Just discovered the great blog Pia Jane via Absolutely Beautiful Things and am in love with her altered photograph art. She adds little characters to them and to me, it is like another dimension being represented -- "imaginary" coming to life -- like what happens when Raggedy Anne & Andy are behind closed doors and go adventuring.
I love the idea of drawing right on photos and like the white simple lines she chose. This can obviously make great, frame-up style art, but I think it would be a great technique to use for the front of cards to friends with photos of a trip or of a group outing; I can imagine making great use of this in a photo album or scrapbook; I can see making a gift mini-album for friends or family with a set of photos so altered.
I really do dig the other-worldly feel this imparts -- like a movie with seemingly real interactions with cartoon characters or vice-versa (a la Who Framed Roger Rabbit).
Loving these roller derby dolls made by Sharp Elbows on Etsy. If I had a little girl she would so have these in her arsenal; unfortunately my friends girls are either too young or too old right now! Grow, girls, grow!
This house is going on the Gina & M inspiration board, dream board, wall of hope...whatever you want to call it. Should I win the lottery tomorrow, I'll buy it -- furnishings and all. It's even got a name (okay, I agree, that's a little pretentious...but I'll still take it!).
Emmas Designblogg offers a set of creative takes on party decor; my very favorite is the spice-jars-come-flower-vases...adorable. Or are they tea tins? Either way I love them. I'm keeping the next spice tins I run use up and upcycling 'em. Check out Emma's post at the link for more creative juiciness (the balloon decor is pretty interesting too)...
How About Orange purchased some mini canvases from Dick Blick and created mod and lovely miniature canvas magnets. Tiny works of art for the fridge. I think they're great. Jessica Jones, the artist behind the blog, is a very talented lady. Her portfolio site offers some "goodies" like wallpaper for your computer that I like, too -- my favorite is her orange pods.
I found a great tutorial on how to make pretty fabric chrysanthemums from t-shirts or cotton jersey fabric, courtesy of Natalie Chanin Stewart and excerpted from her Alabama Stitch Book (courtesy of Selvedge).
I've had her book on my Amazon wish list for awhile now; I think I must buy it. Natalie Chanin was a successful international costume designer who chose to move back to her Alabama roots and highlight the region's specialty folk art. She hires local artisans to handcraft items using their passed-down techniques; to make it all even better they use organic fabrics and often upcycle or recycle old items in the process of creating something new.
What I'm most impressed with is that she's making so much of it accessible; for example, in addition to all the gorgeous handcrafted art and fashion her company Alabama Chanin produces, they also offer a kit with everything needed to create a reverse applique Stars & Skull T-shirt -- the most handsome skull "T" I believe I've ever seen.
Artist Jaqueline Myers-Cho creates whimsical mixed media pieces, like this one titled Traveling Light in her Etsy shop. I would love to create art like this. Her portfolio is full of wonderful stuff, and she's recently written her first book on how to create some projects called Strands.
By way of The Food Section I came across these amazing papers, made in Germany from very thinly sliced fruits and vegetables and sold by Hiromi Paper. I think they're beautiful; they're out of stock on many right now but I would like to buy a few and frame them for art in my kitchen. Aren't they gorgeous?
I've been following her blog lately and I find it often gives me a little nudge toward optimism & makes me smile. She writes, sings, performs, teaches creativity to the CIA and holds regular retreats for women in the Carolinas. No, seriously. Check her out.
In listening to a Splendid Table podcast I have learned of a Sacramento, California phenomenon from the Squeeze Inn, called the squeezeburger (you can listen to their review here). This is a burger that I am considering planning a vacation around! Evidently they take some very good beef, top it with a big hunk of very good cheddar cheese, and then as the cheese melts on the burger patty it melts down onto the grill, and they let it fry and get crispy and it ends up surrounding the entire patty and sticking out of the bun like a little cheese innertube. Perhaps a picture is worth a million words here.
See what I mean? I'll call my holiday The Great SqueezeBurger Trek of 2008. It will be epic.
Even though we just bought a great little house, I'm somewhat obsessed with real estate and go looking at stuff just for fun. I'm a geek. But wow did I find a little gem tonight!
