Friday, July 29, 2011

Etsy shop: miju

I love love love these laser-cut wood necklaces from etsy shop miju. They remind me a lot of what I was doing to do a few months back with my wooden brooches, except these necklaces are way more awesome.

Getting crafty at work!

Yesterday at work, the computer that talks (beep boop bop beep!) to our large format printer and vinyl plotter gave us the blue screen of death. We do everything in-house - we print and plot all of our own signage for store windows and whatnot. We even cut it all out! So it was kind of a big deal to not be able to print when we were already half-way through the process of printing out our "back-to-school" window displays. Luckily, we are crafty. We had paper and Sharpie paint pens. So we channeled our inner elementary schoolers, and I thought I would share the fun!

It helps to know that the other part of the window that DID get printed out is a graphic involving a crystal ball, and that is where the phrase "school is in your future" comes from.

And the finished signs! We were trying to capture that vibe of hand-painted signs hanging up around school that say things like "Science Club Meeting This Friday!" But with our own spin. It was a fun day!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Doodles.. and some glitter action

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Just a few 60s tunes...

I usually post these videos for the song, not the video unless otherwise noted!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Unicorn in-spee-ray-shunz

One time I was driving home from work and I just happened to be listening to NPR when a story called “Why Do Girls Love Horses, Unicorns, and Dolphins?”  What a nice coincidence, since I usually listen to music. A notable quote:

"Horses and dolphins and unicorns — these are all borderland creatures; gateway animals to other worlds. They help us imagine wonderful other ways of being in the world. They let us be cowgirls and oceanographers and mermaids and princesses."

I found these images floating around the internet-machine. I do not know the original sources. I don’t want to be lame, so if one of these images belongs to you, or you know the original source, feel free to send me an e-mail

Orla Kiely Fall/Winter 2011 Lookbook video

Thursday, July 21, 2011


Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sailor jacket!

I just wanted to share this really cute jacket I just bought from It’s a sailor jacket! It has a flippity-FLAP on the back! I am in love with it. I hope it fits. It was only $25. It kind of reminds me of something Dear Creatures might make.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Long Beach Antique Market


Isn't that last picture the most horrifying thing ever? (It rubs the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again) One of my favorite finds of the day was the picnic set that came in the orange and white striped box. And of course I am always excited to find any sort of unicorn. The one in the pictures above was a little too muscular/masculine for my taste though.

The Long Beach Antique Market happens the 3rd Sunday of every month. This place is awesome. My big problem here is that there is too much good stuff. I have no room to put any of it, so I don't buy it. This is actually a good thing because Kyle and I have both been guilty of having "collectors' mentality." You know, you can't just buy one thing in a series, you have to buy all of them and own the whole series. Or there was that brief period where I took belly dancing classes and developed an interest in 60s belly dancing music on vinyl and started to collect it. It's cool, but it's pointless and it causes clutter, and maybe it's better to spend money on experiences than things. Boy, what a tangent! Anyway, we're both much better about our bad collecting habits, and have pretty much stuck to just one small collection each. His is comic books (and maybe blu-rays) and mine is vintage brooches. These collections don't take up very much room, thank goodness.

But, back to the topic... The Long Beach Antique Market is a great place to buy furniture, home decor, and vintage clothing and jewelry. There are other things of course, but those are the things I am most interested in, and I thought the selection was good. I could have easily left with a piece of furniture and some tchotchkes to display on it, if I had room for more furniture. Next time I go, I am taking my friend Kristine because I am intimidated by vintage clothing and how to wear it realistically without looking too costumey, and she has great style!
After all that, what did I end up buying? This cute little mouse brooch! The tale is flexible. I also saw a vase that I've been wanting, but I already bid on it on eBay a few days ago and I am the current high bidder, so I passed on it just in case.

The Long Beach Antique Market is located at the Long Beach Veterans Stadium (4901 E. Conant St) and runs from 5:30am to 2pm. Parking is free. Admission is $10 between 5:30am and 6:30am, and $5 after 6:30am. Children under 12 are free.