March 30, 2011

Thrift & Riff: String Theories

I've been happily finding these balls of thread and twine at the thrift store recently, and I love the texture and colors, but I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them yet!

I especially love the Speed-Cro-Sheen label, super design - whoosh! Sadly, Coats & Clark doesn't make this stuff anymore.

 Perhaps a giant ball of string?

"Marcia coated a giant ball of string with polyurethane to keep her cats from playing with it."

This image is from Country Living's "How to get the look" about Marcia Nelson's home.  She only incorporates items into her home that are white, brown, black, and silver. EVERYTHING. I admire her dedication, but I don't think I have the stamina to stick to such a narrow palette. She has a really interesting collection of stuff - you should check it out!

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March 24, 2011

New Arrows in the Shop: Oak & Leather

Just added four new arrows to the Quivver shop! These are a bit different than the original batch, I used Oak dowels and recycled leather scraps. The Oak has such amazing grain - these came out with a much more rustic look.

Next batch will be hardwood like the first set - they're on the way!

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March 18, 2011

Betty Crocker's Outdoor Cookbook 1961

I already have all the cookbooks I need, and with the internet I can always find new recipes. I initially picked up this little Betty Crocker's Outdoor Cookbook at the thrift store for it's size (5" x 8") and the adorable illustrations by Tom Funk, but I discovered some really intriguing and unusual  recipes for this summers cookout/camping season! Plus - it's 65 and sunny today and I'm in a summer kind of mood!

Check out these yummy recipes for Acorn Squash with Honey Chili Sauce, Sweet Potato and Pineapple Kabobs, Grilled Peaches n' Berries, Mock Angel Food and Shaggy Dogs - these two in particular sound awesome but also a little weird.

Images scanned directly from book by Red Jet Whistle

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March 16, 2011


I stumbled upon this awesome new place to get designer upholstery fabric! Modern Fabrics "reclaims and collects new fabrics from the finest luxury furniture companies throughout the United States and offers them to you at 50-75% off list price." They are also  "committed to building a larger market for these discarded fabrics while ensuring an ecological textile life-cycle. We want to encourage designers to utilize existing sources of textiles before resorting to consuming more raw materials."

While still not maybe cheap enough to do a large piece for me - the prices would be great for chair seats and other smaller projects.

I also want to share a great post by Annelise of quarterlife lifestyle (go Boston bloggers!) about where to buy fabric in Boston. A few on the list were new to me!

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March 15, 2011

Complexity Graphics

So I usually try not to re-post other blogger's content, but I really want to share artist Tatiana Plakhova's work. I am amazed. I'm consistently drawn to complex, mathematical, system based artwork - just so beautiful.

Found via We See It All.

Tatiana Plakhova's website: Complexity Graphics

Buy prints of her work at The Bazaar

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March 11, 2011

Poppytalk Handmade Mad March Market Lookbook

The new Poppytalk Handmade lookbook for the Mad March Market is out! Quivver scored page 2, whoo-hoo! It's a lovely book, and I'm honored to be in such good company. It hasn;t even been a week, and thanks to the Poppytalk Handmade Market, I'm quickly selling out!

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March 10, 2011

Thrift & Riff: Quilted

My newest thrift store purchase, these two adorable hand sewn quilted.....doilys (doilies?) I think? They probably have some techncial quilting name, but I'm not going to find out.

They got my thinking about quilts, and although I'm not a fan of most of the traditional quilts out there - mostly because of the heinous quilt fabric choices - I do appreciate geometry. I think I could see myself trying to make something like this, the Single Girl pattern from Denyse Schmidt.

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March 7, 2011

Quivver @ Poppytalk Handmade

I'm super happy to be participating in this month's Poppytalk Handmade online market. "Poppytalk Handmade is a monthly online street market curated by Poppytalk to showcase, buy and sell handmade goods of emerging design talent from around the world."

I'm in great company, there are so many awesome shops participating!!! Visit the Market or check out my Quivver Table.

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March 4, 2011

Pitch Design Union

Quivver got a little shout-out from Margot over at Pitch Design Union, which is very awesome. You should take a moment to check out her blog, as well as Mint (one of my daily reads) - where Margot also contributes.

While perusing Margot's blog, I discovered one point oh design studio, and I love this print! “This must be the place, as there is no other place like this, anywhere near here” (isn't that great?)

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March 3, 2011

Art Galleries in JP!

I'm very excited to see two new art galleries opening in Jamaica Plain. I'll be heading over to Aviary and The Hallway tonight after work!

Aviary Gallery & Art Boutique opens tonight with the Sound on Sight: Photography of Boston Rock show. Accorind the website "[Aviary] was founded in the spring of 2011 by Lindsay Metivier with the purpose of creating a space for established and emerging artists to share their work with the greater Boston community. Aviary is not intended to be a traditional exhibition space. Aside from serving as a gallery, Aviary offers a curated selection of local art, photography, jewelry, books and crafts. Beyond gallery hours, the space will host workshops, lectures, concerts, film screenings and performances."

Uforge Gallery will be opening on April 9, and theior mission "is to foster creativity by facilitating diverse and affordable project assignment based, non-juried (open door) art exhibitions; to provide a venue to exhibit these works; to cultivate both a collaborative and inclusive arts community at large through educational workshops and special events."

 The Hallway Gallery has been open for a while now, but they are also having an opening tonight for the Polaroid Show!

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March 1, 2011

House Call on Apartment Therapy!

I've been super busy then sick these past few days and managed somehow not to notice that my apartment got a House Call on Apartment Therapy!


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