Friday, March 27, 2009

etsy shop update

Some new items I just posted in the ol' etsy shop.  Check 'em out.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

dala horse plate

Hello.  I feel like I've been away for a very long time.  I haven't checked my daily blogs or posted anything to my own blog.  The reason for that is that I was in Hawai'i for my cousin's wedding.  It was fun!  I got to hang out with my family and extended family and go to the beach and eat delicious Hawaiian pastries and sushi.  But I have missed being an active member of the online community.  Now I'm back and am currently updating my etsy store.
Also, here is a picture of a vintage dala horse plate that I purchased off of ebay awhile ago.  I haven't hung it up on my kitchen wall yet, but don't worry I will.  Dala horses are really cool.  So is all of Swedish design.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

another book i want

This is another book that I want. Badly. It has directions on how to bind together books using all kinds of traditional techniques. I’ve held off for years trying to properly bind a book because all the directions in the books I looked at appeared to be just slightly unclear. So I guess I didn’t want to put in the extra effort to try to figure it out. But now! There is this book! And it looks awesome. And includes super easy looking directions for me to follow.

favorite apartment

After many years of collecting image after image of cool looking apartments and houses, this remains one of my top favorites. This is the two bedroom apartment of the band, Blonde Redhead. The two main singers are married, I believe, and were featured in Domino awhile back. I tore out and pasted these images into the very first pages of my inspiration notebook and not much else has topped it yet. I wouldn’t call their apartment amazing in any design-related context, but I really love that their apartment is clean, yet very casually put together with the use of such soft colors (even though I do enjoy brighter colors, too, and are probably more naturally attracted to them) and really awesome antiques and old wallpapers. Someday when Malachi and I get a bigger place I will try to emulate the feel of this apartment.

garden anywhere

This is the new book that I want. Garden Anywhere. It’s from Chronicle Books. Maker of fine books everywhere. The lady in the pictures, who is also the author?, dresses way cool in it. The printing is beautiful and the photographs are neat. It will teach you how to create gardens in tiny spaces. Like mine! You should pick it up at your local bookstore.

sick day

Today is the second day that I am sick and staying home from work. Although I hate being sick, I started thinking about the good things that occur when I am sick. Hot tea with honey in a mug that I’ve had since I was a little kid, a nice husband to take care of me, an overcast day to make me feel homey, and, of course, not being at work! I will put on a tv on dvd show and probably do some cross stitching or something relaxing. Thanks immune system!

japanese noodles

some japanese noodle packaging that i think is cool looking.

letterpress is cool

a print my friend anna gave us for christmas! it is SUPER sweet and beautifully illustrated/designed. not the best picture of it as my apartment is quite dark today and my sister stole my better lens. anna works for hello! lucky, an awesome letterpressing studio that you have probably already heard of and love.

valentine's day breakfast

we had a nice, but rushed valentine’s day breakfast since we had to be somewhere. the food isn’t in this picture, but it turned out pretty well.

first two etsy items

oh yeah! i finally put up my first two etsy items for sale. here they are. thank you to the 7 people who added me as a favorite shop even though there wasn’t anything in it, yet!

valentine's day

i made these valentine’s day pins for my family. dad, mom, hollin (sister), and eric (soon-to-be brother-in-law). they are my version of this project by the purl bee. there is a present for malachi (husband) also, but i can’t post it yet otherwise he might see it.

burned candle

i like the colors of this burned candle.


these are the first two elephants i’ve made for my etsy store, small adventure. nothing is in it, yet, but there will be some things soon. i am hoping to someday make enough money making things that all i have to do is make things.

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