Friday, February 29, 2008

Bright Green

Is my new favorite color. It's so gloomy in Denver these days, it feels like a little burst of spring in my living room! I went to Urban Outfitters and bought new pillows for the couch, a new green rug for the entry way, and a bowl for incense. Isn't it cute? I love Japanese-style illustrations.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Fairy Light!

I thought I would take a moment to share my new prototype! It's a 24" tall lamp for over my desk. I had originally made this with LED christmas lights, but they sort of burned out after a few weeks. So I swapped the broken lights with a compact flourescent bulb (only 15 watts, but quite bright) so no danger of a conflagration. Result? I love it. Especially since the cord no longer has a tail of little lights. I'm thinking of making a few more of these in different colors and putting them up on my Etsy shop. The cool part is that if the light isn't on, it looks like a plain colored box -- then it turns into a viney thicket when it's lit up.

PS - It's actually not super hard to make, although it is a bit fiddly around the corners: just print a design on the back of colored paper and fold the corners into a lid shape. Then mount a low wattage light in a cardboard box and pop the printed "lid" over the top. Make sure you cut a hole for the cord! You can also make a table top version if you make a holder for the bulb. Pretty!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Squid Fans Rejoice!

This is too cute. I might buy a dozen and create a flotilla. However, I do not agree with the description on the website that it's shaped like a small whale. It looks like a squid to me. Weirdos.

Friday, February 22, 2008

It's Amazing!

I have been wanting to get a Panton chair for quite some time. So iconic! Would look so fabulous in my bedroom! I have shied away from the price tags, though, because no one really wants to go into debt over a chair. The fiberglass originals can run over $1000, and even the plastic reproductions can set you back $300, not including shipping. But the Mid-Century furniture fairy must have been watching over my eBay search, because I found this. There are lots of colors, so if you have been crushing on this chair, get to it!

Not one, but TWO reproduction Panton chairs (full size, not juniors) for $195. And $49 shipping. I kept thinking there had to be some kind of catch, but apparently this seller is in fact shipping out these chairs for less than half the going price. I think I'm still in shock. I will update this when I receive them and let you know if there is an irate demon or something that comes in the box that explains the low price. Not that I expect one, but you never know.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Ooooh, That Had to Hurt. . .

Sorry, no post today. I took Thing One and Thing Two to the vet for dental work, and they are drugged out of all recognition and need extra rations of petting. Once everyone has been sufficiently appeased, I will be back. In force.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Confessions of a Recovering Monochrome

As you may recall if you've been taking notes, I have only recently started to wear colors other than black and grey. It has been a revelation and a chance to apply color theory outside of my studio. I knew that design degree would come in handy eventually! If you want to see some examples of folks who live and breathe fantastic technicolor and cute style, take a look at these style blogs:
StyleBytes yet more proof that the Scandinavians are more stylish than the rest of us, and always will be
Smaggle Style daily updates of Antipodian chic
Some Girls Wander (aka The Black Apple) fabulous DIY style, be sure to check out her artwork too!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Artist Roundup!

I must say I had a very satisfactory Valentine's Day. The Boy took me to a lovely romantic dinner at a French restaurant and then to the theater for a performance of Cirque du Soleil. I had never seen them live, and it was beautiful. . .although I do think the song lyrics may owe some small debt of inspiration to an overindulgence of cough syrup. I hope all of you had a wonderful time as well, or at least made it through without incident.

I wanted to show you some artists that I have been keeping my eye on. First is Blaine Fontana, who has a very well-designed website and a graffiti-meets-classical-technique style that I love. This is one of my favorites.

You may have seen Irene Suchocki's work already as she has been featured on several design blogs (I wish I could remember exactly where I saw her linked from!) She is absolutely worth a second round of mentions. Her photos are simply amazing -- she has an incredible eye for composition. They remind me of traveling in Germany when I was young.

If you're in the mood for something a little NSFW, check out Symon Chow's burlesque sideshow images. Rrrrrr. He has some very well done image manipulations as well. Either that or he has the world's largest porcupine made into a hat.

I've been watching Jonathan Wayshak for a few years, and his macabre, sketchy style just keeps getting better. He has a massive online portfolio that you can happily spend hours poking around in.

