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December 18, 2012

Hubba Bubba Hubble!

Thaaaank you Oh Joy! for pointing out that anyone can download high-res images of Hubble telescope imagery! (yes, for free!)

The possibilities are as vast as the universe, ha ha! Myself, I think that these images paired with Spoonflower (print your own fabric) would be amazing! Nebulae tea towels! Galaxy tote bags! Supernova skirts! Or wall art - printed on canvas, photo paper, etc etc. Self-Adhesive wallpaper? Yes! How amazing would one strip look on a door or a blank white wall?





 






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December 5, 2012

Houzz: Corners

Lookee there - I got a nice little bump on Houzz yesterday in a post about options for living room corners.  I struggle with corners sometimes - it can seem like you're wasting space if you put a large piece in front of a corner, but I like how corner furniture can "round" out a room. In my case, I wanted the TV to be easily seen from anywhere in the room.


I also have the matching but taller Ikea PS cabinet in the corner of my studio - I tried it flat on both walls, but angled worked the best, and it's balanced with the built in corner hutch.


I have another whole corner problem in my bedroom, at some point, somebody added two of these damn corner closets on opposite ends of my bedroom. I like that the don't take up as much space as traditional rectangle closets would, but they truly suck for hanging clothes! They're all awkwardly crammed in there, trust me.


Anyway, check out the Houzz piece, some interesting ideas there.....



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November 30, 2012

City Chicks: Classes for the modern day homemaker!

I love taking classes, a fantasy of mine is to get super rich and then spend my days doing nothing but taking classes in everything I've ever wanted to learn!  Until that happens, I'll be taking classes at City Chicks - run by a  good fiend of mine, Heather, City Chicks offers classes for everything including cooking, crafts, cocktails, beauty, and more more more. Check out the upcoming schedule!

"Our ever-changing curriculum of recreational cooking and home economics classes brings innovation, inspiration, and creativity to your routine.  With a focus on farm-fresh ingredients, local experts, and sustainable practices, City Chicks strives to re-establish the relationship between the community and the homemaker."


I took my first class recently and had a blast! I attended the "At home bang-trims, blow-outs, and updos" class with two lovely ladies from Miss Laura's Salon in JP, (my personal salon) Scarlett and Dominique, who walked us through trimming different types of bangs, creating soft waves, simple updo's, and the tools every gal should have at home. Even more importantly they gave us the scoop on salon etiquette and hair myths!





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November 26, 2012

Logo for Crocodile Tears

A little more graphic design! I created a new logo for my friend Keyse's blog, Crocodile Tears, and helped her update her blog layout a bit!

Keyse will also be selling her beautiful jewelry at the 15th Annual JP Craft Fair happening Dec 1st (this Saturday!) from 11-5 at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot Street!






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November 23, 2012

Beer Labels

My boss asked me to design some labels for some home brew beer he's making with friends. I thought they came out pretty well for a few hours work, and I wanted to share. Apparently the name has a story behind it, but he didn't elaborate.....






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November 21, 2012

Poppytalk Handmade & New Arrows

I am very happy to be a part of the Poppytalk Handmade Market once again, sharing some digital space with other makers of fantastic wares!! It's a great place to do some Holiday Shopping.......


I'm also happy to share a new arrow series - GOLD! Yes, GOLD - you know you love it!!

I found an amazing gold metallic paint that reflects the light beautifully, while still showing a little wood grain. The pics do really do not do them justice - they're gorgeous!!


No. 597222 - Back Half Gold

No. 597222 - Back Half Gold




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November 20, 2012

Bad Cat Portraits: Elliott is Immortalized!

My supremely talented friend, Kevin Willsey, had started making pet portraits as Bad Cat Portaits! Here's my fabulous pencil and acrylic version of Elliott's fuzzy little face!



And here's a pic of Elliott in the flesh - Kev did an amazing job capturing her likeness and personality. I sent him 5-6 pics from different angles, and told hime about her personality. Even though she's going to live forever, I'm really happy to have this beautiful portait of my weird, temper mental, bitchy love-bunny cat.


For more examples, visit Kevin's blog or his shop, Pencilhead.



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November 18, 2012

Goodwill Event

I recently had the pleasure of attending a Blogger Day event at Morgan Memorial Goodwill! We got a 50% coupon and some time to shop, followed by a tour of the facility and a presentation about the kind of services and community assistance that Goodwill provides.

For more a century, Goodwill has been a leading Massachusetts provider of job training, career development, and youth programs that help equip individuals with the tools necessary to sharpen their skills, meet new challenges, and create more rewarding and independent lives.