It's too far outside of the city (Seattle) for my taste, but if I had the money for a second home I would surely consider this one; I'm pretty sure M would dig it's art deco styling, too. According to the real estate site, it's Bert Smyser architecture and was a model home for the 1941 Tacoma Better
Housing Exposition. It features porthole windows,
rounded corners, flat roofs and smooth exterior features. <drooling>
There's a new record company online, and by record company I actually do mean a business selling vinyl LPs. The slickest, most innovative part of this? When you order an album from InSound, you instantly get to download the MP3s for free. Sounds like the best of both worlds to me.
Oh, and if by chance you've lost your old record player somewhere along the line, they sell kick-$*! turntables too. These puppies plug into your computer for uploading your vintage collection of albums (or new ones! but of course if you buy 'em from InSound, you'll already have the digitized music). Love it.
I'm so excited to have discovered that finally, my DVR tells me there are new episodes of Stylelicious, Uncommon Threads and Knitty Gritty. Whoo-hoo! I'm watching a recording of a new Stylelicious right now, and its all focused on various screenprinting techniques for T-shirts and other clothing; I'm not sure but I think they might even be sewing up a skirt later in the episode & then printing it up. I never know quite what to expect from the crew of crafty Austin, Texas gals.
The Uncommon Threads shows are new to the air, but were recorded last year or something...hopefully the host Allison Whitlock will be recording some "new" new ones soon...
The Knitty Gritty goodness is called Knitty Gritty Knitsters; I don't know if they've permanently changed the name or not. The format, based on the description looks like it might be a little different, but it also looks like a "special episode" so maybe its just a one-off. If I'm a seriously lucky girl, maybe there will now be TWO shows!
I'm so happy at least some of my favorite DIY Network crafty shows are back with new episodes!
Another even happier thing? The wedding planning is really gaining some momentum now, and I'm thrilled to have tracked down an old friend from college who is now a Jesuit priest and who has agreed to marry M & I! It means a lot to me to have someone I know perform the ceremony. He's such a great guy, too. We might have the reception venue figured out tomorrow, too...wish us luck -- we see over lunch! It's going to be a busy day. TGI almost F!
My sister is interested in putting my brilliant and adorable nephew in some language classes to get him started early, and asked me if I could find some classes out there for her (I'm a librarian so I'm pretty good at finding info faster than most people).
I was amazed at all of the choices for baby, toddler and pre-kindergarten language lessons; the Seattle area has more to offer than I ever realized. I know we're cool and all, but we're even cooler than I thought. =*)
I thought others might benefit from these findings, too, so here they are (my apologies if you are outside of the area; I hope your locations have as many choices.
Sponge Schooloffers classes for babies and children up to 7 years old
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.
1. What is your first name? Gina
2. What is your favorite food? Cheese
3. What high school did you go to? Shoreline, Kennedy and Shorewood -- but just used Shoreline for this game because the whole phrase resulted in nada!
4. What is your favorite color? Reds
5. Who is your celebrity crush? Aidan Quinn
6. Favorite drink? Vino
7. Dream vacation? 3 months wandering around Europe with my honey
8. Favorite dessert? Cobbler
9. What you want to be when you grow up? Writer and artist
10. What do you love most in life? Imagination
11. One Word to describe you. Eccentric
12. Your flickr name. LucyLui
The pictures don't necessarily match my answers, but I did try to pick the photo that best described some actual aspect of "me"-ness. I was pysched I found a photo titled "I am a librarian" when I searched for "cheese"...perfect!
More design inspiration, this time from CuldeSac( (via Yatzer); I adore this modern take on a classic grandfather wall clock. I want to find myself an actual antique and paint it white...or perhaps a glossy orange? Hmmm...
M & I have been searching for nightstands, which is tricky because we've got a sort of modern-yet-deco-bungalow thing going on...an ebony framed platform bed mixed with a 20's quarter-sawn oak "gentleman's closet" and 30's quarter-sawn dresser with bakelite handles -- mixed with an Asian-styled Lane chest with a silk print bench (craig's list find)...so...it sounds random but its actually working well thus far...but we obviously must proceed cautiously...
I think I may have stumbled across the perfect inspiration, from Czech designer Hubere Kororo called Drawerment (via the style files). Aren't these swank? M likes them too. We've already got a trip to the ReStore planned today, so now we'll keep our eyes open for good drawers to re-repurpose...