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Try this exercise for a twisted bit of fun. Google the phase, “Unfortunately, _______” filling in the blank with your first name. Here are some of my grim results:
Unfortunately, Meredith was not a good worker and took to drinking.
Unfortunately, Meredith is adamant that she’s not an alcoholic.
Unfortunately, Meredith’s mother is a bigot.
Unfortunately, Meredith didn’t finish this race due to a snow machine running into her team during the race (she is fine but one of her dogs faces surgery tomorrow for a fractured foot.)
Unfortunately, Meredith has barely gotten to know her neighbor when Harriet meets with a fatal accident at the Boxing Day Hunt.
Unfortunately, Meredith’s tumor returned.
Unfortunately, Meredith is dead, and nobody can do anything for her anymore.
Puts a rough day at the office in perspective, doesn’t it?
I spent last week in Austin, TX with a dear friend (hi, Tiffany!) and her husband. We had a great time at the Austin City Limits Festival (check out the lineup here) and were blessed with three clear days and temperatures in the low nineties that even this New Englander could tolerate. Most importantly, we took in some incredible shows. To spread the good word about some of the great bands we saw, here is a collection of some of the standout performances.
Fleet Foxes, White Winter Hymnal / Ragged Wood (Live at ACL 2008)
The Swell Season, When Your Mind’s Made Up (Live at ACL 2008)
Vampire Weekend, Cape Cod Kwassa (Live at ACL 2008)
Gogol Bordello, Not a Crime (Live at ACL 2008)
Jose Gonzalez, Heartbeats (Live at ACL 2008)
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Sausalito (Live at ACL 2008)
Jenny Lewis w/ M. Ward, Pretty Bird (Live at Zona Rosa aftershow, ACL 2008)
Remember Shrinky Dinks? I remember coloring those plastic sheets as a kid, cutting out the characters and baking them until they’d turned into little plastic toys. I can’t remember exactly which ones I had, but they were probably Smurfs or Strawberry Shortcake or something along those lines. By today’s standards these toys might seem a bit dull. But to me, they were thrilling.
These days, you can buy blank sheets of the plastic and design your Shrinky Dinks yourself. I’d been thinking of playing around with Shrinky Dinks for a while now, and our puppy needed a new ID tag, so it seemed like the perfect chance to try them out. I started with shrink film by Grafix, which I bought at the craft store. (Next time I’m going to see if the flat portion of a plastic takeout container will work just as well, which would be a great way to upcycle it.) Using sharpies, I drew a penny (three inches in diameter) and added Penny’s name and our phone number.
Then I cut out the circle and used a hole punch near the top edge. I put it on a cookie sheet between two pieces of parchment paper and baked at 350 degrees for three minutes. While baking, the plastic curls up and then flattens down again. It should be mostly flat by the time you take it out of the oven. If it’s slightly curved when you take it out of the oven, you can flatten it with a spatula. After the tag cooled, I coated it with Modge Podge to seal in the color.
Ta-dah! Now Penny is stylin’ with her own custom dog tag.
This was just as much fun as I remember. I’m looking forward to experimenting with other projects using shrinky film. It’s so quick and easy! I’m thinking about making magnets, wine charms, quilting pins, and custom eyes and noses for softies. More shrinky projects to come!
I’ve always been drawn to cute things. In college, I carried around what little money I had in a plastic Keroppi wallet. I was in my early twenties then, and I probably figured that it was something I would, or should, grow out of.
While living in Japan in my mid-twenties, I was introduced to a culture in which it is very common and completely acceptable for grown adults to revel in a level of cuteness previously reserved for the toddler set. In Japan, cuteness is absolutely everywhere you look. A sign on a subway train may inform you that you are in a non-smoking car, but chances are it will be a gentle reminder coming from a cartoon cat. Check out the mascot for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police:
“Obey the laws, or I’ll wink at you and giggle!”
In the picture below I am posing with the Onibaba, an evil witch rumored to inhabit the mountains in the town where I lived. When she gets hungry, she lures children into caves and eats them alive. If you can look past the horns and the sharp teeth, she’s pretty cute, don’t you think? That’s how she gets you.
Cute is definitely in, and it’s not just for the Japanese any more! The article above discusses the trend in Australia, but I certainly see it here in the US as well, and I’m all for it. The next time I blog, I’ll show you what happens when the new cute makes its way into your lunchbox. Come hungry.
Let me start by apologizing for neglecting this blog of late. I moved three weeks ago, so of course the move and everything that goes along with it has been keeping me very busy. Feathering a new nest does bring up lots of crafty challenges but I haven’t had the time to do much yet, nor have I had the patience to snap pictures, hence the lack of postings lately.
I’m having trouble taking still photos of objects that look good enough to post. I’m agog (love that word, but it makes me think of the giant spider in Harry Potter) at all the sumptuous photography at so many of the blogs I read, but I’m just not satisfied with most of the stills that I take.
