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.


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!


Monday, January 20, 2014

Rectangles + Squares

City-dwellers are we! We're going to try to take more pictures of our current surroundings, because there's an awful lot of wonderfully aged buildings around here and stuff. I can't believe we haven't been doing that already. Also, we're trying to be a little more involved in the artsy community. We've gone to a few open mics (without participating - 'cause we got too nervous!) and we want to start going to more events and stop being such reclusive shut-ins, haha.

We're finally getting involved with some creative projects again! Our friend Carlos, in Seattle, is putting together a sweet old-time inspired talk show, and he asked Franklin to make music for it! They're working on the pilot episode right now, which is going to be live + televised at the Columbia City Theater in Seattle. I've helped Franklin cover a Twin Peaks song for a bit they're doing, and it was super fun putting it together (click here to listen to our casiotone + melodica cover of Angelo Badalamenti's Dance of the Dream Man). Franklin's been working on new songs left + right, and it's super awesome to see him working on creative stuff again!

Similarly, I was just contacted by an old friend to put something together for a booth at an art show they're putting together in my hometown. I decided to showcase my brooches on vintage-fabric stretched over embroidery hoops, so the brooches can live as art on a wall, or removed and worn on your sweater, if ya want. I've got to get working on more brooches, though, because my selection has almost sold out! haha. My etsy shop only has one brooch left!

It's seriously crazy, and super exciting :)


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

So many brooches, ahh!

This is why I haven't been posting much lately:

I got my first wholesale order! It was 40 brooches, and it took me a few months to finish them. I don't know how some people manage to blog regularly, run a handmade business, AND go on fun adventures. When I focus on something, I can do so with laser beam intensity, but everything else around me becomes super neglected - like this blog! haha.

I've learned alot through this process though, and I feel like I got in some good practice honing my illustration style. I'm a lot more consistent, and a lot less scared to lay down that paint. Fear of failure holds me back a lot, and I caught myself procrastinating a lot during the brooch-making process because of it, but I've learned that jumping in headfirst helps a lot. I'm really happy with how they turned out.

The brooches are going to be sold at a cute little shop that'll be opening up next year in Vancouver BC called London Fields Shoppe. The husband-and-wife owners manage a lot of indie craft events, and from what I've seen of their stuff, they are seriously amazing. Here's a little snippet from their about page on facebook to give you a feel of their soon-to-be shop:

"Evoking memories of British cake stalls and handmade markets, our permanent space will be one part café, one part retail, and one part workshop space where people can drop-in for a cup of coffee, a slice of cake, shop, and learn a new do-it-yourself skill."

Doesn't that sound perfect? I wish there were something like that here in Everett. Franklin & I will have to get our passports in order and drive up to visit after they open, methinks.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Oh, Christmas Tree.

We bought a silver tinsel tree, and it's super kitschy sweet! I'm obsessed with 1960s christmas kitsch - it's the best. I've been scouring ebay, bidding on vintage mercury glass ornaments, but I keep getting outbid. I think I'll just collect them throughout the year, and by next year I should have a full set, haha. Also! See the reindeer ornament in the photo below? I got that a target. Isn't it beautiful? I would have bought a million more, but it was the last one.
Also, I signed this pledge to give books this christmas. You should, too. We've already got almost all our holiday shopping done. It's been super fun to pick out the perfect book for every friend and family member, and we also get to feel awesome about supporting our local bookstores.  So, maybe you should make the pledge to give books this year!

Also, lemme know if you guys have any book recommendations! I need to take a little break from the Song of Ice and Fire series, and I have no idea what to read right now.

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