Friday, November 2, 2018

My work space



Here's a little tour of my work space!  I scored this industrial midcentury desk when we moved into this artist community - the art gallery next door was getting rid of it, and I was in the right place at the right time... so I decided to be one of those fancy people with TWO desks - best decision ever. I like that I can leave a project out for a few days and still have another workspace available for other tasks, heehee. 



It's taken me a long time to find the right layout and storage for my needs, but this is by far the best set-up I've had so far - I feel like I've been way more productive. The biggest game changer: the dark grey drawer unit in the picture above (it's the ALEX unit from IKEA - I've always wanted one, and I finally got one with our tax return this year haha) the drawers are big enough to hold 11x17 prints in them! and they're shallow enough that I can store all my loose sketches without everything getting lost in a giant pile :)





Whenever I find small vintage suitcases or train cases like the ones above, I like to use them to store extra art supplies and sewing stuff. It kinda doubles as decor, kinda? I mean, some people might see it as clutter, but I like it. Anyway, at the moment I'm working on some new brooches for my etsy shop - hopefully I can have them up in the shop soon. Right now, the shop is empty and sad. I'm also working on something I'm calling "TinyArt Originals" for the next art show in my building. I'll give you a hint: it's going to be tiny :) hahaha.

- Elizabeth





Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Feelin' Fall.


Oh, fall. Every fall, without fail, I feel this weird and conflicting combination of profound melancholy and boundless optimism. Weirdly nostalgic, too - but in kind of an unpleasant heartbreak sort of way. Maybe the leaves reaching peak beauty just before meeting their doom and withering into wet mulch is what does it. It's like, too close a metaphor for our short time here, and it makes me all existential and weird.



Anyway!

Milo is taking longer naps now, so I can actually start making blog posts and brooches again! YAY! I started up a fresh batch of brooches last week. Let's see how long it will take me to finish them! heehee. But really though, I need to get workin' because it's hard to make ends meet with just Franklin's income. I gotta like, step up my game... which is hard because I'm also incapacitated by anxiety - yay!





Thursday, August 30, 2018

back, after all these years!

HELLO, OLD FRIENDS!

Are you still there?

It's been 4 years since my last post. A lot has changed, but I'm the same boring old me.



Here's what transpired in the last 4 years: First, we bought a house on an island. Then, we had a baby. Then, we sold the house on the island and moved into an artist community in Everett because the homeowner life wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Finally, I quit my job to stay at home with the baby  and work on my art/illustration.

I've been working on art that I make just for me, and it's really helped me "find myself" again, haha. There's a gallery in our apartment building, and resident artists can contribute their work to it every month. It's pretty cool to be a part of something like that, and being surrounded by creative types has motivated me to be more productive, too.

I want to use this blog again, to document our art and music projects, outfits, and any adventures we might have. It's easy to lose sight of what is important to us, but I hope we can get back on track by making an effort to document our projects and adventures :)


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Retro Putz Houses


Franklin & I got crafty this weekend and built a couple putz houses. Oh my goodness, it was so much fun! I can't stop looking at them. They're so perfectly cute & kitschy. We found the free patterns on retro renovation - they've got so many cute styles! I wanna make 'em all. (Here's the link to all their putz house tutorials). I went with the retro ranch house and Franklin went with the A-frame.

All you need is:
• an xacto knife
• hot glue gun
• chipboard (we recycled a cereal box)
• corrugated cardboard
• paint (duh)
• tissue paper (for the windows)
• white felt
• white glitter
• whatever little knick-knacks you can find (we used bristle brush trees, plastic deer, and a little fence)
• flameless battery operated tea light to light it up! (we still need a couple of those!)

Anyway, I really wanted to share this with ya, so you can get craftin' for the holidays.
I WANT TO MAKE THEM ALL!!!!

-Elizabeth

Sunday, May 11, 2014

life lately

 




I've been terrible about blogging lately! I've decided to make more of an effort to keep up with posting and checking in on everyone's blogs. I miss everyone!!! anyway... here's a few snippets of life lately, via instagram. let's get caught up, shall we?











1. kitty shoes from an upcoming outfit post
2. band practice
3. E is for Elizabeth + F is for Franklin
4. abstract instagramming
5. leftover bits from flower arranging
6. sketches for a poster promoting our friend's site Video Game Break
7. janitor kitty drawings (for a point-and-click adventure game we're working on)
8. goodbye cards for my last day at the preschool (can you spot the mistake? haha)

Oh yeah, in other news, I just got a new job! I start tomorrow, and I'm super nervous. I'm gonna be making advertisements in the local newspapers. and get this -- my official title? creative artist. haha! what a trip. It was sad to say goodbye to my old job at the preschool. I'm going to miss those little cuties! but I'm SO looking forward to having my own cubicle to decorate, teehee. I'm just incredibly nervous about meeting everyone in the office --- I'm SO socially awkward. but they hired me! so I guess they didn't mind my weird awkward mannerisms too much, right? haha.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ginsberg & Plath



They had an after-hours fundraising gala at the library next door, complete with costume contest. The requirements were to dress as a character or an author, so Franklin & I went as Allen Ginsberg & Sylvia Plath -  even though we kind of already dress like Ginsberg & Plath on a regular basis, hahaha.





By the way, that painting you see on the table there? I bought it from a ten-year-old girl at a craft fair I where I was selling brooches.  Anyway, it's actually a really awesome painting.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

A Birthday Happy-Song

Franklin and I made a birthday-song for his sister today, and then we made a video complete with stop-motion animation, subliminal cat footage, and socially awkward lions.

Here it is:



instruments: flutophone, ukulele, bongos & tambourine

Franklin's sister Lindsey has her birthday a day before mine, and, a few years ago we kinda started this unofficial tradition where we'd leave each other homemade birthday songs via voicemail, since our birthdays are so close. Franklin & I thought it'd be fun to make something more substantial this year. We hope she likes it!


and we hope you dig it, too!

-Elizabeth
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