Picture This

its true, I love my boyfriend. so when I was stuck home sick I found a ┬ábatch of pictures from a disposable camera I used one of the times I was down in Savannah visiting him, and i found this picture of us that I LOVE. so in the spirit of valentines day i decided to use it in the heat of my crafty mood. My mom has a bunch of these white picture frames from IKEA, and I thought I would try and spruce it up a bit. I have always been a big collector of things. anything cute or small or shiny that i like I tend to throw in a bag knowing i’ll use it for something or other. I thought i would break out some of these bobbles for the picture frame.

The picture frame before i messed with it

the start

The dragonfly is an enamel brooch with a broken pin, and the little silver feather is a broken earring. the bells and fake pearls add I little bit of girly sparkle, I guess the little pink stars do to haha.

 

I admit, the little mouse is random..BUT SO CUTE!

 

just about finished.

 

pretty purple silk bows

 

more broken earrings, a lemon slice eraser and little plastic cherries, obviously!

 

I love the little amber stones!

So, im pretty happy with the end result. Its cute and girly, and there is a romantic and nostalgic feeling to me. I used up a lot of my random bobbles, but i had a lot of fun doing it and would like to keep trying this picture frame thing out with different types of materials. let me know what you think!

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OH INSOMNIA

its way late. I can’t sleep. but its alright, Detectives Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson are keeping me company. OH, also, this amazing blog I discovered via Design*Sponge. Its called The Art of Doing Stuff. Now, I am way new to this whole blogging thing, and I may not be great about it just yet, but I instantly fell for this one. For one thing, this woman is HILARIOUS. Her entries are sweet and funny, and I love that you can really get a sense for the witty person she is through her writing. It doesn’t only come out in her writing but in her myriad of crafty talents! I seriously got lost looking through all the fun stuff she does. Needless to say, i am definitely inspired. Here are some of my favorite projects of hers…that I have discovered thus far.

 

7 ways to stack books

 

tie dyed beets

 

Okay. I am officially tired. but this isn’t over. Karen’s tie dyed beets have reminded me just how much i love those earthy root vegables, after all, anyone who has read Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins knows that beets are the secret essence of the universe and the key to immortality. So i’ll be back tomorrow, because that lovely lady’s need to make stuff has made me realize mine. GOODNIGHT.

books books books

I put some of my handmade books in my Etsy Shop, and I really just wanna keep filling and filling it up! I remembered that my dad had this little mini tripod, and that my mom has an excellent cannon digital camera. So I took those two things, set up a little makeshift photo studio with the sun pouring through my window and took some yummy pictures. Heres how some of them came out :

YAY ETSY

My new Etsy shop, Handmade Yummies, is up and running. There is a limited amount of stuff in my shop at the moment, but that will change in the coming days. I am really excited about this little online venture, and I hope you will check it out! I will have everything from weavings and yarn to prints and handmade books going in there. BUY MY SHIT. thanks.

Alyssa Nassner = delicious

stumbled upon the website of Alyssa Nassner and fell in love. She is a super talented illustrator and pattern designer, and I found myself getting lost in her body of work. Its cute and clean lined, and pleasing on the eyeballs. I loved these craft inspired illustrations..

As I said earlier, she is also an extremely talented pattern designer, and there are a lot of great images on her site, but i fell in love with these stationary/paper good designs. The row of houses reminds me of Brooklyn, and the colors she uses in general are pure eye candy.

Speaking of

I have been hearing a lot about Patti Smith’s novel Just Kids, and am now officially convinced that I must buy it, thanks to the Free People blog entry, just kids – part one. I always love the photos they have on their entries as well. And the quotes picked out are great.

So although I have yet to read this book, I have always been a big reader and collector of quotes. Every book I read seems to be covered in dog ears, underlines and highlighter. I will even buy books that I have already read through lending and libraries in order to massacre them in this way. My notebooks always have random quotes scrawled in the edges and over images. When I was a hostess at Vinnie Van Go-Go’s in Savannah, I would write them down on a waitress pad, and now have an endless pile of waitress pages filled with excerpts of whatever I was reading at the time. Anyway, this is me saying that I must find a way to reuse these words that obviously meant something to me when I jotted them down. Savannah is such an inspiring place, but I kind of can’t wait to get back to my studio in Brooklyn, and make all these ideas a reality.

"Real and unreal, beautiful and strange. It got me high as a kite, but it didn't last long enough, it ended too soon and left nothing behind.' 'That's the way it is with dreams, they're the perfect crime." - Tom Robbins

"Some things you never forgot. She had come to believe that the very things the practical world dismissed as ephemera-things like songs and moonlight and kisses-were sometimes the things that lasted the longest. They might be foolish, but they defied forgetting. And that was good. That was good." -Stephen King

Maybe, some kind of quote a day project? Let me know if you have any ideas for how I can utilize this collection of mine.