwhelmingly positive or an expression of deep disdain for this color. It makes me happy, so it's the right choice for me. Whether you are for or against gold felt, here are the steps to make your own ruffle wreath in any color or fabric that you love.  The inspiration and basic construction came from the Ruffle Wreath from the amazing Jones Design Company, with some of my own modifications. So let's jump into the tutorial!

Supply List:
  • straw wreath ( mine is a 14 inch from Hobby Lobby - $3.50)
  • sewing needle
  • clear thread
  • straight pins
  • glue gun
Fabrics needed:

1 yard of felt or burlap
1/8 yard upholstery/ home decor weight fabric for a wreath hanger
felt scraps for embellishments
1/8 yd chiffon for embellishments
1 doily (via JoAnn's) totally optional

Carefully measure and cut your yard of felt into 4-inch-wide strips, so that you have nine strips.

Use three strips of felt  to cover your straw wreath. DO NOT take the plastic off your straw wreath, you'll just make a mess. Wrap the felt around the wreath at an angle and hot glue to your plastic-wrapped wreath.

Add your wreath hanger fabric strip now.  Bring it around the wreath and hot glue the ends together.
Use your needle and clear thread to ruffle your remaining six felt strips.  Just sew a simple basting stitch at the bottom of a strip (about 1/4 inch from the edge of the fabric), then pull on the thread and push the fabric down to ruffle it.  When you are satisfied with the length of your ruffle, trim and tie off your thread.  Do not worry in the least about straight even stitches, just sew.
Use three of your ruffled strips to make your first layer. 

Arrange the the three strips around your wreath and pin them in place with straight pins. be sure to blend the edges by overlapping your strips.

Use your remaining three ruffle strips to make the second layer. Lay the ruffles on top of the first layer and pin them a little closer to the center.  

When both layers are pinned in place and you are happy with the placement, leave the pins in and put hot glue underneath the ruffles in many spots to secure it to the wreath base.

When the glue dries, remove the pins.

Truly, you could be finished with this step. The ruffles and the bold color are fabulous enough.  However, I never could leave well enough alone.  So I added a few embellishments.  You can read how to make them here.

I did cut a small slit in the back of my wreath hanging strip.

Here's why...

I don't know if this is a widely-accepted method of wreath hanging, but it worked for me.

Felt by the yard is 40% off at JoAnn's for a few more days if you need to stock up.

Happy Fall, friend!