Archive for July 2009

Designing a font with a car

July 30, 2009

What!? What?!

(via Drawn!)

Better Than Ezra

July 29, 2009

Just a quick shout out to BTE for being such an awesome band live!
Kansas City Live, July 24th, 2009 

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Kevin Griffin - BTE Lead Singer

Kevin Griffin - BTE Lead Singer

Super Simple Super Cheap DIY

July 29, 2009

Have you checked out the latest Do It Yourself Magazine from Better Homes and Gardens? They have some really fun ideas this issue – check out some of it at diyideas.com

Inspired by one of their under $5 projects, I put up a couple fabric circles in our kitchen using scraps left over from our breakfast nook valances, purchased at target. It’s kinda a “duh” project but its fun and GREEN to put left over scrap to good use.

put into stitching hoops with additional scrap material

left over valance fabric used in stitching hoops with additional scrap material

original fabric from valances

original fabric from valances hanging on facing wall

 

Ric Rac Roundup

July 27, 2009


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This past weekend, a bunch of friends and I ventured up to the Kansas City area. In addition to shopping at the Plaza, we also hit Ric Rac Roundup. Organized by the owners of Bon Bon Atelier, RRR was a Westport gathering of crafty booths from creators that live in the Kansas City area. What clever people live up there! I loved looking at all of the beautiful handmade items. I could have shopped there for a while, but my party was a little tired and ready to head back to the house, so I went with the flow. I did find a vintage belt from Emmy-Ray. Here are a few photos of the event. I hope this event becomes a regular happening, so I can attend in the future.

Handmade jewelry

Handmade jewelry

Skull necklace from Amuck Design

Skull necklace from Amuck Design

Jewelry designs from one of the owners of Bon Bon Atelier

Jewelry designs from emetalworks

Fun creatures

Fun creatures

My friend, Mrs. Jones, with her new earrings from Lost & Found

My friend, Mrs. Jones, with her new earrings from Lost & Found

The decoylab booth

The decoylab booth

Bouncing Around the Blogosphere: {Recycle LACMA}

July 24, 2009

I just love it when your favorite blog leads you to a new amazing, favorite blog. It’s like they know you,  everything in the universe is in tandem, and all is right with the world. Ahhh…

Anywho, I stumbled across Recycle LACMA this morning via DesignSponge. Let’s just say, I was blown away. Recycle LACMA is Los Angeles-based artist Robert Fontenot’s chronicle of his efforts to find new uses for old, unwanted items he purchased from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art earlier this year. What a neat idea and I love, love, love, scrolling down for the little reveal of what was made from the pre-existing items.

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Two Guatemalan pants became two stuffed teddy bears.

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This purple Korean chima became a dog bed. All the newly created items have their accession numbers embroidered on them.

I also enjoyed taking a peek at another of Fontenot’s projects: Dictionary of Earthly Delights. It reminded me of the word-association illustrations we used to do in GT, but much deeper thinking than making your T in Tree sprout leaves. 🙂  Enjoy!

Power of the Unexpected

July 24, 2009

This is a a post about a post. I saw this over at Lisa Barone’s entry at Outspoken Media and was struck by the energy behind this video. Why can’t every day be more like this? Instead of typing up your conference report, draw it in markers. Instead of sending an email, deliver a singing telegram. Instead of going out to dinner, make a picnic and take it to your friend’s house as a surprise.

The post says:

“Watch it. You might cry. You may get up and dance. You may break into instantaneous giggle fits. You may even be slightly horrified. But while you’re watching and tapping your feet, notice the look in the attendees’ eyes. Hear their laughs. Look at the faces of the bride and everyone else involved.  Feel what’s happening in that room.

That’s what happens when you do something people aren’t expecting. When you don’t allow yourself to get caught up in the pomp and circumstance of it all. When you finally stop taking yourself so seriously. When you embrace the moment, remember what life used to feel like and go for it.

Your customers will probably expect you to act a certain way today. The same old greetings, the same service, the same old promises, etc. Maybe today you should surprise them. Answer the phone differently. Offer them something extra.  Show them another side of you. Let yourself get carried away and swept up.”

Get swept up, friends 🙂

Wedding Invitations for the Star Wars fan

July 23, 2009

Nothing says love like Ewoks and Wedding Rings. Check out this Star Wars wedding invitation, originally posted on offbeatbride.com
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