Is there anything more beautiful than the end of summer sunsets? This one from the weekend made me want to slow down time and sit in that moment forever. So much calm and peace.
Now and then it’s nice to know if someone is expecting a boy or a girl, especially when you have the opportunity to make the baby shower invitations. Of course, I was then able to go overboard with the pinks, ginghams, and plaids, scalloped edges, flowers and hearts. Plus, I just love onesie graphics- darling!
I think this is such a unique choice for a wedding song, and I had a fun time working on a design for this custom piece. The bouquets were going to have sunflowers, with accent colors of eggplant and green.
This last weekend was our church flea market, where we always seem to be able to find great treasures. This year we really made out well though. I left with a few nice planters, linens, baby things, and a nice buffet that will be perfect for our new dining room. My favorite find though was an old framed Jesse Wilcox Smith print from the Mercy HS Library. I am in LOVE with this picture, and Jesse Wilcox Smith is one of my favorite children’s book illustrators to date. Did I mention that this was only $2? Talk about a steal!
Last year I picked up this old frame. It’s 2×3 feet, and I intended to use it for a painting that I have here, but I found a new purpose for it for last weekend’s Hearts & Crafts show. My dad had some old insulation panels in the garage, which worked out perfectly for a homemade cork board. I went on a hunt that evening for some fabric and (after some fancy stapling) I was done! Easy breezy. It sure beats rummaging through a pile of prints on a table – you can’t beat the convenience of visibility!
I’ve been trying to work on my branding a bit. My blog makeover from a few weeks back has inspired me to focus on other aspects of my brand too. I had this stamp made with my new logo, which I hope to use on some packaging or maybe even the envelopes in my cards.
Some new things for our nursery. I’m sure (like me) that you’re all wondering when this closing will be so I can finally stop talking about the mystery house. We are still hoping for one week from today (cross your fingers!). Will the anxiousness never end!
Last week I purchased 3 patterns from Tara Murray’s etsy shop, and I have to say I’m already in love with them after making up the first hat. This is way too adorable, and includes several different sizes for newborn up through toddler age. I can’t wait to make up the remaining patterns that I received: the lamb bonnet and the winter booties!
I have had the greatest time reading this book that I got out from the library a few weeks ago. Kari Chapin put out Handmade Marketplace last year, and i’ve been filled with so much inspiration and encouragement already as I read my way through each chapter. There are many things that I’ve already done to get my creative business off the ground, and so so much more information to absorb for marketing ideas and tax prep. Between the stories of support and tales of crafting blunders, all I can say is read this book and get making!
Where did the time go!? It seems like not all that long ago we were anxiously awaiting Michael’s financial aid offers, and now he’s a Masters Architecture graduate! He is an amazing man and husband and deserved every bit of celebration from this last weekend. I’m so proud of him and all the time and hard work he’s put in to this program over the last 2 years!
As long as I am sharing all of the excitement of our lives, we do have another bit of news:
…..we are having a baby! Expecting our first little blessing’s arrival at the beginning of the new year- so so thrilled to be an almost mom :)
Saturday was the opening reception for Michael’s thesis work, Hidden Potential, at UB’s Anderson Gallery. I was thoroughly impressed with how the installation turned out- featuring palettes of raw material, and photographs of the rubber tire processing warehouse, alongside his experimental casts. He had a really wonderful turnout, including a handful of family members, friends, professors, and gallery administration. I think Connor enjoyed his first gallery experience, too! The exhibit will be up until May 1st or so. So proud of him!
Many of you have asked about the Small Press show from a few weeks back, so here goes! It was held at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, which was actually an old methodist church from the early 1900s. It really is an awesome space, as you can see from the photo below, featuring an enormous organ and stained glass picture windows. The show itself had a nice variety of vendors, ranging from independent publishers, screen printers, book binders, zine artists, and general crafters. I shared a corner of the building with some wonderful ladies. Christine specializes in custom hand bound journals, wedding guestbooks, and reusable felt notepads at concepcioun. We bonded over our common need for warmth and food during those long hours. Check her out!
Think I might turn this sketch I did from an old Vogue Bambini magazine into a little painting. Love that girl’s attitude!
I love today. I am such a fan of pink and red and hearts overload. I was a little late on getting any decorating done, but I did manage to take these flea market find cups out with my doily. So fancy! The stage for my valentine’s display is our newly distressed road side desk, which I finished up a week or so ago. Another surface to cover with miscellaneous studio clutter. Yay! I ‘m still trouble-shooting the underside of the desk… I think darker maybe?
Go on and do something lovely and pretty today, Valentine!
The Hearts & Crafts show this weekend was a great success! We had a lot of people come out and wander through. The space was fun to work around at Java’s, since the tables were quite tiny. I found an old washboard with shelving in it (and a lot of character) at Goodwill last week, which worked out perfectly for some smaller items and received many compliments.
I shared a cozy corner with some really nice vendors, and swooned over many others. Sam makes charming vintage button accessories.
I also got a truly wonderful calendar from Amy at greengirlpress.
Looking forward to a few more shows this spring, and trying to talk myself into one of Carla’s “fabric cutter upper and piecer backer together-er” scarflettes like this one!