Sunday, January 25, 2009

Something altogether new

I've been scheming on a new design for quite some time, with the idea of doing something with teacups. Why teacups? Who knows. Because they're cute, I suppose.

The clever folks at Domestic Construction beat me to the punch a bit with their Ted lights, which are fabulous, especially the clusters. I like to think I had a similar idea (or was at least on my way to one) before seeing their wares at last summer's Renegade, and since they seemed to be doing such a nice job with it, I set about to do something different.


And besides which, I think my choice of fabrics and pairings have somewhat come to define my work, so it's only fitting that this design is a continuation along that path.

Update:Yay! The lamp you see above was recently purchased by a lovely woman in Oklahoma (at least I'm assuming she's lovely, seeing as how I assume that of all my customers:). Better get to work on more tea cup lamps!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

A couple of things around the house

I've been trying to make it a point to focus more of my crafting on things that I get to enjoy. So without further ado...

Now that Dylan and I finally have a real kitchen table, I wanted to doll it up a bit. I finally ditched our dollar store utensil caddy and voila!

I just happened to have a couple of canisters laying around that were made from cutting the tops off of wine bottles, and since I had yet to really do anything with them, things worked out rather nicely. I might make another - smaller - one from a beer bottle at some point - could be a useful addition. And to help keep things tidy, I placed everything on a super cute vintage serving tray. I'd also like to call attention to my amazing sugar bowl from Antonisse Ceramics.

Ever the organizer, I decided that it was time to do something now that we're up to 3 remotes. I had the thought of throwing something simple together with all the extra fabric I have around, but I don't have that kind of time. And besides, this worked out way better. I bought an inexpensive bedside caddy, which has a long flap designed to go underneath a mattress to keep it in place. I simply added a few grommets to said flap, used ribbon to secure it to the arm rail of our futon, and presto-chango, the remotes (and magazines and all sorts of other things) are out of the way, yet right where you need them.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Handmade Holidays

I always strive for at least a portion of my gifts to be handmade. Here are just a couple of the items I made for the loved ones this year.

H&M has great basics - tee's, hoodies, etc. - they are cheap, fit nicely, and perfect for embellishing. I bought this gray t-shirt on spec for my BF, not entirely sure what to do with it. I was simultaneously pondering what to do with a recently purchased vintage player piano scroll when divine inspiration struck. I used just a small portion of the scroll as a t-shirt stencil (in other words, there are a lot more t-shirts where this one cam from)!

And as for my dad, I figured his inherently 'whimsical' sense of style made him an ideal candidate for some self-referential irony.

And for mom, I went with the handiwork of another - this lovely top from KimmChi. I also included some earrings and a necklace that I made, which coincidentally coordinate quite nicely with the top (individually however, not together).

Oh, and for my brother, I discovered the most hilarious Etsy seller ever, and got this!