Tuesday, March 15, 2011

we found the light!

ah blessed sun! you've come back to us and i'm so grateful. it's so amazing to be out biking until 6:30 and still have you shining on my face. yay!

it was a fun weekend in chicago. found a diamond in the rough bar called all stars, amidst the overpriced and ridiculously overcrowded joints packed for st. patty's. talked music over cheap buckets of high life and irish car bombs. an all around great day.

i knitted 7 1/2 cozies this weekend! so, this qualifies as my fourth noble project--didn't spend a cent, and gave them away for free. cozy family picture above. keep a look out--these will soon be coming to an etsy page near you!

this downtown chicago building was a timely reminder that soon aidan and i will be off to new mexico for our next adventure. hoping for some fun among the clear skies and hot springs of the santa fe national forest! we're also going to check out the georgia o'keeffe museum, the folk art museum, and the pueblos. anyone else out there have suggestions for n.m. must sees? looking for some fun spots in albuquerque as well...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

to chicagoland

going this weekend to visit this lovely lady, pictured with a (belated) birthday present from yours truly. we're doing an early paddy's day in chicago, complete with green river and revelry. hoping to create another beer cozy prototype tonight, complete with neck strap for hands free fun.

i'm finishing my third project;
honestea stencil vase

i put patterned contact paper on a glass bottle, cut out the pattern with an exacto knife, and painted it in. it's hard to see here, but the issue i'm running into is this sticky residue from the contact paper that i don't think i can clean off without damaging the paint. anyone know a residue removal technique that could get into those little spaces?

be back soon with updates and green river pics. :D

Saturday, March 5, 2011

8 noble things

i've decided to make 8 "noble" things every month. by which i mean anything, functional or no, made from recycled, donated, or 'already laying around my house' materials.

first project; retablos

i actually started this project last month at school. these are called "retablos"--devotional objects typically venerating saints or icons like frida or elvis. we're focusing on characters from children's books. my sisters and my brother's girlfriend helped me with the stickers; above, the definitely noble hermione granger.
best part? all of these were made from cardboard, magazines, stickers, and donated toys--total cost? a 30.00 gallon of mod podge. and we made over 300. almost pure profit from every donation we get!

second project; meta chairs.

so, i absolutely love the furniture in our house. we threw it all together amazingly well--it's cozy, retro, with great colors and textures. so i've been making prints of our funky chairs, just for fun.

i've been wanting to immortalize my favorite chair of all, which i have dubbed the "nest chair". i have memories of this chair from when i was a little kid; reading books with my brother...hiding under blankets and pillows...chillin' with my stuffed animals in our cozy little nook. i used to try and sleep in it, which i would not advise to anyone who values their neck or back.

so, i decided to make a pillow of the nest chair, to nest inside itself. as if the chair was thinking of itself, and magically popped into being in miniature pillow form. here's what i have so far.

the thing is, i'm at a crossroads with this project. i can't figure out how important it is to make the scene exactly like the one pictured; because design wise, might work better to move that wall hanging over the chair, and the lamp to the right of the chair to fill the empty space. and leave out the green and orange chairs, which may clutter the scene. the floral pattern on the pillow's wall definitely changes the space. but i think it would be cool when it's 'installed' to have it replicate as close as possible its surroundings in the room.

i suppose i could just rearrange our room to match the pillow. ha.

any thoughts on this design conundrum, i'd appreciate them.

thanks ya'll! tata for now.