No list of my favorite artists would be complete without Phil Borges and his breathtaking portraiture. I was watching Kundun a few days ago and I was reminded of his work with displaced Tibetans. The personal stories of the monks and nuns caught up in the struggle are truly profound.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Obsess Much?

I have found more -- yes, more--fabulous white orbular things. First is White Forest Pottery (thank you Apartment Therapy!)
I absolutely love their collection. Small, imperfect, very delicate. These teeny little vases are my favorite. It reminds me of coral and sponges.

If you are in need of something a bit edgier to kick up the tone of your collection, check out Melabo's shop on Etsy. She makes surreal slipcast figurines that, while not orbular, are certainly cool enough to hang out at Studio 54 with the rest of Andy's girls.

I also found out that Crate & Barrel is rerunning Eva Zeisel's Classic Century dinnerware. I first saw her work at a vintage ceramic shop on Polk St. in SF, and have been lusting over her work ever since. Eva rocks my world -- she is truly the queen of all that is white and orbular. People, she can make a sauce boat look sexy. This gal has some serious talent. I feel an upgrade to my dishes coming soon.

Monday, February 11, 2008

A Land of Milk. . .and More Milk

Everyone in the Home of Bones likes cheese, in the same way that the sun is a little warmish. Last year for Christmas, the Boy bought me a mozzarella making kit, and I (slacker that I am) waited until just yesterday to try it out. I have made my own paneer for years and somehow the idea of adding fussy enzymes and things to my usual method (heat milk - add lemon - remove cheese) seemed unappealing. But after reading blog after blog of newly born cheese addicts, I put my misgivings aside and went for it. Result? Almost too easy. It confirmed my suspicion that all milk secretly wants to be cheese, like all little girls secretly want to be princesses. Fortunately for cheese, a few chemicals will do the trick, while royal succession is usually a bit more work. You can buy everything you need (and then some, seriously) here. And if you do happen across any enzymes that will turn someone into a princess, please let me know because there is a five-year-old of my acquaintance who is willing to donate all her Pop Tarts toward this end.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Is It Spring Yet?

Well, no. Not around here, anyway. But I can feel it beating it's wings in the air when I go outside. I recently bought a new dress form to replace a very old and decrepit model I have had since college. Which was older than I am. It had started to implode into a body shape that matched no one I had every seen outside of a nightmare. So to begin flexing my sewing muscles, I have been doing a lot of poking around online fabric stores and I will now pass the fruits of this search on to you:

Mood Fabrics
Emma OneSock
Baron Boutique
Pixie Dust Decor
Wish Upon a Quilt
Dakota Cabin
J. Caroline Creative
Glorious Color
Purl Soho
M&J Trims

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Green Fairies

As some of you may have heard, the EU has recently begun to regulate absinthe production once again. For those of you who have not followed this breaking news story as closely as you could, the upshot is that genuine absinthe is now legal to sell in the US. Hurrah! I have had many, many home-brewed versions of this concoction, and some of them were very good. Some of them were, um, disgusting. The key seems to be in the freshness of the wormwood. Or something.

If you are at all interested in adopting absinthe as a hobby, I highly recommend Fee Verte, which has hundreds of types and lots of reviews. He has written a very interesting article on thujone, the active chemical in wormwood.

The site also sells many different styles of glasses, spoons, and drippers. You can get some very nice spoons and other accoutrement here at POSH. (There is actually quite a lot on that site, well worth a look. Their flea market finds are amazing.)

Get some for Valentine's day and break the red-and-white tradition!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!

Okay, okay. You know how showing that you love one child more than another automatically makes you a crap parent? I am back to tell you I AM GUILTY. If websites were children, this blog has been my redheaded step child for at least a month. Because Flash? It takes a long time. I fully admit to lavishing all my love and attention on my other two websites. "What?" I hear you gasping. "There are more?" Yes, people. I now have my portfolio mostly online at and I have my steampunk jewelry shop up at I will be adding more pretty things to my Etsy shop every week so check back to see what fabulousness I have for you!

So I should be back to more regular posts here. Really!

"Yes, sweetie, we'll get you a pony as soon as we finish paying for your sister's dance lessons. We promise."