Monday, January 25, 2010

Oh yeah--

I also have a day job! Here's some signs celebrating early 2010 holidays.

The manliest sign I've ever made. I have no idea what those X's and O's mean-- I just copied them from a Google search. This sign is so busy it drives me nuts, but after making painstaking grass for fifty years last week I was somewhat forced into commitment.

The girliest sign I've ever made, and by far the most pink I've used... ever. On anything. I did have a blast making the feathers though.

A metallic and dolphin gray cardstock "disco ball" -- part of our New Year's display. This took approximately 55 large hot glue sticks.

An icy-toned board that accompanied said disco ball. The '5' is 40 feet high (almost)

These are all from the last few weeks-- we don't celebrate holidays annoyingly early like most grocery stores-- we don't have the space!

Speaking of work, my good friend and former coworker, Adam, is currently in the midst of an epic Great American RV tour with his lovely boyfriend, Joel. They're keeping a really amazing little blog of their journeys at The Bunny and the Burrow. If you're longing for a road trip, they're a great pair to live vicariously through.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Projects: Art Wall

The wonderful Katie Stephenson contacted me a few months ago about a project she was starting called Art Wall. I am a huge fan of cluster groupings of work in home design (I think its a fun way to add presence to your collection and to a room rather than a few pieces scattered around) so I was super excited. I had no idea what the finished site would look like, so when Art Wall went live in early November I was floored.

The home page-- illustrated by the super talented Jessica Gonacha Swift! I love Art Wall's tagline: Don't Decorate, Curate! --its so in the spirit of collecting meaningful original work.

In December, the Family Room went live, and my Mesas print was featured-- see it on the bottom left?

Clicking on each item takes you to an artist bio and a link to purchase!

Katie also runs a blog (this link will take you to an interview with moi) and and the site has lots of other features-- even an inspirational flickr group!

In the spirit of this project, I hope to be sharing some art walls in my place in the coming weeks (whenever the grouchy winter Michigan sky cooperates)

Thank you for the wonderful opportunity Katie! Speaking of opportunities, I have one to announce next week!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Projects: Craft Hope

I feel as though I owe you, my three or four dwindling readers, an explanation for the fact that my blog posting performance has been slack as of late. The truth is that I have been participating in all sorts of wonderful projects this month. My plan is to share them with you over the course of the next week!

The first is Craft Hope. I came across a link to Craft Hope a few days after the first terrible images of Haiti started pouring in, so I set aside a few prints to donate. I really loved playing a small part in what started as a tiny seed of a project and grew in such an incredible and exponential way. As you're reading this you will be happy to know that Craft Hope has raised over $20,000 for Doctors Without Borders, and they are so flooded with generous donations that their team can barely keep up. All of this in less than a week. Can you believe that? I am stunned by the generosity of those who make and appreciate handmade-- and absolutely shocked that a simple Etsy site has done so much good.

The Craft Hope Etsy Shop is an ongoing project-- I hope that it will continue to raise record-breaking funds for medical care in Haiti long after the cameras have packed it in.

So that's numero uno. Stay tuned!