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.


Sunday, October 6, 2013

We got a scooter.

We figured we ought to take advantage of living in a downtown area and get this sweet scooter we've had our eye on for a while. It's a 1984 Suzuki FA-50, and it's so cute! I'm still too scared to drive faster than 10 mph, so people hate me on the road, haha. I love it, though, so I'll keep riding until I'm comfortable. Franklin, on the other hand, is a natural. He's gonna start using it to get to work! I wish I were that cool, haha. But I'm not. I did take lots of pictures with it, though! haha. Also, we decided to name it Milo. Perhaps, if we ever get another one (which, we want to!) we'll name that one Otis, heehee. I hope you get the reference. I watched that movie on VHS so much that the tape broke.

It reminds me of the Mobylette that Nino Quincampoix rides in Amelie, sigh! Which makes me all the more smitten with it. Unfortunately, our little guy has weight restrictions, so we can't ride two up on it, like they do in my favorite scene in Amelie, ahh! Maybe we can break the rules for just a few seconds? Just to satisfy that daydream, maybe. Yes.

Well, it's a really nice day, so we're going to take turns riding around, and maybe hit up the nearby arcade. BY THE WAY, I am like, super obsessed with pinball now. So I've been wearing a fanny-pack filled with quarters all week! Okay, well, have a great weekend, guys!


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Winter is coming.

Natural lighting is hard to come by these days.
I've been working on brooches, but the lighting's never quite right for taking good pictures for my etsy listings. I think I'm going to have to construct a light box or something. I've kinda been ignoring the bad weather, and pretending it's nice enough to wear cropped cardigans and short skirts. It's not. But I'll keep pretending. I'm super obsessed with pony-tails & knee highs right now.
sweater, shirt, skirt, belt: thrifted
knee highs: old navy
red moccs: minnetonka
game of thrones brooch: stoic + pariah handmade

In other news, Franklin started school again, so I decided to start working on kid's songs while Franklin's in class. I figured if I can do a song a week, then we could have enough material for a kid's album or something by the end of the quarter. Anyway, I made a song last week about kids waking up early from nap. I work in the toddler room at my preschool, and when those little ones start waking up from nap, they usually try to make lots of noise to wake up everyone else, haha. This song is for those kids:

Anyway, I hope I can stay on track with my goal of making one song a week!
We'll see!

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