Monday, October 31, 2011

Greetings from The Falconer

I almost didn't dress up this year because craft fair stuff has got me so busy. But when I got this idea, I figured it wouldn't be that hard or that expensive. I was right. I borrowed the Toddland flannel from my friend Kristine. The vest is my dad's. It's what he wears when he's being fancy. And my "falconry glove" was made from a pair of $3 gardening gloves and a couple pieces of felt. I drew myself some super thick hairy eyebrows, because a wilderness woman and rare bird enthusiast doesn't bother with facial hair manicuring. I also created this smile just for my costume - it's called "modest pride". I washed my hair last night, slept on it wet and then didn't fix it in the morning. Weird lighting and iPhone picture are making me look all ghostly, but that's ok because it's Halloween...

In other news... it's the last week before Patchwork and I am half excited and half scared. I made the mistake of doing a flickr search for craft fair table and booth set ups and displays, and some of them are so good. And some of the people have so much stuff to sell. That's the part that really freaks me out. But I just remind myself that some of the crazier set ups are by people who have done lots of shows, and maybe even some people make a living out of what they make, therefore have a large stock. And then I feel better. I am going to keep it pretty simple this first time.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Happy Halloweenies

Halloween isn't until Monday, but let's be honest, this weekend it's PARTY TIME, EXCELLENT. My mom is kind enough to come over and stay with Zoey on Saturday night while Kyle and I go to my friend Ben's party. On Sunday we are celebrating our nephew's 4th birthday and taking Z to the pumpkin patch. There's a cool one where my in-laws live, with a big corn maze and other fun stuff. Of course, on actual Halloween day we all have to work, but we will pretend it's still party time by watching a scary movie that night after Z goes to bed. We live in condos so we get little to no trick-or-treaters, but we are always fully stocked and prepared with candy... that we will end up eating ourselves! Vut you are doing?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dear Creatures Spring 2012 sneak peek

It seems like I just posted about their Fall 2011 collection! They just released this video from their fashion show. I like it - I don't know if they can put out anything out I don't like - but the Fall 2011 collection was more exciting to me. The cute little dress with the anchor on it is adorable.

Spiritualized covering Daniel Johnston

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

None of your beeswax...

Last week I posted about these wood pieces and how I didn't like them stained, and I asked for help. People commented and had some great ideas. My favorite idea was Erin's idea to polish them with beeswax for a more finished look. So I tried it, and the wood itself looks lovely, but you lose all the detail in the design. It only shows from certain angles. 

So after a little experimenting (staining, polishing), I have come full circle and decided that I actually like them best the way they were to begin with, with no finish. And that's cool. Sometimes you have to try out a bunch of stuff to find the thing you like. If you love something, set it free, and if it comes back... no wait. It's wood. 

Now that that's settled, I can start attaching the backings on to these.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Some things I like right now...

I love this gold leafed Eames side chair by Okay Art. The last few times I’ve been to the Orange Circle Antique Mall, one of the spaces had a stack of like 10 fiberglass shell chairs that weren’t in the best condition. A perfect situation for experimenting. If I had room in Xanadu for one more chair, I would attempt to do this! But alas, we are all chaired out.

Animal masks. I wish it were socially acceptable to wear these every day for no reason.

Romance Novelist Coat, via ModCloth ($94.99)

Print and color from Charlotte Taylor's Spring/Summer 2012 line. I especially love the Kelly green and olive green combo. (via seesaw)

The past few weeks I've been making this whole wheat apple muffin recipe from Smitten Kitchen, and they are SO SOOO good. Moist, fluffy, quick and easy to make. I cut the apples up a bit smaller since Zoey eats them. I love them, Kyle loves them, Zoey loves them. And, you know... if you're into muffins and apples and stuff, you will probably like them too.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Preppin' for Patchwork continues

Over the weekend I enlisted my friend Kristine to help me make buttons while I painted my wood hearts. We made a nice little Friday night of it, with burgers and a movie in my living room. She was a huge help. Now I just need to add the pin backs to these and BAM they are wearable!

