Monday, February 27, 2012

naturally

feeling as gleeful and refreshed as Crackers(the African Grey Parrot) after a delightful day at RISD's Edna Lawrence Nature Lab with two of my favorite guys.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

underwater


deliriously delighted to be drowning in wicked awesome work stuff and the many wonders of wedding planning.  will come up for air & updates soon!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

the earth without art

Can I get an AMEN?!

(Im feeling like a super crummy person for not remembering what site I dragged this off of, and an internet search has been no help... apparently its all over the place, but in none of the places I check in on regularly.  Please let me know if you were the source, friends!  I would gladly link it up to you)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Monday, February 6, 2012

Spoonflower

If you are not familiar with Spoonflower, allow me to introduce you... Spoonflower is a wonderful website where you can design and digitally print your own fabric(yardage!), and even sell it, if you'd like.  I know.  Awesome. (I am seriously restraining myself from getting overexcited here.)  In 2008, when I first got word of this fantastic operation, they were simply printing on quilting cotton, which was thrilling enough.  Now, the fabric selection ranges from crepe de chine silk to upholstery weight cotton(yeah!!).  Ever since I heard that any of this was possible(for just ANYONE to do! starting at just $16 per yard!), I have been dreaming of the day that I would order my own yardage.  It seems silly that it has taken so long (especially seeing as I have sketchbooks and computer folders packed with patterns) but that day has finally come!
And, as chance would have it, while I was getting the ball rolling, Spoonflower decided to make art deco the theme for an upcoming weekly contest.  Im not usually into art contests(I somehow avoided entering any in school, much to the chagrin of my professors, who often planned units around them), but, deco is one of my all time favorite genres/inspirations(see many things here), and I am so excited to be a part of the Spoonflower community... I couldnt resist participating.
(here's where those deco deer finally come in)
So, if it strikes your fancy, become a Spoonflower member(or maybe you already are? have you heard that you can create your OWN fabric? what?!) and throw my pattern a vote before Wednesday evening!  You can actually vote for as many patterns as you'd like(only one ballot per person, but as many votes as you care to distribute).  I voted for my own print(duh) and four others, and continue to be told that I clearly do not understand competition.  Oh well.  Either way, be on the lookout for future posts on this new adventure .... I get my first samples in this week!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Pretty Proxy Valentines

Many of you have suggested that I officially try my hand at stationary (Im lookin at you, Sami!)... and guess what? ...now I have!  
recognize some of this stuff?
I was a little giddy when Heatherjean, of fair trade/girl power brand, Proxy Apparel, asked if I would be interested in creating some valentines for them this winter.  I've had a lot of friends who get down on this "Hallmark holiday," but it has always had a special place in my heart.  Besides my current beau, I have always been single on Valentine's day, but it never bothered me much.  Growing up in my house, February 14th was about creative muscle stretching and family fun.  Leading up to the holiday, we would all squirrel away to our own corners of the house to craft valentines for each other and our close friends(I cant remember one elementary school Valentines day where we brought in store bought cards).  Computer collages, paper cuttings, 3D sculptures, pop-up cards... anything was fair game.  When the day came, we'd make a big dinner and some shortbread heart cookies, and exchange our affectionate art.  It was always a blast to see what each person had come up with, and many of these creations became treasured items that have long outlived their Februaries (one from the mid 90's still hangs on my childhood bedroom door!).  No one was stressed because each person could get as involved as they liked with their project(3D moving sculpture, or sweetly scrawled poem?).  There were no wild expectations or stresses that come with big holidays(ahem, Christmas), just sweet and simple fun, and a nice reminder of how lucky we all were to have so much love in our lives.
It is for these same reasons that Valentine's day continues to be so much fun for me as an adult.  Family and friends rarely expect a card, which only makes their smiles that much bigger when they receive one.  So, brighten some days this February 14th, and send(or hand out!) some cards to the ones you love (whether they be friends, family, romantic interests, or your kickass neighborhood tailor).  At 10 postcards for $10, you cant beat the price(unless you are going to get crafty at home, which is always encouraged).  Plus, ten Valentines are always better than one!  So, pop on over to Proxy and let the love grow!

p.s. Don't forget to treat yourself! Check out our new collections (Im partial to the tutu dress, handmade Guatemalan shawls, & the versaties...although Im a little biased on the last one) and use coupon code LOVE at checkout for 20% off your next purchase. Valid through February 29th.

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