Friday, October 30, 2009

Felt Friday – MMmm Food

I love food. I love needle felting. I love needle felted FOOD! Check out these amazingly cute concoctions...

Felted Sushi Dinner Set by Amandafiebing (who's eyeball earrings I'm also partial to):

A Pair of Needle Felted Pears by cozycottagecreations (this cornucopia is amazing as well):

Souffle by dolittledesign (omgit'ssoteenyweenyandcute just like this seedling):

MMMM A Pair of Cupcakes by BeneathTheRowanTree (and there are ponytail holders too):

Sliced Avocado by squidwool (I also love the toast 'n' butter brooch):

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Bit of a Break

In order to get caught up on many, many tasks and design projects, I'll be taking a short break from the regularly scheduled blog program.

In the meantime I'll post some "quickies" to keep the flow of fun rolling.

These are a few of my favorite things... Kermit and LCD Soundsystem:

Friday, October 23, 2009

Monday Inspiration – Leonard Cohen

"Any startling piece of work has a subversive element in it, a delicious element often. Subversion is only disagreeable when it manifests in political or social activity."
Leonard Cohen

I'm not entirely sure how to begin to express my admiration and love of Leonard Cohen. I think his words and music have always been there in the back of my mind, expanding and growing until now when I can't recall a time without them. Maybe it began with my mom loving McCabe and Mrs. Miller and absorbing that sound into my young psyche. Or maybe it was REM's cover of First We Take Manhattan... or the darkness and atmosphere of Everybody Knows in Pump Up the Volume... or the influence he had on Nick Cave (that's another entire post right there).

Anyway, suffice it to say, it was an honor and a privilege to be in attendance last night in Cleveland for his performance. The sound, the lighting, the pacing, the set list... all impeccable. He was spry, funny, passionate, humble and had the stamina of a much, much younger man. Over 3 hours of heart-breaking, humorous, soul-lifting music and poetry. Oh, and ALL of the musicians were top-notch and often breath-taking in their finesse.

After the concert my mom and discussed the details and one thing we noticed was how well he enunciates (unlike many performers... I'm looking at you Michael Stipe!). This line from Sisters of Mercy hit me like a ton of bricks:

"Well I've been where you're hanging, I think I can see how you're pinned:
When you're not feeling holy, your loneliness says that you've sinned."

Since I don't have a video of last night's performance to share, this clip comes from his London '09 how and it conveys the lighter vibe of the evening. Enjoy.

For an earlier post on L.C., check here.

Fave Etsy Finds - Steampunk Fashion and Photography

Ok. So I know this isn't exactly a new trend or anything, but as an "old" goth chick I just have to celebrate the Steampunk. The aesthetic, the intelligence, the historical reference, the fantasy, the science and industry... what's not to love?! Here are a few of my favorite steampunk finds on Etsy.

Vintage Tuxedo Skull Jacket by mydeepbluec

Shirkster, 5" x 7" metallic photo print by lexmachine

Vintage Style Steampunk Blaster Ray Gun by doctorsteampunk

Portmanteau 8" x 12" photographic print by exoskeletoncabaret

Unplanned Landing, 12" x 8" photographic print by vorpal

Felt Friday – Jewelry

Who know needle felting could yield such gorgeous and fun jewelry? Well, these artists sure did!

Dots Merino Wool Necklace by MaisyandAlice. So Modern!

Tree Branches Necklace by Stemellina. I LOVE this color combo.

Manic Organic Felt Bracelet/Necklace by 3FUN. Oh the possibilities!
Fiber art and bead clam shell neck piece by glorioushats. The intricacy of this piece is amazing.

Monkey Head Pin by violetpi. Just plain adorable, as is their entire shop!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wednesday Photography

More autumn lovelies from the resident camera guy. Thank you for all of beautiful images.

And then there's me trying to cross the surprisingly rapid water. I only ended up a little bit wet.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fave Etsy Finds – Green Plush Monsters

I am a total sucker for anything bright green, but combine that with handmade plush cuteness and I'm a goner!

First up, SQUITTEN! (aka Squidius Kittycus Adorablicious) by Penguinotic.

Believe Soft Sculpture Wall Art by Melissa Sue Stanley. This is an amazing piece!

