Thursday, May 31, 2012

It's Factual

It's been a long time since I did one of those random facts posts, so here you go:

1. I rarely chew gum or drink soda, though there was a time when I drank soda like water (in middle school and high school).

2. Coffee is my vice of choice these days, but I actually don't drink that much.

3. My biggest pet peeve is probably people who are rude to servers in restaurants, or any other customer service people...those jobs suck and don't pay well and it's amazing the crap they have to put up with on any given day.

4. Sometimes when I'm working on something, I get so engrossed that I have to remind myself to stop and eat and go to the bathroom.

5. I come from a long line of thrifty people. I almost never buy anything on impulse, and it's actually hard for me to spend money. I think it's wired into my DNA, but that's a good thing because I've never had very much money to spend.

6. Having said that, I'm not cheap when it comes to the things I love. If there's a special piece of art, a unique piece of jewelry, or anything else handmade that speaks to me, I have no problem saving up and paying what some might consider a lot of money for it.

7. My dad and I are the only ones in my family who can drive a stick-shift. I drove one for years. But now it's been so long I'd probably be a little rusty.

8. I can't whistle or curl my tongue.

9. For much of my life I've been a "thinker" more than a "doer." I'm trying to change that because life is short.

10. I don't love places that are very loud or very crowded. It's ironic then, I guess, that I live in the city where too many people are everywhere. But nothing beats walking down city streets.

Anyone else want to play? What are some random facts about you?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Instant Art Collection

I get emails from readers all the time asking for art recommendations. And people sometimes tell me they have trouble navigating Etsy or that the sheer number of results when they search for a print is overwhelming. I know. There are A LOT of shops on Etsy these days, and believe me, I experience this frustration on a daily basis both as a buyer browsing and as a seller trying to get my shop noticed among the thousands.

I love responding to reader emails individually, but since this seems to be a common query, I thought, "Why don't I start a regular feature on the blog with collections of art I think would go well together?" And here's the first collection: one for the illustration lover who enjoys plays on perspective...that things aren't always what they seem. Add to that visually striking line work and a pleasing color palette, and I think this is a grouping you wouldn't quickly tire of looking at.

(Clockwise from top left: "UpsideDown" by Jennifer Davis; modern mobile: himmeli no. 1 by AMradio; "Let's Make a Pile" by Leah Duncan; and Giclee Print "2,3,4" by Jenn Ski.)

What do you think? Are there any artists you would add to this collection?

Thursday, May 24, 2012


I thought I'd share my latest Etsy purchase: a cute soap dish from unwhiteart. It's simple and clean and the perfect size. Now I just need to find some handmade soap to fill it!

Have you guys found any Etsy treasures lately?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

New Moo Cards

I finally got around to ordering new business cards from Moo. They turned out pretty well this time. I made sure that the box for the "auto enhance" or whatever it's called was not checked, as last time it did weird things to some of the colors. (If you've edited the photos you're uploading, you wouldn't need that anyway.) I love the thickness and finish of the paper, and the fact that you can upload 50 different images, as well as your own logo artwork/business info on the back, is awesome.

The nice people at Moo sent me a referral link where you can save 10% on your first order of business cards should you fancy your own. And if anyone actually uses this link to buy cards, I get some sort of credit toward a future purchase of cards myself, so that's awesome. Hopefully, I'll run out of these really fast, as that will mean I've had lots of orders! :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Flickr Favorites

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(Click on images to go directly to sources.)

Along with my usual favs, I wanted to address an argument I keep seeing pop up on tech blogs (not that I regularly read tech blogs, but several people I follow on twitter have recently linked to articles on this topic)...that Flickr is no longer relevant now that Instagram is popular. I don't understand why the two sites are even being compared because they are distinctly different entities with different purposes. Correct me if I'm wrong, but Instagram is for anyone with an iphone or android to upload pics of what they're doing/seeing/eating/etc.--it's about real-time sharing. Flickr, on the other hand, is more about serious photography...people experimenting with all types of cameras and editing techniques who have a real passion for the art of photography. If Flickr existed only as a social media platform, then yes, I would agree that Instagram is much more successful. But I've always viewed and used Flickr as something else entirely. What do you think?

Also, on a related topic, if you've never read this essay by Nathan Jurgenson on the rise of faux-vintage photography from a sociologist's point of view, you really should.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Washi Tape Wallpaper

Have you guys seen this washi tape wallpaper? I think it could be the perfect solution for someone wanting to add color to apartment walls that can't be painted.

What do you think? Do you love it or hate it?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Do Not Be Scared

I've been meaning to share these brilliant 3d box frames I got from my pal Paul since last November. I wrote about his shop here last year and immediately started saving my paypal pennies to purchase some of his work. I absolutely love his "Do Not Be Scared" series, which will be no surprise to anyone who reads this blog. (Art that combines animals, vintage illustrations, and a sense of humor?? It's like a trifecta of awesomeness.) Paul took a bit of a break from Etsy for the best reason ever, to become a dad, but now his shop is back open! So I guess the little guy is fending for himself now. ;)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


We didn't actually see the supermoon last weekend because it was cloudy here. But I found a folder full of photos I took the last time the moon shown especially full and bright out my window...possibly last December? The moon is so bright in some of these shots that it looks like the setting sun, but I promise, it's the moon!

There were actually a lot of photos taken in between these, and I briefly contemplated making a gif of the moon rising. As cool as that sounded in my head, it's 2:30 am as I write this, and I decided that to stay up any later to make a moonrise gif would officially make me crazy. So with that, I say, "Goodnight, moon!" :)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Stormy Seas

Clockwise from top left: "Paolo Roversi Series 1" by Leigh Viner; "Mangled 2" by White Barn Art; Gold triangle ladder earrings by Deuce; and leggings from goodmorningmidnight.

What do you guys have planned for the weekend? I'm honestly not sure what I'll be doing. In some ways this was a hard week, and in some ways, it was a week like any other. There are big things on the horizon, but it's frustrating, and anxiety-inducing, and I'm impatient waiting for the next step but feeling not quite ready all at the same time. I guess everyone feels like this before change happens. It's tumultuous, but I know calmer seas are ahead.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sad News

When I logged into blogger tonight, there was a comment awaiting moderation on the post I wrote about my favorite new earrings with sad news. Mieko Takahashi, the sweet and talented designer behind Shizen Designs, passed away at the end of April from ovarian cancer. Her sister-in-law wrote that my earrings were one of the last pieces Mieko made! My heart goes out to her family. I feel like the world has lost such a kind and creative spirit, and I know Mieko will be missed by all of us in the Etsy community.

Here's Mieko with one of her cats, Kiku.

And here's her sweet dog, Kumo.

If you want to find out a little bit more about Mieko and her work, here's her blog and facebook page.