Light is the biggest challenge. Unless I take a picture at high noon (like this), it comes out way too dark (like this.) If it’s dark enough to need the flash, the flash just washes everything out anyway. My new place definitely has some sunny spots, so hopefully that will help. I found some very helpful general advice here, and I used this tutorial to build a light box, but I’m not satisfied with any of the pictures I took using it. They’re still not bright enough, and the colors are off. I think I might need to get some fancy schmancy light bulbs. Sigh. Any advice would be much appreciated.
Today I’ll share a photo of the view from my bedroom window. I’m clueless about plants, so I haven’t a clue how long this tree (which I am told is a lilac, ha!) will be in bloom, but I am enjoying it while I can!
I love my new sofa! It’s going to look so great in our new place. This shade of green is just perfect. Only at IKEA can you buy a sofa in pieces and fit it comfortably in the backseat of a tiny Kia Sportage!
The icing on the cake is that the people who will be moving into our old apartment (which is kind of surreal to think about) are very happy to be inheriting our old couch. We won’t have to move it (which is a big deal because it’s pretty huge) and I won’t have to feel guilty about it going into a landfill, so it’s a win-win situation!
Let the sewing of throw pillows begin.
For the next few weeks, I’ll be busy packing and unpacking, cleaning, decorating and all the other (ahem) joys that go along with moving. There won’t be a whole lot of crafting going on, although I do hope to somehow make some curtains, a duvet cover, and a baby gift for a friend. How I’m going to manage that with most of my crafts supplies in a box remains to be seen. In the meantime, I thought I’d post a list of things I hope to try (and blog about) once the craziness of the move is behind me.
- Sashiko (Japanese embroidery)– The Portsmouth Fabric Company is having a class on Sashiko in May– sign me up!
- Print Gocco– I want to try it before I buy it– I’d love to find a local class. I want to print my own fabric or try making something like this.
- Fabric-covered switch plates! This is just the beginning of my plan to cover everything in my home with fabric.
- Homemade paper from junk mail. Cool.
- Experimenting with shrinky dinks
- Magazine holders from cereal boxes
- Embedding objects in resin– Okay, this one is highly toxic, but I want to try it!
- The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain has all kinds of cool classes– I want to take the upholstery class, and maybe digital photography.
This list should keep me busy for a long time to come. Of course, before I get around to all of these fantastic projects, I’ll probably get distracted by others. Ooooh, like the free embroidery pattern posted last week on Wee Wonderfuls. Or Suey, the Super Sock Pig! Here I go again…
When my Anthropologie catalog arrived last week, I was immediately drawn to these photographs. It’s a crafter’s dream– an upholstered HOUSE. Look closely– the artwork on the walls is made of cloth. The paneling on the walls and the doors is all needlework. Even the light switches are stuffed! Impractical, yes. But so pretty!
I have house and home on the brain these days because we’ll be moving at the end of the month. We’ve been in Salem for three years now, which is the longest I’ve stayed anywhere in a really long time. There’s definitely something to be said for sticking around for a while and really getting to know a place. In some ways I’ll be sad to leave Salem because there are lots of things about this little city that I’ll miss. I’m really going to miss being able to wander around downtown on a whim. I love just heading down there on a warm Saturday with no idea where I’ll end up. Sometimes as I walk around the back streets of the Derby Wharf area or past the McIntire mansions of Chestnut street, I feel like I’m transported through time. I imagine what life was like here a hundred years ago, or two hundred years ago. I can almost hear the clatter of horses’ hooves as they pull carriages through the cobblestone streets. Oh wait, that IS the clatter of of horses’ hooves as they pull carriages (full of toursists) through the cobblestone streets.
I’ll miss seeing the harbor every day and smelling the salty air. I’ll miss brunch at Red’s, the Peabody-Essex Museum (which has a really cool photo exhibit of the art of Maori tattoos right now, check it out!), and frozen yogurt delivery until 11:00 pm! (Sometimes, you just gotta have it in your pajamas.) Of course, I’m NOT going to miss the traffic, trying to park downtown during a snow emergency, or shopping at the black hole that is Salem Market Basket.
As for our apartment, I do like it but I don’t think there’s much about it that I’ll truly miss. I’m definitely not going to miss having only one kitchen cabinet and almost no counter space. Sayonara, grimy bathroom floor. You are someone else’s pet peeve now.
Welcome to my first post on my first blog! I’m calling my blog BittyCakes, since I’m currently inspired by things cute and sweet. I am thinking that this is going to be a place for me to talk about all things creative– to share my ideas and find inspiration from other bloggers and readers. I’m not sure what direction this is going to go. And I’m okay with that!
A little about me to get started: I’m a lawyer with a creative streak: singing, acting, playing the piano, crafting and more. I tend to get a little obsessed with my hobbies. I usually get really crafty in November and December to make lots of gifts. Lately I’ve been especially into sewing. I’m reading lots of sewing blogs which I’ll catalog in the sidebar when I get to it! I recently made a stuffed animal for a cool charity, which I’ll blog about soon so you can get in on it too, if you’re interested. I also just signed up for a holiday ornament swap, which I’m excited about! (Now if I could only decide what to make for it…) The sign-ups for the swap end TOMORROW, so here’s a link to the details.
Thanks for checking out my blog. Add me to your feed-reader…. lots more to come!