A Silly Oversized Scented Snollygog by wiggletiggy (I want lavender!):

And of course, MONSTERS FOR YOUR EARS by loveandasandwich:

Monday, October 19, 2009

Monday Inspiration – Helvetica

I finally had an opportunity to watch Helvetica! As a graphic designer and occasional font nerd, this was on my "Must Watch" list for some time. I was not disappointed!

Several things about this film lit my fire. First, it is a well made film and would be of interest to anyone that is conscious of contemporary design or aware of the media messages all around them. It doesn't talk down to the audience, nor does it overwhelm with too much designer jargon.

The second thing that really got me going was hearing all of the design "rock stars" share their opinions. Watching and listening to them in contrast to one another was a blast. What personalities! Some are just as annoying and egotistical as one would expect, while others were quite charming. Also, the film's linear historical presentation put each designer's perspective into a very effective context.

The film focuses a good deal on the contrast between two perspectives/theories on how typography should function in design: type as a purveyor of message vs. type as communicating message in and of itself. Can (or should) a font carry it's own intrinsic meaning? I tend to lean towards the latter expressive use of type, but I also respect and admire the former, utilitarian sensibility.

If you are in need of some typographic inspiration, Helvetica is a surefire source!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Felt Friday - Halloween Favorites

To carry on with my love for Halloween, I thought I'd share some of my favorite spooky felted finds!

A Bottle O' Body Parts by WhimsicalMom

Spinelli the Spider by MinnieMiller

Green Becomes Me Mask by AmaramaArt

Syd Screamer by carolinescrafts

Vester the Vampire by uglyclothes

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wednesday Photography – Autumn

These gorgeous photos were all taken by my husband, who has a great eye for natural beauty and shares my love of hiking. Vignettes of a great walk... thank you for always bringing the camera!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fave Etsy Finds – ZOMBIES!

I realized something this morning... I only have 3 weeks till Halloween! Aside from the nightmares revolving around my costume (seriously, I have nightmares about it being Halloween and STILL not having a costume), I have only 3 weeks to share my favorite Halloween Etsy goodies. Not that I would let it stop me year-round – Everyday is Halloween, after all.

Today, I am focusing on zombies*.

First, for all your lunch-packing needs:

Zombie MMM-BRAINS Lunch Bags by sammo

A T-shirt to advertise your assets:

Zombies dig chicks with brains tee by CherryPiePunk

An educational poster for the classroom or office:

Know Your Zombies Poster by lizstarin

The cutest knitted doll to ever want your brains:

Knitted zombie figure by cakeyvoice

And of course, a zombie/cute animal hybrid pair of shoes!

Zombie kitty Mary Jane shoes by emandsprout

*Yes I have zombie dreams on a regular basis as well. Not to be confused with Zombie Nightmare, one of my favorite episodes of MST3K and a great B-Movie in its own right.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Monday Inspiration – FRUiTS

Are you familiar with FRUiTS? I'm addicted.

FRUiTS is a montly magazine focused on Japanese street fashion and the youth of Japan creating their own style, independent of the fashion industry. There are also several wonderful books published by Phaidon that compile some of the best images captured by photographer Shoichi Aoki. Here are a few to whet your whistle...

I just adore the color, whimsy and sense of individualism. A bit costume-like, sure, but HOW FUN! I think I may be a bit too old to rock most of these looks, but check this last one out, my favorite find. Where can I get this outfit! Très chic!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

In the Studio - A Few Days Late

I'm a few days late in updating the shape of things in the studio this week. Got a bit busy on the design front this week and spent all day yesterday taking photos, listing new items and putting some note card sets together for sale in my Etsy shop.

So, without further ado, I would like you to meet Valencia...

And Indiana...

I also put together two sets of note cards, one for food lovers and one for fairy lovers...

Later this weekend I'll be listing Slim and Jim, the cat tails...

But for now, I'm going into full on production mode. I'm very excited to be participating in Local Roots Holiday Market and Open House on Nov. 21 in downtown Wooster, OH. We are putting together a fun day filled with food and art vendors, music and more! I'll be selling Woolykins and Woolygeeks as well as lots of food themed art and goodies. I need to stock up!

And I almost forgot to introduce you to Wooster's Next Top Model...