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Saturday, January 31, 2009
The temperature here in Belfast, Maine, has not sauntered above freezing even once during the month of January. We've had record lows, record snowfall, and even an ice storm. It's encouraging to look at the pretty mosaic work of K. Elisabeth Loring, owner of a custom mosaic and tile studio in Albuquerque called The Hands of Man. Just looking at her work makes me long for warmer days, and makes me wish I could place my hands on these outdoor pieces which I bet are super warm to the touch.
so says Peggy at 9:44 AM
Friday, January 30, 2009
I think Valentine's Day is just about off the radar for most guys, but gifts are so fun to give. It's also fun to tackle the challenge of finding gifts for the allegedly more difficult to shop for gender.
I can't help it. I'm posting another print from theblackapple. Curious Birdplane Boy would be really nice in the kids room. Or just get it for yourself.
My paper crane makes sweet softies. I think this fortune cookie is perfect, especially because it comes with a little fortune, too.
I just discovered L.L.Bean's Moonbeam Alarm Clock in a post by the whip-smart angrychicken, and I'm smitten. It glows brighter as the sun rises and then beeps if the glowing isn't enough.
History Shots sells all kinds of information graphics that are beautiful and really interesting to look at. I'm partial to the Genealogy of Pop/Rock, but check out their site for sports, politics, military and more.
I snapped up these two french fairy tale books from the free bin at the thrift shop. The were published in 1978, and seem to be screaming out for me to do something with all the deer and fairy illustrations. So far, I've cut one photo out and wrapped a can with it, and it's filled with all the different decorative edge scissors that the girls use, but what can I do with the rest of it? I need ideas, and so I ask you. What would you suggest?
One Crowded Hour, Augie March
Be OK, Ingrid Michaelson
Set Me Up High, Martha Scanlan
All I Want Is You, Barry Louis Polisar
Seventeen Years, Ratatat
Shambala, Three Dog Night
Gotta Have You, The Weepies
Lay Your Heartbreak, Winterpills
I'm Holding You, Ween
Chick Habit, April March
Postcards From Italy, Beruit
Bullet and a Target, Citizen Cope
Clemintine, The Decemberists
I Feel Just Like a Child, Devendra Banhart
Barrett's Privateers, Stan Rogers
Leanne Shapton makes beautiful illustrations, and wrote this fabulous book that stands out in the relationship section of your local behemoth bookshop. I've read, reread, and then reread Was She Pretty? I have photocopied pages of it and wrapped gifts with it, I look to it again and again. Something about how the ex's in our men's lives is super intriguing. But how interesting is that to say? Better to let Leanne walk you through it with dreamy illustrations and snippets of who they were. They were sexy, smart, creative, alluring, odd, us. Maybe you knew them, maybe you imagined them, but curious they remain, and they are a tie that binds. A good one, too. Without them, where might those men be instead?
This is the mens-shirt-to-pretty-dress that made me finally learn how to use my sewing machine. The tutorial is really easy to follow, and even if you are terrified of the sewing machine, you can do this. I know it, because I did. I will post pictures of the three dresses I've made so far from this tutorial, but this picture is hopefully enough to dare you to try it for yourself. I had a great time at our local thrift store during their $5/bag of clothes sale, picking out lots of men's cotton shirts for playing around with.
Valentines Day may be silly, but giving pretty things to the girls in your life never is. Here are just a few lovely options from Etsy.com. I will do another one of handsome treasures, too. Ladies first!
Like chocolate and peanut butter these two things go together perfectly -- matroyshka doll+ locket by SeaUnicorn.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tape is great for making art, sending cute packages, and nerding out on crafts. Here are some of my favorites.
3. Heart tape
4. Graphic tape
5. Sushi tape
I have wanted to find a way to keep some of the drawings I really love that the girls make. It occurred to me that I could just trace them onto some fabric (in this case it's unbleached muslin) and then use some embroidery skills tucked away from my old girl scouting days. I am filling in the stems and leaves on this one with more green, and will post the finished project when it's ready.
Another project I stumbled on recently were these cute japanese-looking paper beads, made from security envelopes. I immediately opened all the bills lickity-split and started cutting and gluing. No bills were harmed in the making of the beads.
Lots of inspiring people out there. I find myself poking from one blog to the next, reading about how to do certain things with needles and thread and glue or paper, and feel a little overwhelmed about how to make the most of it. Lately I find myself incredibly excited by everything, even the white sky against the white snow cover against the pink cheeks of my two year old. Even the soup cans are being meticulously washed so I can cover them in old pages of books, which pleases me. Bear with me as I tame my enthusiasm and try to actually organize some fun pictures from the internet land and my own projects. I think it will be pretty to look at.
I am going to attempt to post some pictures, and links now. You'd think I'd be good at that by now, but the old blogger.com is new to me. Stand by.
so says Peggy at 6:55 PM
Thursday, January 1, 2009
I'm always bookmarking freebies. From great printouts to patterns and desktop wallpaper, beautiful things are everywhere. Here is a list of my favorites. All free.
so says Peggy at 2:09 PM
Friends with Serious Chops
Friends with Serious Chops
so says Peggy at 2:02 PM