Job Training and Placement Services, both short- and long-term, help individuals with disabilities and other barriers to self-sufficiency to develop the skills to take advantage of opportunities in the job market and meet the workforce needs of a range of employers. Career Services in Boston Career Link, the one-stop career center operated by Goodwill, gives job seekers – individuals who are looking to advance or change careers – universal access to a broad range of career services.

86 cents of every dollar spent at the thrift stores goes towards these programs! Woot! Let's keep shopping!

My scores - A red velvet blazer and a shiny tuxedo jacket!

Un-Sellable clothes get baled and sold to other industries.

Outlet store in the foreground, sorting facility in the back!

I want everything polka-dot these days, too bad it had weird pirate sleeves.

LOVED this crazy (eighties?) colorblock dress, but sadly it was a no-fit.




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November 6, 2012

November Acquisitions

Two recent acquisitions! Item #1 - a very awesome All Steel steel card catalog, which is actually five separate pieces, given to me by the lovely Keyse. Soon to be home to jewelry, cosmetics, and all kinds of other trinkets! Steel furniture is a.w.e.s.o.m.e.


#2 - A pair of old-ish Romanian bentwood cafe chairs ($10 each!). Not quite as old as my previous Thonet score, (I'm thinking 50s) but they are wicked sturdy and once I get them cleaned up and re-upholstered, they will look amazing when I get my grandfather's table in a few months.


We also hosted a potluck over the weekend with fantastic friends and I wanted to share my quickie table linens, thanks to my trusty Huskylock Serger and Ikea HILDIS and JULITA fabric! Napkins were a cinch - fold 1.5 yards of fabric down to have 12 layers, trim all 4 edges with rotary cutter and quilters ruler, serge with black thread and pull in serged tails with loop turner! (forgot to take pics for a tutorial - I forget with the quick stuff!)





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October 22, 2012

Quivver SIX + GOLD

Six, yes six new arrows added to the shop! AND - something new! I tested out a metallic gold watercolor (top pic) - and it looks amazing! I'll be using it for my next batches as well!





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October 19, 2012

Summer Slacker

Oh, my poor blog, I promise to tend to you more often - I seem to have taken the summer off having adventures with friends and being busy with...stuff?

Busy being a jacka$% in Marshall's, is what.

 Anyway, more arrows on the way for my shop, and more posts on the way for my blog!



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Boston Design Center, Quickly

So....even though I work for an architecture and interior design firm I had not yet been to the Boston Design Center!! I had the opportunity for a very quick walkthru today while on an errand for work, and snapped some quick iphone pics. The BDC has always seemed a little intimidating honestly, plus it's too the trade only, so you can't really buy anything, but boy-o you can browse!!!!!!! It's no cost to enter, the parking lot was $3 an hour and I'd love to go back, just for inspiration!





My favorite of my short visit was JANUS et Cie with their amazing walls of chairs!! 











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September 19, 2012

Albany Excursion

Last week I spent a day in Albany, hanging out with my moms and spent a little time at the Empire State Plaza, which is actually a cool place to explore - I hadn't been downtown in a long time and it was a prefect sunny day!

The Egg
The Capitol

Corning Tower

I also spent some time in my mom's garage - seriously trying to figure out how I can get this huge, homemade tool cabinet thing back to Boston before she sells the house. It was there when they bought it and I've always wanted it, and I can have it IF I can figure out how to transport it and get it up my switchback stairs.

I have to have it. Beautiful pulls, crackly patina, label holders, and it's GRAY - !






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September 6, 2012

Labor Day Report

Friends of mine have been finding all sorts of delicious wild mushrooms this summer, and I've been a little jealous so I jumped at the chance to go with them on a Mushroom Walk hosted by the Trustees of Reservations.



I found three edible mushrooms, but only this one was tasty. There are SO MANY DEADLY mushrooms out there - really a murderer's paradise! Right now this is the only one I'm not afraid to eat because it doesn't have any lookalikes.

Foraging is totally fun, and I'm excited to learn more, but it's easy to get over ambitious and nearly poison yourself and friends by thinking horse chestnuts were edible...sorry B & M!!!



I also got three BIG batches of arrows going to replenish my sadly empty shop! I also figured out how to add a mailing list - so sign up to be notified when they're done!





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September 4, 2012

Recent Press for the Jet!

Two very different, but uniquely awesome publications have featured my apartment - and my awkward interview answers!! Thank you to Stephanie and Rebecca for including me!

N.E.E.T Magazine (September 2012, Issue #28)






Flea Market Decor, Fall 2012 Issue (no online presence, but available at Target!)







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