Nest Vintage & Handmade in Anaheim

If Etsy were high school, all the popular kids would be the ones whose products show up time and time again on design blogs, and Nest would be where they all hang out after school. The Max, if you will. Nest is part of a bigger shopping center called Community. What a dream of a store! I was in heaven. This store not only has a well-curated selection of handmade items, but homeboy working there was super friendly. I found out later that his name is Jon and he is one of the owners, and part of the duo Whimsy & Ink. So what we have here is a rad store with nice people, and it doesn't get much better than that.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

New prints

I have been creating a bunch of new art for prints to sell at Patchwork! This morning, I packaged some of them.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Let's talk about stains, bay-bee...

Wood stains. 

I got these designs cut and etched and they turned out awesome. I will be turning them into brooches and  selling them at Patchwork, and eventually on etsy. My original plan was to stain them, but looking at the stain, I think I like them plain better. Maybe it's the wood - it seems to be taking the stain unevenly. I like the look of wood grain, so it's okay to me that grain is showing through, but it looks a little blotchy to me. Or maybe it's just that the stain is too dark and I need to go buy a lighter stain. The fangs turned out better with the stain than the ice cream guy. 

Here's another thing - at work, I have a really rad boss who is super supportive of my outside-of-work artistic endeavors. He mentioned that the wood as it is, with no stain or painting, is kind of plain and unfinished-looking. I value his opinion a lot, but he's also not exactly my target market. So I'm not sure if I agree.

What do you think? Comments welcome!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Beets

Plushie pillow pals

I've been sewing up these little fellas the past few nights. They are too difficult for me, the amateur sewer, to sew with a machine, so I have been hand stitching them. With, like, love and junk. No, really, it kind of makes them more special, right? I will be selling these at Patchwork! I think they make a cute decoration (little pillow) or a fun friend. I have some other new items that I can't wait to share...

Mama needs to paint her nails.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Oh hai

I've been on a little hiatus this week because as a little post birthday gift to myself, I took this week off from work. I've been hanging out with Z a lot, so as you can imagine, I haven't been able to get a thing done :) There's been a lot of playing, coloring, hiding the crayons when she starts heading toward the wall with them, going to the park, watching episodes of "Olivia", and running errands. But part of the reason I took the week off was not only to spend time with Z, but to get some work done for the upcoming Patchwork show. So my mom was kind enough to entertain her for a little bit today while I got some things done. And I got a pretty good amount done, including the bags in the top picture. My mom is going to take her again for a bit on Friday so I can get some more things done. What a gal. 

I always joke about how productive I am now that I have a kid. It makes you value your time so much more. I may not be able to get much done while she's around, but when I get a moment to myself I'm like Wonder Woman up in this bitch. Yesterday, Kyle came home from work and decided to take Zoey to Target. I was home for an hour by myself and in that hour, I stained a bunch of wood hearts, unloaded and loaded the dishwasher, made a batch of fresh ricotta cheese, and prepped some tomatoes for making oven dried tomatoes!

One fun thing we've done this week while I've been off work was go to Bruxie in Old Town Orange for dinner. On normal week nights, I get home from work too late for us to go out and do anything as a family, and we are all about routine in the evening, so it was a nice change of pace. Zoey even got to stay up a little later than usual.

Soooo yeah... I'll be back!

Friday, October 7, 2011

You guys! This weekend is my birthday, and what better way to kick off a birthday weekend than finding out I’ve been accepted into the Patchwork Indie Arts & Craft Festival! The one I will be at is happening November 6th in Long Beach. I am so excited, but also kind of crapping my pants. I have questions swirling around in my head, like “will I have enough to sell?” and “will anyone even buy anything?!”,  or “what if they all laugh at me...laugh at me...laugh at me..” (that was supposed to be echoes). But I think those are normal thoughts to have before something like this, so I’m just rollin’ with the punches. I have been to Patchwork as a customer and it is super fun. Especially since this one is on November 6th, which is perfect timing for holiday shopping. So... Wish me luck and come say hello if you are there! 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Get Off of My Cloud

Dwell Studio

Ba-dop-ba-ba-baaah I'm lovin' it. 
All images via Dwell Studio.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I can haz cape?

Male Bonding



I'm testing out SoundCloud. It uses a flash-based player so I might decide against it because you won't be able to see it on your iPhone or iPad, and I know a lot of people look at blogs on those contraptions. Plus WHY WON'T THEY CENTER? I could never be a web designer.
photo via rcrdlbl